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Knox City Council Tables Community Center Use Request

Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center

Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center

The Knox City Council members held discussion on the use of the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center by area church groups.

The request was to use the facility free of charge once a week to provide enough space to serve meals to community members in need. The great room or executive room would be used along with the kitchen in order to prepare the meals for service. A different church group would use the facility once a week to host the meals and four hours would be set aside for preparation, service and clean-up.

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Meeting Scheduled to Gather Ideas on Curbing Vandalism

The mayor of Knox is attempting to gather as many groups as possible to talk about the solutions to curb the ongoing vandalism issue in Wythogan Park.

Mayor Rick Chambers has organized a meeting for Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center to gather opinions from several groups to look at the problem from all angles.

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National Day of Prayer Set for May 1

The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 1 and the City of Knox will host a prayer breakfast that morning at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center.

The theme this year is “One Voice United in Prayer.” This year’s breakfast will be catered by Christos. The breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. and will end promptly at 8 a.m.

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Families and Addiction Seminar Scheduled Tonight in Knox

Starke-County-ForwardThe second of four Families and Addiction Seminars is scheduled this evening at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in downtown Knox. They are an outgrowth of last spring’s Moving Starke County Forward Drug Symposium. Porter-Starke Substance Abuse and Addiction Counselor Todd Willis says the goal is to present information in a non-threatening, educational setting.

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Prayer Circle Planned for Knox Girl Fighting Cancer

Amber Howard and her children, Korie and Evan

Amber Howard and her children, Korie and Evan

The community is coming together to help lift up a local child in prayer as she continues to battle cancer.

According to Jackie Crittendon-Bradley, a giant prayer circle to embrace the life of 10-year-old Korie Howard of Knox will be held on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. CT at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox. The effort comes as Howard has been placed in Hospice care after suffering with cancer which has now moved into her lungs. Those attending are hoping the prayer circle brings a miracle to this little girl.

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Refreshments, Contest at Knox Community Center Following Trick-or-Treating

Halloween is just around the corner, and the city of Knox has more plans than just regular trick-or-treating. While the hours for trick-or-treating have been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. CT on Oct. 31, Mayor Rick Chambers has announced that a costume judging contest and refreshments will be offered at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center, located at 55 E. Lake St., immediately following trick-or-treating.

Mayor Rick Chambers said the event is sponsored by ABATE and a number of prizes will be offered.

“The event is being sponsored and put on by the group ABATE, and they will have some cash prizes that is sponsored by the city and they have some other prizes that had been donated by local businessmen, and they will do the categories like they normally do for the different age groups of children,” Chambers said.

Live Music Event at Knox Community Center Tonight

Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center

Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center

The Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox will be pumping out some live music tonight as it hosts the Harvest Moon “Big Band” Dancing event from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission for the event is $7 per person, and features live music by Sentimental Journeys.

Darla Cook, mayor’s assistant, said that the city is hoping for a big crowd to have a good time, with admission helping to pay for the band and other expenses. She said there are no sponsors this time, and she hopes to be able to keep hosting these dances which are dependent on admission and attendance. The city has no budget for these events, and only the admissions help to cover the costs.

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

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.

Moving Starke County Forward Walking Challenge Celebration Tomorrow

The Moving Starke County Forward Walking Challenge celebration event is tomorrow, and along with it, the announcement as to whether or not the participant’s reached their latest goal: 25,000 miles, or the distance around the world. The event is Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. CT at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox.

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Starke County Prayer Breakfast to be Held in Knox Thursday

News Contributor, Ed Hasnerl

Ed Hasnerl

The Starke County Prayer Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday morning at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox. Ed Hasnerl, the pastor at the Eagle Creek Community Church, is the guest speaker for the breakfast which is centered by a prayer theme for the nation.

“It lasts just an hour – it begins at 7 a.m.,” said Hasnerl. “We have breakfast, we’ll have a short program and Rich Wallen is going to be there to provide some music. We’ve got a number of pastors participating. It’s rather ecumenical. The theme is Pray for America.”

Christo’s will be catering the breakfast and $8 tickets are available at the Knox Mayor’s Office or at the door.

Ed Hasnerl will be delivering a message of hope that we can take with us in order to help move our nation in a positive direction.

“We the people have to humble ourselves and I take that as meaning repent. We have to change our lives and then we can change the country,” Hasnerl said.

Healthy Food Alternatives Offered at Health Fair Friday

The health fair held Friday afternoon at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox offered not just a variety of health screenings but a cornucopia of healthy food options as well. Laura Boyd, culinary coordinator for IU Health Starke Hospital, explained that the hospital provided health alternatives to everyday food, including vegetarian sloppy joes made with vegetarian crumble, Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce, and sautéed onions. Boyd said the sloppy joes contain about half the fat as a typical burger and said they are not only completely healthy but delicious too.

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Annual Tree Lighting Celebration Set For Tomorrow Night

The annual tree lighting celebration in the City of Knox is set for tomorrow night from 5–7 p.m. at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center.

You are asked to gather at the Community Center tree first before meeting with Santa and partaking in refreshments. Your child may have his/her picture taken with Santa Claus during this celebration.