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Beach Operations:

Alliance Bank’s Junior Board of Directors recently visited Indiana Beach to learn about the history and operation of the amusement park.

Here they stopped to snap a quick group photo in front of Indiana Beach’s newest attraction, known as Zero-G. Pictured are (front, l-r) Taylor Shriver, Amy Lyons, Kaitlyn Malchow, Ashlee Grubbs, Jennifer Rios, Teresa Ball, Braylin Balough, and Cassie Wuethrich; and (back) Maci Heimlich, Craig Reiff, Brody Brumm, Isabelle Dotlich, Hannah Ball, Ethan Jones, Peri Raver, Jerod Glasford, and Ryan Shepard.

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Local News Briefs

Indiana harvest reaches 52% for corn, 54% for sybeans

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Rainy weather slowed harvest progress for Indiana farmers last week, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Above average temperatures helped dry fields between sporadic rains. However, in some counties temperatures dropped low enough for farmers to see their first frost at the end of the week.

WCHS drama to present 'All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten' Nov. 4-6

WINAMAC - The Winamac Community High School drama department will present its 2016 fall production, Robert Fulgham's All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, the weekend of Nov. 4-6.

Show times and dates are 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday; plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. The Nov. 4 performance is contingent upon the football schedule; thus, an alternate performance may be presented at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7 if there is a conflict.

Early Voting runs Oct. 12 - Nov. 7

The U.S. General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Early (Absentee) Voting will run from Oct. 12 through Nov. 7.

Pulaski County Clerk Christi Hoffa has released information regarding voting procedures for the election.

Extension to offer Nutrition Education program Oct. 20

Purdue Extension Pulaski County will sponsor a Nutrition Education program, with a free hot meal, at 12 noon, Thursday, Oct. 20 in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church, Winamac.

During this program participants will learn about healthy eating using My Plate, portion control, label reading and fats.

Extension Homemakers Craft Workshop Nov. 12

The annual "Make-and-Take Craft Workshop," sponsored by the Pulaski County Extension Homemakers will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Winamac.

The event is family friendly with free admission. Visitors can make simple, creative crafts at a minimal cost. 


Pillowcases for Riley sewing event Nov. 5

The Pillowcase Ladies of Pulaski County will sew pillowcases for Riley Children's Hospital from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at Bethel Bible Church, located on SR 14 and 700 W, Winamac.

All who would like to help are welcome. Ability to sew is not a requirement, as there are many other tasks to be completed in the process.

Property taxes due Nov. 10

Pulaski County taxpayers are reminded by county treasurer Lynette Wilder that the second installment of property taxes are due Thursday, Nov. 10.

The taxes may be paid at several locations around the county, or mailed to the treasurer's office at the county courthouse in Winamac.

Library announces October programs

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for October, including outdoor TorchFest movies, pumpkin painting - and yes, more coloring for adults.

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

PMH offers appointments to meet with health insurance navigators

Have questions about enrolling in or updating a health insurance plan under the Federal Marketplace (Affordable Healthcare Act - or Obamacare), Medicaid or Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP)?

A representative from Aspin, an organization that helps navigate Federal Marketplace and Indiana Medicaid programs, will be available at Pulaski Memorial Hospital to answer questions from 1 to 5 p.m., Oct. 25, Nov. 9, and Nov. 22.

4-H enrollment runs Oct. 1 through Jan. 15

Pulaski County 4-H enrollment will begin Oct. 1 and continue through Jan. 15, 2017.

New and current 4-H members may enroll by going online at or by picking up an enrollment form at any of the local schools or the Extension Office in Winamac.

Pulaski County unemployment rate 4.7% in August

Pulaski County's unemployment rate rose slightly in August, up to 4.7 percent, from 4.5 percent in July, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday (Sept. 22). The rate was 3.9 percent a year ago.

The county has 6,213 employed persons in a labor force of 6,618. Last month those numbers were 6,179 of 6,469. A year ago the numbers were 5,999 of 6,241.


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Bayh, Young, Brenton meet in senate race debate

INDIANAPOLIS —Former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, Republican Rep. Todd Young and Libertarian Lucy Brenton went head-to-head Tuesday for what might be the only debate in the race to fill Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat.

Bayh and Young spent much of the hour-long debate taking shots at each other’s record.

Bayh, Gregg hold leads in new Indiana poll

By the Monmouth University Polling Institute

Indiana was never supposed to be competitive, even before Donald Trump tapped its governor as his running mate. 

The latest Monmouth University Poll throws those expectations out the window.  Trump currently leads Hillary Clinton by a slim 4 points, down from his 11 point lead in August, while Mike Pence's approval rating as governor has dropped among Hoosier State voters. 

Donnelly joins Indiana National Guard in Slovakia for Multinational Military Training Exercise

LEST, Slovakia - U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly joined the Adjutant General of Indiana Major General Courtney Carr and members of the Indiana National Guard Oct. 13 for “Slovak Shield” - a joint, multinational military training exercise at the Lest Training Area in Slovakia.

 Donnelly, who serves as Ranking Member of the Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, said, “Indiana has a long and proud tradition of serving our country, and it was an honor to join Major General Carr in Slovakia and see our Indiana National Guard ‎at work in a major, multinational training exercise. It was a privilege to spend time with Hoosier servicemembers, as they continue to play an important strategic role in the security and stability of our European allies.”

State Democrats ask Hoosier Republican candidates to withdraw Trump support

NDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Democrats are calling for Hoosier Republicans to withdraw their support from Donald Trump after the release a vulgar recording.

“Donald Trump’s recent reprehensible statements bragging about sexual assault are disgusting,” said Angela Demaree who is running as a Democrat in the 5th Congressional District.

State police investigation into voter registration irregularities expands

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana State Police has expanded is investigation into alleged voter registraton applican fraud, the agency announced thursday (Oct.67).

The investigation that began in late August into the matter has expanded from the nine counties to a total of 56 Indiana counties. Pulaski County is not among them.


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Alliance Bank’s Junior Board of Directors goes behind the scenes of Indiana Beach

FRANCESVILLE - A group of area students, known as Alliance Bank’s Junior Board of Directors, were taken last month behind the scenes of everyone’s favorite local theme park, Indiana Beach.

Founded in 1926, the Spackman family was ready for anything the world could throw at them. Earl Spackman originally purchased the plot of land with the hope of creating a vacation cottage for his family.

General Election Nov. 8: Who's on my ballot?

Who will be on your Pulaski County ballot?

The U.S. General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Pulaski County's five Vote Centers. Also, Early Voting will run Oct. 12 through Nov. 7 (see details in separate article on this website).

I-65 accident claims Medaryville man's life

ROSELAWN - A Medaryville man, who was a passenger in a car, died when he was ejected from the vehicle which lost control entering a rest park on I-65 Wednesday night.

The victim has been identified as Nicholas James Vega, 26, Medaryville, according to Indiana State Police.

Second man dies from burn injuries resulting from grain elevator blast

A second man has died from his burn injuries resulting from the Sept. 26 grain elevator explosion in Francesville.

Glenn Tiede, 67, Francesville, passed away Tuesday night at the St. Joseph Regional Burn Center in Fort Wayne where he had been hospitalized since the incident two weeks ago..

Winamac farmer succumbs to injuries from grain elevator explosion

A Winamac farmer has died in a Fort Wayne hospital from burn injuries suffered Sept. 26 in a grain elevator explosion in Francesville.

Tim Reidelbach, 57, who was unloading his grain truck at the time of the incident, passed away Monday morning (Oct. 10).

EPCS Board hears report on new middle school math class

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board heard a report on the new "Math Connectivity" class taught at the middle school at its monthly meeting Monday (Oct. 10).

Middle school principal Ryan Dickinson reported that the purpose of new class, taught by Marilyn Newman, is to get more math into the school day.

Travis Roy: 'the difference 11 seconds can make'

Students at Winamac Community High School and employees at BraunAbility learned about the difference 11 seconds can make in a person's life

Guest speaker Travis Roy spoke to both groups Friday (Oct. 7) at the invitation of BraunAbility.

New Head Start program 'great success' at West Central

FRANCESVILLE - The new West Central Head Start location has been "a great success" in its first month-and-a-half, elementary school principal Dan Zylstra reported to the school board Thursday night (Oct. 6).

Sixteen students are enrolled and receiving Head Start services at the elementary school - the same building they will later attend school, easing the transition to kindergarten.

Gutwein named vice chair of Ag Law Section of Indiana Bar

LAFAYETTE– Stuart Gutwein, co-founder of Gutwein Law, has been named vice chair of the Agriculture Law Section of the Indiana Bar Association.

Joining him on the committee is Gutwein Law attorney Christopher Shelmon.

Francesville elevator explosion injures two


FRANCESVILLE - A grain elevator employee and a truck driver were airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital with critical burns, according to emergency officials, following an explosion at a Francesville grain elevator Monday afternoon

A call reporting the explosion at the Tate & Lyle grain facility, located on the south edge of town, came in just after 2 p.m.