Today's News

KMS Teacher Resigns, No Charges Filed in Connection With Scuffle

 Criminal charges will not be filed against a Knox Middle School teacher involved a shoving incident last month with a sixth grade student. A video camera at the school captured the scuffle, which police say occurred when the teacher got between two children running in the classroom and pushed one into a table. Continue reading

Knox Council Passes on Parkview Lot Purchase

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council is passing for now on the purchase of a property in Parkview Heights. The owner of 406 W. Giles Court, Lot 41 offered the lot and trailer and shed that sit on it to the city for $3,500. That’s $1,000 less than her last offer.

Mayor Rick Chambers says funds from the Blight Elimination Grant the city received to buy and tear down dilapidated structures cannot be used to buy or demolish mobile homes. He also notes the city only paid $1,500 for eight vacant lots in Parkview. Continue reading

Bridge Over Bogus Run Set to Reopen Monday

The new bridge over Bogus Run on Starke County 900 East will open again to traffic on Monday. The bridge just west of 100 West has been closed since August. LaPorte Construction is sealing the deck of that bridge. They also replaced the bridge over Eagle Creek on 800 East just north of 50 South. It reopened recently as well. Continue reading

Funeral Services Today for Knox Fire Victims

A neighbor took this photo at 7:50 a.m. Friday.

A neighbor took this photo at 7:50 a.m. Friday.

The two North Judson residents who lost their lives in a house fire last Friday morning will be laid to rest today. A joint funeral services for Lucas Finn Fisher, 2, and his grandmother, Linda Manns, will be held at 1 p.m. CST at Braman & Son Memorial Chapel in Knox, with visitation there from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Continue reading

Knox Council Agrees to Finance Street Department Truck

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The City of Knox will pay for a new International 4300 dump truck for the street department over a three-year period rather than completing the purchase in a single budget year. Mayor Rick Chambers says the chassis carries a price tag of nearly $64,000 plus $55,000 for the box. He told the council they can use the $30,000 remaining in the current year’s budget as a down payment on the vehicle and finance it for three years at a rate of 3.11 percent. Continue reading

Santa Claus is Coming to Hamlet

Hamlet Town HallSanta Claus will be at the Hamlet Town Hall on Dec. 17 to meet and greet the little ones and find out what they would like for Christmas. The “Hamlet Christmas Social,” for Hamlet area families. is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the town hall. Light refreshments will be served and there will be gifts for the kids. Continue reading

Starke County Historical Society Building Fund Gets a Boost

Ron Vendl, president of the Starke County Historical Society, accepts a check for $5,000 from Blanche Richardson, President of the Starke County Genealogical Society, while other members of the Genealogical Society look on,  Front Row:  Ron Vendl, Alice Dolezal, Blanche Richardson, Ida Kennedy, Susie Szynalski,  Back Row:  Audrey Kinezian and Patty Williams.

Ron Vendl, president of the Starke County Historical Society, accepts a check for $5,000 from Blanche Richardson, President of the Starke County Genealogical Society, while other members of the Genealogical Society look on, Front Row: Ron Vendl, Alice Dolezal, Blanche Richardson, Ida Kennedy, Susie Szynalski, Back Row: Audrey Kinezian and Patty Williams.

The Starke County Historical Society received a check for $5,000 from the Starke County Genealogical Society on Sunday at the annual museum open house on Sunday. The gift will be added to the museum’s building and acquisition fund. The museum is currently using only the Main Street home of former Gov. and Mrs. Henry F. Schricker. Continue reading

Second Memorial Fund Established for Fire Victim Expenses

A neighbor took this photo at 7:50 a.m. Friday.

A neighbor took this photo at 7:50 a.m. Friday.

A second fund has been set up on the website GoFundMe.com to cover funeral expenses for the victims of a Friday house fire. Lucas Finn Fisher, 2, was pronounced dead of smoke inhalation at the scene of Friday morning’s blaze. Contributions for his funeral and burial expenses can be made at http://www.gofundme.com/littlelucas. Continue reading

Local Soldier Gets Heroes Welcome Home

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The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Knox-Center Township Volunteer Fire Department escort Cody Foust and his mother into Knox.

A local soldier got a heroes welcome home last night after a six-month tour of duty in the Middle East. The Starke and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Departments and firefighters in both counties escorted Cody Foust and his mother up U.S. 35. He’s with the Indiana National Guard’s 1413th Engineer Company, 81st Troop Command. The unit spent the past several months in Afghanistan performing base-closure and retrograde operations in support of the drawdown of Operation Enduring Freedom. Continue reading

Knox Mayor Announces Reelection Bid

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers is running for reelection. He notes much progress has been made in the city during his seven years in office and adds a process is under way to develop a long-range plan with citizen input to continue growth and prosperity.

Chambers also cites his experience running the city on a reduced budget due to state funding cuts. During his tenure as mayor, Knox has been awarded nearly $2 million in grants. Continue reading

Knox Council Approves Dumpster Ordinance on First Reading

City_of_Knox_LogoThe effort to regulate the placement of construction dumpsters within the Knox city limits took a step forward last night with passage of an ordinance on first reading. It sets limits on how long dumpsters can be kept on a property and establishes registration requirements for the sake of accountability and liability should an accident occur. Continue reading

Pulaski County Human Services Food Pantry Closed for Holiday Prep

The Pulaski County Human Services Food Pantry is closed until Monday, Dec. 15 in order to prepare for the holiday season. Staff and volunteers are getting ready for the annual toy store and food basket distribution this weekend. Regular food pantry hours are 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. or by appointment for people with emergencies or who are working, in school or training. Those hours will resume on Monday.

MPI Employees Give to Starke County Food Pantry

Community Services of Starke CountyEmployees of a Knox business exceeded their food pantry donation drive goal for the second straight year. Last year MPI set a goal of collecting 263 items for the Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry, one per employee. They nearly tripled it, with 700 items donated last year.

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Starke County Highway Department Adopts Mailbox Repair Policy

 Starke County Highway Department snow plow drivers who take out mail boxes with their blades will have to help repair them. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler says they will assist the department’s sign repair crew as schedules allow. He hopes it will provide an incentive for drivers to be more careful as they clear roads this winter. Continue reading