Official Ballot Knox County, Indiana Municipal Election City of Bicknell November 3, 2015

Bicknell Mayor Clerk Treasurer
Ray Hooten
Sandra Campbell
(Winner) Democrat
Thomas Estabrook
(Winner) Democrat
Becky McGlone
Bicknell City Judge
(Winner) Republican
Gary Byrer
No Candidate
Bicknell City Council
Bicknell City Council
District 1
 Aaron Bourlard
(Winner)Rod Mullins
(Winner) Walter S. (Wally) Cullen
Rick C. Hagen
Walter “Johnny” Jones
No Independent
Daniel C. (Dan-o) McCrary
No Independent
Bicknell City Council
District 2
Bicknell City Council
District 3
(Winner) Richard (Butch) Byrer
(Winner) Republican
Frank Gugliotta
Matthew D. Brough
Stacy Allen
Bicknell City Council
District 4
(Winner) Republican
John J. Vendes
Michael R. Whitson
Randy Rasner

Taco Pizza

Taco Pizza

dry mix
Hi-gluten flour in a mixing bowl
amount depends on amount of crust needed

wet mix:
warm water
add about a table spoon of sugar to water to activate yeast
add yeast one packet dry for normal crust
add ¼ cup of vegetable oil
wait for yeast to start working

mix wet into dry flour until you get a complete mixture that is not sticky

divide crust into balls, if there is more dough than needed form the balance into balls and freeze
place dough for your pizza on a greased baking pan and wait for it to raise
once it has raised pat it out, do not stretch it, once it is the size of your baking pan wait once more for it to raise again
place in oven at 350 degrees until the crust is browned on the edges and tips then remove from oven and place off baking pan upside down on a counter covered with a towel and let cool


If you have a favorite commercial taco meat you can use it otherwise place as much hamburger that you want and fry until done,
pour off the grease
place cooked meat back on the stove and add water
add your favorite taco seasonings and a little pepper (black) stir in.
stir every few minutes
and let simmer until liquid is nearly gone

you can use tomato paste or tomato sauce
water must be added to paste and mixed in until you arrive at a smooth texture like sauce, this will solidify if you let it set in the refrigerator, stirring the mixture will bring it back to a sauce.

Using tomato sauce does not require water but will be less solid than the paste sauce

add sugar to taste, add basil according to taste, add oregano to taste and a little pepper (black) again to taste
mix thoroughly

Place crust on a baking pan be sure that it is not upside down otherwise the sauce will be adsorbed into your crust
cover with pizza sauce (to taste), cover with your taco meat (to taste), cover with mozzarella cheese (to taste)

you can add such things as black olives, peppers and onions if you like
bake in oven at about 350 to 400 degrees depending on your oven

once cheese has melted remove from oven
cover with Mexican style chips, chopped or shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over the top and serve.

Any toppings can be added to salad topping according to taste.

John J. Vendes

Dear Friends and citizens; my name is John J. Vendes and I am running for City council in the 4th district in Bicknell.

I am a life long resident of our city and I need your help; like many I have had chances to move out of our community, but I never did because it’s home.

I was raised here and I’m raising my own family here as well. I don’t profess to have all of the answers to the problems that Bicknell faces but I am willing and ready to meet all of Bicknell’s challenges head on; I am ready to serve and I am no stranger to making tough decisions.

I am currently a 21 year member of the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, serving as Jail Operations Commander, I have held that position for 15 years and I have also served as a part-time police officer in the City of Bicknell for 11 years.

I am the son of former Bicknell Police Chief John Vendes who served the City of Bicknell for 30 years.

My mother is Cindi Parkhill, former 2 term City Clerk Treasurer in Bicknell.

I am running my campaign with my 5 star  program:

  1. Faith
  2. family
  3. honor
  4. loyalty
  5. respect

I will bring common sense and courtesy to the table, I will work hard because I share the same struggles as many others but I have never given up and also have never given up on on our community.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at 812-890-8388 or by email at

My address is 1006 North Main Street in Bicknell, Indiana

Thank you

May God bless

John J. Vendes