The Culver Town Council members revisited a request made by Police Chief Wayne Bean concerning paying out unused officer vacation, holiday or personal time in 2019.Continue reading
While it will still be some time before community members see work being done on the construction of the new Starke County Veterans Memorial, a bit of work was underway this week to prepare the area in front of the Courthouse in Knox.Continue reading
The Indiana Department of Transportation was recently urged to memorialize fallen Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy Shadron Kiley “Shad” Bassett by naming a stretch of State Road 39 in his honor.Continue reading
A Knox man was sentenced on a charge of failing to register as a sex or violent offender in a hearing in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday morning.Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet may be looking to extend its water lines. During last week’s town council meeting, Council Member Brian Earnest said a resident in the East Hamlet area has expressed interest in hooking up to Hamlet’s water system.Continue reading
The Pulaski County Drug Free Council will be able to give out more grant funding this year than previously thought. Drug Free Council Member Sandy Lucas told the county council Monday that the group had budgeted $8,000 for the year. But she said according to the auditor, the fund has actually collected almost $13,500 in substance offense fees over the past year.Continue reading
Knox residents are invited to help shape the City’s future by participating in a public forum at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center tonight at 6 p.m.Continue reading
No other court paperwork has been filed in the unsafe building case involving the Town of Culver and Scotty Van Hawk and the 27 Group, owner of the former City Tavern building.Continue reading
Pulaski County’s largest employer is committing to its Winamac operations. BraunAbility executives have announced that the company has secured a 15-year facility lease with the Braun family that includes three extension options. That’s according to a Facebook post Tuesday from the Pulaski County Community Development Commission. The company has also approved a significant expenditure for office remodeling, according to the CDC.Continue reading
More than $3,500 was funneled back into various funds in the Town of Winamac following an action taken by town council members Monday night.
Clerk-Treasurer Melanie Berger presented members with a list of checks from the last two years that were un-deliverable or un-cashable.Continue reading
Digital technology has the potential to change agriculture, and on Tuesday, area farmers had the chance to learn how they can be on the cutting edge. The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network discussed the “internet of things” and its impact, during an event hosted in cooperation with the West Central School Corporation.Continue reading
A donation from a local business will make it easier for some Knox Middle School students to take a field trip to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Last week, the school board accepted $640 from Traffic Control Specialists. That will help defray the cost of the 6th grade field trip planned for March.Continue reading
Residents have another chance to learn about future plans for the Kankakee and Yellow rivers today. The Kankakee River Basin and Yellow River Basin Development Commission will host another in a series of informational meetings. It will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. CST at The Center of LaCrosse at 100 South Washington Street.Continue reading
Now that the Pulaski County Commissioners have recommended a path forward for courthouse renovations, discussions about how to fund it will begin in the county council and the Indiana General Assembly. State Representative Doug Gutwein has introduced legislation that would allow a special income tax that’s currently in place to pay for the Justice Center to be extended until 2036 to fund courthouse renovations.Continue reading
The Starke County Commissioners were provided with an update about the Mobile Response Team when they met for their first meeting of 2020.Continue reading
The Oregon-Davis School Corporation is building up its Rainy Day Fund. The school board passed a resolution Monday to transfer $300,000 in leftover Operations Fund money, according to Superintendent Dr. Don HarmanContinue reading
The West Central School Board members took time last week to discuss a possible move of the sixth grade from the Middle/High School back to the Elementary School.
Superintendent Dan Zylstra said there are several points to be considered.
“A sixth grade self-contained class is a little more efficient personnel-wise than having it split up,” explained Zylstra. “There’s something to be said for maintaining elementary kids up one more year, but you lose some of the diversity of course offering too. Sixth graders are pretty big for Elementary School. At some point they kind of size out of that.”
Elementary School Principal Mike Carlson said if the sixth grade were to return to the elementary school it would not impede on space.
Middle/High School Principal Scott Ritchie said discipline is handled differently at his school where he believes sixth grade students aren’t ready for that environment.
Ritchie commented, “What we expect out of our students there is a little different just because those guys are still small and still have a lot of energy bundled up inside of them. At other times I don’t think it’s their fault, they’re just not ready for that environment of walking the hallways freely without somebody with them.”
He added that the lunch lines are very long which creates a problem. Timing would accommodate the change at the Elementary School, if approved.
When it comes to staffing, Carlson added that he’s heard from at least one sixth grade teacher who wants to go back to the Elementary School while Ritchie said more teachers may want to stay at the Middle/High School.
No decisions were made last week, but Zylstra indicated that the board may need to decide during their next meeting in February when the 2020-2021 school calendar is up for consideration.
The Starke County Park Board is researching the Bass Lake Beach and Campground’s rent credit, as a discussion over electrical upgrades continues. Board Member Rik Ritzler has gone through the records and has determined that Callahan Development, LLC has a credit of at least $1,400 on its rent payment to the county.Continue reading
Representatives from the Indiana Public Employers’ Plan (IPEP) visited the City of Knox Tuesday morning to deliver a check to city officials.Continue reading
A program to help children stay safe from potential predators returns to Eastern Pulaski Schools today. The principals told the school board Monday that retired Police Sergeant Terry Hall will give his Body Safety presentations.Continue reading