Christmas Concert at Ancilla

Ancilla College invites you to welcome the holidays with a Christmas concert, Saturday, December 9, 4:00 pm in the Ancilla Domini Chapel. Performing groups include the Culver Academies Orchestra, Concert Band, and Choir.

O’Reilly Auto hosting drive

O’Reilly Auto of Knox is hosting both a food drive for the food bank locally, as well as a Toys for Tots drive.   Stop in and see me at the Chamber with your donation, or go directly to O’Reilly Auto (discount coupon available at O’Reilly with donation).    Help this great company support our local kids and families!

Historical Society needs volunteers!

The Starke County Historical Society could use your help!   The entire society is volunteer based and they need some help finishing up the move, and staffing the new building once it’s open.   Contact Ron Vendl at 574-772-2580 for more information or to get signed up!

CVC Meeting

The CVC (convention and visitors commission) will be meeting at the Chamber office (400 N Heaton, Knox) this Thursday, (October 19th) at 5:30 PM. If you are interested in this group stop in and see what they do and how you may want to get involved.

Road Funding

Local Communities Receive
Additional Road Funding

Recently, 21 communities in and around Senate District 5 received over $8.6 million in local road-funding grants.

The Community Crossings Matching Grant program was created in 2016 by the Indiana General Assembly. As part of Indiana’s long-term road funding plan, the legislature increased funding for the program in 2017.

Through the program, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) matches up to $1 million when localities invest in road and bridge repairs. Counties with populations below 50,000 and cities and towns with populations below 10,000 are matched 75 percent, while larger counties, cities and towns are matched 50 percent. INDOT selects these communities based on economic impact.

Grant recipients in Senate District 5 are as follows:

  • Chesterton: $379,065.02
  • Dune Acres: $191,886.75
  • Francesville: $101,700
  • Hebron: $340,450
  • Jasper County: $459,750
  • Knox: $455,559.61
  • Kouts: $216,160
  • La Porte: $670,000
  • LaPorte County: $568,500
  • Medaryville: $300,000
  • Michigan City: $488,281.37
  • North Judson: $125,094.75
  • Ogden Dunes: $234,000
  • Portage: $721,312.84
  • Pulaski County: $878,542.50
  • Rensselaer: $739,327
  • Starke County: $570,832.13
  • Wanatah: $105,909
  • Westville: $404,998.28
  • Wheatfield: $549,375
  • Winamac: $90,000

I am proud of our local government officials for taking advantage of this opportunity in order to increase funding for our roads and bridges. I look forward to the positive impact these awards will have on the transportation infrastructure in our communities and state.

These grants are in addition to the funding from Indiana’s Next Level Roads plan, which provides $305,199,553 to repair state-maintained roads and bridges in and around Senate District 5 over the next five years.