It was 11 years this week that the Starke County Sesquicentennial Kick-Off Dinner was held in North Judson at the Lutheran Education Center. Chief White Eagle and wife Bobbie Bear provided the program. Chief White Eagle had appeared in a number of movies and such television shows as “Bonanza” and “The Lone Ranger.” Also performing was the WKVI Musical Ensemble. WKVI’s Ed Hasnerl was the Master of Ceremonies.
Also in 2000, Norton Manufacturing, located in the Hamlet Industrial Park, was adding a 20,000 square foot addition onto its current structure. The company came to Hamlet in 1997 after operating on the West Coast for over 20 years.
And going way back in time to 1971, the Oak Terrace Motel near Grovertown was destroyed by fire. Twenty-two firemen from the Koontz Lake and Hamlet Fire Departments battled the blaze at the motel for almost two hours before bringing it under control. The fire broke out on March 31st, 1971.