Starke County News Items

    September is National Preparedness Month

    posted by North Judson Public Library

    Published: September 2, 2014 
    By: Anita Goodan, WKVI

    Marshall County EMA Director Clyde Avery said this is the time of year that we should be preparing for emergencies including natural disaster events and potential terrorist attacks and to take action to protect ourselves and our families.

    Avery noted that blizzard and snow events impacted schools, businesses and families this year and tornadoes and severe weather events last year damaged trees, homes and left many people without power for several days. These and many other types of disasters can occur at anytime and anywhere.

    Avery suggests that you prepare an emergency kit that includes one gallon of water per person for at least three days, food for the same amount of time, battery-powered radio, flashlight, first aid kit, extra medicine, cash, pet food and season specific clothing.

    You should also make a plan in the event of a disaster that includes communication and addresses for shelter and evacuation.

    After you are done preparing your own household for a disaster, get involved in preparing your community for the same.

    Thank You From the Starke County Fair Board

    posted Aug 28, 2014, 10:06 AM by North Judson Public Library

    Full-time Opening @ North Judson Utilities Department

    posted Aug 28, 2014, 9:56 AM by North Judson Public Library

    The Incorporated Town of North Judson Utilities Department has a full-time opening for a utility worker.  The position requires a valid, current CDL; ability to lift 80 lbs.; follow detailed directions; high school diploma or equivalent; read at a high school level; willingness to work in adverse weather conditions as well as some weekends and evenings; must have dependable transportation.  This is a beginning level position with opportunities for advancement.  Benefits may include insurance, personal days, and vacation. 

    Applications must be obtained at the Clerk-Treasurer’s office during business hours (Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed from 12 noon to 1 p.m.)  Send completed applications or resumes by 4 p.m. Friday, September 5, 2014, to: 

    Town of North Judson
    204 Keller Avenue
    North Judson, Indiana  46366

    SCILL Offers Adult Welding Classes

    posted Aug 28, 2014, 9:26 AM by North Judson Public Library

    Published: August 28, 2014 
    By: Mary Perren, WKVI

    Adults who want to learn to weld or enhance their skills can take advantage of opportunities offered through the Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning. Classes offered through the SCILL Center’s Adult Welding Technology program meet two evenings per week for four hours at a time for 12 weeks.

    Instructors are AWS certified and bring a great deal of hands-on knowledge to the classroom and lab setting. Students learn about blueprint reading/symbols, welding measurements, safety, MIG/TIG/Stick welding, aluminum welding, stainless welding, rolled pipe welding, oxy acetylene welding, brazing, plasma cutting and oxy fuel burning. They also have an opportunity to visit job fairs, tour area plants and meet with employers who are in need of trained welders. The cost for the class is $2,000 and includes all necessary materials. Eligible participants who apply through WorkOne may have some or all of the fees paid.

    Interested applicants can contact WorkOne, SCILL or complete the application posted online at

    Economic Development Foundation Director Selected as Wall of Legends Judge

    posted Aug 21, 2014, 9:53 AM by North Judson Public Library

    Published: August 21, 2014 
    By: Anita Goodan, WKVI

    The Executive Director of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation will serve as one of 13 judges for the South Shore Wall of Legends and Legends Scholarship Project.

    Charlie Weaver will help select inductees from among several who are nominated each year. The Wall of Legends is located at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond and honors people from northwest Indiana who have changed the world and reflect the values of exploration and courage and innovation.

    This year’s induction ceremony will be held on Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m. CT at the welcome center.

    Starke County Council Working on 2015 Budget

    posted Aug 21, 2014, 9:46 AM by North Judson Public Library

    Published: August 21, 2014
    By: Mary Perren, WKVI

    The Starke County Council is in the process of crafting the 2015 budget. Once it’s finished, it will be published for taxpayer review. Council President Dave Pearman says that process is changing after this year.

    “Next year they’re going to take the advertisement straight out of Gateway. Unfortunately it doesn’t leave the opportunity for the public to see the postings in the paper. Hopefully they’ll be able to use the Internet and access those items.”

    Pearman says information about the county’s finances is a matter of public record and is available online.

    “People can go to and just type in “gateway” into the search,” Pearman said. “There’s a lot of information there now, and there’s a lot of prospective information. Five years ago they talked about being a lot more useful and adept. There are a lot of things the public can access if they want to know information from what people get paid to budget orders and things like that. We want to try to get people invited to do that so they don’t miss out when they don’t see the advertisements in the newspaper in 2015.”

    You can also click to visit the state’s Gateway website.

    Pearman adds he’s pleased with the budget draft the council is working on. He said it includes everything the county needs to support the new jail, which is set to open in the spring as well as the recent expansion of Starke County EMS. He said the proposed spending plan gets a lot of things done with a very small amount of money. Once the budget is finished it will be advertised and submitted to the state for review and final approval.

    Nominations Sought for Starke County Park Board

    posted Aug 21, 2014, 9:43 AM by North Judson Public Library

    Published: August 21, 2014 
    By: Mary Perren, WKVI

    Starke County officials are seeking nominations for volunteers to serve on the county park board. Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall and the Starke County Council each have two nominations – one Democrat and one Republican. The Starke County Commissioners will select the fifth member. Political affiliation is not a consideration for the commissioner’s nominee. Potential board members should be Starke County residents with an interest in and knowledge of parks and recreation. The board is charged with promoting parks, public open spaces and recreational activities on county-owned properties. These include the Bass Lake Beach and Campground, Starke County Forest and other lands. The board will develop and implement policies regarding their use, maintenance and development in hopes of increasing their awareness and use.

    One of their first challenges will be to address camping guidelines at the Bass Lake Campground. It is owned by the county but contractually managed by Richard Callahan. The county commissioners have opted to let the park board decide whether extended campsite leases will be allowed there after several seasonal campers complained about their proposal to limit camping to 15 days at a time.

    Interested nominees for the judicial appointments need to submit letters of interest for consideration to: Judge Kim Hall, Starke County Courthouse, P.O. Box 395, 53 Washington St., Knox, IN 46534 or by email to

    Interested nominees for the council or commissioners appointments may be submitted to: Auditor Kay Chaffins, Starke County Annex Building, 53 East Mound St., Knox, IN 46534 or by email to

    Nominations should be submitted no later than Sept. 12. The initial membership terms will be staggered. As they expire, each new appointment will be for four years.

    Indiana State Police Troopers Seeking Recruits

    posted Aug 18, 2014, 10:12 AM by North Judson Public Library

    Published: August 16, 2014 
    By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
    Applications are now being accepted by the Indiana State Police for the 75th Recruit Academy.

    Applications must be received via email by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 30. Anyone interested in a career as an Indiana State Trooper can visit for detailed information on the application process and career information.

    You must be a United States citizen in order to be considered for a position with the Indiana State Police as a trooper. You must also be at least 21 years of age and less than 40 years of age, meet minimum vision standard requirements, possess a valid driver’s license, be willing to serve anywhere in the state, and be a high school graduate or have a general equivalency diploma.

    The Indiana State Police Department is competitive with its salary wage, according to the department’s news release. A recruit is paid $1,417 bi-weekly during the academy training. When training is successfully completed, the starting salary is $38,444 a year. Benefits are also included.

    Purdue Extension of Pulaski County Schedules Poverty Simulation

    posted Aug 13, 2014, 10:03 AM by North Judson Public Library

    By: Mary Perren, WKVI
    Published: August 13th, 2014

    Learn what it’s like to live from paycheck to paycheck on a limited income during an upcoming poverty simulation hosted by Purdue Extension Pulaski County. An estimated 13-percent of the population there live at the poverty level. Statewide an estimated 1 in 5 children go hungry on a daily basis. Pulaski County Extension Director Natalie Federer says the program helps people understand the “complexities and frustrations” of living in poverty day to day.” She hopes raising awareness will help to more effectively address poverty issues in the community. The poverty simulation will take place Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. EDT at the Winamac Knights of Columbus.

    During the Community Action Poverty Simulation exercise, participants role-play the lives of low income families. Some participants will assume the role of a disabled individual, while others will be senior citizens on Social Security. They will then experience firsthand what it’s like to provide necessities and shelter on a limited budget. During four 15-minute “weeks” they will interact with human service agencies, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, police officers, grocers, job interviewers and others.

    A meal will be served to participants. RSVP is required by Sept. 19 by calling 574-946-3412.

    ** Where To Send Names For The North Judson War Memorial Drinking Fountain

    posted Aug 6, 2014, 10:12 AM by North Judson Public Library   [ updated Aug 11, 2014, 10:36 AM ]

    I posted earlier that the American Legion is beginning to gather names to be added to the North Judson War Memorial Drinking Fountain.  If you have the name of someone who has lived in North Judson for ten (10) consecutive years that you wish to have added, you can email the information to:  

    When you submit a name please include the rank they had when they left the military, branch served, years in service/wars, and any special commendations they received.

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