Starke County News Items

Town of North Judson Appoints New School Board Member

posted by North Judson Public Library

Published: April 27, 2015 
By: Mary Perren, WKVI

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board will soon have a new member. Board members are appointed, and the North Judson Town Council recently interviewed three candidates for their seat. It is currently held by Marshal Reimbold.

“After considerable discussion relevant to individual strengths, leadership skills and results of the interview process, Michael Sharkozy has accepted the appointment and will begin his term at the completion of the 2014-2015 school year,” town officials said in a statement.

North Judson-San Pierre High School Graduation Rate Soars

posted Apr 24, 2015, 9:36 AM by North Judson Public Library

Published: April 24, 2015 
By: Anita Goodan, WKVI 

The North Judson-San Pierre High School principal attributes the uptick in the graduation rate at the corporation to the efforts of determined students, staff, and counselors.

The rate has only gone up slightly each year for the past few years, but Annette Zupin told the school board this week that it means a lot to see students improve. Zupin believes an 11 percent increase in the graduation rate between 2013 and 2014 is due to the determination of students to graduate. The graduation rate was at 84.7 percent in 2013 and 95.8 percent in 2014. The school board members are hoping for the same or better results this year. 

Zupin also credited the counselors for creating an avenue to direct students in the right direction, so they get the help they need to pass End of Course Assessment tests. She believes the A+ credit recovery program at the school helps students who are failing in English/Language Arts. Students who may not have strong English/Language Arts skills can utilize the program to strengthen those skills and it’s available online. The online course is offered in addition to a classroom course for help. A separate English remediation class is also available.

North Judson Town Board Approves Mowing Contract, Issues Sewage Reminder

posted Apr 23, 2015, 10:10 AM by North Judson Public Library

Published: April 23, 2015 
By: Mary Perren, WKVI

The lone contractor to submit a timely cemetery mowing bid to the town of North Judson will do the work this year. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry says the town council awarded the bid to Shef’s Lawn Care Services. Their $15,000 bid includes mowing of Highland and Pioneer Cemeteries and other miscellaneous lawn care around town.

Henry says the town will also have to replace two sewer grinder pumps on James and 3rd Streets that burned out recently. Crews discovered a rag mop tangled up in one and a sweatshirt sleeve in the other. Henry says the only way the items would have gotten into the sewer line was by being flushed down the toilet. She reminds residents to only flush toilet paper. Other items could clog the system, even if they are labeled as safe for flushing.

Summer School Classes Approved for North Judson-San Pierre Students

posted Apr 23, 2015, 10:07 AM by North Judson Public Library

Published: April 23, 2015 
By: Anita Goodan, WKVI

North Judson-San Pierre students can attend summer school classes that have been offered in the past, or they can take new classes.

Superintendent Lynn Johnson said summer school classes will be meet Monday through Thursday starting June 8th and continuing through June 25th.

Jumpstart to first and second grade classes will be offered, along with a bridge to middle school course. These grant-funded courses will help students in those grades ease into the start of the new school year.

IREAD will be available for students who did not pass the standardized test this school year. Eligible students are undergoing additional remediation during the school year. Students can retake exam this summer.

Students in the second through fifth grades can participate in a two-week Summer Enrichment Program, and the Starke County Youth Club will also have enrichment programs for students.

A new program, Supervised Agricultural Experience, will be offered in a five-week setting for high school students.

The USDA Summer Food Program will return. Any resident ages 18 and younger may eat a grab-and-go breakfast and a nutritional lunch at the North Judson-San Pierre Schools for free. Dates and times will be released at a later date.

Johnson stresses most of the programs are grant funded. More information is available to students at any time.

The school board members approved the listing of summer school programs presented to them Tuesday night.

North Judson Town Council Sets Up Revolving Loan Fund

posted Apr 22, 2015, 9:43 AM by North Judson Public Library

Published: April 22, 2015 
By: Mary Perren, WKVI

North Judson will still have a grocery store thanks to quick action by the town council. Heartland Markets has signed a letter of intent to buy Ray’s Super Foods on Lane Street. Company officials also asked the town if they could offer any incentives. North Judson Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry recently spoke with representatives from the State Board of Accounts, who suggested they could set up a revolving loan fund for economic development projects.

The council on Monday passed an emergency resolution to formally establish such a fund in accordance with state law with proceeds from the County Economic Development Income Tax Fund. The town council previously agreed to loan Heartland Markets up to $50,000 for electrical upgrades to the building. The town’s attorney is drafting the promissory note for that loan, which the council will review before it is executed. Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver is also working with NIPSCO to see what sorts of incentive programs are available to pay for upgrades to the heating and cooling systems, refrigerators and other items powered by electricity.

Visit to read the state statute that allows the establishment of such a fund.

Habo Runkle Named Senior Volunteer of the Year

posted Apr 21, 2015, 9:58 AM by North Judson Public Library

Published: April 21, 2015 
By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
The Community Services of Starke County Board of Directors recently named the Senior Volunteer of the Year for 2015.

Habo Runkle of Knox was honored for her lifetime of service to help improve the quality of life in her community and her country.

Runkle recently retired from working as a nurse at the Golden Living Center in Knox. She helped residents at the facility for 18 years. Prior to that, Runkle served as a babysitter for many community families and drove a school bus for the Knox Community School Corporation for 16 years.

Habo Runkle is also an active member of the Knox United Methodist Church where she serves on many committees. She has volunteered her time at Community Services of Starke County where she delivers meals to those participating in the Meals on Wheels program. Runkle offers her time to transport Community Services of Starke County clients to doctor appointments and other locations.

In addition to this honor, Runkle is also a past recipient of the Henry F. Schricker Award that is given to a Starke County resident who embodies the former governor’s motto of “service before self.” 

IRS Scammers Strike Again

posted Apr 21, 2015, 9:51 AM by North Judson Public Library

Published: April 21, 2015 
By: Mary Perren, WKVI 
Scammers claiming to be IRS agents are once again making the rounds through Indiana. State police representatives say they call, tell victims they owe taxes and threaten them with jail unless immediate payment is made. That’s a tip off the call is a fake, as the IRS will not employ such a tactic to collect tax payments.

Police say you should never give personal information like bank account or Social Security numbers, birth dates or credit card numbers to an unverified caller. The most recent scam involves the telephone number 347-389-0029, according to the Indiana State Police. They advise telephone numbers change frequently and recommend typing the number into an Internet search engine to see if it has been associated with scam activity.

As a general rule, calls claiming legal action is pending or any threatening or demanding scenario trying to get you to part with large sums of money are fraudulent. Authorities say scams like those usually trace back to foreign countries, which makes prosecution of those responsible virtually impossible. Authorities say the best thing to do is just hang up.

Election Board Continues HAVA Grant Work, Prepares for Election

posted Apr 21, 2015, 9:46 AM by North Judson Public Library

Published: April 21, 2015 
By: Tyler Maffitt, WKVI

The Starke County Election Board has received approval for the first phase of grant work.

During their meeting Monday morning, board members recommended accepting the grant funds to the Starke County Commissioners. The renovations come courtesy of a Help America Vote Act grant with the funds are being used to upgrade a door, parking lot, and wheel chair ramp at the North Bend Township Community Center and polling site.

Board member Peg Brettin says the Election Board may need to review work to the second phase.

“The second phase that we will need is the parking lot that they’re going to be doing,” says Brettin. “Then that parking lot will connect with the back side of the North Bend community building for accessibility for handicapped individuals.”

Board members noticed a potential problem the work could face in the upcoming weeks involving the ability to connect the ramp with the parking lot.

The Election Board is also finalizing preparations for the municipal primary elections. Reviewing documents for training election workers and volunteers still needs to be completed.

Brettin says training will take two courses.

“You just kind of have to hope that nothing goes wrong,” says Brettin. “Most of the people who are working for the election on Election Day are experienced individuals. I don’t think we’ll have many questions, hopefully.”

Election site workers will be training on April 30th and May 2nd.

This is Starke County Clerk Vicky Cooley’s first election. Board members spent time reviewing necessary documents and possible decision making that may be involved on Election Day.

Community Services of Starke County Collection Sites

posted Jun 18, 2014, 3:29 PM by North Judson Public Library   [ updated Aug 18, 2014, 10:03 AM ]

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                   
414 Lane Street                     

Dr. Dalphond’s Office
108 West State Street

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