SCILL Center Collecting Coats for Those in Need

SCILL Center

The SCILL Center students are collecting coats for those in need this winter season.

If you have a gently used coat that you can donate, or maybe you’d like to purchase a new coat for the cause, you may drop them off for the SCILL Center students to collect. You may leave them at the Oregon-Davis High School, Ray’s Super Foods in North Judson, Pioneer Florist in North Judson, Five Star in Knox, Sears and Bailey’s Discount Center.

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Starke County Democrat Precinct Committeeman to Seek New County Treasurer

Linda Belork

The Starke County Precinct Committee persons have been notified that the Democrat party has decided to permanently replace Linda Belork in the office of Starke County Treasurer. Belork was removed as Treasurer on August 11th by the Starke County Commissioners because of a state audit that pointed out financial discrepancies. The county also filed suit against the bonding company, Ohio Casualty, which subsequently canceled Mrs. Belork’s bond.

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Senator Jim Arnold Gives Project Advice to Starke County Jail Committee

Starke County Jail

The Starke County Jail Committee met this week. Eight of the ten members were in attendance and heard presentations from two construction project management companies. Representatives from CCI in Ft. Wayne and The Skillman Corporation regional office in Merrillville were on hand to answer questions about jail construction.

Also on hand to address the group was State Senator Jim Arnold of LaPorte. Senator Arnold went through a jail building project when he was the Sheriff of LaPorte County and had this advice for the Committee.

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Knox City Police Department Investigates Burglary in Downtown Knox

The Knox City Police Department continues to investigate a break-in at the Starke County Abstract building on 14 E. Washington Street in Knox.

Suzie Gerretson called police on Wednesday, November 9th, when she entered the office and noticed that the safe was open and there were numerous papers scattered around the outside of the safe. Her desk drawer was also open.

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Technology Committee Gives Report to West Central School Board

The West Central School Board got an update from the Technology Committee at their recent meeting. The Board has wrapped up many of the Capital Projects it had planned for the year and now they can focus on technology. Superintendent Charles Mellon said that policies on social networking are being explored which includes cell phone use, Facebook usage and email. Other avenues are being researched as well.

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Hunters Sign-up to Participate in Next Spring’s Turkey Tracks Event

WKVI's Ted Hayes talks with LaDonna Brock and her hunting experiences

The 4th Annual Turkey Tracks Hunt is coming up in April 2012. Eric Corey, who has Lou Gehrig’s Disease, has been instrumental in organizing a turkey hunt each year for handicapped hunters. Along the way he has met numerous people who have taken advantage of his generosity.

One of those people is motivational speaker LaDonna Brock, from Richmond, Kentucky. LaDonna got her first turkey last spring in this hunt and is back now trying to get her first deer.

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Starke County EMS Accepting Donations for Food Pantry

The Starke County EMS family is currently accepting canned goods and non-perishable items at each of the county’s EMS stations. The emergency responders will be collecting items through Christmas. The donations will be given to the county food pantry.

EMS Director, Paul Mathewson, said that while they are collecting food at each of the stations in Grovertown, Knox, and North Judson, they are accepting donations of coats for those in need this winter season. They hope to get coats for children and adults in time for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. New or gently used coats will be accepted.

Knox Zeta Eta Tri Kappa Organization Attends Convention

Back Row: Sandy Hansen, Shirley Fosler, Rhonda Cavinder. Front Row: Suellyn Early, Karen Stout, Colleen McCarthy, Karen Showalter.

Several members of the Knox Zeta Eta Chapter of the Tri Kappa organization recently attended the Tri Kappa XXI Convention at the LaPorte First United Methodist Church.

Rhonda Cavinder gave a report and a Fine Arts competition was held. Brenda Krom and Shirley Fosler had entries in the photography division and Jennifer Frasure had made a Zeta Eta scrapbook.

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LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department Seeks Public Help in Solving Burglary

This car was stolen from the 3500 North block of U.S. 35, north of LaPorte

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department is seeking assistance in finding suspects responsible for a burglary that occurred in the 3500 North block of U.S. 35, north of the City of LaPorte.

Sheriff’s deputies found that sometime between Saturday afternoon and mid-morning Sunday, the detached garage on the property was forcibly entered and several items were stolen. A blue Miller portable MIG welder and a purple 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo were stolen. The Monte Carlo is very distinctive as it is a modified race car and has “NMCA DRAG RACING” on the front windshield. The vehicle has no license plate. Continue reading

Medaryville Woman Arrested after Telling Police Fabricated Story

Heather Robbins

A Medaryville woman was arrested Sunday after telling police of a battery incident that never occurred.

Heather Robbins reportedly told police that she was traveling on County Road 200 North just west of State Road 39 in Pulaski County when she saw red and blue lights behind her at approximately 4:00 a.m. ET. She said that she pulled over to the side of the road and an unknown person pulled her from the vehicle and beat her. She said she lost consciousness and woke up in her car. She returned home to North Judson to visit her family who urged her to go to the hospital.

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Four Provisional Ballots Remain Uncounted in North Judson Clerk-Treasurer’s Race

The recent municipal election in North Judson had Republican Donna Henry defeating incumbent Democrat Connie Miller for Clerk-Treasurer by four votes. Even though it would be a very slim chance, that specific election could end up tied because there are still four provisional votes out.

“Provisional ballots are going to be looked at at 10:00 a.m. on Friday which is the ten day deadline to come up to the Clerk’s Office and show us your ID, or if it’s a voting line problem, then we would determine that also,” said Starke County Clerk Evelyn Skronski. “There’s four provisional ballots in North Judson and one provisional in Knox.”

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Starke County Chamber Director Ready to Promote Knox Downtown Improvements

Debbie Mix

Candice Bernier from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns made a presentation to the Knox City Council last week concerning the downtown area. She talked about creating a five year plan for the downtown portion of the city.

One person who was excited with the presentation, and looks forward to assisting in getting the project off the ground, is Debbie Mix, the Executive Director of the Greater Starke County Chamber of Commerce. Bernier talked about involving every segment of the population in the decision making for improving the downtown. Mix said she looks forward to bringing the business segment into the planning process.

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Congressman Donnelly Discusses Gas Prices

Gas prices have been hovering around the $3.40 in Indiana lately. We asked Congressman Joe Donnelly what his thoughts are about the current state of gas prices:

“The more we become energy independent, the better we get control over our gas prices,” said Donnelly. “As we move forward, all of our policies that are based on American energy independence will make our economy continue to grow and will lower gas prices.”

Turkey Tracks Event Scheduled for April 2012

Eric Corey

With deer hunting season going on, we are thinking ahead to the Fourth Annual Turkey Tracks event that is scheduled for April 2012.

This event, organized by the Doug Corey family, is for disabled hunters and has grown three fold over the past three years.

Eric Corey talked what the event is all about.

“People with disabilities, handicaps and different diseases can get out in the outdoors and hunt for a weekend,” said Corey. “They can get their minds off hospitals and doctor’s appointments and let them have a good time.”

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