The Oregon-Davis School Board is holding a special work session on Monday to deliberate and receive public input about fiscal strategic planning for future operations. Specifically, the meeting will pertain to the general and referendum funds of the Oregon-Davis School Corporation.
Any visitor has the opportunity to speak but they must inform the school board president in advance by registering before the meeting begins. A registration sheet will be available at least thirty minute prior to the meeting. Continue reading →
The Starke County Economic Development Foundation hosted a meeting last night with various members of the Starke County community who would be impacted by the proposed U.S. 30 Freeway Project.
SCEDF Executive Director Charles Weaver began the meeting and introduced representatives from Appian , a consulting firm that is working with the foundation. President of the organization, Dennis Faulkenberg started by saying that though the project is still very far down the line, they wanted to hear some of the ideas that were circulating within the community.
Faulkenberg advised everyone present that it is imperative to collect data and come up with a concrete plan prior to approaching INDOT. He said that’s the best way to avoid being pressured into doing the most cost effective option at the expense of what is best for the community. Continue reading →
State Fire Marshal Fred Sumpter has officially ruled the cause of a structure fire that took place in Hamlet last week as undetermined.
Hamlet Fire Chief Brad Hazelton reported that on Friday, October 20th the Hamlet Fire Department received a call about a fire at a vacant structure located on West Railroad Street around 2 a.m. The fire was extinguished but the house was significantly damaged.
Chief Hazelton said that the State Fire Marshall conducted an investigation. Hazelton determined that it was too dangerous for the firefighters involved to enter the crawlspace under the house so the cause was established as undetermined.
Hazelton also reported that thanks to the use of their alarm system, Knox and Koontz Lake Firefighters we called out to assist with the incident. He said the departments often assist one another when they’re in need of more firefighters and to utilize equipment that one department may have access to that another does not. Continue reading →
The Oregon-Davis School Corporation recently received a grant from the Indiana Rural Health Association that allowed them to implement a special health service when school began this year. At the new telehealth clinic, an on-site medical assistant utilizes telecommunication technology that allows a student to be seen by a health care provider without leaving school grounds.
Although the clinic is located in a private room at the elementary school, it is available to all Oregon-Davis students from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. on school days. Between August 10th and September 26th, the telehealth clinic had 12 students come in for assistance. Continue reading →
Indiana has the dubious distinction of leading the nation in the number of meth labs seized in both 2013 and 2014. Trooper Maggie Short with the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team says the highly addictive stimulant can be manufactured easily from ingredients that can be purchased at any hardware or drug store. Continue reading →
Two Oregon-Davis students had the chance to present their solution to a real-world problem at this year’s Future City Competition. Annabelle Fosburgh and Ryan Minter were among the teams of middle school students from around the state who traveled to Fort Wayne on Saturday to compete in the event. Continue reading →
High school students and their parents will have the chance to learn more about how to pay for college at Oregon-Davis High School this evening. Financial Aid staff from Ancilla College will give a presentation on where help is available and how to apply. Continue reading →
Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver will present his long-term vision for funds from the county economic development income tax to the county council when they meet this evening. In previous meetings Weaver has expressed a desire to invest in road improvements in the Knox Industrial Park to make it more attractive to businesses looking to relocate or expand. He’s also made mention of improvements in the Hamlet area. Continue reading →
The Hamlet Town Board met last night with a new member, Connie Bailey, who replaced Frank Lonigro Jr. in the November election. David Kesvormas was re-elected Town Board President. Re-appointed were Martin Bedrock, attorney; Frank Lonigro, town marshal; Fred Rowe, street superintendent; Henry Ruiz, Water and Waste Water Operator; Connie Bailey, KIRPC representative; and Brian Earnest, Starke County Development Foundation representative.
The Starke County Public Library is kicking off its winter reading program this week with activities for people of all ages. This year’s theme is Sweet Adventures in Reading, based on the game Candyland. Continue reading →
The Hamlet Town Board, last week, approved a three-percent salary increase for 2016, “across the board,” except for a position which is being held open for a police officer currently “on leave.” The motion included elected officials as well as employees. Continue reading →
A state lawmaker whose district includes most of LaPorte and part of Starke Counties running for reelection. Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte has formally announced his intention to run for a third term. The former LaPorte County Sheriff has worked across party lines in the Republican-controlled General Assembly to achieve legislative victories for his constituents. Continue reading →
A proclamation marking the 199th anniversary of Indiana’s Statehood and the beginning of the state’s year long bicentennial celebration was read and signed by Board President David Kesvormas at last night’s meeting of the Hamlet Town Board. Continue reading →