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Winter Storm Warning in Effect

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning that is in effect from 10 p.m. ET on Saturday until 7 a.m. ET on Monday.

Ten to 15 inches of snow is expected in this storm. The period of heaviest snow is expected during the daytime on Sunday into Sunday evening. The snow should taper off late Sunday night.

Periods of heavy snow with blowing and drifting snow will make travel difficult or impossible. Visibility will be reduced to zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.

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Weekend Snow Forecast Creates Potential Problems

Several inches of snow is being forecast on Saturday night and into Sunday, prompting Starke County Emergency Management to be on the lookout.

According to the National Weather Service, Starke County will begin a winter storm watch Saturday night after 6 p.m. Marshall County begins their Winter Storm Watch at 7 p.m. EST.
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Second Meeting Held for Knox Comprehensive Plan Development

City_of_Knox_LogoThe City of Knox held a second public meeting Thursday night that continues collecting information in the development of the City’s comprehensive plan.

The process is being undertaken after a grant was received to fund the development of the plan. Once completed, the City hopes targeted areas for development, infrastructure, and connectivity can be identified.
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Knox City Council Meets New Officer, Approves Use of Community Center

Eric Vanderhoff

Eric Vanderhoff

The new officer at the Knox City Police Department introduced himself to the Knox City Council members Tuesday night. Eric Vanderhoff said he will be headed to the police academy on March 31 for 15 weeks of training. He’s been on the road for six months and getting to know the area. He will return to the Knox City Police Department when his training is complete. Vanderhoff was hired last spring.

The city council also approved the use of the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center on April 25 for an event hosted by Women Anchored in Hope. The council approved the use of half of the great room, but if there are more people than anticipated then they could use the entire room.

A contract was approved to have Anne Mannix complete all of the paperwork with the Blight Elimination Program grant. The contract is for $50 an hour, not to exceed $10,000. The city attorney will review the contract.

The city council members also recognized that George Byer was reappointed as the park superintendent. That action was completed this month.

Knox Police Chief Notes Building Issues

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem told the Board of Public Works members this week that some maintenance needs to be conducted at the building housing the police department.

Norem stated that fans are on in the garage to help evaporate the water from the floor in the garage. The drainage issue has been ongoing for some time, according to Norem. He hopes that the issues can be corrected in the spring.

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Indiana Dem Leader Criticizes State Budget Process

Democratic Party DonkeyIndiana Democrats are speaking out against the current state budget process.

House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath out of Michigan City held a news availability to answer questions about what he says are over exuberant elected representatives and the continued murkiness of Indiana’s budget process.
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Scalding Injury Risk Increases in Winter

State health officials warn scalding risks increase significantly during the winter months, especially among young children and the elderly. Scalds occur when contact with hot liquid or steam damages one or more layers of skin. Injuries are painful and require prolonged treatment. They can result in lifelong scarring and possibly death. Frequent sources of scald burns include hot tap water, hot food and beverages and steam. Health officials say most burns occur in the kitchen or bathroom. Continue reading

Local Schools on Soft Lockdown

Eastern Pulaski Schools and the Culver Community School Corporation are under a soft lockdown.

Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Dan Foster told WKVI News that an individual in the community had threatened to harm himself. Foster said that the school is simply taking a precaution where all of the doors have been locked at all of the buildings. Students will not be leaving the buildings for recess or any student aid projects.

It was a general threat and not a specific threat to the school or any students or staff at the school, according to Foster. Foster stated that it was a safety precaution.

Monterey Man Arrested on Warrant for Felony Child Molesting

Stanley Myers

Stanley Myers

A Monterey man was arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies this week on six counts of child molesting.

According to court documents, Stanley W. Myers, 70, is accused of committing child molesting on six different occasions with six-year-old and seven-year-old children. The acts were allegedly committed over a period of time. Each incident reportedly occurred at a home on 750 North in Monterey.

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Donnelly Votes In Favor of Keystone XL, Supports Iran Sanctions

Joe Donnelly

Senator Joe Donnelly

Indiana State Senator Joe Donnelly has voted to approve legislation that authorizes the Keystone XL Pipeline.

In a 62-36 vote, Donnelly says he’s pleased with the result. The move brings the legislation one step closer to the White House. The Senate bill will either need to be approved by the House of Representatives, or merged with a similar bill previously voted on.
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Knox Street Department Ready for Next Snow Event

Street Superintendent Jeff Borg told the Knox Board of Public Works this week that operations in the city are going well this winter.

There has been some cost savings in getting sand from Area Excavating. The cost is two dollars cheaper than their previous supplier. They don’t have to go as far to pick up the material. Borg said he has been able to see a difference in the cost and wear and tear of vehicles. He coordinates a pick up time with the company and brings back up to ten tons of sand as needed. Borg said the sand is mixed with salt, and the combination works well during a snow event. Porter County and LaPorte County department use the same company for their road product as well.

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Financial Reform Leads to Course, Graduation Increases

Ancilla College NEWMore Hoosiers are graduating college on time.

That’s according to a report from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The report says that since financial aid reform was adopted in 2013, the number of college students taking and completing the minimum number of courses needed to graduate on time has increased by double digits.
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Watch for Drug Use in Schools and Community

The Marshall County Safety Commission will work to keep drugs out of schools, and everyone can keep an eye out for possible drug activity.

Indiana State Police troopers said the number of meth labs has decreased in Marshall County, but the threat of meth getting into children’s hands is still possible. There are many more cases now involving the Department of Child Services because parents are abusing drugs, according to state police.

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Budget Approved for City of Knox

 Knox Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston told the city council this week that the budget order came back, and the city is $45 shy of the maximum levy. The maximum levy is the maximum amount of money the city can collect from taxes. Houston said they couldn’t have gotten any closer, which is good.

Houston noted that he spoke to Matt Parkinson from the Department of Local Government Finance who said that the city will know in April about how much the tax caps will affect the city’s budget. When Houston gets that information, he will let the department heads know how much they will need to cut from their department. Last year, the city was cut over $200,000.

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