American Flags Available for Pulaski County Gravesites on Memorial Day

Frain Mortuary is partnering with the Winamac American Legion Post #71 and Winamac VFW Post #1728 to make small American flags available to families to place at a gravesite of a veteran.  While the members of the veteran’s organizations usually complete this task, a gravesite may be overlooked.  If a flag needs to be placed at a gravesite, they can be picked up at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.  The gravesite location will be added to the list for next year.

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Fletcher Cemetery Association to Dedicate Restored Monument

Fletcher Cemetery
The original monument has been moved to a new location and is now flanked by a pair of new granite stones with ample room for additional names.

The newly restored veterans monument in one of Starke County’s oldest cemeteries will be dedicated during a special Memorial Day service. Members of the Fletcher Cemetery Association launched a fundraising campaign last year to rehabilitate the statue, which dates to the 1950s. There was no more room to add names to it, and the structure was giving way. Continue reading

Knox VFW Ladies Auxiliary Raises Money for Wounded Warriors


Members of the Knox VFW Post 748 Ladies Auxiliary are raising awareness of and money for local wounded warriors over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Proceeds from a Sunday morning pancake breakfast at the post from 7 until 11 a.m. will benefit soldiers injured in the line of duty. After breakfast a 24-hour watch will begin outside the post. It will wrap up with a program Monday morning.

Starke County Commissioners Reiterate Support for Veteran Grave Flags, Markers


The Starke County Commissioners want to make sure every veteran who is buried in the county has an American flag and grave marker for Memorial Day. They’ve agreed pay for both if the American Legion posts in Knox, North Judson and Hamlet will take care of placing the orders and putting them on graves. Commissioner Don Binkley has tried without success to reach the commander of the Knox American Legion to discuss the process and find out how many flags and markers need to be ordered. Auditor Kay Chaffins says she’s spoken with officials in North Judson, and their order has been placed. Hamlet officials have yet to place theirs. Continue reading

Keep Memorial Day Closures in Mind Monday

Many offices and facilities are closed Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. City offices are closed, including those in Knox, Hamlet, North Judson, Winamac, Plymouth and Culver. County, state and federal offices are closed, including post offices, courthouses and banks.

Schools across the Kankakee Valley will also be closed, including Knox Community Schools, North Judson-San Pierre Community Schools, Culver Community Schools, Eastern Pulaski Community Schools and West Central Community Schools.

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Bass Lake Beach is Open!

Bass Lake Beach
Bass Lake Beach
It’s Memorial Day weekend and that means the Bass Lake Beach is once again open! The beach officially opened yesterday, just in time for the holiday weekend as people flock to Bass Lake to enjoy the quarter-mile of beach and the campsite just across the road.

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