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WKVI Staff Collecting Donations for Local Food Pantries

If you’re out grocery shopping today, stop and see members of the WKVI staff. The station’s fifth annual food drive will take place from 10 a.m. until noon Central today at Five Star in the Knox Mall and Sanders in the Winamac Plaza. Shoppers can donate non-perishable food or cash to help local families in need. Continue reading

Walorski Staffer to Hold Local Office Hours

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

A representative from U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski’s office will be in Starke and Pulaski Counties next week to help local constituents who need to access federal government services. A member of her staff will be at the Starke County Courthouse in the commissioner’s office on the first floor of the courthouse on Monday, Nov. 24 from 8 until 11 a.m. CST. Continue reading

Hamilton Southeastern Courts Former Knox Superintendent

Dr. Allen Bourff

Dr. Allen Bourff

A former Knox Community School Corporation administrator is being wooed by a suburban Indianapolis school district. “The Indianapolis Star” reports Hamilton Southeastern Schools officials will recommend Dr. Allen Bourff for the superintendent job there when they meet on Dec. 2. Bourff’s career started at Knox High School as an English teacher in 1978. Continue reading

Knox Comprehensive Plan Draft Expected in January

City_of_Knox_LogoKnox City officials will have a better idea after the first of the year how a five year downtown revitalization plan will look. A second public meeting was held last night to gather information from residents, merchants, community leaders and others about a vision for the comprehensive plan. Continue reading

Fifth Annual WKVI Food Drives Scheduled Tomorrow

The fifth annual WKVI Food Drive will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at two local grocery stores. Members of the radio station staff will be broadcasting live from Five Star in the Knox Mall and Sanders in the Winamac Plaza from 10 a.m. until noon CST, encouraging shoppers to stop by and donate non-perishable food or cash to help local families in need. Continue reading

Sysco Merger Could Put Starke County Site Back in Play

 Houston, Texas-based Sysco Corporation’s planned merger with Rosemont, Ill.-based U.S. Foods could bode well for Starke County. Sysco bought 320 acres of land south of U.S. 30 in 2007 after announcing plans to build a redistribution center near Hamlet. At the time the company said the expansion would create 500 local jobs. The project stalled in 2009 due to the weak national economy. Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver told the county council this week Sysco still plans to develop the site but has not announced a timeline for doing so. Continue reading

MDwise and Starke County Public Library Schedule Affordable Care Act Forum

healthyHealth care industry experts will be available Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Starke County Public Library to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act. Representatives from the nonprofit health insurance company MDwise will offer a presentation about the health insurance marketplace at 2 p.m. CST. Continue reading

Knox School Renovation Plans Move Forward

Knox-School-Board-2014The Knox Middle School Building Corporation Committee, at a public hearing last night, reviewed, approved, and sent to the School Board, a number of resolutions to move along the construction and renovation of a portion of the elementary building. No citizens attended the hearing.

Later at the School Board meeting, a public hearing was held on details of the project. Again, no member of the public appeared to comment. Continue reading

Knox Police Investigating Another Church Burglary

The Knox City Police Department is investigating another church burglary.

According to police, the United Methodist Church at 201 S. Shield Street was broken into Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Electronic equipment was stolen and the building suffered a lot of damage.

Knox officers believe that two suspects forced entry to building. The incident remains under investigation.

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Knox School Board Spotlights Tech Tribe

Knox Elementary SchoolMembers of the Knox Elementary School’s “Tech Tribe” were in the “Spotlight” portion of the agenda at Monday’s Knox School Board meeting. The students, under the direction of Laura Barnes, who meet in weekly after school sessions, displayed their work in video production, showed board members and the Superintendent one of 13 that they have produced. Continue reading

Knox Police Department Investigating Battery Incident

The Knox City Police Department is investigating an alleged battery incident at the Knox Middle School.

The incident occurred on Nov. 6 where a child was chasing another student around a table inside the classroom. The teacher stepped in to stop the action and pushed the student into a counter, according to a police report. The parents of the child called the police department to file a report. Continue reading

Starke County Schools Considering Balanced Calendar

CalendarThe Knox and Oregon-Davis School Boards could vote tonight to adopt a balanced school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year, and the North Judson-San Pierre School Board will consider one when they meet tomorrow. A balanced calendar still features the state-mandated 180 classroom days. The school year starts earlier in August and includes longer breaks in the fall and spring. They can be used for either remediation for students who are struggling or enrichment for higher-achieving pupils. Continue reading

Dial Before You Dig

Indiana_811_logo_200x100Knox officials remind residents to call 811 before beginning any digging projects. If you are planning a home improvement job, planting trees, installing a fence, deck or mailbox, it is the law that you call 811 at least two days before work begins. The depth of utility lines varies, and there may be multiple lines in common areas of your property. Continue reading

Knox City Council Blesses Downtown Project

Downtown Park

The Knox City Council has blessed the development of the vacant lot at Main and Lake Streets into a Serenity Garden.

A Knox Community High School class has the city council’s enthusiastic blessing to beautify the vacant lot at the corner of Lake and Main Streets. English Department Chair John Poindexter says 33 of his senior students are taking part in the career readiness curriculum and want to put the paperwork and planning into action.

“What we’d like to do is go in and put up either a gazebo or a pergola, one of the two, and have two picnic tables or benches for people to sit in, do some landscaping and put in a brick walkway,” Poindexter told the city council. Continue reading

Washington Township School Reduced To Rubble

IMG_3201The former Washington Township School on State Road 23 next to the fire station is a pile of bricks, boards and broken glass. Chris Loehmer from Monterey-based Chris Loehmer Excavating is demolishing the building free of charge for the township. The school opened in 1959 and closed when Knox Community School Corporation folded the township schools into one site. Continue reading

Knox Officials Still Researching Dumpster Regulations

City_of_Knox_LogoThe Knox City Council is still gathering information about dumpster regulations before drafting an ordinance to govern their placement within the city limits. City attorney David Matsey gave the council copies of policies from other communities to review. He says the goal is to keep dumpsters from being placed indefinitely in front of homes or other structures. Continue reading

Local Pop Warner Cheerleading Squad Advances to National Competition

Magdalyn Rinard, Ellah Fairchild, Miranda Mccarty, Delainey Edwards, Payton May, Rebekah Ward, Hannah Keen, Leigha Compton, Cayla craft, Myah craft, Myah maroules, Sarah deem, Braelyn Dickson, Julia cox, breana ringer and grace bradley

Magdalyn Rinard, Ellah Fairchild, Miranda McCarty, Delainey Edwards, Payton May, Rebekah Ward, Hannah Keen, Leigha Compton, Cayla Craft, Myah Craft, Myah Maroules, Sarah Deem, Braelyn Dickson, Julia Cox, Breana Ringer and Grace Bradley

Alexa Strong, Molly Salyers, Daisy Allen, Skylar-Ann Greer, Kaydence Nokes, Marisa Cripe, Ariana Singleton, Charlotte Salyers, Maddie Baker (behind trophy), Mackenzie Spohn, Abbigale Baker, Coach Amber Strong, Ashten Craft, Brianna Korcha, Elizabeth Gray, Coach Janelle Cripe

Alexa Strong, Molly Salyers, Daisy Allen, Skylar-Ann Greer, Kaydence Nokes, Marisa Cripe, Ariana Singleton, Charlotte Salyers, Maddie Baker (behind trophy), Mackenzie Spohn, Abbigale Baker, Coach Amber Strong, Ashten Craft, Brianna Korcha, Elizabeth Gray, Coach Janelle Cripe

The Knox Pop Warner Junior Redskin cheerleaders competed this past weekend after making it to regionals in DeKalb, Ill. Two squads were put together for traveling and non-traveling opportunities. The Knox Pop Warner Junior Pee Wee non traveling squad received first place in their division at regionals. Head coach Melissa Fairchild and assistant coach Amber Rinard lead 16 girls in 3rd and 4th grades to their first competition.

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Church Meals at Dembowski Center on Hold

Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center

Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center

The Knox City Council is prepared to sign a memorandum of understanding for free use by local churches of the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center to serve weekly community meals there. However the person spearheading that effort is still seeking commitments from churches to do so. Deb McIntire told City Attorney David Matsey she wants to have at least eight churches on board before proceeding.

Several Local Programs Planned to Celebrate Veterans Day

Today we pause to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed services. Veterans Day is celebrated each Nov. 11th. That’s the date in 1918 on which fighting between the Allied Nations and Germany stopped, marking the unofficial end of World War I. The following year President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11th Armistice Day. That celebration evolved into Veterans Day after World War II. Continue reading

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