Two Arrested on Methamphetamine Charges in Pulaski County

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department officers arrested two people, Friday, May 13th, on methamphetamine related charges.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. ET, officers observed a vehicle pull up to a home near Beardstown on U.S. 35. Officers knew that the occupant of the home is in the nursing home and so they stopped and watched the occupants in the vehicle from a distance. After a while, the officers pulled into the driveway to check their story and one occupant fled into a building. At that time, Avery A. Mullins, 28, of Grovertown and Otis T. Young, 30, of Plymouth, were taken into custody. A wanted persons check found that both subjects were wanted on outstanding warrants in Marshall County.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Discusses Legislation Passed in General Assembly; Fall Registration

Dr. Robert Klitzman
Dr. Robert Klitzman

Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent, Dr. Robert Klitzman shared a few pieces of legislation that came out of the General Assembly with the School Board members at their recent meeting.

“Teacher evaluation is going to be more geared toward student data and how the students have improved in their actual achievement,” said Dr. Klitzman. “That’s going to be folded into the evaluation for teachers. Collective bargaining has been greatly restricted. Over the years, collective bargaining with our teachers has grown more and more and that’s through an agreement on both sides. It’s not a one sided thing. Our legislature passed a bill that limits what you can bargain so even if a school and a Teacher’s Association wants to go and bargain other things, legally they can not. This is what’s put in the statute.”

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Waiting to Fill up Your Gas Tank Could Cause Cost You More

With gas prices over $4.00 a gallon, many of you are attempting to stretch out a tank of gas too far and that could leave you stranded on the roadside. AAA cautions you that allowing your car to run out of fuel can not only put you in a dangerous situation, it could result in costly repair bills.

Running a vehicle extremely low on fuel may cause sediment in the bottom of the tank to clog the fuel pump pickup, the fuel filter or even the fuel injectors. When a minimum level of fuel is not maintained, it could cause the electric fuel pump inside the tank to overheat.

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Marsh Manor Fate to be Decided May 25th, 2011

Marsh Manor is pictured here shortly after the fire

The fate of Marsh Manor on Main Street in Knox will be decided on May 25th. According to Planning Commissioner Greg Matt, the building has been boarded up after the last of the renters were evicted. According to some, the building had been home to several “squatters” too before it was finally emptied.

Once a home to Dr. Kelly, a prominent dentist in the community, the home had been turned into an apartment building. It had fallen on hard times during the past few years, with a fire the final blow to its viability as a rooming house.

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Ted Hayes Remembers Don Paul

Don Paul, Sr.

“We lost a good man last week,” said Ted Hayes. “Don Paul was one of those guys who was a good husband, a good father, and a good grandfather. He was good for 4-H in Starke County having devoted thousands of hours in his lifetime to making sure 4-Hers had good guidance, and better still, a good role model.”

“But when I think of Don Paul, I will remember him as a great team-mate with his wife, Mabel. If you know Mabel as I do, you know she’s a take charge woman in a good way. And that was alright with Don because he was always there for her. Her accomplishments, which were many, made him so proud.”

“I remember the night Mabel was honored with the Schricker Award. There wasn’t a person in the room who was happier for her, than her husband Don.”

“And his grandchildren, well, his shirt buttons popped when mentioning their accomplishments.”

“Yes, we lost a good man last week. He’ll be missed by all who knew him. But we were all richer because he lived among us. We were all richer because of the example he set.”

Week in Review May 9th-13th, 2011

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

Residents from the town of North Judson discussed gas prices with the North Judson Town Board members at their recent meeting. The residents expressed their concern that the prices in North Judson are higher than the surrounding communities.

The Culver Community School Board voted to close Monterey Elementary School at its meeting this week. More cuts are forecast as the Board has to cut $855,000 from the budget in the next two years. Continue reading

Local Representatives Attend State Tri Kappa Convention

Rhonda Cavinder and Shirley Fosler

Rhonda Cavinder and Shirley Fosler of the local Zeta Eta chapter of Tri Kappa recently attended the 59th State Convention of Tri Kappa, held in Indianapolis. As delegates, they attended business sessions and educational workshops, and sold the local chapter’s Tri Kappa ribbon, vinyl clings, and handmade cards. The Fine Arts winners from Province Conventions were on display, and Joan Byer of the Knox Zeta Eta Chapter received a second place on her entry in the Green Craft category, a quilt made from neckties. Continue reading

Softball Sectional Pairings

Here are the pairings for the 27th annual IHSAA Softball State Tournament…


49 @ Whiting

LaCrosse vs. Kouts

50 @ Caston

West Central vs. South Newton

51 @ Triton

South Central vs. Argos


34 @ Boone Grove

NJSP vs. Boone Grove; Culver vs. Winamac


18 @ Griffith

Knox vs. Griffith

19 @ South Bend St. Joe

John Glenn vs. Plymouth

Best of luck to all eight of our area softball teams in this year’s post-season!

Knox City Council Discusses Protection Against Lightning Damage to City Equipment

Knox City Council #2
Back Row: Mayor Rick Chambers, Ed Blue, Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston, Greg Matt and Attorney David Matsey. Front Row: Linda Berndt, Jeff Berg and Ron Parker

Mayor Rick Chambers informed the Knox City Council this week that he is exploring ways to protect city equipment from lightning strikes.

“Jeff, Ed and I, met with the company called Flotronics, a company that engineers and designs electrical systems components to stop lightning damage,” the Mayor told the Council. “They came up with some figures at the Wastewater Plant, $12,449 and $8,295 at the Water Plant. So, it’ll be about $21,000. It’s to protect the wires so the lightning doesn’t go through the wires into the machines and it’s put on in layers, like three different layers, of protection.”

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Fire Destroys Bass Lake Home

The Bass Lake Fire Department was called to a house fire at 6560 S. State Road 10 at Bass Lake. Fire Chief, Les Jensen, told WKVI that the two-story brick home was a total loss. The Fire Department battled the blaze for about 45 minutes before it came under control. Jensen said the home was a summer home owned by an Illinois resident. The preliminary cause of the fire is a lightning strike. The home was valued at at least $500,000. Continue reading

Bella Vita Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held Thursday

The Bella Vita Board of Directors and community help cut the ribbon to the Bella Vita Pregnancy Resource Center

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held yesterday at the recently opened Bella Vita Pregnancy Resource Center in Knox. The Center is located in a home that was owned by Frances Meyers on South Heaton Street.

“I have the honor to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors for Bella Vita Pregnancy Resource Center,” said Rhonda Adcock. “This day, for me, represents a vision that has become a reality. What started out as a desire to just help hurting women came from hearing burdens and stories of others, a vision to have a crisis pregnancy center here in Knox. Starting on the Steering Committee, and now the Board, has given me a front row seat to see that vision become the reality that you see within this house today.”

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John Brooke Sentenced to 22 Years in the Indiana Department of Corrections

John Brooke

Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall sentenced John Brooke this morning. Brooke is the last of the suspects involved in the police shootout at Bass Lake in February 2010.  Brooke was found guilty of six charges in a jury trial in April. Judge Hall categorized Brooke’s counts into three different criminal episodes and sentenced him according to those elements.

Brooke was sentenced to 15 years on the count of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and 4 years on the count of Possession/Manufacturing of a Destructive Device. Those sentences will be served concurrently. Brooke was sentenced to 4 years on the Intimidation charge, 1 year on the Resisting Law Enforcement charge and 1 year on the Unlawful Use of Body Armor charge. Those sentences will run concurrently together. Brooke will serve 3 years on the Assisting a Criminal charge. All of those sentences will be served consecutively for a total of 22 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. None of the sentence was suspended and he will be credited for 452 already served in jail.

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Health Fair Scheduled for Saturday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital

Pulaski Memorial Hospital

Pulaski Memorial Hospital will host a community wide Health Fair on Saturday, May 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET at the Hospital.

The emergency staff will be demonstrating the use of the new robot for stroke victims. The pharmacy will offer a disposal program for out-of-date medicine and massages will be available for a free will donation that will go to the Pulaski Memorial Auxiliary. Prizes will include a Wii game console, a three month membership to the YMCA, gift baskets, and a bone density test.

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SCILL Center Students Perform Well on ASE Certification Tests

SCILL Center

The students at the SCILL Center recently took ASE classes for certification.

“There were 152 tests that were given over a week’s period of time, which included steering, suspension, brakes, electrical and electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, automatic transmission systems, transaxles, manual drive line, axles and heating and air conditioning,” explained SCILL Center Instructor, Rod Dawson. “In each of the categories, we had actually 19 students that were taking each one of these tests, and they scored over a fifty percent in each of them with a pass rate. I was quite impressed with the students and it was an excellent showing for the first time around. I felt that the students needed to take all eight areas and it just validates what they actually are doing here for training.”

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Ted Hayes Spotlights Class of 1961 in Today’s “Ted Hayes Remembers” Program

Linda Lock. This picture is from the 1961 Sandbur Yearbook

TED HAYES REMEMBERS 5-13 (download or listen)

You’re invited to listen to “Ted Hayes Remembers” today at 12:20 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. CT. He will talk about the Knox High School Class of 1961.

It was the biggest class to graduate to that date (110). The varsity basketball record of 19-1 still stands as the best ever. Mark Simmons taught Government and History, Jane Beeson taught Home Ec., Henry Meurer was the High School Band Director, Bob Beeson was the basketball coach and Dale Snelling was the football coach.

Linda Lock and Ron Fletcher were chosen as Mr. and Miss Knox High School. Linda was also the Homecoming Queen her senior year.

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