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New Judge:

Crystal Brucker Kocher was sworn in Friday afternoon as the new judge of the Pulaski Superior Court by Circuit Court Judge Michael Shurn.

Her appointment to the bench was announced last week by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

A group of about 50 friends and family attended the ceremony in the Superior Court courtroom in Winamac.

Kocher has extensive experience in both the civil and criminal arenas, having served not only as the juvenile magistrate in the Tippecanoe County Court system for several years, but also as a public defender in Tippecanoe County - and more recently as the chief deputy prosecutor in Pulaski County.


Local News Briefs

Kiwanis Kids Day in Park, July 25

The Winamac Kiwanis Club will hold its annual "Kids Day in the Park" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday July 25, at the Winamac town park.

The event will feature games, balloon art, face painting and lunch for the kids at 12 noon.

West Central first day of school Aug. 9

FRANCESVILLE - West Central Schools have announced back-to-school information for the 2017-18 school year.

The first day of school for all students will be Wednesday, Aug. 9. First semester will run Aug. 9 to Dec. 20, and second semester will run Jan. 4 to May 23.

EPCS announces back-to-school information

New Kewanna bus route added

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community Schools have announced back-to-school information for the 2017-18 school year.

School begins for all students (K-12) on Tuesday, Aug. 8 for a full day. First semester (91 days) will run Aug. 8 to Dec. 21 second semester (89 days) will run Jan. 4 to May 17.

'Tippecanoe & Bicycles Too' bike ride Aug. 5

The Friends of the Panhandle Pathway will hold a "Tippecanoe & Bicycles Too" bicycle ride Saturday, Aug. 5 - offering rides of 12, 28, 44 or 62 miles along the Panhandle path

The mass start begins at 7 a.m., with registration at 6:30 a.m., at the Winamac Railroad Freight Depot.

74% of state corn crop rated 'fair to good'

USDA Great Lakes Region - Rain early last week continued to impede Indiana crop field work, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Warm, humid, stormy weather was followed by cooler drier weather at the end of the week.

PCPL lists July special events

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for July which include a presentation on agriculture's impact on the Tippecanoe River, a summer book sale and a DIY Yard Yahtzee craft.

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

Civic Players announces auditions for 'Noises Off'

LOGANSPORT - Civic Players of Logansport will hold auditions for the farcical comedy “Noises Off”  on July 21, 23 and 25. The cast will consist of nine members.

Auditions will be at 6 p.m., Friday, July 21; 2 p.m., Sunday, July 23; and 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, at the Civic Players of Logansport building (1115 Erie Avenue).

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.

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

4-H Livestock Auction brings $85,422

Buyers paid a total of $85,422  at the annual 4-H Livestock Auction at the 2017 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair Thursday evening (July 6) at the Winamac fairgrounds.

The amount was down from last year’s total of $120,403. (The 2006 record auction totaled $157,816.46.)

4-H project champions named


Here are the results from 4-H exhibit judging at the 2017 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair.

Over 350 youth in Pulaski County participate in the 4-H program.

2017 4-H livestock champions listed

Photos added

Here are the results from 4-H livestock judging at the 2017 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair.

Over 350 youth in Pulaski County participate in the 4-H program.

2017 4-H Horse & Pony Show results listed

The results of the 4-H Horse & Pony Show competition at the 2017 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair have been released.

They are as follows:

Fair's 2017 Open Class judging results listed

Updated, Photos Added

The Open Class exhibits at the Pulaski County fair provide proof that 4-H'ers are not the only ones working hard on creative projects. A total of 321 open class exhibits (up from last year's 207) were displayed throughout the week inside the Community Building on the fairgrounds.

The Open Class exhibits are sponsored by the Extension Homemakers, but open to all. 

Maddie Ruff crowned Miss Pulaski County 2017

Miss Pulaski County 2017 is Maddie Ruff who was crowned Sunday night from among six contestants at the annual pageant at the Pulaski County fairgrounds in Winamac.

The new queen was also named Miss Congeniality. Members of her court are first runner-up Rachel Ploss, second runner-up Sara Bailey and third runner-up Addison Roudebush.

4-H Royalty honored at recognition program

John Rumsey and Andriana Smith were crowned the 2017 4-H Royalty at the annual 4-H Recognition program Saturday afternoon. The program is the traditional opening event of the county fair.

The royalty court members are Shania Hartmann, Rachel Ploss, Ethan Shannon and Kassi Dahn.


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.

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.

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.


Post News

Delphi murder investigation continues; identify this person

DELPHI - The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, FBI, Delphi Police Department and the Indiana State Police are requesting assistance to identify the person depicted in in a new sketch who is believed to be connected to the February murders of Abigail J. “Abby” Williams and Liberty Rose Lynn “Libby” German. 

The person depicted in the composite sketch is described as a white male between 5’6” to 5’10”, weighing 180 to 220 pounds, with reddish brown hair, eye color unknown. This sketch depicts a hat that may not be accurate.  Police ask the public to focus on the person’s facial features.   

Brucker Kocher appointed Superior Court Judge

INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Eric J. Holcomb Friday announced Crystal A. Brucker Kocher as his appointment to fill the vacancy in the Pulaski Superior Court.

Kocher has extensive experience in both the civil and criminal arenas, having served not only as the juvenile magistrate in the Tippecanoe County Court system for several years, but also as a public defender in Tippecanoe County - and more recently as the chief deputy prosecutor in Pulaski County.

Winamac Town Council to purchase seasonal banners

WINAMAC - The Winamac Town Council agreed to purchase seasonal banners for the downtown poles at its July meeting.

Wander Our Winamac (WOW), the Main Street organization, will be purchasing banners also, town manager Brad Zellers told the council.

West Central HS to be first in state to offer Vertex programming to students

FRANCESVILLE - Architectural drafting and design instructor Tyler DeMoss and Principal Patrick Culp have announced that West Central High School will continue its architectural drafting and design course during the 2017-18 school year - but with one major addition.

DeMoss has secured the use of Vertex software for student use in the classroom. Vertex is relatively new to the U.S., but the software is highly acclaimed worldwide.

West Central Board hears update on project to redesign school entrances

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board heard an update on plans to redesign the school entrances for safety purposes at its July meeting.

Adam Weesner from Barton-Coe-Vilamaa presented tentative plans on the redesign of the school entrances and the utilization of space project. If approved, the project will begin during the spring of 2018.

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.

Francesville dentist, community leader Dr. Buyer dies

FRANCESVILLE - Longtime Francesville dentist and community leader Dr. John J. Buyer, 89, passed away Monday (June 27), in Indianapolis, surrounded by his family.

Dr. Buyer practiced dentistry for 50 years in Francesville, retiring in 2008.  He served as Salem Township Trustee and on the Pulaski County School Board during school reorganization in Indiana.

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.