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Farmer Donation:

The Humanitarian Distribution Center (HDC) in Francesville has received at $2,500 donation from America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by local farmers Wayne and Paulette Putt of Pulaski County.

The donation will help the local food distribution organizaton purchase food to distribute to 47 approved food pantries in 13 counties in Northwest Indiana.

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Local News Briefs

CFPC, Extension to host ag breakfast March 3

The Community Foundation of Pulaski County and Purdue Extension of Pulaski County are working together to offer a program and breakfast especially for the county’s agricultural community.

Dr. Chris Hurt of Purdue’s Agricultural Economics Department will be the guest speaker at the Ag Breakfast to be held at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 3, at Bethel Bible Church.

 

 
Candidate filing closes, races take shape

Candidate filing for Pulaski County offices closed at 12 noon, Friday, Feb. 5.

As the Primary Ballot takes shape, there are contested races on the Republican ticket for county auditor, county comissioner Districts 1 and 2, and county council at-large (3 seats).

 
Purdue Extension, Soil & Water Conservation District joint annual meeting Feb. 25

The joint annual meeting for Purdue Extension/Pulaski County Advisory Council and Pulaski County Soil and Water Conservation District will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, at the VFW in Winamac.  

“The annual meeting is a time we can share, reflect and honor both organizations for all their efforts and for the positive impact they make in Pulaski County,” said Natalie Daily-Federer, Extension director.

 
Walorski staff to hold office hours in Medaryville, Winamac Feb. 16

MISHAWAKA - Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) has announced that a member of her staff will hold office hours this month to assist constituents with casework and official business.

Residents who cannot attend the listed office hours are encouraged to contact (574) 204-2645 to schedule an appointment. The Mishawaka District Office, located at 202 Lincolnway East, Suite 101, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. Also, the Rochester district office, located at 709 Main St., is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., every Tuesday and Thursday.

 
Library's February special programs include painting, adult coloring

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

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

 
CASA training to begin in March

CASA volunteers make lifelong difference for local children

Each year, more than 700,000 children in the United States are caught in the court and child welfare maze because they are unable to live safely in their home.

Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents, not because of something you did, but because they can’t – or won’t – take care of you. Now, into these children’s lives are strangers: police, foster parents, therapists, social workers, judges, lawyers and more. With hope, one of these strangers is a Court Appointed Special Advocate – CASA volunteer.

 
Art exhibit highlights works of Kegarises

ROCHESTER - The new art exhibit in the Gallery at the Fulton County Public Library in Rochester highlights works by Don and Kathy Kegarise from the Fulton/Pulaski counties area.

The exhibit may be viewed now through February during regular library hours. A public reception for the artists will be from 4 to 5:45 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, at the library, with refreshments served.

 
Pulaski County unemployment rate climbs again to 4.9 percent

Pulaski County's unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent in December, up from 4.2 percent in November, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday (Jan. 27). The rate was 5.2 percent a year ago. The county has 6,066 employed persons in a labor force of 6,378. Last month those numbers were  6,337 of 6,613. A year ago the numbers were 6,000 of 6,339.

For the third month, the state's December unemployment rate remained steady at 4.4 percent (seasonally adjusted), the same as October and November. The November 2015 rate was 5.9 percent. The U.S. rate also remained unchanged at 5.0 percent, as in October and November. A year ago, the national rate was 5.6 percent.

 
Historical Society welcomes new members

The Pulaski County Historical Society welcomes new members as it approaches its annual meeting in March, and reminds current members to renew their annual memberships.

The Society relies on its membership to make the history of Pulaski County come alive today.

 
Learning Lab offers winter classes

The Learning Lab of Pulaski County Extension has announced its winter classes.

Most classes are $30 each and offered from 1 to 3 p.m., or 6 to 8 p.m., on their scheduled days. To register, call 574-946-3412.

 
Certified volunteers available to help with tax preparation

IRS trained and certified community volunteers are available locally, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA program, to give free assistance to taxpayers whose household income is less than $54,000.

Appointments for this service may be made through Pulaski County Human Services, Winamac, by calling 574-946-6500.

 
 

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FSSA names leadership team to oversee new Neuro-Diagnostic Institute

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has announced the hiring of two key leaders who will oversee the design, construction and operations of the new Indiana Neuro-Diagnostic Institute and Advanced Treatment Center.

The institute, which was announced by Governor Mike Pence in December, is scheduled to begin serving patients in 2018. Construction on the facility will begin this year. The new facility will be a key component of the state’s initiative to improve Indiana’s network of state-operated mental health facilities.

 
Newly revealed Abraham Lincoln artifact: “The rail splitter’s rail splitter”

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Museum unveiled a previously unknown artifact that connects Abraham Lincoln to his life in Indiana. The museum Tuesday (Feb. 9) displayed his bench mallet, “the rail splitter’s rail splitter.”

“The tool that we have, was lost to history up until now. And it was made and used by Abraham Lincoln right here in Indiana’s own Spencer County,” said Tom King, president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum. “And here it has stayed until today, marked with his initials and the date. This tool is a crafted and then recrafted into what is known as a bench mallet by Lincoln’s own hands.”

 
Indinana State Fairgrounds & Event Center: Where fun happens all year

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center lives up to its name not only during the first few months of year, but all year long.

The year-round event center annually hosts more than 300 jam-packed, crowd-drawing events. An estimated 171,000 people attended events such as the Indianapolis Home Show and Winterfest at the Fairgrounds in January, while February and March promise even more exciting weekends.

 
Indiana’s first confirmed case of the Zika virus identified in Grant County

INDIANAPOLIS – The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the first Zika virus infection in a non-pregnant Indiana resident.

“The Indiana State Department of Health has been working very aggressively with heath care providers across the state to make sure that they have resources and information to deal with this virus that has now emerged in Grant County,” said Gov. Mike Pence.

 
Pence, Gregg file for 2016 election re-match

NDIANAPOLIS – Both candidates for governor in the 2016 race filed to have their names officially placed on the ballot Wednesday.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence dropped off a box full of petitions at the Secretary of State’s office.

 
 

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'Mellon Patch' fund will support community needs for years to come

Two lifelong educators and tireless community servants, Chuck and Darlene Mellon have chosen to extend their positive impact on Francesville and Pulaski County far into the future.  

The Mellon Patch Community Fund is a permanent fund established by the Mellons through the Community Foundation of Pulaski County. This unrestricted fund will provide charitable support for community needs for years to come, and will help ensure that the Mellons' spirit of community involvement lives on.

 

 
Pulaski County farmer directs donation to local food storage center

FRANCESVILLE - The Humanitarian Distribution Center (HDC) in Francesville has received at $2,500 donation from America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by local farmers Wayne and Paulette Putt of Pulaski County.

The donation will help the local food distribution organizaton purchase food to distribute to 47 approved food pantries in 13 counties in Northwest Indiana.

 
EPCS Board approves iPad, computer and school bus purchases

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board approved several purchases at it's February meeting, as presented by Superintendent Dan Foster

Funds have been set asside for all of the approved purchases.

 
State audit finds discrepancies in sheriff's department purchases, inventory under former sheriff

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The results of a year-long audit at the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office were released Friday (Feb. 5) by the Indiana State Board of Accounts indicating a discrepancy of over $20,000 regarding the purchase/inventory of firearms and ammunition.

The purchases were made over a four-year period from January 2011 through the end of 2014, during the second term of former sheriff Michael Gayer.

 
Enrollment up at West Central for second semester

FRANCESVILLE - Superintendent Don Street reported to the West Central School Board at its Feb. 4 meeting that the February student count is 822 students.

This is up six students from the September count.

 
Former Gov. Whitcomb dies at age 98

INDIANAPOLIS – Flags are flying at half-staff in honor of former Gov. Edgar Whitcomb’s passing.

“Gov. Ed Whitcomb was a great man whose life of courage, service and adventure inspired generations of Hoosiers and he will be deeply missed,” said Gov. Mike Pence in a statement. “Gov. Whitcomb was a treasure to our state and I mark his passing with a sense of personal loss as will thousands of Hoosiers whose lives were touched by this remarkable leader.”

 
County residents invited to assist with Bicentennial Hoosier Agriculture exhibit

WINAMAC - The Northern Indiana Power from the Past's 2016 Antique Power Show will present a special Indiana Bicentennial Legacy exhibit showcasing 200 years of Hoosier farming.

Area residents are invited to contribute and assist with the exhibit which will transport visitors from 1816, the dawn of Indiana’s statehood, and move them through 200 years of agricultural history.

 
CFPC grant awarded to Winamac Volunteer Fire Department

WINAMAC - The Winamac Volunteer Fire Department recently received a $7,500 grant from the Community Grants Fund through the Community Foundation of Pulaski County.

This grant will go to support the purchase of extrication tools.

 
Dr. Rausch endowment established at CFPC

Winamac veterinarian Mike Rausch passed away in January 2015, but his memory will live on through the Dr. Michael J. Rausch Community Fund, established in the Community Foundation of Pulaski County.

In order to honor Dr. Rausch and his role in the community in a way that would do the most good, his brother Steve Rausch and wife Barb created the fund to serve as a memorial and to provide perpetual support for the community Mike loved. 

 
EPCS building project moves along on budget

WINAMAC – Superintendent Dan Foster reported to the Eastern Pulaski Community School Board at its Jan. 11 meeting that the school campus building project is continuing and “moving along nicely.” 

Dr. Gib Crimmins reported on the financial tracking of the building project. The project is on or under budget. 

 
Winamac Council takes another step toward new community pool

WINAMAC - The Winamac Town Council met in special session Friday morning (Jan. 15) to discuss matters relating to a new nepotism policy, the proposed new town pool, and the reorganization of the park committee.

Council member Judy Heater gave an update on the community pool.

 
Winamac Council votes down pilot 'urban chicken' program

WINAMAC – The Winamac Town Council voted 3-2 at its Jan. 11 monthly meeting against a pilot program which would allow private residents to raise “urban chickens” within the town.

Resident Maggie Czech, who has approached the council before to propose allowing chickens in town, updated the council on her continuing research of other such programs in Indiana towns. She urged the council to adopt a one-year pilot program.