Knox Mayor Hopes to Reopen City Skate Park Soon

A popular amenity in Wythogan Park should be open again this spring. The skate park closed last July amid safety concerns over the wood ramps. During a recent appearance on WKVI’s “Grossman in the Morning” Mayor Dennis Estok said upgrade plans are in the works as the Knox Park Board’s funds allow. He says they intend to buy a new piece of equipment each year as funds allow. Continue reading

Don’t Let Valentine’s Day Spark End with Fire Department’s Arrival

Soft candlelight and a glowing fireplace can help set a romantic mood for a Valentine’s Day celebration, but it can quickly be dashed if the flames get out of hand and the fire department has to respond.

The U.S. Fire Administration says 84 percent of home heating fires are confined, such as those which occur in the fireplace or chimney. Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson says the fireplace should never be left unattended, and small children or pets need to be supervised around open flames. Continue reading

Oregon-Davis Receives Lilly Endowment Inc. Grant

The Oregon-Davis School Corporation is the recipient of a $30,000 grant. The funds from the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students aim to increase the number of K-12 students in Indiana who are emotionally healthy, realize academic success, graduate from high school, complete some sort of postsecondary training and are prepared to compete and prosper in our global society. Continue reading

O-D Board Weighs School Calendar, Start Time Options

The Oregon-Davis School Board is weighing school calendar options for the 2017-18 academic year. Superintendent Dr. Don Harman has suggested they consider starting classes a week later to accommodate 4-H participants. He’s also proposed a shorter fall break, as that’s when sophomores take the PSAT. Spring break would also be reduced from two weeks to one under the proposal because of ISTEP and other high-stakes assessments. Continue reading