The Town of Winamac plans to organize next year’s Fourth of July fireworks itself. Over the past few years, a private individual has been handling the planning aspect, while the town, at least in theory, just collects the donations and pays the bill. Continue reading
The Indiana Department of Transportation says they are shutting down a section of State Road 2 in LaPorte County.
An area ophthalmologist says it’s not a coincidence that July is Eye Injury Awareness Month. Dr. Scott Buck with the Northwest Indiana Eye and Laser Center says emergency rooms are full of patients with fireworks-related injuries to the eyes. Continue reading
July 4th is often a fun way to celebrate a nation declaring its independence, but the Starke County Humane Society says it’s also important to remember our four-legged friends.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says that if you’re planning to attend a large event this holiday weekend, it’s important to keep a few things in mind.
Parking will be available at Wythogan Park in Knox for tomorrow’s activities leading up to the fireworks display, but it will cost you. The city is charging $10 per car to park inside the gates. Mayor Dennis Estok says they probably have room for between 200 and 300 vehicles. Continue reading
If your Independence Day celebrations include the use of fireworks, the Indiana State Fire Marshal has a few tips for keeping yourself safe. Continue reading
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.