Starke County Park Board Chooses New President

The Starke County Park Board welcomed two new members Tuesday. Attorney Richard Ballard was appointed to the board by Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall, following the resignation of Roger Chaffins. Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler had been appointed by the county council back in January, replacing Debbie Mix. Ballard and Ritzler both took their seats on the park board for the first time Tuesday, during the board’s first official meeting since last September.

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Special Swearing-In Ceremony Held in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday Evening

Judge Kim Hall, John M. Acosta, Bryan Cavender, Leslie A. Baker, Roy McCray, Rachel Milner Oesterreich, David Pearman, Mandy Thomason, Jack Rosa, Bernadette Welter Manuel, Bill Dulin, Robert Olejniczak and Howard Bailey

In an unprecedented ceremony, Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall invited all elected officials, regardless of party, to be sworn into office Wednesday evening.

Judge Hall mentioned that while serving in his position at the Starke County Courthouse for more than three decades, he’s never witnessed a swearing-in ceremony where democrats and republicans were recognized simultaneously. Continue reading