Starke County News Items

New Tenant Proposed for Knox Mall

posted by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on November 25, 2015
Author Tyler Maffitt, WKVI 

A Tractor Supply Company store may soon reside at the former site of ALCO in Knox.

The City’s Board of Zoning Appeals has set a hearing for December 21st that may determine whether the transaction is finalized. Tractor Supply Company is a major provider of home, lawn, garden and livestock supplies.

A lease contract is currently being written with Five Star grocery. They own the site Tractor Supply Company is interested in occupying. Completion of that lease, however, is contingent upon approval by the BZA for a special use permit.

Under Knox city ordinance, land zoned C-2 – which in this case is the site under consideration – can only use 15 to 25-percent of the company’s gross floor space for outdoor storage.

Due to Tractor Supply Company’s relatively large use of outdoor space for equipment storage, a special use permit is being requested.

If approved, Tractor Supply Company is anticipated to conduct some renovation work to the inside of the retail site.

Officials with the City of Knox expect the work will take a couple of months with a possible opening sometime in the spring.

Gas Prices to Remain Affordable for Thanksgiving Travel

posted Nov 24, 2015, 9:22 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on November 24, 2015
Author Michael Gallenberger, WKVI 
Gas prices are expected to stay low during the Thanksgiving travel period.

That’s according to GasBuddy Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. He says in spite of rebounding oil prices, many gas stations won’t see too much change in price, “Some of these ultra-cheap stations that are in the $1.50 area may need to tinker with their prices in the days ahead if crude oil prices maintain today’s increase. So I don’t see any huge spikes at the pump, but some of those ultra-low prices you may see bounce a little bit higher.”

DeHaan expects prices to remain low beyond the next few days, as well. “Most of the time through the end of 2015, prices should be at or under $2 a gallon,” he says. “I don’t really see a whole lot of time being spent over $2 a gallon. Certainly, there could be a few days where gas prices rebound to say $2.09 or even $2.15 should something happen at the region’s refiners, but the chances of that are relatively low, so I see most of the time between now and the end of the year under $2 a gallon.”

He says it’s been a while since we’ve seen prices this low, “It looks like the winter should see some of the lowest wintertime gas prices that we’ve seen since the recession. So, though there may be some bumps in the road that result in gas prices rising temporarily, it’s still looking like a relatively pain-free winter at the pump compared to the last few years.”

According to GasBuddy, average gas prices are down nearly a dollar per gallon from this time last year.

Lincoln Memorial Plaque Nears Completion

posted Nov 24, 2015, 9:18 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on November 24, 2015
Author Ed Hasnerl, WKVI 

An official marker to commemorate President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train passing through San Pierre in 1865 will soon be complete.

Last spring the Starke County Historical Society  marked the 150th anniversary of the event by placing a large boulder at the site, south of San Pierre. The location on U.S. 421 is now a township park where Little Company of Mary once stood.

The Starke County Community Foundation announced funding for the plaque last week. Historical society treasurer Deb Mix wrote the grant.

N.J.-S.P. Awaits State-level Decisions on ISTEP Scores

posted Nov 23, 2015, 9:24 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on November 23, 2015
Author Tyler Maffitt, WKVI 
The North Judson – San Pierre School Corporation says waiting on the state for direction is a lesson in frustration.

ISTEP scores have been embargoed, or unable to be shared, until December 8th for the school corporation. Any testing results shared with staff have come with a recommendation from the state that they be taken with a bit of caution.

The test students took in 2014/15 was a new standard and test. N.J.-S.P- Superintendent Lynn Johnson says that a new test is expected in 2015/16 as well.

“I think this year will probably be straightened out, I would hope. But this 2014/15, we’re kind of all in limbo so we just don’t know where we stand,” says Johnson. “By the time we get everything back and go through it, it’s going to be time for the next test. I’m not sure how useful the data will be.”

Reduced ISTEP scores in English and Mathematics across Indiana for the previous year have prompted officials with the state Department of Education and the state Board of Education to consider methods for evaluating the results.

According to the discussion during last week’s North Judson – San Pierre School Board meeting, administrators were still evaluating the results, locally.

“When we reviewed ours, we have gray bubbles above, we have gray bubbles slightly below, but right now, they’re embargoed. We can’t share those,” says Johnson.

Written portions of the ISTEP test could be rescored. Disparity in the difficulty levels between the written version of the test and the online version has also caused concerns around the state. N.J.-S.P. students experienced technical problems with the online version, putting the school corporation in a bit of an odd position.

Certain officials with the state have called for fast solutions to the problems associated with ISTEP.

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Now Underway

posted Nov 2, 2015, 9:21 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on November 2, 2015
Author Michael Gallenberger, WKVI 
Open Enrollment for health insurance policies is now underway, and the Indiana Department of Insurance is encouraging Hoosiers to review their current coverage and check to see what else is available.

They say by shopping and comparing different plan options, you might be able to save money by finding a plan that better fits your health needs. Hoosiers are also encouraged to check a plan’s provider network and prescription drug coverage before switching, to make sure your doctor and prescriptions are covered. It’s important to double-check, since insurance companies can change their offerings from year to year.

The Department of Insurance also recommends that residents update their application for the federal insurance Marketplace, to make sure that income and household-member information is up-to-date.

Open Enrollment continues through January 31, but you need to enroll in a plan and pay the first month’s premium no later than December 15 for coverage to start on January 1.

To see what companies’ plans are available locally, visit Indiana’s Healthcare Reform website. For the federal Marketplace, visit

How to Submit Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay Nomination

posted May 28, 2015, 10:04 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Jun 11, 2015, 10:55 AM ]

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay was created to honor Hoosiers who demonstrate:

- Exceptional public service to their county and/or community
- Achievement and excellence in their profession
- Acts of heroism
- Exceptional volunteer service and leadership to their neighborhood, community, region or state

The Torch Relay will traverse 2,300+ miles during a five-and-a-half week journey.  It will kick off on September 9 in Corydon and end on the statehouse ground in Indianapolis on October 15 after traveling through each of Indiana’s 92 counties.  Torchbearers will be Hoosiers, representing all walks of life.

Over 1,900 Torchbearers will be selected to carry the torch and all will carry the torch in the county in which they were nominated.  The torch will be transported multi-modally.  That is, it will be carried on foot (walking or running), by bicycle, automobile, boat, train, tractor, helicopter and other modes of transport that are deemed safe, secure and representative of Indiana culture and heritage.

Who can carry the torch?

Torchbearers must meet specific criteria to be considered as an Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay Torchbearer.  Those criteria are outlined below.

- Must possess the physical adaptive ability to carry the torch (no more than 32” in length and less than 5 pounds) a minimum of .25 miles
- Must be a resident of Indiana, former resident of Indiana, nominated in honor of someone who is or was a resident of Indiana.
- Must be a current or former resident of the county in which they are being nominated.
- Must be at least 14 years of age to carry the live flame Flagship Torch.  If under 14, the nominee will be required to carry the no flame Kids Torch.
- May be subject to a criminal background check.
- May be nominated posthumously.  A substitute Torchbearer can be submitted to carry on behalf of the nominee.  (See nomination form).
- Must be nominated by another individual and a complete nomination form must be submitted on the nominee’s behalf.

How do I nominate someone?

There are a few different ways to nominate a Hoosier to carry the torch.  Click Here to download the 2015 Torchbearer Nomination Form. Please complete the nomination form in full.  Incomplete forms will not be accepted.

Methods of Nomination

- A writable PDF form can be Downloaded Here.
- Nominators need to complete the form, save it to their computer and then email the form back as an attachment.
- Nomination forms submitted via email should be made to the designated county contact as indicated at the bottom of this page.

- Printed nomination forms may be completed and submitted via U.S. Mail or dropped off at a county designated location.
- Nomination forms should be mailed or dropped off to the designated county contact as indicated  at the bottom of this page.

When can I nominate someone?

The Torchbearer nomination window will be open from May 8 through December 31, 2015.  Nomination forms submitted after December 31 will not be accepted.  Please complete the nomination form in full.  Incomplete forms will not be accepted.

How are the Torchbearers selected?

Once all the nomination forms are collected, a juried nomination process will be employed in each county to select Torchbearers.  Small nomination committees have been formed in each county to manage this process on a county by county basis.

What is the preliminary timeline for the Torchbearer program?

- May 2015 thru December 31, 2015 – Nomination Period
- February 2016 – Primary Selections Made at the County Level
- April 2016 – Final Selection Made
- June 2016 – Torchbearers Announced

How do I submit my nomination form? 

Starke County Coordinator: David Pearman

Email Or Mail Location:
David Pearman
6140 E. 25N
Knox, IN 46534
Coordinator: David Pearman
Phone: 574-772-5548

Drop-off Location:
Starke County Chamber of Commerce
400 N. Heaton St.
Knox, IN 46534

Community Services of Starke County Collection Sites

posted Jun 18, 2014, 3:29 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 26, 2015, 9:24 AM ]

Community Services of Starke County’s Food Pantry has two collection sites in North Judson.  You can drop off much needed food items during regular business hours at: 

Dr. Bejes’ Office                   
414 Lane Street                     

Dr. Dalphond’s Office
108 West State Street

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