In honor of Nancy Dembowski’s unwavering dedication and service to the city of Knox, the city council this week passed a motion authorizing the renaming of the Knox Community Center to the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center.
The council originally discussed the idea of honorarily renaming a portion of Main Street, beginning at Claybaugh Drive extending south to County Road 150 South, to Dembowski Drive, but after a lengthy discussion, the council decided to rename the community center instead. Chambers said this was due to Dembowski being instrumental in its construction years ago.
The Knox Community School Corporation is working with area clubs, organizations to help assemble food baskets to families and students who need assistance for the holidays.
They are asking for donations of toys (new or very clean), canned or packaged food, baby food and formula and cash donations for specific items.
You can drop off your donation in the main office at the Knox High School or send your donation to school with your student. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 13. Baskets will be distributed on Dec. 14.
Applause filled the room at this week’s meeting of the Knox City Council, as they approved a motion to allow an exercise group to resume use of the community center at no charge.
The group had been using the Knox Community Center free of charge since 1998, but were recently asked to move operations to the Girl Scout Cabin in order to avoid paying a fee to use the center. Virginia Wireman-Duncan, the leader of the exercise group, said they felt they should be able to use the center free of charge because they did not charge any of their members any kind of fee in order to exercise with the group.
Over 200 people attended the Victorian High Tea yesterday at the Knox Community Center. The event was held to raise money for the Starke County Food Pantry housed at Community Services of Starke County. Lois Bock and Debbie Popagain helped develop the activities.
Joan Haugh, the Director of Community Services of Starke County, commented on the turnout.
“I’m so impressed with the 35 ladies who put this together,” said Haugh. “The decorations are just fabulous. And as I’ve always said, if you’re going to have a fundraiser make it fun.”
It’s billed as “an affair to remember” and it will be held today at the Knox Community Center. The event is a “Victorian High Tea” and it’s being held as a fundraiser for the local food pantry. Those who attend are invited to join in the Victorian fun by wearing gloves, a fancy hat, a bowler, a top hat, or any other apparel you think might fit in with the tea.
The event is presented by local resident volunteers, and is sponsored by Christos Family Dining of Knox. The admission is $10.00 and no tickets are being sold at the door. If you hurry you might get a ticket at the Christos restaurant on Heaton Street in Knox.
Locally, a Prayer Breakfast will be held May 3rd at 7:00 a.m. CT at the Knox Community Center. Dr. Ron May, President of Ancilla College, will be the guest speaker. Pastors from area churches will also make presentations during the breakfast.
FEMA and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a Flood Risk Information Open House on Tuesday, April 17th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Knox Community Center. The Open House will provide Starke County residents with an opportunity to review a recently completed preliminary Flood Insurance Study and its accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps.
A Victorian High Tea is being planned by local residents looking to combine a fun afternoon and support a worthy cause at the same time. Proceeds from the event will be given to the Community Services of Starke County’s food pantry.
The event will be held at the Knox Community Center on Thursday, April 26th, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A brunch will be provided by Christo’s Family Dining and served by local celebrities. A silent auction will be held, along with other entertainment, elegant decorations, drawings, and a free gift for all attendees. All tickets must be purchased in advance as no tickets will be sold at the door.
Knox City Attorney David Matsey has informed Mayor Rick Chambers and the City Council members that he has been notified by Umbaugh and Associates that now might be the time to refinance the Community Center bonds. Umbaugh and Associates reported that the rates have gone down again.
This week we have been reviewing the Top Stories of 2011. Today we reveal the top story of the Year.
It was a story that captivated all who heard it. Chief Warrant Officer Andy Howes returned home after being lost in the Vietnam War on January 10th, 1970. Although his remains had been in storage in Hawaii since the ’80’s, only improved testing allowed an Armed Forces Forensic Team to match DNA samples to those that had earlier been taken from relatives.
Two candidates are seeking the opportunity to fill the Starke County Interim Treasurer’s position in tonight’s Democrat Caucus. The appointed person will fill the term of Linda Belork until a Jasper County Court settles a suit between her and the Starke County Commissioners. If Belork wins the court case, she will reclaim the office and the caucus winner will vacate the position. If Belork loses the suit, the caucus winner will automatically have the Interim designation removed from her title, and the candidate will become the Treasurer.
Santa Claus arrived right on time yesterday afternoon for the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Starke County Courthouse. Accompanied by several beautiful young ladies from the recent Miss South Bend/Kankakee Valley pageant, Santa came in on a Knox-Center Township Fire Department fire truck.
On the count of three, Mayor Rick Chambers flipped the switch on the Christmas tree and proclaimed the Christmas season’s beginning.
The Knox City Council has decided to refinance the remaining payments on the Knox Community Center. John Julien, from Umbaugh and Associates, appeared before the council to announce that re-bonding rates would go from 5.6% to 2.5%, and the city could realize savings from $14,000 to $25,000 over the course of the payments.
The Knox Christmas tree lighting ceremony is Sunday, November 27th.
Prior to the tree lighting, the firefighters from the Knox-Center Township Fire Department will parade its fleet of trucks on Main Street at approximately 4:30 p.m. The parade will end at the Starke County Courthouse in the downtown area. The firemen will be delivering Santa Claus to the tree lighting ceremony that will begin at 5:00 p.m. on the Courthouse Square.
The Starke County Choralaires will be singing Christmas carols during the event. Immediately following the tree lighting ceremony, Santa will make his way to the Knox Community Center where he will hear what children want for Christmas. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.
The Starke County Development Foundation’s annual meeting will be held tonight at the Knox Community Center. It begins at 5:30 p.m. and the formal program begins at 6:15 p.m. You are invited to the event.
Several awards will be given including the Robert Hamilton Award which will be given to Mat Swanson and Jack Lynch.
The Knox City Council will welcome a special speaker during their regular meeting this week.
Candice Bernier, Special Projects Coordinator for the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, will focus on planning for the future of downtown Knox.
The Knox City Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m. CT at the Knox Community Center and you are invited to attend the presentation to hear those ideas and suggest ideas during the meeting. Other agenda items include the first reading of a salary ordinance for elected officials, the second reading of the change of fees and fines for the animal ordinance, and a resolution for the rebonding of the Knox Community Center.
Costumes were judged last night after a rigorous hour-and-a-half of trick-or-treating in Knox. The event was sponsored by the Knox Friends of the Park organization and it was held at the Knox Community Center. The judges had their hands full with three categories to judge in age groups 0-5, 1st through 5th graders and 6th through 8th graders. There were definitely some unique costumes!
Country music fans, especially of the Bluegrass persuasion, turned out Friday night for Mayor Rick Chamber’s Bluegrass Jam at the Knox Community Center.
Mayor Chambers said the event gives musicians, and fans alike a chance to get out and enjoy their music of choice.
“We had a great turnout as usual,” said Mayor Rick Chambers. “We had about 270 people here. We had donations for the Food Pantry and my pickup truck is full of food. We probably have 700 or 800 pounds of food. It’s a really great turnout. We hold these events about twice a year and we’d like to do more, but the Community Center is usually rented out, so we do one in early spring and late fall.”
The Starke United campaign kick-off breakfast is this morning at the Knox Community Center. The theme for this year’s campaign is, “Together, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.”
The campaign chairman will be announced as well as the goal for the year. Julie Dessauer is the Starke United Director and she promises an inspiring breakfast, and campaign. The breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m. CT and it is sponsored by Integrity Trade Services.
Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of community-based preventative health screenings, will be at the Knox Community Center on Thursday, September 15th beginning at 9:00 a.m. The event is sponsored by Pulaski Memorial Hospital.