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Preschool Screenings Set for May

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 8th, 2014

 Title 1 preschool screenings at Knox Community Elementary School will be held on two Fridays in May.

Any child who will be four or five years old by Aug. 1 is eligible for the screening. Those children who demonstrate the greatest need for assistance in meeting kindergarten readiness skills will have an opportunity to take part in a morning or afternoon session for the 2014-2015 school year. Transportation for both morning and afternoon sessions will be provided by the school corporation.

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Knox Community School Board to Meet Tonight

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 7th, 2014

The Knox Community School Board will meet tonight with a full agenda.

One of the bigger items is discussion regarding The Crossing. The Crossing is an alternative school that acts as a second chance for students who have dropped out, expelled, or transitioned to home school.

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Annual Community Health Fair Scheduled May 13

Published: April 7th, 2014

The annual IU Health and Community Services of Starke County Health Fair will take place Tuesday, May 13 from 2 until 7 p.m. at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in downtown Knox. IU Health Starke Hospital President Craig Felty says both organizations are dedicated to improving the health of local residents. He says the health fair will feature a number of educational exhibits and several types of screenings. Blood pressure and blood sugar checks, breast exams, oral cancer screenings and osteoporosis checks will all be offered. Also  take-home colorectal cancer screening kits will be available. Felty says checking for these types of conditions is critical in order to catch and treat problems before they become significant. IU Health Starke Hospital is also licensed to inspect child safety seats. Technicians will be available at the health fair to make sure car seats are properly installed and sized for the child. This year’s health fair will also feature a coloring area for youngsters so parents and other adults can more easily browse the exhibits and take part in the screenings.

Final Knox Water Customers Thawed Out, Pipes Fixed

Published: April 5th, 2014

All of the Knox Water Department customers whose pipes froze over the winter have been thawed out.  Water Superintendent Todd Gardner also tells WKVI news that the last of the leaks have been repaired.

The bitterly cold temperatures and frozen ground took their toll on residents in Parkview Heights and elsewhere around the city due to shallow water lines that were put in the ground before the current code standard of five feet was adopted.

Gardner suggested at the last Knox Board of Works meeting that the city send reminder postcards to residents of the affected areas prior to the onset of cold weather next year advising them to let faucets run to prevent pipes from freezing. The city did adjust bills for customers whose use was excessive due to leaving their water turned on.

County Recycling Bins are for Recycling Items Only

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 4th, 2014

As the weather warms up, many people are getting into the spring cleaning mode. Officials at the Stake County Environmental Management Office remind you that the recycling bins located in the county are not for everyday trash, household chemicals or construction materials.

When garbage is dumped into and around the bins it contaminates the recyclable items. If the sites continue to be used as a “landfill”, they will be removed. They are to be considered to be placed for your convenience and are a privilege.

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Remodeling Work Coming to a Close at Knox Library

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 4th, 2014
Henry F. Schricker Library

Henry F. Schricker Library

The staff at the Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox are completing work since the new children’s wing was recently opened.

Library Director Sheila Urwiler said they are moving some shelving and installing some new furniture. Every attempt is being made to tie up loose ends in the project.

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James Campbell Pleads Not Guilty to Arson Charge

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 3rd, 2014
James Campbell

James Campbell

James Campbell pleaded not guilty to a charge of Arson as a Class A felony in an initial hearing in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon.

Campbell is accused of intentionally setting a fire on March 20 at his business known as Starke County Recycling at the corner of U.S. 35 and Toto Road south of Knox. A Bass Lake fireman was injured while battling the blaze at the business. Eight fire departments were called to the scene to contain the fire.

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Starke County Youth Club, WKVI Partner for 7th Annual Radiothon

Published: April 3rd, 2014

The 7th annual Starke County Youth Club Radiothon will take place right here at WKVI on Friday, May 2.

Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says the club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of local children.

“We provide everything from academic support, helping kids with their homework or providing individual tutoring, to giving kids enrichment experiences like culture, drama and music. Also connecting kids with their families and the larger community through guest speakers service projects and community service endeavors,” Szakonyi says.

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Use Common Sense When Burning Yard Waste This Spring

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 2nd, 2014

 It’s been a long winter and warm temperatures are tempting some to get out and get yard work done. This prompts leaf raking and in some instances, burning leaves and other yard debris. Knox-Center Township Fire Chief Kenny Pfost wants to you take caution if you decide to burn yard debris on your property.

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Knox High School Student Receives Lilly Endowment Scholarship

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 2nd, 2014

This year’s Starke County Community Foundation 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar is from Knox High School.

As this year’s winner, Rachel Lenig will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to an Indiana college of her choice, plus a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

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Firefighters from Three Departments Respond to Semi Fire

Published: April 1st, 2014
The brakes on this tractor-trailer caught fire on U.S. 30 west of U.S. 35.

The brakes on this tractor-trailer caught fire on U.S. 30 west of U.S. 35.

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The semi is registered to Hikma Transportation, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn.

Firefighters from three area departments kept a tractor-trailer fire on U.S. 30 from spreading to a couple of nearby buildings and managed to save most of the truck’s cargo. The Hamlet Fire Department was called to U.S. 30 just west of the Stay 4 Less Motel just after 7 p.m. A semi registered to Hikma Transportation, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn. had caught fire, and the wind caused the flames to spread to the field on the north side of the road. The driver was not injured. The truck was hauling a load of tractor tires, but the flames were contained before they could catch fire. The Knox and Hanna Fire Departments also responded.

Local Student Recognized at State JAG Competition

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 1st, 2014

Justin Reynolds from Knox High School was recognized at the 2014 Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) Career Development Conference.

According to a published report on www.LaPorteCountyLife.com, the final state competition on March 14 found Reynolds in first place in the category of Financial Literacy.

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Knox Leaf Pick Up Scheduled This Week

Published: April 1st, 2014

The City of Knox is picking up leaves through Friday if you took advantage of the mild weather and did yard work. A second spring leaf pick up is scheduled May 5-9. Leaves should be placed at the front curb.

If you have brush that needs to be picked up, the street department will do that on Thursdays, weather permitting. Please separate your brush and your leaves.

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Judge Sets Bond for Businessman Charged with Arson

Published: March 31st, 2014
James Campbell

James Campbell

Bond has been set at $2 million for the owner of a Knox business destroyed by fire on Thursday, March 20. Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall found probable cause to charge James Campbell, 46, with arson, which is a Class A felony, during a Sunday afternoon hearing in his courtroom. He also ordered Campbell to surrender his passport. Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and State Fire Marshal’s Office arrested Campbell late Friday. He owns Starke County Recycling, also known as C&C Salvage. The business, located on U.S. 35 just south of Toto Road, caught fire on Thursday, March 20. Starke County dispatchers were notified at 5:17 p.m. The Bass Lake, Knox-Center Township, Hamlet, Washington Township, Koontz Lake, North Judson-Wayne Township, San Pierre and Monterey Fire Departments all responded to the blaze and spent several hours getting it under control. One firefighter was injured. Black smoke was visible for miles, and a brigade of tanker trucks hauled water to the scene. Read the rest of this entry »