Starke County Welcomes Indiana Bicentennial Torch

Retired Starke Circuit Judge Marvin McLaughlin passes the Indiana Bicentennial Torch to George Ono at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson.
Retired Starke Circuit Judge Marvin McLaughlin passes the Indiana Bicentennial Torch to George Ono at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson.

Starke County rolled out the red carpet to welcome the Indiana Bicentennial Torch last evening. It visited Bass Lake, North Judson, Toto and Knox on its journey. Along the way it was carried by 20 notable community members on everything from a steam train to an antique fire truck to a bicycle before being placed in the  Knox Volunteer Fire Department’s rescue boat for its final stop at Wythogan Park. Continue reading

Bicentennial Torch Celebration Planned Tonight at Wythogan Park

torchrealy_logo_final-00000002Starke County will mark its place in Indiana history today when the state bicentennial torch comes through the county. Celebration coordinator Dave Pearman says the intent of the 92 county torch relay and yearlong observance is to have every Hoosier take part in the festivities. The torch will come up U.S. 35 from Pulaski into Starke County around 4:30 p.m. CDT and will be shepherded through 20 marked spots by prominent members of the community or their representatives. Continue reading

Starke County Park Board Reevaluating Five-Year Plan

starke-county-courthouseEfforts to create a five-year plan for Starke County park facilities have hit a bit of an obstacle. The Starke County Park Board had been discussing the possibility of getting a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to help pay for the planning process. But to qualify for the grant, the county would have to prove that residents’ incomes fall beneath a certain threshold. Continue reading

Knox Mayor Elaborates on Performance Stage Plans

Wythogan Park Performance Stage rendering
This rendering of the performance stage in Wythogan Park shows the location of the proposed amenity to the northeast of the entrance facing U.S. 35.

Knox Mayor Dennis Estok is turning his focus to building an ampitheatre at Wythogan Park now that the splash pad is complete. During last night’s town hall meeting, Estok said the new amenity has been an unparalleled success. Continue reading

Knox Mayor Unveils Performance Stage Rendering, Seeks Input

Wythogan Park Performance Stage renderingKnox Mayor Dennis Estok is ready to focus on the next planned Wythogan Park improvement. He shared a rendering of the proposed band stage with the city council Tuesday evening. The 18×30 foot structure will sit in the grassy area between the park entrance and the splash pad. Estok wants to use local fieldstones for the retaining walls and columns to mirror the columns at the park’s entrance. Continue reading

WoodStarke Planning Continues

WoodStarke logoPlans are moving ahead for the third annual WoodStarke festival. Visitors to this September’s event in Wythogan Park in Knox can expect to see several musical acts and various types of artwork, including woodcarving, photography, and painting. Organizer Jacob Lippner says there are even plans to work with library representatives to incorporate the written word into WoodStarke 3. Continue reading

Knox Eases Into Golf Cart Ordinance Enforcement


Knox residents whose golf carts are equipped with headlights and taillights will be allowed to drive them to Wythogan Park for Saturday’s events leading up to the fireworks show. However, they will still be charged the $10 per vehicle gate fee to get in and will not be allowed to drive their carts around the park while the activities are going on. Continue reading