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Winamac Skatepark:

A grand opening for the new Winamac Skatepark was enjoyed Saturday afternoon by skatesport enthusiasts from around town - and even by skateboarders from as far away as Kentucky and Wisconsin.

The 5,000 square-foot park is the Eagle Scout project of  Clark Gudas, with tremendous support from family, friends and the community. The project received a prestigious Tony Hawk Foundation award, and Gudas was able to raise the $5,000 match for the grant.

The skatepark was designed and built by Bart Smith of Hunger Skateparks LLC of Bloomington who has designed skateparks around the world for over 20 years. Learn more at


Local News Briefs

Warrior/Panther football game Aug. 30 at Lucas Oil Stadium

WINAMAC - The Winamac Warriors football team will play the Pioneer Panthers at 12 noon, Saturday, Aug. 30, at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.

Tickets are available from any WCHS football player and/or cheerleader. Advance tickets are $11 for adults (13 and over) and $8 for children (12 and under). Gameday tickets will cost $15 for all tickets.

Pulaski County to host Extension Homemakers district meeting Sept. 3

WINAMAC - Pulaski County will host the fall district meeting of the Extension Homemakers Wednesday (Sept. 3), at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Winamac.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the program/meeting at 9:30.

SWCD promoting cover crops for farmers, gardeners

The Pulaski County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is promoting cover crops this fall. Cover Crops improve soil health, add organic matter, and prevent erosion. 

Area residents have noticed a number of green fields late into the fall and early in the spring. These are area producers interested in improving their soil. 

State Park 'Poker Paddle' Sept. 7

WINAMAC - The second annual Poker Paddle will begin at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7, at Tippecanoe River State Park.

The entry fee is $5. Also, all gate fees apply. Pre-registration at the park office is encouraged. Registration and entry fees will be accepted at the River Picnic Shelter until 12 noon the day of the event.

'Glow in the Park' Sept. 27

A "Glow in the Park" benefit 5K Run/Walk will begin at dusk (about 7 p.m.), Saturday (Sept. 27), at the Winamac Town Park, sponsored by Get Fit NonStop of Winamac.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Riley Children's Hospital, Indianapolis.

Pulaski County unemployment rate drops to 4.4 percent in July

Pulaski County has fourth-best rate in state

Pulaski County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in July, down from 5.0 percent in June, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (Aug. 18). The rate was 6.1 percent a year ago. The county has 6,597 employed persons in a labor force of 6,899. Last month those numbers were 6,580 of 6,925.

The state's July rate remained steady at 5.9 percent (seasonally adjusted), the same as June. The July 2013 rate was 7.6 percent. The U.S. rate inched up to 6.2 percent, from 6.1 percent (seasonally adjusted), in July. A year ago, the national rate was 7.3 percent.


Community Foundation announces grant cycles

The Pulaski County Community Foundation has announced it will offer more grant dollars than ever before through its annual fall grant cycle.

Grants totaling up to $37,000 will be made available, with individual grant awards of up to $7,500.

Purdue Extension of Pulaski County to hold Poverty Training Sept. 30

In Pulaski County, around 13 percent of the population lives at poverty level. In the state of Indiana, 1 in 5 children go hungry every day. In order to learn how to help meet this great need, one must first understand poverty.

Purdue Extension of Pulaski County will hold a Poverty Simulation at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Knights of Columbus in Winamac. This is a free educational event and dinner will be provided. 

Civic Players season tickets now on sale

LOGANSPORT - Season tickets for the Civic Players of Logansport 2014-15 season are now on sale.

The season includes “Frankenstein” in September, just in time to kick off the Halloween season; the very funny “Lottie & Bernice Show” in March 2015; and the musical “Chicago” in June 2015. Season tickets can be purchased for $30, with discounts for seniors and students.

Library lists August programs, activities

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for August.

All events will take place at the Winamac library unless otherwise noted. For more information on any program, call the library at 574-946-3432.

PCCF offers non-traditional scholarship

The Pulaski County Community Foundation (PCCF) is offering a scholarship for adult students seeking higher education for the 2014-15 school year.

Online applications will be available Aug. 15 through the new PCCF website; or call the Foundation at 574-946-0906 for more information.

Kersting’s 'Learn To Ride' provides opportunity for area youth, adults

Kersting’s Cycle Center & Museum opened in 1962, sparked by owner Jim Kersting’s passion for the joy and freedom of riding motorcycles.

Kersting’s hopes to pass along that enthusiasm for motorsports by offering “Learn To Ride” training sessions to interested youth and adults at their facility, located northwest of Winamac. The program is off to a solid start and the initial season of training is scheduled for each Saturday now through Labor Day weekend.


Fair News

Pulaski County State Fair winners named

INDIANAPOLIS - Most results from 4-H juding and other competitions at the 2014 Indiana State Fair have been announced. Several Pulaski County 4-H'ers have earned honors.

The state fair ran Aug. 1-17 in Indianapolis. Results will be announced here as they are released. (4-H livestock results have yet to be released.)

Conner, Gudas honored as 'River Friendly' farmers

INDIANAPOLIS - In a ceremony to coincide with Farmers’ Day at the 2014 Indiana State Fair, 59 River-Friendly Farmers were recognized by the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) for the work they do to protect Indiana’s natural resources.

Among them were Howard Conner of Pulaski County and Arthur Gudas in Fulton County.

Bailey sisters win champion awards at the Indiana State Fair Fashion Revue

INDIANAPOLIS - Two Pulaski County sisters have won champion awards at the Indiana State Fair Fashion Revue for outfits they made and modeled at the event finals Saturday, Aug. 9, in Indianapolis.

Melissa Bailey was the winner in the Free Choice category for her swim suit, while Sara Bailey was the winner in the Separates category. They are the daughters of Glenn and Dawn Bailey of Winamac.

New Coliseum, Indiana Beer and Wine exhibition leave lasting impression at Indiana State Fair

More than 950,000 total visitors make ’14 fair third largest crowd ever

INDIANAPOLIS – The renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum and the new Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition both received rave reviews from visitors to this year’s Indiana State Fair, which wrapped up Sunday (Aug. 17).

The 2014 fair attracted 954,884 people, making this the third best attended fair.

Winamac HS students perform at State Fair Talent Show

Among the food stands, rides, and vendors at the Indiana State Fair, many performance venues also exist highlighting talents of every age. These featured performances exemplify a strong commitment to the arts.

One of these exciting performances is held annually on the stage of the Indiana State Fairground's Farm Bureau Building. All first place winners of Indiana's 92 participating county fair talent shows are eligible to register at the Indiana State Fair Youth Talent Show.

Seven champions crowned at fair’s 4-H Grand Drive

Event showcases top Indiana livestock

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Fair named seven 4-H livestock exhibitors champion at Monday night’s (Aug. 4) Grand Champion 4-H Drive in the Fairgrounds Coliseum. 

The best of the best came together from different breeds, classes and weights to be in the running for champion.  Animals were judged in the following categories: breeding gilts, market barrows, market lambs, meat goat wethers, breeding heifers, beef steers and dairy steer.


Post News

PMH welcomes new family medicine physician

WINAMAC - Pulaski Memorial Hospital has announced the addition of Dr. Melissa Dawson to the PMH Medical and Surgical Group staff as a family medicine physician.

Board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Dawson received her medical degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and recently completed her residency at the Riverside Family Practice Residency Program in Newport News, Va.

Rainfall varies from drops to a deluge

LANSING, MICH. - Heavy but scattered rain last week provided relief to some farmers while others experienced flooding and crop damage in various regions of the Indiana, according to the USDA, National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), Great Lakes Region.

For the week ending Aug. 24, average temperatures ranged from 73 to 80 degrees, and from 2 degrees to 8 degrees above normal.

Winamac Town Council listens to pool/swim options, but rejects bids for pool repair

WINAMAC - The Winamac Town Council, at its August meeting, continued to hear updates and consider options and alternatives for instructional and recreational swim opportunities in town, in light of the municipal swimming pool closure this summer due to its age and disrepair.

Also, the council was approached with a proposal to work with the county to work out a uniform zoning code for both the town and the county.

Workshop guides emerging entrepreneurs

WINAMAC - The Northwest ISBDC (Small Business Dev continues to offer new and emerging entrepreneurs start-up assistance through its "Launch Your Own Business Workshop: A Sound and Proven Path."

The workshop will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16., at the Pulaski County Public Library, 121 S. Riverside Drive, Winamac.

Video & story: Lawmakers consider impact of disease on deer hunting, farming operations

INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers heard nearly five hours of testimony from more than 25 individuals Tuesday as part of a study to determine how Indiana should regulate deer farming and whether to legalize fenced hunting.

The Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources – comprised of members from both chambers of the state legislature – heard from veterinarians, deer farmers, and wildlife officials about fenced hunting and the possible diseases the industry may or may not be spreading to the nation’s wild deer population.

PCPL: Where reading, healthy choices and fun combine

Point summaries, prizes and pizza were just a few things available to the over 200 participants and family members who attended this year’s Pulaski County Public Library Children’s Summer Reading Program Party for "Fizz, Boom, Read and Spark a Reaction."

The PCPL Reading Room was filled to capacity Wednesday evening (Aug. 6), as all program participants received a free book and enjoyed a presentation of this year’s programs. During the celebration, attendees watched a video starring program participants and even parents attending were entered into drawing for State Fair tickets and other various prizes. 

Prosecutor files murder charges against Katschke

DENHAM - Murder charges have been filed against a Denham man accused of killing his live-in girlfriend Monday morning (Aug.11), at their residence.

Paul A. Katschke, 39, was taken into custody Monday, according to a report from Sheriff Mike Gayer, and is being held for the death of Amber Rene Taylor, 34.

Tax revenue falls just below projections in July

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Budget Agency released its monthly report on revenue collection for the general fund – the first of Fiscal Year 2015 – on Wednesday, which showed a 1.7 percent dip in tax receipts compared to estimates.

The state brought in a total of $1.04 billion in July general fund revenue, a decrease of 0.5 percent – about $5.2 million – from the December 2013 state revenue forecast.

Walorski visits Pulaski County for 'Hoosier Veterans Tour'

Congresswoman stops in Winamac as part of district-wide veterans tour

WINAMAC - Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) stopped in Winamac Monday afternoon (Aug. 11) at the Braun Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of wheelchair-accessible vans and wheelchair lifts, as part of the “Hoosier Veterans Tour,” a district-wide tour.

Chamber study: State water usage must be managed

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has enough water for drinking, manufacturing and other uses now but needs to plan to prevent shortages in the future, an Indiana Chamber of Commerce study has found.

The chamber released the report Friday (Aug. 8). It shows that different regions in the state have varying water conditions and will face different types of water concerns in the coming years.

West Central Board deals with start-of-school matters

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board approved several last-minute staff resignations and hirings at its meeting Thursday night (Aug. 7), in preparation for the new school year which begins Tuesday (Aug. 12).

The board also approved advertising the 2015 School Budget, Capital Projects Plan and the Bus Replacement Plan. Additionally, the board approved the certified contracts for the 2014-15 school year.