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Felty named IU Health president

March 26, 2014

STARKE Co. – Indiana University Health Starke Hospital named Craig Felty the new president of the organization.
An experienced and dedicated member of the Starke County healthcare community, Felty was previously named Interim Administrator after former Executive Linda Satkoski retired this past December. Prior, Felty served as executive director of patient care services of IU Health Starke Hospital since January 2011.

Knox schools host fun, learning and food for preschoolers

March 6, 2014

STARKE Co. — All Starke County families with children ages birth through 5 years old are invited to “Nursery Rhymes and Good Ol’ Times” from 5 to 6 p.m. March 13 at Knox Elementary School. The event will include fun learning based on nursery rhymes — and pizza will be served to all parents and children participating.
See this week's Leader for more information.

County approves sale of tax certificate properties to city

March 6, 2014

STARKE — The Starke County Commission approved the sale of five parcels of land in the Parkview Subdivision to the city. The properties, which include two structures, were scheduled for the second tax sale on Feb. 27. State law allows the transfer of ownership between the county and city at a negotiated price, which in this case is the minimum bid of $35 per parcel.

OD beats LCC for semistate crown

March 6, 2014

CROWN POINT — They’re back.
Oregon-Davis’ girls basketball team earned a 67-46 victory over Lafayette Central Catholic at the Class A Crown Point Regional Saturday morning to advance to the state championship game this weekend.
It’s the program’s first trip to state since its 2006-07 championship season, and the team couldn’t be happier to be headed back.
“To be going to the state finals, everybody dreams about this moment,” said OD forward Lexi Minix. “To actually be here and to fulfill our dreams is the most amazing feeling that anybody can go through.”

City faces additional expense for C.R. 300 project

March 6, 2014

KNOX — The city of Knox will have to bear the cost of moving fire hydrants for the C.R. 300 E. road project. Charles Weaver, executive director with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation, presented the cost estimate of $63,300 to the Knox City Council at their Feb. 25 meeting. The need to move the fire hydrants was not identified as part of the initial plans for the project that will widen C.R. 300 E. or Kloeckner Drive and enlarge intersections to facilitate semi and other traffic in the Knox Industrial Park area.
See this week's Leader for full story.

Remembering Christina Franks

March 6, 2014

KNOX — Christina Franks, a former Knox Middle School student, touched the hearts of not only her community, but people all over the country. This is her story.
"Christina was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in July 2011. Two years after she was diagnosed, she was admitted to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, where the family learned that her left ventricle was failing," said Christina's mom, Cheryl Hollman.
Hollman said the doctors opted for surgery to help relieve some of the stress on her daughter's heart.

KMS faces challenges with State DOE grading

March 6, 2014

KNOX — Last month, the Indiana Department of Education released its A-F grades for all schools. The grades are based upon the percentage of students receiving passing ISTEP scores in English/language arts and math and may be adjusted based on student academic growth. For Knox Community Schools (KCS), the elementary school grade was B, middle school an F, and high school an A, giving the corporation an overall C grading.

Public meetings on balanced school calendar start in March

March 2, 2014

STARKE Co. — Presentations on the proposed balanced school calendar will start March 4 for Starke County Schools. In addition to Knox, North Judson-San Pierre (NJSP), Oregon-Davis (OD) and Culver schools, four other area schools, Argos, John Glenn, Plymouth and Triton, which provide cooperative special and vocational education, also are included in the plan.

Applications available for upcoming pageant

January 3, 2014

VALPARAISO — The 2014 Miss Great Lakes and Miss Kankakee Valley Scholarship Pageant will be held Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. CDST at the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso.
Females between the ages of 13-24 who live, work, or attend school in Fulton, Marshall, Pulaski, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, or Starke counties are eligible to enter.
The winners of each title are eligible for the Miss Indiana Pageant in June, 2014. The Miss Indiana Pageant will be held in Zionsville.

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