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North Judson Christmas Parade Tonight

A Christmas parade will be held tonight in North Judson at 5:45 p.m. and will travel down Lane Street to Main Street and end at Norwayne Park. Santa will be riding in the parade and will help with the tree lighting ceremony at Norwayne Park at 6:00 p.m. After the tree lighting ceremony, the Community Building, or the old firehouse, will be open for refreshments after the ceremony and those attending can sing Christmas carols. Kids will also be able to visit with Santa.

Officials in the Town of Hamlet will hold the Christmas Tree Lighting and Social on Saturday, December 3rd. The tree lighting will begin at 5:00 p.m. on the front lawn of Hamlet Town Hall. You are welcome to join in singing Christmas carols out by the tree and then inside for some hot chocolate and “surprises”. Santa might even be there.

Hamlet Yellowstone Trail Festival Begins Today

The residents of Hamlet have their arms wide open welcoming all to the annual Yellowstone Trail Fest. The three day event begins today at the fairgrounds, and ends Sunday with a parade at 3 p.m.

Today the 1840s Rendezvous participants will be setting up camp, and the vendors will be in setting up their booths. The vendors should be ready for business at about 4 p.m., and for those of you who enjoy clogging there will be a demonstration at 6 p.m.

Saturday the fest will start in earnest with a pancake breakfast, car show, a magician, bands, gospel singers, and more. Times for those activities will be available tomorrow. One thing you won’t want to miss on Saturday is the Chili Cook Off. Tasting starts at 12:30 p.m., and for $2 you can sample many chili delicacies.

There will also be a townwide garage sale throughout the festival itself, and Richard Jensen will have his military museum open for all to tour as well.

Town Conventions to be Held in Hamlet, North Judson

Town Conventions will be held in Hamlet and North Judson as several contested races have surfaced for town offices.

In Hamlet, Republicans Debra Goble and Jill Hovarter have filed for the Clerk-Treasurer’s office. A Town Convention will be held to determine the lone Republican candidate who will face Democrat candidate is Kristina Pitts on the November ballot. Brian Jeffrey Earnest, a Democrat, is the only candidate who filed for the Ward 1 seat on the Hamlet Town Council. Democrats Kerry Stone and Dean Hoy Goble have filed for the Ward 2 seat along with Republicans Dave Kesvormas, Sr. and Todd Leinbach. Democrats Frank Lonigro, Jr. and Leo Robert “Bob” Yung are on the Ward 3 seat.

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Candidate Filing Deadline Approaches for Municipal Election

Potential candidates wanting to file for a Clerk-Treasurer or Town Board position in the towns of North Judson, Hamlet, Winamac, Monterey, Francesville or Medaryville have until Monday, August 1st at Noon to file.

So far, the towns of Hamlet, Winamac, Francesville and Medaryville will be conducting Town Conventions. A Town Convention is held when there is competition between candidates in the same political party for any town office. In the Town of Hamlet, there is a race on the Republican ticket for Clerk-Treasurer and two Town Council seats are contested on the Democrat ticket. In Winamac, there is a race for Clerk-Treasurer on the Republican ticket. In Francesville, there are four people seeking a seat on the Town Council and only three seats are available so one candidate will be eliminated in that Town Convention. In Medaryville, four Democrats filed for a seat on the Town Council and a Town Convention will determine the candidate for that party for the General Election.

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Many Activities are Scheduled Saturday and Sunday in the Kankakee Valley!

Even though Christmas Eve is a few days off, many children in our area will get some gifts early. The Starke County Abate organization will be handing out toys, clothing and food items to 90 families at the Bass Lake Golf Course on Saturday. “It will be at the Bass Lake Golf Course,” said Abate President, Terry Young. “We have 90 families that will be coming out this year. They were all sent out invitations to come. There are 240 kids and all the families will have a turkey and all kinds of gifts. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will also be there.” When it comes to a big heart for children, the 290 members of Abate are in the forefront.

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Starke County Development Foundation Celebrates 25th Anniversary Today

Charles Weaver

Charles Weaver

Today, a gala will be held at the Knox Community Center to celebrate the formation of the Starke County Development Foundation. The program will begin at 12:30 p.m. CT and is open to the public.

Supporting the Development Foundation over the course of 25 years have been our U.S. Representatives who have represented Starke County. They include Republicans John Hiler, Chris Chocola, and Steve Buyer and Democrats Tim Roemer and Joe Donnelly.

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Vernon “Butch” Ketcham

Vernon “Butch” Ketcham, 62, of Peru Indiana, formerly of Hamlet, Indiana, passed away Sunday, December 5th, 2010.  Funeral services will be Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. CT at the Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel.  Visitation is Friday after 5:00 p.m. until the time of services at the Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Funeral Home.

Starke County Commissioners Approve Motion to Close out Federal Grant

Starke County Commissioners

Starke County Commissioners: Kathy Norem, Dan Bridegroom and Jennifer Davis

The Hamlet Infrastructure grant was discussed at the most recent Starke County Commissioners meeting. Starke County Development Foundation Director, Charles Weaver, requested, and received, permission to begin the process to close out the Federal Economic Development Administration Grant. Starke County received almost $2 million dollars from E.D.A. toward the water tower in the Hamlet West Park, the installation of about 2 miles of 12 inch water mains, fire hydrants, and the installation of one mile of sanitary sewer lines to service the industrial area.

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Police Reports

Knox City Police Incident Reports

  • 11/15/10 At 4.54Pm Mondaya vehicle driven by James P. Langdon, 306 Star Court, Knox was driving south bound on US 35 in front of the Zingo gas station and turned left in front of a vehicle driven by by Shawna K. Ard of 5406 S. A. Street, No. Judson.  Langdon stated to police that he was looking ahead to see what pumps were available and did not see the Ard vehicle.  A 14 month old infant in the back seat of the Ard vehicle was transported to Starke Memorial Hospital for observation.  Estimate of damages were five to ten thousand dollars.
  • 11/14/10 Justin Lee Joseph, 6 No. Prettyman St., Knox reported an attempted breaking and entering at his residence.
  • 11/10/10 Next Door Foods US 35, Knox reported an unknown person drove off without paying for gasoline.  Suspect was not located.
  • 11/09/10 Tom Raderstorff reported to KCP that he was watching Tom Belcher’s house on Main St. in Knox while Mr. Belcher was out of town  and discovered that a back door to the home had been kicked in and a television, alcoholic beverages and money had been removed from the residence.  No arrests have been made.
  • 11/09/10 John and Clayton Poindexter reported to KCP that a brown rottweiler dog had damaged the exterior of a vehicle owned by them.  The owner of the dog has not been identified.
  • 11/09/10 Howard Phillip 904 East Washington St., Knox reported receiving a harassment type phone call.  He has given the caller ID information to the police.
  • 11/09/10 Mitchell G. Dowd 1378 So. 550, Knox reported a fraudulent transaction on his 1st Source debit card.  The fraudulent charge was initiated in Norway and involve a $426.00 dollar transaction.

Knox City Police Arrests

  • 11/14/10 Tammora M. Shei, 601 So. Heaton St., Knox arrested on a charge of conversion.
  • 11/13/10 Mark A. Delen, 4143 So. Grover Avenue, Hammond was arrested for driving while suspended.
  • 11/13/10 Darrick Park Smelser, 424 E. Marion St. Mishawaka was arrested for illegal possession, possession of marijuana, and driving while suspended.
  • 11/13/10 Richard Patrick Selva Jr., PO Box, Knox was arrested on trespass charges.
  • 11/12/10 Matthew M. Lamarr 5220 So. Detroiter St.,No. Judson was arrested for driving while suspended.

Starke County Police News

  • Starke County Police report there have been over 20 deer and car accidents since the 1st of November and would like to remind drivers to be especially careful while driving at night.
  • 11/15/10 Thomas Skibbe, Knox has been arrested on attempted auto theft and attempted burglary charges
  • 11/14/10 Maulik Shah 603 Anchor Ct., Monticello lost control of his 2006 Toyota passenger vehicle striking a guard rail on SR #23.  Shah admitted to traveling at a high rate of speed causing him to lose control of his vehicle.  Damage estimate $2,500.00 to $5,000.00.
  • 11/13/10 Starke County Police responded to the intersection of SR#23 and US 30 based on a 911 call reporting a male running in and out of traffic screaming at motorists as they drove by.  Shortly thereafter a crashed vehicle was discovered wrecked at the intersection of 500NO. and SR#23.  A vehicle check was issued and the registration came back to a Wade Karl Berg.  A witness nearby reported that as police cars came upon the scene they saw a man running from the crash scene into a nearby woods.  The man has not been located.  The vehicle has been impounded and held for further investigation.
  • 11/10/10 Judy Singleton 3155 No. 900 East, Grovertown reported hearing gunshots being fired near her home and the Starke Co. Police Department  responded arresting Eric Scott of 504 No. Starke St. Hamlet for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana with a prior.

Hamlet Police Department News

  • 11/8/2010 Anthony Cilek, 34, 501 E Oak St Hamlet, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery and Resisting Law Enforcement.
  • 11/9/2010 Joanna Elder, 27, 305 W Pearl St. Hamlet, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a syringe and Possession of Methamphetamines.
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