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Honoring Vets:

Many individuals and groups volunteered Saturday morning to place flags on the graves of veterans in several local cemeteries in preparation for Memorial Day next Monday.

Here, some members of the Winamac Community High School football team, along with their new coach Craig Barr, places flags at Winamac Cemetery.

Placing flags at veterans' graves has been a long tradition of the local American Legion and VFW, but in recent years the organizations have relied on the assistance of community volunteers to help with the project to honor military service.


Local News Briefs

Winamac Community HS commencement May 26

WINAMAC - Commencement exercises at Winamac Community High School will begin at 7 p.m., Friday, May 26, in the school gymnasium. Diplomas will be presented to 88 seniors.

Speakers will include the Class of 2017 Valedictorian Jack DeGroot and Salutatorian Claire Collins. The program will include the tradition of awarding several community scholarships. 

West Central to award diplomas to 62 seniors

FRANCESVILLE - The 50th annual commencement exercises at West Central High School will be held Sunday (May 28), in the school gymnasium. Diplomas will be awarded to 62 seniors.

The program will open with a baccalaureate service at 2 p.m., sponsored by the West Central Ministerial Association, followed by the commencement ceremonies at 2:30 p.m.

Farmers make planting progress during rain break

USDA Great Lakes Region - Indiana farmers received a short break from the rain, and were able to make significant progress with corn and soybean plantings last week, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Warm temperatures and high winds dried out fields, allowing farmers access to plant and replant fields. The break in weather was short-lived, as the rain returned later in the week leaving fields saturated in some areas.

4-H Junior Leaders support efforts to end child hunger

The Pulaski County 4-H Junior Leaders and 4-H Royalty Candidates are wearing red noses to help celebrities, like Blake Shelton, and Walgreens promote Red Nose Day on Thursday (May 25) to end child hunger.

They wear the red noses to gain attention because child hunger is no laughing matter. 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.

Memorial Day Service May 29

The annual county Memorial Day Service will begin at 11 a.m., Monday (May 29), on the courthouse lawn, Winamac.

The American Legion and VFW auxiliaries will place wreaths at the war memorials.

Civic Players of Logansport to perform spring production: 'Mame'

LOGANSPORT - Civic Players of Logansport will present the musical Mame on June 16, 17, 18, 23, and 24 at the McHale Performing Arts Center, Logansport. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; and a matinee at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, June 18.

The musical Mame is an endearing story of vibrant livelihood, family ties, and being true to one’s self.

'Moonlight Over the Tippy' bike ride June 2

The Friends of the Panhandle Pathway will once again sponsor a "Moonlight Over the Tippy" bike ride on Friday, June 2.

The ride will begin with a mass start at 7 p.m., and conclude at 10 p.m. The ride will begin and end at the historic railroad freight depot in downtown Winamac.

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.

Older Americans Month 2017: 'Age Out Loud'

Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to.

For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best.

May is Older Americans Month, and Pulaski County Human Services will lead local efforts to celebrate the contributions of older adults.

Library's May programs include a Star Wars day, Practical Privacy Practices

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for May which include sign-up for Summer Learning, a Star Wars day, make-and-take wreath craft, and practical privacy practices.

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

PCHS Health/Resource Fair, senior citizen picnic May 31

Pulaski County Human Services will hold its annual Health/Resource Fair, together with its 2017 senior citizens and volunteers picnic, on Wednesday, May 31, at the Extension building in the Winamac Town Park.

The event will also feature a program on fraud prevention, as well as health screenings, plus information on housing, services, finances, volunteering and employment options.


Indiana News

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.

Hot off the IHS Press: 'Campaign Crossroads'

New release explores local ties to presidential visits

INDIANAPOLIS - The latest release from the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) Press looks back over the varied, sometimes important, sometimes irrelevant, but always interesting presidential campaign cycles in the state's history. 

Campaign Crossroads: Presidential Politics in Indiana from Lincoln to Obama by Andrew E. Stoner shares hundreds of anecdotes from 1860 through 2008 and includes references to Marshall, Pulaski and Starke Counties.

2017 spring turkey harvest was third highest

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana hunters harvested more than 13,000 wild turkeys during the 2017 spring wild turkey season, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

This is a seven percent increase from the 12,081 turkeys taken during the 2016 spring season and the third-highest spring turkey harvest on record.

Life gets harder for North Central Indiana's hungry

According to study, 13.6% of residents across North Central Indiana struggle with hunger

LAFAYETTE – Food Finders Food Bank has announced the release of Map the Meal Gap 2017, the latest report by Feeding America® on food insecurity and the cost of food at both the county and congressional district level.

The report shows a food insecurity rate of 13 percent of the population in Pulaski County.

Pence, Donnelly help christen future USS Indiana submarine

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly helped the U.S. Navy christen its newest Virginia-class fast attack submarine Saturday (April 29), the future USS Indiana.

Pence and Donnelly provided remarks to the attendees, who included the Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley, several members of Congress, a number of the workers involved in constructing the vessel, the submarine’s sponsor Diane Donald, and several veterans who served on the battleship USS Indiana (BB-58) during World War II.

Francesville awarded OCRA grant

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) has awarded just over $103,000 to 23 communities and organizations for quality of place initiatives through the Quick Impact Placebased Grant Program (QuIP).

The Uptown Project of Francesville will receive a $2,500 award.

Farm Bureau grocery store survey shows big drop in food prices

INDIANAPOLIS - Grocery store prices have plummeted by more than 14 percent compared to a year ago, according to Indiana Farm Bureau’s spring market basket survey.

The national survey, which is compiled by the American Farm Bureau Federation, also shows a significant decrease of around 6 percent.

NIPSCO announces environmental grant winners

Pulaski County SWCD among winners

MERRILLVILLE - NIPSCO is awarding 15 local nonprofit organizations with grants -totaling $50,000 - to help fund restoration and education projects throughout northern Indiana.


Post News

Winamac Park Board to pursue grant for pool construction

WINAMAC - The Winamac Parks & Recreation Board held a public hearing Monday evening to announce plans to pursue a $200,000 matching grant from the federal Land & Water Conservation Fund administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

If approved, the grant funds will be used toward construction of a new public swimming pool in Winamac - at the site of the former town pool.

West Central HS holds Senior Awards Program 2017

FRANCESVILLE - West Central High School held its annual Senior Awards Program Monday evening (May 15).

Seniors were recognized for various academic and athletic awards, honor roll, and scholarships.

Winamac Community HS holds Senior Awards Program

Winamac Community High School held its annual Senior Awards Program Monday evening (May 15).

Fifty-three seniors were recognized for various academic and athletic awards, honor roll, and scholarships.

Winamac Community HS names top seniors

WINAMAC - Valedictorian Jack DeGroot and Salutatorian Claire Collins will stand at the head the Class of 2017 at commencement ceremonies later this month at Winamac Community High School.

Jack is the son of Perry and Katie DeGroot, and Claire is the daughter of Adam and Jill Collins, all of Winamac.

Indian Trails Career Cooperative holds awards banquet

MONTICELLO - Area business partners were recognized with awards recently at the annual Indian Trails Awards Banquet.

Jim Stradling, director of Indian Trails Career Cooperative, said, “Business partners are a vital link to career and technical education students in area high schools. Business partners provide a variety of opportunities such as work based learning experiences, tours, donations, technical assistance and advice.”

Winamac Council hears proposal for new assisted-living complex

WINAMAC - The Winamac Town Council received plans for a proposed new assisted-living complex to be built by the Pulaski Health Foundation, at the council's May meeting Monday evening.

The council also heard a report on a proposed CDC review committee for tax abatements.

EPCS board approves summer classes, sets textbook rental fees

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School board met with the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2017 at its May meeting Monday night.

The board also heard a presentation on a recent "mock crash" activity sponsored by SADD, approved summer school classes and contracts, and set textbook rental fees at the meeting.

West Central Board to expand look at new school entrances

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board agreed, at its May meeting, to a recommendation from its architectural/engineering consultants to combine a proposal for a new, more secure middle school entrance into a larger project for redesigning all school entrances.

The board also approved a proposal from its agriculture/FFA program to construct a greenhouse on school property.

Emma Eldridge, Peyton Newman selected for Girls State

Emma Eldridge and Peyton Newman, both juniors at Winamac Community High School, have been named as delegates to attend the 76th annual American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.

Emma is the daughter of Larry and Mary Eldridge, and Peyton is the daughter of Art and Melissa Newman.