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

Deadline in Early July for Northern Indiana Community Foundation Scholarships

Starke County individuals looking to obtain further education can apply for funding assistance through two Northern Indiana Community Foundation scholarships. Continue reading

Volunteers Needed for the Starke County Career Success Coalition 4-H Fair Booth

The 4-H fair is scheduled to start soon and the Starke County Career Success Coalition is looking for volunteers willing to help run their booth in the commercial building from 7:30 to 10 pm during fair week, July 13th through the 17th. The objective of the coalition is to provide easier access to higher education to local adults and recent graduates. One specific goal the coalition hopes to reach is that 25% of local students finish college by 2025. Continue reading

Would You Walk 500 Miles?

movingstarkeforwardIf you could lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity by implementing exercise into your daily regiment, why wouldn’t you? What if I told you aside from improving your health, you could also potentially win prizes, feeling more motivated? Moving Starke County forward is a local initiative that lasts all summer long, aimed at getting members of the county up and moving. Continue reading

EMA Director Worries About Effect of Rain on Crops

IMG_5011The continued rains have left many area farmers up a creek, so to speak. Starke County Emergency Management Agency Director Ted Bombagetti told the county commissioners last night many have sustained significant losses as a result of standing water. He adds it will be too late for them to replant by the time their fields dry out. Bombagetti has made a formal request for “saturated soil” assistance to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and is waiting for a response.  Continue reading

Hamlet Town Board to Consider Tax

Hamlet Town HallThe Hamlet Town Board will consider the reestablishment of a cumulative capital development fund during a special-called meeting this evening. All real and personal property in the taxing district would be assessed an additional $0.05 per $100 of assessed valulation, payable starting in 2016. Continue reading

Sandra Lee’s Studio of Dance 37th Recital: Imagination

1imaginationSandra Lee’s Studio of Dance has put on nearly four decades of recitals. This year’s 37th annual show includes a variety of dances performed by students of all ages. Continue reading

Starke County Relay for Life: Tackling Cancer One Day at a Time

The Starke County Relay for Life already has 26 teams and 213 participants ready to relay this weekend. So far more than $50,000 raised by participants but there is still plenty of time to reach this year’s goal of $62,000. The event begins tomorrow at 3 pm and lasts until 9 am Saturday morning at the Starke County Fairgrounds in Hamlet. Continue reading

Don’t Burn It or Bury it, Bring it Down to Starke County’s Environmental Days

scemdIf you’re unsure about how to properly dispose of something, chances are you’ll be able to unload it at the Starke County Environmental Management facility this weekend. The hazardous waste collection event is located at 3835 East 250 North in Knox and runs Friday, June 12 from 3:30 until 5 pm and Saturday, June 13 from 8:30 am until 1 pm. This service is being provided free of charge to Starke County property owners only. Continue reading

Longtime Starke County Courthouse Custodian Retires

Longtime Starke County Courthouse custodian Carl Goodrich prepares to cut his retirement carrot cake, which was a gift from the county commissioners.

Longtime Starke County Courthouse custodian Carl Goodrich prepares to cut his retirement carrot cake, which was a gift from the county commissioners.

An employee of Starke County for more than four decades retired yesterday from what was supposed to have been a temporary job. Gerald Ford was in the White House and gas was 55-cents a gallon when Carl Goodrich took over as courthouse custodian on Nov. 26, 1974. Continue reading