Starke County Youth Club Radiothon to Raise Money, Awareness of After School Programs

Residents can invest in the future of Starke County by making a contribution to the Starke County Youth Club. They’re taking over the WKVI airwaves today for their annual radiothon fundraiser. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says tax-deductible contributions to the local nonprofit can help make changes happen in our community by helping youngsters to find success. Continue reading

Culver Building Trades Open House Scheduled

The Culver building trades class has scheduled an open house for their finished project.

Culver Community Interim Superintendent Chuck Kitchell told the school board this week that the students have completed a garage underneath a small house. The owners wanted a different concept for the project that was selected for this year. Kitchell said it was unique task and the students have done an excellent job in completing the work.

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“Miracle on Ice” Message of Faith, Unity Resonates Today

One of the greatest moments in the history of sports still has implications today, right here in Starke County. That’s the message former WSBT-TV sports anchor Charlie Adams shared during the National Day of Prayer breakfast in Knox yesterday. He’s studied the “Miracle on Ice” at length. It took place in Lake Placid, New York during the 1980 Winter Olympics. An unlikely group of young men, mostly from the Midwest, stunned the world when they beat the Soviet Union’s hockey team during the first game of the medal round . Continue reading

SMART Recovery Family & Friends Support Group Launches Tonight

Starke County Community Corrections is now located in the former jail building. Their office was previously in the Christo’s Plaza on South Heaton Street in Knox.

Starke County Community Corrections is putting its new office space in downtown Knox to use for a new family support group meeting.

The first SMART Recovery Family & Friends meeting will take place this evening from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. at the recently renovated Annex 2 building across from the Starke County Courthouse. Continue reading

Starke County Youth Club Programs Prepare Students for Workforce

The Starke County Youth Club’s after school and summer programs are helping to prepare youngsters in all grade levels for life after graduation. Program Director Melissa Smith-Watkins oversees all six sites. Ultimately she says they want to help Starke County thrive by teaching skills like collaboration, problem solving and goal setting to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Continue reading

Culver BPA Students to Participate in National Competition Next Week

The Culver Community School Board Monday night approved a field trip request for the BPA students to participate in the National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Five students qualified for the event, but due to funding restrictions only three will attend. Culver Middle/High School Principal Brett Berndt said only half of the needed $12,000 has been collected through fundraising efforts. He noted that only one student may get to go if the funds aren’t there.

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Culver Community School Board Accepts Berndt’s Resignation

The Culver Community School Board will be looking for a person to fill the position of middle/high school assistant principal and test coordinator.

The board members on Monday night accepted the resignation of Julie Berndt who occupied those roles at the school corporation. During her career at Culver Community Schools, Berndt served as assistant principal at Culver Elementary, principal at Culver Middle School and principal at Monterey Elementary.

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