Starke County News Items

    First Farmer's Bank & Trust Donates Building to The Town

    posted by North Judson Public Library

    Signing the paperwork is Council President Wendy Hoppe along with Special Assets Officer for First Farmer's Bank & Trust Mr. Hoyt Alexander. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry also observes.

    Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry, Council Member Josh Brown and Council President Wendy Hoppe receive the keys to 310 Lane Street from Special Assets Officer of First Farmer's Bank & Trust Mr. Hoyt Alexander.

    Starke County Road 800 East Closed for Bridge Replacement

    posted Sep 23, 2014, 9:48 AM by North Judson Public Library

    Published: September 23, 2014 
    By: Mary Perren, WKVI
    Work on the new bridge over Eagle Creek is under way. LaPorte Construction Company won the bid to replace the bridge on Starke County Road 800 East. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler tells WKVI News 800 East will be closed between 25 North and 50 South for the next couple of months. Take 25 north to 700 East down to 50 South and back to 800 East to get around the road work. Detour signs are up.

    Final Members Named to Starke County Park Board

    posted Sep 22, 2014, 9:43 AM by North Judson Public Library

    Published: September 22, 2014 
    By: Mary Perren, WKVI 

    Starke County’s Park Board is now fully populated. Judge Kim Hall named Mike Meadows and Skyler Ellinger to the five-member panel. They join Starke County Council appointees Debbie Mix and Rosemary Rose and Starke County Commissioners appointee Marsha Bedrock.

    The volunteer board will have oversight of parks, open spaces and other recreational lands owned by the county. These include the Starke County Forest and Bass Lake Beach and Campground. The commissioners have opted to let the park board decide whether seasonal campsite leases should be allowed at Bass Lake.

    The date for the initial Starke County Park Board meeting has not been announced.

    Ancilla Offers Non-Traditional Students a Chance to Try College

    posted Sep 22, 2014, 9:40 AM by North Judson Public Library

    Published: September 22, 2014 
    By: Mary Perren, WKVI
    Adults who are considering college can see what it’s all about at Ancilla. Executive Director of Admissions Eric Wignall says the We Believe in You program covers the cost of an entire course for students who qualify. They must be at least 21 and have a high school diploma or GED. The program is open to both students with no college experience and those with less than nine hours from any school in the country. 

    Wignall says the program offers students a chance to try college without obligation or commitment. The three-hour course is free. There’s no application, transcript or tutoring fee. Students do have to buy or rent textbooks, but that is the only expense. Wignall adds counseling and other support services are also offered to students who enroll in the We Believe in You program.

    Find more information online at

    HealthLinc Takes Medical Care on the Road

    posted Sep 22, 2014, 9:37 AM by North Judson Public Library

    Published: September 22, 2014 
    By: Mitch Columbe, WKVI

    HealthLinc is offering a new service to area schools this year. They got a federal grant for a mobile, school-based health center. This mobile unit will go to schools during the day to offer dental and medical care such as school physicals, checkups, immunizations and more. So far 10 schools in Starke and St. Joseph Counties have partnered with HealthLinc. Students will get paperwork from the school nurses to take home to their families. Families will also get a schedule of HealthLinc visits. North Judson-San Pierre and the entire Mishawaka school district have signed up. HealthLinc Chief Operating Officer Deb Hickman says they have made sure all the schools are on the same page with them.

    “We have very strong relationships with the school nurses who know the needs of the children and know the parents very well”.

    North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Lynn Johnson says HealthLinc has already been to their school.

    “Last Friday was the first time it came to the corporation. We had 35 parents who requested that their children be seen by a dentist and the dentist is a regular dentist. He did screening for 21 out of the 35 kids so they’ll come back and finish. It is a full treatment. They are coming back to do fillings, cleanings those types of things that need to be done and then also we will be able to provide medical care with this mobile unit. In October they will come back and do immunizations and flu shots. It’s just wonderful I just can’t say enough good things about this opportunity for healthcare within our school community”.

    HealthLinc Director of Development Brandi Anstine [An-Steen] says they are committed to improving health throughout their service area.

    “This is our way of really trying to give back to the community and we’re going continue to find more creative and innovative ways to do so. We’re going to continue to listen and do whatever we can to improve the quality of life in those communities and reduce those barriers”.

    If you would like more information about HealthLinc visit their website at

    Harvest Season Means Heavier Traffic

    posted Sep 16, 2014, 9:27 AM by North Judson Public Library

    Published: September 16, 2014 
    By: Mitch Columbe, WKVI

    Harvest season is almost here. This is Farm Safety Week, which is a good time to plan for the coming weeks. Soon you will be sharing the highways and roadways with farm equipment, and your attention to traffic will need to be up. Purdue Extension Agriculture Educator Chad Rushing says there will be a lot to watch out for this season.

    He says all operators should be aware of large vehicles on the road. Additionally operators of farm machinery need to be cautious. Rushing adds this is a rural community and farm equipment may be on highways as well as county roads. He says it is important to be patient and to make sure it is safe to pass.

    Ancilla Offers Two Year Online Degree

    posted Sep 16, 2014, 9:23 AM by North Judson Public Library

    Published: September 16, 2014 
    By: Mitch Columbe, WKVI
    A new program at Ancilla College allows students to earn a degree without setting foot on campus. Behavioral science is the first two year degree offered online by Ancilla. They have had course offerings over the Internet before but have never offered a full degree solely online. Executive Director of Admissions Eric Wignall says instruction and assessment will be online with help from professors and other students to aid individuals in keeping up.

    “You don’t just get put out on a raft at sea. Our online courses are designed and the program itself is led by Sam Soliman who’s one of our instructors who’s really in tune to this. You’re always going to get support both from the instructor and from your other students,” Wignall said.

    “If you’re working, if you’ve got travel in the future if there are other things coming up you can pursue a degree. You can have all the access to Ancilla’s online tutorial stuff that we do. So either way if you pursue it on a beach in the south pacific or if you are here right next to campus you have access to all of the stuff for the degree. It’s 100 percent online it’s very very convenient to students that way,” Wignall added.

    Find more information about this program online at

    September is National Preparedness Month

    posted Sep 2, 2014, 9:41 AM 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.

    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

    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.

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