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American Pickers:

The History Channel's "American Pickers" stars are traveling around Indiana this month looking for vintage treasures.

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz and crew made a stop at Shadyhill Speedway in Medaryville Monday to film filler interviews at the track.

During their visit, Wolfe took Josh Knebel's modified race car for a spin around the track.

Shadyhill reports they do not know if or when the local footage might air on the popular television show.

The award-winning program first aired in January 2010. It features "pickers" Wolfe and Fritz who travel across the U.S. searching for antique Americana objects.

Shadyhill Speedway photo



Local News Briefs

County fair's Open Class Show open to all

Do you have a skill, talent or hobby that you could exhibit at the county fair? Did you make something out of recycled items or perhaps have a unique collection you’d like to show off?  Do you have a green thumb at growing flowers or vegetables or can make those cookies that everyone wants the recipe for? 

If so, the Pulaski County Extension office encourages you to enter the Open Class Show at the annual Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair.

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.

Pulaski County unemployment rate at 2.7 percent in May

Pulaski County's unemployment rate dropped to 2.7 percent in May, down from 2.9 percent in April, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (June 19). The rate was 4.2 percent a year ago.

The county has 6,318 employed persons in a labor force of 6,494. Last month those numbers were 6,022 of 6,201. A year ago the numbers were 6,402 of 6,680.

4-H Fair Parade July 3; entry forms now available

The annual Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair Parade, with the theme "4-H: Giving You the Stepping Stones to Success," will step off at 6 p.m., Monday, July 3, in downtown Winamac.

The grand marshal of the 2017 parade will be Daniel P. Murphy, recipient of the 2017 Halleck Community Service Award. The parade is organized by the Winamac Kiwanis Club.

Independence Day Fireworks July 4 at Winamac Comunity HS

WINAMAC - The annual Independence Day fireworks show will begin at dusk (about 10 p.m.), Tuesday, July 4, at the Winamac Community High School practice football field.

The south parking lot by the baseball field will be closed. The public should park in the lots behind the high school and elementary school (do not park on grass). All are asked to be respectful and to please clean up after themselves.

Youth Talent Show July 5 at county fair

The annual Pulaski County Youth Talent Show will begin at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 5, at the Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair.

The event will take place at the entertainment stage on the fairgrounds.

Library lists June programs

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for June, which include the Summer Learning Program, a film screening of Everglades of the North, a bowling field trip, and "How to Make Cheese at Home."

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

Library’s Summer Learning Program invites all to 'Build a Better World'

Games, crafts, presentations, prizes—they’re all part of “Build a Better World,” this year’s Summer Learning program at the Pulaski County Public Library.

Summer Learning begins Monday, May 22 and continues throughout the summer months.  During the program, the library hosts fun, educational activities and gives out prizes based on the number of books participants read. Children, teens, and adults are all welcome to participate, and activities will be held for people of all ages.

4-H Junior Leaders support efforts to end child hunger

The Pulaski County 4-H Junior Leaders and 4-H Royalty Candidates are working to do their share to end child hunger.

In Pulaski County, 1 out of 5 children go hungry every day. And, 48-55 percent of Pulaski County school students qualify for free and reduced lunches per USDA poverty guidelines.

Winamac residents reminded of fireworks ordinance

The Winamac Town Council adopted a fireworks ordinance in 2008, regulating the use of consumer fireworks, and as the Independence Day holiday approaches, residents are reminded of the ordinance's provisions.

The ordinance is intended to protect public health and safety, and to prevent the disturbance of the peace of property owners and residents.

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 begins raising money for scholarship fund

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office has begun 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.


Fair News

Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair runs July 1-6

The annual Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair will run Saturday, July 1 through Thursday, July 6, at the county fairgrounds in the Winamac town park.  

The motto for the 2017 fair is 4-H: Giving You the Stepping Stones to Success. Highlights of this year's fair, in addition to the 4-H exhibits and judging, will be a tractor pull, kiddie carnival, youth talent show, movie night, fair parade and 4-H Auction.

Six contestants to seek Miss Pulaski County 2017 title

Six contestants will compete for the title of Miss Pulaski County 2017 at the annual pageant, at 8 p.m., Sunday, July 2, at the Pulaski County fairgrounds in Winamac.

The reigning queen Jessica Wagner will give her farewells and crown her successor at the conclusion of the pageant, capping many weeks of preparation by all involved in the event.

4-H Recognition Program July 1

“4-H: Giving You the Stepping Stones to Success” is the theme for the 2017 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair which runs Saturday, July 1 through Thursday July 6  at the county fairgrounds in the Winamac park.

One of the primary features of the fair is to showcase the projects completed by the county's 4-H youth - demonstrating what they have learned in this valuable program which develops  talents as well as important skills and values.

19 4-H'ers complete 10 years in program

Pulaski County has hundreds of youth in the 4-H program, but only a select few will make the commitment to participate in all 10 years of eligibility. At the 2017 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair, which begins Saturday (July 1), nineteen 4-H'ers will complete their 10th year in this national program which teaches life-long values and skills which will guide them as they enter adulthood.

They will be recognized at the 4-H Recognition Program at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 1, at the entertainment stage in the fairgrounds.  All are invited to attend. 


Indiana News

Tippy Tri-Challenge at Tippecanoe River SP, July 22

WINAMAC - Registration is open for a running, cycling and kayaking/canoeing triathlon at Tippecanoe River State Park on July 22.

The Tippy Tri-Challenge race will involve a run (or hike), a bike ride and a float down Tippecanoe River.

Walorski statement on shooting at Congressional baseball practice

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A gunman opened fire during baseball practice for Republican members of Congress early Wednesday morning, firing dozens of shots at a field in Alexandria, Va., according to news reports.

At least five people were wounded, including Congressional Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana. The suspect has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill. The gunman was injured in return fire by U.S. Capitol Police and later died from his injuries.

Photo contest to spotlight Indiana agriculture

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is now accepting submissions for the 10th annual Indiana Agriculture photo contest, which was created to showcase the hard work and contributions made by Hoosier farmers.

The contest is open to the general public, and winning photographs will be featured during a ceremony at the 2017 Indiana State Fair.

Cover crops thrive in tough farm economy

One million acres of living cover crops reported

INDIANAPOLIS – According to the 2016 Fall Conservation Transect Report, Hoosier farmers planted over a million acres of cover crops for the second year in a row.

Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) says having over a million acres of planted cover crops makes Indiana the leading state in the Midwest, if not the nation.

Young, Donnelly lead bipartisan coalition to honor American Legion 100th anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Todd Young and Joe Donnelly of Indiana led a bipartisan group of Senators in honoring the 100th anniversary of the American Legion by introducing legislation to create a variety of commemorative coins.

The special, limited edition commemorative coins would be available for purchase starting in 2019, marking the centennial of the organization which was originally chartered by Congress in September of 1919.


Post News

Are you aware of the Opioid Epidemic?

From Pulaski County Health Department

Recent studies (2011-15), put out by the Indiana Hospital Association for non-fatal emergency department visits for opioid abuse, ranks Pulaski County seventh out of 92 counties in Indiana.

This is what you need to know: Opioid abuse is a serious public health issue. Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States.

DAR announces 'Good Citizen' awards

The Metamonong Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has announced the recipients of this year’s Good Citizens Award to two high school seniors.

Regan Culp of West Central High School and Jack DeGroot of Winamac Community High School were selected by teachers and peers for this award based on their leadership, service, and patriotism.

Police investigate two deaths near Monterey

MONTEREY - Police are investigating the deaths of two Monterey area residents, discovered with gunshot wounds, Friday night at a residence on Elm St., located just north of CR 800 N, about a mile northeast of Monterey.

The victims have been identified as Clifford Foster, 53, and Lynn Foster, 52.

EPCS Board discusses allowing home-schooled students in extra-curricular activities

WINAMAC - In a busy agenda, the Eastern Pulaski Community School Board held a discussion on a proposed policy on allowing home-schooled students to participate in the school's extra-curricular activities, approved several personnel changes, and extended principals' contracts.

At its June 5 meeting, the board also heard an update on school campus projects, and accepted three donations.

County Commissioners accept bid for purchase of County Home

The Pulaski County Commissioners accepted a bid of $26,000 from a Delphi area buyer for the purchase of the 136-year-old Pleasant View Rest Home (also known as the County Home) at its June 5 meeting.

Local auctioneer Dwain Davis reported to the commissioners that Tristan Clark was the high bidder for the County Home and 4.5 acres of the county property auctioned on Saturday, June 3. It has been reported the Clark plans to make apartments in the building. The smaller stone barn sold with the property, but the larger barn did not. 

Quilts of Valor presented to county veterans


Quiltsof Valor were presented to over 80 Pulaski County military veterans Saturday afternoon (June 10), at the Winamac Community High School auditorium. This was the fifth year for the local project.

The national program began in 2003, originating in the sewing room of a U.S. soldier's mom in Delaware.

Extension Homemakers hold 92nd annual meeting

The Pulaski County Extension Homemakers held their 92nd annual meeting and recognition program June 5, at the Presbyterian Church, Winamac. 

The Homemaker of the Year award was presented to Diane Gerlach of the Nite Liters EH Club.

Town of Winamac to apply for OCRA grant for water project

WINAMAC - The Town of Winamac will apply for a $550,000 OCRA (Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs) grant for its proposed $1 million water project.

Grant administrator Mike Kleinpeter informed the town council at a public hearing Monday night (June 5) that the letter of intent has to be submitted to OCRA by July 7, and the final application is due Sept. 1.

Iris-Elm observes National Garden Week

Iris Elm Garden Club of Winamac is celebrating National Garden Week, June 4-11 with a display named "Whatis Garden Club All About" at the Pulaski County Public Library, Winamac.  

National Garden Week promotes the objectives of beautification, education of environmental efforts, gardening, and involvement of Garden Clubs in local communities.

West Central board hears reports on summer food service, landscaping project

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board heard reports at its June meeting about the summer food service program for children, a landscaping project at the elementary school, and a teacher recognized as a finalist for the Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year.

The board also approved school breakfast and lunch prices for the next school year and a proposal for a new Trojan logo at the June 1 meeting.