Longtime Starke County Courthouse Custodian Retires

Longtime Starke County Courthouse custodian Carl Goodrich prepares to cut his retirement carrot cake, which was a gift from the county commissioners.

Longtime Starke County Courthouse custodian Carl Goodrich prepares to cut his retirement carrot cake, which was a gift from the county commissioners.

An employee of Starke County for more than four decades retired yesterday from what was supposed to have been a temporary job. Gerald Ford was in the White House and gas was 55-cents a gallon when Carl Goodrich took over as courthouse custodian on Nov. 26, 1974. Continue reading

Starke County Offices Closed for Jail Grand Opening

starke-county-courthouseStarke County government offices will be closed for awhile today so employees can attend the grand opening ceremony for the new jail. The program gets under way at noon at the site east of Knox on State Road 8 and 550 East. The Starke County Courthouse, annex and highway garage will be closed from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The public is invited to the building dedication gala and memorial garden ceremony. Tours will be offered until at least 6 p.m. after the formal program concludes, and Sheriff Bill Dulin and his command staff will be on hand to answer questions. Food will also be served. Continue reading

Starke County Commissioners Hire Courthouse Custodian

starke-county-courthouseThe Starke County Courthouse will soon have a new custodian. The county commissioners Monday hired Mike Gerhart to fill the opening created by the retirement of longtime caretaker Carl Goodrich. His last day with the county is June 4, which was previously proclaimed “Carl Goodrich Day” by the commissioners in honor of his more than 40 years of service. Continue reading

Starke County Commissioners Want Formal Bid Process for Courthouse Repairs

starke-county-courthouseThe two quotes for tuckpointing at the Starke County courthouse are so widely varied in terms of price the commissioners have decided to go through a formal bid process for the work. They plan to ask the contractors who are completing the new jail to put together bid packets for the scope of the project. It includes masonry repair from the top of the clock tower to the basement, electrical and plumbing upgrades and the remodeling of space on the second floor to accommodate the prosecutor’s office. It’s currently in the basement of the existing jail across the street. That building will be remodeled after the inmates move out and will eventually be home to Starke County Community Corrections and the probation office. Continue reading

Courthouse Repairs on Starke County Commissioners Agenda

starke-county-courthouseThe Starke County Commissioners should have a better idea how much repairs to the courthouse will cost after their meeting tonight. They’ve asked for quotes on tuckpointing the brick in order to set a budget for the work. Fixing the masonry is one of several repairs that need to be made to the historic structure. Wiring needs to be upgraded, and the roof needs to be fixed as well. Continue reading

New Jail Nearly Finished

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeThe new Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center will be finished in time for the May 22nd public dedication ceremony. Contractors are working through punch lists now for the new building east of Knox on State Road 8 and should have the final repairs done by the end of next week. Any lingering issues should be addressed before inmates move in on June 1st. Continue reading

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 a.m.to 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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