The new venue for the annual Knox fireworks display will be put to the test next week. Mayor Dennis Estok told the city council Tuesday evening Mad Bomber will be at Wythogan Park on Wednesday, May 4th at dusk to set off a few practice shells and test visibility. Members of the Knox Fire Department will be standing by to assist. Continue reading
Plans are shaping up for the Independence Day celebration in downtown Knox. A parade down Main Street into Wythogan Park on Saturday, July 2nd will kick off the day of events leading up to the county fireworks display. Mayor Dennis Estok and the Knox City Council have opted to move them from the airport to the park this year.
Parade applications are available at city hall for anyone who would like to have a float or vehicle and can be picked up during business hours. Continue reading
The Winamac Town Council has approved the purchase of two pickup trucks for the town’s Electric Department, costing a total of about $50,000.
Knox mayor Dennis Estok further explained some of his proposals for the city during a town hall meeting Monday. Much of it was spent discussing his plans to bring the city’s July 4th fireworks back to Wythogan Park. It’s part of his effort to bring more people into the park and revitalize the Downtown Knox. Continue reading
Knox residents will have the chance to share their ideas and concerns with city officials next week. Mayor Dennis Estok will be holding a town hall meeting at 6:00 p.m. Monday at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center. Continue reading
Knox Mayor Dennis Estok is bringing the city’s July 4th fireworks display back to Wythogan Park. They’ve taken place at the Starke County Airport northwest of Knox for the past several years. Estok wants to bring them back downtown to ensure youngsters are able to attend. His plans call for a parade to kick off the celebration. Continue reading
The Indiana Department of Homeland has developed a few tips to ensure safety during Independence Day celebrations.
IDHS says fireworks can be purchased by persons 18 years of age or older. To ensure safety, however, it’s considered best to buy the items at licensed dealer locations. State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson says despite safety precautions, structure fires can certainly be started by their misuse.
Troopers from the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Division will be working through the holiday weekend to ensure fireworks are being transported safely on Indiana’s major roadways. They are conducting roadside inspections of vehicles suspected to be illegally transporting large quantities of fireworks. Continue reading
Start the holiday weekend with a bang tonight at the Starke County Airport. The Knox fireworks show will begin at dusk. Continue reading
Residents of Winamac will be traveling to a new location to view this year’s fireworks show.
The July 4th celebration is organized through matched donations and typically hosted in the Winamac Town Park. Due to flooding that is affecting the grounds, the fireworks show will now be held at the school in Winamac on the practice fields.
Richard Voorhees is affiliated with Pulaski Memorial Hospital. He says former and active military members who have been in combat situations are particularly susceptible to the noise on Independence Day.
Independence Day is Saturday, but many Hoosiers are getting an early start on their celebrations. Consumer fireworks can legally be discharged June 29 – July 3 from 9 a.m. until two hours after sunset. That cutoff time is extended to midnight on the 4th. From July 5 – 9 they can again be set off until two hours after sunset. Local ordinances may be more restrictive, so check before lighting the fuse. Continue reading
Marshall County EMA Director Clyde Avery says he’s working to spread awareness about some of the dangers and laws surrounding the use of fireworks.
Fundraising efforts for the annual Starke County Independence Day celebration are underway. The event will have all the usuals; food, fun and of course, fire-works. As pretty as they are to watch, they’re not so pretty to pay for. Three fundraisers have been established by the city of Knox to help cover costs. Continue reading
Getting an early jump on your Independence Day celebration could prove costly if you live in North Judson. Town Marshal Doug Vessely reminds residents fireworks can only be legally discharged on June 29, 30 and July 1-3 from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset; July 4 from 10 a.m. until midnight and July 5-9 from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset. Continue reading
A port-a-pit chicken sale is set during the city-wide yard sale in May. This fundraiser will be May 16 at the Knox South Side Fire Station. Volunteers will sell half chicken orders for $7.00 plus pit-tatoes for $3.00 from 10 a.m. until sold out. All proceeds will benefit the county-wide fireworks celebration on Friday, July 3.
Tickets for this event can be purchased at Knox City Hall.
The celebration will be held on Friday, July 3. The contract with Mad Bomber is for $8,000 which is an increase of $200 from last year. The contract in 2013 was $7,500, so the price has steadily increased. The other contract terms are the same as in previous years.
A copy of the city’s insurance and the contractor’s insurance will be provided to the Starke County Aviation Board.
The council members held discussion last week on a date to hold the fireworks. The Fourth of July is on a Saturday this year which would be the ideal date to hold the celebration, but the council doesn’t want to interfere with family plans residents may have for the day. However, it is the official holiday and the council members thought it would be appropriate to hold the display on the Fourth of July.
Keep in mind that no person may use, ignite or discharge consumer fireworks on any public street or in any public park within the corporate limits of the City of Knox at any time. According to the ordinance, if the use of discharging consumer fireworks results in a fire and damage is determined to be caused by “negligence or the willful disregard or violation of any of the provisions”, that person will be fined an amount not to exceed $2,500 for the dispatch of firefighters and equipment.
Chambers told the Knox City Council members this week that with the fireworks committee’s fundraisers, gate collections, donations from the three county commissioners, several monetary donations from businesses and individuals, the town of Hamlet and a generous donation from the town of North Judson, the only loss the city of Knox will realize is $767. The show was $8,550 and $7,783 was collected.