Knox Mayor Hopes to Reopen City Skate Park Soon

A popular amenity in Wythogan Park should be open again this spring. The skate park closed last July amid safety concerns over the wood ramps. During a recent appearance on WKVI’s “Grossman in the Morning” Mayor Dennis Estok said upgrade plans are in the works as the Knox Park Board’s funds allow. He says they intend to buy a new piece of equipment each year as funds allow. Continue reading

Peppermint Parade Returns to Downtown Knox Today

Santa Claus
Santa Claus

Santa Claus is coming to town today as part of the downtown Knox Peppermint Parade’s return. The jolly old elf will lead the procession through town at 2 p.m. to his house at Wythogan Park, where he will visit with children of all ages as they enjoy cookies, cocoa and s’mores leading up to the 5 p.m. lighting of the town’s Christmas tree. Horse-drawn carriage rides will also be offered Continue reading

Starke County Welcomes Indiana Bicentennial Torch

Retired Starke Circuit Judge Marvin McLaughlin passes the Indiana Bicentennial Torch to George Ono at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson.
Retired Starke Circuit Judge Marvin McLaughlin passes the Indiana Bicentennial Torch to George Ono at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson.

Starke County rolled out the red carpet to welcome the Indiana Bicentennial Torch last evening. It visited Bass Lake, North Judson, Toto and Knox on its journey. Along the way it was carried by 20 notable community members on everything from a steam train to an antique fire truck to a bicycle before being placed in the  Knox Volunteer Fire Department’s rescue boat for its final stop at Wythogan Park. Continue reading

Bicentennial Torch Celebration Planned Tonight at Wythogan Park

torchrealy_logo_final-00000002Starke County will mark its place in Indiana history today when the state bicentennial torch comes through the county. Celebration coordinator Dave Pearman says the intent of the 92 county torch relay and yearlong observance is to have every Hoosier take part in the festivities. The torch will come up U.S. 35 from Pulaski into Starke County around 4:30 p.m. CDT and will be shepherded through 20 marked spots by prominent members of the community or their representatives. Continue reading

Starke County Park Board Reevaluating Five-Year Plan

starke-county-courthouseEfforts to create a five-year plan for Starke County park facilities have hit a bit of an obstacle. The Starke County Park Board had been discussing the possibility of getting a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to help pay for the planning process. But to qualify for the grant, the county would have to prove that residents’ incomes fall beneath a certain threshold. Continue reading

Knox Mayor Elaborates on Performance Stage Plans

Wythogan Park Performance Stage rendering
This rendering of the performance stage in Wythogan Park shows the location of the proposed amenity to the northeast of the entrance facing U.S. 35.

Knox Mayor Dennis Estok is turning his focus to building an ampitheatre at Wythogan Park now that the splash pad is complete. During last night’s town hall meeting, Estok said the new amenity has been an unparalleled success. Continue reading