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Francesville Fall Festival:

In 50 years it has almost never rained on the Francesville Fall Festival - the third weekend of September - and the Golden Anniversary Festival was no exception.

The festival offers a variety of entertainment for all ages, at no cost. In addition to the beloved, huge parade, this year's three-day festival featured arts, crafts and flea market booths, dancing and musical entertainment, a variety of dinners and food booths, a petting zoo, auto show, carnival rides and games, Lions Club bingo and fireworks.

Also, the featured attraction at this year's event was a visit of the "Traveling Wall," a half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial wall in Washington, D.C.


Local News Briefs

Harvest begins in Indiana

USDA Great Lakes Region - Warmer temperatures and little rain last week helped with dry down for Indiana corn and soybeans, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Much of western Indiana was categorized as abnormally dry by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Some areas of the state did receive some residual rainfall from Hurricane Irma, but it was not substantial. 

'Boiler Bridge' event Sept. 26

The Pulaski County Purdue Extension office has announced a "Boiler Bridge" event for prospective Purdue University students - a method of "connecting campus to community."

This event is being held Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Jasper County Fairgrounds, 2671 W. Clark St., Rensselaer. The time is 7:30 to 9 p.m. (ET). The public is invited to attend.

Kewanna Fall Festivall Sept. 29-Oct. 1

KEWANNA - Kewanna will hold its Fall Festival Friday through Sunday, Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 1, with a "Salute to Hometown Heroes, The Fulton County Community Foundation."

The festival is organized by Kewanna H.E.A.R.T. and will feature daily the Great American Family Circus, Carla Wallenda Family Aerial Show, the Great Kalita, the Michigan Draft Horse Pull, and a pre-1840 era encampment.

Classes on preventing, controlling diabetes set for October, November

Free classes on preventing or controlling (sugar) diabetes will be offered in six sessions in October and November at the Pulaski County Public Library, Winamac.

The classes are designed especially for people with Medicare who have pre-diabetes or diabetes.

PCPL lists September programs, activities

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for September, which include Medicare information sessions, library card sign-up month, and a free "Cushion Concert" for kids by the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.

For more information on any program, call the library at 574-946- 3432.

Pulaski County Farmers' Market offered this summer in Francesville, Winamac on alternate Saturdays

A Pulaski County Farmers' Market will run this summer on alternate Saturdays in Francesville and Winamac through October.

The market runs from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, on the second and fourth Saturdays in Francesville; and the first, third and fifth Saturdays in Winamac. Vendors are welcome.

PMH Senior Care helps senior citizens with mental health issues

Pulaski Memorial Hospital's new Senior Care program can help senior citizens with mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, fear and worry lasting more than two weeks. It also assists with grief issues.

Program director Mindy Shidler, RN, hopes to spread information about the Senior Care program throughout the community.

Sheriff's office raising money for scholarship fund

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is raising money to start a scholarship fund for Pulaski County high school graduates.

The scholarship will be available to students interested in studying law enforcement from Winamac and West Central high schools. The sheriff’s office needs to raise $10,000 to transfer the scholarship to the Community Foundation of Pulaski County where the scholarship will be self-sustaining.


Indiana News

Census Bureau releases 2016 statistics on income, poverty and health insurance coverage in U.S.

The U.S. Census Bureau announced Sept. 12 that real median household income increased by 3.2 percent between 2015 and 2016, while the official poverty rate decreased 0.8 percentage points. At the same time, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased.

Median household income in the United States in 2016 was $59,039, an increase in real terms of 3.2 percent from the 2015 median income of $57,230. This is the second consecutive annual increase in median household income.

September is Hunger Action Month

In North Central Indiana more than 79,000 people struggle with hunger

LAFAYETTE – This September Food Finders Food Bank, together with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, will mobilize across all 50 states in an effort to bring an end to hunger.

Hunger Action Month is designed to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of the fact that 42 million Americans, including 13 million children, are food insecure, according to the USDA.

Donnelly releases statement on dinner with Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Trump hosted a dinner at the White House Tuesday night for a bipartisan group of six senators, including Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly.

The main topic discussed at the working dinner, in the Blue Room, was reportedly possible revision to the income tax code, along with other issues.

Donnelly, Collins reintroduce '40 Hours is Full Time' Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – To protect American workers, U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Susan Collins (R-ME) announced the reintroduction of their Forty Hours is Full Time Act, which would change the definition of a “full-time employee” under the Affordable Care Act to someone who works an average of 40 hours per week.

Employers across the country continue to make decisions to cut employees’ hours due to how the health care law currently defines a “full-time employee” – as someone who works an average of 30 hours per week.

Third annual Harvest Dinner 'Harvest Award' winner announced

Also: $79,620 raised for 4-H youth/Celebration of Champions

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Fair Foundation’s third annual Harvest Dinner, held Saturday evening (Aug. 19) at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, raised $79,620 for 4-H youth through the Indiana State Fair’s "Celebration of Champions."

Also, the Harvest Award was presented posthumously to Mauri Williamson, founder of the Indiana State Fair’s Pioneer Village.

Lt. Gov. honors Hoosier visionaries during Celebration of Agriculture

INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch presented the 2017 AgriVision Award to Beth Bechdol, director of agribusiness strategies at Ice Miller and president and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana, and Dr. Jay Akridge, Interim Provost at Purdue University, during the Celebration of Agriculture at the Indiana State Fair Wednesday evening (Aug. 16).

In its 11th year, the award is given to Hoosier visionaries who have demonstrated exemplary leadership to maximize the potential of Indiana agriculture.

AgriNovus Indiana’s new statewide campaign asserts Indiana's leadership in food and agriculture innovation

Campaign defines the agbiosciences sector as the intersection of traditional ag, life sciences, and science and technology

INDIANAPOLIS - AgriNovus Indiana is reaffirming its commitment to tell the story of the Indiana agbiosciences sector and is announcing the release of a statewide educational and public awareness campaign to address perceptions about the agbiosciences.

The agbiosciences industry employs more than 75,000 Hoosiers and contributes $16 billion to the Indiana economy. 


Post News

Francesville Fall Festival announces contest winners

FRANCESVILLE - Winners of the parade, bake contest and crop contest at the Francesville Fall Festival have been announced.

The 50th annual festival ran Sept. 15-17.

State police investigate fatal crash near Star City

STAR CITY - A Logansport man was killed, and two men were flown to a Fort Wayne hospital, following a three-car accident late Sunday afternoon, south of Star City.

Dead is Antonio Arzola Jr., 24, Logansport. Bradyn Bordenet, 20, Lafayette, and Larry Williams, 67, Knox, were flown by medical helicopter to Fort Wayne, both with serious injuries, police report.

West Central earns AdvancED accreditation

FRANCESVILLE - Superintendent Don Street, elementary school principal Dan Zylstra, and middle/high school principal Pat Culp presented the AdvancED External Review Team Report to the West Central School Board at its September meeting.

The report highlighted the powerful practices occurring as well as improvement priorities for the district. The review team visit occurred during the spring and consisted of five educators from outside the district.

Indiana State Police join forces with Pulaski County, Medaryville police

LOWELL - The Indiana State Police (ISP) All Crimes Policing Team (ACP), based out of the Lowell District, joined forces with Pulaski County Sheriff Department (PCSD) and the Medaryville Police over Labor Day weekend to conduct a multi-jurisdictional enforcement effort in Pulaski County.

This combined effort led to 17 traffic citations issued, 58 warnings, two Operating While Intoxicated arrests, one minor consumption of alcohol, 12 criminal arrests, one felony arrest and six drug related arrests for marijuana and methamphetamine.

Pulaski County Public Library unveils centennial sign

WINAMAC - A sign to commemorate the centennial of Winamac’s Carnegie Library has been completed. The sign appears in front of the Carnegie library, which was originally established in 1915 as the Winamac Public Library.

The brick structure was designed by Easterday Construction Co., built by Schamber’s Masonry, wired by Dan Knouff Electrical, and landscaped by ProScapes.

Local Red Cross volunteer deploys to Houston area

Local Red Cross volunteer, Sherry Fagner has deployed to the Houston area to help with "mass care" efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Fagner serves as the Lead Disaster Action Team member for both Pulaski and Starke counties. She is active in both counties with responders to keep them aware of the services the Red Cross can provide to clients when a local disaster strikes.

McClure elected commissioner to complete Krohn's term

Mike McClure of Star City has been elected from among nine candidates to serve as Pulaski County Commissioner from the third district.

McClure was selected in two ballots during a county Republican Party Caucus that lasted about an hour Monday evening. Over 50 persons attended the event.

West Central seniors, parents attend Senior Information Night

FRANCESVILLE - West Central High School hosted its first annual Senior Information Night, Aug. 21.

The purpose of the event was to share information about applying to college, financial aid opportunities, scholarship opportunities, tips for completing scholarship applications, and college savings plans.