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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

Death notices

March 28, 2011

Amy Jo Snyder     
March 22, 2011
HAMLET — Amy Jo Snyder, 48, of Hamlet, died Tuesday, March 22 at I.U. Health-LaPorte Hospital.  
She is survived by her husband, Rodney Snyder; sons: Joseph and Earl Robertson; father and mother, Robert and Trudie Duncan; sisters: Teresa Casgrove, Julie Loftis and Kellie Stark; and  brothers: Robert, James and Jeff Duncan.  
Visitation was held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel.
Funeral services were held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rannells Funeral Home.  

Knox High School news

March 28, 2011

Monday 28 White Day
Channel One Outdoor lab
3 p.m. Outdoor lab

Tuesday, March 29 Red Day
Channel One PEP
4:30 p.m. Baseball at Oregon-Davis

Wednesday, March 30 White Day
7 a.m. N.H.S. blood drive
Channel One Prom Committee
6:30 p.m. Parent/dual credit meeting - Simmons

Thursday, March 31 Red Day

Police chase nets drug bust

March 28, 2011

KNOX — Tad Gentry of Knox faces numerous charges after he was arrested Wednesday afternoon March 16 after a brief police chase in Starke County.
Deputy Rob Olejniczak from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department spotted a vehicle being driven by Gentry on Ind. 8 at 1025 East. Gentry allegedly had false and fictitious plates and no driver’s license.

Knox man sentenced to 14 years in Indiana prison

March 28, 2011

KNOX — Rodney Craft will serve 14 years in Indiana state prisons following sentences handed down in Starke Circuit Court on Thursday, March 17.
Craft plead guilty in a plea agreement to possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with a prior conviction, possession of methamphetamine, failure to appear, escape, and possession of chemical reagents or precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Starke County Police reports

March 28, 2011

HAMLET — Hamlet Police Department officers recovered a stolen vehicle after a traffic stop the night of March 17, taking two suspects to the Starke County Jail.
While on routine patrol, officers spotted a vehicle matching the description of a truck that was stolen in the Knox area the previous week. Officers ran the plate through the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and it was confirmed as the stolen vehicle. Adam Makowski was arrested and charged with theft, receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana.

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