Thursday, December 24, 2015

North Judson Council Makes Board Appointments

North Judson Town Hall - FFBT BuildingThe North Judson Town Council took steps Monday to decide which of its members will represent the town on various boards.
Wendy Hoppe has been reappointed as the council’s representative on the Starke County Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors. The council also plans to appoint newly-elected member Nathan Bradley to the Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission but tabled the discussion until he officially takes office.
North Judson Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry says the town has also had its budget approved by the Department of Local Government Finance, although transfers to the town’s Rainy Day Fund still need approval.
The town council will meet one final time in 2015 on Wednesday morning at 8:00 to close the books on the year.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Congratulations to Debbie Bolen!

Coroner Space Scrapped from Old Jail Renovatoins

starke-county-jail-outsideThe extensive renovations of the old Starke County Jail in downtown Knox will not include space for the coroner. The county council and commissioners made that decision Monday night when they formally agreed to proceed with reconfiguring that building for the probation department and Starke County Community Corrections.
Money left over from building the new jail will be used for the project, along with $100,000 from community corrections. Those funds were offered on the condition that the existing sally port space will be turned into a conference room. That area was being eyed as a permanent location for the coroner.
County officials had discussed enclosing the recreation area at the jail for use by the coroner, but scrapped that idea due to the expense. No final decisions have been made about where to put an office and body storage and viewing area, but the possibility of building a pole barn-type structure on the 22-acre jail site east of Knox was discussed. County officials agreed that could be done fairly quickly and inexpensively by a local contractor or contractors.
Work on the old jail renovations is expected to start in the spring. The commissioners told coroner Dannie Hoffer the sally port upgrades can be done closer to the end in hopes they won’t have to relocate his department.
Historically one of the county’s funeral directors has served as the coroner and used his own facilities, so the need for morgue space only became an issue recently.

North Judson Moves Ahead with Water Tower Project

North Judson Water TowerThe Town of North Judson is moving ahead with efforts to rehabilitate its two water towers. The Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission had determined the town was eligible to receive grant funding for the work.
Last week, representatives from KIRPC and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs visited North Judson to review the terms of the potential grant. Now, the next step is to choose an engineering firm to do the work. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry says the town had gotten six proposals by Monday’s deadline. During its meeting Monday, the town council formed a committee to review the proposals and recommend an engineering firm. That committee will consist of council members Jane Ellen Felchuk and Justin Davis, as well as town superintendent Marshall Horstmann.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Starke County Council Approves Budget Cuts

starke-county-courthouseStarke County’s 2016 budget is in balance after action by the council during a special-called Monday afternoon meeting. They found out last week the state slashed their submitted budget by more than half a million dollars.
Prior to the meeting, Auditor Kay Chaffins compared each department’s proposed 2016 spending with their 2015 actual expenditures and came up with a list of potential cuts. They ranged from lows of $1,000 each for the recorder and auditor’s offices to almost $122,000 slashed from the commissioners budget. Most of that cut was due to a one-time reduction in health insurance premium costs.
Council members reluctantly shifted some of the general fund operating expenses for the jail to the dedicated county economic development income tax raised to pay for the new building. The council noted this is not a long-term solution, as that money will run out once the jail bond is paid off and the tax sunsets in 2033.
The council cut a total of $566,541 from the general fund budget. That’s a reduction of almost 9 percent. Additional cuts were made to the reassessment, cumulative bridge, health department and cumulative capital development funds, for a total overall budget reduction of more than $806,000.

Knox BZA Clears Way for Tractor Supply

Tractor Supply CompanyTractor Supply Company was granted a special use variance by the City of Knox Board of Zoning Appeals Monday night. The company plans to occupy the portion of the building in the Knox Mall that formerly housed Alco.   On a unanimous vote the board granted the variance so Tractor Supply Company could use outdoor storage and sales displays beyond what the current ordinance allows.
David Howicz, president of Legend Realty Services Inc., represented the company at the meeting and said the Tractor Supply Company would be adding 15,000 square feet of outside storage and sales displays on the south end of the building. Another 1,000 square feet will be used in front of the building, and 3,000 square feet will be used in the parking lot. Small pull behind trailers will be stored in the parking lot space. The 15,000 square feet will be fully paved and fenced in with a chain link fence.
Marcy Wood, vice president of CBRE Brokerage Services represented the Knox Mall at the public hearing.
No objections to the request were heard from the public. Former businessman Jerry Cole stated that he was pleased to see Tractor Supply Company come to the community. “I feel that it will benefit all of us, and be a real benefit to Knox,” he said. Attorney Steve Dodge also offered his support for the request.
Tractor Supply Company has stores in Plymouth, Valparaiso and La Porte in the immediate area.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Cartoon

From Starke County Emergency Management

LEPC Legal Notice

The Starke County Local Emergency Planning Committee will hold its meetings for the year 2016 at 9:00AM (CST) at the Starke County Annex Building 53 E Mound Street Knox, Indiana 46534 on the following dates: January 20, February 17, May 18, July 20, September 21, and November 16 and at such other times as shall be duly authorized by the Committee or its Chairman. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

The Starke County Local Emergency Plan for Hazardous Materials Incidents may be reviewed during regular business hours at the office of the Emergency Management Agency at 53 E Mound Street Knox Indiana 46534. All information filed covers SARA Title III facilities in Starke County may be reviewed during regular office hours at the office of the Emergency Management Agency at 53 E Mound Street Knox Indiana 46534. Copies of documents may be obtained at this office, and the Committee may charge a fee for copies. For further information on these matters, please contact Jacob W. Lippner, Chairman, at 574-772-9182.

Deep Starke County Budget Cuts Anticipated Today

The Starke County Council and Commissioners have less than two weeks to slash half a million dollars from the 2016 budget. They’re meeting jointly today at 3 p.m. to begin that task.
The cuts need to be made due to reductions made by the state to the budget submitted by the county for approval. Auditor Kay Chaffins broke the news to the council and commissioners during a special joint meeting last Monday to discuss capital project spending priorities. Those have also been scaled back due to the county’s financial constraints.
County government officals asked Chaffins to go over the budget and find possible spending reductions. They’ve also asked department heads to do likewise. Final action on those budget cuts is anticipated during tonight’s regularly scheduled council meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. in the annex meeting room.
In addition to cutting the budget for the new year, the council will also move funds around as necessary to close out 2015 and consider a few requests to amend the salary ordinance. Their agenda also includes setting the daily convicted inmate cost of reimbursement rate. State law caps it at $30 per day and outlines who is exempt from paying based on their financial situation. During their most recent meeting, the county commissioners approved the collection of the fee from inmates sentenced to at least 72 hours in the Starke County Jail.
The commissioners are also meeting this evening following the council meeting. Their agenda includes discussion with the park board about removing beavers from the Starke County Forest. County building administrator Terry Stephenson will present information about tax sale eligible delinquent properties with unsafe building liens and a public nuisance ordinance as well.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Scholarships Available @ Starke County Adult Learning Center

The Starke County Adult Learning Center is offering 10 $90 scholarships to those needing assistance to pay for and take the High School Equivalency (HSE) exam—formerly known as the G.E.D.

The funding of these scholarships was generously granted by the Northern Community Foundation and Starke United. Call the Starke County Adult Learning Center at 574-249-8720 or 574-772-6882 for more details. 

Starke County to Take Over Maintenance of North Judson Road

 The Starke County Highway Department will make improvements to Arlington Avenue in North Judson in the spring in anticipation of absorbing it into their inventory for tax purposes. The three-quarter mile street is just outside the town limits of North Judson and is the main artery to the industrial park.
Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver last week to put the rest of his five-year infrastructure improvement plan on hold if the county would allocate $60,000 of economic development income tax money for the paving project.
The actual cost for the county highway department to upgrade the shoulder, apply pug asphalt and chip seal the road is closer to $35,000, according to highway superintendent Rik Ritzler. He notes the road will need another pug and chip seal application in 10 years.
The initial work needs to be done before the county will accept the road into its inventory. Weaver notes doing so will generate $2,500 in tax revenue from the state and save the county $2,400 annually in fire hydrant fees.
North Judson Industrial Park tenants include American Oak and Johnny on the Spot. Metro Recycling will begin operations there in the spring.
The council agreed to allocate $35,000 for the initial paving. Ritzler notes it will be done in the spring.

Utility Provider Now Offering Text Alerts During Power Outages

nipsco-logoNIPSCO has developed a new way to report a power outage.
The utility service provider says that electric customers are now able to text the word “Out” to 444111. That will notify the company of a power outage at their place of residence. Businesses may also participate in the new service.
NIPSCO says it now has four ways customers can report a power outage to its service representatives. Over the phone, online, or online by mobile phone are the others in that list.
According to a press release, those submitting a text to report a power outage will receive a response to confirm the outage and its address. The texter will also receive an invitation to receive updates about the power outage as work is progressing to restore energy.
NIPSCO says customers can also prepare themselves in the event of a storm by regularly checking weather reports and updates. Wind and excessive ice are leading causes of power outages in Northern Indiana.

N.J.-S.P. Board Approves Special Education Agreement

JESSEThe North Judson-San Pierre School Board this week approved a new agreement as part of its existing special education cooperative. The new JESSE agreement allows for easier separation should a member school decide to leave.
Under the agreement, nine corporations share special education services that are not feasible for them to offer individually, including administration, psychological and therapy services, transition programming and counseling. Special education classroom staff were previously JESSE employees but are now employed by the individual corporation.
Member corporations include Argos, Culver, John Glenn, Knox, North Judson – San Pierre, Oregon-Davis, Plymouth, Triton and Union-North. The 29 area schools offer 70 special education classes and programs, according to information on the cooperative’s website. The base student population is approximately 14,000, and JESSE serves more than 1,600 students with disabilities.
The Plymouth Community School Corporation administers the program and pays the claims. All of the corporations have recently been tasked with ratifying the new agreement. N.J.-S.P. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says there are no significant changes over the original agreement that was signed to set up a Joint Service and Supply Fund Cooperative on July 1, 2012.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Riddle

Q - What kind of motorbike does Santa ride?

A - A Holly Davidson!

Starke County Receives OCRA Grant for Workforce Training

SCILLLocal residents will soon have access to expanded adult workforce training programs, thanks to a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver says the county’s gotten $250,000 towards the cost of equipment for an automation technology and equipment maintenance program. “This is a huge step towards our program,” Weaver says. “Our total program cost of equipment is $450,000, and so, the $250,000 is a great start towards that.”
The program will be offered at the SCILL Center and will be available to people from other area counties, as well. Before applying for the grant, the SCEDF had surveyed manufacturers in Starke, Pulaski, Marshall, and LaPorte counties to figure out what skills were needed most. According to Weaver, the local industries were most in need of people to take care of the latest automation and robotics equipment and who have hands-on experience working with it. He says the new program will give workers those skills, “It’s hands-on training, so that when this adult worker, whether they’re unemployed or they’re underemployed or they’re currently employed, whatever, they can go through this training, and they will be able to, after the training, go into the plant and actually repair automated equipment, industrial equipment of all types. So, they will have some book learning, but mostly it’s hands-on.”
Weaver says they’re already in the process of organizing the program. “We expect to have this program up and going this next summer,” Weaver says. “We know we’ve got the money now to get that equipment. We’ve been working locally with Alex Weisheit of our board and putting this program together. We’re working with Ivy Tech to provide instruction.”
Starke County was one of the eight that received the grants through OCRA’s Workforce Development Program, which is funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant.

Starke County Officials Prepare For Building Renovations

starke-county-jail-outsideThe Starke County Council and Commissioners are almost ready to proceed with renovations to the courthouse and old jail building across the street. They’ve got money left from the construction of the new jail east of Knox to make upgrades to both buildings for continued correctional use.
The old jail will become office space for Starke County Community Corrections and the probation department. Community Corrections Director Bob Hinojosa told the county council and commissioners Monday his board has committed $100,000 toward the renovations on the condition that the former sally port can be turned into a conference room.
That space was being eyed as a spot for the coroner, as the county does not have a permanent area for body storage and viewing. Now the county is looking into the feasibility of enclosing the outdoor recreation area and adding utilities to turn it into a morgue. They’ve asked the architects for a price to reconfigure the yard.
Another option is to add space for the coroner to a new EMS base which will eventually need to be constructed in Knox. The current Medic 3 base on Main Street between Culver Road and Redskin Trail sits on land that’s included in the plans for the new hospital, according to IU Health Starke Hospital President Craig Felty. There’s also been confusion as to whether those plans include morgue space for the county. Felty tells WKVI news that was discussed early on in the process but never promised. It has since been eliminated from the design.
The council and commissioners were waiting on word about the coroner space before giving final approval to the renovation proposal. They could make a final decision during Monday’s joint meeting.
Money from the jail bond can also be used for work at the courthouse that is directly connected to criminal justice, such as the relocation of the prosecutor’s office from the basement of the old jail. Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff has also committed $10,000 from his pretrial diversion fund to the project. He says an additional $15,000 may be available for the project if it can be used solely for expenditures that relate to child support enforcement and collection.

N.J.-S.P. Officials Elaborate on School Funding

BluejayThe North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation will have to borrow money in order to meet financial obligations over the next six months. Business manager Guy Richie says they managed to close the 2015 budget year in the black by continuing to scale back on expenses and relying heavily on their cash balance.
He notes their enrollment dropped by 61 at the September count, which cost the corporation another $600,000. Richie says in addition to borrowing money, N.J.-S.P. will have to take a hard look at staffing levels.
Superintendent Lynn Johnson says no official reductions in force have been made since the general fund referendum failed. However, she notes teachers and support staff who leave are not being replaced unless it is absolutely necessary. For instance, she says an aid who is assigned to a special education child will be replaced while a general aid likely would not.
School Board President Pat Goin says they’re currently evaluating staffing needs as opportunities to do so arise.
“Did we go through and say ‘you’ve lost your job?’ No we didn’t, but we certainly haven’t replaced particular positions. We’ve tried to consolidate our services and probably do a little bit of rescheduling to absorb the extra,” Goin said.
Tuesday’s meeting was Johnson’s last as superintendent. She’s retiring at the end of the month. The board hired Dr. Robert Boyd on an interim basis. He’s regarded as an expert in school finances. Richie says meetings between Boyd and other shareholders will be scheduled soon after the first of the year.

State Lawmakers to Reintroduce HERO Bill

Indiana Statehouse
Indiana Statehouse
Saving up for retirement could become a little easier for Hoosiers. State lawmakers plan to reintroduce the Hoosier Employee Retirement Option (HERO) bill when the legislative session starts January 5.
Representative Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) explains how the plan would work, “This bill will set up an online portal that will be hosted, we hope, by the Secretary of State’s Office, but that detail is still being worked on. This online portal will allow small business owners and their employees to be connected to a private retirement savings plan or a list of those [places] that would offer these type of plans.”
He says right now, many employees of small business don’t have access to those savings options. “This plan is geared toward small business owners, those that employ 100 or less, and we know that close to 50 percent of workers here in Indiana don’t have access to a retirement savings plan,” he says. “And so, this would allow those workers to be connected to a plan. And the small business owners that we’re talking about, 75 percent of them don’t offer a plan.”
Eberhart says that according to a survey done by AARP, 84 percent of small business owners would offer a plan if the proposed online portal were available. He says the proposal aims to give more people access to retirement plans, using the private plans that are already available. “We’re not creating anything new here,” he says. “We’re just putting forth a way to connect those current private plans to the employees, so they can start saving. So there will be no involvement from the state, except for hosing the portal and setting the portal up.”
The HERO bill is getting major support from AARP Indiana. A version was introduced during the 2015 session but did not advance.

Early Christmas Present

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Can You Complete These Christmas Lyrics?

1 – “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby (1942)
With every Christmas card I write
May __________
a) The treetops glisten and children listen
b) Your days be merry and bright
c) You hear sleigh bells in the snow
d) You love everyone you know

2 – “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey (1994)
I don’t care about the presents
a) I just wish (not St.) Nick hadn’t left me
b) Santa Claus can’t make me happy
c) I just need to be with thee
d) Underneath the Christmas tree 

3 – “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives (1965)
Have a holly, jolly Christmas
a) It’s the last party this year
b) It’s when all your friends are near
c) Don’t have too many cups of cheer
d) It’s the best time of the year 

4 – “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” by Nat King Cole (1946)
They know that Santa’s on his way
He’s loaded lots of __________ on his sleigh
a) Jingles and jam
b) Fruit cakes
c) Treats
d) Toys and goodies 

5 – “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” by Andy Williams (1963)
With those holidays greetings and gay happy meetings
When __________
a) Friends come to call
b) Hearts will be glowing
c) Loved ones are near
d) Rudolph’s a dear

6 – “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms (1957)
Dancing and prancing in Jingle Bell Square
In the __________
a) Frosty air
b) Midnight moonlight
c) Cold winter day
d) Christmas spirit

7 – “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee (1958)
Everyone’s dancing merrily
In the __________
a) Warm jolly spirit
b) Voices full of cheer
c) New old fashioned way
d) Halls of holly

8 – “The Lost Christmas Eve” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra (2004)
Another year has come and passed
Like __________
a) Winds through leaves of grass
b) Shadows and memories past
c) Moments through an hourglass
d) Light and angels’ flights avast 

9 – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by John Lennon (1971)
And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun
The near and the dear ones, __________
a) The bright and the fun
b) The moon and the sun
c) The old and the young
d) The rich and the poor 

10 – “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano (1970)
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas
a) All the way from Mexico
b) From the bottom of my heart
c) In all of your years to come
d) Always and forever 

Answers:  1 - b, 2 - d, 3 - d, 4 - d, 5 - a, 6 - a, 7 - c, 8 - c, 9 - c, 10 - b

Thumbprint Cookies

Here's a slight variation on the traditional thumbprint cookie.  Instead of being your typical round jam filled cookie you might call them log jams.  

N.J.-S.P. Board Hires Interim Superintendent

BluejayThe interim superintendent of the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation has 48 years of experience in public education and is considered an expert when it comes to school finances.
Dr. Robert Boyd served as director of administrative placement in the Indiana State University Department of Education for 26 years and is a former education department chair. He will take over the N.J.-S.P. administrative duties on Jan. 1 following action last night by the school board to hire him on an interim basis. Boyd is replacing Lynn Johnson, who is retiring at the end of this month. His schedule will be set after the first of the year, and the corporation will pay him $425 per day he works between then and June 30th.
School Board President Pat Goin says the other interim candidates they considered would have charged more money and required an extra benefit package. Boyd previously worked with the local school board to draft the shared services proposal with Oregon-Davis. The corporations briefly considered an administrative consolidation a few years ago but opted to remain separate at that time. O-D is also searching for a permanent replacement for departing Superintendent Greg Briles, but officials there have not commented as to whether they would be open to consolidation.
Boyd will immediately be tasked with making cuts to the 2016 N.J.-S.P. budget. Business Manager Guy Richie told the school board last night they were able to close out 2015 in the black due to a series of spending reductions through the year and the use of funds from the cash balance. No teaching positions have been cut since the push for a general fund referendum failed, but some vacant positions haven’t been filled. That has resulted in some reshuffling of resources and larger classes. Richie says the brunt of the school’s financial problems will be felt in 2016 due to further drops in enrollment and a lack of available reserve funds.
Boyd plans to meet this week with N.J.-S.P. administrators, faculty and staff. He will also sit down with Johnson to talk about the transition. Goin says additional community meetings to discuss the school’s future finances will be scheduled early next year.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Community Services of Starke County is Seeking Donations

Community Services of Starke County, Inc. is seeking donations from the community to help purchase “wish list” items that will enable us to serve Starke County residents more efficiently and effectively. 

Community Services has been a vital resource for information, assistance, and crisis care for over 35 years.  Your donation will help us to continue these very important services. 

Please make checks payable to Community Services of Starke County and send to: 
Community Services of Starke County
311 E. Culver Road
Knox, Indiana  46534
For more information on the “wish list” items, please contact Becky Anspach at 574-772-7070. 

12/19/2015 25th Annual Open House @ Starke County Humane Society

Community Services of Starke County Has a Vacancy

Community Services of Starke County has a vacancy on the Board of Directors.  The agency is seeking a board member who resides in Davis Township in Starke County. 

Community Services of Starke County, Inc. provides services to the low-income and senior citizens of Starke County, such as information and assistance, outreach, public transportation, nutrition (homebound meals and congregate meals), energy assistance programs, food pantry, and homemaker services.  Board meetings are held in Knox the third Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m.

Persons applying should be interested in the needs of the low-income and senior citizens of Starke County, be willing to attend meetings on a regular basis, and help promote the welfare of the agency.  The board member position is voluntary. 

Board members currently serving are:  Judy Ahlenius, president; Joan Chesak, vice president; Pat Zobrist, secretary; Frank Skronski, treasurer; and members Ben Warren, Joe Guardiola, Judi Meissner, Mark Rippy, Sandy Santacaterina, Arlene Sellers, Ellen Stevenson, Mary Ann Vische, Becky Welter, and Harold Weitgenant. 

Applications are available at: 
Community Services of Starke County 311 E. Culver Road, Knox, Indiana
and must be completed and returned by January 6, 2016. 

For more information call 574-772-7070. 

Christmas Riddle

William: What did one snowman say to the other snowman?
David: What?
William: Do you smell carrots?

Churches in North Judson (NJ Bicentennial Booklet)

          As the community increased in size, its need for places of worship became evident.
          Church services were first held in 1851 by a few early Methodist settlers in North Judson.  They met in homes and in a log school building, located in the west part of town on what is now Talmer Avenue.
          The first preacher, then called a Circuit Rider, was Reverend John Adell, traveling on horseback between here and San Pierre, Knox and Winamac, where he also held services.
          The members build the first church building at the corner of Lane and Vine Streets in 1875 on a lot purchased from Walter Lightcap.  This building was enlarged in 1899 and a few years later was raised to provide a basement room for social activities during the pastorate of Reverend Walter Collier.  In 1949 this building was sold to Frank Krulik, who converted it into apartments, and in the same year the present House of Worship was built at the corner of Central Ave. and Jones St. under the direction of Reverend Joseph A. Hornick.  Reverend Paul M. Baker is the present pastor.
          In 1877 the United Brethren denomination built a church on Adair Street, just east of the present Catholic School.  This church was destroyed by fire in 1889.  The membership then built a new church on Keller Avenue, north of the intersection of Central Avenue.  The congregation discontinued services here in 1913 and sold the property to the Methodists who planned to use the location for a new church providing the corner at Central Avenue could also be secured.  This, they were unable to do, so they sold the property to Mr. Harry Rust, Sr. in 1917.  He converted the church building into a residence, where the George Weninger family presently reside.

St. Peter Lutheran
          In 1872 several German families joined together to form a congregation named the Evangelical Lutheran St. Peter’s Church.  Included in this first membership were Messrs. George Neupert, Jacob Kreis, William Liske, August Steuk, Daniel Kreis, Mike Ringhand, John Neupert, George Stocker, August Sonnenberg, Daniel Barke, John Hopp, Sr., Gottlieb Hankey, August Adam, William Wegner, William Keehn and Christ Schricker.  Christ Schricker was the father of former Governer Henry F. Schricker.
          The first pastor was Reverent Henry Jox, who was also serving the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Logansport.
          In 1880 the congregation joined the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri.  The first church building (26x40) was dedicated in October, 1873 and an addition was built in 1896.  In August, 1920, the present brick church at the southwest corner of Talmer Ave. and Wilson St. was built, adding an annex later for the Parochial School.  The frame school building built in 1893 was previously sold to William Schricker who moved it to the White City Sub-division and converted it into a residence.
          In 1959 a ten acre tract was purchased on West Talmer Avenue where a Lutheran Education Center has been built at a cost of over $100,000.  The members pan to eventually erect a new and enlarged house of worship at this location.  The school had an enrollment of 125 the past school year.  This regular course of study as required by the State of Indiana is provided.  Four teachers are employed with Mr. Glen Wiechmann serving as principal.  The Reverend Marvin L. Rastl is the present pastor.

Ss. Cyril & Methodious Catholic Church
          The first families of the Catholic faith settled in North Judson and surrounding communities soon after 1871 when they held services in homes.  Later, Mass was celebrated in the Central House, the first hotel in North Judson located on the north side of East Main Street between the corner of Lane Street and the Pennsylvania Railroad.  Father Dominic was the first priest, domiciled at Wanatah, making the trip by horse and buggy over unimproved and almost impassable roads every two weeks.
          The first church, a frame structure, was erected soon after 1881.  Jacob and Lewis Keller, brothers, who were engaged in the general merchandising business at the time, gave the lot on which the church was built.  The present church is situated at the same location.
          In 1887 Father Casmir Kobylinski became the first resident Priest, serving for five years.
          The present brick church was built in 1910-1911 and since that time improvements have been made, including a beautiful assembly and dining room with a modern kitchen. 
          The first church building was purchased by Frank Vessely who tore it down and used the material to erect a home on the corner of Wilson and Garden Streets.
          Coming here in January, 1943, Reverend L. Krause continues as pastor of the local parish with Reverend Dana Achore, Assistant Pastor.
          The present four room, brick Parochial School on Adair Street was built the same year as the present church.  The School was built the same year as the present church.  The school has an enrollment of 180 pupils and the regular course of study is maintained as required by the State of Indian for all elementary public schools.  For teachers are employed, with Sister M. Aloysious in charge.
          Since the present building is too small, the congregation recently purchased a ten-acre tract from Claude Pfost on West Talmer Avenue, across the street and east of the Liberty Public School.  A new and enlarged modern school building is to be erected at a later date.

From "Marvin Allen Photographic History of Starke County"