Starke County News Items

    Harvest Season Means Heavier Traffic

    posted 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 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.

    ** 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.

    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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