Hoosiers Continue to Struggle With Hunger

Food Pantry
Donating items like these to food pantries can help bridge the meal gap experienced by many Hoosiers.

The 2016 “Map the Meal Gap” report shows there still too many Hoosiers who go hungry. The annual study by the group Feeding America details food insecurity rates in every county and congressional district in the country. It found 15 percent of Indiana’s population is “food insecure.” Emily Weikert Bryant of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry says that’s over a million people. Continue reading

Knox Considering Recycling Container Change

 
 

Knox residents can weigh in on their choice of recycling container by either contacting city hall or returning the insert included with their water bills. The city council is contemplating a switch from the open totes that are picked up weekly to a 65-gallon wheeled container with a lid. Waste Management would supply them for free and collect recycling every other week. Residents would not incur an additional cost. Continue reading

Knox Council to Consider Additional Golf Cart Regulations

 
 

The Knox City Council will consider an overhaul of the local golf cart ordinance at their next meeting. Review copies of the proposal were handed out to city council members Tuesday for review. Mayor Dennis Estok says there are quite a few proposed changes. The biggest is a requirement that golf cart owners register the vehicles. They would be subject to inspections, and an annual fee would be charged. Continue reading

Kersting’s Annual Bike Blessing Tomorrow

Motorcyclists gather for the ride
Motorcyclists gather for the ride

Motorcycle enthusiasts once again have the chance to mark the start of the biking season with a Blessing of the Bikes tomorrow at Kersting’s Cycle Center south of North Judson. Pastor James Young from Heartland Christian Center in North Judson, a motorcycle rider himself, will share the message this year, before going around and blessing the bikes for safe travels. Continue reading

Local Heroin Use Grows, Look for Signs of Drug Activity

 
Heroin can be a brown or white powder or a thick, black substance, known as “black tar.”

Heroin use is a growing concern for local law enforcement. Detective Dave Combs with the Knox Police Department says it first showed up in Starke County a few years ago and quickly grew in popularity. He says it typically comes into the area from the south side of Chicago and South Bend. The drug is derived from the opium plant and is imported from Mexico. Combs adds users can buy a folded foil packet of heroin for about $20 and get high.  Continue reading