Starke County Fireworks Fundraiser Set for May 16

 In just a few short months, America will be celebrating another birthday. The City of Knox is hoping to offset costs of a local celebration with several fundraisers.

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.

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Contract Approved for Fireworks Celebration

 The Knox City Council approved a contract for the annual Fourth of July Fireworks celebration at the Starke County Airport.

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.

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Knox Residents to Help Decide Fireworks Date

 Knox Mayor Rick Chambers and the Knox City Council members want the citizens of Knox decide when to hold the fireworks celebration in July.

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.

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Celebrate the New Year Safely with Fireworks

 If you would like to celebrate the new year by discharging consumer fireworks, you may do so today beginning at 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. tomorrow morning.

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.

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Fireworks Show a Success in Starke County

 The fireworks show at the Starke County Airport held one week ago today was well attended, according to Knox Mayor Rick Chambers.

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.

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Fourth of July Fireworks Safety

!!2014Fourth of July weekend is always full of fun with friends, family and fireworks. There are certain precautions to take to assure a safe time for everyone. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security offers a few tips to take into consideration whenever using fireworks.
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Follow Ordinances Pertaining to Fireworks

 There are laws governing when fireworks can be ignited in cities and towns in Indiana.

For instance, in the city of Knox, the use, discharge or ignition of consumer fireworks by any person or other entity is prohibited in the corporate limits except between the hours of 5 p.m. and two hours after sunset from June 29 to July 3 and from July 5 to July 9. On July 4, fireworks may be discharged from 10 a.m. to midnight.

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Join WKVI at Swan Lake’s First Ever Fireworks Display!

!!2014The Saturday after Independence Day, July 5th, WKVI is doing a live remote from Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth where they are putting on their first ever fireworks display. The owner of Swan Lake, Kevin Smith, says he hopes the show will be a success and will continue in years to come. Continue reading

Play it Safe When Using Fireworks

 The Fourth of July is an exciting holiday filled with picnics and other celebrations that may include fireworks. Indiana State Police officers urge you to play it safe when using fireworks.

Only adults can purchase fireworks. A person 18 and older has to be present when anyone younger than 18 is using or possessing consumer fireworks. Children must be supervised at all times when fireworks are in use.

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Keep the Kiwanis Fireworks Display Free by Donating Now

 Each year on the Fourth of July, the Winamac Kiwanis Club puts on a colorful fireworks show in the sky over the town park.

Putting on a fun fireworks display for our national holiday is one way they provide for local children, which is the mission of the Kiwanis Club. However, this tradition is something people of all ages can look forward to.

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Purchase Fireworks from Licensed Vendors

 The Fourth of July is approaching and the Indiana State Fire Marshal reminds you to celebrate safely.

You are encouraged to purchase fireworks from vendors who are licensed to sell fireworks in Indiana and have a permit issued by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Fire and Building Safety Division. Vendor permits must be displayed on the wall in the store. If you don’t see a permit and the owner cannot produce a permit, call the State Fire Marshal at (317) 232-2222.

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Knox Mayor, Fireworks Committee Thank Community for Support

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers and the fireworks committee this week issued a statement thanking the many people, vendors and organizations that helped to make this year’s fireworks display a success. According to Chambers, the fireworks came at a cost of $988 to the city, less than it has been in the past but more than last year. He said the number of attendees remained about the same as previous years; roughly 500 vehicles paid at the gate to view the fireworks.

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Fireworks Season is Over for Now

It’s time to put those fireworks away… until New Year’s eve.

The city of Knox has an ordinance that indicates residents are able to discharge fireworks within city limits between the hours of 5 p.m. and two hours after sunset from June 29 through July 9. You may use, discharge or ignite consumer fireworks again between the hours of 10 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2013 and 1 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2014.

Other communities in the area have the same policy.

If you violate the policy, you will be fined $100 for the first offense, $250 for the second offense, and $500 for a third offense and every offense thereafter.

Fireworks Shows to Light up the Sky on the Fourth of July

The Starke County fireworks celebration is set for this Saturday, July 6 at the Starke County Airport.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. CT and the fireworks show will begin at dusk. Come early and enjoy music, various entertainment and music. Load up the car and get in the gate for $5 per car load.

Other fireworks celebrations are planned on Thursday, July 4 including a show in the the town of Winamac at dusk at the Winamac Town Park. In Walkerton, a fireworks show will take place around 10 p.m. ET at John Glenn High School, and a celebration will be held in Culver by the Culver Academy. The town of Bremen also has a fireworks celebration planned during this week’s Bremen Firemen Festival tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. ET at Bremen Sunnyside Park.

Fireworks Celebrations Planned for Independence Day

Independence Day is approaching and a number of communities in the area are planning to commemorate the holiday with fireworks and other celebrations. State law also lengthens the amount of time allowed for citizens to discharge fireworks; as opposed to only allowing fireworks until 11 p.m., fireworks may be discharged until midnight on July 4. In Knox, Plymouth and Winamac, fireworks can be discharged between 10 a.m. and midnight, while many other communities adhere to state law.

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Fireworks Season Approaching; Know Your Laws

The time for fireworks will soon be upon us, though some area residents are already lighting up the skies. The state has its own fireworks laws that specify when fireworks can be discharged, though a number of communities such as Winamac, Knox, and Plymouth have adopted their own ordinances that limit when and where fireworks can be used.

According to the state laws, fireworks can only be discharged at special discharge locations, the person’s property, or the property of another who has given permission to do so. Anyone under the age of 18 who wishes to use fireworks must be accompanied by an adult, and fireworks can only be lit before 11 p.m. and after 9 a.m. However, on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day and New Year’s Eve, fireworks may be discharged until midnight.

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No Fires Reported Over Holiday For Starke, Pulaski Counties

Despite the controversy regarding Pulaski and Starke counties’ recent decisions to rescind their burn bans, no fires were reported on Fourth of July in either county.

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department reports that while they had no fire calls on the holiday, they did receive a number of noise complaints because of the fireworks. Overall, it was a safe Fourth of July for the county. No fires and no serious injuries were reported, and the Starke County fireworks celebration went off without a hitch.

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Starke, Pulaski Counties Lift Burn Bans

The Starke County Commissioners approved a motion repealing the county-wide burn ban on Monday, putting an end to the ban that lasted three weeks, from June 18 to July 2. Storms that had tore through the area last weekend had brought moisture back to the parched summer weather, alleviating some concern of fires caused by the dry conditions.

North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Chief Joe Leszek discouraged the commissioners from lifting the ban so soon, but the commissioners were also pressured by others to lift the ban in light of the recent rains. A motion was approved to lift the ban with the possibility of reinstatement in the future, and Starke County Commissioner Kathy Norem says they will carefully monitor the situation in case conditions worsen.

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Starke County Burn Ban To Be Reevaluated Today

The Starke County Commissioners will discuss the burn ban during their regular meeting this morning at 9 a.m. The current ban expires today.

Despite the ban, the county’s fireworks celebration will proceed as scheduled. Starke County Commissioner Kathy Norem confirmed that the event will be held at the Starke County Airport on Wednesday, July 4, regardless of the status of the ban.

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