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County orders demolitions, approves vacating Bass Lake cul-de-sac: The County Planning Commission held three public hearings and approved demolishing unsafe structures on two Koontz Lake area properties, and agreed to vacate the cul-de-sac easement between Cottage Corner Pointe and Cedar Pointe Park subdivisions and the Riviera Court subdivision at Bass Lake.

Life through the lens: A photographer’s story: The passion, background and accomplishments of North Judson photographer Mary Beth Johnson.

O-D kindergarten roundup: Scheduled April 15 for 2015-2016 school year.

Starke County highest in meth lab incidents: Starke County has 33 meth lab incidents per 10,000 population, higher than any other county in northwest Indiana.

City continues preparations to eliminate blighted properties: Some offers turned down during public hearing, Mayor seeks additional blighted properties.

NJ-SP schedules snow make-up days: Also includes information on possible legislation involving voucher expansion.

VIP day at Head Start
KHS percussion brings home the bronze

Campbell jury deadlocked, Judge declares mistrial: After deliberating for nearly 12 hours, the jury in the James Campbell arson trial stated that they were at an impasse. Campbell’s defense attorneys made a motion that Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall declare a mistrial, and the motion was granted at around 12:30 a.m. early Thursday morning.
The jury started deliberations at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Court, prosecutor and defense attorneys made every effort to follow the State’s jury rules and assist the jury in making a decision. Judge Hall advised Campbell that the case was still pending, and he remains on bond, and other previous restrictions still apply.

See next week’s Leader for complete details on the trial.