The Town Convention in Hamlet has one less candidate to choose from.
According to information provided by the Starke County Clerk’s Office, Tamara Brantley has withdrawn her name from the ballot. She was previously running for the Hamlet Council Ward 3 seat.
The Town of Hamlet wants to move their polling site to a newly constructed facility.
During Monday morning’s Starke County Election Board meeting, the request was reviewed. The Election Board says that although Hamlet has already voted on the move, the change must also be approved at the County level.
The Hamlet Davis Township Volunteer Fire Department is ready to dedicate their newly constructed facility.
The Oregon-Davis School Corporation will have a new look on the World Wide Web.
A launch date for an updated website has not yet been determined, but the school board reviewed the design and content during Wednesday night’s meeting.
Plans for a new 9,300 square foot fire station in downtown Hamlet will be presented during a public meeting this evening at 6 p.m. at the existing fire hall on Pearl Street. Continue reading
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Hamlet Town Board members approved next year’s salary ordinance at their meeting Tuesday night. The salary ordinance has not changed in three years. The employees have not been given a raise in three years.
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: 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.