Knox Mayor Updates Council on Various Projects

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers
Knox Mayor Rick Chambers
Knox Mayor Rick Chambers gave the city council an update on a few things he has been working on for the city, including housing and demolition grants. Chambers explained the council had previously authorized him in July to seek a housing grant for $195,500, and the city was awarded the grant last week. Since the council has already approved the city’s matching funds for the grant, Chambers said he needed their approval at the meeting to sign the official resolution.

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DNR Announces 22 Lake and River Enhancement Project Grants

 
 
More than a quarter of a million dollars in new grants have been awarded through the Lake and River Enhancement program as part of the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife. The LARE program looks to fund biological, engineering, construction and watershed land treatment projects throughout the state, and to that end, they have awarded $768,500 in grants for the care of Indiana’s water bodies.

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Stars, Filmmakers of Movie Filmed in Culver to Participate in Faith and Film Event

Cast of "Little Savages"
Cast of “Little Savages”
The filmmakers and stars of the movie “Little Savages” that is wrapping up filming in the Culver area will be partnering with local clergy to hold a panel discussion focused on the topic of “Faith, Film and Contemporary Life.” The panel will be held today beginning at 11 a.m. ET at the west pavilion in Culver’s town park.

Stars of the film include several well-known Disney stars, including Kenton Duty and Katherine McNamara. The film, which is being produced by Bearfuit Films, cents around the charming lake town of Culver where a boy genius and his sister race against bullies to find a treasure hidden by an eccentric philanthropist.

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Monterey Days Festival Kicked Off Yesterday

  
 
It’s finally here! The 16th annual Monterey Days Festival kicked off yesterday, featuring a number of events to entertain guests through Monday. The craft and food booths opened on Friday, alongside the Mister and Miss Monterey Days Pageant and open mic karaoke, hosted by Ruff Kutt Entertainment.

But the events really kick into action beginning at 8 a.m. today with a Knights of Columbus pancake and sausage breakfast to start off the full day of events. Town-wide yard sales will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with craft and food booths opening at 9 a.m., the same time as the MRZ Mobile Reptile Zoo opens with free admission. A library book and DVD sale will take place in the library parking lot at 9 a.m. as well.

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Blueberry Festival in Plymouth Continues This Weekend

  
 
The Blueberry Festival in Plymouth is underway, having opened the carnival gates on Thursday and officially beginning festival events on Friday, sponsored by Hoosier Racing Tire. Friday featured events such as White Tiger Discovery, the Little Miss and Mr. Blueberry Contest, Senter Street Dancers, and the Blueberry Idol Karaoke Competition. Many other events took place Friday as well before the festival closed for the day, wrapped up by a Jake Owen concert at 9 p.m.

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North Judson Author Signing Books at Library Today

Laura Louise Boilini
Laura Louise Boilini
A published author from North Judson has announced she will be doing a book signing at the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library today from 10 a.m. to noon. Dr. Laura L. Boilini recently published her first book, “Life’s Bouquet,” a compilation of the many lessons she learned from various people in her life. The book includes 14 chapters, each dedicated to an individual or individuals in her life that include a painting, a poem, a story, and a letter written to the influential person or persons.

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ACLU Sues E. Pulaski Schools For Female Student Unable to Play Football

Dan Foster
Dan Foster
The ACLU of Indiana has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a female Eastern Pulaski School Corporation student who was denied the chance to play football on her school’s football team. The team at Winamac Community Middle School is made up of only males, and when the 7th grader requested to try out for the team, she was denied the chance because, according to school officials, girls were not allowed to join. They encouraged her to try out for volleyball or cross-country.

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Week 2 Football Picks

Harold’s Picks (2-2)

West Central-40  Caston-6

Culver-21  South Central-14

Jimtown-28  John Glenn-7

Winamac-31  Pioneer-14

NJSP-28  Knox-12

Nathan’s Picks (2-2)

West Central-28  Caston-14

Culver-21  South Central-14

Jimtown-35  John Glenn-21

Winamac-21  Pioneer-7

Knox-13  NJSP-10

Tom’s Blind Picks (2-2)

Caston over West Central

Culver over South Central

John Glenn over Jimtown

Winamac over Pioneer

North Judson over Knox

Plymouth Company Kessler Crane Requests $2 Million Tax Abatement

  
 
Expansion – that’s the name of the game for local Plymouth company Kessler Crane, recently voted a “Company to Watch” in the state by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. The company told the city council this week that they have outgrown their facility, having grown from a business employing only eight people to an employer of more than 50, 18 of whom were added within the past year. Derek Spier, economic development specialist at the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation, told WKVI that the business is now looking to move from their current facility on Jefferson Street in Plymouth to a new building on Western Avenue.

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Knox Board of Public Works Discusses Unsafe Structures

Knox Board of Public Works
Knox Board of Public Works

Steve Dodge came before the Knox Board of Public Works Wednesday morning to advise the board of an unsafe structure.

The property in question is at 409 and 411 W. Lewis Drive in the Parkview Heights area. The duplex is on two lots with two property owners. One side of the building on the property is up-to-date on taxes and the other side was sold in a tax sale.

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Marshall County Council Holds Budget Talks with Department Heads

  
 
The Marshall County Council sat down with department heads on Aug. 20 to hash out their budgets for 2014.

Auditor Penny Lukenbill stated that the negotiations went very well and the advertised budget should be approved at the council’s next meeting. It has been advertised twice.

The council reviewed the $8.985 million proposed budget last week, which reflects a 2.6 to 3 percent increase. The department heads explained all of their budget requests to the council members. Lukenbill commented that the council made very few initial cuts.

City of Knox Must Purchase 2014 Police Cruiser; Grant Still Applies

 
 
The city of Knox has encountered a minor hiccup in their purchase of a new squad car to replace a police vehicle that had been totaled after striking a deer. Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston told the city council this week that the city is no longer able to purchase 2013 model year vehicles and must look into purchasing a 2014 model, which he said will come out to roughly $300 more.

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Eastern Pulaski Schools Superintendent Settling In Well

Dan Foster
Dan Foster

After being chosen as the new superintendent at Eastern Pulaski Schools earlier this month, Dan Foster said he’s settling back into the corporation nicely, aided by the fact that he was previously an administrator at the corporation for three years. He said there are still some familiar faces at the schools.

“I was here for three years, so I do know a lot of the people. A lot of them have stopped in, just said, ‘Hi,’ ‘Good to see you back,’ that kind of stuff, but in the mornings I’ve tried to take some time and go up through the buildings and see people and walk through and see kids in classes and what’s going on,” he said.

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Celebration Event for Starke County Walking Challenge Sept. 14

 
 

Moving Starke County Forward officials are urging participants in the Walking Challenge to step it up, as the event officially ends Sept. 2. Miles must be turned in by Monday, Sept. 9, reflecting miles walked during the event. A celebration event is planned for Sept. 14 with the final announcement of miles walked, biked or ran by participants, as well as awards and raffles, healthy snacks, health tips and information, and community vendors. T-shirts will also be available for a small donation fee.

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Gas Prices on the Rise – But Why?

 
 

The average price of gas in Indiana is once again on the rise, having been increasing since Aug. 28, and is now up to $3.70 per gallon – 10 cents more than the national average, which has remained relatively steady. The national average is currently resting around $3.60, down 5 cents since a month ago. According to Gregg Laskoski of GasBuddy.com, this regional increase can be attributed by rising crude oil prices and, despite common belief, it’s very unlikely that the gas increases in our area are caused by the Labor Day weekend or unrest in the Middle East.

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License Branches to Close for Labor Day Holiday

 
 
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be closed tomorrow and Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Most license branches will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 3. The Demotte, Knox, Monticello, Nappanee and 12 others in the state will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

If you need to conduct business, visit the BMV’s website at www.mybmv.com.