Tyler Reddick Ready for Challenge in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Tyler Reddick
Tyler Reddick’s truck for Team BKR

Tyler Reddick is vying for the Rookie of the Year title in this season’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and he will have to battle his lack of pavement racing along the way to this title. He talks about his dirt racing background and what he expects at Martinsville in his Brad Keselowski Racing Ford in this Behind the Wheel interview with Anita Goodan:  Tyler Reddick Behind the Wheel

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Brennan Newberry Working His Way to Victory Lane

Brennan Newberry's truck for NTS Motorsports
Brennan Newberry’s truck for NTS Motorsports

He’s running a part-time schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series (NCWTS) and is looking for success in the K&N Pro Series East Series in 2014. Brennan Newberry is proud to come from the area where the NCTWS was founded and hopes that rich history, and talent, will put him into victory lane. Find out more in this Behind the Wheel interview with Anita Goodan: Brennan Newberry Behind the Wheel

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Marshall County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Lake of the Woods Burglaries


Detectives with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department are investigating five recent burglaries in the Lake of the Woods are. All five occurred in the 3000 block of West Shore Drive and were reported between Feb. 11 and 14. Items reported stolen include food from refrigerators and freezers, televisions, coins, silver and cash, cordless drills, compact discs and movies, an iTunes radio, a game cube and games, a BluRay player, a Craftsman tool box and tools, a Lawn Boy push mower, a Dell laptop, a Wii game console and games, a Craftsman charger and batteries and an impact socket set. Continue reading

Hanley Warren Chapman Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

Hanley Warren Chapman
Hanley Warren Chapman
Hanley Warren Chapman was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Thursday afternoon.

Chapman was arrested on Aug. 7, 2013 after he fired three shots into the floor of his home with his brother-in-law present. The SWAT team was called to the home in North Judson in order to assist the North Judson Police Department in taking him into custody. The SWAT team entered the home and found Chapman in a room in the basement. He was highly intoxicated at the time he was taken to the Starke County Jail.

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City of Knox Pursuing “Hardest Hit” Grant for Parkview

Knox City Council
Knox City Council

The Knox City Council this week approved the purchase of five lots in Parkview Heights, each of which was up for tax sale in the county but, because it was up for tax sale previously and did not sell, the city was able to purchase the properties for $35 each from the county. The city has acquired more than a dozen properties in the neighborhood, and Mayor Rick Chambers said the city is looking into options as far as what they can do to improve Parkview Heights and make it a safer place to live.

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Proposed Regulations Could Increase Electric Costs By 32 Percent


Electric utility customers across the state may have heard of a potential rate increase through NIPSCO or Kankakee Valley REMC, or really any other electric provider, due to proposed legislation that, if passed, could cause an increase in the area of 32 percent for electric bills. KVREMC’s Amanda Steeb told WKVI that the EPA has proposed additional regulation placing intense limitations on carbon emission from coal power plants, which, for a coal producer like Indiana, can cause steep increases in electric utilities.

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Knox Street Department Working on Potholes, Readying Equipment for Next Snow Event

Knox Street Superintendent Jeff Borg told those attending the Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday that work is being done to fill potholes.

Borg explained that road crews filled the most troublesome areas first and have been out filling others as much as possible. In the meantime, employees have been working to maintain vehicles. Borg noted that some plow components needed to be fixed and others completely replaced and he will be notifying the board on those efforts in a future meeting.

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Purdue University to Merge Campus Administration

Purdue University officials have announced they are moving forward with a plan to unify the administration of the university’s two northwest Indiana campuses. The two campuses, just 35 miles apart, will be preserved, but the plan includes the consolidation of the oversight of both administrative and academic functions into one central office.

Officials say the merger would lead eventually to one chancellor, and likely to one university name, but Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas Keon says nothing will be enacted right away.

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Larry D. Kistler

Funeral services for Larry D. Kistler, 71, of Atlanta, formerly of Royal Center, are Tuesday, March 4 at 1 p.m. EST at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel, with visitation there from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

Progress Made on Thawing Frozen Pipes in Knox


The Knox Board of Public Works did not have a quorum but heard reports from department heads on issues Wednesday morning.

Knox Water Superintendent Todd Gardner said about 50 percent of the frozen pipes reported have been thawed and they’re working on more as the days go by. The first section of pipes to freeze was along Spruce Drive and all but one person has water flowing to the residence.

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Knox Council Approves Purchase of Parkview Lots

Knox City Council
Knox City Council

The Knox City Council this week approved a resolution purchasing five lots in Parkview Heights. City attorney David Matsey said the county has already approved a resolution and this resolution for the city is strongly based on the county’s version.

The properties the city will acquire in Parkview are located at 322 Spruce Street , 424 and 426 Maple Street, and a parcel on Clark Street. The Spruce Street house is actually located on two lots. The parcels will be purchased for a cost of $35 per property, and the city council has expressed interest in using those properties – and other properties in Parkview Heights that the city has acquired over the years – to benefit the city.

The council approved a motion purchasing the lots.

ACLU Opposed to Welfare Drug Testing

The ACLU of Indiana is opposed to legislation requiring drug screening for people on public assistance, claiming the practice is “unconstitutional” despite recent changes.

Lawmakers removed a provision from House Bill 1351 that would have required everyone who applies for “Temporary Assistance for Needy Families” to undergo drug screening. However, it still would require anyone with a misdemeanor drug conviction in the past ten years to be drug-tested annually while receiving assistance. ACLU of Indiana executive director Jane Henegar said that intrudes on an individual’s right to privacy.

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