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Ancilla College Board Adopts Flat, Fixed Tuition Rate

Ancilla College NEWThe Ancilla College board of Trustees has adopted a flat, fixed tuition rate for $14,100 per year rather than charge a per-credit hour fee. President Ken Zirkle says it encourages students to take a full course load each semester and graduate on time. Students who take more than 17 hours per semester will pay an additional $470 per credit hour. Continue reading

Area Students to Take Shortened ISTEP Exam Next Week

 This year’s shortened ISTEP exam will be taken at all of the local schools next week. The test window begins today.

Governor Mike Pence signed into law SEA 62, the bill that allows the Indiana Department of Education to shorten this year’s ISTEP test. The test would have been more than 12 hours for third grade students.

The test will begin on Monday at most schools and Tuesday at others. Students will be tested in the next two weeks. The window closes March 11.

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Daylight Saving Time Begins March 8

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8 at 2 a.m. local time. Before you go to bed on March 7, make sure that you set your clock ahead one hour or move it ahead one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal encourages residents to change the batteries in smoke detectors when the time is changed. It serves as a reminder to make sure fresh batteries are installed as they should be changed twice a year.

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Missing Juvenile Calls Lead to Child Porn Discovery

Knox Police are conducting an investigation after they received a call of two missing juveniles on Sunday.

Officers were able to locate one of the individuals cited as missing without incident. It was learned that the second juvenile was at a residence on Heaton Street in Knox.
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Police Find Meth Lab in Camper

Stacy Tramaine

Stacy Tremaine

Michael Meeks

Michael Meeks

A verification of a registered sex offender’s address in Starke County turned into a meth lab bust.

An officer from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department went to 1833 E. 350 S. in Knox. As he approached the residence, he saw an HCL generator, which is an item commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, according to a press release. The homeowner gave consent to the search their residence which happened to be a camper. The officer reportedly found methamphetamine, methamphetamine precursors, syringes, and other paraphernalia used to manufacture the drug.

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Dumpster Ordinance Reaches Final Hurdle

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council members held further discussion on the proposed dumpster ordinance.

Councilman Don Kring commented that he would like to see the ordinance without the residential provision in it. The ordinance restricts a dumpster in areas zoned R-1. A dumpster could be allowed in an R-1 zone if a building permit is acquired. A dumpster is allowed in any 10-day period out of a month one time a year for cleaning projects or a roofing project. A dumpster may also be included in R-1 if a variance is granted by the Board of Public Works. Otherwise, a dumpster is not allowed.

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Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill Could Soon Receive Vote

DermodyA bill designed to allow the Sunday sale of alcohol for carry-out could soon be getting a vote.

Indiana is among a dwindling number of states that prevents alcohol sales on Sunday. House Bill 1624 was filed by Republican State Representative Tom Dermody – who’s Public Policy Committee reviewed the measure.
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Two Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

 Two offenders were sentenced in Starke Circuit Court on Monday.

Sammie Marshall, 20, of Knox pleaded guilty in an agreement with the State to a charge of theft as a Class D felony. He admitted to stealing a Kindle Fire and several pieces of jewelry from a person with whom he was living. He then gave the items to another person.

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New Medical Practice Looks to Expand Access to Healthcare, Locally

A new medical practice is opening its doors in the area and one physician is looking to use the opportunity to help improve access to healthcare.

For about 10 years, Dr. Amed Alhamwi has been developing his skills in internal medicine in New York, Illinois, and a few other areas. His practice is now operating in Knox with a focus on patients ages 18 and older.
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Police Warn of IRS Scams

Scammers claiming to be IRS agents are attempting to separate unsuspecting people from their money. That was the case recently in LaPorte, where a woman was swindled out of $600. She told police a man at “Russ Card Live” identified himself as an IRS agent, told her she was being sued and she needed to send $600 via Money Gram pre-paid card to an address in California. Continue reading

City-Wide Yard Sale Dates Announced

The city-wide yard sale in Knox will be four days this year.

The event, sponsored by the Knox Moose Family Center, will be Thursday, May 14 through Sunday, May 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT daily. The permit fee will be waived during this time. The only signs allowed to be posted advertising yard sales may be purchased at Knox City Hall for a small fee.

Those who live outside the two-mile jurisdiction may participate. Space for those residents will be available at the Moose’s parking lot in downtown Knox.

Breakfast and lunch will be offered at the facility. A map of the yard sales will be available at the Knox Moose Family Center beginning at 7 a.m. CT each day of the sale. To reserve your spot on the free map or for more information, call Danna at 772-2098.

A Few Slots Remain on Kankakee Valley Broadcasting Tulip Festival Trip

News Contributor, Ed Hasnerl

Ed Hasnerl

Time is running out to make your reservations for the Kankakee Valley Broadcasting trip to Holland, Mich. May 4-7 to enjoy the beauty of the Tulip Festival. WKVI Travel Coordinator Ed Hasnerl says that’s just one of the exciting adventures he’s got planned. Continue reading

Dumpster Ordinance on Tonight’s Knox City Council Agenda

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council members will be meeting tonight rather than their regular meeting night that occurs on the second and fourth Tuesdays.

The council will attempt to pass the third and final reading of the dumpster ordinance. There was a lengthy discussion about the proposed ordinance at the last meeting where the revised document included the requirement to have a building permit to place a dumpster on a property zoned R-1. A dumpster is allowed in any 10-day period out of a month one time a year for cleaning projects or a roofing project, or appear before the Board of Public Works for a variance.

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Ancilla College Rolls Out Revamped Nursing Curriculum

Ancilla College NEWAncilla College nursing students can complete their degrees in less time, thanks to the recently revamped curriculum. Director of Nursing and Health Sciences Ann Fitzgerald says the required number of credit hours has decreased from 72 to 63. By cutting a semester from the curriculum, Fitzgerald says students will be able to finish sooner and save both time and money.

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Freezing Temperatures Prompt Warming Shelter Services

cold temperaturesRecent cold temperatures have brought reminders that IU Health Starke Hospital can be used as a shelter from the cold.

The hospital announced that individuals needing shelter from the cold can use the hospital area as protection. Wind chills well below zero have brought dangerous weather conditions to the Kankakee Valley.
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Senate Dems Plan Amendments In Face of “Controversial” Bills

Senator Jim Arnold

Senator Jim Arnold

A deadline is approaching for bills to be passed in the Indiana General Assembly.

Democrats in the Indiana Senate are bringing attention to a few bills they perceive as controversial prior to the deadline. Among those bills is a balanced budget amendment currently being considered.
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Local Bank Donates Funds For Lifelong Learning

Several thousand dollars has been donated to an initiative that promotes learning in the area.

1st Source Bank presented the donation of $10-thousand to the Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning. The group’s goal is to promote workforce development by partnering education with local industry.
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