Parents Express Interest in Sending Children to Eastern Pulaski Schools, Not Culver

Monterey Elementary School

Monterey Town Board President Jim Fleury said this week that he and a group of residents in the town are exploring the possibility of withdrawing from the Culver Community School System. Fleury said a number of parents of children in Tippecanoe Township have expressed interest in sending their Elementary school students to Eastern Pulaski Schools instead of Culver.

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Town of Winamac Accepting Bids for Housing Rehabilitation Project

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Board will have a pre-bid meeting on July 28th to line up paperwork for the owner-occupied home rehabilitation project for seven Winamac families.

This program is designed to help elderly, disabled, lowest income and single parents with children in the home, receive funding to help improve safety conditions at their place of residence. These improvements may include: a new furnace, roofing, plumbing, electrical, windows, and other qualified safety issues. The Town of Winamac received a $125,000 grant toward this program.

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Power from the Past Enters Second Day

The Power from the Past Show goes into its second day today.

“It’s dedication, it’s interest and people just like this kind of stuff,” said Bob Smith about the Power from the Past show. “People just like really like the old stuff. They’re interested in saving it and showing it. It takes a lot of organization to put on one of these shows and a lot of work.”

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Highlights of Today’s Events at Starke County 4-H Fair

The Starke County 4-H Fair continues today.

The 4-H Round Robin showmanship contest is today at 9:00 a.m.; the 4-H livestock Judging Contest Entry is at 10:00 a.m.; the Open Class Entry for the Bake-a-Rama contest is at 11:00 a.m. with the judging at Noon; the Battle of the Barns is at 1:00 p.m.; and the 4-H Livestock Auction begins at 5:00 p.m. Don’t miss the Horse Pull at 7:30 p.m.

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Culver Lake Fest Begins Today!

Culver Lake Fest Theme: "Honoring Our Heroes"

The 28th Annual Culver Lake Fest begins today. This year’s Theme is “Honoring our Heroes”. The Kiwanis Golf Outing kicks off the Festival at 12:00 p.m. ET today at the Mystic Hills Golf Course. The Miss Maxinkuckee Pageant will be tonight at 6:00 p.m. ET in the West Pavilion.

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Jackie Walorski Raises Money for Campaign

Jackie Walorski

Jackie Walorski announced this week that she has raised more than $225,000 for her campaign for Congress during the 2nd quarter of 2011, and has more than $267,000 cash on hand.

Walorski’s report will be filed with the Federal Elections Commission today. Walorski has received donations from every county in Indiana’s 2nd District, and has nearly 1,000 donors so far this election cycle.

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State Senator Jim Arnold Reappointed to Study Committees

Senator Jim Arnold

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) upon recommendation by Senate Democrat Leader Vi Simpson (D-Ellettsville), has reappointed State Senator Jim Arnold (D-LaPorte) as a member of the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee, the Criminal Code Evaluation Committee, and as a member of several other interim committees and commissions.

Arnold told WKVI News that he is eager to continue the work started last year by the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Committee and Criminal Code Evaluation Commission to address Indiana’s rising prison population and hopes the committee will look into lesser sentences for nonviolent offenders.

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The Second Season of “Haven” Premieres Tonight

The second season of “Haven” premieres tonight on the SyFy Network. One of the writers and producers of the show is Jim Dunn and he told us about how his writing career for television in Hollywood began.

“I went up to St. Paul, Minnesota, to go to college at Macalester College and my roommate assigned to me Freshman year was a guy named Sam Ernest. We got out of college and ended up opening restaurants together. We were both English majors and wanted to be writers and he had two restaurants, we had very successful businesses going up in the Twin Cities, but we weren’t writing. So we decided to start trying to write movies and TV shows together. We had a job opportunity to be an Assistant, which is basically a Secretary, out in Hollywood. We talked our wives into signing up and we all moved out to Los Angeles in the winter of 1999.”

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Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Investigates Fatal Accident

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated a fatal accident yesterday.

Deputy Michelle Jackson told WKVI that Jody Young of Union Mills was driving southbound on State Road 39. She stopped at the stop sign at the intersection with State Road 14 in Pulaski County and continued into the intersection and was struck by a MAC dump truck, driven by Richard Biddle of Lafayette. The truck hit the passenger side of the vehicle as he was traveling eastbound on State Road 14. Sabrina Oberle, 15, a passenger in Young’s vehicle, died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. Young received minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.

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Starke County Commissioners Tour Another Jail

Starke County Commissioners ( L to R ) Kathy Norem, Dan Bridegroom, Jennifer Davis

The Starke County Commissioners toured another jail this week. They had recently visited the Marshall and Miami County jails. On Monday, they went to Rensselaer to tour the Jasper County Jail.

The tour of the 128 bed facility was conducted by Sheriff Terry Risner. The Jasper County jail is two years old and was moved from its former downtown Rensselaer location to property north of the city on State Road 231. Continue reading

Starke County Food Pantry Receives Generous Donation

(L to R) Front Row: Cecilia Torres, Tabitha Dillner and Gene Ladd. Back row: Joan Haugh and Dave Altman

The Starke County Food Pantry received a $3,500 check from the Starke County General Unrestricted Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation for the purpose of purchasing meat and food for the food pantry.

Cecilia Torres, Services Coordinator, says that several more donations have come into the food pantry, but more is always welcome. You may drop off your donation at the Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Restroom Facilites Requested at Sandy Acres Park

Thom Morin

Thom Morin, who claims to be conducting a one man crusade to open up more areas for the handicapped in Knox, was back before the Knox City Council this week to point out the need for special restroom accommodations at Sandy Acres Park on the south edge of the city. Morin said a handicapped porta-potty would cost only a little more than installing a regular one at the park. He also would like to see a handicapped designated parking area at the same location.

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Knox Man Brought to Starke County to Face Meth Charges

Warren Coffin, Jr.

Warren Coffin, Jr. , 47, of Knox, has been brought into the Starke County Jail to face several methamphetamine related charges against him from an incident in August 2010.

According to police, in August, officers were called to 7125 E. 50 S. on a complaint that Warren Coffin, Jr. may have left drugs on the property. Officers looked inside a vehicle that belonged to Coffin and saw items used to manufacture methamphetamine. When a search warrant was executed, methamphetamine was reportedly found in the vehicle along with drug paraphernalia and precursors. When Coffin’s information was run through the Sheriff’s Department, officers were alerted that he was wanted on a warrant out of Marshall County.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Seeking New Athletic Director

The Eastern Pulaski School Board is in search of a new Athletic Director.

“Our Athletic Director/Assistant Principal, J.D. Dubes, did resign and he has taken an Assistant Principal position with Logansport High School,” said Superintendent, Dr. Robert Klitzman. “Mr. Dubes had been with us for three or four years and most recent years served a dual role as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director when Mr. Sheller left us. We are already in the search mode to replace Mr. Dubes with either an Athletic Director/Assistant Principal or an Athletic Director/Dean of Students position.”

Knox-Center Township Fire Department Celebrates 100 Years

The Knox-Center Township Fire Department is celebrating 100 years of service to our community this year. Founded in 1911, the Department replaced a citizen bucket brigade made up of business owners and residents of the Knox area.

To commemorate this anniversary, the Department has designed a new logo. The members of the department wanted the logo to include aspects that were both old and new and something unique to the Knox Fire Department. The background is the very traditional Red Maltese Cross, with the Knox-Center Township moniker, as well as the gold “100” in the center. One of the most unique aspects of the department are the yellow fire trucks, thus the “Yellow Jacket” sporting fire attire and wielding a water hose and fireman’s ax.

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Northern Indiana Power from the Past Begins Today

This is one of the many working displays you will see at this year's Power from the Past show in Winamac

The Northern Indiana Power From the Past Show begins today at the Winamac Town Park. This year’s featured attractions are John Deere tractors, engines, machinery and tools.

Other events today include the Ladies-Only Skillet Toss. Tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET, there will be square dancing with caller Ralph Hardy and tractor games.

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Former North Judson Man Recovering after Fire Incident

A former North Judson man sustained burns to over 35% of his body last week. The Post-Tribune reported in a story this week that Adrian Richie is expected to make a full recovery. He received second degree burns on his arms and legs.

Richie was clearing brush at his residence at Lake Dalecarlia when he attempted to burn it by pouring a small amount of gasoline on a large piece of cardboard. When the cardboard was ignited, it burst into flames.

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From the WKVI Archives

Did you know that Walter J. Paulsen was the first North Judson resident to die in WWII?

It was on this date in 1974, that ground-breaking ceremonies were held in North Judson for the new Walter J. Paulsen U.S. Army Reserve Center. Over 500 people attended the festivities. General James G. Freeze, Commander of the 123rd Arcom Division, was the main speaker. Col. Jerry Paras of North Judson was the Master of Ceremonies for the ground-breaking festivities.

Starke County Community Corrections Offers Special Program for Offenders

John Littman

One of the programs offered by the Starke County Community Corrections is presented by John Littman, of John Littman and Associates of Portage.  Littman talked about the program yesterday to employees of Community Corrections, the Starke County Prosecutor, and part of the probation staff.

“The participants, as a result of a criminal offense, are assigned as part of their sentencing or a plea agreement they may be assigned the ‘Thinking for a Change’ program,” said Littman. “One of the guiding principles in ‘Thinking for a Change’ is that thinking, our thinking, controls our behavior. There’s a quote in the program literature that says that we are the authority of our behavior. What we do is we emphasize those principles in terms of the teaching and the practice of the cognitive restructuring which is about taking control, taking charge, being the authority of yourself and your thinking, your behavior and the consequences that come along as the result of the thinking and behavior.”

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Pretrial Motion and Instruction Hearings Held in Starke Circuit Court

Several pretrial motions and instructions hearings were held in the Starke Circuit Court yesterday. Jeannie Brewer, charged with Battery as a Class D Felony and Attempted Violation of a Custody Order, made her appearance in court with her attorney Richard Ballard. The state requested a continuance in this case, because the responding officer, Dave Combs, would be unavailable for the trial. The state said that they would like to have Combs take the stand and testify as to the statement he originally received from the victim because the victim has changed his story several times. Judge Kim Hall granted this continuation, and the trial has been scheduled for August 10th at 9:00 a.m. with a pretrial motions and instructions hearing on August 9th at 9:00 a.m.

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