The Knox man convicted last month of murdering his estranged wife, kidnapping an employee from Mark Bailey’s Discount Center and carjacking an English Lake couple last June will learn his fate today. Gary Chavez is due in Starke Circuit Court for a sentencing hearing this morning. A jury of eight men and four women returned guilty verdicts after about 90 minutes of deliberations. Defense attorney David Welter argued unsuccessfully for a conviction of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Kimberly Chavez of Portage and of auto theft instead of carjacking. Continue reading
The parking lot at the Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox will be closed today for repaving. Continue reading
The proposed relocation of a Knox business will require upgrades to the water and sewer systems in the Knox Industrial Park. Traffic Control Specialists hopes to break ground this fall on a new building at the southeast corner of 250 East and Pacific Avenue south of Toll Brothers and west of Knox Fertilizer. Continue reading
A Knox factory has gotten Ford’s highest distinction for supplier quality. Continue reading
Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall accepted pleas from and sentenced a pair of defendants yesterday in Starke Circuit Court. Continue reading
Chalk up another first at the Starke County Justice Center. Judge Kim Hall conducted the first hearings in the circuit courtroom at the facility yesterday. Continue reading
A loose group of organizers is hoping to identify issues related to the production of local food, and maybe improve health and nutrition in the process.
The Starke County Bicentennial Committee is moving ahead with making a design that will be used on promotional place mats and posters. Continue reading
The Starke County Park Board has now assembled a letter that hopes to influence a change of heart by the County’s Drainage Board.
The climate data is present now, but local officials with Purdue Extension say the effects may not be seen for several months.
The City of Knox is getting a rebate from its health insurance carrier, thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act. It caps the amount of premium money companies can spend on advertising, sales, salaries and promotion at 20-percent. The remaining 80 percent has to be spent on actual healthcare benefits. Continue reading
A month long investigation by the Knox Police Department into suspected drug activity ended with five arrests. Officers served a search warrant at 507 S. Heaton Street on Monday and found an active meth lab, multiple items used to manufacture the drug and illegal prescription medications, according to a news release. Continue reading
The final pavement work through the Knox Industrial Park should wrap up in the next few weeks. The contractor for the industrial park road improvement project is back in Knox for the next couple of days placing asphalt on Klockner Drive/300 East, Culver Road, Pacific Avenue and Hamilton Drive. All roads will remain open but will be down to one lane during the paving. Flagmen will direct traffic in the area. Continue reading
Two human cases of West Nile Virus have prompted health officials in central Indiana to provide additional information to the public.
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is looking to recruit teachers trained in the STEM fields.
The survey from SmartAsset shows places across the Hoosier State where residents are getting the most bang for their buck. The study includes statistical factors such as school rankings, crime rates, and the property tax levy rate.
The proposed North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation budget has been slashed considerably over the past several years. Corporation business manager and treasurer Guy Richie told the county council during last week’s budget hearing that revenue continues to decline due to changes in state funding and drops in enrollment. Continue reading
The Starke County Recorder’s Office will use funds from user fees to make more records available online. Territory manager Greg Bachman with vendor Fidlar Technologies says a portion of records back to 1983 will be digitized. Recorder Lisa Minix eventually wants to go back farther, but opted for 1983 because title searchers often need access to records going back that far. Continue reading
A group of eighth graders at Oregon-Davis is forming a new organization to help improve the community. Continue reading
North Judson-San Pierre support staff members are pulling extra duty due to the budget shortfalls the corporation is facing. In addition to extra work, Superintendent Lynn Johnson says they also had less time to get ready for the start of the school year. Students came back a week earlier this year due to the adoption of the balanced calendar. Continue reading