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WKVI Food Drive a Success, Hundreds of Pounds Raised

The WKVI food drive at Five Star in Knox and Sander’s Foods in Winamac was a success, raising several hundred pounds of food and for both the Pulaski County and Starke County food pantries, as well as a significant amount of monetary donations.

Joan Haugh at Community Services of Starke County said she was pleased with the result of the food drive at Five Star. Donors put forth more than $270 to go toward the food pantry, and Five Star also made a $500 donation. A total of 166 pounds of food were raised at Five Star for the food pantry, and Haugh said it will go a long way.

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WKVI Food Drive at Sanders, Five Star Begins at 9 a.m.

It’s finally here. The fourth WKVI Food Drive at Five Star – and this year, Sanders Foods as well – runs this morning from 9 a.m. until noon, live on K99.3 FM. The staff is hoping to outdo last year’s donation of 375 pounds of food for the local food pantry, and to aid in that, the food drivee features a new addition to the event as WKVI General Manager Jerry Curtis will be broadcasting live and accepting donations at Sander’s Foods in Winamac while Tom Berg and Lenny Dessauer broadcast and collect at Five Star in Knox.

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WKVI Food Drive Begins Tomorrow at Five Star, Sanders

It’s time again for the WKVI Food Drive and the staff is hoping to obliterate last year’s donation of 375 pounds of food for the local food pantry. This year features a new addition to the event as WKVI General Manager Jerry Curtis will be broadcasting live and accepting donations at Sander’s Foods in Winamac while Tom Berg and Lenny Dessauer broadcast and collect at Five Star in Knox. This is fourth consecutive year for the food drive event.

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WKVI Food Drive Coming Up; Live Broadcasts from Five Star, Sander’s

After raising more than 375 pounds of food for the food pantry last year, it’s time again for the WKVI Five Star Food Drive and this year features a new addition to the event as WKVI General Manager Jerry Curtis will be broadcasting live and accepting donations at Sander’s Foods in Winamac. This is fourth consecutive year for the food drive event, and Curtis said he has been involved in three of them, doing live remote broadcasts from the store.

Curtis said the food drive event is something WKVI is proud to do to help their community.

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Five Star Sells Out of Twinkies

Twinkies lasted less than 24 hours on the shelves at Five Star in the Knox Mall. The Hostess treats are sold out, but more will be in stock next week. The gooey goodies made their return after a hiatus prompted by last year’s Hostess Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management purchased the bakery in March for $410 million. CEO C. Dean Metropoulos stated at that time that the company would make $60 million in capital investments to reopen locations throughout this summer, with plans to hire at least 1500 employees to get the snacks back on the shelves.

Hostess Snacks Return to Starke County

Twinkies have made their long-awaited return to Starke County to minimal fanfare, but while the snack cakes aren’t exactly flying off the shelves, some residents were excited to see their favorite Hostess treats back on sale. Five Star in Knox began selling Hostess products this morning, with a display set up and ready before 11 a.m.

One Knox resident said he was elated to see the products back on the shelves, though they didn’t have the snack his wife was looking for.

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Five Star to Donate Portion of Sales to Employee Dealing with Cancer

If you’re the type of person who saves their grocery shopping for the weekend, holding off for one week would go great lengths in helping a Starke County family in need.

On Saturday, March 9, many employees at the Knox Five Star will be wearing pink or grey shirts with purple ribbons in honor of their coworker, Wanda Gross, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Gross has been a cashier at Five Star for several years, and the employees are banding together in an effort to show their support for the family.

Also on Saturday, Five Star has announced that they will be donating two percent of the day’s sales to the Gross family. So, if your pantry is looking a bit scarce, save your shopping for Saturday, March 9, and a portion of your purchase – at no additional cost – will go toward the Gross family to help cover the often-overwhelming costs of cancer treatment.

WKVI/Five Star Food Drive a Success!

Jack from Five Star gives Joan Haugh a check for $500 for the food pantry

The WKVI/Five Star food drive for the Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry was held Saturday at Five Star and it was a success. The boy and girl scouts in North Judson also helped get donations for the food drive.

Several carts were loaded with food items and several cash donations were made. Community Services of Starke County Director Joan Haugh said it greatly helps the food pantry. Continue reading

WKVI/Five Star Food Drive Today

Today is the day to help your neighbors in need.

Members of the WKVI staff will be ready to take your non-perishable food donation for the Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry today at Five Star in Knox from 9 a.m. to Noon. When you get to the store to pick up your groceries, put a few other items in the cart for the pantry and that donation will go to help the over 290 families that utilize the food pantry each month.

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Five Star/WKVI Food Drive Next Weekend

Community Services of Starke County

Community Services of Starke County

This Saturday, WKVI and Five Star are teaming up for another community event to help others in need. On Nov. 17, we will be broadcasting live from Five Star and taking donations to help stock the Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry in our Third Annual Food Drive.

Joan Haugh, Community Services of Starke County executive director, is looking forward to the event.

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Car Catches Fire in Five Star Parking Lot

This car caught on fire in the Five Star parking lot Wednesday night

The Knox-Center Township Fire Department was called to a vehicle fire last night in the Five Star parking lot.

Fire Chief, Kenny Pfost, said that when they arrived at the scene, flames were coming from the engine compartment. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the engine area. No foul play is suspected.

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Five Star/WKVI Food Drive a Success!

Tom Berg and Nathan Welter discuss the food drive on the air.

The 2nd Annual WKVI/Five Star Food Drive was a success Saturday!  Several carts of food were donated from patrons in the community who helped make the holidays a little better for those in need this season.  Food and cash donations were accepted and totals will be announced next week.  Thank you to all who contributed and Happy Thanksgiving!   Continue reading

Five Star Celebrates 47 Years Today!

Ben Lipke and Donna Brown prepare for the Grand Opening of the Five Star store

Ben Lipke and Donna Brown prepare for the Grand Opening of the Five Star store

Happy Birthday to a Knox business that WKVI has had a long relationship with. Five Star in Knox opened on this date 47 years ago today.

The first manager, and part owner, was Ben Lipke.

At one time, Five Star had seven stores, and Ben remembered opening the store here.

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Knox City Police Continue to Investigate Five Star Burglary

The Knox City Police Department continues to investigate the burglary at Five Star.

Police say they are looking for two male suspects who are approximately six feet tall. The vehicle used by the suspects is said to be a gold, late 1990s model Chevy Caprice with dark tinted windows. Detectives say that they have been receiving tips from the security footage that was posted on this website and are following up on the information given to them. Evidence was collected at the scene and is being analyzed by the Indiana State Police Crime Lab.

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Reward Offered for the Arrest of Five Star Burglars

A reward of $1,000 is being offered by the owner of Five Star in Knox for information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of persons who broke into the store early Monday morning. The burglary took place sometime after 1:00 a.m.

The burglars used an acetylene torch to try to cut into an ATM machine, but no money was stolen. The police told WKVI news that the suspects broke into the store by prying open the back door.

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Knox City Police Investigates Burglary at Five Star

The investigation into the burglary at Five Star continues and is being handled by the Knox City Police Department where they will be reviewing security cameras that caught three suspects in the store. The burglary occurred shortly after 1:00 a.m. Monday morning.

Police told WKVI that the suspects broke into the store by prying open the back door. The suspects did minimal damage in the store and they attempted to get money from an ATM, but no money was stolen. A complete inventory has not been done to see if anything was taken. Police are are looking for the vehicle used in the incident, a late 1990s model Chevy Malibu.

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Starke County Youth Club to Raise Money for Food Pantry

Help fill these shelves at the Starke County Food Pantry

The Starke County Youth Club is coming to the aide of the Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry. Last week we announced that the food pantry was in dire need of food, and the Youth Club is stepping up.

Today from 12:10 until 1:10 p.m., twelve Knox Middle School students will be at Five Star to bag groceries. Donations will be spent at the store and donated to the food pantry.

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Five Star to Display Historical Starke County Pictures

A worker puts up the first historical Starke County picture at Five Star

The Five Star store in the Knox Mall is going to house 40 to 50 four by six foot pictures depicting Starke County’s history. The first picture went up yesterday and Jim Shilling was there to describe the scene.

“We’re putting up the first picture above some of the produce on the northeast corner of the store,” said Shilling. “It’s a picture of the Charles Windisch store that was in Starke County about 100 years ago. If you look closely to the left, that’s Charles Windisch and if you look in the back, you’ll see the cooler. That’s not a cooler like you think of now. That storage above it is filled with two or three hundred pounds of ice and that’s the cooler. He butchered his own meat, it was always fresh and it was quite a grocery store. On the bottom right, you can almost pick out a Red Delicious apple.”

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Today’s ‘Ted Hayes Remembers’ Show Features Ben Lipke

Ben Lipke and Donna Brown prepare for the Grand Opening of the Five Star store

This is Friday, and Ted Hayes presents “Ted Hayes Remembers” twice today, at 12:20 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. CT. Today’s guest is Ben Lipke, who in 1964, was the first manager of Five Star and part owner.

Ben will talk about those early years. As Ben told Ted, the Knox location was one of seven in the Five Star chain. And, even though he might be a little prejudiced, Ben always thought the Knox store was the best.

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