Wednesday, April 30, 2014

5/3/2014 Knox & North Judson Masonic Lodge's 4th Annual Public Auction & All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast

Knox & North Judson Masonic Lodge's 4th Annual Public Auction & All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast
208 North Main Street, Knox

Saturday May 3rd
~BREAKFAST from 7 am to 11 am

See pictures at ID# 5282 D and N Auctions

This is a Very Short Listing

(1) Hog Aprox 260 lbs. Hoof Weight, will be sold in halfs. Will be at Sailors in Grovertown.

RECREATIONAL: (2) NOS 2008-150 cc Gas Scooters with less than 20 miles on each.

FURNITURE: Dressers and Clean Beds, (2) Like new Recliners, Modern Pie Safe, Vintage Kitchen Tables and Chairs, Primitive Table and Bench, Piano Bench, Early 1900’s Cupboard, Nice Vintage Corner Curio, Vintage Sewing Box, (2) Vintage Herman Miller Fiberglass Chairs, Nice Glider Chair, (1) Nice Duncan Fife Table, Nice Stack Tables, Modern Pie Safe, End Tables, 3 pc Stack Table Set, MUCH MORE.

MISC: Concrete Bird Bath, Concrete Bench, Many Yard Tools, Vintage Comic Books, Clocks, Lamps, Cotton Candy Machine, Blenders, Pots and Pans, Vintage Adding Machine, Vintage Steel Wagon Wheel, Collector Coin Sets, New Masonic  Items, (1) World Globe, Neat Picture from the 30’s of FDR, Luggage Set, Miniature Tail Gate Toss Set, Carpet Sweeper, Like New Luggage, Vintage Touring Card Game, 3 Wheel Stroller, Vitapur Water Dispenser, Neat Star Wars Picture Book, Nice Ice Cream Making Machine, Several Kero Heaters, Vintage Cheese Box, Misc. Old Wood Crates, Vintage Small Record Player, So Much More!!!

MISC. TOOLS: (1) Small Anvil, Vintage Hand Saws, Several Nice Work Vise’s, Metal Shelving, NOS Drills. Nail Guns, Electric Impacts, NOS Shovels, Yard Tools and More. Shop Vac, Power Washer, Electrical Lineman Tools and Voltage Tester.

5/7/2014 NJSP & IU Health Athletic Physical Night

NJSP & IU Health present – Athletic Physical Night

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
5-8 p.m. CST
North Judson-San Pierre High School Gym

Student-athletes of all ages can receive an athletic physical for the 2014/15 school year for only $10.

Students from area schools are invited to attend.  The first 100 students will receive a free Powerade drink.  Athletic physicals meet IHSAA requirements.  No appointment needed.

5/4/2014 Knox Center Twp. Fire Department Pancake Breakfast


Sunday, May 4, 2014
7:30 am to 11:30 am CST

Pancakes, Sausage, Coffee, Orange Juice, & Milk
Adults $6   Child 8 & under $3

Please come out and support your local Fire Department!

5/3/2014 Backstage Studio of Dance Fundraiser for the Starke County Humane Society

A “FREE Dance Workshop”
All that we ask is that you make a donation to the Starke Co. Humane Society.
Items needed are newspapers, paper towels, bleach, stamps, Purina dog, cat, puppy & kitten chow, collars, leashes and of course monetary is always appreciated.  For more information call the studio at 896-5568

WHEN: Saturday, May 3rd 10:30 am - 11:55 am
We will perform the routine in the street in front of the studio (419 Lane St, North Judson) at 12 Noon. The theme this year is Zombie... “Thriller”, so grab your best “zombie outfit” and join us for the fun!

5/8, 9, 10, 11/2014 North Judson-San Pierre Drama Department to Present Familiar Musical

By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
Published: April 30th, 2014

The North Judson-San Pierre drama department will present Grease: The Musical on May 8, 9, 10 and 11.
Director Erin Sprouse said the musical will mirror the movie.

“The movie was actually based off the play,” said Sprouse. “It’s a lot of fun. We’re doing a lot of the costuming from the movie and trying to keep it as true to form so that everybody is really excited about it.”
Sprouse said if you’re familiar with the movie or the stage production, you’ll be able to sing along to the popular songs.

“‘The Hand Jive’, ‘You’re the One That I Want’ and ‘We go Together” – all of the classics from the movie.”
The cast this musical includes 25 students, including two from the middle school. View the cast list here: Grease Cast List

Sprouse noted that this is one of her favorite musicals and it’s one the students chose as well.
“I really like the show and the music is really great. It happened to fit some of the kids in my choir class. I asked for requests and this was something that they requested and it’s also something that I’ve wanted to do. So, we went ahead with that.”

The musical will take to the stage at 7 p.m. CT each evening with a matinee on May 11 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults at the door and if you buy them in advance, they are $2 less. You can also get in on the family special which is two adults and two children for $20 at the door or $12 presale. Tickets can be purchased at the high school or middle school office.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Starke County Youth Club Helps Schools Help Students

By: Mary Perren, WKVI
Published: April 29th, 2014

The Starke County Youth Club aims to be a support system for children, families and the three county school corporations.

“We know that schools are under tremendous pressure to have kids succeed academically, and that a lot of funding for schools is tied to how kids perform on standardized tests. That’s really a lot to ask of a school community. It is part of our job to ensure we are supporting what the schools need to accomplish.”

Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says the Starke County Youth Club does that by providing after school enrichment programs for 600 youngsters at four sites across the county. All of the programs are based in local schools, so Szakonyi says the staff is in constant contact with teachers, administrators and others to make sure students are getting what they need. She says children who succeed academically have a greater likelihood of being successful adults.

As a result of budget cuts, many schools have had to increase class sizes. Szakonyi says the Starke County Youth Club focuses on having a low student-to-staff ratio in order to facilitate its hands-on approach to learning.

The Starke County Youth Club’s 7th Annual WKVI Radiothon will take place Friday, May 2 starting at 10 a.m. CDT right here on WKVI. They hope to raise $40,000. Find more information about the club on their website, We’ll also feature more information about the programs and services they offer each day on the news.

Monday, April 28, 2014

4/28/2014 Severe Thunderstorms Possible This Evening

By: Mary Perren, WKVI
Published: April 28th, 2014

Parts of the WKVI listening area may be in for severe thunderstorms this evening. The National Weather Service reports a slight risk of severe storms south of U.S. 30. The main threats are large hail and damaging winds, and an isolated tornado may form. Listen to WKVI for the latest on any severe weather that may develop. Should the National Weather Service issue a watch, it just means conditions are favorable for a weather outbreak. A warning means that weather is here, and you should take shelter immediately. If you don’t have a basement, go to an interior room in your house that does not have windows until the storm passes. Check your flashlights and make sure the batteries work, charge your cell phone and keep a battery-operated radio handy just in case. More thunderstorms are possible tomorrow, including an isolated severe thunderstorm tomorrow evening. The threat of severe weather lessens as the week goes on, but rain is in the forecast through early next week.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

4/24-26/2014 Ss. Cyril & Methodious Catholic Church Rummage Sale

Ss. Cyril & Methodious Catholic Church will have a three day rummage sale from April 24 through the 26th in the basement of the church.

You can enter the basement from Adair Street, the sale will be held:
Thursday, April 24th, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, April 25th, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 26th, from 8 a.m to 11 a.m.
See you there!

Sprint Brush Pick-Up in North Judson Week of May 5, 2014



Our Utility Crew will be picking up brush during the week of May 5, 2014. You must have any brush you want picked up placed on the side of your alley (or street if you have no alley) before the morning of Monday, May 5, 2014.

Once our crew has completed the brush pick-up on a particular street or alley, they will not be able to return to that street or alley.


Remember, you are always encouraged to make use of our Town Dump for brush, grass, or leaves. Simply stop by our Water Works office during business hours to sign out the key.

Thank you!
Donna M. Henry, Clerk-Treasurer
Inc. Town of North Judson 574-896-3340

4/27 & 28/2014 North Judson Flushing Water Hydrants

The Town of North Judson will be flushing water hydrants during the nights of April 27th & 28th.

Flushing will be conducted from 8 p.m. through 4 a.m.  Please keep this in mind if you are using the town water during or shortly after this time.  If you have any questions please contact Donna Henry at the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office, 574-896-3340.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Community Can Help Reduce Child Abuse

By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
Published: April 17th, 2014
The month of April is an opportunity for the community to come together and help children who have been victims of abuse.

There are 49 children in Starke County that are being served by the Department of Child Services who have been in abusive or unhealthy situations.

Child Abuse Awareness Month is a time when all individuals and organizations can play a role in making the community a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, it can promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

Nurturing and attachment, knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development, social connections and support for parents are just a few factors that can help parents be better examples and reduce abuse.

If you know of any instance of child abuse, call your local law enforcement or call the Indiana Abuse/Neglect Hotline 800-800-5556.

Adult Learning Center Registration Dates Announced

By: Mary Perren, WKVI
Published: April 17th, 2014

Area adults who want to take their high school equivalency test or brush up on some other skills can register now for classes in Starke County offered through the Center of Workforce Innovations Adult Learning Centers. Courses prepare individuals for the new Indiana High School Equivalency test, which replaces the GED. Courses in basic reading, math and language are also available. Some sites offer English as a Second Language instruction as well.

Classes in North Judson meet at the North Judson Wayne Township Public Library on Keller Avenue. Registration for that site is Monday, April 21 at 10 a.m. Call 574-896-2841 for more information.

Registration for classes in Knox takes place each Monday and Wednesday except Monday, April 21 at the Starke County WorkOne office on North Shield Street. Call 574-249-8720 for more information.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

4/21 to 25/2014 Clean-Up Week for Highland & Pioneer Cemeteries

Clean-up week for Highland and Pioneer Cemeteries will be Monday, April 21, 2014 through Friday, April 25, 2014.  All items should be removed from the cemeteries before April 21, to ensure they will not be broken.

Please pass this information along to anyone you know who may not see this notice and has items at one or both of the cemeteries.

Thank you!

Donna M. Henry
Inc. Town of North Judson

4/22/2014 North Judson Food Pantry

The North Judson Food Pantry will be open Tuesday, April 22nd from 9am till Noon at Grand Central Station, (Heritage Baptist Church).

4/19/2014 Knox Moose Lodge Easter Egg Hunt

Knox Moose Lodge will be sponsoring an EASTER EGG HUNT for children 12 and under at Wythogan Park on April 19th.

The fun starts at the 12 Noon Whistle.

4/27/2014 All Saints Catholic Church Pork Chop Dinner

All Saints Catholic Church Hall, in San Pierre, will have a Pork Chop Dinner Sun. Apr. 27, 2014.  Service will be from 11am to 2pm and the meal will include:  Pork Chop, Baked Potato, Green Beans, Applesauce & Dessert.

$8 for 1 chop dinner
$12 for 2 chop dinner
Carry outs available

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Relay for Life Pageant Winners Crowned

By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
Published: April 15th, 2014

The Starke County Relay for Life pageant was held Sunday afternoon with over 200 in attendance. All funds raised during the event will go toward the fight against cancer.

The winners include:
Teeny Tiny Relay – Christine Fransen
Tiny Relay – Caloe Perretti
Tiny Relay Runner-up – Olivia Timm
Little Miss Relay – Autumn Redlark
Miss Relay – Zoe Seese

Pictured:  Caloe Perretti, Zoe Seese, Autumn Redlark, and Olivia Timm. 
Not pictured: Christine Fransen

4/15/2014 North Judson-San Pierre School Board Members to Tackle Topics in Regular Meeting

By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
Published: April 15th, 2014

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board will meet tonight in regular session.

The board members are expected to discuss budget reduction recommendations. More than $1 million needs to be cut from the budget and it is the goal of the board to eliminate positions instead of jobs.

During the board’s last meeting in March, Superintendent Lynn Johnson said it may take some creative scheduling in order to accomplish that goal. The corporation has until May 1 to issue reduction in force notices to affected teachers if the process goes in that direction.

The board will also talk about a possible contract with The Crossing alternative school. Knox and Oregon-Davis schools have approved contracts to start a Starke County Crossing school and now North Judson-San Pierre will look to participation in the endeavor.

In addition, the board will hold talks on the Bluejay Collaboration Time and the Starke County Historical Society.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. CT in the North Judson-San Pierre central office board meeting room.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Volunteers Needed to Spearhead Bicentennial Celebration Pillars

By: Mary Perren, WKVI
Published: April 12th, 2014

County’s participation in Indiana’s upcoming bicentennial celebration may be limited unless organizations or individuals step up and volunteer to help with event planning.

Commissioner Kathy Norem says the county’s only commitment right now is to be part of the 92 county torch relay in 2016. According to the bicentennial website, it’s “designed to promote and unify the state by connecting people, communities and regions. Hoosiers will also symbolically “pass the torch,” connecting past and current generations to future ones to IGNITE our future.”

The route is still being planned, but communities are urged to schedule their own celebrations to coincide with the six-week event.

The commissioners suggested perhaps the Starke County Chamber of Commerce or Historical Society may want to look at the four pillars established by the state bicentennial committee and get involved. Those pillars are history and celebration, youth and education, nature conservation and community involvement.

More information is available on the Indiana Bicentennial website at

Thursday, April 10, 2014

4/26/2014 Christina Franks Benefit

In remembrance of Christina Franks, and to aid her family in hospital and funeral expenses, there will be a Hog Roast, Bake Sale, and Silent Auction at the Knox Community Middle School, South Main Street, Knox, IN.

Tickets are $10.00 per person. Children 4 and under are free.  Enter at Doors 5 and 8.

Tickets can be purchased at these locations: Moose Lodge, Behind Bars Motor Sports, The Specialty Shoppe, Tans “R” Us, Cambe Chevrolet Buick, and Mexico Lindo.

Any questions call Tammie Taulbee at 574-249-0624.

4/12/2014 Community Services of Starke County Hosts Tailgaiting Fundraiser

By: Nathan, WKVI
Published: April 10th, 2014

Attention sports fans. Don’t miss your chance to hang out with Chicago Tribune sports writer David Haugh and bid on some exclusive Chicago sports SWAG Saturday night. He’s headlining a tailgaiting party Saturday night at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center to benefit a nonprofit organization close to his heart. His mother, Joan, is the executive director of Community Services of Starke County. Proceeds from “Tailgaiting with David Haugh and Charlie Adams” will all benefit the agency. Haugh says the organization was a part of his life when he was growing up in North Judson and is very important to Starke County because of all of the services they provide. He and former WSBT sportscaster Charlie Adams will be at the 5 p.m. event, which will include a live auction of a lot of sports memorabilia. Items up for bid include items from the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks and footballs signed by Chicago Bears players. The Chicago White Sox also donated items, and a signed Notre Dame Football will be sold as well.

“Any time I get a chance to come back home it’s a good night,” Haugh said. He’s ranked 15th on the IHSAA Career Receiving Yards list with 2,941 and still holds the North Judson-San Pierre High School record. Haugh continued his football career at Ball State, where he was an All-Mid-American Conference safety and Academic All-American. He worked for the “South Bend Tribune” for nearly a decade before joining the “Chicago Tribune” staff in 2003.

Tickets for the event are $25 each. Call Community Services of Starke County at 574-772-7070 or visit their website: for more information.

Starke County Commissioners Approve Precinct Changes

By: Mary Perren, WKVI
Published: April 10th, 2014
Voters who cast ballots in one Starke County precinct will do so in a new location, starting with the May 6 primary. Clerk Evelyn Skronski told the commissioners Wayne Township 4 was previously located at the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation Administration Building. School officials said it’s becoming too crowded and offered an alternative.

“They told us that we could use the atrium area at the high school,” Skronski said. “The east side has the handicapped parking and a lot of space. It’s got what we need. The only thing is we have these big, open windows that let in lots of light. That’s fine. They’re going to cover them so that candidates cannot stand out there and do whatever they do.” The other change is Oregon Township 3. Skronski says it’s in the same location but in a different building.  The Koontz Lake Lions Club building was torn down, and the Koontz Lake Regional Sewer District built an office on that site. Skronski says the Help America Vote Act committee had to make sure the new building was compatible with their guidelines and the Americans With Disabilities Act. They found it to be in compliance with everything, but Skronski needs the approval of the commissioners to make the change official. They unanimously approved the relocation of both polling places.

Absentee voting is under way now at the Starke County Courthouse. If you prefer to cast your ballot on Election Day, information about polling place locations is available here:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

North Judson Park Board Looking for Park Caretaker

The North Judson Park Board is now accepting applications for the position of park caretaker.

The responsibilities include light mechanical work, cleaning and maintaining of the shelters and bathrooms, grass mowing, emptying of trash barrels and other general park maintenance.  The position lasts from April till September.

As a park employee, it is necessary to submit to and pass a drug and background check.  Anyone interested in the position can submit a resume to the office of the North Judson Clerk Treasurer by April 19th, 2014 @ 204 Keller Ave., North Judson, IN 46366.

4/26/2014 Kersting’s Bike Blessing/Biker Fest

The annual blessing of the bikes will be held at Kersting’s Harley-Davidson Cycle Center & Museum on Saturday, April 26th, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST.
12 – 1 p.m.  Kersting’s Oldie Band “The Acousticats”
1 – 2 p.m.  Pastor Phil Willingham & Heartland Christian Center
Blessings of the Bikes – United Methodist Church Reverend Adam Speicher
3 p.m.  Live music
Food will be available.

Preserving your ancestors' photos - Starke County Tidbit No. 55

The Starke County Historical Society was featured on Channel 34 Open Studio program a few years ago.  Marvin Allen was a guest and demonstrated the importance of preserving old photographs and digitizing the photos on CD's to be stored for the future.  One graphic illustration showed the effect of light and air on photographs.  He displayed two identical photographs of his g-g-grandfather.  One photo had been stored for over 100 years.  The other one was displayed on the wall for the same period of time.  The displayed one (left in the attachment) was faded with age while the stored photo was sharp and clear.

The lesson here is to perhaps make copies of your important photos and display the copies while storing the original photo in an acid free envelope.  Identify the subject in the photo by writing the name on the back of the photo with a soft lead pencil.  

There are several websites that can help you in preservation of your family heirlooms.   A good website is  It shows preservation methods for different kinds of paper products, even comic books.

Jim Shilling
Starke County Historical Society

Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon Scheduled for April 16

By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
Published: April 9th, 2014

The Starke County Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. CT at Bowlaway Lanes in Knox.

This is an annual fundraiser where members of the community and business leaders come together for a night of fun while raising money for a worthwhile youth organization.

Junior Achievement is a unique program that reaches 1,000 kids in grades two through 12 and teaches them about financial literacy. Volunteers and business leaders from the community teach each of those classes. Junior Achievement students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st-century global marketplace.

This bowl-a-thon helps gather funds to continue this program.

It’s time to gather five of your friends together and bowl two games for a good cause. Call Alicia Hickman at (219) 869-1960 by April 14 to participate. The goal is to raise $60 per bowler for a nice boost in funds for Junior Achievement. There is also a $25 team registration fee. This is open to everyone of all ages.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

4/9 & 10/2014 Preschool Registration St. Peter Lutheran School

Preschool registration for next school year at St. Peter Lutheran School will begin on Wednesday, April 9th, and Thursday, April 10th, from 8:30-11:30 for currently enrolled families and members of the congregation in the school office. An open house for the public will be on Tuesday, April 15th at 6:30pm. Please share if you know of anyone who might be interested!

Stability Issue Closes Starke County Bridge

By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
Published: April 8th, 2014
A bridge has been closed by the Starke County Highway Department.

Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler told WKVI that the bridge on 700 East just north of State Road 8 will be closed for at least a week.

He explained that a tree traveling down the Yellow River at that location hit and dislodged a pier at the bottom of the bridge. The pier is essential in keeping up the bridge and the structure was immediately closed once pictures were sent to the state to report the damage.

The bridge was on track to be replaced in 2018. It will be mended for now and may be on the fast track for replacement.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

4/11/2014 Casting Call For UTOPIA on FOX TV

Here's your chance to become a reality star!

Newsletter April 2014

Starke County Youth Club, WKVI Partner for 7th Annual Radiothon

By: Mary Perren, WKVI
Published: April 3rd, 2014
The 7th annual Starke County Youth Club Radiothon will take place right here at WKVI on Friday, May 2.

Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says the club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of local children.

“We provide everything from academic support, helping kids with their homework or providing individual tutoring, to giving kids enrichment experiences like culture, drama and music. Also connecting kids with their families and the larger community through guest speakers service projects and community service endeavors,” Szakonyi says.

These services are provided Monday through Friday throughout the school year at Knox Elementary School, North Judson Elementary School, Oregon- Davis Elementary School and Oregon-Davis Junior-Senior High School. Summer programs are also offered. Szakonyi says the Starke County Youth Club will be taking over the WKVI airwaves on Friday, May 2.

“Students come in or call in, and they share what they do at club on a normal club day. We have parents and community members talk about the impact it’s had in their lives. We have some fun challenges, we have some cool incentives, we have a little bit of competition that goes on. It’s a day, we hope, full of inspiration, full of education and really a chance for the community to reach out, to call in and to make their pledge to support the kids in the community.”

This year’s Starke County Youth Club Radiothon fundraising goal is $43,000. Szakonyi says she’s confident the community will rise to that challenge. Learn more about the Starke County Youth Club on their website

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

4/13/2014 St. Peter Lutheran School DC or Bust Bazaar

4/5/2014 Backstage Company Dancers Bake Sale

The Backstage Company Dancers are having a bake sale on April 5th to raise money for the CRU Nationals in Mason, Ohio this July.  We will be at Bailey’s Discount Center from 9 a.m. until everything is gone.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.

We will have many of your favorite baked goods as well as a few new ones.  We can dance, but oh how our dance moms can bake!

4/5/2014 Big Band Dancing

4/5/2014 San Pierre Fire Department Fish Fry

Quote of the Month - April 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Habitat for Humanity Is Taking Applications This Month

Starke/Pulaski Habitat For Humanity will be taking applications this month as they seek to build a house this summer somewhere in Starke or Pulaski County.

As Steve Morrison explained, “Basically, we start out and we take applications and people who are in need of decent housing and so forth, or maybe they’re renting or whatever, and then we have a small brochure-type application whereby we ask them various questions, and it shows the income limits – lower and upper income limits – that people would qualify through. They have to be employed for 12 months, no bankruptcies for two years, and just some basic questions. If they all qualify for those few basic questions, then we’ll actually make a full application for possibly a home.”

To learn more about Habitat For Humanity and the process involved in applying for a Habitat home, stop in during one of the informational meetings. The first is scheduled for Saturday April 5 at the Monterey Tippecanoe Township Library at 10 a.m. EDT and the Pulaski County Public Library in Winamac at 1 p.m. EDT. On Saturday, April 12, a meeting is scheduled at the Francesville-Salem Township Public Library at 10 a.m. EDT and at the Pulaski County Public Library in Medaryville at 1 p.m. EDT. On Saturday, April 19, meetings are scheduled at the Starke County Library in San Pierre at 9 a.m. CDT, the North Judson-Wayne Township Library at 12 p.m. CDT, and the Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox at 3 p.m. CDT.

For more information, visit or call 574-896-2811.

4/2/2014 North Judson Town Board to Hold Special Public Meeting on Wednesday

By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
Published: April 1st, 2014
The North Judson Town Board will hold a special public meeting on Wednesday, April 2 at 8:30 a.m. CT at the building that currently houses the First Farmers Bank and Trust building at 310 Lane St.

Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry told WKVI that the bank is vacating the building to move to a different location in town. First Farmers Bank and Trust recently bought Bank of Indiana and will be moving to that location.

The purpose of this meeting is for the board members to inspect the building to see if it would be suitable for a new water department and clerk-treasurer’s office. Henry explained that the current building leaks and the carpet has been wet and dried numerous times. Henry said the environment is not suitable for work.

If the board is interested in the building, Henry said First Farmers Bank and Trust would offer it to the Town of North Judson.

That decision will be made at a later date. The next regularly scheduled town board meeting is Monday, April 7.

4/7/2014 Public Testing of Voting Machines Set for April 7

By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
Published: April 1st, 2014

The public testing of voting machines will take place on Monday, April 7 at 10 a.m. CT on the second floor of the Starke County Courthouse.

Starke County Election Board officials encourage you to get acquainted with the electronic Microvote machines before you cast your important ballot in the May 6 Primary Election.

A machine will be set up for you to practice. It will be equipped with a sample ballot and an assistant will help you cast a vote. This will help you prepare for election day.

For a complete list of candidates in the May Primary, visit the Election Central page on