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Accident Victim’s Identity Not Yet Released

A woman involved in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Range Road and State Road 10 in Starke County on Monday morning died of massive blunt force trauma, according to St. Joseph County Deputy Coroner Chuck Hurleus.

The woman’s identity has not been released.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene shortly after 11 a.m. on Monday where Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies police found semi tanker on its side and on fire. A passenger car was located on the side of the roadway, according to the accident report. The driver of the passenger car was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital where she later died of her injuries. The passenger of the vehicle and the semi driver were taken to IU Health Starke Hospital and later transferred to South Bend Memorial Hospital.

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Comprehensive Plan for Knox on Drawing Table

City_of_Knox_LogoKnox city officials recently met with the Green 3 to put together ideas for a comprehensive plan for the city. A tour was taken of the city where a list of needs was assembled.

The downtown area was highlighted as a possible revitalization area. Those in attendance believe that the downtown area needs updated with brighter lighting and greater ambiance. Support for existing services, historic preservation, housing needs and economic development were all included as ideas.

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Voter Registration Ends Monday

The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 4 and in order to cast your important vote you need to be properly registered.

Voter registration is open this week at all county clerk’s offices. The last day to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 6. You must be registered by the end of the business day on Oct. 6 in order to vote in the November election.

If you need to register to vote or have questions about your current registration, call the Starke County clerk’s office at (574) 772-9160, the Pulaski County clerk’s office at (574) 946-3313 or the Marshall County Clerk’s office at (574) 936-8922. Election and registration information can also be found on the state’s website.

Absentee voting in all three counties begins Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Three Starke County Schools to Take Part in Manufacturer’s Day

The Knox Middle School is hosting Manufacturer’s Day tomorrow. A total of 15 local companies will have booths set up for 7th graders from Knox, Oregon-Davis and North Judson-San Pierre to visit and learn about what they do. Students will also learn what qualifications are necessary to work there. Knox Middle School Principal Joshua Pugh says hands-on learning like this really helps students think about their futures.

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Passenger Airlifted to South Bend Following Sunday Wreck

A passenger in a vehicle involved in a Sunday morning crash at the intersection of State Roads 10 and 39 east of North Judson was flown to a South Bend hospital. A news release from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department indicates multiple people were injured. The North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department had to cut one person from the wreckage. Continue reading

Coroner Identifies U.S. 30 Crash Victim

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a Monday morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a Monday morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

A Hamlet man was killed instantly after the vehicle he was driving collided with a semi truck on U.S. 30 at Frontage Road in Hamlet late Monday morning. Starke County Coroner Kris Rannells says Lawrence Siegel, 72, died of massive blunt force trauma including head, neck, chest and internal injuries. Continue reading

One Driver Dies in Two Vehicle Accident in North Judson

Range Road wreckA semi vs. passenger car accident at the intersection of State Road 10 and Range Road just east of North Judson Monday morning resulted in fatal injuries.

Officers arrived at the scene shortly after 11 a.m. and found a semi tanker on its side engulfed in flames. The passenger car involved in the accident was located on the side of the roadway, according to the accident report. The driver was airlifted from the scene to South Bend Memorial Hospital where she later died of her injuries. The passenger and the semi driver were taken to IU Health Starke Hospital and later transferred to South Bend Memorial Hospital. Their medical conditions are unknown.

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Starke County Chamber Hosting Nonpartisan Meet the Candidates Night

Starke County voters can meet candidates for federal, state and local office tomorrow evening at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in downtown Knox. The Starke County Chamber of Commerce Meet the Candidates night starts at 6 p.m. Executive Director Debbie Mix hopes for a good turnout. She notes the event is meet and greet, not a debate. Continue reading

Schricker Award Nominations Due Today

Henry Schricker

Henry Schricker

Today is the deadline to submit your nominations for the Henry F. Schricker award.

The award is given to a Starke County resident who has shown that he or she has put “service before self”. That was the motto of former governor Henry F. Schricker who exemplified that action while he served in office and as a resident of Starke County.

The Starke County Chamber of Commerce will review all submissions and a committee of former award winners will select this year’s recipient. A nomination form is available on the Starke County Chamber’s website at www.starkecountychamber.com. Include the qualities and deeds of your nominee. The entry should include the person’s voluntary contributions and benefits to Starke County.

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Informational Open House Set for Prospective Foster Parents

An informational open house for prospective foster parents is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the Starke County office of the Department of Child Services at 318 E. Culver Road in Knox.

Regional foster care specialist Renee Woodworth will be available to discuss foster parent responsibilities as well as the licensing process, including the home study.

There are 132 abused or neglected children in the region currently living in non-relative foster homes because it is not safe for them to live in their own homes. There are 5,046 kids statewide living in non-relative foster homes.

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Motorist Killed in Crash on U.S. 30

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a late morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a late morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

A tractor-trailer versus car crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet late this morning claimed a life. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police and Hamlet Police Department are investigating the wreck. Continue reading

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Respond to Accidents

Crews work to investigate an accident that occurred between a car and a semi on U.S. 30  just east of Hamlet

Crews work to investigate an accident that occurred between a car and a semi on U.S. 30 just east of Hamlet

Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department were called to two accidents Monday afternoon. One accident occurred at the intersection of Range Road and State Road 10 while another occurred on U.S. 30 and Frontage Road.

State Road 10 will be closed for some time while officers complete their investigation.

Additional information will be given once the investigations are complete.

Paving Prep to Begin At State Road 8 and 300 East

Motorists who use State Road 8 to travel west of Knox may want to find a new route for the next few weeks due to continued work to rebuild the intersection with Starke County Road 300 East. Starting Wednesday, traffic on the highway will be reduced to one lane with flagmen so the edge of the highway can be saw cut and removed to begin preparation for paving. Continue reading

JAG Students Helping Promote Literacy to Homeless

Students in the Knox JAG class sanitize and organize books for distribution. Photo provided.

Students in the Knox JAG class sanitize and organize books for distribution. Photo provided.

Several students in the Job’s for America’s Graduates (JAG) program are helping to promote literacy among the homeless.

Students were given approximately 40 books, ranging from elementary level to adult reading. Students were then tasked to select a homeless shelter or community location where services are available for the homeless and deliver those books.

Knox High School is one of the schools that participates in the JAG program. The educational program is dedicated to helping at-risk students overcome barriers to high school graduation.

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WKVI Team Waiting Tables for World Hunger Relief

World Hunger ReliefThe WKVI staff is set to serve you dinner tonight at Pizza Hut in Knox. Management at the restaurant has invited the radio station to take part in a tip night from 4 until 8 p.m. Radio station employees will be waiting tables with help from the Pizza Hut staff, and all tips will go to World Hunger Relief. Please tip generously. Last year the WKVI staff raised more than $300 for charity.

Another Vocational Program in the Works

The Starke County Economic Development Foundation (SCEDF) is looking to bring life back into the vocational building on the Oregon-Davis school campus to begin an automation robotics and equipment maintenance program as an extension of vocational programs through the SCILL Center.

According to Ron Gifford, the SCEDF will assist in seeking a way to fund the program full-time and to acquire equipment. A pilot program started this year with several students in the eighth grade through the tenth grade enrolled in the program.

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Oregon-Davis School Board Gives Blessing for Construction of Trophy Case

Oregon-Davis-Jr_Sr-BuildingThe Oregon-Davis School Board heard a presentation by Ron Henningsmith for a new trophy case.

Territorial Engineering provided Henningsmith with a layout to present to the school board to display the school’s state basketball trophies.

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City of Knox Receives Thanks from WoodStarke Representatives

woodstarkeThe Knox City Council members received praise from the WoodStarke representatives this week for their support of the first festival of its kind on Sept. 13.

The city was presented a thank you note for their efforts. The festival featured local artists, local music, HealthLinc’s mobile dental unit, a cornhole tournament, dance and exercise classes, a Moving Starke County Forward One Mile at a Time walk and a county-wide scavenger hunt.

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