To try to keep the Oregon-Davis School Corporation’s finances in the black, parents are now brainstorming ways to boost enrollment. During a school board work session Wednesday, Superintendent Dr. Don Harman said the pace of the enrollment decline has exceeded the projections he made during the referendum discussions in late 2017.Continue reading
The Oregon-Davis School Board is being asked to step up its recruitment and retention efforts. During Monday’s discussion about a proposed high school administrative restructuring, several community members felt the school corporation needed a long-term strategy for addressing ongoing enrollment decline.Continue reading
A number of donations were accepted by the Oregon-Davis School Board Monday. Some students will getting new t-shirts, thanks to a pair of donations from Lee Nagai, according to Superintendent Dr. Don Harman. “[He] donated $100 to help with the cost of first [and second] grade t-shirts and then also 35 t-shirts that were purchased for the pep band,” Harman explains. “So we appreciate Lee Nagai’s assistance there.”
Open enrollment is leading students out of some smaller school districts. Ron Gifford with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation told the Hamlet Town Council Wednesday that the state is now giving more detail about where exactly students are attending school.
The Hamlet Town Council reviewed its 2019 budget proposal last week. It calls for a total budget of just over $467,000. About $323,000 of that would be the town’s General Fund. The Motor Vehicle Highway Fund would be budgeted at $58,200, while the Park budget would be $11,900. Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts noted that there are no major changes from the 2018 budget.
Though much of the high water we were seeing last week has receded, you may have noticed that there are still several fields that are looking more like lakes recently.
Depending on when these flood waters clear up completely, Hoosier farmers may run into some issues this farm season.
Purdue Extension Agriculture Educator Phil Woolery mentioned that the severity of impact will depend on how long a farmers’ field stays underwater. He said fields that dried up rather quickly probably won’t have any issues, while those that are having trouble draining may run into some problems down the line. Continue reading
Washington Township officials are looking to clear up some confusion when it comes to cemetery plots. Township Trustee Cathy Benko says the B and C sections of Eagle Creek Cemetery lack any stakes to measure the land.
The Town of Hamlet is ready to step in to settle a property line dispute. It has to do with two houses in the area of Division Street. One homeowner reportedly planted a row of trees this week. But the neighbors say those trees are about six feet onto their property, and they asked the town council Wednesday for assistance.
The intersection of Starke and Plymouth streets in Hamlet may reopen by the middle of next week. Street Superintendent Fred Rowe told the town council Wednesday that the work was halfway done, with the rest of the cement scheduled to be poured yesterday. That means that depending on weather, the intersection may open next Wednesday. Continue reading
The intersection of Starke and Plymouth streets in Hamlet is expected to close for repairs Monday. While it’s under construction, the Town of Hamlet has decided to make some additional improvements beyond the scope of what was originally planned. Continue reading
The Starke County Commissioners have taken a first step towards adopting a truck route ordinance. It restricts routes for vehicles with a gross weight of more than 36,000 pounds to specified county-maintained roads or highways. Continue reading
The Oregon-Davis School Corporation has canceled two days of classes due to weather, but Superintendent Don Harman says students will be able to make them up from home. Continue reading
Hamlet officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on the first phase of downtown beautification efforts. Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet is getting ready for next weekend’s Yellowstone Trail Fest. During Wednesday’s town council meeting, Town Marshal Frank Lonigro, Jr. agreed to have the police department provide traffic control during the Rainbow Splash 5K, as it did last year. Water and Street Superintendent Fred Rowe said the town also has street barricades ready. Continue reading
Work continues to revitalize downtown Hamlet. Lee Nagai has installed a street light at the downtown intersection of Davis and Starke Streets that is similar to those used there decades ago. The town board is considering installation of additional street lights, of the same style, in the downtown area sometime in the future. Nagai has also remodeled the south-east corner building to fit the theme of “old time” business buildings. Continue reading
Nagai is remodeling a downtown business building and is an advocate for the installation of conduit to serve new street lights in the area over the next several years. The lights may be financed by offering sponsorship to businesses and individuals. Continue reading
The Oregon-Davis School Corporation is the first in the area to adopt the balanced calendar concept. The school board voted 5-to-1 in favor of the plan, with board member Lee Nagai casting the lone no vote. Continue reading
The General Fund budget was budgeted at $4.6 million. The General Fund takes care of the salaries for the staff, including coaches and extra-curricular coaches and more. Board member Lee Nagai stressed that the General Fund had a shortfall due to state budget cuts and the referendum money supplemented that fund to cover salaries.
Other funds discussed include the Capital Projects Fund, Transportation Fund, Debt Fund Plan, Retirement/Severance Bond, Debt Service Fund, Referendum/Exempt Operating, Rainy Day Fund.
Superintendent Greg Briles explained that the Average Daily Membership, or ADM, is 609 which is higher than the state-projected student count of 580. Briles added that the corporation is three students down from last year.
The tax rate will be 1.5702 which is less than 2014.
Briles said the budget will be sent to the state. The board approved a motion to authorize any cuts that are mandated by the state.
Inspectors from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management made their way to the hog farm owned by Lee Nagai at 1755 E. 400 N. in Knox on Friday to investigate complaints of a potent manure smell emitting from the farm. Barry Sneed from IDEM said they received four complaints Friday. He explains why the odor from the farm was so strong and was experienced for miles away.
“Obviously, the manure has an odor to it to begin with and there are certain times of year that the farmers will apply the manure to the field and usually it’s when there’s no crops in the field,” said Sneed. “They have to keep their manure lagoons down to a certain level and so as a result, they’ll have to apply that to the field.”