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Commissioners get results of CAM study

April 19, 2011

KNOX — A long-awated "Capital Assets Management Study" (CAMS) confirms what county officials already new: The jail needs immediate renovation, the prosecutor's office most likely needs to be moved somewhere else, and there is not enough space in the courthouse.
The report does not make specific recommendations, but offers options for county commissioners and council members to consider. the study was done by RQAW Corp., an Indianapolis engineering firm.
Here are summaries of findings from the report:
The Jail

Faith inspires local teen to earn funds for mission trip

April 19, 2011

KNOX — Jenna Landrum of Knox has an opportunity to participate in a rewarding experience — an opportunity which she is both excited and a little nervous about.
"I will be in Baja (Mexico) for seven days. I'm nervous — because I've never done this before. I'm also excited because I think it'll be a neat thing to experience. I hope I'll learn something about the people and what the living conditions are like down there," Landrum said.

Death Notices

April 19, 2011

Brady Scott Johnathan Graham
April 4, 2011
WINAMAC — Brady Scott Johnathan Graham, 12 days old, died April 4, 2011.

Cops find lost boy; mom, dad arrested

April 6, 2011

KNOX — The parents of two small children are in the Starke County Jail, charged with neglect, after their five-year-old son was found wandering and crying on Roosevelt Road Friday night.
According to a Knox Police report, a neighbor found the little boy wandering along Roosevelt Road near John Street, crying for his mother. The neighbor called police, and the boy led them to his apartment on Ruthie Drive.
Police found another small child in the apartment watching TV, but the parents were not there.

Police News

April 6, 2011

Break-in at San Pierre Auto
SAN PIERRE — The Starke County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information concerning a theft from the San Pierre Auto dealership.

JW Hicks expanding, adding 20 jobs

April 6, 2011

KNOX — A $2.5 million expansion of the JW Hicks plant in Knox will add 20 jobs and an estimated $650,000 in additional payroll.
The project was presented to the Knox City Council Tuesday, March 22.
James Hicks, his son Brian Hicks, Josh Deal and Starke County Economic Development Foundation Director Charles Weaver, made the presentation. Hicks is the owner of JW Hicks, Inc.
Project Engineer Josh Deal said a 110,000 square foot addition is planned.

Death Notices

April 6, 2011

Lorraine C. Mercer
March 27, 2011
WALKERTON — Lorraine C. Mercer, 86, died Sunday, March 27, 2011 in Miller's Merry Manor, Walkerton.
She is survived by a daughter, Deborah (Jerry) Lowery of Port Orchard, Wash.; sons, James (Pat Best) Mercer of Stillwell, and Robert (Judy) Mercer of Walkerton; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a brother, John Kratzchmar of Calif.; and sister, Carolyn Mallardi of Plymouth.
Visitation took place from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at Rannells Funeral Home, Koontz Lake Chapel.

Trash bill increase for city residents

April 6, 2011

KNOX — Inflation will affect the trash bills of Knox residents in August - households in the city will see their bills go up 33 cents starting Aug. 1.
Waste Management is the garbage pickup contractor for Knox. Mayor Rick Chambers said the total cost in 2010 was $206,967.60 and on July 31, the contract for the entire city will go up to $212,076. That's an increase of $5,000 annually.
These rates impact only city residents. This is the final year of a three-year contract with Waste Management. Residents get both garbage pickup and recycling.

School news

April 6, 2011

Prom Parents – Students are able to purchase single or couple tickets to prom. We expect tickets will go on sale next week.
Tickets for the academic banquet can be purchased through Mrs. Tow in the main office, cost is $7.50
The ACT will be given Saturday, April 9 at Knox High School. Those signed up must be here by 7:45 a.m. with their admission ticket, ID, no. 2 pencils and calculator.
Seniors: Jostens will be back Tuesday, April 12 before school to pass out caps and gowns and graduation announcements.

Tornado tips

April 6, 2011

The arrival of warmer weather brings an unpleasant situation: The possibility of tornadoes. Here's how to get prepared for tornado season.
• Buy a survival kit and store along with:
• Essential medication
• Sturdy shoes
• Also include in the kit written instructions on how to turn off your home's utilities
• Conduct periodic tornado drills, so everyone remembers what to do when a tornado is approaching.
• Stay tuned for storm warnings:
• Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information
• Know what a tornado WATCH and WARNING means

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