Building Corporation, Commissioners Discuss Courthouse Renovations

starke-county-courthouseMoney to renovate the second floor of the Starke County Courthouse could come from the county economic development income tax funds used to pay for the new jail. At that time the existing jail across from the courthouse will be renovated to accommodate Starke County Community Corrections and the probation department. Plans call for the prosecutor’s office to move from the basement of the current jail into the courthouse and the current clerk’s office to be renovated. Continue reading

Starke County Commissioners to Discuss Space for Coroner, Plans for Current Jail

starke-county-courthouseStarke County Coroner-elect Adam Gray will provide a report to the commissioners today on his quest to find suitable space for a county morgue. The commissioners previously told him to meet with the county building inspector to see if suitable space is available in any of the county-owned buildings. Gray will be the first non-funeral director in several years to serve as Starke County Coroner. In the past, the funeral directors have used their facilities for storage and viewing. Continue reading

Voter Registration Open Now, Ends Oct. 6

Voter registration is open now until Monday, Oct. 6 at the end of the business day at the county courthouses.

If you need to register to vote or have questions about your current registration, call the Starke County clerk’s office at (574) 772-9160 or the Pulaski County clerk’s office at (574) 946-3313.

Absentee voting in Starke County and in Pulaski County begins Oct. 7.

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LeRoy Gudeman Retires from Law Practice after 57 Years

LeRoy Gudeman

LeRoy Gudeman

After having a long, successful law practice in Starke County, LeRoy Gudeman has decided to retire.

Gudeman worked by himself out of the same building across the street from the Starke County Courthouse in downtown Knox since moving to the area in 1957. He has been a part of the community in many activities and has been on the Kankakee Valley Broadcasting board of directors that oversees operations at WKVI for many years.

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Welcome Home Heroes Parade


Women and men from all across our nation have been putting their lives on the line to defend the United States of America for centuries. The city of Knox is teaming up with the St. Joe Valley Blue Star Mothers of Indiana #6 to honor those heroes with a welcome home parade. It will take place on Sept. 13th. Continue reading

Early Voting for the May Primary Election is Still Available

Early voting for the May Primary Election continues. The last day to vote absentee is Monday, May 5.

Early voting in Pulaski County is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET until May 2. You may vote in the Pulaski County Courthouse each day with the exception of this Friday. This Friday is Good Friday and the courthouse will be closed.

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Public Testing of Voting Machines Set for April 7

The public testing of voting machines will take place on Monday, April 7 at 10 a.m. CT on the second floor of the Starke County Courthouse.

Starke County Election Board officials encourage you to get acquainted with the electronic Microvote machines before you cast your important ballot in the May 6 Primary Election.

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Walorski Staff Member to Hold Office Hours in Starke County

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski announced yesterday that a member of her staff will be in Knox to assist constituents with casework and official business. The staff member will hold officer hours on Monday, Aug. 26 in the commissioner’s office on the first floor of the Starke County Courthouse.

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Absentee Voting Available Today at Starke County Courthouse

Absentee voting is available in the Starke County Courthouse today from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m.

Voters in the Knox Community School District are examining a referendum question on the ballot that asks permission to move forward with a construction project at the Palmer Wing of the Knox Elementary School.

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Starke County Courthouse History Video to Be Presented at Library

Starke County Courthouse

Starke County Courthouse

While the majority of Starke County residents have at least visited the county courthouse at some point, most of them don’t know just how interesting a lot of its history can be. Starke County Historian Ed Hasnerl visited Tom Berg in the WKVI Studio this week to spread the word about the upcoming presentation at the Henry F. Schricker Public Library detailing the interesting items and history of the Starke County Courthouse.

Hasnerl said the presentation will be held on April 18 as part of National Library Week April 14–20 at the library, where a video will be shown with loads of information and history. Hasnerl said that even those who visit the courthouse on a regular basis are surprised by some of the things they’ve learned from the video.

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Voting Machines Prepared for Election Day

Representatives from Microvote were in the Starke County Courthouse Wednesday to help prepare the voting machines for the upcoming special election.

Mike Miller, a customer service representative for the company, explained what they did to help prepare for the May 7 election.

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Courthouse Tours Offered This Weekend

Starke County Courthouse

With the Harvest Days Festival just a week away, courthouse tours are set to begin this weekend, offering a unique look at the 115-year-old Starke County Courthouse.

The tours are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These tours have been conducted since 1994, and during that time, more than 5000 people have visited the courthouse’s eight floors and watched as the clock and bell ring out, tolling the time to the residents of Knox.

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Crane To Be Employed For Repairs At Starke County Courthouse

The courthouse tower was damaged by Tuesday morning's storms.

Trees blew down around the Starke County Courthouse Tuesday morning and according to Maintenance Director Carl Goodrich, there was damage to the courthouse tower.

“This outfit from Wabash, Atlas Engineering, they came and checked out the structural parts of the tower and that seemed to be okay,” explained Goodrich. “The only thing that really sustained damage was the tile and the capping up there [on the tower]. They’re going to give me an estimate, by Monday hopefully, and see what the repairs are going to cost.”

The repairs need to be done at the very top of the courthouse, which stands over 150 feet tall. That work will be done by crane.

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Wreaths Laid at Starke County Courthouse Memorial

Taps is played after wreaths are laid at the Starke County Courthouse Memorial

Wreaths were laid at the Starke County Courthouse military memorial yesterday as part of the Wreaths Around America program. Wreaths, which were donated by Hensler’s Nursery, were laid in the ceremony yesterday that involved both American Legion and VFW members.

Honored were our nation’s war heroes both past and present.

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Santa Claus Comes to Town!

Santa Claus arrived in Knox for the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony

Santa Claus arrived right on time yesterday afternoon for the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Starke County Courthouse. Accompanied by several beautiful young ladies from the recent Miss South Bend/Kankakee Valley pageant, Santa came in on a Knox-Center Township Fire Department fire truck.

On the count of three, Mayor Rick Chambers flipped the switch on the Christmas tree and proclaimed the Christmas season’s beginning.

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Knox Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is Sunday

The Knox Christmas tree lighting ceremony is Sunday, November 27th.

Prior to the tree lighting, the firefighters from the Knox-Center Township Fire Department will parade its fleet of trucks on Main Street at approximately 4:30 p.m. The parade will end at the Starke County Courthouse in the downtown area. The firemen will be delivering Santa Claus to the tree lighting ceremony that will begin at 5:00 p.m. on the Courthouse Square.

The Starke County Choralaires will be singing Christmas carols during the event. Immediately following the tree lighting ceremony, Santa will make his way to the Knox Community Center where he will hear what children want for Christmas. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

Knox Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Scheduled for November 27th

The Knox Christmas tree lighting ceremony is on Sunday, November 27th.

Prior to the tree lighting, the Knox-Center Township Fire Department will be sponsoring a Christmas Parade. The fire trucks will leave the South Side Fire Station at approximately 4:30 p.m. and travel north on Main Street to the Starke County Courthouse in the downtown area. The firemen will be delivering Santa Claus to the tree lighting ceremony on the Courthouse Square at 5:00 p.m.

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Voter Turnout Could be Low in the Municipal Election in Starke County

Starke County Clerk Evelyn Skronski

Only five contested races on the ballots could mean a low turnout in next Tuesday’s municipal elections in Starke County.

Starke County Clerk Evelyn Skronski was asked how the absentee balloting was going.

“We’ve had three full days and 21 hours and we’ve had 25 voters so it’s slow,” she said.

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Starke County Jail Commitee Meets

Starke County Jail

The Starke County Jail Committee met Friday afternoon at the Starke County Courthouse. The committee has been assembled to look at options for building a new, or renovate, the troubled Starke County Jail.

The committee concentrated on the Needs Assessment Study on Friday and were left with assignments to complete before the next meeting on November 14th.

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