Starke County News Items

    Markee Farler Named Miss Yellowstone

    posted by North Judson Public Library

    Published: August 19, 2014 
    By: Anita Goodan, WKVI

    The Yellowstone Trail Festival was a success. The three-day event was held in Hamlet.

    The Miss Yellowstone Trail Festival pageant was held on Saturday morning. Markee Farler from Plymouth was crowed as Miss Yellowstone. She will be eligible for the Miss Indiana pageant which is part of the Miss America scholarship program.

    Elexuss Miller from North Judson was crowned Jr. Miss Yellowstone, Little Miss Yellowstone was Kaylee Hamilton from Culver and the Tiny Miss Yellowstone was Myah Maroules of Knox.

    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.

    SCILL Enrolling High School Students in Welding and Automotive Tech Programs

    posted Aug 14, 2014, 9:42 AM by North Judson Public Library

    By: Mary Perren, WKVI
    Published: August 14th, 2014

    Starke County high school students wishing to pursue a career in either welding or automotive technology can get a head start on doing so without leaving home. The Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning offers courses in both fields of study to high school juniors and seniors. Participants in the vocational welding technology program learn about various types of welding as well as how to read blueprints, handle tools and do the job safely. They also get ample hands-on experience and receive both high school and college credit for their participation in the program. The tuition cost is covered by their school corporation, but the students are responsible for their book rental and welding kit.

    SCILL also offers a vocational automotive technology program. It’s also a two-year course of study for area high school juniors and seniors who attend classes at their school for half a day and spend the rest of their time at SCILL. They get hands-on instruction in brakes, electrical systems, engine performance, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions, vehicle heating and air conditioning and engine repair.

    Students interested in enrolling in the SCILL Vocational Welding Technology Program or Vocational Automotive Technology Program can contact their high school guidance counselor, the SCILL Center or use the online application available at or Participating students will also have opportunities to intern with local businesses as part of the program.

    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.

    North Judson Town Council Accepts Building Donation

    posted Aug 6, 2014, 9:32 AM by North Judson Public Library

    By: Mary Perren, WKVI
    Published: August 6th, 2014

    North Judson will soon have a new town hall. First Farmers Bank and Trust has offered their former bank building and properties on Lane Street as a donation to the town. The council voted unanimously to accept that offer Monday night. The building will be named North Judson Town Hall. It will house the water department and clerk treasurer’s offices and serve as meeting space for the town council. Transition to the new facility from the existing office space on Keller Avenue is expected by the end of the year.

    Watch for School Bus Traffic as the School Season Starts

    posted Aug 4, 2014, 11:59 AM by North Judson Public Library

     By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
    Published: August 4th, 2014

    Students will be headed back to classrooms next week and Indiana State Police officers urge you to watch for school bus traffic.

    When approaching a school bus from any direction and it is stopped with its flashing red lights activated and stop arm extended, motorists are required to stop, even on multiple lane highways. Motorists who are on a highway that is divided by a barrier or unimproved median are required to stop only if they are traveling in the same direction as the school bus. If there is no unimproved median or barrier, then all lanes in all directions must stop.

    Disregarding a school bus stop arm is a serious violation and one that school bus drivers are quick to report. Violation of his law is a Class A infraction and is punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000.


    posted Jul 31, 2014, 11:13 AM by North Judson Public Library

    The Town of North Judson has several special circumstances that require permits. Below is a list of the more frequently required permits (list may not be inclusive):

    Pet Tags (dog and cat) – annually
    Temporary Pool – annually prior to installing
    Permanent Pool – prior to installing
    Yard Sale
    The following types of “construction” projects require a permit
    prior to beginning the project (list may not be inclusive):
    New Structure (Residential or Commercial)
    Decks/Patios/Lean To
    Utility Sheds
    Structural Improvements/Inspection

    NOTE: Fees are associated with all of the above permits.

    ORDINANCE VIOLATION CITATIONS MAY BE ISSUED FOR NON-COMPLIANCE INCLUDING ASSOCIATED FINES. These fees and fines are according to a schedule of fees/fines, as shall be modified from time to time by the Town Council and made available for public inspection in the Clerk-Treasurer’s office located at 204 Keller Avenue.

    We remind the public that failure to be aware of the Ordinance requiring a permit is not a defense to the issuance of a ticket.

    We encourage all residents to contact the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office (open M-F 8-4, closed noon to one) at 574-896-3340 for more information.

    Updating the North Judson War Memorial Drinking Fountain

    posted Jul 28, 2014, 2:55 PM by North Judson Public Library   [ updated Aug 6, 2014, 10:00 AM ]

    The North Judson American Legion is in the preliminary planning stages of updating the War Memorial on the North Judson Water Fountain.  Because of the cost involved in casting a new plaque, there will need to be at least a minimum number of names (not known at this time) to be added for this project to move forward.  

    In order to have any person listed on the War Memorial they must have lived in the North Judson-San Pierre school district for a minimum of 10 consecutive years. 

    So if you, or someone you know, wish to submit a name you can contact the North Judson-Wayne Township Library. 

    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

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