Wednesday, July 18, 2018

7/19/2018 Blood Drive @ St Peter Lutheran Church

You can schedule an appointment online at Enter our zip code - 46366, click on the words St Peter Lutheran Church, then click on the time and type of donation you want to give.

7/23-27/2018 NJ-SP Bluejay Summer Football Camp

Starke County Commissioners to Open Elevator Bids Today, Auction at Highway Garage Tomorrow

Posted on July 18, 2018
Author Anita Goodan, WKVI

The Starke County Commissioners will open bids for the replacement of the elevator in the Starke County Courthouse today. The county was awarded a grant to conduct the work, but getting bids for the project has been a challenge.

Bids were supposed to be opened last week, but one contractor asked for an extension in order to better prepare the bid with a change in specifications. Commissioner Kathy Norem said Monday night that she received communication that the delay was requested, and she said that would be fine since no bids were received last time, but she did not get a reply. So, she assumed that the bid opening date was still last week. When there wasn’t anyone in attendance to open the bids on Thursday, it was realized that the date was moved to today. Norem apologized for the miscommunication and stressed that the bid opening is set for today at 2 p.m. in the meeting room in the Starke County Annex Building No. 1 in Knox.

In the meantime, Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler reminded county officials that 10 pieces of equipment will be sold in an auction at the Starke County Highway Garage on Thursday morning beginning at 9:30 a.m. Anyone who would like to view what’s for sale can go to the highway garage today.

USDA Announces Approval of Multi-Million Dollar Loan for the Town of North Judson

Posted on July 18, 2018
Author Jacque Ryan, WKVI

More than 100 rural infrastructure projects across the country, including one here in Starke County, are being funded thanks in part to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program.

The Town of North Judson received a $3,892,000 loan from the USDA to assist with their sewer improvement project. According to an announcement released this week, the Rural Development investment will be used to convert a portion of the town’s combined sewer collection system into separate sanitary and storm sewers.

The loan terms state that the Town will pay the money back over the next 40 years at a rate of 2.125 percent.

NJ Clerk-Treasurer Andrew Rowe noted that he received a confirmation on Monday, stating that the loan was officially approved. He added that the loan money has not been received yet and that it will not be provided until the end of this year or the beginning of next year.

Altogether, the USDA invested $277 million dollars in 103 infrastructure projects in 35 states. The funds can be used to finance drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with a population of 10,000 residents or less.

North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Delivers Capital Project Update

Posted on July 18, 2018
Author Jacque Ryan, WKVI

Projects at the North Judson-San Pierre Schools are coming along nicely, according to Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin.

During the superintendent’s report Tuesday night, Dr. Zupin shared some of the progress that’s been made thus far. She said that lighting work is nearly complete, with the company pulling some of their workers at this point. The only areas that still need to be finished are the atrium and auditorium.

She added that the sidewalks at the Elementary school have been poured and the ones for the Jr-Sr High will come next. Zupin also noted that the new doors for the secure entrances at the Jr.-Sr. High have been installed and work on securing the Elementary school began yesterday.

Dr. Zupin said that the fence posts for the tennis courts will be installed this week, with fencing to come next. The dugouts for the baseball and softball diamonds have a solid foundation and structure built and they will soon affix the roofs.

As far as the pool project goes, Zupin said that crews will begin filling it today. She stated that the balancing of the chemicals and filtration will be monitored for about a week or so. She mentioned that a temporary dehumidification unit will be utilized in there until the permanent unit is installed.

North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Chief Provides Figures for Potential Signs

Posted on July 18, 2018
Author Jacque Ryan, WKVI

Funding for some potential new signs for the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department was discussed at Monday night’s town council meeting.

Fire Chief Joe Leszek told council members that the Fire Department recently held a business meeting and came up with a solid figure that they would be able to pledge towards the purchase of three new signs.

“For our proposed signs, if and when we’re ever ready to pull the trigger, the department would like to donate $3,500”

Councilman John Rowe asked Chief Leszek how much of the cost would be left if the Department provided their amount. Leszek said his research indicated that the overall cost would be around $9,000, so an additional $5,500 would have to come from the Town.

Clerk-Treasurer Andrew Rowe noted that he has been working to include the expenditure in the 2019 budget. Council members also proposed holding a fundraiser of some kind to raise additional funds for the purchase.

Members have not taken any official action on this matter yet, but discussions will continue in future meetings.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

NJSP Elementary and 7 & 8 Grade School Supply Lists

If your child will be in grade 7 or 8 next year, those supply lists are on the website.

Just go to and then look in the top left-hand corner for the "Our Schools" pull-down menu. Choose NJ-SP Jr-Sr High School and then you can see the list.

Students in high school are encouraged to attend class to learn what is needed for each class. They usually need paper, pencil, and a couple of 3-ring binders, but since all students do not all take the same classes, it is impossible to provide a complete supply list.

The first day of school is WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8th!

St Peter Lutheran School School Supply List

The school supply list for all grades is available on our website at This year we are offering a new online ordering option. You can print the list or you can order online directly by grade. Be sure to watch for items that are not available online.

North Judson Town Council Approves Lease Agreement with Fourway Computer Products

Posted on July 17, 2018
Author Jacque Ryan, WKVI

The North Judson Town Council members approved a lease agreement with Fourway Computer Products when they met on Monday.

The lease agreement permits Fourway Computer Products to utilize the Town’s water towers to install new equipment that is supposed to help improve internet coverage and capabilities in town.

To provide some context, North Judson had an existing agreement for internet services with the company N.I.T. Line. However, when that company was taken over by Fourway Computer Products, President Roland Houin came before the council to inform them about what his company had to offer since they would be providing internet services to the town from now on.

At a meeting in June, Houin asked the council to consider upgrading the existing equipment that is installed on the town’s water tower next to Norwayne Field. He added that any redundant or unutilized electronics could be removed to make better use of the space.

Another part of the proposal included expanding coverage and increasing speed by installing equipment with the same capabilities on the West water tower. A lease agreement with those suggestions was drawn up and brought before the council at their first meeting in July.

Town Attorney Justin Schramm reviewed the document and made one suggestion. He asked to add in some language that states Town would not be liable for any unintentional damage caused to the equipment while the water tower improvement projects are being completed or while routine maintenance is conducted.

With that amendment made, council members felt comfortable moving forward with the agreement and it was approved with a unanimous vote Monday night.

Monday, July 16, 2018

8/11/2018 Kid's Closet Fish Fry

Many members of the NJ United Methodist Church are selling tickets, or you can call 574-339-1942.