The city of Knox can finally replace a wrecked police car thanks to funds from a federal grant. The USDA Office of Rural Development awarded the city a $24,900 Community Facility Grant. An officer hit a deer last spring while en route to North Judson to assist with a sobriety checkpoint, and the city’s insurance on the Ford Crown Victoria patrol car was not adequate to purchase and equip a replacement. City officials were notified yesterday that they had received the grant. USDA Rural Development State Director Phil Lemkuhler said, “Rural Development appreciates the dangerous job done by those who serve as police officers. It is our hope that these funds will help to make their jobs safer and the city of Knox more secure.”
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.