Knox Town-Wide Yard Sales Scheduled for September

twysThe City of Knox has another set of town-wide yard sales scheduled for September 19th and 20th. Anyone within city limits or on the outskirts is permitted to participate. There are also spots open for vendors. A free map will be available in the parking lot of the Moose Lodge on the specified dates in September. Continue reading

Knox Artist Set to Unveil Chicago Blackhawks South Shore Line Poster

Image courtesy of Mitch Markovitz

Image courtesy of Mitch Markovitz

A Knox artist recently completed a South Shore Line poster to celebrate a sports dynasty. Mitch Markovitz was commissioned last year by CEO Andy Arnold of Precision Controls of Griffith to do a poster painting entitled “Let’s Go Hawks.” It’s the latest work in the “Just Around the Corner on the South Shore Line” series. Continue reading

Murder Trial on Schedule in Starke Circuit Court

Gary Chavez is charged with murder, kidnapping and carjacking in Starke County. Investigators say he killed Kimberly Chavez of Portage on June 6th, drove his personal vehicle to Mark Bailey’s Discount Center on State Road 10 and kidnapped an employee. From there Chavez allegedly drove to English Lake where he’s accused of stealing another vehicle at gunpoint. Continue reading

Arson Defendant Comes to Court Late Without an Attorney

 A Knox man whose business burned under suspicious circumstances in March of 2014 is still looking for an attorney to represent him in his upcoming arson trial. James Campbell’s two defense attorneys withdrew from his case in early June, citing nonpayment for legal services. He’s accused of setting fire to Starke County Recycling at the corner of U.S. 35 and Toto Road. The jury in Campbell’s March arson trial was unable to reach a verdict after 12 hours of deliberations. Continue reading

Judge Resets Sentencing for Attempted Murder Defendant

Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall has reset the sentencing hearing for an attempted murder defendant with a fuzzy memory to give his attorneys more time to draft a stipulation agreement. It will detail the facts as defendant Benton Christopher Howard, 42, remembers them as to what happened at a home in the Parkview Heights area of Knox last Nov. 30. Howard is accused of critically stabbing Brandon Davidson, damaging his heart and collapsing his lung. He is set to plead guilty to a lesser battery offense. Continue reading

Stop by the Starke County Career Success Coalition Booth

sccscThere’s always so much to do at the 4-H fair. You can try all kinds of different food, ride the rides and look at all the various fair projects but did you know that you also have access to all sorts of information about further education? The Starke County Career Success Coalition has their very own booth set up in the commercial building during fair week. Continue reading

Knox Man Sentenced on Drug Possession Charge

  A Knox man who pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance will serve two years on probation for the offense. Officers at the Starke County Jail found two Xanax  pills inside the sock of 54-year-old Jerry Sons while searching him during the booking process on Feb. 22, 2014. Continue reading

Final Salary Ordinance Approval on Knox Council Agenda

City_of_Knox_LogoThe Knox City Council has a meeting scheduled for tonight at 7 pm in City Hall. The Council will have their final reading of the 2016 Salary Ordinance. Treasurer Jeff Houston said this is in preparation for an upcoming budget hearing, “We have a budget meeting with the field representative from the Department of Local Government Finance on the 27th of July.” he said. Continue reading

Melody Drive-In Movie Theater Closed Tonight Due to Weather

Melody Drive-InIf you were planning on catching a few of the movies currently screening at the Melody Drive-In Theater located on US 35, you’ll have to wait for better weather. The theater is currently closed due to minor flooding from the recent bout of stormy weather. Continue reading

Judge Sets New Sentence Status Hearing for Attempted Murder Defendant

 Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall isn’t comfortable accepting a plea agreement from an attempted murder defendant who claims he acted in self defense just yet. He’s instructed the prosecutor and Benton Christopher Howard’s defense attorneys to continue searching for applicable case law. Continue reading

New Purdue Extension Educator Will Work With More than One Local County

Purdue Extension LogoOn the first of July Purdue Extension officially welcomed a new member to their staff. Recent Purdue West Lafayette graduate Mandy Medbourn is the new health and human sciences extension educator for Starke and Pulaski County. Medbourn had the chance to really immerse her self within the communities during her first full week as a Purdue Extension Educator. Continue reading

Knox United Methodist Church Welcomes New Pastor

Knox United Methodist ChurchNewly appointed pastor Dr. Dean Fager will preach his first message to the congregation of the Knox United Methodist Church tomorrow morning. The worship service begins at 9:16 a.m.

“I’m really excited about being here in Knox, not because everything is wonderful and great, but simply because of people that I’ve met so far indicate to me that this is a community that cares,” Fager said. “I’m looking forward to being part of a community that’s a caring community that looks for one another, that seeks to make others better. I’m really looking forward to my time in Knox.”

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Kid’s Closet Ministry Hosts School Supply Drive for Local Students

Kids Closet_01Kids Closet Ministry is a local organization that benefits Starke County children in need. Not only do they provide clothes and shoes to kids all year long but they also annually provide school supplies to students who cannot afford them. Plenty of summer break is still left but students will be returning to school next month. Today they will have stations posted in front of local stores across the county. Continue reading

IU Health Starke Hospital’s Bistro 35 Offers Healthy Meal Options

Bistro 35 at IU Health Starke Hospital is open for business. President Craig Felty says the first floor eatery is run by the hospital’s food and nutrition department and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“We have an actual grill area with probably about 15 to 20 different items on there,” Felty said. “We have a cold case that’s got cold sandwiches and stuff like that you can just grab and go if you need to. We also have a really nice salad bar that’s got a lot of healthy choices.”

Bistro 35 opened in May, but Felty says they recently added a new option. Continue reading

IU Health Starke President Discusses New Hospital Plans

IU HealthIU Health Starke Hospital officials hope to break ground on a new hospital in Knox within the next year. President Craig Felty says there’s no room to grow in the current building.



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