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Old Mill Park Pavilion Dedication:

The Pulaski Community dedicated its new Old Mill Park Pavilion Friday evening.

The picnic pavilion was funded with a $5,000 "Love Your Community" grant from the Community Foundation of Pulaski County.

Paul and Brenda Gilsinger, Wendy Rose, Kenny Becker and Father Leroy Kinnaman spoke at the dedication.

The pavilion was built by TM Construction, with concrete work by Travis King of Kingsmen Concrete, and landscaping by Proscapes Unlimited.

See story below

 
 
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Local News Briefs

Rain showers last week bring relief, delays for Indiana farmers

USDA Great Lakes Region - Late maturing crops, seeded wheat fields and pastures received some much needed rain last week in Indiana, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Farmers welcomed the rain as it helped restore moisture levels in dry fields. Harvest, however, will be delayed until fields dry out some. 

 
Next Historical Society 'Music Jam' Oct. 20

A "Country Music, Bluegrass and Gospel Music Jam," sponsored by the Pulaski County Historical Society, will run from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20, at the Eagles community room, SR 14 W, Winamac.

All musicians are welcome (acoustic instruments only, please). The event is open to the public.

 
'Trick-or-Treat So-Others-Can-Eat' Oct. 24

The Pulaski County Junior Leaders 4-H Club and the Sunshine Societies of West Central and Winamac Community high schools will partner this year to go door-to-door, collecting canned food for the "Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat" food drive from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Winamac and Francesville.

Please consider leaving your porch light on, or call the Pulaski County Extension Office at 574-946-3412, if you would like Sunshine members or Junior Leaders to stop by and pick-up food at that time.

 
PMH Senior Care to present discussions on Alzheimers '10 Signs'

Sarah Milligan, a care consultant with the Greater Indiana Chapter Alzheimers Association, will present two programs in October in Winamac on "Know the 10 Signs" of Alzheimers Disease.

The discussion sessions, sponsored by Pulaski Memorial Hospital's Senior Care Program, will be held from 3 to 4 p.m., on both Thursday, Oct. 5 and Monday, Oct. 30.

 
Classes on preventing, controlling diabetes set for October, November

Free classes on preventing or controlling (sugar) diabetes will be offered in six sessions in October and November at the Pulaski County Public Library, Winamac.

The classes are designed especially for people with Medicare who have pre-diabetes or diabetes.

 
Pancake breakfast, Make-and-Take Craft Workshop Nov. 11

A Veterans Day pancake breakfast, along with a Make-and-Take Craft workshop will be sponsored by the Pulaski County Fair Association and the Pulaski County Extension Homemakers, Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Winamac.

The all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast (with sausage) will be served from 7 a.m. to 12 noon, by the Fair Association. The price will be $7 for adults, $5 for veterans, and $3 for children under age 10.

 
PCPL lists October events

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for October, which include pumpking painting, an introduction to Microsft Publisher, disucssion on wills and estate planning, and "heavenly" dairy products.

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

 
4-H enrollment opens for Pulaski County

Pulaski County 4-H enrollment opened Oct. 1, and will run through Jan. 15.

New and current 4-H members can enroll by going online at https://in.4honline.com or by picking up an enrollment form at any of the local schools or the Extension Office. There is a $15 state program fee for each 4-H member to enroll in 4-H. Kindergarten through second grade members are exempt.

 
Half-mile section of SR 39 in Pulaski County closed through October

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is alerting drivers to the closure of State Road 39, between CR 750 South and CR 800 South in Pulaski County on Monday, Sept. 25 through the end of October. 

Crews will restore the bridge over Harp Ditch. This project is a $350,000 bridge restoration investment that INDOT has awarded to JCI Bridge Group Inc.

 
 

Indiana News

Toddler safe, alleged kidnapper hospitalized following police pursuit, hostage situation

LAFAYETTE - A two-year-old girl is safe, while her alleged kidnapper is hospitalized with self-inflicted, life-threatening injuries, following a three-state police pursuit and hostage situation which ended on I-65 near Lafayette Wednesday morning (Oct. 18).

The incident came to an end about 5 a.m., on I-65 northbound, near the 175-mile marker (just south of the S.R. 25/175 exit), when police from multiple agencies were able to stop the suspect, Kenneth Brown, 30, of Milwaukee in the stolen vehicle he was driving with the unidentified child inside.

 
Indiana Dept. of Agriculture launches conservation ‘one-stop’

INDIANAPOLIS – Improving water quality and soil health continues to be a priority for farmers statewide, and while data has always been available to support this claim, it hasn’t been accessible in one, easily navigable location.

To address this issue, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), using information compiled by the Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP), launched Oct. 12 an online story map, a one-stop shop for Indiana’s conservation efforts.

 
The Power of Poison coming to the Indiana State Museum

Highly interactive, family-friendly exhibition explores science, legend of poisons 

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana State Museum explores the historical fascination with toxins in The Power of Poison.

The prestigious national traveling exhibition, on loan from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, opens at the museum on Saturday, Oct. 21 and runs to Feb. 11.

 
Important corrections made to Indiana Hunting & Trapping Guide

Indiana deer and waterfowl hunters need to be aware of two important changes in the print version of the 2017-2018 Hunting & Trapping Guide.

Due to recent legislation passed this year by the Indiana General Assembly, hunters can no longer use rifles when hunting deer on public land. “Public land” includes both state and federal property. Before the change, the use of rifles on public land had been legal.

 
Governor’s order begins process to distribute $40.9 million from VW settlement

INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed Thursday (Oct. 12) an executive order outlining next steps to distribute Indiana’s $40.9 million portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund (trust fund), which was formed as a result of a settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Volkswagen Corporation for its violation of the federal Clean Air Act.

The executive order establishes the Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Committee and names the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) as the beneficiary of and the administrative agency for the trust fund.

 
Barn owl pair lays second clutch of eggs in 2017

INDIANAPOLIS - The barn owl pair on a DNR nest cam in southern Indiana is incubating a second clutch of eggs this season.

So far, the mother owl has laid five eggs in the second clutch, with the possibility of more to come. Barn owls can lay up to 11 eggs per clutch.

 
Census Bureau releases 2016 statistics on income, poverty and health insurance coverage in U.S.

The U.S. Census Bureau announced Sept. 12 that real median household income increased by 3.2 percent between 2015 and 2016, while the official poverty rate decreased 0.8 percentage points. At the same time, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased.

Median household income in the United States in 2016 was $59,039, an increase in real terms of 3.2 percent from the 2015 median income of $57,230. This is the second consecutive annual increase in median household income.

 
 

Post News

Skill UP Indiana! Seven graduate from Pulaski County industrial maintenance course

The Pulaski County Economic Development Commission has announced that seven employees of local industry graduated Oct. 11 from an 18 week-long NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) electrical maintenance training class, provided through a Skill UP Indiana! funding grant.

Their success was celebrated by Braun Ability, Plymouth Tube, Winamac Coil Spring, Leggett and Platt, and Urban Forest Products, a collaboration of local employers.

 
Finalists for Lilly Scholarship announced

Four students from two area high schools have been named finalists in the Community Foundation of Pulaski County's Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship process.

Several applications from Pulaski County students were received and four students reached the final phase of the competitive process. They are Winston Leman from West Central High School, and Peyton Newman, Rachel Ploss and Andriana Smith from Winamac Community High School.

 
Bennett Insurance merges with Carmel firm

WINAMAC - Dave Bennett has announced the merger of his insurance agency with Shepherd Insurance of Carmel. The merged agency will be known as Bennett & Shepherd Insurance.

Shepherd Insurance is among the top 100 largest independent insurance agencies in the nation. Bennett & Shepherd Insurance is one of the 16 Shepherd offices across the U.S.

 
Pulaski dedicates Old Mill Park Pavilion

The Pulaski Community dedicated its new Old Mill Park Pavilion along the Tippecanoe River Friday evening.

The picnic pavilion was funded with a $5,000 "Love Your Community" grant from the Community Foundation of Pulaski County.

 
Large crowd at EPCS Board meeting hears no discussion of teacher/coach

WINAMAC - A large gathering attended the monthly meeting of the Eastern Pulaski Community School Board Oct. 9, interested in the future status of the school's varsity basketball coach who was arrested last month on charges relating to a traffic stop involving his teenage son.

However, the matter did not appear on the board's agenda and was not discussed at the meeting. Board president Joe Cunningham said no personnel evaluation items would be shared at a public meeting.

 
Francesville woman arrested on drug charges

MEDARYVILLE - Pulaski County police arrested a Francesville woman Sunday (Oct. 8), on numerous marijuana and other drug-related charges during a traffic stop in Medaryville.

Arrested was Kimberly Mitchell, 54, who was the driver of the car stopped by police on U.S. 421 and SR 14, near Medaryville.

 
West Central Board discusses school entrances construction project

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board discussed the "school entrances and utilization of space" project at its Oct. 5 meeting.

The project would consist of redesigning safer building entrances in which guests would enter the office before entering the hallways. This would require redesigning the entrances and offices for the buildings. Some rooms and spaces would also be redesigned for current educational needs during this time. Dumas, legal counsel, reviewed the process and procedures for the current project.

 
Winamac Town Council votes 3-2 to suspend pool project

What becomes of funds already raised?

WINAMAC - The immediate prospects for the Winamac Pool Project fell into jeopardy this week after an unexpected 3-2 vote by the Winamac Town Council Wednesday night (Oct. 4) to cease efforts to proceed with the project until such a time town revenues can maintain a pool.

Then, the following evening the Winamac Parks & Recreation Board, feeling it had no other choice without the town council's blessing, voted 4-1 to suspend its efforts to support the pool project.