Knox School Board Receives Grants from Starke County Community Foundation

Starke County Community Foundation Director of Development Jessica Martinović presents checks to School Board President Kirk Bennett

More than $18,000 in grant funding was presented to the Knox School Board Monday. The school corporation is once again getting $15,000 for Kindergarten Countdown from the Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund. Director of Curriculum and Instruction Peggy Shidaker told board members that the Countdown camp is designed for any incoming kindergarten student who hasn’t attended preschool.

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Starke County Park Board to Discuss Bass Lake Beach and Campground, County Forest

The conditions of the Bass Lake Beach and Campground will continue to be discussed during tonight’s Starke County Park Board meeting. Concerns that the facility’s operator, Callahan Development, LLC, reportedly hasn’t addressed safety issues at the facility have led county officials to look at the possibility of making the repairs themselves. Specifically, the beach house patio was the topic of a heated discussion during last month’s meeting.

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Starke County Park Board to Discuss Bass Lake Beach and Campground, County Forest

The Bass Lake Beach and Campground and the Starke County Forest will be discussed during tonight’s Starke County Park Board meeting. The county has been working to install glacial stone around the Bass Lake Beach, to protect it from incoming waves. But concerns were raised last month that the facility’s operator, Callahan Development, LLC, still hasn’t repaired the beach house patio.

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Knox School Board to Consider Moving Fifth Grade, Hiring New Corporation Treasurer

The Knox School Board is expected to consider the relocation of fifth grade classes tonight. Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart brought the idea to the school board last month, after a recent facilities study found some extra space at Knox Middle School.

Board members will also decide whether to approve the hiring of a new corporation treasurer and business manager. According to the advance meeting agenda, Dawn Bailey has been recommended to replace Sherry Fort, who’s retiring at the end of next week.

In other business, the Knox School Board is scheduled to hear a park board presentation and get information about the Starke County Community Foundation’s Hardesty Memorial Endowment. Tonight’s Knox School Board meeting starts at 6:30 at the Knox Schools Administrative Office.

Starke County Forest Access Improvement Work to Begin Soon

Work is expected to start soon on a new road and parking lot at the Starke County Forest. County Attorney Marty Lucas says an update on the project was given to the Starke County Park Board this week. “The project was delayed a little bit due to the flooding has kept Highway Superintendent [Rik] Ritzler very busy,” Lucas says, “and we hope to get that moving in the next few days.”

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Funds Created for Starke County Park Board Grant Funds

 

With the acquisition of thousands of dollars worth of grants for projects at the Starke County Forest and the Bass Lake Beach, Starke County Auditor Kay Chaffins suggested the creation of two line items within the budget for those funds.

The park board was recently awarded $15,000 from the Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund and $5,000 in a Community Support Grant.

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Hardesty Leaves Lasting Legacy at Ancilla College

Jim Hardesty’s nephew, Chuck Hardesty, niece, Joan Hardesty, and SCCF Director of Development, Sarah Origer, stand with an artistic rendering of the sign for Hardesty Hall, which will soon grace the dorm’s entrance.
Jim Hardesty’s nephew, Chuck Hardesty, niece, Joan Hardesty, and SCCF Director of Development, Sarah Origer, stand with an artistic rendering of the sign for Hardesty Hall, which will soon grace the dorm’s entrance.

A longtime supporter of Ancilla College will continue to offer posthumous support to the two-year private school. Starke County Philanthropist Jim Hardesty was an Ancilla College trustee and also founded the Starke County Community Foundation. Continue reading