Karen Land Presents Iditarod Program at Knox Library

Karen Land

It’s called the Super Bowl of dog sled racing. The Iditarod Race will be held the first Saturday in March. The race covers 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska has been called “The Last Great Race on Earth”.

Monday night, Karen Land brought her dog Borage to the Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox. The presentation described Karen’s Iditarod racing, with Borage wandering through the crowd making friends of young and old alike.

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Week in Review for February 14th-18th, 2011

Here is just some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week:

A former Winamac woman was reunited with her baby after her husband took of with him December 22nd. Sandy Young is filing for divorce from her husband, Maurice Young, after the incident kept her away from her 10-month-old son, Jacob.

Tim and Tracey Moore will be moving into their new Habitat for Humanity home today in Winamac. The 1,050 square foot home was built in six months by many volunteers for the Moore family. Continue reading

Starke Circuit Court Judge Sentences Two in Proceedings Friday

Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall sentenced two in court Friday morning.

Amber Bottorff

Judge Hall accepted a plea agreement submitted for Amber Bottorff where she plead guilty to a charge of Maintaining a Common Nuisance, a Class D Felony. As part of the agreement, a charge of Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Class B Felony was dropped. As part of her sentence, she will serve 18 months on home detention.

On December 31st, 2010, North Judson Police were requested to assist the Starke County Community Corrections team while they were conducting a home inspection. After checking on a detainee in the 5900 block of U-road, officers made a discovery of an active Methamphetamine Lab. North Judson Officer, Mat Anderson, arrested Amber Rae Bottorff, 21, of North Judson for Manufacturing of Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

Erica Bailey

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Knox City Police Department Investigates Theft of Steel from Railroad

The Knox City Police Department is investigating the theft of steel from the Norfolk and Southern Rail property on US 35 in Knox.

On Tuesday, February 15th, the police department received a complaint of individuals stealing metal from the property. Shortly after the call, a deputy from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department located the suspect vehicle southbound on US 35 and conducted a traffic stop. The stolen property was recovered in the suspect vehicle. Two North Judson men were arrested in the incident and taken to the Starke County Jail. They have preliminary charges of Theft and Trespass on Railroad Property.

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City of Knox Primary Election Filing Deadline is Today

The filing deadline for candidates seeking office in the 2011 Municipal Primary Election for the City of Knox is at Noon today. Candidates seeking office in Hamlet and North Judson have until August 1st to file.

Two people filed in the Starke County Clerk’s Office yesterday. Jane Ellen Felchuck, a Democrat, filed for the North Judson Town Board District 1 seat, a position she now holds on the Board. Kristina Pitts filed on the Democrat ticket for Hamlet Town Clerk-Treasurer.

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Indiana House Passes Dinosaur Building Law

Indiana Statehouse

The Indiana House unanimously passed House Bill 1005 on Tuesday. House Bill 1005 contains changes to what is commonly known as the “Dinosaur Building Law”.

Under existing law, a party that acquires an older industrial building that is at least 20 years old, that has been at least 75% vacant for at least two years and is at least 200,000 square feet, is entitled to tax credits for the rehabilitation made to such a building.

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Pastor Tim Miller to Leave Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Tim Miller

The Pastor at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Knox will be moving after being in the pulpit for 24 years. He is going to be the Pastor at the Clear Lake Lutheran Church in Freemont, Indiana and will be moving to the area in the next two months.

Pastor Miller followed Pastor Joseph Townsend and is only the fourth Pastor to minister at the church.

We’ll be interviewing Pastor Miller next week, giving him an opportunity to talk about the highlights of his pastorate in Knox.

Today’s ‘Ted Hayes Remembers’ Show to Feature the old Sears Store in Downtown Knox

Dick Pettinato

This is Friday, and at 12:20 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. CT, Ted Hayes will travel down memory lane to a time when Sears of Knox was located downtown. Bud Straight was the Manager and Dick Pettinato the Assistant Manager. It was a time when Sears had a huge staff of almost 40 people and sold everything imaginable.

Dick Pettinato will help Ted remember those days. There were so many people at the store that the customers confused the brand names for employees.

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Federal Express Semi Accident in Lake County Causes Rush Hour Problems

A rolled over Federal Express semi caused early morning rush hour problems Thursday morning.

At approximately 5:35 am, Indiana State Police Trooper Brian Rubesha responded to a rolled over crash on I-65 at the 247 mile marker (this is the Crown Point exit). Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Volvo semi pulling two box trailers was north bound in the left lane when for unknown reasons veered left. The semi went off the roadway, down a steep ditch, hit an impact attenuator, then a concrete barrier wall, which caused the semi-tractor and first trailer to flip onto its driver side. The semi-tractor and first trailer came to rest on the inside (left) shoulder on the south bound side of I-65. The second trailer stayed upright in the ditch.

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Tuesday Night Men’s League 02/15/11

Tuesday Night Men’s Bowling League 02/15/11
Team Standings:
1. Quarter’s 121.0-33.0
2. Konrad Cabinets 96.0-58.0
3. 1st Choice Pawn 85.0-69.0
4. Hensleys 84.0-70.0
5. Marks Body Shop 80.0-74.0
6. WKVI 80.0-74.0
7. Bowlaway Lanes 79.0-75.0
8. Sandbar 69.0-85.0
9. Time Out 64.0-90.0
10. Half Track 63.0-91.0
11. Simonis 56.0-98.0
12. Fishers 47.0-107.0
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Dwayne Clemons Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

Dwayne Clemons

Starke County Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall accepted a plea agreement Wednesday for Dwayne Clemons. Clemons plead guilty to two felony charges for an incident that occurred June 27th, 2009. Two other charges were dismissed.

In that incident, Clemons was charged with firing shots into a van carrying Jessie Sparks and a 9 year old girl. The shooting occurred after a physical altercation between Clemons and Sparks.

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Discussion Held Concerning Next Step for North Judson-San Pierre Marching Band

The North Judson-San Pierre marching band performs in a contest in October

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board did not make a decision concerning the future of the marching band program at its meeting this week.

Superintendent Lynn Johnson told WKVI that she gathered information on cost and number of students in other marching bands and presented that information to the Board. Several community members, parents and students attended the meeting and voiced their opinions and concerns about the marching band. The Board hopes to work with the students and the band department to keep the program alive in the future. Future meetings will entail planning and restructuring the marching band program to make it a sustainable program.

Knox City Police Arrest Knox Woman on Drug Charges

Dawn Mann

Knox City Police arrested Dawn Mann, of Knox, on preliminary charges of False Informing and Possession of Methamphetamine after a Monday traffic stop.

Knox police officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Jason Johnson of Knox. Police found that Jason had a warrant and arrested him. Since the passenger was drinking, she was allowed to contact someone to drive her home. The officer released the woman who said her name was Dawn Johnson. It was later discovered Dawn Johnson was actually Dawn Mann and she had several warrants through Starke and Marshall Counties.

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Pulaski County Officer Named Indiana Department of Homeland Security Task Force Commander

Ron Patrick (L) and IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has announced that 10 commanders are now in place to continue development of the regional emergency response task forces evolving into a statewide network of emergency support.

Ron Patrick, Chief Deputy of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, has been named as the Task Force Commander for District 2. The commanders are responsible for overseeing daily administrative operations, and recruiting resources to establish and expand the capabilities of the task force they oversee.

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