Knox Officials Seek Two More Eye Sores to Demolish with Remaining Blight Elimination Funds

With money remaining from the Blight Elimination Grant, Knox officials are looking for a few more eye sores to get rid of within the city limits.

In his report during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston stated that about $36,000 is left over from that grant.

Mayor Dennis Estok added that they can afford to eliminate two more structures and encouraged anyone who owns a blighted or abandoned building to contact his office as soon as possible. Continue reading

Winamac Town Council Considers Tax Abatement Requests from Standard Industrial

A public hearing over tax abatement requests from Standard Industrial was held during the Winamac Town Council meeting Monday night.

No public comments were provided but President Bryce Brumm spoke during the hearing and provided a bit of background information about his company.

He stated they began in 2004 with distribution and started manufacturing in January of 2015. Over the last three years, the company has seen some significant growth, going from 8 people initially to 38 employees today.

Brumm said he expects even more development in the coming year and he wants to make sure the Town of Winamac will see the benefits since manufacturing is a highly competitive market in the area. Continue reading

Recipient of Starke County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Announced

Madeline Krueger

A graduating senior student from Knox Community High School has been chosen as the 2019 Starke County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Madeline Krueger will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the Indiana college or university of her choice. She’ll also get a $900 yearly stipend to cover the costs of required books and equipment.

According to a press release from the Starke County Community Foundation, Madeline plans to study Civil Engineering at Purdue University West Lafayette. Continue reading

South Bend TV Station among Organizations Targeted in Unsubstantiated Bomb Threat Scare

The WNDU Studios in South Bend had to be evacuated Thursday after an emailed bomb threat was received. Our reporting partners at WNDU say that numerous police units responded and no credible threat was found during a search of the building.

They went on to say that dozens of bomb threats were reportedly sent to news outlets, government buildings, banks, libraries, schools and other businesses across the country, according to NBC News. Continue reading

Winamac Town Council Considers Bids for Cemetery Mowing Contract

Winamac Town Council members opened bids for the Town’s cemetery mowing contract when they met Monday night. Council President Tom Murray opened the bids and read them into the record. However, he ran into a bit of an issue with identifying who the first bid was from.

Murray stated, “This first bid is for $2,650 per time.” Town Manager Brad Zellers inquired about the bidder and Murray replied, “There’s no name on it, there’s a date of estimate and it has a phone number on it but no name.” Continue reading

Knox City Council Authorizes Housing Rehabilitation Grant Application to be Submitted

A resolution authorizing a grant to be submitted to the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority was approved by Knox City Council members Tuesday night.

Mayor Dennis Estok explained that officials will be applying for an owner-occupied housing rehabilitation grant that is geared toward helping low and moderate income individuals as well as those with disabilities.

Mayor Estok indicated that the funding would help offset the cost of various rehabilitation projects including those that have to do with electricity, plumbing or roof work. Continue reading

Contractors Interested in Bidding on Winamac Wastewater Project to Meet with Project Officials Today

Contractors interested in bidding on the Town of Winamac’s wastewater project will be meeting project officials today, according to Town Manager Brad Zellers.

He told Council members Monday night, “Contractors that are interested in bidding, and there are three this time, they’ll be here to go over any questions that they would have for the engineers and that type of thing just so they know how to throw their price at it.” Continue reading

NJ Police Officers Fine Tune Skills to Move Department Toward Self-Sufficiency

North Judson Town Marshal Kelly Fisher talked with town council members last week about how NJPD is working to achieve self-sufficiency.

She noted, “We’d like to get our department pretty much self-sufficient to where we could do all of our training in-house. We’ve got our training center there at the PD now.”

Marshal Fisher highlighted a few ways they’re accomplishing that feat. Continue reading

Volunteers Work Hard on Greenhouse for Ken Craig Community Garden, Fundraiser Planned for February

The Ken Craig Community Garden had a very successful summer of supplying fresh food to community members and various local organizations. Representatives report that they’ll be able to support even more growth in the future thanks to a grant provided by the Starke County Community Foundation.

Ever since funds from the Foundation were received back in October, garden volunteers have been racing against the cold weather to get a greenhouse put in place. They’ve made significant strides over the last few months. Continue reading

Students at St. Peter Lutheran School Help Raise Funds for K9 Bullet-Proof Vest

NJPD K9 Jimy
Photo Source: Peggy Bohac

Students at the St. Peter Lutheran School recently held a fundraiser to help purchase a new bullet-proof vest for the North Judson Police Department’s K9 Jimy.

At Monday evening’s Town Council meeting, Town Marshal Kelly Fisher shared that about $630 was raised through the school’s fundraiser. Marshal Fisher, K9 Handler Officer Rico Simpson and his trusty partner Jimy went to the school at the end of November in order to take part in the incentive event that was promised to students. Continue reading

Monday is the Last Day to Sign-Up for Knox’s Holiday Decorating Contest

The final day to sign up for the Holiday Decorating Contest in the City of Knox will be Monday, December 10th.

In order to get signed up all you have to do is call the Mayor’s Office and provide your name and address, then you’ll be added to the list of homes that will be judged. You can call during business hours or leave a message with all necessary information on the Mayor’s voicemail.

There will be cash prizes awarded for the three best-decorated homes. Continue reading

Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office Releases Statement Over Fatal Bus Accident Investigation


On behalf of the Marshall County Prosecutor’s office, Prosecutor Nelson Chipman recently extended heartfelt sympathies to the victims and families impacted by Wednesday’s bus accident.

In a statement shared with media outlets, Chipman mentioned that the investigation into the fatal crash on U.S. 31 continues. He explained that the lead investigative agency is the Indiana State Police and that he has the utmost confidence in the skills of the ISP officers involved. Continue reading

The Final Starke County F.A.R.M Event of the Year is Happening this Saturday!

Photo Source: Starke County F.A.R.M FB Page

The Starke County Justice Center’s F.A.R.M. program will be hosting their final sale of the year this Saturday.

Community members are invited to come to the Starke County Justice Center on December 8th from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. to see if they can find the perfect decoration or Christmas present. Continue reading

The Last Leaf Pick-Up for North Judson Will be On Monday

The last leaf pick-up day in the Town of North Judson will be Monday, December 10th.

When Town Superintendent Marshall Horstmann presented his report to council members Monday night, he noted that he was planning to have the final pick-up be at the end of the week. However, Councilman Josh Brown recommended moving it to Monday in order to give citizens one final weekend to tend to their yards. Continue reading