Knox officials have announced the three winners and several honorable mentions in this year’s Christmas lights competition. The 1st place award of $100 goes to Vonda Butler at 211 Allen Drive. Nathan Suffridge at 303 S. Fisher St. claimed 2nd place honors and a prize of $50. Kim Adkins at 7 S. Shield St. finished in 3rd place and won $25. Honorable mentions went to all of Allen Drive for “a fantastic neighborhood display” and to Theresa Haas at 407 S. Bower St. and Jack Milner at 1400 E. Culver Road. Decoration committee members note that this year’s competition was fierce due to a number of beautifully decorated homes.
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.