Starke County Coroner Dannie Hoffer approached the Starke County Council Monday night seeking additional funds to help pay autopsy fees.
Hoffer explained that three cases of accidental overdoses have caused additional expenses that his budget doesn’t allow. The cost of an autopsy is $1,600 and sometimes more depending on the forensic pathologist used. Hoffer said he typically uses the service of a forensic pathologist south of Indianapolis as his fee is $1,500 while the fee in South Bend is $3,200 and $2,800 in Fort Wayne.
Oregon-Davis students have a chance to get a Jump Start on the school year, beginning next week. The two-week summer school program let students in grades one through eight brush up on their skills before school officially starts August 10. A one-week kindergarten Jump Start will also be offered, starting July 31.
Registration begins next week at the Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation. New student registration takes place Friday, July 28 and Monday, July 31 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Families of new students are asked to make an appointment ahead of time by calling 574-946-4010.
Demolition plans for a partially collapsed Downtown North Judson building are being finalized by the town council. A contract with Dirt Works Excavating is complete, and Town Attorney Justin Schramm presented it to council members for their signatures Monday. Continue reading →
A report given by the Starke County Economic Development Foundation updated the Starke County Council members and Starke County Commissioners on a few projects.
The sale of the Stelrema building on U.S. 35 north of Knox that would become a manufacturing home to the Gary Poppins Gourmet Popcorn company is not yet finalized. According to SCEDF officials, the contract is still on the table, but both sides have not agreed to sign to the terms.
Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler presented a plan to the Starke County Commissioners this week on updating some ADA requirements in terms of communication.
Ritzler commented that the American Disabilities Act forms on the website are outdated and he’s been in touch with the IT Director to work on getting those forms changed and add some required elements to the website.
The North Judson-San Pierre School Board approved an updated elementary school discipline policy Tuesday. New Elementary School Principal Julie Berndt said it simplifies the procedures, by breaking them down into four levels. Continue reading →
The Winamac Town Council has approved some of the financial arrangements for planned water upgrades. The town’s already gotten a $550,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, for new well facilities and other improvements.
The North Judson Town Council is willing to consider an urban chicken ordinance, but first, they’re asking for a petition with 300 residents’ signatures. Council member John Rowe proposed the petition Monday, to gauge the amount of support that exists out in the community and not just among people showing up at council meetings. Continue reading →
Starke County EMS officials approached the Starke County Council members Monday night to request a transfer of funds to cover ambulance repair costs.
Starke County EMS Director Travis Clary informed the board that an inactive rotation roster for primary and backup ambulances as led to a large amount of breakdowns recently. The costs for repairs have gotten to the point that funds have gone into the red with constant work being done.
There are five ambulances on the fleet: three primary and two backup.
Confusion remains about who is responsible for cleaning up a garbage-filled Medaryville property. Robert Dahlquist died over two years ago, but town officials say various items remain in the backyard of his old home, including three trailers, seven vehicles, and an estimated 100 tires.
The Culver Redevelopment Commission members discussed a proposal from SRKM Architects during their meeting Monday afternoon.
The proposal outlined several actions the company could do to help the commission reach a decision about how to proceed with the theater. A structural assessment would be included along with a business plan, a chance to set up a public hearing to gather comments on potential uses for the building, marketing plan, preliminary budget, and more. The cost would be $8,530.
People caught leaving garbage in Winamac’s Town Dump will soon face a heavy fine. The site at 200 West and 50 North is designed to give residents a place to leave yard waste, like branches and grass. But people have reportedly been dumping trash there, including building materials, tires, and furniture.
Incoming high school seniors in Starke County have the chance to apply for a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to an Indiana college or university. Applications for the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will be available on August 1.
Two South Bend residents were arrested Friday for allegedly dealing heroin in LaPorte. Ricky L. Kinds, 40, and Marylynn Patton, 29, were taken into custody at a South Bend home, following an investigation by the LaPorte County Drug Task Force.
A Knox boy was injured Thursday evening after being attacked by a dog at the Jellystone Campground in Plymouth.
After an investigation, Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies say the boy went to a neighbor’s lot when the dog bit him. The 10-year-old was transported to the hospital for the injuries he sustained in the incident. The owner of dog was also bitten when he attempted to assist in the attack, according to police. The owner refused medical assistance.