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From the WKVI Archives

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: June 14th, 2012

It was in 1975 that the Knox Alumni Banquet was held at the Ruth Palmer Building and the new Knox High School. Alumni President Bill Barnett reported that a crowd of 190 were served at the dinner alone. Entertainment was provided by Bill Harvey, and dance music was provided by the Tony Barren Band of South Bend. The 1975 banquet was the largest ever.

Jayne Cowen

Jayne Cowen, 23, of Knox was a contestant in the Miss Indiana Scholarship Program at Indiana State University’s Hulman Center on this date in 2001. In Cowen’s talent portion, she performed an exciting two-minute exercise and dance routine to the music of “The Twilight Zone.”

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From the WKVI Archives

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: June 6th, 2012

On this date in 1974, the Starke County Commissioners met in special session and discussed plans and costs for the new county jail. According to Starke County Auditor John “Jack” Milner, the new jail could cost $500,000 to $580,000. The sheriff’s office was currently being operated from the Starke County Courthouse.

Also in 1974, a new addition was planned for the U.S. Army Reserve Center in North Judson. The new addition would house an indoor rifle range, assembly hall, a large kitchen, and a motor pool. The new addition will cost $1,000,000 and an open house and groundbreaking ceremony would be held on Sunday, July 14.

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From the WKVI Archives

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: June 5th, 2012

On this date in 1970, the owners of the Kankakee Valley Broadcasting Corporation were receiving notice that the Federal Communications Commission had approved a new AM radio station in Knox. The announcement came from the office of Ray Paul of the firm of Prince and Paul in Washington D.C., the attorneys for the applicant.

The standard broadcast station would operate on 1520 kilohertz at a power of 250 watts during daytime hours. The station would go on to carry the call letters of WKVI. The AM application had been submitted in May 1968.

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From the WKVI Archives

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: May 23rd, 2012

The year was 1977, and despite the extreme lack of moisture which is normally associated with the development of mosquitoes, conditions must have been ideal for the insects because an unusually large mosquito population was evident that spring.

Knox Mayor at the time, Robert Lynch, stated that the city was trying to combat the mosquito problem by spraying certain areas of the city that seemed heavily infested with the insects.

North Judson Town Board member Don Risner said that North Judson had been sprayed a number of times already.

Contacts with several retail establishments in the area show that the purchase of mosquito repellant was also on the increase that year. The manager of Hook’s Drugs in Knox said the store had sold almost as much repellant already in 1977 as it did for the whole season in ’96.

From the WKVI Archives

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: May 22nd, 2012

It doesn’t seem possible, but it was 13 years ago that the world premier of the film “The Best Man” was being shown. WKVI’s Ed Hasnerl had a small part in the independent film as, of course, a minister.

The Best Man was made at a cost of $320,000 and was written, co-produced, and directed by John Newcombe. The actual shooting of the movie took place in mid-1997 at Grass Creek, Kewanna, Star City, and Knox.

On this date in 1977, Gene Novello, a senior who earned ten varsity letters in his high school career, was named the winner of the coveted Ben Bowen Award during Honor Day ceremonies at Knox High School. Chris Duca, who was one of the first girls to win as many as eight varsity letters, received the Bonnie Taylor Award– the female counterpart of the Bowen Award.

One year ago, Knox High School was announcing its Valedictorian and Salutatorian Darienne Griffith and Hayley Windbigler.

From the WKVI Archives

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: May 2nd, 2012

On May 2, 2001, the new Knox Post Office grand opening celebration was held. Peggy De Vries, Knox Postmaster, greeted the crowd, and later conducted a tour of the new building.

On this date in 1977, Bob March resigned as Head Basketball Coach at Winamac High School. March was a member of the 1956 Indians sectional basketball team.

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From the WKVI Archives

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: April 30th, 2012

Thirty years ago today in 1982, Farm Bureau was issuing its annual school population report.

Here were the figures for some area schools: Knox 2144, North Judson-San Pierre 1592, Eastern Pulaski 1383, Culver 1250, West Central 1064, and Oregon-Davis 813.

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From the WKVI Archives

Published: April 27th, 2012

The Knox J.C.s were announcing their new officers 30 years ago today. They included: Gene Case, Chairman of the Board; Tom Jordan, President; Art Garbison, Vice President; Larry Platt, Secretary; A.J. Gappa, Treasurer; Gary Shepherd and Oscar Cowen, State Directors.

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From the WKVI Archives

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: April 25th, 2012

One year ago Claude Slisher was announced as The Older Hoosier of the Year and Joan Chesak was selected as Senior Volunteer of the Year.

Also one year ago, the Executive Director of Marshall-Starke Development Center, Mike Lintner, was reporting a shocking statistic. 70% of people with disabilities are unemployed. Marshall-Starke Development Center has been working for many years to help those with disabilities to become employable.

From the WKVI Archives

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: April 24th, 2012

Former Congressma John Hiler is celebrating his 59th birthday today. Also born on this date 85 years ago was the late G. Edward Cook. Mr. Hiler represented Starke County as a U.S. Representative, and Mr. Cook represented us as a State Representative.

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From the WKVI Archives

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: April 21st, 2012

Remember the Busy Bee Restaurant in North Judson? The Busy Bee opened on this date in 1985. Jerry Patterson then moved to the location and changed the name to Patterson’s. It is now Brantwood, which is North Judson’s former name.

The U.S. 35 widening project began in Knox on this date in 2001. Culver Road was closed for a two block stretch between U.S. 35 to Main Street. This was part of a $7 million dollar widening of U.S. 35 to four lanes. Construction extended from the Yellow River Bridge on the north to just past the Astoria Motel on the South.

In Culver on this date Mr. T’s Pharmacy became known as CVS after the sale of the pharmacy by the family of the late Ron Tusing.

Finally organized sports began in Indiana as the Summit City Baseball Club was organized in Ft. Wayne.

From the WKVI Archives

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: April 20th, 2012

It was 20 years ago in 1992 that a 1970 North Judson graduate, Dr. Richard Radke, and a 1965 grad, Robert “Leo” Schreiber, were inducted into the 5th Annual North Judson-San Pierre Academic Hall of Fame.

Back in 1945, the Chicago Cubs played in the World Series. They didn’t win the series, but at least they played.

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From the WKVI Archives

Published: April 13th, 2012

20 years ago today, Thomas Jefferson Bell was given the Henry F. Schricker Award. William Davis, Sr. was named Citizen of the Year. His award was accepted for him by his wife, Almo Jean.

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From the WKVI Archives

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: April 11th, 2012

This is a memorable day in the history of Starke County. On this date in 1965, three people were killed and 200 buildings were damaged during the Palm Sunday tornadoes. The hardest hit area was Koontz Lake where then-Sheriff Gordon Armstrong reported 156 houses severely damaged. 33 of the homes were completely destroyed. Killed at Koontz Lake was 50-year-old Everett James. The other two victims were rural Walkerton residents.

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