News from the North Judson Town Board

North Judson Town Board: Dan Anderson, Wendy Hoppe, Jane Ellen Felchuk, Attorney Cassie Hine and Clerk-Treasurer Connie Miller

The North Judson Town Board members approved the third and final readings of two ordinances at their recent meeting. One pertains to an amendment to the schedule of fees ordinance and the second ordinance prohibits the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana within the town limits.

In other news:
Engineers are being interviewed for the State Road 39 sewer separation project. Work on that project could begin early this spring.

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Richard Mourdock has Support of Pulaski County Republican Chairperson

Richard Mourdock

State Treasurer Richard Mourdock picked up the support of another county chairman yesterday in the U.S. Senate Race. Mourdock, who claims to have the support of 75% of the Republican chairpersons, also has the support of Robert Foerg in Pulaski County. In an interview with WKVI this week, Foerg said he has not polled the rest of the officers so he was was speaking only for himself.

Foerg, who is a police officer, said he was impressed that Mourdock was for term limits (no more than 12 years), and his stand on protecting second amendment rights.

Mourdock is taking on U.S. Senator Richard Lugar in the Republican spring primary.

Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Weighs in on School Vouchers

Dr. Robert Klitzman
Dr. Robert Klitzman

North Judson-San Pierre and Oregon-Davis schools will be taking a funding hit in the 2011-2012 school year. Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent, Dr. Robert Klitzman, was asked about the preliminary budget report from the state.

“They [the State] have released the first version of the funding formula and it is very, very unkind to the rural schools and it’s very unkind to those who may lose some student population,” explained Dr. Klitzman. “It has switched now where every single dollar follows the student so if I were to lose ten students, I will lose ten units of funding from the State. In fact, everybody knows that if I lose ten students in the Corporation, I can’t shut off lights, I can’t turn down the heat, I can’t do anything, but yet I’m going to lose all that funding. I really hope they can do some rethinking on that and come up with something that makes a lot more sense.”

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Better Business Bureau Urges Caution When Donating to Japanese Relief Charity

The Better Business Bureau is urging you to be cautious when donating to a Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief charity.

The BBB warns that fraudulent charities may scam donations from Hoosiers. When donating to a charity, be cautious when relying on bloggers or other website recommendations regarding charities.

Find out who will benefit from your donation in Japan and what type of assistance will be provided. Be wary of claims that 100 percent of donations will assist Japan. Despite what an organization might claim, charities have fundraising and administrative costs and a portion of your donation will be used for those purposes.

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‘Ted Hayes Remembers’ Program to Feature Pastor Tim Miller

Pastor Miller and his family on Installation Day at Our Redeemer in 1986

Recently we announced that Pastor Tim Miller of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Knox will be relocating in April to the Clear Lake Lutheran Church in Fremont, Indiana. Pastor Miller has served Our Redeemer, and its congregation, for 25 years which is longer than any other recent mainline pastor.

In an interview with Ted Hayes this week, it was noted that Pastor Miller will be missed when the festival season gears up this summer. That’s because under his guidance, Our Redeemer received its share of award winning float entries over the years.

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North Judson-San Pierre Academic Super Bowl Team Wins Northwest Hoosier Academic Conference

The North Judson-San Pierre High School Academic Super Bowl team is the 2011 Northwest Hoosier Academic Conference champion. The Bluejays competed at River Forest on Tuesday, March 15, against six other teams: Kankakee Valley, Lake Station Edison, Lowell, North Newton, Rensselaer, and River Forest.

Accumulating 82 points, the Bluejays handily earned first place against rival Lowell which placed second with 73 points and Rensselaer, the third place finisher with 72 points.

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Tom and Lenny Take the Sibo’s Challenge!

WKVI’s Tom Berg and Lenny Dessauer agreed to take the Sibo’s challenge – the consumption of a three pound hamburger!  Now, the hamburger patties are three pounds.  With the lettuce, 10 pieces of cheese, tomatoes, onions, a piece of ham, and pickles, it actually weighs almost five pounds.  PLUS, they have to eat all of their fries AND potato salad in 45 minutes.  Did they make it??? Continue reading

Tornado Drills to be Performed Today as Part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week

This week is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. As part of the observation of this week, tornado drills are expected to be held today. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department will hold drills today at 9:30 a.m. and at 7:00 p.m. CT. Knox schools will also hold drills at 9:30 a.m. today. Tornado sirens will be going off in Knox, Hamlet and in North Judson at those times. The sirens you will hear during these drills will be the sirens to listen for in case of severe weather in the area. If a tornado warning has been declared and you hear the sirens blare, you are urged to go to your home’s basement or other safe place to take cover.

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Senator Lugar Losing Support

Senator Lugar

Is Richard “Dick” Lugar in trouble with his own party? If you talk with the 67 County Chairmen who have endorsed his opponent in the spring primary he is.

Richard Mourdock is the Indiana State Treasurer and a favorite of the conservative wing of the party that considers Lugar too much of a moderate. He is rated one of President Barack Obama’s favorite Republican Senators.

Lugar was first elected to the Senate in 1976 when he defeated then-U.S. Senator Vance Hartke. He has been so popular that in the 2006 election, the Democrats didn’t even run a candidate against him.

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Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department to Offer Registry for Alzheimers, Dementia and Autism Patients Prone to Wandering

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer told WKVI that the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has had many calls concerning missing people; specifically those with Alzheimers, Dementia and Autism. The Sheriff would like to start a registry and have individual profiles on file at the Sheriff’s Department so if your loved one is missing, he/she can be located easily.

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IU Health LaPorte Hospital Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition

Indiana University Health LaPorte Hospital again earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition with a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of respiratory care services available in hospitals.

About 700 hospitals, or approximately 15% of hospitals nationwide, received the award. IU Health LaPorte Hospital has received the award consecutively since 2007.

Maxinkuckee Players 2011 Summer Production and Road Schedule Announced

The Maxinkuckee Players 2011 production is Nunsense-The Mega-Musical and it will be performed on the stage of the North Judson-San Pierre High School auditorium for two performances, Saturday and Sunday, August 13th and 14th. This will be the first Maxinkuckee Players performance on a Starke County stage.

After nearly 30 years of shows on the high school auditorium stage in Culver, this year the Players will present their shows in Argos, in Bremen and in Culver as well as in North Judson. Summer construction work at the Culver site lead to the road production schedule. Some years ago, the annual show was moved to Argos due to construction work at the Culver auditorium.

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Friday Night Mixed League 03/11/11

Friday Night Mixed League 03/11/11
Team Standings:
1. 4-Alarm Fire 70.0-42.0
2. Alley Aces 69.5-42.5
3. Rollin’ Thunder 66.0-46.0
4. Good Friends 60.0-52.0
5. Dolezal Family 57.5-54.5
6. Undecided 56.5-55.5
7. Mariah’s Hill 56.5-55.5
8. Raiders 54.0-58.0
9. Hard Times 51.0-61.0
10. Feel the Power 49.5-62.5
11. Baugh Construction 48.5-63.5
12. O’s Tap 33.0-79.0
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Former Knox Resident Living in Japan Not Harmed in Earthquake

Peggy Ikeda

A former Knox resident who has taught in Japan for a number of years is reported to be “safe and sound.” Peggy Ikeda, daughter of Kiyoko and the late Giichi Ikeda, emailed her sister, Dr. Katherine Kamrath, that there was none of the devastation where she lives.

Peggy is a 1969 graduate of Knox High School. She lives and teaches in Kanazawa, Japan, which is on the western side of the island.

As a side bar to this story, Dr. Kamrath reports that her mother, Kiyoko, is in an assisted living complex near her home in Lafayette, California.

Kiyoko (or Kee-oh as she was known to everyone in Knox) was a former Starke County elected official before retiring to the west coast to be near her daughter and family.