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How to Submit Torch Relay Nomination

posted May 28, 2015, 10:04 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

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

Starke County Bicentennial Torch Relay Nominations Sought

posted May 28, 2015, 9:18 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 28, 2015, 9:19 AM ]

Published: May 28, 2015 
By: Ed Hasnerl, WKVI 

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is scheduled to pass through Starke County on October 7, 2016. Citizens may nominate local persons to carry the torch up to 1/4-mile through the county. Starke County may have 20 or more torchbearers.

Full information and the nomination process, as well as the nomination form, for the Torchbearer Program is available at Starke County Libraries, the Chamber of Commerce and on the on-line nomination page. Completed forms may be dropped off at the Starke County Chamber of Commerce, 400 North Heaton; at Starke County libraries; or emailed to Dave Pearman, chairman of the local committee.

The nomination process will continue until Dec. 31, 2015. A juried nomination process will be employed to select torchbearers. Announcement of the selected torchbearers will be made in June, 2016. State on-line information and forms are available at

Completed nomination forms may also be e-mailed to Coordinator David Pearman at

Reminder: All Golf Carts Must Undergo Annual Inspection

posted May 27, 2015, 9:43 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Published: May 27, 2015 
By: Jacque Ryan, WKVI 
Starke County citizens who plan to get the golf carts out this season need to have their vehicle inspected and approved by a member of the Sheriff’s department before their first cruise. Inspections are annually required. Carts can either be moved by trailer to the station or an inspection can be scheduled at your place of residence by contacting the Sheriff’s department at 574-772-3771. Alert the officer assigned to your inspection whether you will be driving at night to insure the correct sticker is acquired. Before the inspection be sure to have all required materials:  $25 for the permit fee, your driver’s license, plus proof of ownership and insurance on the vehicle. Check out the Golf Cart Ordinance to review Starke County’s policies.

NJ-SP Elementary Students Learn Value of Charity in Cancer Education

posted May 26, 2015, 9:35 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Published: May 26, 2015 
By: Tyler Maffitt, WKVI 

Students at North Judson-San Pierre Elementary School had the chance to learn about health and cancer prevention, last week.

Students in each grade level participated in the American Cancer Society’s “Relay Recess” program. The event takes cancer education to the classroom by recognizing those afflicted with the disease and teaching students about charitable causes.

NJ-SP Kindergarten Teacher Katrina Harper says the students were excited to participate in the fight against cancer.

“They’re able to help others learn about how to prevent cancer in their own lives, but they’re also understanding that they can help others by giving back to the American Cancer Society which will help educate other people, they can do the research and help people that are fighting cancer,” says Harper.

Relay Recess focuses its health education to simple cancer prevention techniques, including: using sun protection, exercise and diet habits, and staying tobacco free.

Students in each grade level had 30 minutes to walk laps around a track near the elementary school to earn wrist bands. The bands, provided by the P-T-O, were designed to get the students talking to others about cancer prevention.

Harper says the educational aspect is part of larger fundraising efforts.

“The students have been having Penny Wars, bringing in their change, and having a competition between the grades K through Five in the building. Each day the money is charted outside the cafeteria so they can see which grade level is winning,” says Harper.

If students reached their $1,000 goal, eight teachers at the school have volunteered to have pies smashed in their faces.

NJ-SP Elementary School reached that goal on Friday. The fourth grade class raised over $200. The pie contest will take place on Wednesday.

Healthcare Careers Camp Scheduled in June

posted May 26, 2015, 9:29 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 26, 2015, 9:32 AM ]

Published: May 26, 2015 
By: Anita Goodan, WKVI 

The second annual Healthcare Careers Camp is set for June. High school juniors and seniors interested in a career in healthcare are encouraged to attend the week-long event.

Students will be able to immerse themselves in real-life experiences of health professionals at Indiana University Health LaPorte Hospital. Topics include nursing, becoming a physician, professionalism in the workplace, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, physical therapy, CPR certification, heart and vascular care, and sports medicine. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with physicians, healthcare providers and executives, and will have direct access to observing patient care.

Space is limited for the camp that is scheduled for June 22 through June 26 from 8 a.m. to noon CT each day. The fee for Healthcare Careers Camp is $25 and spaces are limited. To apply, download an application from Applications and two letters of reference are due by June 5, in-person to IU Health La Porte Hospital’s Main Entrance Guest Relations Desk; via fax to 219.326.2451; via email to; or by mail to: IU Health La Porte Hospital,  Attn: Volunteer Services,  PO Box 250,  La Porte, IN  46352

Students who are accepted into the program will be notified the week of June 8.

6/1/2015 Filing Deadline

posted May 18, 2015, 10:37 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 26, 2015, 9:24 AM ]

Published: May 18, 2015 
By: Mary Perren, WKVI 
Specialty crop producers who applied for enhanced crop insurance this year have a deadline approaching to turn in necessary paperwork. Conservation compliance forms must be filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture by June 1. Farmers who do not complete the form will not be eligible for federal crop insurance payments. The 2014 farm bill gave specialty crop producers the option to apply for enhanced crop coverage through the federal Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, commonly known as NAP. In order to receive payments, farmers must certify they will not plant crops on erodible land unless previously approved by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Applicants must also agree not to drain, dredge, level or fill any wetlands on their property.

Producers who complete the form by June 1 will be eligible for federal crop insurance payments for the 2016 reinsurance year, which begins July 1, 2015.

The Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form is available at local USDA service centers or online at

Completed forms should be taken to the local USDA service center.

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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