Financial Aid Meeting Set for Jan. 29

Those needing information on how to pay for college are invited to attend a presentation at the Knox High School to gather that information.

The director of financial aid at Ancilla College, Kathy Mills, will be at the school on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. CT where she will assist parents with the FAFSA form as well as answer any questions related to financial aid.

This paying for college presentation is open to all students, parents or community members who are interested in attending. Senior students and their parents are highly encouraged to attend.

Homecoming Week is Next Week at Knox High School


Knox High School will hold homecoming activities throughout the week next week to lead up to  Friday’s football game.

It all starts Monday, Sept. 30 where students are encouraged to show their school spirit by wearing different styles of clothing to school. Monday is Costume Day, Tuesday is Twin Day, Wednesday is Western Day, Thursday is Class Color Day and Friday is Red and White Day.

Continue reading

Knox High School Pool Open Tuesdays


Knox High School Principal Dr. Elizabeth Ratliff told the school board this week that the lifeguarding classes conducted at the high school pool went well.

Twenty-five residents have been certified as lifeguards in the classes that were offered earlier this month. Amy Nimetz said the five day classes that were held June 3–7 and June 10–14 were a success and they may be offered again.

Continue reading

High School Graduations Approaching; Celebrate Safely

Area high schools are preparing for graduation ceremonies across the Kankakee Valley as soon-to-be-graduates prepare for life after high school. West Central High School students will be the first to graduate while South Central High School students will undergo their graduation ceremonies last, but police will be on high-alert, searching for intoxicated and unrestrained drivers, so adults are strongly encouraged not to provide alcohol for graduation parties and to keep tabs on graduates attending parties to ensure they are being responsible.

Continue reading

Knox Community School Board Commends Envirothon Team

Back left to right: Benjamin Darda, Austin Heise, Colton Skidmore  Front: Marge Wood, Nikole Scheib, Julia Markovitz, Laurie Simmons.
Back left to right: Benjamin Darda, Austin Heise, Colton Skidmore Front: Marge Wood, Nikole Scheib, Julia Markovitz, Laurie Simmons.

The Knox Community School Board members recognized the Knox High School Envirothon team during the Spotlight on Success portion of their meeting Monday night.

The team had gone to the state competition on April 30 and placed 13th out of 17 teams. Coaches Laurie Simmons and Marge Wood told the board they were proud of the effort of the students and competed well at Washington High School.

Continue reading

Area Proms Prompt Law Enforcement to Step up DUI Patrols

With area schools holding their proms and post-prom events within the next month, local law enforcement departments are stepping up DUI patrols throughout their communities. Police will saturate areas around each prom and post-prom site in an effort to cut down on potential alcohol and drug use, with a zero-tolerance policy toward the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages. In addition, those who provide alcohol to minors will be targeted and jailed.

Continue reading

Knox High School Closes Due to Electrical Issues

Knox High School is experiencing electrical issues.  Students with permission from parents are being dismissed at 11:30 a.m.  Students who do not have permission to leave will be at the middle school until school is dismissed for the day.  Elementary and Middle School students will be dismissed at the end of the regular school day.
NIPSCO will be shutting off the electricity at the high school this afternoon in order to make necessary repairs.
Saturday night’s dance in the Knox High School Cafeteria has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Knox High School Junior Wins NCWIT Award

Emily Burton
Emily Burton

A Knox High School Junior was recognized by the school board during the Spotlight on Success portion of their meeting.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa explained that Emily Burton received a high academic honor.

“Emily won the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) award for Aspirations in Computing,” said Gappa. “Emily was among 20 students who won the Aspirations in Computing award in the Indiana affiliate membership. There were 1800 applications nationwide and only three national award winners. Emily was also runner-up for the national award.”

Burton recently attended a dinner and awards banquet in Indianapolis where she received a $250 cash award, trophies and other items for her accomplishment.

Status Hearing Set for Knox Teacher Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Todd Boldry

There have been no major developments in the case against a former Knox High School teacher accused of fathering a child with a former student. The Knox Community School Board initially suspended Boldry with pay on Aug. 24 and has since been suspended without pay.  Superintendent A.J. Gappa said earlier that substitute teachers will fill the position until the outcome of the investigation is determined.

Continue reading

Knox Drama Department Gearing Up For Today’s Production

The Knox High School Drama Department is switching things up as they prepare for their musical production which, instead of being presented in the spring as they usually do, will be performed today at 7 p.m.

This year, the cast will be performing “The Seussical,” which is based on 21 different Dr. Seuss stories. The musical features Horton as the main character with narration by the Cat in the Hat. Director Terril Hahn said this is going to be a great show, thanks to the productiveness of their larger-than-usual cast.

Continue reading

Seussical to be Presented by the Knox High School Drama Department

Knox High School’s Drama Department has decided to switch things up a bit this year compared to years past. They will be presenting their musical in the fall this year instead of in the spring as they usually do.

This year’s musical of choice is “The Seussical,” which is based on Dr. Seuss stories. The musical centers around Horton with The Cat in the Hat as a narrator. Director Terril Hahn says that this is a great show that should be an enjoyment for adults and students alike.

Rehearsals for the musical are currently underway. The musical will take to the stage on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. CT and on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. CT.

Knox Football Players Commended For Storm Clean-up Efforts

Dave Bullock from the Knox Park Board appeared before the Knox Community School Board Monday night to thank high school football coach Chris McGowan and the entire football team for helping to pick up debris at Sandy Acres Park after the July 24 storm.

Bullock said 45 members of the team took their time out of practice to help the park members who were swamped with all the wreckage after the storm. The team spent several hours picking up branches and limbs and tiding up the park for regular patrons. He added that some of players remarked that it was some of the hardest work they’d done so far this season.

The board thanked Bullock for his comments and also commended the team for showing great community spirit in a time of need.

Knox High School National Honor Society Honored By School Board

Knox Community School Superintendent A.J. Gappa

The Knox High School National Honor Society was spotlighted during the school board’s recent meeting. Superintendent A.J. Gappa says the members were involved in a great fundraising effort.

“Dr. Ratliff, the principal at the high school, brought to the board a letter from the Pennies for Patients fundraising effort,” said Gappa. “Our National Honor Society at the high school raised over $1,200 in pennies to support that fund. The whole nation raised over $600,000.”