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Knox City Council Approves Funds for Shell Building

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

Money has been earmarked for the construction of a shell building in the Knox Industrial Park.

Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver told the Knox City Council members last night that companies are looking for existing structures to move right into to start up their businesses. Weaver said companies don’t want to have to go through the process of building the site with infrastructure, permitting and zoning issues. They want to have a building that they can customize to their needs and begin their business right away.

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Knox Christmas Tree Lighting is this Weekend

The annual Knox Christmas tree lighting ceremony is set for this Sunday, Nov. 30. The Knox Fire Department will be escorting Santa down Main Street to the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center at 5:00 p.m. CT. While awaiting the arrival of Santa the crowd will gather outside the community center and the Starke County Choralairs will sing carols. Continue reading

Weather Delays Industrial Park Road Project

The intersection of Culver Road and Klockner Drive will not reopen this week as originally scheduled. The contractor advises WKVI News paving has been delayed due to weather and is now scheduled for early next week. The intersection is now set to reopen on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Continue reading

Knox City Council to Meet Tonight

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council will meet tonight where more discussion will be held regarding a dumpster ordinance.

When the council members last met, City Attorney David Matsey issued policy copies from other municipalities and to choose specific options that would pertain to city. He noted that the main goal is to restrict the time in which dumpsters can be placed at a site where a project is in progress. More information will be sorted out during tonight’s meeting.

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Status Hearing Scheduled Today for Murder Defendant

A murder defendant is scheduled to appear in Starke Circuit Court this afternoon for a status hearing. Gary Chavez is charged with murder, kidnapping and carjacking. Authorities say he killed his estranged wife, Kimberly Chavez, at their rural Knox home on June 6, drove to Mark Bailey’s Discount Center, left his car and kidnapped a store employee at gunpoint. Continue reading

WKVI Hosts Successful Fifth Annual Food Drive

WKVI's Nathan Welter, Mitch Columbe, Mary Perren and Pulaski County Human Services Executive Director Jacki Frain with some of the food collected at Sanders Foods during the fifth annual WKVI Food Drive.

WKVI’s Nathan Welter, Mitch Columbe, Mary Perren and Pulaski County Human Services Executive Director Jacki Frain with some of the food collected at Sanders Foods during the fifth annual WKVI Food Drive.

WKVI’s Fifth Annual Food Drive on Saturday was a rousing success. Tom Berg and Tony Ross collected items and donations at Five Star for the Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry, while Nathan Welter, Mitch Columbe and Mary Perren did the same at Sanders in the Winamac Plaza. Items collected there went to the Pulaski County Human Services Food Pantry. They include 5,200 pounds of food and $1,392.49. Galbreath employees brought two vehicles full of food, weighing 3,000 pounds, and the Winamac Community High School Football Team also gave generously. After the drive was over, the WKVI staff helped unload the items at Pulaski County Human Services, where they will be sorted and distributed to families in need. Continue reading

DNR Considers Rule Change to Allow River Otter Trapping

River OtterRiver otters are thriving a little too well in Indiana nearly 20 years after their successful reintroduction into the state. Last year biologists with the division of fish and wildlife received 86 complaints of river otters eating fish from private ponds and commercial hatcheries or destroying private property. That’s up from 69 complaints in 2012. Also the number of control permits issued or renewed nearly doubled from 11 in 2012 to 21 in 2013. Continue reading

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

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