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County officials attend national conference

August 29, 2011

KNOX — Starke County officials recently had the opportunity to travel to Denver, Colo. to attend a conference for the planning of new institutions. The conference was conducted by the National Institute of Corrections and the majority of expenses were paid by the Institute. Attending were Starke County Commissioner Kathy Norem, Sheriff Oscar Cowen, Chief Deputy Bill Dulin, Councilman Dave Pearman, and Jail Commander Greg Hewitt. 

Big business: Draining American wallets at the pump?

August 26, 2011

KNOX — Scott Imus, Executive Director of the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association was a special guest speaker at a gas price forum held at the Knox Community Center Thursday night. Imus, who is considered a leading authority in the area of fuel prices, was in Knox as a guest of State Representative Nancy Dembowski, Senator Ed Charbonneau and WKVI radio.
Imus told residents that there were many myths regarding retailers and the profits they make off the price of gasoline.

Knox man found walking and injured following high speed chase with police

August 25, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Joshua Kinder, 23, of Knox, was found injured and walking in South Bend Wednesday morning.
When police questioned Kinder, he told them he had been injured in a motorcycle accident Tuesday night during a chase with Indiana State Police (ISP). When the ISP arrived at the location of Cleveland Road and Nadine Street in South Bend, Kinder was taken into custody.
Kinder is currently being held in the St. Joseph County Jail. He has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest. He is also wanted by Starke County on an outstanding warrant.

Reagent Chemical and Research announces another Starke County expansion

August 24, 2011

KNOX — Reagent Chemical and Research, Inc. (Reagent) and the Starke County Economic Development Foundation (SCEDF) announced that Reagent will construct in the Starke County Rail Park – Knox, a 10,600 square foot facility which will house a general over-the-road truck maintenance operation, as well as repair, line, outfit, and maintain rubber-lined tanker-trailers belonging to the Reagent fleet. The investment to construct and equip the facility will exceed $1,000,000.

County commission of public records meeting

August 24, 2011

The County Commission of Public Records of Starke County will be conducting a meeting , Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 10:30 a.m. in the meeting room located on the second floor in the courthouse.
A person will be appointed to chair the commission, adopt new retention schedules, and review any submitted PR-1s for approval. Please submit PR-1s to Evelyn Skronski by Aug. 29 at 4 p.m. to be reviewed for the meeting.
County Commission of public records of Starke County
Commission members:
Kim Hall, Judge of Starke Circuit Court
Evelyn Skronski, Clerk of Starke Circuit Court, secretary

Commissioners not under scrutiny of state

August 14, 2011

KNOX — The State Board of Accounts (SBOA) is questioning the Starke County Commissioners’ decision to remove Linda Belork, an elected official, from her position as Starke County Treasurer, according to an article published by the Associated Press. The article says the SBOA wants commissioners to explain what authority they used to remove Belork from her position.
“Deputy State Examiner Paul Joyce told The Associated Press while there are processes to remove elected officials from office, he's not sure commissioners used the proper one when they voted Thursday to remove Belork.”

Belork removed as Starke County Treasurer

August 12, 2011

KNOX — Starke County Treasurer Linda Belork was removed from office Thursday afternoon, Aug. 11 by a unanimous decision of Starke County Commissioners Dan Bridegroom, Kathy Norem and Jennifer Davis. This decision came during the second emergency meeting of the day, a joint session of commissioners and the Starke County Council.
Bridegroom, who holds the position of commission president, opened the meeting with a summary of events that had taken place earlier in the day.

Road closure

August 11, 2011

KNOX– The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will close State Road 8 between State Road 17 and U.S. 35 on Monday, Aug. 15 and Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Crews will perform a chip-seal operation to repair the road surface.
During the closure, traffic will be directed on an 18-mile, marked detour. Westbound traffic will be directed south on S.R. 17, west on State Road 10 and north on U.S. 35. Eastbound traffic will be directed south on U.S. 35, east on S.R. 10 and north on S.R. 17. The work schedule is subject to change in the event of inclement weather.

Commissioners give termination order for Starke Treasurer employees

August 11, 2011

KNOX — Starke County Commissioners gave the order to terminate all employees in the Starke County Treasurer's office in a public meeting, which was held this morning (Thursday, Aug. 11) and which took place after an emergency executive session of the commissioners.
The termination order was due to an unresolved issue in the 2009 audit by the State Board of Accounts of the Starke County Treasurer's office.
Starke County Commissioner President Dan Bridegroom read a release for members of the media and anyone else in attendance.

Woman jailed for death of 3-year-old stepson

August 5, 2011

Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff held a press conference Friday afternoon to announce the arrest of Stacie Brown, 34, of 1180 S. 300 E. Knox, for the June 22 death of 3-year-old Ethan Brown, her stepson. Brown is being charged with two Class A Felonies: Battery resulting in death and Neglect of a dependent resulting in death. She is being held on a $250,000 bond.

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