WKVI Information Center

Bass Lake

Melody Drive In Set to Open for the Season

Published: March 29th, 2014

Melody Drive In PhotoA sure sign of spring in the Kankakee Valley is the opening of the Melody Drive In Theater at Bass Lake for the season. Fred Heise says they’re all set to open Friday, April 4 with a blockbuster and have several other popular flicks scheduled throughout the spring and summer. For Friday, Screen 1 will feature Captain America 2 and Need for Speed. Mr. Peabody and Sherman and Non-Stop will be showing on Screen 2. Other movies lined up for the summer include Rio 2, which is scheduled the week of April 11. Fred Heise is excited about the lineup for later in the season.

Read the rest of this entry »

C&C Salvage Owner Jailed Without Bond on Arson, Insurance Fraud Charges

Published: March 28th, 2014
The owner of C&C Salvage/Starke County Recycling, James Campbell, 46, is charged with arson and insurance fraud in connection with the March 20 fire that destroyed his business.

The owner of C&C Salvage/Starke County Recycling, James Campbell, 46, is charged with arson and insurance fraud in connection with the March 20 fire that destroyed his business.

The owner of a Knox business that was destroyed by fire last week is jailed without bond, charged with arson and insurance fraud. James L. Campbell, 46, of Knox, was arrested this afternoon by officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Fire Investigation Division. Campbell owns Starke County Recycling, also known as C&C Salvage. The business, located on U.S. 35 just south of Toto Road, caught fire on Thursday, March 20. Starke County dispatchers were notified at 5:17 p.m. The Bass Lake, Knox-Center Township, Hamlet, Washington Township, Koontz Lake, North Judson-Wayne Township, San Pierre and Monterey Fire Departments all responded to the blaze and spent several hours getting it under control. One firefighter was injured. Black smoke was visible for miles, and a brigade of tanker trucks hauled water to the scene. Read the rest of this entry »

C&C Salvage Fire Remains Under Investigation

By: Anita Goodan
Published: March 22nd, 2014

10The investigation into the fire at C&C Salvage continues as the Indiana State Fire Marshall has been called into determine the origin and cause of the massive inferno Thursday night.

Eight fire departments responded to the scene to attempt to put out the fire. Thick black smoke billowed from the business at the corner of U.S. 35 and Toto Road, south of Knox.

Read the rest of this entry »

One Found Dead in House Fire

By: Anita Goodan
Published: February 4th, 2014

One person was found dead at a fire scene at 2795 E. State Road 10 in Knox on Monday night.

The Bass Lake Fire Department was called to the scene at 11:05 p.m. CT and firefighters were on the scene for approximately eight hours. Members of the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Read the rest of this entry »

Barn Fire Cause Remains Under Investigation

Published: December 4th, 2013

The cause of a Tuesday night barn fire southeast of Knox remains under investigation. Bass Lake Fire Chief Less Jensen says the structure at 200 East and 350 South was fully engulfed when firefighters from his department arrived. Dispatchers notified them of the blaze around 6:40 p.m. Jensen requested water support from the Knox-Center Township and North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Departments. Firefighters spent 2.5 hours bringing the blaze under control. Nobody was injured. Jensen says the barn belongs to Sharon Murphy.

Starke Commissioners Approve Boa Shores Addition

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: October 12th, 2013

The Starke County Commissioners this week approved a motion to allow an addition to be made to the Boa Shores area near Bass Lake. The Woodland Shores subdivision does not include lake access and is located off of County Road 625 East, and according to a representative of the planning commission, the drainage requirements of the county have been met and a public hearing was previously held with no objections voiced.

Read the rest of this entry »

Inspections Results Awaited Regarding Bass Lake Beach and Campground

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: August 13th, 2013

Bass Lake Beach

Bass Lake Beach

The Starke County Commissioners are eagerly awaiting the results of the state inspection conducted at the Bass Lake Beach and Campground, and according to Commissioner Kathy Norem, those results should be in before their next commissioners meeting, planned for Monday, Aug. 19. She said the campground had previously been cited for a number of sanitary violations but campground management claims they have corrected those. Since then, a number of other violations sprung up, and those, too, are claimed to have been corrected.

Read the rest of this entry »

Bass Lake Festival Adds Several New Events

Published: July 27th, 2013

This year’s Bass Lake Festival offers a mix of familiar attractions and new activities to showcase the theme “Livin’ the Good Life.” The 5K Run/Walk gets things started this morning at 7:30, departing from the Lions Building on the east side of the lake. The always popular car show returns this year as well at Terry White’s house on State Road 10 near the beach. It’s scheduled today from 8 until 3, but in the event of rain will move to tomorrow.

Read the rest of this entry »

Bass Lake Festival Begins Friday

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: July 24th, 2013

Bass Lake Beach

Bass Lake Beach

The 2013 Bass Lake Festival kicks off this weekend with a number of events planned to entertain attendees through Sunday. Beginning Friday, the festival starts with a fishing derby at 3612 S. County Road 210 from 8 a.m. through 6 p.m. Saturday. An amateur open mic night follows at the Bass Lake Property Owner’s Association building from 7 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m., and live entertainment will be provided by the Carlos Ramos Band and Nicole Garza across the street from Fingerhut Bakery from 8 p.m. until the close of the day Friday.

Read the rest of this entry »

Bass Lake Festival Royalty Chosen

Published: July 22nd, 2013
Annabella Piunti was crowned Miss Bass Lake and Kelly Reed is the first runner up.

Annabella Piunti was crowned Miss Bass Lake and Kelly Reed is the first runner up. WKVI’s Tom Berg served as master of ceremonies.

Little Miss Bass Lake Elizabeth Combs, Tom Berg and Little Mister Bass Lake  Ashton Walker

Little Miss Bass Lake Elizabeth Combs, WKVI”s Tom Berg and Little Mister Bass Lake Ashton Walker.

Bass Lake Festival Pageant Begins at 4 p.m. Today

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: July 20th, 2013

Bass Lake Property Owners Association building

Bass Lake Property Owners Association building

The Bass Lake Festival Pageant will kick off today, with the Little Miss/Mister contest starting at 4 p.m. followed by the Miss Bass Lake contest at 6 p.m. The pageants will take place at the Bass Lake Property Owner’s Association building, and Dana White, pageant coordinator, said she’s excited to start her third year coordinating the pageant, which has been a staple of the Bass Lake community since 1926.

This year, however, will be a little smaller than years past. White said five teenagers will vie for the title of Miss Bass Lake, while three girls and two boys will compete for the Little Miss and Little Mister titles. Last year, White said seven teenagers competed, with 11 girls and six boys as well.

Read the rest of this entry »

Indianapolis Teens Arrested for Bass Lake Boat Thefts

Published: July 10th, 2013

A holiday weekend joyride around Bass Lake in two stolen boats ended with a trip to the Starke County Jail for at least two Indianapolis teenagers. ABC 57 reports two homeowners at the lake woke up Sunday morning to find their boats were missing from a public dock. They later learned three teenagers had stolen the watercraft the previous night and taken the boats for a ride around the lake and that witnesses to their late night sail had called the police. The teens reportedly ditched the boats and took off into a nearby campground. They were spotted the following day by officers from the Chicago Police Department who had seen them the previous evening. The off-duty cops tried holding them until the Starke County Sheriff’s Department arrived, but one of the boys ran away. It’s unclear whether he was captured, but the other two were arrested.

 

Storms Wreak Havoc in Kankakee Valley Area

By: Anita Goodan
Published: June 1st, 2013
Melody Drive In damage

Winds demolish Screen One at the Melody Drive-In

Fierce storms whipped through the Kankakee Valley area Friday night causing damage.

The storm caused flooding in Pulaski County where over three inches of rain fell in a half-hour period. A Pulaski County officer noted to dispatch that the water was up over the hood of his squad car while in the town of Winamac. The drains couldn’t keep up with the amount of water that fell in that short amount of time. Several cars were stranded in the road during the storm, several trees fell, a power outage was reported, and several roads washed out as a result of the rushing water.

The Pulaski County Highway Department was out Saturday patching up the roads and cutting up the many trees that fell in the road.

Luckily, no injuries were reported.

The Melody Drive-In theater at Bass Lake suffered damage as well with the demolition of Screen One. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department received a couple of other notices of trees down but no other damage.

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery said there is ponding in fields in the Marshall County area and he’s monitoring river levels after the storms. Trees were reported down in the area, but no injuries were reported.

Photos by Denice Daggett and William Boldt

Bass Lake Beach is Open!

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: May 25th, 2013

Bass Lake Beach

Bass Lake Beach

It’s Memorial Day weekend and that means the Bass Lake Beach is once again open! The beach officially opened yesterday, just in time for the holiday weekend as people flock to Bass Lake to enjoy the quarter-mile of beach and the campsite just across the road.

Read the rest of this entry »