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Water Line Project for New Jail Complete

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 24th, 2014
This building on SR 8 at CR 550 E will soon house the new Starke County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center.

This building on SR 8 at CR 550 E will soon house the new Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center.

The Knox Board of Public Works received an update on the water project for the new Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center.

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers said the project should be complete today.

“The weather has finally broken so we have gotten caught up,” explained Chambers. “The contractor has gotten in there and pretty much finished his job. The water line has been de-sanitized and pressure checked. There will be some additional work to be done. The line will have to be moved – it’s been deflected too much so we will go in and correct that problem, but should be up and operational within the next day or so.”

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Knox City Council to Review Proposed Street Paving List

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 14th, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council members were given a proposed street paving list when they met last week.

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers noted that he received the list from Street Superintendent Jeff Borg and the council is expected to review the list and approve it at a future meeting.

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Snowmobile Ordinance in Effect in Knox

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: December 28th, 2013

With Christmas behind us and the new year ahead, snow in the Kankakee Valley has, for the most part, melted away, but there’s sure to be more snow on the way. With the soft blanket of snow soon to be on the ground once again, many residents are itching to get their snowmobiles out for some winter fun. However, the city of Knox and other municipalities have ordinances on the books regulating the use of snowmobiles, so it’s wise to check with your local officials to ensure you are obeying the law.

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Crews to Demolish Buildings on Main Street in Knox

By: Anita Goodan
Published: September 24th, 2013
This is the old Knox theater and Starke County Economic Development Foundation location

This is the old Knox theater and Starke County Economic Development Foundation location

Crews are set to demolish the old Knox theater and the structure that formerly housed the Starke County Economic Development Foundation’s office.

The demolition will begin at 6:30 a.m. today at 2 and 4 N. Main Street in Knox. Knox Mayor Rick Chambers told WKVI that crews will take one day to completely knock down the building and they will take three days to remove the rubble.

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Bower Street Crossing Still Under Repair

By: Anita Goodan
Published: September 18th, 2013

The Bower Street railroad crossing remains under construction.

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers told the city council last week that that railroad crossing has been closed for a month. The rail has been fixed but now the crew is having trouble with the foundation. The crew will be digging up ballasts and stone to repair the area. Ties are already set to be installed at the crossing.

It’s anticipated that the crossing will open in the next couple of weeks.

Stove Issue to Be Addressed at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center

By: Anita Goodan
Published: September 16th, 2013

Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center

Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers told the Knox City Council last week that the stove in the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center is going to be replaced.

He stated that the last time he was in the community center, he smelled gas and the culprit was the stove. The doors leading in and out of the kitchen cause the pilot light to go out and this instance wasn’t the first time it had happened. He commented that the stove really didn’t work that well in the first place.

Chambers noted that the stove is commercial-grade and a similar stove will be installed.

In more maintenance issues at the community center, the hot water tank leaked and damaged some electronics on the floor in the building. That issue has been addressed and remedied.

Knox Unsung Hero Award Recipient to Be Recognized Sept. 24

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: September 13th, 2013

 While the winner has been chosen for this year’s Unsung Hero/Random Act of Kindness Award, Knox Mayor Rick Chambers said he will not be announcing the winner until he or she has been recognized during the city council’s next meeting on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Chambers said the regular meeting will start at 7:15 p.m. to allow a short recognition ceremony prior to the meeting, to thank the award recipient.

The committee believes that the candidate is very deserving of the award, especially with what the award winner has done for the community.

The big celebration that was planned at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center has been canceled for Sept. 15 and Chambers said the only recognition ceremony will take place at the meeting of the Knox City Council.

Unsung Hero Award Winner Chosen

By: Anita Goodan
Published: September 9th, 2013

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

A winner of the Unsung Hero/Random Act of Kindness Award has been chosen, but we won’t know who it is until Knox Mayor Rick Chambers has a chance to thank that person in a special ceremony in the Mayor’s office at Knox City Hall.

That ceremony has not yet been scheduled but it will be announced as time gets closer.

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Knox Mayor Updates Council on Various Projects

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: August 31st, 2013

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers gave the city council an update on a few things he has been working on for the city, including housing and demolition grants. Chambers explained the council had previously authorized him in July to seek a housing grant for $195,500, and the city was awarded the grant last week. Since the council has already approved the city’s matching funds for the grant, Chambers said he needed their approval at the meeting to sign the official resolution.

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Nomination Deadline Approaching for Unsung Hero Award

By: Anita Goodan
Published: August 30th, 2013

There is still time to submit a candidate for the Unsung Hero/Random Act of Kindness award.

If you someone of any age who has performed a random act of kindness, send a letter to Knox Mayor Rick Chambers that states the person’s name and contact information and why you think he or she should win the award. Include your name and address in that notice. Read the rest of this entry »

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers Signs Relay for Life Proclamation

By: Anita Goodan
Published: June 4th, 2013
Mayor Rick Chambers and Relay for Life Event Coordinator Samantha Sims

Mayor Rick Chambers and Relay for Life Event Coordinator Samantha Sims

The Starke County Relay for Life is this Friday and Saturday at the Starke County Fairgrounds in Hamlet. Opening ceremonies are at 6 p.m., the luminaria ceremony is around 9:30 p.m. Friday night and several fundraisers are planned throughout the event. Several teams have signed up to help in the fight against cancer.

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Mosquitoes Creating a Buzz in the City of Knox

By: Anita Goodan
Published: May 18th, 2013

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers has gotten several complaints from residents about the early annoyance of mosquitoes.

This wet, warm spring has allowed the mosquito population to get busy early and the Knox Street Department will be spraying for mosquitoes at 6 a.m. today.

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Starke County Prayer Breakfast Held This Morning

By: Anita Goodan
Published: May 2nd, 2013
Ed Hasnerl

Ed Hasnerl

The Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox was filled with eager community members to help pray for our nation during today’s National Day of Prayer.

This year’s theme is “Pray for America”. It’s about coming together as a nation to better ourselves and make America the best place to be. Eagle Creek Community Church Pastor Ed Hasnerl gave a message of hope and urged neighbors to lift each other up in prayer.

“Of course we need to pray for America, but before our prayers can be effective as they can be we need to examine ourselves, our lives, repent, and then God will hear our prayers and He will heal our nation,” stated Hasnerl.

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Knox Board of Public Works Discusses Drug Testing

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 29th, 2013
Knox Board of Public Works

Knox Board of Public Works

The Knox Board of Public Works is attempting to reduce the number of required drug tests that need to be conducted on city employees.

Mayor Rick Chambers asked the department heads to provide job descriptions for their employees to determine those who are required to be drug tested. The only employees that need to be tested are CDL license holders and there are only handful that work for the city.

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