North Judson Holiday Activities Begin Tonight

Christmas wallpaper

Don’t miss the Christmas light ceremony tonight at 6:00 p.m. CT at Norwayne Field in North Judson. Cookies and hot chocolate will be available at the old firehouse following the event.

Santa Claus will be arriving in North Judson on Saturday, by train, at 12:30 p.m. The Christmas parade will start at the Depot and end at the new firehouse on Luken Street. Santa will be greeting children at the firehouse where cookies and hot chocolate will be available.

North Judson-San Pierre Madrigal Dinner Tonight

NJ-SP Madrigal singers

The North Judson-San Pierre Madrigal Dinner and musical performance will be tonight at Grand Central Station in North Judson at 7:00 p.m. CT.

Under the direction of Donna Ness, the singers will be performing two other times, 7:00 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 p.m. Sunday.  This is the 20th year for the performances.

Three Starke County Community Corrections Employees Honored at Annual Conference

Community Corrections staff
Robert Hinojosa, Robert Shawn Mattraw and Kimberly Kennedy

Three Starke County government employees were recently honored at the Indiana Association of Community Corrections Annual Conference for outstanding achievement in community corrections for 2010. The Conference was held in Indianapolis.

Kimberly Kennedy was selected as the Program Supervisor for 2010 for her exceptional work in overseeing the Starke County Community Corrections Community Service Component and Robert Shawn Mattraw was selected as the Electronic Monitoring Home Detention Employee of the Year. Director, Robert Hinojosa, also received recognition for his 25 years of service to the Association.

Love Inc. Helps Meet the Needs of Starke County

Wendy Medborn
Wendy Medborn

The Love Inc. organization is fulfilling many needs of people experiencing crisis situations in Starke County. The Executive Director of Love Inc. is Wendy Medborn.  She’s been “on the job” since August and is already realizing what a big job it is.

Ted Hayes talked with Wendy Medborn Wednesday and asked if needs have increased since so many people are out of work.

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Knox City Police Department Statistics for November

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem
Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief, Clint Norem, has released the Department’s statistics for the month of November.

The Department had 443 calls, 11 accident reports and 44 incident reports. There were 5 Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Reports, 18 people arrested on 21 traffic charges, 36 people arrested on 58 criminal charges, 8 juveniles arrested on various charges and 4 people cited for 4 ordinance violations. 5 battery arrests and 4 warrant arrests were made and 17 drug charges were filed.

Newly Elected Starke County Officials to go through Orientation

Starke County Courthouse

Orientation for newly elected officials in Starke County will be held Tuesday, December 21st, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. A tentative agenda will be emailed to all existing department heads who are invited to attend.

New Council members are David Pearman, Mitchell Semans, Anthony Radkiewicz, and Marvin McLaughlin.  They will be going into office after January 1st.  Also invited to attend is newly elected Prosecutor, Nicholas Bourff.

Christmas Lights Brighten up Pulaski, Indiana

It’s always worth the drive. The folks in Pulaski, Indiana go all out for Christmas and again this year the lights are up for viewing.

Don’t miss the Gilsinger-Hialeah race track at Brenda and Paul Gilsinger’s house.

Gilsinger Implement has always been one of the proud sponsors of Reindeer Racing on WKVI and he sets up the racetrack, with the reindeer on the lawn.

Former Plymouth Resident Releases Christmas Album

Amy Ward
Amy Ward's album cover

It’s December and it’s the time of year when Ted Hayes’ favorite music is played. He loves Christmas music and for that reason, he placed a call to former Plymouth resident, Amy Ward, to find out about her newest Christmas album.

“There’s a couple of Christmas classics that I put my little spin on like ‘Let it Snow’. It’s kind of a singer-songwriter accoustic laid-back version,” she said. “Then I did kind of an African arrangement for ‘Little Drummer Boy’. At the end is another classic, ‘Jingle Bells’, where I did a shortened jazz rendition of the song. It’s a very Marilyn Monroe type of style.”

If you go to Amy’s website, you’ll be able to contact her and find out how you can own a copy of the release. Amy is the daughter of WKVI Account Executive, Patty Norwick, and the granddaughter of the late Doris Norman.

Starke County Election Board to Hold Post Election Meeting

voting booth

The Starke County Election Board has scheduled a post election meeting for Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the 2nd floor meeting room in the Starke County Courthouse.

The Board, consisting of President Pat Mitchell, Vice President Jim Henriott and Clerk Evelyn Skronski, will review the 2010 election, make plans for the 2011 City Election and approve election workers. The public is invited to attend the meeting.

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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