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

Starke County Community Foundation Gives Generously to Local Organizations


A number of charitable organizations are on the receiving end of more than $40,000 in grants from the Starke County Community Foundation. The gifts are made possible through the foundation’s endowment fund, which is supported by gifts to the SCCF. The money is invested. Each year some of the interest goes back into the fund to help it grow, while some is given locally in the form of scholarships and grants. Continue reading

Starke County 4-H Director Receives Youth Development Program Award

A Starke County 4-H extension director was recently awarded the 2013 4-H Youth Development Successful Program Award at the Purdue Extension Professional Development Conference. Elisabeth L. Smith, Starke County Extension director and Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development, earned the award, which was created to honor individuals across the state of Indiana who have excelled in the promotion and marketing of the 4-H youth organization.

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Starke County 4-H Youth, Adult Volunteers Honored

Several youth and adult volunteers were honored by the Starke County 4-H program as they celebrated the accomplishments of the volunteers from the 2013 program year. Among those honored was Wayne Emigh, who was recognized for his 65 years of dedication and commitment to the program, having most recently served as the electric project leader.

Sarah Gillard was named the Outstanding 4-H Leader for 2013. Gillard, the Shooting Sports leader, was nominated for this award by other 4-H volunteers and 4-H members, and was chosen by a committee of 4-H Extension educators from across the state.

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Starke, Pulaski County 4-Hers do Well at State Fair

Several area 4-Hers have done well on their projects at the Indiana State Fair.

The following Starke County 4-Hers received a Merit Ribbon for their projects: Mason Awald for his Electric project, Samuel Back for his Weather project, Alex Haney on a Foods project, Haley Hartmann for Cat Posters, Alivia Hesters for Foods, Rachel Lenig for foods, Gage Minix for Crafts and Shooting Sports Education, Hanna Shidler for Home Environment and Mia Shively for Photography.

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Ted Hayes Remembers Don Paul

Don Paul, Sr.

“We lost a good man last week,” said Ted Hayes. “Don Paul was one of those guys who was a good husband, a good father, and a good grandfather. He was good for 4-H in Starke County having devoted thousands of hours in his lifetime to making sure 4-Hers had good guidance, and better still, a good role model.”

“But when I think of Don Paul, I will remember him as a great team-mate with his wife, Mabel. If you know Mabel as I do, you know she’s a take charge woman in a good way. And that was alright with Don because he was always there for her. Her accomplishments, which were many, made him so proud.”

“I remember the night Mabel was honored with the Schricker Award. There wasn’t a person in the room who was happier for her, than her husband Don.”

“And his grandchildren, well, his shirt buttons popped when mentioning their accomplishments.”

“Yes, we lost a good man last week. He’ll be missed by all who knew him. But we were all richer because he lived among us. We were all richer because of the example he set.”