Knox City Council to Consider Budget Cuts

 The Knox City Council members are expected to act on a recommendation by the clerk-treasurer on cuts that are to be considered due to the circuit breaker law.

Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston explained that caps have been placed on the amount of property taxes residents are required to pay which means less money into the city’s budget. Houston said $261,000 needs to be cut, and every department has made those cuts. Those cuts will be presented in a resolution tonight for the council’s approval.

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Early Education Could Influence Public Health

 A pre-Kindergarten fair being held Tuesday in Knox may have some long-term health benefits.

The second annual event allows children and their parents to explore the various pre-school options available in Starke County. Booths will be available to distribute information to parents. Among those participating is IU Health Starke Hospital.
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The Crossing Hosts Spring Celebration

The CrossingAn alternative school with a location in Starke County is hoping to showcase what they’ve accomplished this year.

The Crossing Educational Center will be hosting their spring celebration on Thursday. Students will have the opportunity during the event to talk about what they’ve learned with parents, board members, and community members in attendance.
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Towing Agreement Update Given to Knox Board of Public Works Members

The Knox Board of Public Works again reviewed the towing agreement when they recently met. The members approved the agreement in March and the city council gave Mayor Rick Chambers permission to sign the document with participating towing companies.

Three companies have now signed the agreement. The companies are not in city limits, but representatives can arrive at the scene of an accident within 20 minutes. As part of the agreement, the companies will be used on rotational basis when called upon by the Knox City Police Department. One company would not supply certain documentation as required and won’t be on the list.

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Bids for Knox Sidewalk Program to be Awarded May 8

Seven applications for the 50/50 sidewalk replacement program have been reviewed by Knox Street Superintendent Jeff Borg.

Borg told the Knox Board of Public Works last week that he has invited contractors to bid on the projects. He has taken one contractor around to all of the proposed sites. The bids will be awarded in a special meeting on Friday, May 8.

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Starke County Fireworks Fundraiser Set for May 16

 In just a few short months, America will be celebrating another birthday. The City of Knox is hoping to offset costs of a local celebration with several fundraisers.

A port-a-pit chicken sale is set during the city-wide yard sale in May. This fundraiser will be May 16 at the Knox South Side Fire Station. Volunteers will sell half chicken orders for $7.00 plus pit-tatoes for $3.00 from 10 a.m. until sold out. All proceeds will benefit the county-wide fireworks celebration on Friday, July 3.

Tickets for this event can be purchased at Knox City Hall.

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Absentee Voting Available Today

Only a few opportunities remain to vote absentee in the City of Knox Primary Municipal Election.

Voters can cast an absentee ballot today from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. CT in the Starke County Clerk’s Office in the courthouse. In-office absentee voting is also available Monday through Friday next week from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The courthouse will be open Thursday, April 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT in addition to regular voting hours in the day. The last two opportunities to vote absentee in-office are Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to noon. The Primary Municipal Election is Tuesday, May 5.

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Fair Aims To Bring Inspiration To Women In Addiction Recovery

Women Anchored in HopeA local organization is looking to provide women in the community with a bit of inspiration.

This Saturday at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center, a women’s fair called “Makeover Your Life” is being presented by the group Women Anchored in Hope. The fair is designed to help women build self esteem, with an emphasis on addiction recovery.
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Dog Credited with Saving Homeowner from House Fire

A dog bite may have been the difference between life and death for a Bass Lake man. Fire Chief Les Jensen says his department was called to a house fire in Boa Shores around 3:30 Saturday morning. The homeowner was asleep when the fire started. Continue reading

Drug Search Conducted at Knox Middle School

 Starke County K9 Terror with handler Rob Olejniczak, along with other K9 officers from Pulaski County, Marshall County and Plymouth, conducted a drug sweep of the Knox Middle School this week. Additional officers were asked to join the Starke County K9 unit due to the size of the middle school.

According to the Starke County Sheriff’s Office, the K9s swept lockers in addition to vehicles in the parking lots. No illegal substances were found on school grounds.

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Knox Fire Hydrant Replacement Plan Presented

HydrantSeveral fire hydrants will be replaced in Knox this spring.

Water Superintendent Todd Gardner said the hydrants on John Street in front of the apartment building will need to be changed out. He said they are over 100 years old and are not functioning. He’s concerned because there isn’t adequate fire protection in that area if a structure fire were to occur. Another hydrant on the corner of John and Prettyman Streets will be replaced, as it is broken off at the ground.

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Plea Hearing Set in Attempted Murder Case

Benton Chrisopher Howard

Benton Christopher Howard

A plea hearing has been set in Starke Circuit Court for a man accused of stabbing a Knox resident in the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 30.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Benton Christopher Howard and Brandon Davidson got into an argument at a home in Knox which escalated to a physical confrontation. Howard allegedly unsheathed a knife and stabbed Davidson in the chest. Davidson was taken to the hospital with a collapsed lung and damage to his heart.

Howard is charged with attempted murder as a Level 1 felony and aggravated battery as a Level 3 felony.

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Knox Board of Public Works Approves Loan of K9 Kennel

 The Starke County Sheriff’s Office will have a vehicle kennel for another K9 when the time comes to purchase another dog.

The Knox Board of Public Works agreed to loan the city-owned kennel to the county to help reduce the county’s costs toward another K9 unit. Mayor Rick Chambers explained that the Knox City Police Department no longer has a K9 unit and had the kennel in storage. Sheriff Bill Dulin requested the use of the kennel and the request was granted Wednesday morning.

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Industrial Park Road Rehab Forces Temporary Closure of 300 East

Road Closed SignPart of Starke County Road 300 East through the Knox Industrial Park will be closed overnight and through the day tomorrow to allow concrete to cure. Contractors are working in the area to restore lawns and driveways that were disturbed by last year’s road widening project. Continue reading

Knox Board of Public Works to Meet Today

The Knox Board of Public Works will talk more about the towing agreement when they meet this morning.

The board recently approved an amended agreement and two towing companies have signed the agreement already. The Knox City Council approved a resolution last week to authorize Mayor Rick Chambers to sign the document and to enter into agreements. The towing companies that sign the towing agreement will be used on a rotational basis. If the company is contacted and a representative does not answer, the next company on the list will be utilized.  The agreement will be reviewed again by the board this morning.

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Starke County Rolls Out Inmate Work Crew

Inmate Work Crew DetailInmates from the Starke County Jail are picking up trash today east of Knox. Sheriff Bill Dulin says four low-level offenders are out under the supervision of a jail officer. Orange signs along Culver Road indicate an inmate work crew is in the area and caution motorists to slow down. Crews from the Starke County Highway Department will pick up bagged trash collected by the inmates.

Prosecutor Reviewing Case of Wandering Child

The Starke County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing details in a case where an unsupervised child was found in the 300 block of West Riverside Drive in Knox.

Knox City Police Department officers received a call about a wandering child on Friday morning. The child was wearing pajamas when neighbors found the child. The youngster could not inform officers of her name or who her parents were. Several hours went by before the child’s parents were located.

The child remains in the custody of the Department of Child Services.

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Knox Students Vow Support for Child of Crash Victims

Knox-School-Board-2014Students of the National Junior Honor Society have determined that the proceeds of their fund raising activities will be directed to an education fund for a North Judson student who lost both parents in a recent accident. Charles and Patricia Hill were killed last Tuesday when their 2005 Harley-Davidson was struck by a pickup truck on State Road 10 at 700 West, west of North Judson.

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