Knox Man Charged with Child Molestation

A 20-year-old Knox man faces a child molestation charge stemming from an alleged relationship with a 12-year-old girl who recently gave birth to his child. Knox Police Officers arrested Angel R. Delapaz on Wednesday after an extensive investigation. They were notified by the Indiana Department of Child Services last December that the child had been sexually involved with an adult male and was pregnant. Continue reading

Little Progress Made Over Grave Dispute

The former First Farmers Bank and Trust building on Lane Street in North Judson will soon be the town hall.

A Starke County family that purchased their grave sites 20 years ago at Highland Cemetery says they will continue to pursue what they believe is the only answer.

Marilyn Derrickson says that as her husband was measuring for headstone foundations earlier this year, they discovered there wasn’t enough room at the site. The family owns several plots, but is missing a space due to the fact that someone else is buried in one of them.
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Knox Water Department Replaces Obsolete Hydrants

The Knox Water Department recently replaced the hydrant at Delaware and Main Streets.

The Knox Water Department recently replaced the hydrant at Delaware and Main Streets.

Knox Water Department crews recently replaced a couple of fire hydrants that were part of the city’s original water system. Superintendent Todd Gardner says the new hydrants were installed on West Delaware Street at Pearl and Main Streets. The new hydrants have a six-inch flow capacity, compared to the four-inch of the previous ones. Water Superintendent Todd Gardner says the water flow capacity of the new ones has doubled as a result. Continue reading

Incredible Causes will Benefit from Spirit of Pulaski County Proceeds

st0pThe annual Spirit of Pulaski County, formerly known as Germanfest, is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 8 this year at the Train Depot in downtown Winamac. During the event, the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a spirit ride and spirit walk in memory of Tina Kasten and all other domestic abuse victims. Kasten is a local woman whose husband was arrested for her murder back in May. Continue reading

Knox Business Pays Off Loans to City and County

Knox Fertilizer now owns its 72,000 square foot building on 100 East. The company recently repaid the Starke County Economic Development Foundation and City of Knox the money they put up to build the structure. The company was previously located in the Knox Industrial Park but moved to a new location when Reagent Chemical’s White Flyer Targets division moved to Knox. Continue reading

Faulty Asphalt Delays Klockner Drive Completion

An asphalt problem has forced paving contractors to hit the brakes on finishing the road through the Knox Industrial Park. Last summer 300 East/Klockner Drive was widened to accommodate truck traffic. Contractors have been working for the past few months to restore driveways and lawns and finish paving. Continue reading

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Northern Indiana

A flash flood watch is in effect for Northern Indiana through this evening. The National Weather Service warns thunderstorms with heavy rainfall will spread over the area this morning and continue through this afternoon. Localized rainfall amounts of one to three inches in a short time are possible. Continue reading

IU Health Starke Displaying New Hospital Designs on Friday

IU Health Starke Hospital will be putting plans on display for what they hope will one day be a new hospital.

On Friday, the culmination of work that’s been going on this week will be showcased at the hospital for the public to view. Officials with the hospital have been busy putting together a mock-up of a proposed new building, this week.
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Sump Pumps Create Work for Knox Wastewater Department

City_of_Knox_LogoThe City of Knox Wastewater Treatment Plant is getting quite a workout as a result of recent rains. Superintendent Kelly Clemons told the board of works they are processing an additional 500,000 gallons of water per day on average. Continue reading

Poison Hemlock Toxicity Can Cause Problems for Livestock

Purdue Extension LogoA plant with the potential to cause harmful side effects is sprouting in Northern Indiana this month.

According to Purdue Extension, Poison Hemlock can be found along roadsides, farm fields, and railroad tracks. The plant is considered a biennial – which means it lives over the course of two years. The stalk can grow between three and eight feet tall.
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Do Your Part, Plus Some Art with the First Ever Community Canvas Fundraiser


The cost of fireworks has sky rocketed! To help account for rising prices, various fireworks fundraisers have been happening leading up to the Starke County Independence Day celebration. According to Mayor Rick Chambers the display costs several thousand dollars. Since the show is provided for the community, members of the community are asked to give a little to help with the cost.

A unique new fundraiser is set to take place tonight from 6 until 8 pm in the Nancy Dembowski Community Center. For only $25 you can participate in Knox’s first ever Community Canvas event. Continue reading

WoodStarke is Back!

good jpegCome out to Wythogan Park on August 29 for an event full of music, food and fun for everyone. WoodStarke is scheduled to commence at 10 am and run all day on that Saturday in August. Throughout the day, highlights will include a variety of music, games for the kids and artistic displays as well as activities focusing on local talent and Starke County. Similar to last year’s event all activities and healthy food will be free to the public, however this year’s event will feature something new. Continue reading

Prepare for Storms Before Going to Bed Tonight

More severe storms are in the forecast during the overnight hours, with damaging winds, large hail, dangerous lightning, flash flooding and isolated tornadoes possible.

Before going to bed, turn up the volume on cell phones to ensure you hear alerts, and make sure your weather apps are set to provide notifications if weather watches or warnings are issued. A watch means conditions are favorable for severe weather. Continue reading

Starke County Democrats Lacking Judge Candidate Replacements

Democratic Party DonkeyNow that their candidate has decided to step out of the race, the Starke County Democrats likely won’t find a replacement.

Angelo Masuka stopped his campaign for City Court Judge in Knox after a state law was passed disallowing him from holding office without first becoming a registered attorney with the state.
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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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