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County starts facing summer issues at Bass Lake

May 20, 2014

BASS LAKE — Each summer the Starke County Commission addresses a number of issues at Bass Lake, and it appears this year will be no exception.

RadioThon raises $42K for youth club

May 16, 2014

STARKE CO. — The Starke County Youth Club (SCYC) recently hosted the seventh annual RadioThon at WKVI Radio to raise funds for SCYC programs. This year’s fundraiser resulted in hundreds of people pledging their support, raising more than $42,000 for SCYC.
“This day is an inspiring and validating experience,” said SCYC Executive Director Irene Szakonyi. “It shows how people appreciate the work that SCYC does. But more than that, it’s an active expression of how much our community values its youth. We’re so thankful for each generous gift.”

Knox student receives sweet treat for doing right thing

May 7, 2014

KNOX — Knox Community Elementary fourth grader Ismael DeLara reads a card he received last Thursday (April 24) from the employees of the Starke County Public Library in Knox. DeLara found an envelope in February containing more than $90 and turned it into the circulation desk at the Knox Library branch.
See this week's edition of The Leader for full story.

Former Starke resident brings inspiration to prayer breakfast

May 7, 2014

KNOX — Rich Wallen returned to his hometown to bring a message of inspiration through his words and music at the annual Prayer Breakfast held Thursday, May 1 at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center. The local event is held each year in observance of the National Day of Prayer and hosted by Knox Mayor Rick Chambers at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center.
The room was packed with people from all faiths, representing area churches, businesses and government officials.

Knox High School recognized nationally

May 7, 2014

KNOX — “We have great kids in Knox,” said Dr. Elizabeth Ratliff, principal of Knox High School. “In the end, it’s the students who allowed us to be recognized in national rankings.” She was speaking about the national bronze medal ranking KHS received in a report recently released by U.S. News and World Report on best high schools.
Out of 31,242 high schools nationally, only 4,707 were ranked as gold, silver or bronze. In Indiana, KHS was one of only 127 schools recognized, with four gold medal schools, 41 silver and 82 bronze medal schools. The report was based on 2011-2012 data.

Sen. Arnold updates Chamber members at May breakfast

May 7, 2014

STARKE Co. — Members of the Starke County Chamber of Commerce learned more about recently passed State legislation at their quarterly education breakfast in May. State Senator Jim Arnold presented information on bills that were approved during the 2014 General Assembly. State representatives Doug Gutwein and Tom Dermody also attended the event.
Of the 860 bills filed, 223, or 25 percent, were sent to the Governor. “There were two main issues,” said Arnold. “The Governor wanted to eliminate the business personal property tax, and a summer study group will be looking at its effects.”

Dulin, Bope, Binkley win key races in primary

May 7, 2014

The results of two races, Starke County Sheriff and Starke County Commissioner District 2, were being closely watched as Starke County Democrats gathered to wait on Primary Election results. When the final tally was in, some were surprised at the results of the commissioner’s race.
Don Binkley, a newcomer to local politics, defeated former Knox Mayor and State Representative Nancy Dembowski by only 126 votes. The final tally was Binkley-1,374 and Dembowski-1,248.

ISP offers planting season driving tips

April 28, 2014

LOWELL — The Indiana State Police would like to remind citizens that the farm planting season is here and often requires large farm machinery to be on the road. This requires drivers in rural areas to be alert to the possibility of encountering slow moving farm machines. Motorists should be prepared to slow or stop to avoid a collision with a farm machine turning into a field or driveway.
Tips for farmers and rural drivers:
• Farm machinery can unexpectedly turn onto a public road from a field or driveway. It is important for everyone to have patience and share the road.

Pulaski Extension Chords biennial concert

April 28, 2014

WINAMAC — The Pulaski County Extension Chords will be performing their biennial concert "Windows 2014" Saturday, May 3 at the Winamac High School Socialtorium. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. Central/7 p.m. Eastern time.
The concert is expected to be a fun evening of music and comedy.

All aboard the easter train

April 11, 2014

NORTH JUDSON — The Easter Train will be riding the rails once again. This year's train will depart Saturday, April 19 from the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum. The easter train journey will be the first excursion for the 2014 season.

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