Congressman Joe Donnelly Announces Candidacy for U.S. Senate

Joe Donnelly
Congressman Joe Donnelly

Second District Representative, Joe Donnelly, made it official yesterday. In a video announcement, Donnelly said he wanted to take the fight for American jobs to the U.S. Senate.

The Democrat narrowly defeated challenger Jackie Walorski in the 2010 general election, but since then the District has become much more Republican with redistricting.

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Property Taxes are due Today

Today is the property tax deadline in Starke County. All payments are due to the Treasurer’s office today by the end of the day. A drop off box is located outside the Treasurer’s Office if you can not make it to the office by the time the doors close to the office today. If you are mailing your taxes, they must be postmarked today in order to be counted on time.

Property taxes are also due into the Pulaski County Treasurer’s Office today.

Improvements Continue at Wythogan Park in Knox

A crew works on the skate park at Wythogan Park in Knox

“There’s more to come.” That was the word from Knox Park Board member, Rodger Weigel, who was at Wythogan Park when Ted Hayes took a tour last week. New dugouts were recently constructed, and a new curly slide was installed at the park. Improvements are now being made at the skate park.

Weigel said that more improvements are coming.

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Bella Vita Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Scheduled for Thursday

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 12th, at 9:00 a.m. CT at Bella Vita Pregnancy Resource Center in Knox. An open house will follow until about Noon. Bella Vita is at 206 S. Heaton St. in Knox.

All services at Bella Vita are free and confidential. Services include: pregnancy tests, peer counseling by trained advocates about pregnancy options, referrals to community resources, and education classes that empower women to make healthy choices as well as earn needed material items. Call (574) 772-2877 for more information.

Culver Community School Board to Vote on Future of Monterey Elementary School

Culver School Board

The Culver Community School Board will discuss, and possibly vote on the future of the Monterey Elementary School tonight during their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. ET in the Administration Building. The Board needs to reduce expenses in order to meet budget cuts from the state level in the amount of $855,928 over two years.

The Culver Community School Corporation has a number of options to explore in order to meet this new budget. Some of the options include increasing revenue through a referenda, in which the school tax rate would be raised $0.11 per $100; the use of the Rainy Day Fund, and decreasing expenses through budget reductions, such as closing Monterey Elementary.

The Board will also look at reducing certified staff, non-certified staff, and administration, and reducing the following programs: business, music, art, athletic, extra curricular, Industrial Technology, Physical Education, Foreign Language, Building Trades, and Vocational.

Goshen Attorney to Run for Second District Congressional Seat in 2012

Andrew Straw

A Goshen attorney is expected to run for the Second District Congressional seat in Indiana. Andrew Straw, 42, is a Northridge High School graduate and he holds a bachelor’s, masters, and law degree from Indiana University. If he gets the nomination, he would be running as a Democrat. Republican Jackie Walorski has also announced that she will be running for the seat that is expected to be abandoned by current Representative, Joe Donnelly.

Donnelly is expected to abandon the seat after three terms to run for the U.S. Senate against either Senator Richard Lugar or State Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Mourdock is trying to unseat Lugar in the 2012 Republican Primary.

North Judson Residents Take Gas Price Concerns to North Judson Town Board

North Judson Town Board: Dan Anderson, Wendy Hoppe, Jane Ellen Felchuk, Attorney Cassie Hine and Clerk-Treasurer Connie Miller

The North Judson Town Board heard from concerned citizens about the gas prices in North Judson. It was reported to WKVI that the gas prices in North Judson are generally $.10 higher than the surrounding communities.

The Board was expected to write a letter to the gas stations and ask why this is occurring and how it can be fixed. The residents are especially concerned about prices in this economy.

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Pulaski County United Fund Awards Financial Support to Non-Profit Organizations

The Pulaski County United Fund recently awarded 10 non-profit organizations financial support.

Pulaski County YMCA, Pulaski County REACT, West Central Educational Foundation, North Central IN Rural Crisis Center, Pulaski County Human Services, Salvation Army-Pulaski County Service Extension, Girl Scouts of Northern IN-Michiana-Pulaski County Scouts, and Sagamore Council Boy Scouts-Pulaski County Scouts received funds from the Pulaski County United Fund.

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Stamp Out Hunger Event is this Saturday

Campbell Soup Company will be joining with the National Association of Letter Carriers to Stamp out Hunger across America. The Stamp out Hunger event will be this Saturday, May 14th.

You are encouraged to leave non-perishable food items by your mailbox on Saturday and the mail carriers in the Kankakee Valley will be pick up your donation where it will be distributed to your local Food Bank.

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Knox Citywide Yard Sale Scheduled for Saturday

The Knox citywide yard sale is scheduled for this Saturday, May 14th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No permit is required for that day only. You may participate if you live in the city limits and in the two mile jurisdiction.

The only signs permitted will be those provided by City Hall and those signs are $.50 each. Additional sale dates in conjunction with the citywide sale will require the normal permit and two signs are included in the permit price.

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Week in Review for May 2nd-6th, 2011

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

The third annual Turkey Tracks event held last weekend and was deemed a success with over 30 hunters taking part in the event.

Nathan Origer has been named the new Director of the Pulaski County Community Development Commission. He says he’s ready to help businesses with information, grants or tax abatements in order to locate in Pulaski County. Continue reading

Sherry Wakal Honored at Knox Community School Board Meeting

Sherry Wakal

During the Spotlight on Success portion of the Knox Community School Board meeting Monday night, the Board honored 4th grade teacher, Sherry Wakal.

Martin’s Supermarkets, along with television station CW 25 and radio station Sunny 101.5 out of South Bend run a yearly program on Teacher of the Month,” explained Superintendent A.J. Gappa. One of our 4th grade teachers, Sherry Wakal, was the February Teacher of the Month and she was presented a certificate. She is planning to attend a luncheon on May 19th at the Martin’s in Granger, where they announce the Teacher of the Year. It was quite an honor.”

Starke County Youth Club Radiothon Underway!

WKVI's Ted Hayes (C) gets ready to talk to Knox Middle School Principal, Steve Cronk (L), and Irene Szakonyi

The Starke County Youth Club Radiothon is underway! Call 772-6241 to call in your pledge for the youth club that helps children in Knox, North Judson-San Pierre and Oregon-Davis schools.

The Youth Club is running the Summer School program at the Knox Middle School this year.  They also help kids throughout the school year with homework help, arts and crafts and enrichment activities.  Students meet after school, get a snack and get the help they need to help with their studies.

North Judson vs. Oregon-Davis

Johnnie Shelton gets one of his three hits against the Bobcats.
Steve Bailey hits one of his two doubles.
Zach Taylor gets ready to face a Blue Jay batter.

The North Judson San-Pierre Blue Jays played host to Starke County rival Oregon-Davis on Thursday. The Jays emerged victorious over the Bobcats 21-3, behind 20 team hits. Brenner Cruce got the win for North Judson, going four innings, striking out eight batters, and giving up just one hit. Oregon-Davis scored all three of their runs in the third inning.

Search Warrant Served at Scrap Yard May have Uncovered Stolen Items from Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum

North Judson Police Chief, Doug Vessely, told the North Judson Town Board this week that a recent search warrant conducted at the scrap yard in Knox by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Knox City Police Department and the North Judson Police Department may have uncovered stolen property from the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson. Museum staff had reported joint bars stolen plus other items worth thousands of dollars. The incident remains under investigation.

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Starke County Youth Club to Hold Annual Radiothon Today!

Irene Szakonyi

The Starke County Youth Club will be holding its annual Radiothon today from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Youth Club volunteers will be taking pledges at the WKVI studios to help support the after school program.

“We are a youth development organization serving children and families since 2001,” said Irene Szakonyi. “We’re really excited about our fourth annual Radiothon. The phone lines will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. CT for you to call in your pledge to support Starke County children.”