IU Health Grant Helps Kindergartners Transition from Home to School over the Summer

countdown“Countdown to Kindergarten” is a camp that Knox Community Elementary School offers to students at risk of falling behind or those with little to no pre-school experience. KCES is able to offer this program thanks to a grant from IU Health.

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Deadline in Early July for Northern Indiana Community Foundation Scholarships

Starke County individuals looking to obtain further education can apply for funding assistance through two Northern Indiana Community Foundation scholarships. Continue reading

EMA Officials Assessing Storm Damage

Storm DamageVolunteer firefighters and Starke County Highway Department employees are clearing roads this morning after strong storms tore through the area late last night. Most of the downed trees are in the Washington Township area east of Knox, according to Starke County Emergency Management officials, who note some have electric lines in them. Continue reading

City Court Judge Candidate Leaves Race Following State Law Passage

The Democratic candidate for City Court Judge in Knox has decided to bow out of the race.

HEA 1110 – which was signed into law in May of this year – was particularly influential in the race for City Court Judge in Knox. The law prevents non-attorneys, who are not currently serving, from becoming a City Court Judge. Neither Republican Charles Hasnerl, nor Democrat Angelo Masuka has been described as an attorney.
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Knox Council to Consider Salaries, Calendar Dates

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council will consider a salary ordinance for the upcoming year on second reading when they meet this evening. The agenda for their 7 p.m. session also includes possible passage of calendar dates for 2016. Those dates were previously given to council members for review in anticipation of action tonight. The Knox City Council will also review a tax abatement for Selected Furniture.

Volunteers Needed for the Starke County Career Success Coalition 4-H Fair Booth

The 4-H fair is scheduled to start soon and the Starke County Career Success Coalition is looking for volunteers willing to help run their booth in the commercial building from 7:30 to 10 pm during fair week, July 13th through the 17th. The objective of the coalition is to provide easier access to higher education to local adults and recent graduates. One specific goal the coalition hopes to reach is that 25% of local students finish college by 2025. Continue reading

Superintendent Gappa Plans to Continue Work in Face of Contract Expiration

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

Knox Community Schools Superintendent A.J. Gappa says he plans to fulfill what remains of his contract.

Gappa spoke with WKVI News after it was learned he was provided written notice of non-renewal. That means members of the Knox School Board voted not to further extend the contract they have with the Superintendent during their meeting, Monday.

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State Law May Affect Elections, Limit City Judge Candidates

Charles Hasnerl

Charles Hasnerl

A new state law may dictate the outcome of a contested race in Starke County’s general election this November.

House Enrolled Act 1110 is being applied to candidates seeking a position as Judge of a Town Court. Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the legislation into law in May of this year.
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Due Diligence Ongoing in IU Health Starke Affiliation Agreement

IU HealthIU Health LaPorte and Starke Hospitals continues to work through an affiliation phase with Community Health Systems.

The announcement was made in March of this year, but before any agreements can be finalized, due diligence must first be completed. Work to verify information about the hospital group by Community Health systems has been going on for several months.
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Knox School Board Gives Superintendent Notice of Non-Renewal

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

The Knox School Board may soon be moving in a different direction.

During Monday’s School Board meeting, members approved giving Superintendent A.J. Gappa a written notice of non-renewal. That means his time with the district could be coming to an end.

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Would You Walk 500 Miles?

movingstarkeforwardIf you could lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity by implementing exercise into your daily regiment, why wouldn’t you? What if I told you aside from improving your health, you could also potentially win prizes, feeling more motivated? Moving Starke County forward is a local initiative that lasts all summer long, aimed at getting members of the county up and moving. Continue reading

EMA Director Worries About Effect of Rain on Crops

IMG_5011The continued rains have left many area farmers up a creek, so to speak. Starke County Emergency Management Agency Director Ted Bombagetti told the county commissioners last night many have sustained significant losses as a result of standing water. He adds it will be too late for them to replant by the time their fields dry out. Bombagetti has made a formal request for “saturated soil” assistance to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and is waiting for a response.  Continue reading

Knox Board of Works Approves Paving Contractor Switch

City_of_Knox_LogoThe Knox Board of Works revisited the bids for street paving and changed contractors during a special-called Monday morning meeting. City officials say the initial low bid from E&B Paving does not include enough asphalt to take care of the required 2 inch overlay on Lake Street to handle drainage issues. Continue reading