Thu, April 10 2014 22:02
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has announced that two highways in the immediate area of Starke County will be affected by some upcoming work. State Road 35 will be closed from State Road 10 south to Winamac for approximately 10-20 days beginning on April 14 for a pipe replacement. State Road 23 between Koontz Lake and Walkerton will be closed for about 40 days for a culvert replacement, with construction commencement to take place soon, at a specific date to be announced.
Tue, March 25 2014 23:38
The Starke County Youth Club (SCYC), now in its 13th year of providing after-school activities to all three Starke County school corporations, has received a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant in the amount of $175,000 from the Indiana Department of Education to assist that organization in meeting the needs of Starke County youth. SCYC utilizes research based curriculum, standards based lesson plans, interactive activities, plus homework and tutoring to help make student achievement possible. SCYC sponsors both a school year after-school session as well as a summer session, and serves over 200 elementary students in the County.
This grant program has four broad goals, including increasing academic achievement, improving student behavior outcomes, increasing family involvement, and increasing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities. The grant will be used to cover part of the cost of staff, supplies,and evaluation services, as well as curriculum and some transportation expenses. SCYC was one of 78 agencies that applied for funding and was one of 53 projects selected for funding. Grant monies are a component of No Child Left Behind and is a state formula grant intended specifically to assist students who attend high-poverty schools. This grant will be funded for 4 years and 5 months and in part will be used to expand the program into the middle schools in Starke County. SCYC was also the recipient of a $225,000 grant last year as a part of the same program.
SCYC is continuing services that bridge the gap for students and families to build a brighter tomorrow, where their mutual goals can be reached.
Mon, March 17 2014 20:20
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) released its January unemployment report this morning. Even though 82 of Indiana's 92 counties saw an increase in their individual rates between December of 2013 and January of 2014, and only 3 counties experienced a decrease in their rate, the state rate dropped by .4% from 6.8% to 6.4%, the lowest rate for the state since the 6.3% rate in September of 2008. The Indiana rate is now lower than the national rate, and is also lower than all of Indiana's neighboring states.
Starke County saw its rate jump from an adjusted 7.8% in December to 8.5% in January. All counties contiguous to Starke in northwest and northcentral Indiana saw increases except for St. Joseph County, which registered a slight decrease. The Starke County rate for January is still much lower than any of the previous four years for that month, and continues to be lower than the years after the fourth quarter of 2008.
Fri, March 07 2014 16:43
The February report by the Labor Department released this morning showed that the American economy added 175,000 jobs last month, a pace that was better than economists had expected and well above the job gains recorded in December and January. However, this number was still less than last year's average of 190,000 jobs per month.
Wed, February 19 2014 18:22
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has recently awarded bids on two projects in Starke County. The first project is for pipe lining along US 30, 1.55 miles west of US 35 and .21 miles east of SR 23. The engineer's estimate for this project was $134,000, with the award going to Temple & Temple Excavating of Salem, Indiana on their bid of $120,500. Temple was one of three bidders for this work
The second project is for a small structure replacement on US 35, .95 miles south of SR 10. Twelve bidders submitted bids, with the award being made to JCI Bridge Group from LaPorte, on their bid of $127,351.16. The engineer's estimate for this project was $105,000.
Fri, February 07 2014 18:03
The unemployment rate for the United States dropped down to 6.6% for the month of January from the 6.7% rate for December. The drop in rate came despite the fact that only 113,000 jobs were added during the month, further evidence of a number of people dropping out of the job market. Economists had expected to see about 180,000 jobs added during the month.
Wed, January 29 2014 17:58
The Ports of Indiana handled 8.3 million tons of cargo at its three ports in 2013, an increase of 20 percent over 2012. In addition, this was the third highest total in the 52 year history of the Ports, and the highest since 2006.
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor recorded its highest annual tonnage since 2006 and second highest since 1998 by handling 2.5 million tons of cargo. The 2013 shipments were 17 percent above the 2012 total and 23 percent over the previous five-year average. That Port showed increases in shipments of steel, fertilizer, road salt, coal, and limestone.
Other Ports are located on the Ohio River at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville, and at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon.
Tue, January 28 2014 21:00
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) issued its jobs report for the month of December earlier today. On the state level, the unemployment rate fell from 7.3% in November to 6.9% in December, the lowest it has been since October of 2008, when it was 6.8%. The December rate is also lower than any of the four contiguous states of Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Illinois. Indiana's labor force increased by 6,000 in the month of December, and has grown by more than 21,000 over the past three months.
Starke County saw a decline of .5% in its unemployment rate for the month, going from 8.2% in November down to 7.7% in December. That December rate is the lowest recorded rate for the county since September of 2008, when it was 7.5%. Since January of 2013, the county's rate has fallen a full four percentage points, from 11.7% down to 7.7%.
Wed, January 15 2014 17:49
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has scheduled three projects in Starke County for bid lettings in the first two months of 2014. The first two projects are scheduled to take bids on January 5, 2014. The first of those projects is for pipe lining along US 3 1.55 miles west of US 35 and also .21 miles east of SR 23 along US 30. The second project is for a small structure replacement on US 35 1.95 miles south of State Road 10. All of these projects are scheduled for completion in May of 2014.
The third project will receive bids on February 5, 2014 and is for traffic signal modernization, which will include three lights on US 35, at SR 8, Lake Street, and Henry Street. That project has an August 30, 2014 completion date.
Fri, December 20 2013 19:35
The Starke County unemployment rate rose from 8.1% in October to 8.2% in November, a trend followed by 72 other Indiana counties during November. Only 15 counties in the state saw their rate drop, while another 4 counties experienced no change. The Starke County rate is still well below the rate that was in place at the beginning of 2013.
Despite these numbers, the Indiana rate dropped from 7.5% in October to 7.3% in November on the strength of adding 25,300 private sector jobs, which was the largest one-month increase in Indiana on record. Manufacturing jobs added 4,800 of these new jobs. The Indiana rate makes it the lowest among all states that are contiguous to Indiana.