North Judson Town Board Discusses Increasing Number of Board Members

Front Row: Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry, Board members Tim Cummins, Wendy Hoppe and Jane Ellen Felchuk, and Attorney Cassandra Hine. Back Row: Town Marshal Doug Vessely, Fire Chief Joe Leszek and Town Superintendent Marshall Horstmann. Photo by Town Photographer Peggy Bohac

The North Judson Town Board discussed increasing the number of members on the Board to five.

Town Board member, Tim Cummins, recently met with a representative from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns and he has agreed to meet with the Board to explore the option. A public meeting will be held to discuss the procedure which includes meeting with the Starke County Election Board to include a referendum in an election year to give the voters a chance to determine the future of the Board.

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Knox Community School Board Updated on Situation at Door #7

Gary Dulin, Jerry Fletcher, Harold Welter, Mary Lynn Ritchie, Kirk Bennett, Nathan Marcum, Mike Yankauskas, Superintendent A.J. Gappa

The Knox Community School Board members received an update from the facility study committee at their meeting this week. Superintendent A.J. Gappa said a report was given on the current situation at the Palmer Wing of the Elementary School.

“Most recently, we had a problem with the entrance with Door #7 so we had to reroute the walkers and the drop-off students both morning and afternoon. The problem was we had a cement slab that was in the doorway as you come through the foyer give way. That slab sits above a tunnel that was there for the purpose of carrying water pipes, heating ducts and other items like that throughout the building and to have access to those. We had a structural engineer look at the situation and give an update to the board and basically we’re going to have to have some people come in and fix that problem before it gets any worse,” said Gappa.

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Ancilla Board Votes to Freeze Tuition

Many state colleges and universities have announced tuition increases for the next academic year, but Ancilla College will not be raising tuition rates. President Dr. Ron May talks about the Board’s decision to keep prices the same:

“Ancilla College approved freezing tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year,” stated Dr. May. “This tuition freeze was taken to make college affordable for all those who wanted to pursue a college degree or finish what they may have already started. Along with the tuition freeze, we offer a variety of grants and scholarships for all kinds of students.”

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The Future of Oregon-Davis Schools Uncertain

Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

What’s ahead for Oregon-Davis schools? Superintendent Dr. Steve Disney appeared before the Starke County Council Monday night to discuss the school’s General Fund Referendum that will appear on the primary ballot in May. Because of a decrease of almost $400,000 in funding announced by the State Board of Education in October, Oregon-Davis has been left scrambling for revenue.

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Two-Month Setback in Monterey Bridge Project

Pulaski County Commissioners Tracey Shorter, Kenneth Boswell, Michael Tiede

Jeff Larrison of United Consulting and Pulaski County Highway Superintendent Kenny Becker told the Pulaski County Commissioners this week that they expect a delay in the construction process of the Monterey Bridge Project because of a delay with the INDOT agreement. Larrison explained that INDOT has pushed bid letting for projects throughout the state back several months and as a result, the Monterey Bridge project is expected to be let for bid in September—a two-month setback from their planned letting in July.

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No Budget Cuts for the Town of North Judson

Front Row: Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry, Board members Tim Cummins, Wendy Hoppe and Jane Ellen Felchuk, and Attorney Cassandra Hine. Back Row: Town Marshal Doug Vessely, Fire Chief Joe Leszek and Town Superintendent Marshall Horstmann. Photo by North Judson Photographer Peggy Bohac

North Judson Town Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry said she received notification that the Town’s budget has been approved and no cuts were ordered.

The Town Board this week discussed the terms of members on the Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission and the Unsafe Hearing Authority. The members discussed staggering the terms so members with knowledge can help new ones entering into a term. Currently, all terms are up at once and when new members are elected to a board, there is a learning curve and the Town Board feels that if the terms were staggered, some experienced members could help the inductees and have smoother transition.

No decisions were made during the meeting and the information was taken under advisement.

Pulaski County Lincoln Day Dinner Held Last Night in Star City

Jackie Walorski, Mike Pence and Sam Frain

Pulaski County Republicans gathered for the Lincoln Day Dinner at the Star City Community Building last night and heard an address by Gubernatorial candidate, Congressman Mike Pence.

Pence offered a glowing picture for the Hoosier state when he said that he looked forward to “building on the progress Mitch Daniels has won for the people of Indiana.”

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Medaryville Man Arrested on a Domestic Battery Charge

Michael Niehaus

A Medaryville man was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of domestic battery.

The victim told police that she and her husband, Michael Niehaus, had been drinking and had an argument at the bar. They left the establishment and were sitting in their vehicle when he began poking her in the head with his finger. She told police that the action was causing her head to bounce off the passenger side window of the vehicle. They reportedly continued fighting and he allegedly hit her in the face. She exited the vehicle and began to walk away. Niehaus reportedly coerced her back into the truck and they went home.

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West Central School Board Discusses Summer Projects

The West Central School Board discussed some summer projects the Board members have been planning this year.

“One is to refinish our gym floor at the high school,” said Superintendent Charles Mellon. “We had some funding left over from our lighting and ceiling tile project in the gymnasium and that leftover funding will be more than enough to cover the gym floor.”

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Kewanna Man Arrested for Driving under the Influence of Alcohol

Seth Kasten

A Kewanna man was arrested Sunday after police found he was driving his vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

A Pulaski County police officer observed a car coming from The Eagles Lodge in Winamac, traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle continued north on U.S. 35 and the officer reportedly saw the vehicle’s speed fluctuate and it crossed the center line and fog line. A traffic stop was conducted at the intersection of U.S. 35 and 700 North. The officer asked the driver, Seth Kasten, to exit the vehicle and participate in several sobriety tests. Kasten reportedly failed all of the tests and a Portable Breathalizer Test showed that his blood alcohol content was .121, which is over the legal limit.

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Pulaski County Health Department to Conduct Insurance Checks after March 1st

The Pulaski County Health Department will be doing insurance eligibility checks prior to vaccinations beginning next week.

When you go to the Pulaski County Health Department, officials will be asking for the name of your insurance company and Health Plan ID number when appointments are made. An insurance card and Social Security Number will be required at appointment time.

For those who are eligible, the Health Department will continue to bill Medicaid. The following insurance plans are currently eligible: Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Dunn and Associates, Humana, Medicare B, Medicare Railroad, Patoka Valley Health Care Co-op, Southeastern Indiana Health Organization, United Healthcare, and UMWA.

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Marshall County Police Investigate Second Armed Robbery at LaPaz Business

Marshall County Police are investigating the second armed robbery incident at the Bottle Stop Liquor Store in LaPaz in a month.

On Friday, February 17th, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a robbery at the Bottle Stop Liquor Store in LaPaz. The clerk told police that a male subject walked into the liquor store, brandished a knife and demanded money. The suspect was then chased out of the store by a clerk and left on foot. No money was taken during the incident.

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West Central Wind Turbine to be Operational March 1st

The West Central School Board received an update on the wind turbine project at their meeting last week.

“We’re still looking at March 1st being our deadline for this,” said Superintendent Charles Mellon. “We will be meeting Tuesday (today), to discuss another update as far as how the project is proceeding. We have seen the utility companies on campus and in the substation here in Francesville so we know that work is being done. We have our fingers crossed that March 1st will be our date.”

SCILL Center to Offer Welding Classes

The SCILL Center will be offering a 16-week comprehensive welding class for adults. SCILL Center Director Jerry Gurrado says the course has been in demand.

“One of the things that is needed in our area, between Sabre, Kruz, Dragon Industries, and Hicks, is welding. We need good welders,” said Gurrado.

Gurrado said that a member of his board and others in the community agreed that an adult welding program is needed in the community. The plans now are for the class to be taught at Knox Middle School.

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Mike Pence to Speak during Tonight’s Lincoln Day Dinner in Pulaski County

Mike Pence

GOP Gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence, a U.S. Representative, will be the Pulaski County Lincoln Day Speaker tonight in Star City. The event will be held at the Community Center in Star City. Opposing Pence in the spring primary is Fishers businessman, Jim Wallace.

Pence grew up in Columbus, Indiana and graduated from high school there. He also graduated from Hanover College, and the I.U. McKinney School of Law.

He grew up as a Catholic, who said he had a real spiritual awakening in college. Pence said he is a Christian, Conservative, and Republican in that order. He was mentioned in both 2007 and 2011 as a possible Presidential candidate.

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Eastern Pulaski Schools, Town of Winamac Constructing a Safe Route to School

The Eastern Pulaski School Corporation and the Town of Winamac are working together to construct a safe route to school. Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman explains where the route would be located.

“It’s the dovetail off the pathway trail that used to be the railroad tracks that they made into very nice bicycle, running and walking path,” said Dr. Klitzman. “What they want to do is take roadways from that pathway that lead to school and do everything they can to make it safe and useable. It’s a wellness thing. That’s so students can walk, or run, or ride their bike safely to school.”

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