Starke County News Items

    Bass Lake Festival Pageant Results

    posted Jul 24, 2014, 9:39 AM by North Judson Public Library

    By: Jacque Ryan, WKVI
    Published: July 24th, 2014

    The winners of last weekend’s Bass Lake Festival Pageant walked away cash prizes as well as other gifts. Friends and family gathered at the Bass Lake Property Owners Association building over the weekend to witness this year’s Bass Lake Festival Pageant.

    The title of Little Miss Bass Lake went to 4-year-old Leah Novotney. Her mini escort was 4-year-old Isaiah Allsop who was granted the title of Little Mister Bass Lake. Both lucky little winners received $50 each. Stephanie Thompson was the pageant coordinator for the 3 to 6 category.

    In the 14 to 18 age category, Jill Piunti was the coordinator. The runner-up in this category was 18-year-old Kristen Von Bampus who received $150. The title of Miss Bass Lake 2014 and $300 went to 14-year-old Sadie Spratley. As Miss Bass Lake, Spratley will be required to award best of show at car show, send off the 5K run and bike race and present the awards for those events, have a radio interview and be a part of the parade Sunday morning.

    Bridge Repair To Start Today on 700 East

    posted Jul 22, 2014, 10:01 AM by North Judson Public Library

    By: Mary Perren, WKVI
    Published: July 22nd, 2014

    A LaPorte-based contractor will begin repairs on the bridge over the Yellow River on County Road 700 East today. It’s been closed since a tree floating down the river struck one of the bridge supports earlier this year, rendering the structure unstable. LaPorte Construction was the only company to bid on the work. However, when the Starke County Commissioners opened their bid on Monday, July 7 it was nearly double the estimated cost for the project. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler contacted the company, clarified the scope of the work and got them to knock the price down to $78,536. The commissioners approved the revised bid last night. Ritzler says the contractor advised he can still complete the project by the Aug. 15 deadline outlined in the original specifications. Ritzler did note the entire bridge is slated for replacement in 2018. He’s working with INDOT to see if that timeline can be moved up. Meanwhile, the commissioners and county attorney agree the bridge needs to be fixed as soon as possible so the road can reopen.

    North Judson-Wayne Township Library Director to Retire

    posted Jul 22, 2014, 9:57 AM by North Judson Public Library

    By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
    Published: July 19th, 2014
    The long-time director at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library, Jane Ellen Felchuk, has decided to retire.

    Felchuk said she will be leaving after 38 years at the library.

    “It was lots of fun and it was a challenge,” said Felchuk. “We feel the library has grown and I had a great staff so it was easy to do lots of things.”

    Felchuk’s last day will be Dec. 31. If a new director has not been found by the time she leaves the library, she will stay on until someone is in place.

    She’s got a list of things she’ll be doing in her retirement.

    “I’m going to finish up my love which is our local history collection. I’m going to have time now to work on it and redo it. I’m going to be a granny nanny. I don’t know – I’ve got projects that list about three pages long.”

    The library board is looking for a candidate who is energetic and anxious to move forward with new ideas at the library. Candidates must be eligible for an Indiana Library Certificate 4. Contact the Library for a job description and application details at

    Welcome Home Heroes Parade September 13th

    posted Jul 1, 2014, 2:30 PM by North Judson Public Library

    By: Jacque Ryan, WKVI
    Published: July 1st, 2014
    Women and men from all across our nation have been putting their lives on the line to defend the United States of America for centuries. The city of Knox is teaming up with the St. Joe Valley Blue Star Mothers of Indiana #6 to honor those heroes with a welcome home parade. It will take place on Sept. 13th.

    All veterans are invited to participate and receive recognition for their nobility. The plan is to line-up behind Five-Star, go down Main Street and walk to the Starke County Courthouse. Following the parade, there will be a few special speakers on the courthouse steps.

    The South Bend Medical Foundation will also have their bloodmobile set up, and have agreed for every successful donation they will donate $5 to the local chapter of Operation Care Package.

    This event is a way to express gratitude to each and every person who has served for this country. Any questions can be directed to Sandra Boldt via email at,

    Ted Hayes, Take A Bow

    posted Jun 30, 2014, 10:29 AM by North Judson Public Library

    By: Jerry Curtis, WKVI
    Published: June 30th, 2014

    Today, we say a fond farewell to our mentor, colleague and friend, Ted Hayes. Over the years, Ted has served in many capacities at WKVI: general manager, news director, commercial producer and longtime on-air personality, forging many friendships throughout the Kankakee Valley and our listening area.

    Mr. Hayes can rightly take credit for many accomplishments over time, including, receipt of the Crystal Award for Public Service from the National Association of Broadcasters and establishment of the annual Starke County Youth Club Radiothon, which raises thousands for the local organization, each year. While Ted will conclude his association with WKVI today, he will continue his work as media representative at IU Health Starke Hospital, for which we wish him the very best of success. Ted, for a final time, allow us to recognize and appreciate your hard work and dedication to broadcasting in general and to WKVI right here at home. Thanks!

    CASA Volunteers Needed in Starke County

    posted Jun 25, 2014, 9:27 AM by North Judson Public Library

    By: Jacque Ryan, WKVI
    Published: June 25th, 2014
    The Starke County Court Appointed Special Advocate program is seeking ordinary people to do an extraordinary job.

    CASA is currently taking applications for its fall volunteer training classes. CASA volunteers work to help abused and neglected children in Starke County who have been taken from their homes and placed into temporary foster care. They help these children find safe, permanent homes where they can thrive. Each advocate undergoes training to be a powerful voice for the children’s best interest.

    If you feel inspired to do your part for our community’s most valuable citizens, our children, contact CASA by calling 574-772-7200 or email at The deadline to apply for this training is July 28.

    The beginning training class has been scheduled for August 5.

    Community Services of Starke County Collection Sites

    posted Jun 18, 2014, 3:29 PM by North Judson Public Library

    Community Services of Starke County’s Food Pantry has two collection sites in North Judson.  You can drop off much needed food items during regular business hours at: 

    Dr. Bejes’ Office Dr. Dalphond’s Office
    414 Lane Street 108 West State Street

    Ancilla Nursing Teams up with WorkOne to Offer Affordable Training

    posted Jun 16, 2014, 10:02 AM by North Judson Public Library

    By: Jacque Ryan, WKVI
    Published: June 16th, 2014
    A unique opportunity for aspiring nurses has surfaced at Ancilla.

    WorkOne is collaborating with the university in order to help those who qualify receive assistance with paying for courses. Their nurse aid course begins June 30 and lasts until August 3. Nurse aids are the people who give direct patient care to individuals who cannot provide care for themselves. The course has a classroom portion, with instruction and a practicum portion, where skills are applied. It allows students to gain the sufficient certification required by potential health care employers.

    The cost of the class is $800 and includes the test, your books and anything else involved in the process, according to Ancilla’s Director of the Division of Nursing Ann Fitzgerald.

    “We’ve partnered with WorkOne, both in Starke County and in Marshall County, and if they qualify they can go through WorkOne and they [WorkOne] will hopefully be able to pay for that student to come through the class. So that cost can be offset by WorkOne if people qualify. So if you’re interested contact Ancilla College and/or WorkOne,” stated Fitzgerald.

    Ann Fitzgerald can be contacted through email at or her telephone number 574-936-8898 ext. 379. The phone number for WorkOne in Starke County is 574-772-6882. The Marshall County WorkOne number is 574-936-8919.

    See if you qualify for aid today in time for the June 30 nurse aid course. Set yourself up for success by gaining the proper training while still maintaining your finances.

    Think Moped Safety this Summer

    posted Jun 12, 2014, 9:52 AM by North Judson Public Library

    By: Jacque Ryan, WKVI 
    Published: June 12th, 2014

    With winter behind us, maybe you’ve decided to bring the moped or scooter out of the garage and take advantage of the lovely weather. The Indiana State Police reminds Hoosiers of moped policies to assure safety this summer.

    To clarify, a moped, or a motorized bicycle, is a two-or-three-wheeled vehicle that is propelled by an internal combustion engine or a battery powered motor. If it is powered by a motor, the engine must have less than two horsepower, a cylinder capacity of less than 50cc, an automatic transmission, and a maximum speed of less than 25 mph on a flat surface. Electric mopeds are only required to travel less than 25mph on a flat surface. If the moped exceeds any of these requirements, then it is technically considered a motorcycle and is subject to motorcycle laws.

    In order to ride a moped operators must be at least 15 and they must possess a Bureau of Motor Vehicles issued license or identification card. No motorcycle license is required to operate a moped as long as it does not exceed the moped definition criteria. Operators under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet and eye protection while riding on a moped. The protective headgear that is worn must meet the requirements set by the United States Department of Transportation. The protective eye-wear required can be a pair of protective glasses, goggles or a transparent face shield.

    Mopeds must have a muffler in good working condition to prevent excessive noise or smoke. Use of mopeds on sidewalks or Interstate highways is forbidden. Mopeds cannot be operated 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise unless they have functional taillights and headlights.

    Failure to abide can result in an impounded moped and fines that begin at $150.

    North Judson Town Board Updates Contractors Ordinance

    posted Jun 5, 2014, 9:23 AM by North Judson Public Library   [ updated Jun 16, 2014, 10:05 AM ]

    By: Mary Perren, WKVI
    Published: June 5th, 2014

    Contractors or subcontractors doing business in or with the town of North Judson must obtain a permit from the town and be properly insured. That’s the gist of the contractor permit ordinance passed on final reading Monday night by the town board. The new policy does not apply to homeowners who perform their own renovations. However, anyone hired to build, remodel or renovate a structure is subject to the law. The contractor must show proof of public liability and property damage insurance of at least $1 million and have a certificate of insurance made out to the Town of North Judson. Permits are not transferable, and the Town of North Judson does not confirm the actual qualifications of the contractor to do the work. Contractors who do not obtain permits are subject to fines of $500 for a first offense and additional fines and legal action for continued violations. Read a copy of the ordinance here 

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