Directory and Community Guide for Starke County

Indiana Driver's License

posted Mar 7, 2018, 10:35 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Starke County Bureau of Motor Vehicles
1919 South Heaton Street
Knox, Indiana  46534
Phone:  574-772-4432
Phone:  888-692-6841 = Indiana Driver's Manual online
Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday = 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Flood or Disaster Sanitation Information

posted Feb 26, 2018, 2:21 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Mar 7, 2018, 9:00 AM ]

A quick guide by the Indiana State Department of Health to frequently asked questions and concerns after a flood or other disaster.  Just click on each page to open it up in a new window and then click on it again to enlarge the document so you can print it full size. 


My Social Security - How to Create an Online Account

posted Nov 14, 2017, 8:54 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

HealthLinc - Your Community Health Center

posted Nov 14, 2017, 8:52 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Indiana Bike Route US 35

posted Oct 4, 2017, 10:04 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Oct 12, 2017, 10:53 AM ]

If you click on the map it will open up in a new page.  To download your own copy of this map visit  

Looking to learn more about all things USBR35?  You'll find a variety of materials used to promote the route at

Know Your Charities and Where Your Money Is Going

posted Sep 19, 2017, 4:08 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Indiana State Police - Public Information Office

With all the charities that are asking for your hard earned money, there are people and organizations that are posing as legitimate charities or fund raisers who are putting your money in their bank accounts.  They say they represent nonprofit organizations and they are scamming people out of cash and credit card numbers to benefit themselves. 

People who have donated money to the Flora Fire Fund or to the Abby and Libby fund, be sure and check to see they are legitimate charities.  Information has been received that there are scams going on using these two charities to try to work on your sympathy to send money.  Be sure and ask questions when you are called or if you call a number you found on the internet for those soliciting funds to support any legitimate causes.  Questions that a scammer does not like to be asked are; 
  1. May I have your business license number?
  2. Do you belong to the Chamber of Commerce?
  3. May I call your local Chamber of Commerce?
  4. What is the name of your banker so I can verify your statements?
  5. May I have your broker's license number?
  6. What sort of references can you provide?
  7. Can you give me addresses where I can see samples of your work?
  8. Do you mind if I get a second opinion?
  9. Do you mind if I check with the local authorities?
  10. May I have your contractor's license number?
  11. Do you mind if I verify that procedure with my banker and/or my attorney? 
After asking a few of the questions, scammers will usually hang up.  They want to be the ones to ask questions not answer them. 

If you feel that you are being scammed, hang up and notify your local police department or the Indiana State Police.  If you have given money or used a credit card or have sent a check, cancel the check and notify your credit card company immediately to stop payment.  We only investigate the alleged scam.  It is the opinion of the local prosecutor if there is sufficient evidence to file charges or not.  If a credit card is used and you are not liable for the charges, the credit card company is the victim not you.  It will be the opinion of the credit card company to pursue charges or not. 

Always check into any type of fund raising organization if you are not familiar with them.  It is better to spend a little time and save your money than to try and get the money back after it is gone. 

Take The Erie Trail to Open Sky

posted Apr 28, 2017, 11:18 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:48 AM ]

Who we are
Founded in 2010, the Prairie Trails Club, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to develop, manage and maintain the Erie Trail in North Judson and Monterey Indiana. 

The North Judson Erie Trail is a free access, public multi-use path and greenway mostly located in southern Starke County, Indiana. Nine miles of paved trail extend eastward from the town of North Judson to U.S. 35 near Bass Lake.  A shorter paved section has been completed in the town of Monterey to the east in Pulaski County. Motor vehicles are prohibited. The route is fully paved and intended for hiking and bicycling; a separate, unpaved, equestrian trail for horseback riding shares the corridor from Starke County Road 100 West to U.S. 35.

Centered on the rail banked right-of-way of the former Erie JK Line, much of the North Judson Erie Trail is elevated offering an excellent view of the unspoiled countryside of the Kankakee sand country, and though you’ll see some of the rich farmland for which Indiana is justly famous, the landscapes are often more natural and quite varied — groves of oaks, prairies, and marshlands. The level rail bed makes for easy hiking and cycling.

The North Judson Erie Trail is part of the transcontinental American Discovery Trail, extending from the Atlantic Ocean in Delaware to the Pacific Coast at Point Reyes in northern California. 

Rules of the Trail

The trail is open for everyone's use and enjoyment. 
    1. Closed from dusk to dawn. 
    2. Non-motorized use only - unauthorized motor vehicles prohibited. 
    3. Do not trespass on adjoining property
    4. Obey stop signs. 
    5. Ride or walk on the right side of the trail. 
    6. Other trail users must yield to pedestrians.  Warn trail users as you approach from behind ie: "On your left"
    7. Helmets recommended
    8. Take only pictures; leave only footprints - pack out your trash. 
    9. Pets are welcome if kept on a leash and in control. 
    10. Horses are welcome on the designated horse trail.  Please do not ride horses on the asphalt. 
    11. Report problems to Starke County Sheriff's Department - 574-772-3771.  Use 911 for emergencies. 
North Judson Erie Trail, Starke County, Indiana

Dedicated to public access trails and greenways in rural northern Indiana. 

NJ United Methodist Church Food Pantry/Community Meal/Kids Closet/Furniture Ministry

posted Apr 27, 2017, 10:43 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Jul 20, 2017, 2:07 PM ]

READY: Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed

posted Apr 22, 2017, 9:00 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 2:00 PM ]

Launched in February 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.

Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do three key things: (1) build an emergency supply kit, (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

The campaign’s messages have been distributed through: television, radio, print, outdoor and Web (PSAs) developed and produced by The Advertising Council; brochures; and Web sites; toll-free phone lines 1-800-BE-Ready and 1-888-SE-Listo; and partnerships with a wide variety of public and private sector organizations.

In 2004, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched Ready Business, an extension of the Ready campaign that focuses on business preparedness. Ready Business helps owners and managers of small- to medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency. The campaign’s messages are being delivered through Ready Business section of this Web site, brochures, radio, print and internet PSAs and key partnerships.

In 2006, FEMA launched Ready Kids, a tool to help parents and teachers educate children ages 8 - 12 about emergencies and how they can help get their family prepared. The program includes family-friendly Web pages and online materials developed by Sesame Workshop and Discovery Education.

FEMA has also worked with a variety of public and private sector organizations to develop tailored preparedness information for specific Americans. The Department worked with American Kennel Club, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Veterinary Medical Association and The Humane Society of the United States to create materials that highlight the key steps pet owners should take to prepare themselves and their animals. FEMA also worked with AARP, the American Red Cross, the National Organization on Disability and the National Fire Protection Association to create emergency information for older adults and Americans with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Materials developed for these specific Americans include brochures and instructional videos available at our publications page.

In 2008, The Ready Campaign added a section on their web site for military families. The entire Department highlights emergency preparedness through National Preparedness Month (NPM), a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to help older adults, Americans with disabilities, access or functional needs, and others, prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. View the Ready Public Service Advertisements. is operated by the Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC), U.S. General Services Administration. It serves as a central source of information about federal government publications helpful to citizens. replaces FCIC's former website and makes it even easier than before to find government publications that you can order or download to your computer.  

Dial 811 Before You Dig (NIPSCO)

posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:23 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Jul 26, 2017, 10:28 AM ]

A call to 811 at least two days before the start of any digging project will give utility locators time to find and mark buried underground utilities.

Failure to locate lines can result in damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines, which in turn can lead to serious injuries and service disruptions.

Additionally not calling 811 could result in fines of up to $10,000 along with repair costs for any damages incurred.

NIPSCO officials urge anyone with plans for an outdoor project involving digging to call 811 or enter a request online at two business days before the start of any project. The service is always available, but advance notice is required in order to schedule. Avoid staring projects until you’re sure all lines are marked. 811 will read a list of companies that should respond.

If the original planned project is near utility line markings, choose another spot on the property for the project. Also if your planned excavation is within two feet of any marked facility use hand tools for digging. If vacuum excavation must be used, be extremely careful.

Confirm that any contractors you are using have called 811 prior to starting a project. Do not allow them to begin if lines are not marked. NIPSCO officials say it is safe to begin digging carefully around accurately marked areas after a site has been marked.

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