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Community Pool:

Winamac Town Councilwoman Judy Heater led an informational meeting for a proposed "community pool" in Winamac Monday evening at the Winamac Fire Station. About 50 people attended.

For the past year, Heater has been exploring the possibilities of building and financing a new pool in Winamac, and she shared her findings at the meeting, listened to suggestions and answered questions.

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Local News Briefs

CFPC announces Lilly Endowment Scholarship information for 2016 graduates

The Community Foundation of Pulaski County has announced that the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program will be made available for 2016 graduates.  

Students may apply online beginning Dec.11 through the  Community Foundation’s website at Deadline for application submission is 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Pulaski County unemployment rate 3.8% in October

Pulaski County's unemployment rate rose to 3.8 percent in October, up from 3.5 percent in September, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (Nov. 23). The rate was 4.8 percent a year ago. The county has 6,213 employed persons in a labor force of 6,457. Last month those numbers were  6,179 of 6,405. A year ago the numbers were 5,945 of 6,244.

The state's October unemployment rate remained steady at 4.4 percent (seasonally adjusted), the same as September. The October 2014 rate was 5.8 percent. The U.S. rate dropped to  5.0 percent, down from 5.1 percent in September. A year ago, the national rate was 5.7 percent.

HVRM Santa trains to run Dec. 5, 12, 19

NORTH JUDSON - In past years, the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum December trains have stopped and picked up Santa when he was stranded along the tracks on the outskirts of North Judson after his reindeer ran off with his sleigh.  

Come out on the first three Saturdays in December to see if this rare occurrence will happen in 2015.

County Republicans to choose new recorder Dec. 10

The Pulaski County Republican Party will hold a caucus in December to select a new county recorder to complete the final year of the term of Christi Hoffa.

Precinct committeemen will meet at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Pulaski County Public Library in Winamac to reach their decision.

Chamber's Winter Wonderland Dec. 5

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce will once again ring in a hometown Christmas with its annual Winter Wonderland, set for Saturday, Dec. 5, in Winamac.

The event features a parade, craft booths, merchant sales and entertainment.

Historical Society plans 'It's a Downtown Christmas' at opera house Dec. 5

The Pulaski County Historical Society will sponsor "It's a Downtown Christmas" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Vurpillat Opera House, Winamac.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce's annual "Winter Wonderland" that same day.

Iris-Elm Christmas Arrangements Show Dec. 5

The Iris-Elm Christmas Arrangements Show, a long-time Winamac tradition, will be held during Winter Wonderland events, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, in downtown Winamac. The theme will be “Holly, Jolly Christmas.”

The show will be held in the historic Railroad Freight Depot on West Main Street, Winamac, which was built in 1862. The model train, featuring a scene of early 20th Century Winamac, will be in operation.

Red Cross to accept blood donations Nov. 25, Dec. 9

Give something that means something ...

Area residents will have two opportunities to donate blood for the American Red Cross as the holiday season begins.

The first will be in Francesville from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 25, at West Central High School.

The second will be in Winamac, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Knights of Columbus.

PCHS Toy Store Dec. 12

CLASP's annual Toy Store will be Saturday (Dec. 12),  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pulaski County Human Services (PCHS), on the corner of Pearl and Logan streets, Winamac.

Anyone who would like to volunteer the day of the Toy Store and Gift Distribution is welcome to do so. Contact Human Services by calling 946-6500 or email at

Gingerbread House contest Dec. 5

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor a Gingerbread House Contest during Winter Wonderland, Saturday, Dec. 5, in Winamac.

All ages are welcome to enter the contest..


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State urges safe holiday decorating

INDIANAPOLIS – After the effects of the turkey coma have worn off, many Hoosier will go straight into holiday mode, decking the halls with Christmas trees, holly and décor galore.

The Department of Homeland Security is reminding Hoosiers to keep safety in mind when decorating.

Pence among 27 governors calling on Obama to review refugee resettlement protocols

INDIANAPOLIS – The fight over if and how the United States and individual states should take in Syrian refugees continues – now with a letter to President Barack Obama.

The letter signed by 27 governors including Indiana, Gov. Mike Pence, urges Obama to complete an exhaustive review of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program.

Pence orders all state agencies to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees

INDIANAPOLIS —Gov. Mike Pence has directed all state agencies to suspend taking in Syrian refugees until “proper security measures have been achieved.”

Pence’s decision comes after Friday’s (Nov. 13) terrorist attacks in Paris, France, that left more than 120 people dead and 352 wounded. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – ISIS – has claimed responsibility for the attack.

First lady and others kick off month celebrating adoption

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s hard to imagine wanting to bear children but not being able to.

First Lady Karen Pence experienced this hardship firsthand. For a long time before having their children, the Pences were listed with an adoption agency.


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Proposal for a new, 'no frills' swimming pool in Winamac outlined at informational meeting

WINAMAC - Winamac Town Councilwoman Judy Heater led an informational meeting for a proposed "community pool" Monday evening at the Winamac Fire Station. About 50 persons attended.

For the past year, Heater has been exploring the possibilities for building and financing a new pool in Winamac, and she shared her findings at the meeting, listened to suggestions and answered questions.

Friends of Tippecanoe River State Park receives Community Foundation Grant

Friends of Tippecanoe River State Park recently received a $5,000 grant from the Community Grants Fund through the Community Foundation of Pulaski County.  

This grant will go toward the group’s goal of upgrading the electrical and adding a handicap accessible entrance to Tepicon Hall at Tippecanoe River State Park.

INFB president says farmers need to pull together to keep moving forward

INDIANAPOLIS - In his final speech as president of Indiana Farm Bureau, Don Villwock called on farmers to pull together and stay involved.

Villwock, who will be retiring as president of the state’s largest general farm organization at the end of the year, delivered his annual address on Nov. 16 at INFB’s annual convention. He used his two grandchildren, 2-year-old Oscar and Oscar’s brand-new sister, to illustrate the importance of ensuring that agriculture fulfills its potential.

Higher turkey prices raise cost of Thanksgiving meal, INFB survey shows

Increases in the price of turkey were largely responsible for an increase in the average cost of a Thanksgiving meal, according to Farm Bureau’s annual informal Thanksgiving “market basket” survey.

Indiana Farm Bureau’s survey showed an average price of $50.33 for a 16-pound turkey, the ingredients for stuffing and pumpkin pie, and other components of a traditional holiday meal. This is $3.40 higher than last year’s total and $2.21 higher than 2013’s total, but it’s only 28 cents higher than the total for 2012.

Extension awarded 'Day of Service Grant' for Little Free Library program

The Purdue Extension Office of Pulaski County has been awarded a community service grant provided by Serve Indiana to establish the Little Free Library program in numerous towns in Pulaski County.  

“I am so excited about this grant because it gives us the opportunity to establish small libraries in our rural communities that may lack libraries or residents who have limited access to books,” said Dr. Natalie Daily-Federer, Extension Office Director and 4-H Youth Development Educator.  

EPCS board begins process to invest funds

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community Schools board took steps at its November meeting which will allow the school corporation to invest some of its funds.

Superintendent Dan Foster told the board that Umbaugh and Associates, the corporation's building project consultant, advised the school board to look into possibly investing some of its lease rental proceeds as well as perhaps some of the capital projects funds.

West Central considers adding a pre-school program

FRANCESVILLE - West Central School Corporation is considering opening a pre-school, beginning in the 2016-17 school year.

The school board was updated on the proposal at its Nov. 12 meeting.

County recorder to be new clerk

The Pulaski County Republican Party has selected county recorder Christi Hoffa to serve out the remainder of county clerk Tasha Foerg's term.

Foerg has resigned her office, effective Dec. 31. She is moving out of the area. 

Over $1.9 million in community grants awarded through CFPC

Community grants have been awarded nearly every year since the Community Foundation of Pulaski County became a stand-alone community foundation in 2002.  

Before then, as part of a five-county affiliate of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, special project grant awards were made possible through Lilly Endowment Inc.  

All told, $1,924,815 in unrestricted community grants have benefited Pulaski County.

Pulaski County Public Library Medaryville Branch to close

From Pulaski County Public Library Board of Trustees

MEDARYVILLE - The Medaryville Branch of the Pulaski County Public Library will end its chapter as a traditional library location of the Pulaski County Public Library on Dec. 31.

For the last several decades, the location has experienced a rollercoaster of usage, with closures being slated in 1986 and 2001, before later being overturned.