WKVI Spearheads Community Clean-Up

depotWKVI is teaming up with former Knox Mayor Nancy Dembowski to clean up the community. Appropriately we are starting with the first thing everybody sees when the roll into town, the Train Depot visitor center across from Wythogan Park.

This week on Wednesday, join us at the depot from 4 until 6 pm equipped with your gloves, rakes, shovels and any other items that will assist with the clean up. The grounds really just need a sprucing up. Take pride in your town by showing up to help out. Visit the WKVI Facebook page for further information.

WoodStarke Returning to Wythogan Park

woodstarkeJust because school is back in session, doesn’t mean the summer fun has to stop. Coming up at the end of August is the second annual WoodStarke in Wythogan Park. The event is hosted by the city of Knox and offers a plethora of activities for all ages with a focus on art, music and health. Continue reading

Starke United Fund Launches Capital Campaign

Starke United EmblemThe Starke United Fund supports initiatives that promote financial stability and independence, programs that help children and youth succeed and projects that strengthen and support families and improve the health of our community. Each year, members with the Starke United Fund work to create long-lasting change by addressing the underlying issues in our community and empowering citizens.

Starke United works in collaboration with various other agencies and members of the community. Last year thanks to generous donations, nearly $30,000 was granted to many of Starke County’s non-profit organizations. Starke United works very hard to assist as many people as possible, but they can’t do it alone. As the 2015 Starke United Fund Campaign kicks off, you are asked to join in and lend a hand. Continue reading

Final Lap for the Moving Starke County Forward Healthy Challenge Series

movingstarkeforwardThe Moving Starke County Forward Healthy Challenge Series is still up and running. Community members have really been moving this summer, logging their miles and making an effort to make a healthier Starke County. Continue reading

Kids Closet Ministry’s Pack-A-Backpack Event is Back!

pack a backpackStarke County students who receive either free or reduced lunch during the school year have a chance to receive a backpack full of free supplies tonight or tomorrow at the North Judson United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Continue reading

Yellowstone Trail Pageant Deadline Approaching

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Time is running out to sign-up for the 6th annual Yellowstone Pageant. The deadline to submit your entry form and fee is tomorrow. To qualify for the pageant you must live or attend school in Starke County. The event will be held outdoors, rain or shine, at 1 pm on August 15th in the Starke County Fairgrounds. Continue reading

Kids Closet Receives a Plethora of Supplies for Upcoming Back-to-School Event

pack a backpackKids Closet Ministry annually provides school supplies to underprivileged children in Starke County with their Pack-a-Backpack event. Community members get the chance to contribute during their school supply drives. This year while Kids Closet was posted outside the Dollar General stores in North Judson and Knox they received an ample amount of supplies from weekend shoppers. However it was the donations from two other local foundations that helped provide the new backpacks for all the donated supplies. Continue reading

Bass Lake Festival Starts Tomorrow

basslakefestTomorrow marks the start of the annual Bass Lake Festival and this year’s fest is even more full of fun activities for the whole family.

Kick the weekend off with the fishing derby being held on Friday and Saturday at 3612 South CR 210. The entry fee is $1 for participants under 18 and $2 for those 18 and older. Registration for the water pong tournament will be at 5 pm and the event will from from 6 until 11 pm across from the Fingerhut Bakery. Continue reading

Park Board Notes Improvements at Bass Lake Beach

The Bass Lake Beach is scheduled to open for the season this weekend.

The progress of maintenance and capital improvements at the Bass Lake Beach were reviewed with lessee Richard Callahan when the Starke County Park Board convened last evening. Callahan was accompanied by his legal counsel, David Wallsmith. Callahan reported that 10 tons of sand and 10 tons of asphalt grindings has been spread to improve the grounds and that 45 picnic tables had been repaired. Continue reading

IU Health Urgent Care Facility Available in LifePlex

IUhealthIf you are currently between primary care physicians or need to receive medical attention for any reason there is a local facility available to you. Lisa Jones with IU Health shared the details with WKVI, “We have urgent care in the LifePlex building and we do feel like its a secret that not many know about. It’s not very far from the folks here in Knox and this area, it takes about 20 minutes.” Continue reading

Stop by the Starke County Career Success Coalition Booth

sccscThere’s always so much to do at the 4-H fair. You can try all kinds of different food, ride the rides and look at all the various fair projects but did you know that you also have access to all sorts of information about further education? The Starke County Career Success Coalition has their very own booth set up in the commercial building during fair week. Continue reading

Melody Drive-In Movie Theater Closed Tonight Due to Weather

Melody Drive-InIf you were planning on catching a few of the movies currently screening at the Melody Drive-In Theater located on US 35, you’ll have to wait for better weather. The theater is currently closed due to minor flooding from the recent bout of stormy weather. Continue reading

New Purdue Extension Educator Will Work With More than One Local County

Purdue Extension LogoOn the first of July Purdue Extension officially welcomed a new member to their staff. Recent Purdue West Lafayette graduate Mandy Medbourn is the new health and human sciences extension educator for Starke and Pulaski County. Medbourn had the chance to really immerse her self within the communities during her first full week as a Purdue Extension Educator. Continue reading

NJ-SP SB Brainstorms Ideas for Political Action Committee to Assist with Referendum

pacFollowing their meeting Monday evening, the NJSP School Board held a work session to discuss the formation of a Political Action Committee. They considered various community members who could potentially be contacted to assist the school with the referendum process. The P.A.C would be responsible for making sure community members are registered to vote and spreading the word about the corporation and why the referendum is needed. Continue reading

Starke County Election Board to Discuss Election Costs

The communities of Hamlet, Knox and North Judson will have a better idea how much their fall elections will cost after this afternoon’s Starke County Election Board meeting. The advance agenda includes a cost estimated for the 2016 election. Continue reading

WKVIdol Final Call!

wkvidolAspiring young singers throughout the Kankakee Valley have until the close of business hours tomorrow to enter the second annual WKVIdol competition. Kids ranging from ages 7 through 18 have the chance to showcase their talent during this singing competition scheduled for Monday, July 13 at 8 pm in the show arena at the Starke County 4-H fair. Continue reading

Starke United Awards $20,000 in Grants

starke united fundSeveral Starke County charities are benefiting from grant money from the Starke United Fund. These type of grants are made possible through a partnership with Starke United and the Starke County Community Foundation. There was $20,000 available that was split up among the various local organizations. Continue reading

Do Your Part, Plus Some Art with the First Ever Community Canvas Fundraiser

 

The cost of fireworks has sky rocketed! To help account for rising prices, various fireworks fundraisers have been happening leading up to the Starke County Independence Day celebration. According to Mayor Rick Chambers the display costs several thousand dollars. Since the show is provided for the community, members of the community are asked to give a little to help with the cost.

A unique new fundraiser is set to take place tonight from 6 until 8 pm in the Nancy Dembowski Community Center. For only $25 you can participate in Knox’s first ever Community Canvas event. Continue reading

WoodStarke is Back!

good jpegCome out to Wythogan Park on August 29 for an event full of music, food and fun for everyone. WoodStarke is scheduled to commence at 10 am and run all day on that Saturday in August. Throughout the day, highlights will include a variety of music, games for the kids and artistic displays as well as activities focusing on local talent and Starke County. Similar to last year’s event all activities and healthy food will be free to the public, however this year’s event will feature something new. Continue reading