Starke Commissioners to Reorganize, Make Appointments Tonight

The Starke County Commissioners will reorganize for the year when they meet this evening. Republican Kathy Norem returns for another term, alongside Democrat Don Binkley. He was elected two years ago. Republican Charles Chesak will take over the third seat on the county’s executive body. He replaces fellow Republican Kent Danford, who did not seek reelection. Continue reading

Starke County Commissioners Seek Board and Commission Members

starke-county-courthouseThe Starke County Commissioners are looking for local residents to fill seats on various boards and commissions in 2017. Qualifications vary by position and can include political affiliation, professional accreditation or residency. Party affiliation is determined by the most recent primary election in which the individual voted or letter of support provided by the party chairman. Continue reading

Work to Start Soon on Building for Starke County Coroner

starke-county-courthouseThe Starke County Coroner’s Office will soon have a permanent location. The county commissioners Thursday voted to hire Royal Star Builder to construct a pole barn-style structure with a poured concrete floor near the Starke County Jail for a cost of $35,000. The contractor agreed to pour the floor and lay the posts right away in case the weather turns bad. He advised the project should be complete by Dec. 1. Continue reading

Starke County Accepts Ownership of San Pierre Building

The former San Pierre Bank building in its glory days. Photo courtesy of the Starke County Historical Society
The former San Pierre Bank building in its glory days. Photo courtesy of the Starke County Historical Society

Starke County will soon be able to proceed with the demolition of a dilapidated building. The commissioners Monday evening agreed to accept the transfer of title to the former Bank of San Pierre at the northwest corner of Broadway and Eliza Streets. It has been vacant for several years, and the county has installed barriers around the structure due to crumbling brick. Continue reading