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Friday, November 17, 2017

Starke County Emergency Planning Committee Kick-Off Meeting Scheduled for January

Posted on November 17, 2017
Author Jacque Ryan, WKVI

Starke County Emergency Management Agency Director J. Nier {Nigh-er} officially assumed her position back in early October. Currently, she’s working on organizing a meeting for the Starke County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for January of next year.

Director Nier stated the responsibilities of the EMA include promoting preparedness and acting a logistical support for first responders. The LEPC specifically deals with tracking where hazardous materials are within the community and coming up with plans to take action on potential spills if they occur.

She said the Local Emergency Planning Committee is comprised of various individuals who represent specific sectors within the county.

“Basically, its made up of twelve members.” Nier said, “We’ll have somebody that represents the government, the community, EMA, police and police.”

She added that there can be more than one person from a specific department who serves on the committee. They also try to promote the use of proxies, just in case the members are unable to attend themselves. She said that LEPC isn’t open to just anyone due to the hazardous chemicals the committee members deal with and address.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

11/17-19/2017 Another Busy Holiday Weekend

It's going to be another busy Holiday weekend locally, especially on Saturday.   (Be sure to check out our Christmas page for more events coming up in the weeks to come.)

Friday, 11/17

  • Santa’s Clauset = 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Country Music & Gospel Bluegrass Jam = 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, 11/18

  • Knox Moose Bazaar & Craft Show = 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • NJWTPL Friends of the Library Cookie Walk = 8:30 a.m. until they are Sold Out
  • Christmas Family Photographs @ Schricker Home = BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 
  • Santa’s Clauset Opening = 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Starke County Chamber String Art Deer = 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (MUST HAVE PRE-REGISTERED) 
  • North Judson American Legion Feather Party = 2 p.m. to ??
  • Winter Lights Night Festival (Valparaiso) = 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • Bass Lake Lions Annual Feather Party = 7 p.m. to ??

Sunday, 11/19

  • Christmas Family Photographs @ Schricker home = 10:30 until the last group leaves
  • Santa’s Clauset Opening = 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Christmas Shopazaar @ Cheseapeake = 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

11/18/2017 Friends of the NJ-WT Library Cookie Walk

Just a reminder about the Cookie Walk this Saturday. You still have a few days to do some baking and you can drop cookies off at the North Judson-Wayne Township during business hours on Friday or bring them out to Bailey's on Saturday.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

12/20/2017 Deadline for Quantum Leap Poetry Contest

Participate in the Quantum Leap Poetry Contest by submitting a science-themed poem! This contest, in partnership between The Wabash Review of Wabash College and Indiana Humanities, is a two-part contest for Hoosiers of ALL ages and disciplines.

Participants must submit an entry form (details below) along with his or her poem by mail or email by Dec. 20, 2017. Our judges will reveal the top 10 finalists by Jan. 7, 2018 and invite the top 10 to recite their poems at a special Quantum Leap Poetry Contest event. The winner will receive $300 and have his or her poem published in The Wabash Review. Adam Henze, who was named the Official Track Poet of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 thanks to another poetry contest presented by Indiana Humanities, will return as a judge alongside Indiana’s former poet laureate, Karen Kovacik.

The Poetry Contest reading will be held at Indy Reads Books on Jan. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. and registration is free, but seating is limited. Sun King Brewery will provide alcohol; light appetizers will be available. All ages are welcome. You can register here:

Poetry submissions must include both the poem and the attached entry form, and they can be submitted in one of three ways: through the portal at, emailed to, or mailed to:
Wabash College
301 West Wabash Avenue
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Poetry submissions must not include any identifying information on the actual poems. Instead, participants must fill out the entry form (directly below). Please read all instructions carefully.

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Winter Weather Preparedness Week

Posted on November 14, 2017
Author Jacque Ryan, WKVI

It is Winter Weather Preparedness Week and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging Hoosiers to become better equipped to deal with the approaching winter season.

IDHS provided a couple of tips to help inspire individuals to be actively involved with winter preparedness now through November 18th.

Use this week to create or maintain a home readiness kit that may be needed during winter storms. Kits should include a first aid kit and necessary medications, extra clothing, shoes and blankets as well as copies of important documents such a photo ID and Social Security cards. It would be helpful to have a battery-powered or hand crank radio and flashlight. Also include food and water for up to three days, with one gallon of water per person per day.

Make sure homes are well insulated, including proper weather stripping around all doors and windows. If you have issues with insulation, consider using storm windows or plastic coverings to retain heat.

IDHS officials say to take some time to be sure your house is properly stocked for potential emergency situations. Alternative heating and cooking has been known to cause fires in the winter, be sure to have a working fire extinguisher on hand and check the status of all smoke alarms in the household.

Be aware of how to shut of water valves properly, in case of a burst pipe. Lastly, review homeowner insurance polices to ensure that coverage is adequate for winter weather. For more information visit

Monday, November 13, 2017

Pulaski County Sheriff Granted Permission to Sell Automatic Firearms to Starke County

Posted on November 13, 2017
Author Michael Gallenberger, WKVI

Ten automatic firearms owned by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office will soon be sold to the Starke County Sheriff’s Office. Last week, the Pulaski County Commissioners authorized Sheriff Jeff Richwine to sell the ten MP5s.

He said he plans to use the money to replace his department’s rifles. “Right now, our rifles are the military rifles, and they’re showing issues,” Richwine explained. “I’m really not interested in being in that military program, as far as the firearms. It’s a yearly inventory that I’m working on right now. I just can’t give them back to the military if I say I want to get rid of them. We’ve got to put them on a website. If somebody wants them, they contact us.”

Richwine feels Starke County has given him a good price for the MP5s. “There’s 10 of them that they’ll pay $1,500,” he said. “So that would be some money towards these new rifles.”

He plans to cover the remainder of the cost out of his department’s Commissary Fund.

Starke County Highway Department to Apply for Federal Grants

Posted on November 13, 2017
Author Anita Goodan, WKVI

Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler will be applying for federal funds for three projects.

The deadline for the federal roll call for project applications is at the end of the month. Ritzler said the county will be applying for funds to complete an intersection improvement at County Road 210 and old State Road 10. That project also includes plans for a bike trail station that would be coordinated with a local trail organization.

Ritzler said Purdue LTAP recommended improvements at this intersection as it’s dangerous. They recommended making it a T-intersection.

Another project would be the replacement of Bridge #154 which was not approved for Community Crossings money this year. Bridge #154 is on County Road 100 East over Robbins Ditch. If this project does not receive this funding, Ritzler said the highway department will bid it out locally in the spring of 2018.

Ritzler also hopes to get funding to repave four truck route projects on County Road 1100 E., County Road 700 East, Range Road, and County Road 400 South.

Ritzler said he’s confident the county will be awarded funds for at least one of the projects.

North Judson-San Pierre Elementary School to Serve as Healthy Mobile Market Site

Posted on November 13, 2017
Author Jacque Ryan, WKVI

The Healthy Mobile Market will be making a stop in North Judson tomorrow to assist local families in need of food assistance. From 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the Food Bank of Northern Indiana will have their mobile unit stationed in the North Judson-San Pierre Elementary School parking lot.

The service is provided free of charge for families in need but it is first come, first served based on available product while supplies last. Bring along bags or boxes to transport items home. Items that will be offered include frozen and canned meats including ham, whole chicken, hamburger as well as canned fruits, flour, fresh cheese and more.

The Food Bank provides SNAP Outreach at all healthy mobile markets. If weather conditions are inclement or product is unavailable, there is a possibility of cancellation. Location is also subject to change.