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Adult Learning Center Registration Dates Announced

Published: April 17th, 2014

Center of Workforce InnovationsArea adults who want to take their high school equivalency test or brush up on some other skills can register now for classes in Starke County offered through the Center of Workforce Innovations Adult Learning Centers. Courses prepare individuals for the new Indiana High School Equivalency test, which replaces the GED. Courses in basic reading, math and language are also available. Some sites offer English as a Second Language instruction as well.

Classes in North Judson meet at the North Judson Wayne Township Public Library on Keller Avenue. Registration for that site is Monday, April 21 at 10 a.m. Call 574-896-2841 for more information. Registration for classes in Knox takes place each Monday and Wednesday except Monday, April 21 at the Starke County WorkOne office on North Shield Street. Call 574-249-8720 for more information.

Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon Strikes Tonight

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 16th, 2014

It’s an activity your family, friends or co-workers can enjoy and you’ll be helping a youth organization at the same time. It’s the annual Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon.

The Bowl-a-Thon is tonight at 6 p.m. CT at Bowlaway Lanes in Knox and teams are needed to help gather funds for Junior Achievement. Bridget Markin, a Junior Achievement representative, says this fundraiser is a worthwhile program for Starke County students.

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No Burn Ordinance in Effect in the Knox City Limits

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 15th, 2014

 The weather has dipped below the level where it was over the weekend, but meteorologists say it will be nice again this weekend which could lead to outdoor chores.

The Knox City Council members want to remind residents that there is a no burning ordinance within the city limits. According the ordinance listed on www.cityofknox.net, “no person shall start, kindle, cause, allow or maintain any form of leaf burning or wood burning of any kind, on private or public property, except as specifically authorized”.

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Knox School Board Spotlights Archery and Hunter Safety Courses

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 14th, 2014

The Knox Community School Board members heard a presentation on the high school’s hunter education and archery programs during their meeting last week.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said Rob Krueger, Jake Skelly and DNR Representative Zachary Howerton gave the presentation about the hunter safety class that’s offered to sophomores and an archery class.

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Knox City Council to Review Proposed Street Paving List

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 14th, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council members were given a proposed street paving list when they met last week.

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers noted that he received the list from Street Superintendent Jeff Borg and the council is expected to review the list and approve it at a future meeting.

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Carrying our Community’s Cross Event This Saturday

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 14th, 2014

The second annual Carrying our Community’s Cross event will be Saturday, April 19 at 9 a.m. CT.

Jerry Bacon who is one of the organizers of the event said this will be a time to focus on the help that churches and organizations give to those in the community.

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Knox Community School Board Approves 2014-2015 School Calendar

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 12th, 2014

The Knox Community School Board members approved the 2014-2015 school calendar during their meeting this week.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the calendar is similar to this year’s except another contingency day has been added.

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Call 811 Prior to Digging

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 12th, 2014

Knox City Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston reminded those in attendance in Tuesday’s city council meeting to call before you dig if you’re planning outdoor projects.

Call 811 two business days before starting any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. If you don’t call 811 before a digging project, not only do you subject yourself to injury but you could be fined up to $10,000 or more and the cost to repair damages.

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Knox City Council Approves Money Transfer for the Cost of Snow Removal

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 11th, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council members approved a transfer to help cover the cost of snow removal.

Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston told the city council that the street department did what they could, but they have gone over budget in the snow removal line item. The contractor that removes snow in the downtown area also worked harder this season and charged a little more.

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Knox Community School Board Members Discuss Middle School Air Conditioning Units

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 11th, 2014

 The Knox Community School Board members discussed the air conditioning units at the middle school during their meeting this week.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the units are getting older and showing some great wear and tear. The company has offered the corporation a special program.

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Knox Community School Board Approves Contract with The Crossing

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 10th, 2014

The CrossingThe Knox Community School Board members discussed entering into a contract with The Crossing alternative school during their meeting this week.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said The Crossing is a second-chance opportunity for students who have dropped out of high school, been expelled or transitioned to home school. Education is delivered in a way that best fits students.

Gappa confirmed that the board is moving forward to help those students.

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Community Services of Starke County Hosts Tailgaiting Fundraiser

By: Nathan
Published: April 10th, 2014

 

David Haugh

David Haugh

Attention sports fans. Don’t miss your chance to hang out with Chicago Tribune sports writer David Haugh and bid on some exclusive Chicago sports SWAG Saturday night. He’s headlining a tailgaiting party Saturday night at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center to benefit a nonprofit organization close to his heart. His mother, Joan, is the executive director of Community Services of Starke County. Proceeds from “Tailgaiting with David Haugh and Charlie Adams” will all benefit the agency. Haugh says the organization was a part of his life when he was growing up in North Judson and is very important to Starke County because of all of the services they provide. He and former WSBT sportscaster Charlie Adams will be at the 5 p.m. event, which will include a live auction of a lot of sports memorabilia. Items up for bid include items from the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks and footballs signed by Chicago Bears players. The Chicago White Sox also donated items, and a signed Notre Dame Football will be sold as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Knox City Council Approves Revised Fee Ordinance

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 10th, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council members discussed a revised fee ordinance Tuesday night.

Under Section 1, Article VI, Sec. 4-251. Location improvement permit fees, a commercial/industrial permit for new construction, additions and remodeling will be left at $5,000. In a previous discussion, the members considered an increase to $7,500, but later determined the $5,000 fee was sufficient.

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Starke County Commissioners Approve Seed Demolition Money

Published: April 9th, 2014
Starke County Courthouse

Starke County Courthouse

The Starke County Plan Commission is cracking down on enforcement of unsafe and blighted buildings. President Dennis Estok told the county commissioners they’ve restructured their enforcement letters and means of taking owners to court but still have a backlog of structures that need to be torn down.

“You’ve got to have some seed money, because if they don’t do it you can go in there and take care of these unsafe structures,” Estok said. “Then basically what you do is you fine them, and you bill them. If they don’t pay the bill, then you put a special assessment on their taxes. You wind up getting the property, and then you re-sell the property to try to recoup some of your cost.” Read the rest of this entry »