Indiana Legislative Sessions and Committee Meetings Canceled due to Weather

State Representative Nancy Dembowski

Tuesday and Wednesday were slow days for State Legislators as sessions were canceled because of weather for the first time in 10 years.

“We had no session on Tuesday and that included Committee meetings and Committee meetings were called off Wednesday as well,” said State Representative Nancy Dembowski (D-Knox). “Normally on Wednesday we don’t have session, but we have a full day of Committee meetings. All of that has been called off because it’s just really treacherous to move around down here because of the ice.”

Dembowski said the two days were not wasted.

“We were able to get here,” she said. “I don’t live far and I was able to walk over and it gives us uninterrupted time to get a lot of work done and get some things done that we may have been setting aside as busy as we’ve been in session. There are some positives to it as well.”

Don Good Analyses Gas Prices

The oil price closed at $91.50 a barrel in Wednesday’s market. That prompted a call to Don Good from the Good Oil Company in Winamac.

“They took a little spike over the unrest in Egypt and the Suez Canal comes through there and that’s a big concern as far as shipping oil out of the Gulf,” reported Don Good. “There’s also a major pipeline that runs through Egypt called the Suez Pipeline and it’s a concern there that it may be impacted if the violence goes that way. I think a bigger concern there is it could destabilize the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia. Their fear is that if it spreads there, that’s where we’ll really have a problem.”

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Weather Causes Accidents on Indiana’s Roadways

A 17-year-old Demotte boy died in a car-semi accident Tuesday night in Newton County.  Matthew Tayler apparently pulled into the path of the semi on State Road 10.  Weather was a factor in the accident.  The semi driver was from Janesville, Wisconsin.  He was not injured.

A semi driver hit an INDOT snow plow Wednesday morning  on State Road 31 near Lakeville.  The semi drivers said he did not see the snow plow in front of him because of the snow hitting his windshield.  The semi driver was ticketed for driving too closely.

Starke United Director to Resign

Starke United

Starke United President, Todd Zeltwanger, has confirmed that Executive Director, Edie Hall, has tendered her resignation. In the resignation notice, Hall said that her husband has retired and the family will be moving out of the area. Her last day at the helm will be March 20th.

Starke United is on its way to wrap up the 2010 campaign by the end of February.

Knox Kiwanis Club is down to Seven Members

The Knox City Council discussed Halloween at it’s most recent meeting. Even though it’s a little early, the Council established Monday, October 31st as the official Trick or Treat night.

The reason they discussed Halloween is that the Knox Kiwanis Club has traditionally put on the Trick or Treat costume judging and party. The Council has been informed that the Kiwanis Club may not be able to sponsor the activities this year.

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Knox City Police Department Statistics for January

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

Knox City Police Chief, Clint Norem, has released the January statistics from the Police Department.

The Department received 376 calls and investigated 15 accidents. There were 7 Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated arrests and 2 Public Intoxication arrests. 10 people were arrested on 15 traffic charges and 25 people were arrested on 54 criminal charges. One person was arrested on a battery charge and 5 people were arrested on active warrants. 17 drug charges were filed.

Take Precautions to Avoid Frozen Pipes this Winter

When temperatures dip below freezing, homeowners should take simple precautions to keep the pipes intact and avoid pouring thousands of dollars into home repairs.

Ensure water tanks and pipes are insulated. Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are more vulnerable to freezing. Let the water run. Letting both hot and cold lines of a faucet drip in the extreme cold can prevent a pipe from bursting. A running faucet relieves pressure between the faucet and the ice. No pressure means no bursting. Also, keep bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors open during a cold spell to let warm air circulate around the pipes. Seal any leaks in your home, attic, basement or crawl space that might allow cold air inside where pipes are located.

WKVI Archives

The coldest day ever recorded in Indiana was 35 below on this date in 1951 at the Greensburg Weather Station.

This was a big day for the Kankakee Valley REMC. On February 2nd, 1940, the first meter was installed at the home of Porter Jack at Hamlet.


It is winter —
—- Many years ago in the winter it was ice-making season on the ponds, rivers and lakes of Starke County. Really, I should say “ice harvesting.” Farmers and others from the area would be hired by the Ice Companies to cut blocks of ice to store for the next summer’s use. These blocks of ice were elevated and placed in large “ice barns” and insulated with saw dust or marsh hay. Because of the large mass of ice in one location, the ice would last for several months. Often the ice, in large blocks, was loaded into railroad box cars and shipped to Chicago and other places for the customers’ kitchen ice boxes. Bass Lake had a railroad line on the south side of the lake to carry vacationers in the summer and ice in the winter.

Ice house at Bass Lake

The Modern refrigerator has changed the way people live all around the world. It’s easy to take the “white box” in your kitchen for granted. Just take a look at places in the world which don’t have refrigeration. People go shopping every day. They may lower dairy products and other foods into a well or spring so they will stay cool for a couple of days without spoiling. There is no way that a modern America would be recognizable to you or me if it weren’t for refrigeration.

In the 1930’s, before electricity, I remember the ice box. It was a common fixture in every home. Ice boxes were usually made of wood with insulated walls, lined with tin inside. There was a door for a large (maybe a 100 lb) block of ice. The other doors were for milk, fruit, vegetables and other perishables. There was a drain tray at the bottom for the melting ice water. My Mother would put a sign (see attachment) in the window, letting the ice man know how much ice she wanted to buy that day. He would cut that approximate size with his ice pick, grab it up with his ice tongs, throw it over his shoulder, carry it into the house and put it into our ice box. I was usually close at hand to see if I could find any small chunks of ice which I could suck on during a hot summer’s day.

This last picture (left) shows the Shaws from Knox with their delivery truck ready to haul ice to customers. The Shaw family had ponds and ice houses just north of the Yellow River and north of the present location of the Knox Railroad Depot (Gateway area). Across U.S. 35 from the Depot, they owned a coal yard and ice storage building. They would regularly deliver ice in the summer and coal in the winter.

Refrigerators, as we know them now, have only been mass-produced since the late 1940s. Appreciate yours!

Jim Shilling
Starke County Historical Society

Local Scoring Leaders

Boys Season Scoring Leaders (Through 1/29/11)

Zach Richie-Oregon-Davis: 39.2ppg; Season Total: 549

John Eckert-North Judson: 19.2; Season Total: 270

Zoe Bauer-Culver: 18.6ppg; Season Total: 261

Ryan Pahl-LaCrosse: 17.8ppg; Season Total: 232

Elliott Coad-Knox: 16.0ppg; Season Total: 225

Matt Walker-South Central: 15.6ppg; Season Total: 203

Josh Anderson-John Glenn: 14.5ppg; Season Total: 189

Winston Yergler-North Judson: 13.3ppg; Season Total: 187

Aaron Heims-West Central: 12.8ppg; Season Total: 206

Kendall Hochstedler-North Judson: 12.8ppg; Season Total: 180

Andrew Frasure-North Judson: 12.3ppg; Season Total: 173

Jordan Guse-LaCrosse: 10.4ppg; Season Total: 136

Career Scoring Leaders (Minimum 300 points)

Zoe Bauer-Culver:  1265

Zach Richie-Oregon-Davis: 972

John Eckert-North Judson: 906

Ryan Pahl-LaCrosse: 567

Kendall Hochstedler-North Judson: 534

Matt Walker-South Central: 489

Josh Risner-Knox: 352

Andrew Frasure-North Judson: 448

Jordan Guse-LaCrosse: 377

Josh Anderson-John Glenn: 352

Alex Chrzan-West Central: 351

Aaron Heims-West Central: 346

A.J. Neace-Culver: 303

Girls Season Scoring Leaders (Through 1/31/11)

Jacy Borlik-John Glenn: 17.9ppg; SeasonTotal: 323

Gwen Zehner-Culver: 16.7ppg; Season Total: 334

Ashley Campbell-Oregon-Davis: 15.2ppg; Season Total: 289

Jesse Averone-Oregon-Davis: 15.1ppg; Season Total: 287

Sarah Redweik-Winamac: 13.8ppg; SeasonTotal: 236

Marissa Hamilton-West Central: 13.3ppg; Season Total: 236

Stephanie Balon-South Central: 11.4ppg; Season Total: 194

Justine Kruger-West Central: 11.0ppg; SeasonTotal: 177

Jordann Frasure-North Judson: 10.9ppg; Season Total: 197

Patrice McBee-Culver: 10.8ppg; Season Total: 216

Brittany Tetzloff-Knox: 10.5ppg; Season  Total: 179

Career Scoring Leaders (Minimum 300 points)

Gwen Zehner-Culver: 1,229

Jacy Borlik-JohnGlenn: 945

Stephanie Balon-South Central: 851

Allie DeFries-Winamac: 673

Justyne Kranenburg-Oregon-Davis: 550

Janyl Zachary-Knox: 537

Sarah Redweik-Winamac: 536

Kierstynn Combs-Knox: 524

Katie Bekavac-South Central: 520

Brittany Tetzloff-Knox: 488

Shelby Worthen-South Central: 487

Ellie Kiser-Winamac: 450

Patrice McBee-Culver: 449

Whitney Sanders-Culver: 435

Nicole Carnegie-Culver: 424

Jordann Frasure-North Judson: 415

Paydin Barrett-North Judson: 412

Kenley Sanchez-North Judson: 376

Elisabeth White-North Judson: 376

Christine Malecki-LaCrosse: 361

Courtney Nelson-West Central: 345

Elisabeth Caudill-Knox: 322

Alison Zehner-Culver: 320

Cayla Ochs-John Glenn: 311

Justine Kruger-West Central: 308

Single Game Bests (Boys): Minimum 20 points

Zach Richie-Oregon-Davis: 55 (vs. Gary 21st Century)

Trent Elliott-Culver: 33 (vs. OD)

Elliott Coad-Knox: 32 (vs. Tippecanoe Valley)

Alan Baum-South Central: 31 (vs. Morgan Twp.)

Zoe Bauer-Culver: 30 (vs. LaCrosse)

John Eckert-North Judson: 30 (vs. North Newton)

Ryan Pahl-LaCrosse: 30 (vs. Washington Twp.)

Aaron Heims-West Central: 27 (vs. Morgan Twp.)

Matt Walker-South Central: 26 (vs. Boone Grove)

Zeph Conley-West Central: 25 (vs. Frontier)

Alex Chrzan-West Central: 24 (vs. Kouts)

Brock Solmos-John Glenn: 24 (vs. Argos)

Josh Anderson-John Glenn: 23 (vs. Triton)

Kendall Hochstedler-North Judson: 23 (vs. Culver)

Josh Risner-Knox: 22 (vs. Bremen and Kankakee Valley)

Dalton Taylor-Oregon-Davis: 22 (vs. LaVille)

Andrew Frasure-North Judson: 21 (vs. LaVille)

Jordan Guse-LaCrosse: 21 (vs. North White)

Craig McIntosh-Oregon-Davis: 20 (vs. S.B. Trinity)

Winston Yergler-NJSP: 20 (vs. Rensselaer)

Single Game Bests (Girls): Minimum 20 points

Jesse Averone-Oregon-Davis: 34 (vs. Argos)

Gwen Zehner-Culver: 29 (vs. Argos and Bremen)

Ashley Campbell-Oregon-Davis: 28 (vs. CGA)

Marissa Hamilton-West Central: 28 (vs. LaCrosse)

Jacy Borlik-John Glenn: 27 (vs. Bremen)

Stephanie Balon-South Central: 25 (vs. River Forest)

Justyne Kranenburg-Oregon-Davis: 25 (vs. Culver)

Taylor Guse-LaCrosse: 23 (vs. Covenant Christian)

Jordann Frasure-North Judson: 22 (vs. Kankakee Valley)

Sarah Redweik-Winamac: 22 (vs. Tri-County)

Patrice McBee-Culver: 21 (vs. Argos)

Brittany Tetzloff-Knox: 21 (vs. Culver)

31 Area Wrestlers Advance To Regionals

Once again our area has seen great success in high school wrestling. Last year our area had 28 wrestlers advance out of their Sectionals, including 7 weight class champions. This year we have had another great start to the wrestling post season with 31 individuals advancing to the Regional round, including 6 weight class champions! Here is a list of all 31 wrestlers who finished in the top 4 of their weight classes to advance to this weekend’s Regional as well as their individual season records:

Culver (5): 112lbs-Allen Betts-4th (21-20); 135-Ian Randolph-2nd (26-9); 160-Mark Hurford-4th (15-24); 189-Matt Hurford-1st (36-2); 285-Jeremiah Harvey-3rd (34-4).

Glenn (7): 103-Andrew Frey-4th (26-15);112-Kaleb McCallum-1st (37-3); 119-Ryan Ishmael-3rd (29-13); 125-Myles White-2nd (31-9); 130-James Frey-4th (24-18); 160-Cody Strange-3rd (34-6); 189-Jacob Ayers-4th (12-20).

Knox (5): 119-Eric Dan-4th (22-10); 140-Devann Biddle-2nd (22-4); 152-Garrett Majchrzak-3rd (17-7); 215-Tyler Keeton-4th (17-19); 285-Logan Short-1st (22-11).

NJSP (2): 103-Andrew Ledford-3rd (33-5); 285-Quentin Barnhart (21-7).

West Central (6): 103-Cody Denton-3rd (27-14); 125-Dillan Rehn-1st (38-3); 160-Logan Wuethrich-4th (30-13); 189-Steven Masters-1st (33-3); 215-Bryce Tanner-2nd (37-4); 285-Jordan Culp-2nd (21-4).

Winamac (6): 119-Payton Windsor-4th (15-14); 125-Jorden Bitterling-3rd (21-15); 130-Robert Hartley-4th (31-7); 160-Richie Doty-3rd (27-9); 171-Ridge Parks-3rd (20-12); 285-Zach Dix-1st (26-3).

Congratulations to all of our area wrestlers on a great start to the post season!!

New Name of Starke County Hospital Getting Positive Response

Linda Satkoski (L) helps present the new Indiana University Health flag to the community

“All seems to be positive!” That was the word from Indiana University Health-Starke Hospital CEO, Linda Satkoski, about the name change of our local hospital. WKVI talked with Satkoski last week, and again asked about the build up to the name change.

“When the IU, Riley and Methodist Hospitals in downtown Indianapolis joined, they became Clarian in 1997,” explained Satkoski. “In 1998, LaPorte Hospital joined the Clarian system. Then in 2009, when LaPorte Regional Health System purchased Starke Memorial Hospital we became part of the entire system also.”

When asked about why the name change occurred, she replied, “That means it’s an assurance to the public that they will be getting the same care, same education, same research availability across the system. It really is all about the assurance that we can guarantee to our patients. They will receive the same standard of care across the system.”

Community Hospital Board President, Ben Bennett, has been out and about and reported positive feed back on the name change.

“Ben told me he was quite excited,” stated Satkoski. “He said he’s been out and about in the community and has been getting very a positive response. He said that the IU Health name really brings a lot of recognition.”

Indiana University Health-Starke Hospital. The new name of the former Starke Memorial Hospital.

Purdue Cooperative Extension Services Facing Cuts

Alan Kurtz
Alan Kurtz

How much in jeopardy is Extension as we know it in Indiana? Governor Mitch Daniels has proposed deep cuts in spending on state universities, and part of the funding for County Extension Offices comes from Purdue University.

Allen Kurtz, of the local extension offices in Starke and Pulaski Counties, was asked that question recently by Ted Hayes.

“I think we’re optimistic,” replied Kurtz. “We had a good meeting with Mrs. Dembowski last week and had some good discussion about the importance of some of the line items that we have from the State and how they impact our Extension Service, 4-H and the Fair.”

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Ted Hayes Remembers Jesse Clabaugh; Friday’s Show to Feature Ben Lipke

Ben Lipke and Donna Brown prepare for the Grand Opening of the Five Star store

Hope you listened to the first “Ted Hayes Remembers” Friday. Ted will be in again this Friday with another interesting story from out of the past.

“You have to go clear back to 1943 for this one,” said Ted. “On this day, Jesse Clabaugh, the Community Defense Director during WWII, called for a black-out test for the county. Everyone had to turn their lights out in case of attack by the Germans. Jesse Clabaugh was the grandfather of our own Nancy Dembowski.”

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Maxinkuckee Players to Choose a Different Summer Production; Location

The Maxinkuckee Players have announced that plans for the 2011 summer production will be changed due to construction at the Culver High School Auditorium, the usual venue.

In an announcement this week, Players president Mike Overmyer said the group will choose a different play, with a smaller cast, that can be more conveniently rehearsed and staged at another, still unannounced, location. Earlier, the musical Crazy For You had been selected and was announced for presentation in late July.

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