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

WKVI Spearheads Community Clean-Up

depotWKVI is teaming up with former Knox Mayor Nancy Dembowski to clean up the community. Appropriately we are starting with the first thing everybody sees when the roll into town, the Train Depot visitor center across from Wythogan Park.

This week on Wednesday, join us at the depot from 4 until 6 pm equipped with your gloves, rakes, shovels and any other items that will assist with the clean up. The grounds really just need a sprucing up. Take pride in your town by showing up to help out. Visit the WKVI Facebook page for further information.

Starke County Sheriff’s Officials Crack Burglary Cases, Make Three Arrests

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeSeveral months worth of investigations into burglaries around Starke County led to the recent arrests of three people. Detectives found stolen property at a residence in the 300 block of 500 East in Knox, according to a news release. Continue reading

Knox Business Seeking Tax Abatements

Traffic Control Ssytems IncThe Knox City Council has granted a non-binding approval to two tax abatements for a local business seeking to expand. 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

Judge Accepts Plea, Sentences Criminal Confinement Defendant

 The Knox man who handcuffed and shackled his wife to their coffee table while wielding a knife was sentenced to 10 years in prison, despite the victim’s protest that his punishment is too harsh. Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall accepted a plea from 37-year-old Benny Giselbach to charges of escape, criminal confinement and resisting arrest. All three stem from an April 15th incident at his Bass Lake area home. Continue reading

Knox School Board Reaffirms Support for Programs

Knox-School-Board-2014With the meeting room packed with parents, teachers, and band and athletic fans, the Knox School Board, late yesterday afternoon, assured those patrons it had no intent to “do away” with any particular extracurricular activity in its 2016 budget cutting efforts.

Social media had been reporting all day that budget support of certain programs was scheduled to be drastically reduced or completely removed from the schedule of activities at the scheduled work session.

That didn’t happen.   Continue reading

WoodStarke Returning to Wythogan Park

woodstarkeJust because school is back in session, doesn’t mean the summer fun has to stop. Coming up at the end of August is the second annual WoodStarke in Wythogan Park. The event is hosted by the city of Knox and offers a plethora of activities for all ages with a focus on art, music and health. Continue reading

Knox Council to Consider Establishment of New Street

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council will convene prior to their scheduled 7 p.m. meeting at the site of a proposed new street. Steve Dodge previously asked the council to turn the alleyway next to his property at 801 Bower Street into an actual street since it is frequently used as a shortcut. Council members are meeting there at 6:30 p.m. to look at the site. Continue reading

Starke County Chamber Hosts Business Ribbon Cutting, Chamber After Hours

ribbon cuttingCelebrate the opening of a new business in Starke County at an upcoming Chamber After Hours mixer at the visitor center. Adventures By Tracy – CruiseOne is celebrating its grand opening on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. Guests will explore the world of travel and learn about cruising, resorts and tours and group and incentive travel. They can enter to win a free seven-night cruise from Norweigan Cruise Lines and door prizes. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served.  Please RSVP by Monday, Aug. 17 by calling 574-772-0809 or emailing trust@cruiseone.com. Continue reading