Purple Toilet Placed in Yard at WKVI for Relay for Life Promotion

If in the course of your travels you drive by WKVI, you will see a beautiful purple toilet sitting in our front yard. Now you might wonder what that toilet is doing here and especially sitting in our yard.

We were selected to be a part of Starke County Relay for Life’s Toilet Parade.

Someone in Starke County donated the toilet in our honor and we get to proudly display it in our yard.

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John Glenn Student Dies in One Vehicle Car Accident

A John Glenn High School student died Friday night in a one vehicle car accident in the 30000 block of Riley Road south of North Liberty.

According to a published report, 17-year-old Tyler Wiegand, of North Liberty, was traveling eastbound in his pick-up when it went off the north side of the road, just west of Sycamore. The pickup rolled several times before coming to a stop in a ditch.

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Pulaski County Property Tax Bills Mailed; Explanation of Homestead Credit Line Item

Property tax bills in Pulaski County were mailed out last week and you may be concerned with the absence of a homestead credit you won’t see on line 4b of your statements.

The state homestead credit has been phased out statewide. On March 14th, 2008, the Indiana General Assembly passed the property tax reform bill House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1001-2008. One component of the bill was a change in the way state property tax relief is delivered.

Beginning with 2008-pay-2009 property taxes, the State permanently assumed school and welfare costs formerly paid from property taxes in exchange for a phase-out of the property tax credits offered in the past. This lowered the property tax rate but also reduced the amount of credits given. This credit has been phased out over the past three years, so property tax bills will have likely changed in 2009, 2010, and 2011 in part as a result of this phase-out. For homesteads, the phase-out of the state homestead credit becomes complete for 2010-pay 2011 property taxes. This credit is reflected on Line 4b of your tax statement.

You should still be receiving both the homestead standard deduction and the homestead supplemental deduction. The sum total of all deductions is indicated on Line 2a of your tax statement. Each deduction is also itemized in Table 5 of the tax statement. These are the deductions you are confirming by completing the pink verification form.

SCILL Center Instructors Offer Tips for National Car Care Month

April is National Car Care month. Rod Dawson, Instructor at the SCILL Center in Knox, is in this week to offer gas mileage saving car care tips with us.

“Three out of ten vehicles have either missing or failed gas caps and nearly 150 million gallons of gas vaporizes because of it,” said Dawson. “A $5.00-$10.00 gas cap is an easy fix for that.”

Mr. Dawson will have more tips for us throughout the week on how we can keep our cars running efficiently and how we can save money at the pump.

Eastern Pulaski School Board Discusses Driver’s Education

Dr. Robert Klitzman
Dr. Robert Klitzman

At their last meeting, the Eastern Pulaski School Board members discussed eliminating Driver’s Education from the curriculum. During last week’s meeting, Superintendent, Dr. Robert Klitzman, shared the results of a Driver’s Education survey he conducted with 26 participating schools.

“13 of the 26 offered it only in the summer and it is strictly a fee assessed to the students that take it. No Corporation money is involved at all,” Dr. Klitzman explained. “12 other schools don’t offer it at all. There’s a private contractor involved. There is only one lone school that offers it during the school year for absolutely no cost to the student and that happens to be Eastern Pulaski Schools. I’m not going to recommend we do anything for this coming school year, but for the following school year, I just don’t see how we can offer Driver’s Training during the year any longer. The way finances are and the trend, it’s just not a practical matter.”

West Central School Board Approves Reduction in Force Procedures

Charles Mellon

The West Central School Board approved the Reduction in Force procedures that the Corporation will continue to use this year.

“Often these past few years, we’ve had to go through this process and much of the time we’re hiring much of the same people back that we are putting on the reduction in force list,” said Superintendent Charles Mellon. “In case we don’t get the funding we anticipate, and even more so this year if we get the funding that we are anticipating, which is less, it’s even more critical that we notify our teachers by May 1st that this is a possibility. Because of resignations of a few people and retirements of others, we may be able to eliminate some positions, but not necessarily eliminate teachers.”

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Turkey Tracks Event is Scheduled for April 29th-May 1st, 2011

Eric Corey

At the young age of 16, Eric Corey was diagnosed with ALS. An avid hunter his entire life, the Starke County resident has made it his mission to make sure other young adults with mobility challenges like him can experience the joy of hunting. That’s why he and his family have organized Turkey Tracks. The event allows hunters with physical challenges to use adaptive equipment and the help of a guide to experience a turkey hunt in Northern Indiana.

This is the third year for Turkey Tracks.

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Week in Review for April 11th-14th, 2011

John Brooke

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

A Starke County jury found John Brooke guilty of six of the seven counts against him: Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, Intimidation, Possession and Manufacturing of a Destructive Device, Resisting Law Enforcement, Unlawful Use of Body Armor, and Assisting a Criminal. The jury found him not guilty of the count of Possession of a Destructive Device. Sentencing is scheduled for May 12th at 10:00 a.m. in Starke Circuit Court.

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Tuesday Night Men’s League 04/12/11

Tuesday Night Men’s League 04/12/11
Team Standings:
1. Quarter’s 152.0-51.0
2. Konrad Cabinets 129.0-74.0
3. Hensleys 120.0-83.0
4. 1st Choice Pawn 111.0-92.0
5. Bowlaway Lanes 105.0-98.0
6. WKVI 96.0-107.0
7. Mark’s Body Shop 95.0-108.0
8. Time Out 95.0-108.0
9. Sandbar 89.0-114.0
10. Half Track 80.0-123.0
11. Simonis 77.0-126.0
12. Fishers 69.0-134.0
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Friday Night Mixed League 04/08/11

Friday Night Mixed League 04/08/11
Team Standings:
1. Alley Aces 83.5-44.5
2. 4-Alarm Fire 80.0-48.0
3. Good Friends 72.0-56.0
4. Rollin’ Thunder 71.0-57.0
5. Mariah’s Hill 68.5-59.5
6. Undecided 63.5-64.5
7. Raiders 61.0-67.0
8. Hard Times 61.0-67.0
9. Dolezal Family 59.5-68.5
10. Baugh Construction 56.5-71.5
11. Feel the Power 53.5-74.5
12. O’s Tap 37.0-91.0
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Tuesday Night Men’s League 04/05/11

Tuesday Night Men’s League 04/05/11
Team Standings:
1. Quarter’s 147.0-49.0
2. Konrad Cabinets 122.0-74.0
3. Hensleys 116.0-80.0
4. 1st Choice Pawn 108.0-88.0
5. Bowlaway Lanes 100.0-96.0
6. WKVI 96.0-100.0
7. Mark’s Body Shop 93.0-103.0
8. Time Out 93.0-103.0
9. Sandbar 86.0-110.0
10. Half Track 75.0-121.0
11. Simonis 75.0-121.0
12. Fishers 65.0-131.0
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Friday Night Mixed League 04/01/11

Friday Night Mixed League 04/01/11
Team Standings:
1. Alley Aces 79.5-44.5
2. 4-Alarm Fire 78.0-46.0
3. Good Friends 69.0-55.0
4. Rollin’ Thunder 69.0-55.0
5. Mariah’s Hill 67.5-56.5
6. Raiders 61.0-63.0
7. Undecided 60.5-63.5
8. Dolezal Family 59.5-64.5
9. Hard Times 57.0-67.0
10. Baugh Construction 54.5-69.5
11. Feel the Power 51.5-72.5
12. O’s Tap 36.0-88.0
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Brooke Found Guilty on 6 of 7 Counts, Including Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery

John Brooke is escorted back to the Starke County jail after testimony is heard in his jury trial

The courtroom was full of family and friends of John Brooke as the jury returned to the courtroom with their verdict. The judge read their decision, his face calm, revealing nothing. As he began reading the verdict aloud, family members burst into tears while Brooke remained calm and collected, even in the face of the seriousness of the charges.

The jury found Brooke guilty of six of the seven counts against him: Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, Intimidation, Possession and Manufacturing of a Destructive Device, Resisting Law Enforcement, Unlawful Use of Body Armor, and Assisting a Criminal. The jury found him not guilty of the count of Possession of a Destructive Device.

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