Starke County Officials Name Redevelopment Commission

starke-county-courthouseStarke County once again has a populated county redevelopment commission board. The volunteer body was established by the commissioners in 2006 and set up a tax increment financing, or TIF, district near the intersection of U.S. 30 and U.S. 35 in Hamlet. It allows property tax money generated in a specific area to be recaptured for infrastructure improvements in the area. By doing so, the land becomes more attractive to other potential business and industrial tenants. The five parcels of land in the Sysco TIF district have generated $15,427.71 for the county. That money is receipted by the auditor and parked in a special account. Continue reading

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.

Hamlet Officials Prepare for Town Convention

Davis Township Trustee Robin Latimer appeared at the Wednesday night meeting of the Hamlet Town Board to discuss several issues including a reminder that the town’s Democrat convention will be held Tuesday, Aug. 18th in the new fire station. The convention begins at 6 p.m. Voters will choose between incumbent Ward 3 councilman Frank Lonigro Jr. and challenger Connie Bailey. No Republican has qualified for the seat, so the winner will appear on the November ballot. Continue reading

Rainbow Splash to Benefit The Starke County Youth Club

Take a colorful walk through history for a good cause Sunday morning during the Yellowstone Trail Festival in Hamlet. Proceeds from the Rainbow Splash 2015 will benefit the Starke County Youth Club. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says volunteer Hanna Clark organized the fun-filled 5K walk and run. Continue reading

Yellowstone Trail Fest Starts Saturday at the Hamlet 4-H Fairgrounds

Yellowstone-Trail-FestivalYellowstone Trail Fest begins tomorrow and will run from 9 am until 10 pm on Saturday and from 8 am until 5 pm on Sunday. The festival kicks off with a 9 am biscuits and gravy breakfast. All proceeds collected from the breakfast will go to the Knox Band Boosters. Continue reading

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

Library Board Approves Facilities Upgrades

Henry F. Schricker Library

Henry F. Schricker Library

Major repairs will be made to the parking lot of the Schricker Main Library in Knox sometime in the next two weeks, weather permitting. Library officials advise every effort will be made to minimize inconvenience to patrons while the work is being done and stay open as much as possible. A bulldozer, two dump trucks and other equipment will be parked at the library during the project. It’s been in the planning stages for several months but was delayed due to rain.

Library director Rose Frost says fines will be forgiven during the repair process in case people can’t park to return materials. 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

Symbolic Flag Raised at New Hamlet Fire Station

Fire Dept. for Wed.The flag raised at the grand spening of the James R. Hardesty Hamlet Davis Township Volunteer Fire Station & Community Center Sunday once flew in Iraq.
Dave Aquino, a volunteer fireman, says it’s the flag his son’s unit would hoist above towers they were building in Iraq. He presented the flag to his father when he returned home.

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Hamlet Officials Dedicate New Fire Station

11794323_10152362071954979_1747605804613823603_oThe crowd of area residents that gathered for the Grand Opening of the “James R. Hardesty Hamlet Davis Township Volunteer Fire Station and Community Center” Sunday afternoon at the new building was both pleased and proud.

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Starke County Officials Seeking Redevelopment Commission Candidates

starke-county-courthouseStarke County officials are looking for members to serve on the long-dormant county redevelopment commission by appointing new members. It was established in 2006 to oversee a tax increment financing district set up by the county as part of the effort to bring Sysco to Hamlet. 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


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

Hamlet Council Talks Town Improvements

Hamlet Town HallThe improvement of the downtown area in Hamlet was discussed Wednesday night by the Town Board with business owner Lee Nagai.

Nagai is remodeling a downtown business building and is an advocate for the installation of conduit to serve new street lights in the area over the next several years. The lights may be financed by offering sponsorship to businesses and individuals. Continue reading