Election Board To Review Performance Following Primary

The Starke County Election Board will be convening for the first time since last week’s Knox Primary Municipal Election.

Tuesday was the first election Starke County Clerk Vicki Cooley. Few of the races were contested during the primary. Incumbent Mayor Rick Chambers was defeated handily by former Mayor Dennis Estok. Several other City Council seats were contested, largely on the Democratic side.
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Separate Incidents May Have Spurred School Lockdown and Arrest

Knox Elementary SchoolAn incident that locked down Knox Community Elementary School may not have been the same incident that led to the arrest of a 20-year-old Knox man.

Police were called to the area of 1 Redskin Trail around 7:45 Tuesday morning over reports of a man making threats to harm individuals at Knox Community High School.
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Sen. Donnelly Continues Support for RFRA ‘Fix’

Joe Donnelly

Senator Joe Donnelly

State legislation that caused a national uproar is receiving comments from one of Indiana’s federal representatives.

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly appeared in Knox on Tuesday as part of a “Donnelly Day” visit. The Democrat uses the tours to learn more about important issues facing Indiana workers.
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Blight Elimination Program Lines Up Several Homes For Possible Demolition

City_of_Knox_LogoThe City of Knox held a public hearing today on a grant program that could improve a few neighborhoods.

The Blight Elimination Program allocates funds for the demolition of homes and other multi-family residential structures. The City of Knox applied for more than $180-thousand.
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Man Turns Himself In On Sexual Misconduct Warrant

A Culver man turned himself into Plymouth Police on Monday after he was accused of sexual contact with a minor several months ago.

Plymouth police say they received a phone call from 43-year-old Joey Maxon who stated he would be waiting for officers at the Wal-Mart in Plymouth. Maxon had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Pulaski County. He was taken into custody.
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Rural Knox Resident Airlifted After Severe Accident in Valpo

Police in Valparaiso were called to the scene of an accident Saturday morning that saw the driver airlifted from the scene.

The incident occurred just before 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of State Road 49 and County Road 500 North. According to the Police Department, 22-year-old John Binkowski of rural Knox was stopped at a red light when an oncoming semi-tractor trailer allegedly disregarded to the signal.
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Knox Man Arrested On Warrant For Failure To Register

A Knox man has been arrested after he allegedly failed to register as a sex offender or a violent offender.

A press release indicates that a warrant was issued for 36-year-old Billy E. McKinney III. The outstanding warrant was executed at a residence in the 11-thousand block of Windmill Lane near Westville. He now finds himself facing two counts of the Level 5 Felony.
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Neighboring Business Hope They’re Unaffected By Child Porn Arrest

Robert Wisilinski

Robert Wisilinski

Neighboring businesses are commenting on an alleged incident that landed a Knox man in jail on Child Molesting and other counts.

According to police, 67-year-old Robert Wisilinski was arrested after a couple of missing juvenile calls led officers to his Heaton Street address. After refusing to answer the door, Wisilinski was spotted exiting the home with one of the missing juveniles.
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Second Meeting Held for Knox Comprehensive Plan Development

City_of_Knox_LogoThe City of Knox held a second public meeting Thursday night that continues collecting information in the development of the City’s comprehensive plan.

The process is being undertaken after a grant was received to fund the development of the plan. Once completed, the City hopes targeted areas for development, infrastructure, and connectivity can be identified.
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Knox Holds Second Hearing For Block Grant Program

City of Knox logoThe second of two public hearings was held yesterday afternoon by the Town of Knox for a Housing and Urban Development Block Grant.

The grant is designed to assist those who meet certain income and living requirements to help repair portions of their homes. Yesterday’s hearing updated those receiving assistance on the progress of the grant program.
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Starke County Schools Considering Balanced Calendar

CalendarThe Knox and Oregon-Davis School Boards could vote tonight to adopt a balanced school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year, and the North Judson-San Pierre School Board will consider one when they meet tomorrow. A balanced calendar still features the state-mandated 180 classroom days. The school year starts earlier in August and includes longer breaks in the fall and spring. They can be used for either remediation for students who are struggling or enrichment for higher-achieving pupils. Continue reading

Free Cervical and Breast Cancer Screenings Available

healthyThe IU Health La Porte and Starke hospitals’ mobile health clinic is offering free cervical and breast cancer screenings in the area. Screenings are held inside the mobile health unit, which has two private exam rooms.
Screenings will take place in Knox from 8 a.m. until noon, on Aug. 1, in North Judson from 9 a.m. until noon on Aug. 6 and in La Porte from 9 a.m. until Noon on Aug. 17.
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Something Fishy Pets is Moving

20140724_151730A child recently had his finger bitten at the pet store that is located at 1700 S Heaton Street in Knox. Though signs are posted warning customers to keep fingers away from cages since animals are unpredictable, a child sustained a minor injury.

Due to this recent incident, the store owner Sue Webb was asked to cease selling rodents within city limits by July 31st. She sells her domestically-bred rats and mice to individuals for carnivorous reptiles. According to Webb it makes up 50 percent of her business.

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FOP Raises Money for Shop With a Cop

06-04-14 FOP pictureMembers of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #129 raised more than $2,400 at their first golf outing fundraiser on May 31. A total of 32 golfers participated in the event. All the proceeds raised go to the annual back-to-school Shop With A Cop program. It allows underprivileged school-aged children from Oregon-Davis, Knox and North Judson-San Pierre to accompany a police officer to Kohl’s in Valparaiso before school starts in order to buy school supplies and clothes. Kyle Hinds with the Hamlet Police Department says the local FOP plans to continue the golf outing in the future due to its success this year.

Cold Weather Possible Culprit for Widespread Power Outage

Kankakee Valley REMCLast night’s sub-zero temperatures are likely to blame for a widespread power outage that left more than 1,300 Kankakee Valley REMC customers in the dark. The initial outage was reported around 6 p.m. in the Bass Lake and Monterey areas and affected more than 450 members. REMC crews identified the problem but had to cut power to additional customers in order to safely make repairs to the damaged source that was feeding an REMC metering point. Kankakee Valley REMC spokeswoman Amanda Steeb told WKVI news The cold makes the metal wire contract or shrink and break at a weak point or where a prior repair has been made. The Bass Lake Fire Station opened last night as a temporary warming shelter for affected residents. IU Health Starke Hospital is the county’s permanent warming center for the duration of this cold snap. The hospital lobby is available 24 hours to anyone who needs to get in out of the cold.


Fall Foliage Falling – Pickups Planned for North Judson, Knox

The town of North Judson will have fall brush pickup beginning Oct. 1. If you have brush you want picked up, you must have it placed on the side of the alley or street before Monday morning.

The Street Department will be making a one-time only sweep down the streets and alleys of North Judson. This will be the last scheduled brush pick-up for this year. If you happen to miss the deadline, you are encouraged to take brush, grass or leaves to the town dump for disposal. Sign for the key at the Water Works office.

Fall leaf pickup for the city of Knox will begin on Oct. 9. Place all leaves in front of your residence next to the curb on the street in a long row, not in the alley. The garbage contractors will not pick up bagged leaves. Keep all trash out of leaf piles so the vacuum can pick up the leaves. Place any branches and limbs separate from the leaf pile. You may also drop off leaves, grass, garden material, or brush at the city compost pile behind City Hall.