Monday, June 30, 2014

7/19/2014 Fire & Faith Worship Center Bake Sale @ Bailey's Discount

On Saturday, July 19th, from 9-?, Fire and Faith Worship Center, will be doing a Bake Sale, at Baileys Discount Center, in North Judson. We will also be taking outside orders before hand, so we can deliver or you may pick up at the bake sale. Just let us know or stop by. We will be set up out in the front hallway of the store. Hope to see you. Gods Blessings.

Have You Visited Our "Magic Wall" Yet?

If you haven’t visited our “Magic Wall” just yet you’re probably wondering what titles we have available as ebooks.  While I won’t list all 60 titles, here are a few that might interest you.

Starting with the children’s selection we have 18 titles, including:

  • Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (except for the newest as that won’t be out until November)
  • Jan Fields – Adventures in Extreme Reading 

For Teens we offer 11 titles such as:

  • Veronica Roth – Divergent Trilogy
  • John Green – The Fault in Our Stars

While our Non-Fiction is currently just 6 titles, we do offer:

  • Scott Helman & Jenna Russell – Long Mile Home:  Boston under attack
  • Michelle Knight – Finding me:  A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings
  • Solomon Northrup – 12 Years a Slave

Our largest section right now, with 27 titles, is Adult Fiction which includes:

  • Wanda Brunstetter – Indiana Cousins trilogy
  • Johnny Cash – Man in White
  • Harlan Coben – Missing You
  • Grey Iles – Natchez Burning
  • Ira Levin – Rosemary’s Baby
  • Frank Peretti – Monster

All of our ebook titles are listed in our online card catalog:

  1. Click on “Browse” in the left-hand column
  2. Choose “eBook” under the first selection (leave the others as “All Collections” and “All Time Periods”)
  3. Click “Search”
  4. A listing of all the ebooks we currently own will appear.
  5. Click on “Download item” and you will be taken to the Magic Wall where you can check out the item or put it on hold if it is currently out. 

Ted Hayes, Take A Bow

By: Jerry Curtis, WKVI
Published: June 30th, 2014

Today, we say a fond farewell to our mentor, colleague and friend, Ted Hayes. Over the years, Ted has served in many capacities at WKVI: general manager, news director, commercial producer and longtime on-air personality, forging many friendships throughout the Kankakee Valley and our listening area.

Mr. Hayes can rightly take credit for many accomplishments over time, including, receipt of the Crystal Award for Public Service from the National Association of Broadcasters and establishment of the annual Starke County Youth Club Radiothon, which raises thousands for the local organization, each year. While Ted will conclude his association with WKVI today, he will continue his work as media representative at IU Health Starke Hospital, for which we wish him the very best of success. Ted, for a final time, allow us to recognize and appreciate your hard work and dedication to broadcasting in general and to WKVI right here at home. Thanks!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Summer Sky @ Merrillville Community Planetarium

The warm nights of summer can be a wonderful time to explore the night sky and to learn about the bright stars and constellations visible during the summer.

“The Summer Sky” is a public program at the Merrillville Community Planetarium.  It will also show you how to find the planets Mars and Saturn in the sky just after sunset.

The show will be presented on Friday, July 11th, 18th, & 25th, and on Saturday, July 19th & 26th at 7:30 p.m.  The planetarium opens for seating 30 minutes before the show begins.  No one is admitted after the program starts.  The planetarium’s Gift Shop will be open before and after the program.

Admission to public programs is $4 for adults and $2 for children.  The Merrillville Community Planetarium is located in Clifford Pierce Middle School at 199 East 70th Avenue in Merrillville, Indiana.  Please park and enter on the west side of the building.

Seats should be reserved by calling (219) 650-5486 or visiting the planetarium’s website at

Where's The Fireworks This Year?

I know, it's almost July 4th and you want to know the closest place to go to see fireworks. Well this site doesn't only list fireworks for the 4th, they list most, but not necessarily all, of the places in Indiana that will have fireworks this year. Happy browsing!!

Donations Coming in for Fireworks Celebration in Starke County

By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
Published: June 26th, 2014

The fireworks celebration hosted by the city of Knox is scheduled for July 5 at the Starke County Airport.

A recent fundraiser at Downtown Depot raised $1,562 and business donations have totaled $1,976 so far. Another fundraiser is scheduled for this Friday, June 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. CT at the Knox Moose Family Center. The Starke County Commissioners personally donated money toward the event as well as the town of Hamlet and the town of North Judson.

There are plenty of activities to happen prior to the fireworks at dusk. Several vendors have committed to serving food and entertainment. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and the fireworks show will begin at dusk.

Volunteers are needed to work the gates. If you are interested in volunteering your time for this event, call Knox Mayor Rick Chambers at (574) 772-4553.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CASA Volunteers Needed in Starke County

By: Jacque Ryan, WKVI
Published: June 25th, 2014

The Starke County Court Appointed Special Advocate program is seeking ordinary people to do an extraordinary job.

CASA is currently taking applications for its fall volunteer training classes. CASA volunteers work to help abused and neglected children in Starke County who have been taken from their homes and placed into temporary foster care. They help these children find safe, permanent homes where they can thrive. Each advocate undergoes training to be a powerful voice for the children’s best interest.

If you feel inspired to do your part for our community’s most valuable citizens, our children, contact CASA by calling 574-772-7200 or email at The deadline to apply for this training is July 28.

The beginning training class has been scheduled for August 5.

Play it Safe When Using Fireworks

By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
Published: June 25th, 2014

The Fourth of July is an exciting holiday filled with picnics and other celebrations that may include fireworks. Indiana State Police officers urge you to play it safe when using fireworks.

Only adults can purchase fireworks. A person 18 and older has to be present when anyone younger than 18 is using or possessing consumer fireworks. Children must be supervised at all times when fireworks are in use.

Fireworks can only be used on the user’s property or if permission has been granted for use on another property. Fireworks can be used at place that has been designated by the Indiana State Fire Marshal.

Indiana State Police officers say fireworks may be discharged on the Fourth of July from 9 a.m. to midnight. Any person who violates this law can be charged with a Class C infraction. Cities and towns have different ordinances regarding the use of fireworks and the times they can be discharged so refer those inquiries to local officials.

If anyone recklessly, knowingly or intentionally uses fireworks and there is bodily injury, that person can be charged with a Class D felony. If property damage is caused, a class A misdemeanor could be filed.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Notes from Nubi: Introducing Miss Kelsie...

I’d like to take a brief moment to introduce the newest member of the North Judson-Wayne Township Library staff – Mrs. Kelsie Purcell. Now I haven’t met Miss Kelsie yet because I’ve been taking my retirement seriously and staying home, but mom is thrilled because Miss Kelsie is really into kids.

Starting with this year’s Summer Reading program, Miss Kelsie has taken over all of the NJWTPL children’s programming. And does she have some great plans for them for the coming year – a stuffed animal overnight; a scavenger hunt for 1st to 5th grades; a Parent’s Day Out; a combined Tot Time/Story Hour in December. Whew, it totally exhausts me; but I’m 77 in human years and Miss Kelsie is much, much younger.

I’ll have to talk mom into bringing me to the library one of these Saturdays so I can meet Miss Kelsie. Heck, maybe I’ll even volunteer if she ever needs an old dog to help with a program. After all, I do have a little experience in that area.

Love to you all,


Monday, June 23, 2014

Ancilla College Offers Discounted Summer Courses

By: Jacque Ryan, WKVI
Published: June 23rd, 2014
If you’re looking to get a head start on the fall semester, consider going to Ancilla College to save yourself some money.

Any summer classes through Ancilla are discounted $115. For early bird high school students, rising juniors and seniors can take courses for $125 per credit hour. Some high school students earn their Associates degree before even graduating from high school by taking summer courses. This gives you the unique advantage to start out right after your senior year as a junior in college.

Even if you decide to attend another university, all course credits from Ancilla College transfer to most Midwestern universities.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

North Judson-San Pierre Graduate Cast in New Reality Show

By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
Published: June 20th, 2014

A graduate of North Judson-San Pierre High School has been cast on the first season of a reality show called The Reel Deal.

Christine Barger said she was cast as a result of online voting and she will be working with some celebrity mentors.

“It’s up-and-coming actors and actresses hat get to work with celebrities in different aspects,” said Barger. “We have Judy Norton, Eric Roberts, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Tim Russ, Dustin Diamond, and Holly Fields. What we’re going to do is work together in teams to compete against each other to create short films.”

Along with the up-and-coming actors and actresses, up-and-coming directors and composers will work with the teams to create short films in four days to present for competition.

Barger has lived in L.A. for several years now where she has had television parts on iCarly and Dexter and movie roles on Along Came Polly and Made of Honor. She just recently worked on a pilot with Courtney Love that is for where Barger plays a teenager. Barger said it will go up on the web for now but she hopes that it will get picked up to continue as a series.

She still works on her ventriloquism.

“I’ve had a little bit of a break. I’ve actually been focused on doing ventriloquism and getting into magic. I joined the Academy of Magical Arts. I’ve been really focusing on adding that into my live act. I’ve been doing college, corporate and library shows and some educational stuff for kids on anti-bullying with my puppets. Having the reaction of kids and seeing firsthand that you’re making a difference and inspiring people is really what I find is the best thing about being in the arts.”

Her newest series, The Reel Deal, can be seen on Comcast, Hulu, Netflix and more devices this fall.

She has her fingers crossed that she will get to work with Eric Roberts as she’s a big fan of his.

American Pickers Coming to Indiana

By: Jacque Ryan, WKVI
Published: June 21st, 2014

The History Channel’s hit program, American Pickers is coming to Indiana!

Are you a unique individual with a lot to offer? You could be just who Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are looking for. The search is on for colorful characters with interesting items. They are searching for people with extensive collections.

Currently they are not looking for any pottery, appliances, depressed glass or agricultural equipment.

If your garage, barn or storage unit is stocked with “pick-able” items and you would like a chance to be a part of the program contact senior casting producer Jake Bandman at or call and leave a message at 646-873-6357.

If you’ve seen the program and thought to yourself that you have better things to provide, now is your chance!

6/21/2014 Locally Made Horror Movie Premieres Today

By: Jacque Ryan, WKVI
Published: June 21st, 2014

A horror movie that centers around a spooky sanitarium and an all girl punk band, The Lolita Dolls, premiers today at the Isis Theater in Winamac.

The interesting thing about this horror flick, Night of the Dolls, is most of it was filmed in Winamac with local people. WKVI’s Tom Berg even makes a cameo. The movie will be shown at 11:30 a.m. and then again at 10:15 p.m. ET today. Tickets are available at the door. The morning movie is $4 and the evening is $5.

Come out for a chance to meet the cast and buy a copy of the film on DVD. See if you recognize any of the establishments or individuals in the movie.

Producer Dan Murphy is excited for the premier of Night of the Dolls and about upcoming projects.

“You get to come and watch it with us, and you get to meet the cast and at the end of the show we’ll give away some stuff and you can ask questions. You know, if anyone’s maybe interested in wanting to get into this kind of thing we’ve got two more movie projects coming this year. One we’re filming with Eileen Dietz from The Exorcist, that will also be shot locally. We’re always looking for new people,” said Murphy.

For more information about Night of the Dolls or projects in the works check out their Facebook page at HM&M Films.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Welcome to the World of eBooks at Axis360

In May, 2014, the North Judson-Wayne Township Library signed an agreement with Baker & Taylor Axis360 to provide eBooks for taxpayers in our service district.  (If you live outside of Wayne Township your home library can provide you with eBooks – locally the Starke County Library System or the Pulaski County Library System.) 

Before you get too excited, there is some bad news that goes with the good.  If you have an older Kindle, Nook and some Android based ereaders/tablets, you will not be able to download books directly to your reader as their operating systems are not set up that way.   

Applications you will need:

There are four applications that you need to download directly to your tablet.  Each of them is free and you should be able to download them through Google, Android apps or from our Axis360 site under “App Zone” (

1. AxisReader is an application from Baker & Taylor which will allow you to connect to our library, browse the collection, login to your account with the library, and download books.

2. Acoustik is an application that will read books to you if they are set up to be read.  You will have to set up a free account with Acoustik. Not all the books we purchase will be Acoustik compatible.

3. Blio is an application that allows you to see the books laid out as the author intended.  You will have to set up a free account with Blio. This is especially important with books that have directions, pictures, etc.

4. Adobe Digital Editions is an application from Adobe which will allow you to read books on your ereader/tablet in the epub format. You will have to set up a free account with AdobeYou will need to download this program to your laptop/computer and use it to transfer books to your older Kindle/Nook, and some Android based ereaders/tablets, by connecting them directly to your laptop/computer with the cord that came with them. 

How to Checkout eBooks:

So you visited our “Magic Wall” and found a book that looks interesting, how do you check it out?  When you linger on a title an information box will open.  Choose the format you want to use and then you can add the item to your checkout list (if you want to keep looking), check it out right away, or put it on your wish list if it is already checked out.  Once you make your choice a box will open asking you to enter your 14 digit library card number beginning with 2979.  If you choose you can checkout up to three items for 14 days and add titles to your wish list.  You can then download the books directly to your tablet (or computer if you are using an older Kindle, Nook, or some Android based ereaders/tablets).

How Often Will New Books Appear on the Magic Wall?

Now, did you know that most eBooks are only “leased” to libraries?  And that we only “own” them for a limited amount of time?  When you purchase a book for your ereader from Amazon or Barnes & Noble you usually pay the same price as you would for a physical copy of the book, part of that price (the royalty) goes to the author and you get to keep the book forever.  When libraries purchase eBooks we get them for a limited time (usually a minimum of 1 year or in some cases a total of 26 circulations - which could be more than one year depending on the popularity of the item) and we have to pay the author’s royalty for 26 books whether the item circulates 26 times or not.  So the brand new book that you might pay $25/$30 for could cost us somewhere between $75 and $150, and we don’t get to keep it.  Needless to say we won’t be purchasing many brand new books as eBooks, but once the price comes down in about 6-8 months they will be considered.

We hope to add more titles to our eBook collection every other month and welcome your input as to titles and authors for consideration. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tie Dye T-Shirt

WKVI is sharing this on their Facebook page.  With the Fourth of July coming up this would be a cute project to do with the kids using a white t-shirt, red and blue Kool Aid.

Tie Dye T-shirt 
Mix a solution of (2) unsweetened Kool Aid packets, 4 c. warm water & 1 c. White Vinegar in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak for several hours. The easiest way to do this is to take a plastic bread bag, shake out the crumbs, wrap the elastic tightly around the shirt, dip it into the colors you want, then stuff it into the bag, let it set 24 hours.

Wash and dry the shirt. (by itself unless you want pink clothes!)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Starke County Food Pantry

A Food Pantry for residents of Stake County will be open At Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1600 South Heaton Street, Knox, Indiana on Monday & Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There is a limit of one box per household and a valid driver’s license with your current address must be presented.

6/24/2014 North Judson Food Pantry

The North Judson Food Pantry will be open Tuesday, June 24th, from 9 a.m. till 12 noon at Grand Central Station (Heritage Baptist Church).

6/22/2014 Backstage Studio Of Dance "Glee: The Senior Dance Year"

On Sunday, June 22nd, Backstage Studio of Dance presents a tribute to “Glee: The Senior Dance Year” starring Senior Members:  Kylie Bridegroom, Erin Sharkozy, and Abigail Max.  Also featured will be many talented dancers from Starke, Jasper, LaPorte and Pulaski Counties.

The performance will be held at 2 p.m. at the North Judson-San Pierre High School Auditorium.  Tickets will be available at the door.  Hope to see you there!

High School Equivalency Classes (formerly GED) on Summer Break

High School Equivalency Classes (formerly GED) are on Summer Break. Classes will resume on Wednesday, September 3rd at 10 a.m. Classes will continue at the WorkOne office in Knox, which is now located in the strip mall.

For more information call the library at 896-2841 or email

Have a great summer.

eBooks Are Coming!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Timeline Announced for Emergency Bridge Repair

By: Mary Perren, WKVI
Published: June 17th, 2014

Starke County Road 700 East north of State Road 8 should be open again to traffic by mid-August. That’s the time frame outlined by Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler. He presented plans for what he calls a “pretty straightforward fix” to the bridge damaged earlier this year by a tree floating down the river that struck the supports.

The county commissioners last night approved plans for the work. The project will now be let for bid, with a Monday, July 7th opening scheduled. That’s the date of the next regularly scheduled commissioners meeting. They plan to award a bid before the meeting ends so work can begin the next day. Ritzler says the plans call for the project to be complete by Aug. 15 so the road can reopen on Aug. 16. At least three contractors have expressed an interest in the project, so Ritzler does not think obtaining competitive bids will be an issue.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Kudos For the Cleanup!

Just came back from running an errand and want to say kudos to those responsible for cleaning up after the Mint Festival. You did a great job!

Ancilla Nursing Teams Up With WorkOne to Offer Affordable Training

By: Jacque Ryan, WKVI
Published: June 16th, 2014
A unique opportunity for aspiring nurses has surfaced at Ancilla.

WorkOne is collaborating with the university in order to help those who qualify receive assistance with paying for courses. Their nurse aid course begins June 30 and lasts until August 3. Nurse aids are the people who give direct patient care to individuals who cannot provide care for themselves. The course has a classroom portion, with instruction and a practicum portion, where skills are applied. It allows students to gain the sufficient certification required by potential health care employers.

The cost of the class is $800 and includes the test, your books and anything else involved in the process, according to Ancilla’s Director of the Division of Nursing Ann Fitzgerald.

“We’ve partnered with WorkOne, both in Starke County and in Marshall County, and if they qualify they can go through WorkOne and they [WorkOne] will hopefully be able to pay for that student to come through the class. So that cost can be offset by WorkOne if people qualify. So if you’re interested contact Ancilla College and/or WorkOne,” stated Fitzgerald.

Ann Fitzgerald can be contacted through email at or her telephone number 574-936-8898 ext. 379. The phone number for WorkOne in Starke County is 574-772-6882. The Marshall County WorkOne number is 574-936-8919.

See if you qualify for aid today in time for the June 30 nurse aid course. Set yourself up for success by gaining the proper training while still maintaining your finances.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

6/15/2014 Cub Scout Pack 281 Parading For Food

Cub Scout Pack 281 Needs Your Help!

They are hosting a food drive to help support local food pantries which are often very low on supplies during the summer months. When you come to see the Mint Festival Parade on June 15th at 3 p.m. would you please bring a food or monetary donation with you? 

The Cub Scouts will collect these donations along the parade route, just watch for their “Parading for Food” trailer. 

Thank you for helping.

Think Moped Safety This Summer

By: Jacque Ryan, WKVI
Published: June 12th, 2014

With winter behind us, maybe you’ve decided to bring the moped or scooter out of the garage and take advantage of the lovely weather. The Indiana State Police reminds Hoosiers of moped policies to assure safety this summer.

To clarify, a moped, or a motorized bicycle, is a two-or-three-wheeled vehicle that is propelled by an internal combustion engine or a battery powered motor. If it is powered by a motor, the engine must have less than two horsepower, a cylinder capacity of less than 50cc, an automatic transmission, and a maximum speed of less than 25 mph on a flat surface. Electric mopeds are only required to travel less than 25mph on a flat surface. If the moped exceeds any of these requirements, then it is technically considered a motorcycle and is subject to motorcycle laws.

In order to ride a moped operators must be at least 15 and they must possess a Bureau of Motor Vehicles issued license or identification card. No motorcycle license is required to operate a moped as long as it does not exceed the moped definition criteria. Operators under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet and eye protection while riding on a moped. The protective headgear that is worn must meet the requirements set by the United States Department of Transportation. The protective eye-wear required can be a pair of protective glasses, goggles or a transparent face shield.

Mopeds must have a muffler in good working condition to prevent excessive noise or smoke. Use of mopeds on sidewalks or Interstate highways is forbidden. Mopeds cannot be operated 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise unless they have functional taillights and headlights.

Failure to abide can result in an impounded moped and fines that begin at $150.

6/14 & 15/2014 Sandra Lee Studio of Dance 36th Annual Production

Sandra Lee Studio of Dance announces it’s 36th annual dance production, “What the World Needs Now.”

Performances will be held at the Knox High School Auditorium on Saturday, June 14th,  at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 15th, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the door or at the studio located at 14 N. Shield Street, Knox, Indiana  46534, phone 574-772-4050.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

6/12 & 13/2014 Proceeds From Psi Iota Xi Rummage Sale to Fund Scholarships

By: Nathan, WKVI
Published: June 11th, 2014

The Psi Iota Xi Sorority will be holding a Rummage Sale this Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. CST at the Knox United Methodist Church. The proceeds from this sale will be used to fund preschool and college scholarships for Starke County residents. Psi Iota Xi contributed over $3,000 to Starke County scholarships this year and are looking to increase that number. The Sorority is constantly looking for ways to give funds throughout our area with events like their Rummage Sale. Donations are made to worthy causes by Psi Iota Xi on a monthly basis. If you would like to get involved with their charity events, contact Tammy Fletcher at 574-772-4348.

Caller Warns of Wal-Mart Mailing Scam

By: Mary Perren, WKVI
Published: June 11th, 2014
WKVI news has received word of a new scam using a popular discount store chain as a ploy to access people’s money. If you get a card or letter in the mail stating that you’re set to receive a $100 credit from Wal-Mart but need to pay $4.19 to claim it, throw it in the trash.

When you call the number, the person on the telephone asks you to pay the fee by credit card. Wal-Mart officials say they are not offering any such promotion and will not honor any cards or letters that customers bring in. Additionally, giving your credit card number to someone you don’t know gives them access to your financial information and could make you the victim of identity theft.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Royalty Reigns Over Mint Festival Pageant

By: Jacque Ryan, WKVI
Published: June 10th, 2014

Participants ranging from ages 5 to 18 competed for the crown in their category at the Mint Festival Pageant Sunday evening. The North Judson-San Pierre High School had a plethora of young ladies in pretty dresses and sharply dressed young men all competing for a title.

In the youngest category the title of Little Miss Mint went to 6-year-old Harper Lake and Little Mister Mint went to 5-year-old Nick Tiernan Kajer. Competing for the title of Mint Festival Prince and Princess were children from ages 7 to 10. The winner of princess was 8-year-old Taylor Gibbs and the winner of prince was 9-year-old Ian Estrada. The contestants ranging from 11 to 14 were competing for Junior Mint Queen and Junior Mint King. The title of Junior Mint Queen went to 14-year-old Sandra Chaja and the title of Junior Mint King went to 11-year-old Mark Estrada. The remaining contestants were ranged from 15 to 19 years old and were vying for the Mint King and Mint Queen crowns. The second runner up for Mint Queen was 17-year-old Victoria Novak. The first runner up was 15-year-old Keara Gibbs. The 2014 Mint Queen winner was 18-year-old Kimberlyn Skibbe. The Mint King crown went to 16-year-old Joshua Lindsey. The winners will be in the Mint Festival Parade on Sunday June 15.

(For photos visit

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Pre-Event Tickets for Beer's & Jessop's Amusements

Everyone loves the rides at the Mint Festival.  But the price of tickets can put quite a dent in your wallet.

This year you can purchase pre-event tickets for Beer's and Jessop's Amusements at the First Farmer's Bank and the Bank of Monterey in North Judson.  There is a substantial savings over the door prices as tickets will be $15 for a sheet of 24.

Tickets are on sale now so don't miss out!

6/14/2014 North Judson Masonic Lodge Sausage & Pancake Breakfast

North Judson Masonic Lodge #438 will have a Sausage and Pancake Breakfast at 50 Lane St. from 6 - 11 a.m.

Tickets:  Adults - $6, Children 12 and under - $4.  Carry outs will be available.

"Come enjoy breakfast with us."

6/14 & 15/2014 North Judson Class of 1964 Reunion

The North Judson Class of 1964 will have their Golden 50th reunion at the Mint Festival, June 14th & 15th.

For more information contact Dale Spenner at 574-855-7710 or

6/10 to 8/25/2014 Community Walk (Moving Starke County Forward)

Join in for a community walk Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.  We'll meet at the Old Rest Park on Hwy 10 and use the walking trail.   Let's get up and move!!!

Sponsored by Moving Starke County Forward.

North Judson Town Board Updates Contractors Ordinance

By: Mary Perren, WKVI
Published: June 5th, 2014

Contractors or subcontractors doing business in or with the town of North Judson must obtain a permit from the town and be properly insured. That’s the gist of the contractor permit ordinance passed on final reading Monday night by the town board. The new policy does not apply to homeowners who perform their own renovations. However, anyone hired to build, remodel or renovate a structure is subject to the law. The contractor must show proof of public liability and property damage insurance of at least $1 million and have a certificate of insurance made out to the Town of North Judson. Permits are not transferable, and the Town of North Judson does not confirm the actual qualifications of the contractor to do the work. Contractors who do not obtain permits are subject to fines of $500 for a first offense and additional fines and legal action for continued violations. Read a copy of the ordinance here

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NIPSCO Announces Customer Energy Savings Plans

By: Jacque Ryan, WKVI
Published: June 3rd, 2014

Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) is offering customers more ways to save money and conserve energy by extending energy efficiency programs.

The programs are available to all NIPSCO electric customers and will replace the state-wide Energizing Indiana programs. They are set to expire at the end of 2014. Popular residential programs such as the Energy Efficiency Rebate Program, the New Construction Program and Low Income Weatherization Program will continue.

NIPSCO is proposing to combine the Home Energy Assessment and Weatherization Program in an effort to streamline these offerings, making it easier for customers to participate. An expanded pilot program for income-qualified customers is also part of the plan. Changes to NIPSCO’s energy efficiency programs for gas customers are not being proposed in this filing.

Through these programs, NIPSCO expects residential customers to save 49.5 million kilowatt hours (hWh) in 2015. The program offerings still require state regulatory approval. For information about all energy efficiency offerings available to NIPSCO customers, visit

Teens Urged to Be Mindful of Curfew Laws

By: Jacque Ryan, WKVI
Published: June 3rd, 2014

Summertime is right around the corner and that means longer days and shorter nights. No matter how short the nights may be, minors still have to obey curfew ordinances. State law mandates that all individuals between the ages of 15 through 17 cannot be in public unaccompanied Monday through Friday between the hours of 11 p.m and 5 a.m. On Saturdays and Sundays the curfew is set from 1 a.m. until 5 a.m. Children under the age of 15 are prohibited from being unaccompanied in public between the hours of 11 p.m until 5 a.m. any day of the week.

Some local towns have implemented their own policies expanding on the state’s curfew ordinances.

In Argos, anyone between the ages 15 through 17 cannot be in public spaces from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. during the week and from midnight until 5 a.m on the weekends. Anyone under the age of 15 cannot be in public unaccompanied any day of the week from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m.

The Culver curfew is set from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. during the week for individuals between the ages of 15 through 17. The weekend curfew is from midnight until 5 a.m. Anyone under the age of 15 cannot be in public places unaccompanied after 10 p.m. until 5 a.m any day of the week. Violations of the Culver ordinances can result in fines ranging from $10 to $100.

In Plymouth, residents ages 15 through 17 cannot be in public places from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. during the week. The weekend curfew for Plymouth is from midnight until 5 a.m. Another policy is that anyone under the age of 18 is forbidden from visiting the Oakhill Cemetery from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Potential penalties for violations of the Plymouth ordinances include a $10 fine for a first offense and $25 for the second. A third offense will result in a citation and a $50 fine.

A few exceptions to the curfew ordinances do apply. One exception is if an individual is going to or coming from work, school or a religious event. The only other exception is if the minor is accompanied by a parent or another adult with parental approval.

For more information about your town’s curfew ordinances contact your local clerk’s office, police agency or auditor’s office.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Boater Education Classes Offered in Starke County

By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
Published: June 2nd, 2014

Boater education courses are planned for June 14 and July 19 in Starke County. If you successfully complete the class, you will be given an Indiana ID which allows you to operate motorboats on state waters. These IDs can be obtained by anyone 15 years of age and older.

Indiana Conservation Officers offer the first class on Saturday, June 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT at the Bass Lake Property Owners Association (BLPOA) Community Center at 6996 S. State Road 10. The second class will be on Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT at the Koontz Lake Homeowners Association Clubhouse at 10896 Cherokee in Walkerton.

You only need to attend one of these classes and lunch will be provided.

The classes cover general information concerning boats and maintenance, information on making your boating experience safe and more comfortable, tips on how to be a more courteous vessel operator and various laws and regulations.

Pre-registration is required and you may do that at

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