Illinois Man Accused of Dealing Marijuana, Following LaPorte County Police Chase

An Illinois man was arrested on suspicion of dealing marijuana after allegedly leading LaPorte County Police on a pursuit early Saturday morning. Sheriff’s deputies say they pulled over a vehicle driven by Nikko J. Shack, 23, of Dolton, Illinois, after seeing it commit two traffic infractions on southbound U.S. 35 a few minutes after midnight.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Conditionally Support Panhandle Pathway Extension Efforts

Efforts to extend the Panhandle Pathway have finally gotten the support of the Pulaski County Commissioners. A motion to that effect was approved during last week’s meeting, on the condition that the plans meet the approval of local landowners. The first phase would extend the Panhandle Pathway north to the Tippecanoe River State Park. It would run alongside U.S. 35 for much of that length.

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Pulaski Commissioners Defer Decision on Letter of Support for Panhandle Pathway Extension

The Pulaski County Commissioners aren’t ready to give a letter of support for efforts to obtain grant funding to extend the Panhandle Pathway. Plans call for the extension of the trail south to France Park and north to the Tippecanoe River State Park. A later phase would continue the Pathway north from there, to meet the North Judson Erie Trail near Bass Station.

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Knox School Board Considers Potential Locations for New Electronic Message Board

Knox School Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart presents rendering of proposed electronic message board to school board members

The Knox School Board has decided to hold off on the purchase of an electronic message board until firmer plans are in place for a potential building project. During a recent meeting, Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart said possible changes to the corporation’s facilities, including the potential demolition of part of the elementary school, have caused him to rethink the sign’s location.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Approve Revolving Loans for G&G Guns, Casey Williams Company

Pulaski County Commissioners: Mike McClure, Jerry Locke, Kenny Becker

A Knox gun shop plans to move to Star City, thanks to some financial help from Pulaski County. The county commissioners Monday approved a $19,500 revolving loan request from G&G Guns. “He has a purchase agreement on the former LightStream Bank building in Star City, moving the gun business from his storefront on U.S. 35 in Knox,” Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer explained. Continue reading

LaPorte Resident Injured in U.S. 35 Crash Wednesday Morning

 

A crash on U.S. 35 in rural LaPorte County Wednesday morning sent one person to the hospital. The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office says it happened around 7:20 just south of Schultz Road. Officers believe Rachel Tibbs, 67, of LaPorte, was driving south on U.S. 35 in a 2014 Ford SUV, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway, traveled into a ditch, and overturned, coming to a rest on its roof.

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INDOT Closes Section of State Road 17 For Chip and Sealing Operations

Starting today, Culver residents and commuters should be prepared for an ongoing road closure on State Road 17.

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced that State Road 17 in Marshall County will be closed between State Road 8 and State Road 10 as crews perform chip sealing operations. The work will begin today and that section of road is expected to reopen by the end of the day on Friday, June 22. Continue reading

Pulaski County BZA Approves Special Exception for New Garage at Beardstown Home

 

A Beardstown homeowner will be allowed to replace an attached garage with a detached one. The Pulaski County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special exception Tuesday for a property in the 5600 block of North U.S. 35. It will allow homeowner John Cargo to build the new garage on a half-acre site, even though the county’s Unified Development Ordinance calls for at least an acre.

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Two State Roads Reopen after Flooding Event

Two state roads are back open now that flood waters have receded.

The Indiana Department of Transportation opened State Road 39 between State Road 10 and U.S. 30 and State Road 8 between U.S. 35 and State Road 39. The roads were closed when high water from historic flooding intruded on the roadways in late February. The roads were closed for a longer stretch as testing was conducted to determine the extent of damage on and under the Continue reading

Police, Fire and Medical Units Respond to a Two-Vehicle Accident on U.S. 35 and 400 N

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch Center confirmed that they received a call about a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 35 and 400 N at 6:17 p.m.

Officers from the Hamlet and Knox Police Departments also responded to the accident, along with members of the Knox and Hamlet Fire Departments. Dispatch reported that all medical units and two helicopters were also sent to the scene. Injuries were reported, however, the number of individuals involved and the severity of said injuries are not currently known.  Continue reading

Railroad Crossing Repairs Cause Road Closure

INDOT recently began some rail road crossing repairs that will cause a closure impacting commuters and residents of Starke County.

Norfolk Southern Railroad Company is renewing and repairing a railroad crossing near Knox, causing the closure of State Road 8 between County Road N. 100 E. and County Road N. 200 E.

This closure will last from Monday, September 18th until Friday, September 29th. Norfolk will only be closing this section of State road 8 for railroad crossing rehabilitation. Continue reading

LaPorte County Road Work Set for Next Week

 

Road work is planned in La Porte County next week to increase safety on U.S. 20.

Indiana Department of Transportation crews will install rumble strips on U.S. 20 between U.S. 35 and the U.S. 20 and State Road 2 intersection. Officials say engineers found a way to use equipment and resources from a nearby project on State Road 39 to install this safety enhancement on the heavily traveled highway.

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