Local COVID-19 cases continue to climb
Dr. Alan Stewart, county health officer, on Thursday reported 120 cases of the coronavirus in Knox County. Four of those patients are in the hospital; one is being treated in the intensive care unit, Stewart said.
Of the 120 confirmed cases, 33 cases are considered to be active, which marks the highest active caseload since the outbreak began in late March.
Knox County has not yet reported any deaths from COVID-19.
Local barber to offer free kids hair cuts
Local barber, Karl Yetka, owner of Vincennes Best barber shop at 16 N. First St. is hosting the inaugural Party at the Pavilion from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday under the Riverfront Pavilion. The back-to-school event will offer free hair cuts, offered by licensed barbers and cosmetologists, for children ages 5-11. There will also be free food, school supplies and personal care items for each participating child.
Everyone is required to wear a mask. Masks will be provided to those who don’t have one. Check-in for the event will be located off Second Street. Parents and guardians will need to offer a photo ID as proof of Knox County residence and sign a waiver of consent.
In order to serve as many children as possible, barbers and cosmetologists will not do graphics, fades, layers, color, etc. Kids with short hair will be able to choose from two different styles: hair buzzed completely off or trimmed to an inch. Kids with medium to long hair will be able to choose from two different haircuts: a basic trim or a shorter, blunt cut.
South Knox to host open house for retiring principal
The South Knox School Corp. will host an open house for Alan Drew, who is retiring after 44 years of service to the school corporation, most recently as principal of the elementary school. The open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday in the elementary school cafeteria.
Local theater troupe returns with a new show
Members of Old Town Players will soon premier a new comedy, “Four Old Broads.” Performances will be Aug. 7-9 and again Aug. 14-16. Shows Friday and Saturday are at 7 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m.
The Old Town Players theater is located at Fifth and Broadway streets. For more information, send an email to email@example.com
Wanted: School board candidates
Wednesday marked the first day candidates can file to seek a seat on an area public school board, according to county clerk David Shelton.
Up for grabs this year are three at-large seats on the Vincennes Community School Corp. Board of Trustees, ones current held by Karla Smith, Barb Toole and Aaron Bauer.
Also up for re-election this year are the Johnson, Palmyra and Harrison township seats — currently held by Gary Holscher, Michael Edwards and Alicia Houchin respectively — on the South Knox School Corp. Board of Trustees.
On the North Knox School Corp. Board of Trustees, the Vigo and Bicknell/Vigo townships seats are on the ballot. Those seats are currently held by Vaughn Huey and Max Nickless respectively.
The deadline to file to seek a school board seat is noon on Aug. 21.
These positions are considered non-partisan.
For more information, contact the clerk at 812-895-4927.
Community Foundation accepting grant applications
The Knox Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for their Community Good Grants Program. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 27.
The foundation’s board of directors this year changed its Community Good grant cycle to accept both project-based and general support applications.
“We know our charitable partners are adjusting to many changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lauren Osmon, regional director of Community Engagement and Impact. “We are pleased to respond to their needs by changing this year’s grant cycle and offering an expanded funding option that is well-suited to support their vital work.”
Charitable entities can view details related to funding requirements and access the grant application via the Foundation’s website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Knox/grants. All organizations submitting grant proposals will be notified of the outcome via email by Nov. 1, 2020.
Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations proposing activities that support a religious purpose, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.
For questions, contact Osmon at losmon@communityfoundationalli