Tracy and Tim Moore will be moving into their new Habitat for Humanity home Saturday in Winamac. The 1,050 square foot home was built in six months by volunteers for the Moores who have two children and another on the way.
Steve Morrison is the President of the Starke/Pulaski Habitat for Humanity Organization and tells us about the the selection process.
The General Assembly has passed a proposal to allow any Indiana county to use centralized vote centers instead of neighborhood polling precincts. We asked Starke County Clerk, Evelyn Skronski, what comes next.
“Now it is up to each County Election Board to resolute that we do indeed go ahead and establish these voting centers,” replied Skronski. “The Commissioners and the County Council would have to approve this. Throughout Starke County I think about five voting centers would be in the numbers for us to handle that many and to make it convenient for the voters. The biggest issue here is the reduction of the cost of the elections.”
On Saturday, February 12th, troopers with the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team (ERT) raided a Plymouth home in search of a man wanted out of Marion County, Indiana for robbery.
ERT units entered the home at 2002 Lake Ave. in Plymouth shortly before 5:00 p.m. ET and arrested Jody Olmstead, 41, on two outstanding warrants. Olmstead was wanted on a robbery charge out of Marion County, as well as a parole violation. State police investigators recently obtained information and worked off a tip to locate Olmstead.
Knox municipal water and sewer customers might be asked to sign a written contract for services in the near future. That subject was discussed at last week’s Knox City Council meeting.
Attorney David Matsey said most small town utilities demand a signed contract. He said the information could be used in court in case a party doesn’t pay or “skips” without making payment for the services provided.
One ticklish part of the contract would be how to identify the homeowner or tenant. Asking for a drivers license number or social security number must include protection for identity theft.
The West Central Technical Review Committee met recently to discuss the wind turbine project.
“At our last meeting, we were actually going over the proposal from Performance Services, Inc.,” said Superintendent Charles Mellon, a Committee participant. “We talked about the identification of the site. It’s actually going to be on the AG plot. Of course there’s different studies including environmental studies that have taken place. We talked about the development plan and there’s still a lot of components yet to put in place. We’re still waiting on NIPSCO to finalize rates. The final meeting will take place February 25th. The earliest our Board would make a final decision would be on March 17th.”
If the project goes as planned, the turbine could be operational in November of this year.
SCILL Center instructors, students and several chaperones will be attending the Chicago Auto Show this Wednesday.
“The great thing about the Auto Show is that we get to see just about every car manufactured that there is,” said Instructor Mark Anderson. “These kids are going to be able to see cars that are $1 million Bentleys, Maybachs, and cars that you may not encounter any other time in your lifetime. We’re also going to see engine cutaways and what we’re pushing them for is green. We want them to see all of the electric cars. We really want them to key in on those because by the time they get out of our program and out of college, those are more likely the cars they’re going to be working on.”
Knox Middle School faculty and students recently participated in a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
“We decided that the best way to raise money to help the American Heart Association was to sell Heart Association t-shirts and arrange a pie-in-the-face competition for Valentine’s Day,” explained Knox Middle School Principal, Steve Cronk. “By combining those two exercises, we have raised over $600.”
Here is some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week:
The Lincoln Township Fire Department in Fish Lake received an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for $54,480 for Operations and Safety.
Starke County Highway Superintendent Steve Siddall told the Starke County Commissioners that the Department received complaints about mailbox damage after the winter storm. Siddall also reported that more damage could be reported in Bass Lake and Koontz Lake when they start to push big piles of snow back on the right-of-ways.
Wrestling post-season success continues for our area. After having 31 individuals advance to the Regional, there were 14 who advanced to Semi-State this weekend including 3 weight class champions! Here are the names of those who have advanced…
Culver (3): Ian Randolph-135 4th (27-11); Matt Hurford-189 1st (39-2); Jeremiah Harvey-285 1st (37-4).
John Glenn (4): Kaleb McCallum-112 3rd (39-4); Ryan Ishmael-119 4th (30-15); Myles White-125 3rd (33-10); Cody Strange-160 3rd (36-7).
The Starke County Commissioners passed a resolution this week that would be used as a guideline for all office holders and staff to follow when traveling. The subject came up when several claims from December came in over what is recommended by the State.
In question were lodging and food claims turned in by some officials and staff members who attended the Newly Elected Prosecutor’s Conference and Attorney General’s Winter Meeting.
Attempting to answer questions on the claims were current Prosecutor, Nicholas Bourff, and his Chief Deputy, Mary Ryan. Discussed were claims turned in by then-Prosecutor Julieanne Havens, Mary Ryan, Jeff Williams, and Ryan Bratcher.
It was noted that all claims did not surpass the limit, but the Commissioners reminded Bourff and Ryan of the limits. The County will pay $6.50 for breakfasts and lunches, and $13.00 for dinner. The difference between what is allowed and the receipts for meals and lodging will be paid for by the attendee. The Commissioners also instructed those traveling to attempt to car pool when possible.
There was some heated discussion regarding the recycling center’s purchase of aluminum and other recyclables at the last Pulaski County Commissioners meeting. Ed Clark, of the Pulaski County Recycling Center, approached the commissioners and mentioned his interest in allowing the recycling center to once again purchase aluminum from county residents and businesses.
Yesterday we told you about a pregnancy resource center that will be opening soon in a home that was originally owned by Francis Myers in the 200 block of Heaton Street in Knox. The center is scheduled to be opening on March 15. It will be called Bella Vita and is a pro-life center that is opening primarily to help women carry their babies to term.
Susanne Lange, a registered nurse, will be the administrator of the new center.
Susanne was asked what advise she would give a woman in her 40’s who has become unexpectantly pregnant and doesn’t feel she wants to carry the baby to term.
Mayor Rick Chambers told the City Council members this week that the sign at the Community Center has to be replaced. The sign is 12 years old and is obsolete. The control box has quit.
The time clock at City Hall has quit.
“It’s an hour off and there’s no way to adjust it,” said Mayor Chambers. “They want about $300 to come in and fix that. I don’t know how long the time clock has been here. A new one is anywhere between $250 and $900, depending on what you get. We either need to get a new time clock or just do away with the time clock.”
Starke County EMA Director Ted Bombagetti said this week that the total cost during the storms the first week in February was almost $81,000. Almost $7,000 was overtime pay. The rest was in materials and fuel.
On a related topic, County Highway Superintendent Steve Siddall implored the County Commissioners to set up a meeting with the Bass Lake Property Owners Association to explain the right-of-way situation at the lake. Siddall said it’s been about 10 years since residents were notified that the county has 40 to 60 feet of right of way to plow snow. Since that time, many of the property owners have been encroaching on that space to place fences, trinkets, rocks and boulders.
Congressman Joe Donnelly weighed in on the situation in Egypt yesterday.
“I think this is the Egyptians seeking democracy and freedom,” explained Donnelly. “We are watching this very closely. We want to make sure that there is stability. It appears there is a gradual transition that is taking place right now. We hope that it can be done in a peaceful fashion and be done in a way that preserves democracy and freedom for the people in Egypt.”