Chavez Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

 Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall sentenced 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 to 105 years in prison with no time suspended. Continue reading

Sunday Vigil to Mark International Overdose Awareness Day

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The ribbons on the lawn at IU Health Starke Hospital represent local victims of overdoses over the past seven years.

Moving Starke County Forward is trying to take the stigma out of drug overdoses with a Sunday evening event at Wythogan Park in Knox. Advocates and community members will remember the 61 lives lost in Starke County with a candlelight vigil and share information about the perils and pitfalls of drug use. Jordan Morris from Starke County Community Corrections says people who use drugs are less likely to be aware of the potential consequences of their actions. She  says common rationalizations include “I know my limit” or “I always test what I get first, so I know the strength of it.” She adds mixing different types of drugs can often prove fatal. Continue reading

Chavez Sentencing Scheduled Today

 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

Proposed TSC Relocation Will Require Infrastructure Upgrades

Traffic Control Ssytems IncThe 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

City of Knox Receives Insurance Rebate

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

Knox Police Investigation Ends with Five Arrests

Meth BustA 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

Final Work Scheduled on Klockner Drive Paving Project

roadworkThe 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

Study Says Starke County Gets High Value for Property Taxes Paid

Property-tax-200x150A recent study says Starke County spends its property tax dollars effectively compared with others in the state.

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.

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IU Health Starke Hospital President Updates Council, Commissioners

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IU Health Starke Hospital President Craig Felty

IU Health Starke Hospital intends to renew its lease with the county for the current facility. President Craig Felty told the council and commissioners Monday a formal notice will be forthcoming in 30 to 60 days. Right now due diligence is continuing in the proposed acquisition of IU Health Starke and LaPorte Hospitals by Community Health Systems. Continue reading

Knox Artist Celebrates Blackhawks Poster Unveiling

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Precision Controls CEO Andy Arnold unveils the “Let’s Go Hawks” South Shore print painted by Mitch Markovitz of Knox.

A Knox artist was the guest of honor last night at an art gallery in Munster. The latest “Just Around the Corner on the South Shore Line” poster by Mitch Markovitz celebrates the Chicago Blackhawks sports dynasty. He was commissioned by CEO Andy Arnold of Precision Controls of Griffith to do a poster painting entitled “Let’s Go Hawks” to commemorate the team. Continue reading

Knox Library Branch Closed for Parking Lot Paving

Henry F. Schricker Library

Henry F. Schricker Library

The Henry F. Schricker Public Library branch in Knox is closed today and tomorrow to accommodate the parking lot repair and expansion project. Rain on Tuesday postponed the project. Library officials say the contractors will be able to work more quickly and get the project done sooner if they are closed. Safety for library users and children walking over from school is also a priority. Continue reading

Library Parking Lot Repairs Set to Start

Henry F. Schricker Library

Henry F. Schricker Library

Weather permitting repairs to the parking lot at the Henry F. Schricker Public Library branch in Knox will start today. Library patrons are encouraged to wait until after 5 p.m. to visit the library. Parking will be limited, and visitors are asked to heed roped-off areas. Continue reading