Joe Donnelly’s Representative to Hear Public Concerns Today at the Starke County Courthouse

Joe Donnelly
Congressman Joe Donnelly

A representative of Congressman Joe Donnelly’s office will hold office hours in Starke County on Wednesday, December 8th from 12:30-1:30 p.m. CT.

All members of the public are invited to attend and present questions and concerns to Congressman Donnelly.  Office hours will be held in the 2nd floor meeting room in the Starke County Courthouse

Federal Unemployment Extensions to Expire

Indiana Workforce Development

November 30th marked the expiration of the five federally funded extensions of unemployment (EEUC and EB). Approximately 90,000 Hoosiers are currently receiving federally funded extended benefits.

Eligible individuals will receive benefits for the weeks they have remaining on their regular state Unemployment (UI) and the four federal extensions (EEUC), but will not begin the next tier of benefits after November 30th, 2010. DWD estimates about 4,000 Hoosiers per week will exhaust their benefits and thus not have a voucher to file beginning Sunday, December 5th, 2010.

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LaPorte County Jail Staff Treating Scabies Infestation

LaPorte County Sheriff's Department
LaPorte County Sheriff's Department

The staff at the LaPorte County Jail are in the process of treating an infestation of scabies within the Jail.

Scabies is caused by an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite and common symptoms are intense itching and a pimple-like skin rash. Scabies can spread rapidly under crowded conditions where close body contact is frequent. Institutions such as nursing homes, extended-care facilities and prisons are often sites of scabies outbreaks.

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Indiana State Prison to Celebrate Sesquicentennial

Indiana State Prison
Indiana State Prison

The Indiana State Prison in Michigan City is having a Sesquicentennial Celebration on Thursday, December 9th in the facility’s Religious Services Center at 9:00 a.m. CT.

Indiana State Prison 1904
Indiana State Prison 1904

The Indiana State Prison is home to nearly 1,800 maximum security adult males and 300 minimum security males. The State Prison was established in 1860 as the second state prison in Indiana. The Prison Board purchased 100 acres of land from Chauncey Blair for $4,500 in 1860 and the first 100 inmates from Jeffersonville, Indiana were housed in a temporary brick building surrounded by a wooden fence.

October Statistics from the Indiana State Police, Lowell District

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Indiana State Police, at the Lowell District, recently released statistics for the month of October.

Troopers issued 1,410 traffic citations and wrote 3,071 traffic warnings. Troopers also arrested 50 drunk drivers and made 93 criminal arrests. Lowell District includes Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Pulaski and Starke Counties.

The Indiana State Police offers these safety tips for the holiday shopping season: Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you. Park in a well-lighted area and be sure to lock your car. Use extra caution when walking to and from your car, preferably with a friend and avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay with a check or credit card whenever possible. If you notice suspicious activity when you are shopping, contact the store’s security department or the nearest police agency.

Sunday Morning Mixed League 11/28/10

Team Standings

1.) The Unknown 59.0-25.0

2.) WRJN  54.0-37.0

3.) The Quest   52.0- 39.0

4.) The Smelly Cats  51.0-40.0

5.) Split Heads  46.0-45.0

6.) S**t Happens 44.0-47.0

7.) Odd Balls 41.0-50.0

8.) Lucky #7 38.0-53.0

9.) Strange Brew 37.0-54.0

10.) Snowdon’s Lawncare  33.0-58.0

High Individual Scratch Game-Women:  Jane Howard 222 & 214, Donna Konrad 196, Carol Zachary 185

High Individual Scratch Series- Women: Jane Howard 598, Carol Zachary 509, Donna Konrad 500

High Individual Scratch Game-Men: Joshua Budka 279, Carl Thomas 232, Jim Felchuk 223

High Individual Scratch Series-Men: Joshua Budka 665, Jim Felchuk 619, Neal Brown 586

High Individual HDCP Game-Women: Jane Howard 250 & 242, Donna Konrad 229, Connie Smith 223

High Individual HDCP Series-Women: Jane Howard 682, Tyra Evers 605, Donna Konrad 599

High Individual HDCP Game-Men: Joshua Budka 298, Jason Konrad 269, Josh Berryman 257, Carl Thomas 257

High Individual HDCP Series-Men: Joshua Budka 722, Jason Konrad 665, Josh Berryman 654

Top Five Averages-Women: Carol Zachary 172.87, Jane Howard 168.36, Donna Konrad 159.61, Karen Budka 157.60, Peggy Gregg 154.23

Top Five Averages-Men: Jim Felchuk 194.23, Drew Williams 184.86, Dennis Konrad 183.33, Josh Budka 181.03, Jack Kral 174.74


Two Knox Residents Arrested on Methamphetamine Charges

Carl Daughtery
Carl Daughtery

Knox City Police officers arrested two Knox residents on methamphetamine related charges.

On Friday, November 26th, Knox City Police were notified of possible methamphetamine activity at 424 W. Maple Drive in Knox. Police arrived at that location and asked the homeowner, Robert James, if they could search the residence. Police then asked a resident in the home, Carl Daughtery, if they could search the residence. Both consented to a search. Knox City Police Officers reportedly found items in Daughtery’s room that are commonly used with the manufacture of methamphetamine and remnants of the finished product. Receipts for the items were also found in Daughtery’s room.

Stephanie Daughtery
Stephanie Daughtery

Carl Daughtery was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of an Illegal drug Lab and Possession of Methamphetamine. Daughtery’s wife, Stephanie Daughtery, was also arrested and has preliminary charges of Possession of Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting Law Enforcement. Stephanie had gone to another location after police arrived at the home.

North Judson-San Pierre Decathlon Team Participates in Local Competition

North Judson-San Pierre Decathlon
Back row: Jacob Kieszkowski, Steven Miller, Lucas Howard and Sarah Green. Middle Row: Allyssa Thompson, Melissa Spears and Jennifer Atkinson. Front Row: Rhiannon Millard and Hope Harlamert

Answering questions about The Great Depression, the North Judson-San Pierre Academic Decathlon Team finished in fifth place in the Northwest Hoosier Academic Conference Decathlon competition at Kankakee Valley High School on Saturday, November 20th. The team finished first in the Oral Super Quiz, Team Super Quiz and Music.

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Reward Offered for the Return of Stolen Locomotive Horns

The Chesapeake and Indiana Railroad and the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department are seeking information leading to the arrest and conviction of two thieves that stole locomotive horns from railroad locomotives at the LaCrosse Ballpark.

The incident happened on Sunday, November 21st between 9:00-10:00 p.m. CT. If you have any information, contact the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department at (219) 326-7700 or the Chesapeake and Indiana Railroad at (765) 825-0316. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of these unknown suspects.

Santa Claus Schedules Visit at Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox

Santa Claus
Santa Claus

Santa Claus is coming to the Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox on Saturday, December 11th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. CT.

Children will listen to a story about Santa, visit with Santa, and receive a treat from Santa. While you are waiting to visit with Santa, join in the Saint Lucia Day celebration. Make a Saint Lucia craft, listen to stories, and enjoy a traditional Saint Lucia treat.

Call the Library to RSVP your visit, (574) 772-7323 and ask for the Children’s Department.

Washington Township Firefighters Complete State Certification Course

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Members of the Washington Township Fire Department train for certification

Twelve firefighters from Washington Township Fire Department participated in the 2010 State Firefighter I/II course. The course started in May and finished Sunday, November 14th. Firefighters met two days a week for lectures and hands-on activities.

The course covered topics such as fire service history, health and safety, fire behavior, ropes and knots, extrication, water supply, fire control, communications, fire prevention, public education and emergency medical care. Chief Stuart Short, Lt. David Emigh, James Coad, Josh Ream, Bill Lehiy, Chad Lehiy, TJ Reiss, Wallace (Boz) Williams, Corry Williams, Rookie Cody Williams, Rookie Terry Fawley, and Rookie Geary Manuel participated in the program.

Washington Township Training #3

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Knox City K9 Officer Introduces new K9 to City Council

Chad Keen and Marco #2
Officer Chad Keen speaks to the Knox City Council
Greg Matt and Marco
Marco greets Knox City Councilman, Greg Matt

K9 Officer Chad Keen and K9 Marco appeared at the recent Knox City Council meeting. Officer Keen recently finished training with K9 Marco at the Von Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana. Marco detects all types of narcotics and can trackpeople as well. Marco is a two-year-old Belgian Tervuren and met the Knox City Council for the first time at the Council’s meeting on November 23rd. This is the third K9 to be part of the Knox City Police Department.

The final walk-through was done at the Wastewater Treatment Facility to close out the City’s grant for that rehabilitation project. A curb needs to be replaced and then the project will be complete.

The Council also got a tonnage report on the refuse and recycling service from the garbage contractors. In July, 137 tons was the highest amount of refuse collected in 2010. The lowest amount of refuse collected was in January at 83.6 tons. 27.2 tons of recyclable material was collected in July, the most collected in 2010.

Starke County Commissioners Approve Motion to Close out Federal Grant

Starke County Commissioners
Starke County Commissioners: Kathy Norem, Dan Bridegroom and Jennifer Davis

The Hamlet Infrastructure grant was discussed at the most recent Starke County Commissioners meeting. Starke County Development Foundation Director, Charles Weaver, requested, and received, permission to begin the process to close out the Federal Economic Development Administration Grant. Starke County received almost $2 million dollars from E.D.A. toward the water tower in the Hamlet West Park, the installation of about 2 miles of 12 inch water mains, fire hydrants, and the installation of one mile of sanitary sewer lines to service the industrial area.

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Starke County Property Owners Need to File for Property Tax Deductions

Michaelene Houston
Michaelene Houston

Starke County Auditor, Michaelene Houston, reminds property owners that they have until the end of the year to file for property tax deductions.

Deduction applications must be completed and dated by December 31st, 2010 and filed with the Auditor’s office for the taxpayer to receive the eligible deductions on 2011 property tax bills. In addition to meeting all other eligibility requirements for the desired deductions, the applicant for the deduction must own or be buying the property under contract on the date the application is filed in order to receive the deduction.

Specific questions about property tax deduction eligibility should be directed to the County Auditor’s office. Call 772-9101, 772-9102, 772-9103 or 772-9104 for assistance.

Knox City Employees Encourage Citizens to Donate Food during their Food Drive

Knox City Hall
Knox City Hall

The employees of the City of Knox are planning a special fundraiser for the holiday season this year.

“For Christmas, the employees of the City of Knox have decided to forgo the usual gift exchange and to participate in a food drive for the Starke County Food Bank,” said Knox Mayor, Rick Chambers. “All of the employees will make cash donations or will bring food items to the Clerk’s Office for collection. Anyone wanting to assist the Knox City employees in this food drive are asked to drop off your donations or food items at City Hall, in the Clerk’s Office. If you want to make a donation and are unable to make it to City Hall, call Mayor Rick Chambers or any member of the Knox Common Council to schedule a pick up.”

The deadline date to donate food items is Wednesday, December 17th.

Starke United Auction this Friday

The Starke United Auction is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. this Friday, December 3rd.

“If you go to www.starkeunited.org you’ll see a list of all the items that we’ll have at the auction,” said Edie Hall, the Executive Director of Starke United. “Some of the items will be listed with pictures and we’re looking forward from a lot of you on Auction Day, December 3rd.”

WKVI’s Ted Hayes will be at the auction all day along with Auctioneer Ben Osinski and his staff. Several volunteers will be manning the phones during the Auction to take your important bid.  The number to call on auction day is (574) 772-7209.

Edie says it’s a great way to get your Christmas shopping done, “You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home.”

The auction will be broadcast live on WKVI AM 1520. The auction will be conducted at the CenturyLink building in downtown Knox. The preview night is Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the CenturyLink building and items may be viewed on Friday from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Federal Government Looking to Ban Synthetic Marijuana

Dan Bridegroom with Kaboom
Starke County Commissioner Dan Bridegroom inspects synthetic marijuana product

A Lake Station store owner is suing the City over an ordinance banning the selling of synthetic marijuana products. The store owner says under the new ordinance, over the half the items in his store could be considered synthetic marijuana.

The U.S. Government is considering a ban on products that mix herbs and synthetic chemicals that mimic marijuana. Government officials say it appears the products are dangerous.

The Knox City Council and the Starke County Commissioners are in the process of banning these products.