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Cast your ballot, Starke County

June 3, 2014

It's time to cast your ballot, Starke County for the best of the best in our annual "Best of Starke County" promotion.
Ballots can be found inside The Leader newspaper.
Choose who makes the best pizza, sells the best used cars, provides the best beauty treatments and more.
Ballots can be mailed to The Leader 15 North Main Street, Knox, IN 46534.
Ballots can also be dropped off at the Leader office on Main Street.
The office is between Starke County Republican headquarters and Starke County WIC.
If the office is closed, place ballot in the bottom black mailbox on wall outside office.

Free fishing weekend events June 7- 8

June 3, 2014

For Hoosiers who have never cast a fishing line or haven’t cast a line in a while, Free Fishing Weekend, June 7- 8, is a great opportunity.
That's because Indiana's adult residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish Indiana waters during Free Fishing Weekend.
Clint Kowalik, DNR Go FishIN coordinator, suggested several Free Fishing Weekend options for adults and families.
“Go alone to a quiet, secret spot, explore new waters with your family, or take a kid to a local fishing derby or city park pond," Kowalik said.

SCEM warns of pending severe weather

June 3, 2014

Starke County Emergency Management (SCEM)has reported fairly widespread severe weather is likely during the day tomorrow. Strong and severe thunderstorms are a possibility early Wednesday with more severe thunderstorms possible during the afternoon.
SCEM reports a powerful line of severe thunderstorms (squall line or possibly even a derecho) is expected to plow through Indiana and Western Ohio at some point tomorrow with widespread damaging winds. Large hail and a few isolated tornadoes may also be possible.

School's out!

June 3, 2014

County Highway announces summer road improvements

June 3, 2014

The 2014 road improvement plans were presented to the Starke County Commission Monday, June 2. Rik Ritzler, Starke County Highway superintendent, said, “We have been able to increase from an estimated 138 miles to around 145 miles thanks to savings in fuel and maintenance costs.”
The road selection process is based upon specific road condition criteria, not specific individual requests.
“All townships are well represented on the list,” added Ritzler. “The San Pierre area has the most roads on the list primarily based on past neglect. The roads in this area rated the poorest.”

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.

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