Navy Veteran Joins Sheriff’s Department as Officials Deliver Wreaths to Starke County Cemeteries

Justice Center Warden Phill Cherry, Maintenance Director Tony Mildice, Jail Commander Nathan Caudill, Chief Detective Adam Gray, Navy Veteran Chuck Johnson and Sheriff Bill Dulin

Navy Veteran Charles “Chuck” Johnson accompanied officials from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department Friday morning as they placed wreaths on the entrances of local cemeteries to commemorate service members who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Veterans Day Celebration to Be Held This Morning Outside Pulaski County Courthouse


Hundreds of veterans, students, and community members are expected to converge on Downtown Winamac this morning to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Winamac High School is teaming up with the Town of Winamac, the Pulaski County Public Library, and several other groups for the Veterans Day Celebration.

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Veteran’s Day Flag to be Given to Collector after Observance

Matthew J. Foster shows the commissioners one flag he will give Sergeant Lardino for his flag collection

The Starke County Commissioners considered a request from Matthew J. Foster to fly an American Flag at the Starke County Courthouse at the war memorial on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, and retire that flag the next day to give to a Starke County soldier.

Foster plans to give it to E7 Sergeant First Class Ronald James Lardino II. Sergeant Lardino is a Knox native and has spent the past 17.5 years in the U.S. Army. His service includes two combat tours in Iraq and one tour in Kuwait. He is currently stationed in Georgia. Continue reading

Veterans Will Be Honored at Various Events this Friday

Several local schools will be hosting various events tomorrow in honor of Veterans Day.

Eastern Pulaski Elementary School will hold their program at 8:30 a.m. ET while Winamac High School’s event will commence an hour later at 9:30 a.m. ET

Oregon-Davis Junior/Senior High School is hosting a breakfast Friday morning. Doors will open at 8:15 CT and breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. Following that, their program will commence at 9:45 a.m. sharp. Continue reading

West Central to Host 17th Annual Veterans Day Program on Friday

West Central Schools will host their 17th Annual Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 10th. The ceremony is open to the public and local veterans are encouraged to attend.

Former West Central student Eric Rodriguez will be the guest speaker. He is enlisted in the U.S. Navy and his current rank is Senior Chief Petty Officer. Rodriguez started his naval career in May of 1995. Continue reading

BMV Closures in November

If you have any business to conduct at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles during the month of November you’ll want to tend to that as soon as possible. BMV locations will be closed intermittently for the remainder of the month.

This Friday and Saturday, all locations will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day. Later in the month, all branches will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November, 23rd and the following day for Lincoln’s birthday. Continue reading

Veterans Day History Dates Back Nearly a Century


It hasn’t always been called Veterans Day, but we’ve celebrated it as a nation for nearly 100 years. The Nov. 11 celebration originated in 1919 as Armistice Day, which marked the first anniversary of the end of World War I. The truce between Germany and the World War I Allies to end the war was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Continue reading

Oregon-Davis Students Honor Veterans

Oregon-Davis-Jr_Sr-BuildingOregon-Davis Junior/Senior High School students hosted 38 local veterans on Tuesday for breakfast a brief program to acknowledge their service to the nation. Principal Tim Pletcher says the 9th grade bio/ag class prepared breakfast, and the 10th grade English U.S. History class researched various wars. Their group projects were compiled to create a single presentation for the veterans.

Links to the slide presentation and the entire program are posted below:
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North Judson-San Pierre Students Celebrate Veterans Day

North Judson-San Pierre Middle School students put on a community Veterans Day program Tuesday afternoon in the high school auditorium.

Veterans packed the North Judson-San Pierre High School auditorium Tuesday for a program put on by middle school students.
Veterans packed the North Judson-San Pierre High School auditorium Tuesday for a program put on by middle school students.
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North Judson-San Pierre Middle School student 8th grade student Kylie Fritz stood in for her father, who was unable to attend the school’s Veterans Day program.

Several Local Programs Planned to Celebrate Veterans Day


Today we pause to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed services. Veterans Day is celebrated each Nov. 11th. That’s the date in 1918 on which fighting between the Allied Nations and Germany stopped, marking the unofficial end of World War I. The following year President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11th Armistice Day. That celebration evolved into Veterans Day after World War II. Continue reading

Veterans Day is Monday; Many Banks, Other Offices Closed


Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11, and while many offices will be closed including government buildings, banks and others, some offices will remain open to conduct business. In Starke County, all government offices will be closed on Veterans Day. In Pulaski County, however, the building department will remain open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. while other county offices are closed for the day.

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Veteran Sgt. Tim Watts Speaks at Knox Middle School

Sgt. Tim Watts speaks to the assembly at Knox Middle School.

Schools across the nation held Veterans Day programs today, and Knox Community Schools were no different. Following the presentation of colors by the Knox VFW Post 748 and the Pledge of Allegiance led by middle school student Mariah McKee, a special guest speaker addressed the crowd.

Recently-returned U.S. Army National Guard Sergeant Tim Watts spoke to the gathered students about his call to duty for the military and what Veterans Day means to him. He explained that his time in the military consisted of some of the hardest times of his life but he knew it was his duty to protect and serve his country.

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Starke County Veteran’s Day Parade Held Sunday in Knox

Flags from three branches of the Armed Forces blow in a stiff wind on Veterans Day at the Starke County Courthouse

A Starke County Veterans Day parade was held yesterday in downtown Knox. Several members of the Knox VFW Post #748 and the American Legion attended the ceremonies and were part of the parade. Travis Flora, a veteran of the Somalian War talked during yesterday’s program.

“I went to Somalia in December of 1992 and came back in May of 1993,” said Flora. “Of course it’s a third world country so it’s not a pleasant experience. The most important experience I think is the camaraderie I had with my fellow Marines and the spirit of the corps that we had. We went a long time without a hot meal and sleeping on cots and things like that, but in the end we figured this just made us better people.”

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BMV Branches Closed Nov. 10 – 12

All Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches will be closed Saturday, Nov. 10 through Monday, Nov. 12 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.

The website and all automated phone services will also be out of service from 2 a.m. Saturday to noon ET on Sunday.

Sixteen branches will be closed that are normally open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday. The following area branches will reopen on Wednesday, Nov. 14: Knox, Demotte, Monticello and Nappanee.