Pulaski County Council Approves Budget Transfer for Unexpected Blight Elimination Project Costs

The demolition of a Medaryville home as part of a blight elimination project continues to create headaches for Pulaski County Building Inspector Doug Hoover, a year after the house was torn down. “Everything was done, completed,” he told the county council Monday. “[Building Department Assistant] Karla [Kreamer] and I did everything we were supposed to do. About a week before the last date, the state comes in and says they wanted it cleaned up. It wasn’t to their specs. Six months I waited. They could have told me six months ago. Now I had to jump through hoops.”

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Starke County Community Foundation Holiday Open House

The Starke County Community Foundation is holding a holiday open house on November 28th in conjunction with Giving Tuesday.

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is celebrated annually as Giving Tuesday. It follows the popular shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is held as a way to kick off the charitable season. The initiative is meant to inspire individuals to give back locally.

Next Tuesday, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. come down to the Starke County Community Foundation office facility located in the former North Judson-San Pierre middle school office suite at 950 Campbell Drive. You can enjoy some holiday treats and learn about this year’s impact. Continue reading

Culver Community Schools’ Band Program Receives Generous Monetary Donation

The Culver Community Schools’ Band program will receive four years of financial assistance thanks to a generous donation from a local family who wishes to remain anonymous. The family agreed to provide $10,000 to the band this year and an additional $5,000 annually for the next three years.

Culver Community School Band Director Jason Crittendon explained that the money will be utilized for various things that will assist the students significantly such as instrument repairs that have been needed for some time but funds haven’t been available until now and new instruments that the school doesn’t currently own. Continue reading

Starke County Law-Enforcement Agencies Join State-Wide Initiative

For the first time in awhile, the law-enforcement agencies of Starke County are joining the state-wide Operation Pull Over campaign. The initiative started on Friday and will run through December 3rd. During this time, there will be increased patrols where officers will be on the look out for motorists violating the seat belt and impaired driving laws.

North Judson Town Marshall Kelly Fisher said her officers will be joining members of the Hamlet and Knox Police Departments as well as the Starke County Sheriff’s Office with the operation. She said it’s important to have this blitz at this time of the year since more people are out on the road visiting friends and family for the holidays.

One bit of advice she had for motorists was to have a designated driver if they plan to be attending a party where they’ll be drinking. She explained the procedure of what happens when an officer has probable cause to pull a vehicle over for driving under the influence. Continue reading

Federal, State and Local Government Offices Observe Thanksgiving Holiday

 Federal, state and local government offices are all closed tomorrow in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Many are also closed on Friday, so keep that in mind if you’ve got business to tend. Your best bet is to call first. In Knox, Thursday’s trash pickup route will be run on Friday instead this week. Also, Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branches that are normally open on Fridays will be closed this week in observance of the holiday. Mail will not be delivered tomorrow, but normal delivery schedules will resume Friday.

Free Thanksgiving Meal at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

 If you don’t have someone to share Thanksgiving with this year, the members at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Knox invite you to the church to share in a traditional Thanksgiving feast.

The dinner is free and will feature the traditional favorites: turkey, dressing, potatoes, gravy, and more – even dessert! The meal will be served on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Family Life Center, 1600 S. Heaton St. in Knox.

This is an annual event and all are welcome.

Overall Cost of a Thanksgiving Meal Lower in 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner
It looks like a Thanksgiving meal will cost a little less this year, according to an informal survey of grocery costs from Indiana Farm Bureau.

The average cost for this year’s Thanksgiving meal for 10 is $48.12 which is $3 less than last year’s average. The shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and both coffee and milk.

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