The Knox Board of Public Works approved the last pay applications for the Phoenix House project.
Van Janovic from Territorial Engineering informed the board that the project has fallen within budget. Approximately $4,800 will be left over from the project.
A startling statistic in Starke County has incited an initiative to get residents off the couch and moving. Ted Hayes, marketing and media representative for IU Health Starke Hospital, and Nancy Dembowski of Moving Starke County Forward said a statistic released last year listed the health rankings of counties in Indiana and revealed that Starke County came in second-to-last, ranking 91 out of 92 counties for healthiness. As a result of that, the county has received a grant from the Indiana Department of Health to study the issue and find out how to improve health in the county.
The Knox VFW is boasting some newly replaced ceiling tiles in their building, thanks to a Team Depot grant and the efforts of associates at the Valparaiso Home Depot. Joe Lapointe, department head of plumbing at the Home Depot, said they donated $4600 worth of material to the VFW through a Team Depot grant from Home Depot’s corporate level and associates from the store installed the tiles free of charge.
A 2009 Oregon-Davis graduate has written a book and donated several copies to the school corporation.
Karly Keiper, who was recently chosen as the State of Indiana’s “Student Teacher of the Year,” has written a book with others entitled, “He Huffed and He Puffed But…”. It tells a tale of Tim BurWulf and his taste for pigs, but he can’t blow the pigs’ houses down because he suffers from asthma. He eventually learns about the symptoms and treatments of asthma.
FOP President Chris Kisela, an officer of the Knox City Police Department, said the money raised from this fundraiser will help give eligible Starke County children a chance to get needed supplies for the upcoming school year. He hopes enough money can be raised to assist 60 children.
Coldiron was arrested in 2011 when officers from the Starke and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Departments and the Knox City Police Department and North Judson Police Department served an arrest warrant at 1860 W. Dawn Drive.
The Knox Board of Public Works opened street paving bids Wednesday morning for five streets and a small section of pavement at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
E&B Paving out of Rochester was the low bidder with a total bid of $76,680. In their bid, they noted that they would be using 1,149.44 tons of asphalt at $66.71 per ton. The Board of Works accepted E&B Paving as the lowest conforming bidder and the paperwork and specifications will be reviewed by Street Superintendent Jeff Borg and City Attorney David Matsey.
Community Services of Starke County held its volunteer luncheon yesterday afternoon, recognizing more than 100 volunteers and 50 agencies for their many hours of hard work and their overwhelming contributions to the agency.
One organization in particular was recognized for going above and beyond with their assistance to Community Services. Ober Arbor Gleaners Club received the Volunteer of the Year award, having donated to the food pantry, helped pay for the air conditioner at Community Services, assisted at Golden Living Nursing Home and the Humane Society, Love INC, and countless individuals.
He helps second, third and fourth grade students who struggle with reading and reading comprehension, sounds and word structure. The program helps students who have difficulty in reading fluency, spelling and students who have not shown growth in NWEA and ISTEP testing.
Bonnie Guse was honored for her 40 years of service to the Oregon-Davis Corporation. She was a 1969 graduate of Oregon-Davis and later graduated from Indiana Central in 1973. From there, she began her teaching career at O-D.
The USDA Summer Food Service Program will also offer free meals to any adult enrolled in a state approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled. All meals will be the same and there will be no discrimination during the course of the meal service.
The Starke County Council has taken a first step toward approving the purchase of three new Freightliner trucks for the highway department. Superintendent Rik Ritzler says that eight of the trucks in the county’s fleet are more than 15 years old, and many have more than 300,000 miles. He says they are becoming more costly to maintain than to replace. Even though the initial replacement cost is $439,672 for three new vehicles, Ritzler says they would last the county several years. Money for the purchase is in the county highway fund; however, the state requires the appropriation be advertised before it can be spent. Council members approved the advertisement and expect to give final approval to the purchase when they meet in June. Ritzler also told the council he plans to implement a fleet management plan and replace a vehicle each year after this.