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Plan B:

Soaked conditions at the county fairgrounds following recent flooding of the Tippecanoe River forced local 4-H officials to seek alternate locations for entering and judging 4-H projects the past few days during pre-fair activities for the 2015 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair which runs July 3-9.

Many of the 4-H projects were entered and judged at the county highway garage in Winamac, as seen in this photo. Other alternate venues were also used. All projects will be moved to the fairgrounds later this week in time for the fair opening.

(Pulaski Co. Extension photo)

 
 
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Local News Briefs

Tippecanoe River remains just below flood stage at Winamac

Updated Monday

The Tippecanoe River at Winamac is expected to remain below flood stage through this week as the Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair gets ready to open Friday.

The Tippecanoe was measured at 9 feet at 3 p.m., Monday, and is forecast to remain mostly steady at that level through Friday, depending on this week's rainfall.

 
Pulaski County's unemployment rate 4.5% in May

Pulaski County's unemployment rate inched up to 4.5 percent in May, up from 4.3 percent in April, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (June 22). The rate was 5.3 percent a year ago. The county has 6,266 employed persons in a labor force of 6,558. Last month those numbers were 6,125 of 6,400.

The state's May unemployment rate dipped to 5.1percent (seasonally adjusted, down from 5.4 percent in April. The May 2014 rate was 6.0 percent. The U.S. rate rose slightly to 5.5 percent, up from 5.4 in April. A year ago, the national rate was 6.3 percent.

 
Independence Day Fireworks July 4 at Winamac Park

The annual Independence Day fireworks show will begin at dusk (about 10 p.m.), Saturdayday, July 4, at the Winamac town park.

This year the Town of Winamac will organize the firewoks display, assuming responsibility from the Winamac Kiwanis Club which had overseen the event for many years. The public may help support the show, as costs continue to rise.

 
4-H Fair Parade July 7

The annual Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair Parade, with the theme "Plant Yourself in 4-H and Watch Yourself Grow," will step off at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 7, in downtown Winamac.

The grand marshal of the 2015 parade will be Betty Kruger of Francesville. The parade is organized by the Winamac Kiwanis Club. Late entries will be accepted up to an hour before parade time.

 
Residents reminded of Winamac 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.

 
Red Cross to collect blood donations June 24, 30

The American Red Cross encourages adding blood donation to vacation to-do lists this summer.

Pulaski County residents will have opportunities to donate on Wednesday, June 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall; and Tuesday, June 30, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Pulaski County Public Library, both locations in Winamac.

 
Rick Haschel Memorial 5K Run/Walk July 18

WINAMAC - The annual Rick Haschel Memorial 5K Run/Walk will take place Saturday, July 18, beginning at the Pulaski County Historical Society’s railroad freight depot on Main Street, Winamac.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Pulaski Memorial Hospice. Registration is $20 per person through July 16. Registration may be completed online here.

 
Library announces June programs

Summer reading to explore world of superheroes

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for June.

All events will take place at the Winamac branch unless otherwise noted. For more information on any program, call the library at 574-946-3432.

 
Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearer nominations now open

INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) and the Pulaski County Bicentennial Committee announced Friday (May 15) the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is now accepting torchbearer nominations from the public.

Torchbearer nominations recognize Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state.

 
Updated Pulaski County episode appears on 'Savor Indiana'

An updated episode of "Peaceful Pulaski County" from the Savor Indiana television series can now be viewed on the Savor Indiana website: SavorIndiana.com .

The episode was also recently broadcast on Lakeshore Public Television (Channel 56) in Merrillville. Lakeshore broadcasts to 3.4 million TV Households in Northwest Indiana and Chicago. The program is available to them and other members of the Indiana PBS family.

 
 

Fair News

Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair runs July 3-9

Pre-Fair schedule updated

The annual Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair will run Friday, July 3 through Thursday, July 9, at the county fairgrounds in the Winamac town park. To learn more visit the fair's website here.

The 4-H motto is Plant Yourself in 4-H and Watch Yourself Grow.  

As happened two years ago, fair organizers will be monitoring conditions of wet fairgrounds due to this week's flooding of the Tippecanoe River. 

 
Miss Pulaski County pageant July 5

Pageant location moved to socialtorium

Six young women will compete for the title of Miss Pulaski County 2015 at the annual pageant at 8 p.m.,Sunday (July 5), during the Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair.

Justine Kruger, Miss Pulaski County 2014, will crown her successor following a glittering evening of professional wear, evening gown and impromptu question competition.

 
4-H Royalty to be honored July 4

“Plant Yourself in 4-H and Watch Yourself Grow” is the theme for the 2015 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair which runs Friday, July 3 throughThursday July 9 at the county fairgrounds in the Winamac park.

One of the primary features of the fair is to showcase the projects completed by our 4-H youth - demonstrating what they have learned in this valuable program which develops talents as well as important skills and values. For many years now 4-H members have included “city kids” as well as “farm kids.”

 
Sixteen Youth to complete 10-year 4-H career

Pulaski County has hundreds of youth in the 4-H program, but only a select few will make the committment to participate in all 10 years of elgibility. At the 2015 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair, which begins Friday (July 3), sixteen 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 2 p.m., Saturday, July 4, at the entertainment stage in the fairgrounds.  All are invited to attend. 

 
4-H Junior Achievers named

Each year the local 4-H club leaders are asked to choose a fourth-year member of their club who they feel has demonstrated the qualities of up-and-coming leaders. These qualities include character, willingness to help, achievement skills, leadership, and overall positive attitude. 

All of these Junior Achievers will be recognized at the 4-H Achievement Program at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 4 at the Entertainment Stage in the Fairgrounds.

 

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U.S. Supreme Court keeps Obamacare subsidies in place in Indiana, elsewhere

INDIANAPOLIS – More than 160,000 Hoosiers will keep their Obamacare health insurance subsidies under a ruling Thursday (June 25) from the U.S. Supreme Court.

The high court upheld a decision by the Internal Revenue Service to provide tax breaks to citizens who buy insurance through local health exchanges – even if those marketplaces are operated by the federal government.

 
Pence: Indiana won’t comply with Clean Power Act unless significant changes are made

INDIANAPOLIS– Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter Wednesday (June 24) to President Barack Obama that said Indiana couldn’t afford to comply with the Clean Power Act.

Pence said the act was “ill-conceived and poorly constructed.” Pence also said unless the final rule significantly changes the act, the state will not comply. He said the state would use any legal means necessary to counter the rule.

 
 

Post News

Donnelly visits Iraq as part of Congressional delegation

Senator will continue Armed Services travel through the week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S.Sen. Joe Donnelly, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, departed Iraq Monday (June 29) after traveling there with fellow members of Congress.

Donnelly participated in a fact-finding trip to meet with Iraqi leaders and U.S. military commanders on the ground to discuss operations against ISIS.

 
Winamac Council to fill in town pool

WINAMAC - The Winamac Town Council has decided to fill in the old town pool, located next to the YMCA.

At its June meeting, council member Judy Heater informed the council that the YMCA has no way to secure funds for a swimming pool, and suggested that the town fill in the pool. The council agreed. 

 
New name, logo for Community Foundation

The local community foundation has announced its new name and logo.

“Community Foundation of Pulaski County” may seem to be a very slight change from the former “Pulaski County Community Foundation,” but it is an important one, according to Wendy Rose, executive director. “The revised name identifies first what we are - a Community Foundation - and then the community we serve: Pulaski County.”

 
Kruger promoted at Alliance Bank

FRANCESVILLE - Ron Kruger, AVP/commercial loan officer at Alliance Bank has been promoted to vice president/commercial loan officer, company officials have announced.

Kruger works out of Alliance Bank’s Winamac office and is in his 24th year with the bank.

 
End-of-school-year field trips include sheriff's department

In the last month of the school year, children were busy exploring their community on a variety of field trips.

Among the destinations was the Pulaski County Sheriff's office in Winamac

 
Lt. Gov. Ag Trade Mission to China runs June 22-July 3

Delegation includes Francesville's Harvey Gutwein

NDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann will lead an 18-member delegation of state and private sector agricultural leaders on a 12-day visit to China, departing on June 22 and returning on July 3.  

The trip will include visits with national and provincial government and agriculture leaders to promote trade opportunities for Indiana agricultural products. 

 
County Commissioners issue emergency declaration due to county-wide flooding

County-wide severe flooding has caused the Pulaski County Commissioners to issue a local emergency proclamation. 

The declaration was made at 12 noon Friday (June 19) and will remain in effect until such time the commissioners evaluate the hazard to be ended.

 
Quilts of Valor presented to 52 local veterans

Quilts of Valor were presented to 52 Pulaski County military veterans Saturday afternoon (June 13), at the Winamac Community Middle School gymnasium. 

This was the third year for the local program. Last year 39 local veterans were honored.

 
NIPFP awards two scholarships

WINAMAC - Northern Indiana Power From the Past, Inc. (NIPFP) has announced the winners of two $500 scholarship awards for 2015.  

The recipients are Thomas W. Putt, a graduate of West Central High School, and Margaret A. Nagai, a  graduate of Valparaiso High School.

 
Winamac Community HS honors students at Fine Arts Banquet

WINAMAC - The annual Winamac Community High School Fine Arts Banquet was held May 19, at the EPES cafeteria.

Students in band, choir and drama were honored for their achievements during the 2014-15 school year.

 
EPCS Board considers director-of-curriculum post

Board also amends 2015-16 school-year calendar

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board is considering adding a Corporation Director of Curriculum position to its staff.

Superintendent Dan Foster asked the board for feedback on the proposal at its June meeting.