Oregon-Davis Seeks Input on Changes to School Calendar, Start Times

The Oregon-Davis School Corporation is considering changes to its school calendar. Oregon-Davis is in its second year of using the balanced calendar, but now the corporation says it’s researching various options. A range of factors are being considered, including the Starke County 4-H fair, high-stakes testing, and the overall “academic and social growth of all Oregon-Davis students.” Continue reading

Starke County Fair and 4-H Get $10,000 from Rural Cooperatives

Kankakee Valley REMC Director of Marketing and Communications Amanda Steeb presents the grant to Starke County Fair Board Treasurer Beverly Albright
Kankakee Valley REMC Director of Marketing and Communications Amanda Steeb presents the grant to Starke County Fair Board Treasurer Beverly Albright

The Starke County Fair and 4-H program have received $10,000 in grant funding, thanks to Kankakee Valley REMC and CoBank. Kankakee Valley REMC says its $5,000 donation is just the latest part of its regular support of county fairs in Starke, Pulaski, LaPorte, and Porter counties.  Continue reading

WKVIdol Deadline Extension

wkvidolHaven’t had a chance to make your submission for WKVIdol yet? Don’t fret, the deadline has been extended to allow more children the chance to compete in this year’s singing contest at the Starke County 4-H Fair. Though the deadline has been extended, you should still get your entries in as soon as possible in order to ensure your spot in the competition on Monday, July 13 at 8 pm in the show arena. Continue reading

$500 Grant Awarded to Bella Vita

[front]: Sarah Dedloff, Lorie Reading, Sarah Origer & Rachel Lenig [back]: Jay Albert
[front]: Sarah Dedloff, Lorie Reading, Sarah Origer & Rachel Lenig
[back]: Jay Albert
The local pregnancy resource center, Bella Vita, was graciously awarded a grant of $500 yesterday. Thursday afternoon representatives from the Starke County Community Foundation, Director of Development Sarah Origer and their intern Rachel Lenig as well as the Northern Indiana Community Foundation Executive Director Jay Albert presented the money to Bella Vita representatives, Center Director Sarah Dedloff and Executive Director Lorie Reading. Continue reading

WKVIdol Final Call!

wkvidolAspiring young singers throughout the Kankakee Valley have until the close of business hours tomorrow to enter the second annual WKVIdol competition. Kids ranging from ages 7 through 18 have the chance to showcase their talent during this singing competition scheduled for Monday, July 13 at 8 pm in the show arena at the Starke County 4-H fair. Continue reading

Volunteers Needed for the Starke County Career Success Coalition 4-H Fair Booth


The 4-H fair is scheduled to start soon and the Starke County Career Success Coalition is looking for volunteers willing to help run their booth in the commercial building from 7:30 to 10 pm during fair week, July 13th through the 17th. The objective of the coalition is to provide easier access to higher education to local adults and recent graduates. One specific goal the coalition hopes to reach is that 25% of local students finish college by 2025. Continue reading

WKV-Idol Last Call

 Do you have what it takes to make it as a singer? Here’s a chance to show off your skills! WKVI is hosting a singing competition for kids at the upcoming Starke County 4-H fair.

The deadline to submit entries for the competition is Thursday, July 3. Continue reading

WKVIdol Competition Planned During Starke County Fair

 WKVI is sponsoring a singing competition for youngsters during the Starke County Fair. WKVIdol will take place Monday, July 14 at 8 p.m. at the fairgrounds. The competition will be divided into three age groups: ages 7-10, 11-14 and 15-18. Each age group will have a maximum of four contestants. The first step for would-be contestants is to submit a 1 minute singing demo with your name, address, email and telephone number. You can drop it off at the station on a compact disc or other digital media file or email an mp3 to wkvidol@wkvi.com. Please list the top three family-friendly songs you would like to perform. Duplicate songs will not be allowed, so the sooner you submit your demo, the greater your chances of getting to sing your favorite song for the competition. Continue reading

Starke County Fair Chamber Wheel Exceeds Fundraising Goal

The chamber prize wheels at the Starke County 4-H Fair proved once again to be popular attractions, raising a combined total of $724 to support the promotion of local businesses. Contestants paid either 50 cents or $1 per spin, with prizes ranging from ink pens, toys and candy to Indiana Beach tickets and refurbished computers. Every spin produced a winner, based on the slot on which the wheel landed. A total of 48 Starke County Chamber of Commerce member businesses donated items for the giveaways. Chamber director Debbie Mix says the fundraiser far exceeded its original goal of $550, thanks to the efforts of nine chamber board members and representatives from six additional chamber members to staff the booth each night of the fair.

Starke County 4-H Fair Officially Opens Today


The Starke County 4-H Fair officially kicks off today at the fairgrounds in Hamlet!

The 4-H club parade begins at 6 p.m. which will be immediately followed by the opening ceremonies in the show arena. The 4-H club and 4-H leader recognitions will be made along with the announcement of fair board scholarships and Junior Leader scholarships. Ten-year members will be recognized and the 4-H Junior Leader Achievement Royalty will be named.

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