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The model train set, depicting early 1900s Winamac, was a popular attraction at the recent annual Winter Wonderland event in Winamac, sponsored by the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce,

Here Marvin Good and David Zahrt work to make adjustments to the train operation, with scenes that include the former Winamac Bridge Company, the west end of Winamac, and Dead Man's Hollow.

The model train is located in the historic Railroad Freight Depot.

 
 
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Local News Briefs

Pulaski County Association of Churches to offer 'Blue Christmas' service Dec. 21

The Pulaski County Association of Churches will offer a “Blue Christmas" service at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21, in the lobby of Pulaski Memorial Hospital. All are welcome to attend. 

Have you ever felt left out of the celebrations surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas?  While everyone around you seems full of joy and happiness, have you ever felt like you just couldn’t join in?  You are not alone.  

 
County Commissioners to meet in special session Dec. 23

The Pulaski County Commissioners will meet in special session to address issues in closing the county home (Pleasant View Rest Home) at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday (Dec. 23), in the commissioners room at the courthouse, Winamac.

Earlier this autumn, the Pulaski County Council unexpectedly voted to remove funding for the Pleasant View Rest Home (the county home) in its 2015 budget.

 
PCPL lists December events, including Santa visits

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for December - which will include regular visits by Santa Claus.

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.

 
Churches announce Christmas programs/services

Area churches have begun to announce special Christmas season services and events.

Some of them are as follows:

 
Community Christmas dinner at Winamac FUMC Dec. 25

A community Christmas dinner will once again be served from 3 to 5 p.m., Christmas Day, at the First United Methodist Church, located at Spring and Monticello (U.S. 35) streets, Winamac.

A traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings will be offered. There is no charge and the meal is open to the public.

 
Civic Players to hold auditions for comedy production

LOGANSPORT - Auditions have been set for Civic Players of Logansport’s production of The Lottie & Bernice Show.  

This comedy tells the story of two grumpy old Polish ladies who become trapped in a television studio by a blizzard and end up taking over Western New York’s favorite morning show, “Buffalo Yak.”

 
Extension Homemakers to offer craft, food workshops

The Pulaski County Homemakers Association will host a series of craft and food workshops in January and February, open to anyone who is interested in vintage finds, learning new paint techniques, and for those who like to cook. 

“We are very excited about these educational, fun and creative workshops that will be offered this winter,” said Natalie Daily-Federer, County Extension Director and 4-H Educator.

 
Pulaski Christmas Lights on display through Jan. 1

PULASKI - The annual Pulaski Christmas Lights displays are now lit from 5 to 11 p.m., nightly through Thursday, Jan. 1, for public viewing.

For nearly 30 years, the residents of the river village have attracted visitors from near and far to view the lights, offered as "A Gift to Brighten Your Christmas."

 
Local author launches 'Tiger Lily" mystery series

If you love cats, small towns and light mysteries, a recently launched book series by new author Kathi Thompson of rural Star City may just be your cup of tea.

The first book of the series, Turtle Soup: A Tiger Lily’s Café Mystery, was published earlier this autumn and is available in print and electronic versions.

 
PCCF announces details for 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

The Pulaski County Community Foundation has announced that the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program will be made available for 2015 graduates.

Students can apply online starting Dec. 12 through the Pulaski County Community Foundation’s new website at www.pulaskiccf.org. Deadline for application submission is 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12.

 
Pulaski County unemployment rate at 4.1 in October

Pulaski County has state's fourth-best unemployment rate

Pulaski County's unemployment rose slightly to 4.1 percent in October, up from 4.0 percent (revised rate) in September, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (Nov. 24). The rate was 5.5 percent a year ago. The county has 6,565 employed persons in a labor force of 6,878. Last month those numbers were 6,491 of 6,878.

The state's October rate remained steady at 5.7 percent (seasonally adjusted), the same as September. The October 2013 rate was 7.1 percent. The U.S. rate slipped to 5.8 percent, from 5.9 percent (seasonally adjusted) in September. A year ago, the national rate was 7.2 percent.

 
 

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Lawmakers cautiously optimistic about projections for more tax money

INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers could have an additional $842 million in new money to spend on the next two-year budget.

On Thursday, the Revenue Forecast Technical Committee presented its projections for Fiscal Years 2016 – beginning July 1 – and 2017 to the State Budget Committee. The estimates are used as an aid for lawmakers during the session to write the state’s budget for the next two years.

 
Pence makes end-of-year jobs announcements, touts 23,000+ job commitments for 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence and executives from 16 companies announced new investments Thursday (Dec. 18) that are expected to bring 2,153 jobs to Indiana within what state officials are calling “the next few years.”

But actually, some of those jobs won’t be created until 2023.

 
Pence: HIP 2.0 timeline not as important as approval

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday (Dec. 17) he isn’t as concerned that his proposed expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan receives federal approval on his original timeline of Jan. 1 – as long as it is eventually approved in its original format.

The Pence administration submitted its request to the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration in July, asking to use federal dollars to implement HIP 2.0, as it is more commonly called, as the state’s expansion of Medicaid – which is called for under the Affordable Care Act.

 
Donnelly bill aimed at preventing military suicides could pass this week

In 2013, 475 soldiers lost lives to suicide, compared to 132 killed in combat

INDIANAPOLIS — A bill aimed at preventing suicides among military members is expected to pass the U.S. Senate this week.

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., authored the Jacob Sexton Military Prevention Suicide Act of 2014 because he believes the U.S. military needs to improve its mental health screening system.

 
Photo gallery: Christmas at the Governor’s Residence

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has taken photos of the Governor’s Residence to give Hoosiers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the holiday decorations around the property.

Hoosiers will have more opportunities in December to visit the Indiana Governor’s Residence and see the home’s holiday decorations.

 
Pence to eliminate divisive education agency, ask lawmakers to remove Ritz as state ed board chair

INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday (Dec. 4) he will dissolve a controversial education agency he created last year as part of an effort to “restore trust and harmony” with Democratic Superintendent Glenda Ritz.

Pence said he will also ask the General Assembly to let the State Board of Education elect its own chairman, which would essentially oust her from the position. Indiana is the only state with an elected state superintendent who also chairs its education board.

 
 

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Star City man arrested on attempted murder charge

STAR CITY - One Star City area man was arrested Sunday on charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery, and another was transported to a Fort Wayne hospital with extensive head injuries, following an alleged beating south of the rural town.

Arrested was Kevin E. Holcomb, 45. Injured was Todd E. Schultz, 44, according to a report from Pulaski County Sheriff Mike Gayer.

 
Farmers need to talk about issues that affect agriculture, INFB president says

FRENCH LICK - In today’s world, “It takes every farmer getting involved to accomplish our goals and to accomplish our priorities,” Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock told attendees to the organization’s annual convention, held Dec. 12-13 in French Lick.

In his annual address to the membership, Villwock challenged farmers to continue to talk to legislators and opinion leaders about the issues that matter to agriculture, including skyrocketing property taxes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, protecting farm data, and annexation of farm ground by cities and towns.

 
Pulaski County among semi-finalist communities for Hometown Collaboration Initiative

INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann announced Tuesday (Dec. 9) six semi-finalist communities for the Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI), which was unveiled at regional conferences held around the state during the month of October.

Pulaski County is one of the six semi-finalists.

 
Winamac Council discusses wage issues

WINAMAC - Josh Wilder, representing the Northern Indiana Power From the Past (NIPFP), Inc., met with the Winamac Town Council at its monthly meeting (Dec. 8) regarding the fairgrounds area in the town park where the organization holds its Antique Power Show each summer.

Also, the council discussed town employee wages at the meeting.

 
State November revenues up from last year, but below projections

INDIANAPOLIS- Revenue figures for November released Friday show that Indiana’s general fund brought in slightly more than $1 billion in November.

Big as that number sounds, it was 4.5 percent below projections. But, the revenue total was nearly 13 percent more than what the state collected in November 2013.

 
Pulaski Adult Learning Center offers range of services

The Pulaski Adult Learning Center offers a wide range of educational services, including Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency (TASC) and Accuplacer test preparation, and Continuing Education.

Learn more about the center by visiting its website here

 
West Central School Board discusses increased internet usage

FRANCESVILLE – The West Central School Board voted to purchase a new 72-passenger school bus and a new mini-bus at its November meeting, Thursday evening.

The board also reviewed internet usage at the schools.

 
PCCF awards $37,000 to 12 organizations

The Pulaski County Community Foundation’s community grant cycle recently culminated in an awards presentation to 12 organizations.

A total of  $37,000 from the Community Grants Fund was awarded, the largest amount to date through the Community Foundation’s competitive community grant process.

 
ALCO to close its stores across 23 states

ALCO Stores, Inc. announced Friday (Nov. 21) that it will close all 198 of its stores in 23 states. ALCO has about a dozen stores in Indiana, including locations in Knox and Winamac.

The company had entered into voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings early last month.

 
NIPSCO reminds customers of home heating safety

Furnace inspections, carbon monoxide detectors help keep homes safe, warm

MERRILLVILLE - With colder temperatures settling in, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) reminds customers of the importance of maintaining a safe home heating system.

An annual inspection is essential for every home’s furnace to ensure that it is working efficiently and to help protect dwellers from safety concerns, such as carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. 

 
PCCF to offer new scholarship

Winamac and West Central High School seniors who are Pulaski County residents and plan to attend a public or private post-secondary or trade school will want to be sure to apply for the new Pulaski County Community Foundation Scholarship next spring.

The scholarship is open to any student in good standing at his/her high school, and no GPA requirements or field of study restrictions apply. An award will be made to a student from each high school every year.