Saint Joseph’s College Alumni Hope to Raise $20 Million, Replace School Officials


Saint Joseph’s College’s abrupt decision to suspend operations at the end of the current semester has alumni scrambling to raise the necessary funds to keep the school open. The Alumni Association Board of Directors is hoping to collect $20 million by April 1 through an effort they’re calling the “Involved for Life Fund.” Continue reading

Demotte State Bank Plans Relay for Life Golf Outing


Golfers can take to the links for a good cause Saturday. The Demotte State Bank Relay for Life team is hosting a golf outing at Chesapeake Run Golf Course. There’s still time to sign up or sponsor a hole. All proceeds go to Starke County Relay for Life. Candice Miller says golfers will also have a shot at a large prize. Cambe Chevrolet has donated a new car, and the first golfer to hit a hole-in-one will win it.

The Demotte State Bank team is one of several taking part in the Starke County Relay for Life on June 21 and 22nd at the Hamlet Fairgrounds. Miller says it’s a very family-oriented event that raises money for and awareness of cancer research. She adds it’s special to her for personal reasons because a lot of her family members have been affected by or lost their lives to cancer. Miller is also a cancer survivor. She calls Relay for Life a “really excellent organization” and says she tries to promote it in any way she can.

Stop by Demotte State Bank to sign up for Saturday’s Relay for Life Golf Tournament or to get more information about hole sponsorship opportunities.



Haunted Corn Maze to Scare Most this Weekend


The Fisher family and the DeMotte State Bank Relay for Life team are teaming up to present a haunted corn maze this weekend.

The Fisher family puts together one of the best corn mazes in the area and they work hard to make it a scary experience for all who dare to enter.

The corn maze is at 1202 E. 200 S. in Knox and will be open Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 until 11 p.m. CT and on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are available for $5.00 at the DeMotte State Bank and at the gate.

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DeMotte State Bank Holding School Supply Drive

DeMotte State Bank in Knox has announced they will be sponsoring a School Supply Drive throughout the month of July, collecting items to donate to schools in the community to help kids fill their backpacks in preparation for the upcoming school year. The bank is looking for any kind of school supplies that might be included on supply lists for school, such as pencils, crayons, markers, paper, scissors and other items.

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Relay for Life Pageant Surpasses $1500 Goal


The inaugural Relay for Life Pageant sponsored by DeMotte State Bank surpassed their every hope, according to Co-director Pamela McDonald. She said with the 33 contestants that turned out, and the more than 200 attendees, the event raised more than their goal of $1500, and the success has pushed them to hold the pageant again next year due to the event’s overwhelming achievement.

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DeMotte State Bank Relay for Life Pageant Draws 33 Contestants


Sunday’s inaugural Relay for Life Pageant, sponsored by DeMotte State Bank, drew an astounding 33 contestants, ranging in age from 1 to 18.

Coordinator Candice Miller hopes to raise $1,500 for cancer research through a combination of entry fees, ticket and concession sales and other donations. Miller says many of the contestants are taking part because proceeds benefit cancer research. That’s also why the DeMotte State Bank is fielding a team. Miller is a cancer survivor, and says many members of the bank’s close-knit staff have been touched by the disease.

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Demotte State Bank Accepting Food Pantry Donations

Community Services of Starke County
Community Services of Starke County

In response to the Starke County Food Pantry’s need for donations, Demotte State Bank is holding a food drive at their Knox location to show their support for Community Services of Starke County’s most popular service. Community Services Director Joan Haugh told the Knox City Council in February that roughly 951 families per month visit the food pantry, and they need the help of the community to keep their shelves stocked.

Candice Miller of Demotte State Bank said the bank will be accepting donations during their regular business hours, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

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Starke County Relay for Life Pageant Entry Deadline Approaching

 The deadline to register for the First Starke County Relay for Life Pageant is quickly approaching, as Candice Miller from DeMotte State Bank said the deadline of March 29 gives interested individuals just over a week to register.

The pageant will be held on April 21 at 2 p.m. in the family life center at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Knox, where a winner will be crowned in each of four age groups to represent their title and participate at the Starke County Relay for Life Event at the Hamlet fairgrounds in June. All Starke County residents ages 1-18 can participate in the event, with age groups ranging from Teeny Tiny Miss, ages one to three; Tiny Miss, ages four to seven; Little Miss, ages eight to 12; and Miss, ages 13 to 18.

Entry fees are $30 per contestant, and the team is still seeking sponsorships and donations to cover expenses. Applications can be picked up at DeMotte State Bank, or anyone interested can call Pamela McDonald at (574) 806-1143 or Candice Miller at (574) 806-2901.

This is the first Relay for Life pageant of its kind, and Miller said her team is hoping for a successful event. Miller indicated that if the event goes well, DeMotte State Bank would love to make it an annual part of Relay.

Demotte State Bank Officials Warn Residents of Fraudulent Text Messages

A fraudulent text message involving Demotte State Bank is making the rounds again.

If you receive a text message saying your Demotte State Bank card has been deactivated and to call the number included in the text, do not call that number and do not give out any information.

If you have released information, call your banking center immediately.

Fraudulent Text Message Sent to Starke County Residents

If you get a text message from a source that suggests you may have an issue with an account with Demotte State Bank, it is fraudulent. Carla Musial from the Demotte State Banking branch in Knox stated that the text message will give the recipient a phone number to call and the number directs that recipient to another source. She urges you to ignore this text message and do not divulge any banking or other personal information to this source as it is fraudulent.

DeMotte State Bank Declares Mexico Lindo Give Back Night A Success

Demotte State Bank Team Captain Candice Miller
Demotte State Bank Team Captain Candice Miller
The DeMotte State Bank Relay for Life team held a fundraiser over the weekend with the help of Mexico Lindo, and sources say the event was an overwhelming success, having raised more than $400 for Relay. DeMotte Team Captain Candice Miller said her team was out in force helping to serve customers, and while it was something she’s not used to, she had a blast.

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Mexico Lindo, Demotte State Bank Team Up For Relay Give-Back Night

Demotte State Bank Team Captain Candice Miller

The Relay for Life event is only getting closer, and teams are preparing their fundraisers for the year to ensure efforts kick off to a great start. The Demotte State Bank Relay Team has announced two fundraisers planned in the near future with proceeds from the events going toward Starke County Relay for Life.

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Demotte State Bank Warns Customers of Scam

The Indiana State Police received complaints today regarding a fraud alert from Demotte State Bank. According to a press release, the bank’s name is being used in a “phishing scam” to gain information from unsuspecting victims.

Northwest Indiana residents, especially those with Verizon telephone numbers, are receiving an automated message using a woman’s voice that their debit or credit card has been compromised. She then asks you to verify your account number and other information by having you go through a series of automated prompting questions. The numbers that will show up on your phone or caller ID are from out of state.

This is a phishing exploit to trick people into revealing personal and confidential information. Do not respond to any requests or give them any information. The scammers will likely use this information to withdraw money from your account or obtain credit in your name.

Demotte State Bank DOES NOT contact their customers in this matter. If you have given account or other personal information please contact Demotte State Bank and your local law enforcement immediately.

Counterfeit Money Found in Starke County

Counterfeit $20 bills are circulating around the Starke County area.

Carla Musial from Demotte State Bank told WKVI that they’re the best that she’s seen. A Starke County merchant got one this weekend. While the bills look real, they will mark brown, not yellow, and the hologram is missing along with glitter on the bottom of the bills and a strip.

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