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Sheriff Mike Gayer reported early Monday that a lot of trees down and power lines came down across the county during the storm, and there were roads blocked by trees and wires. " A grain elevator at Denham was pushed off its foundation, and a barn near Medaryville was destroyed," he said.

The sheriff added there were extensive power outages, including all of Winamac; and electric service at the sheriff's office was disrupted, including phone lines, 911, electronic doors and equipment .

"I'm not aware of any injuries, Gayer said.

The Pulaski County EMA opened a shelter at 9 p.m., Sunday, at Bethel Bible Church on SR 14, west onf Winamac, for anyone needing an overnight place to stay.

Eastern Pulaski Community Schools announced a two-hour delay Sunday evening for Monday classes.

To view the NIPSCO power outage map, click here.

Electrical power was restored to Winamac after approximately three hours.

Downstate, heavier damage was reported in Kokomo and Lebanon, and Washington in southwester Indiana. Gov. Mike Pence's office has reported  that 12 counties are reporting tornado touchdowns or storm damage.

News reports say the town of Kokomo has declared a state of emergency through 6 a.m. Monday. Schools will not be open on Monday.

Early Sunday morning, the National Weather Service and news media began issuing strong advisories for the probability of severe weather and likely tornadoes across Indiana. Late Sunday morning the NWS issued a "Particularly Dangerous Situation" tornado watch, reporting  "this is the worst type of tornado watch we can issue."

Early news reports indicated the worst hit areas were in Illinois, including the towns of Washington, New Minden, Coal City and Brookport. Fans at Soldier Field in Chicago for the Bears/Ravens game were evacuated into the low concourses for a couple of hours.

In the Star City area, there were reports of trees down and doors blown off farm buildings.

 
 
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Local News Briefs

Pack-a-Backpack donation drop-off Aug. 1

The annual donation drop-off for Pulaski County Pack-a-Backpack, Inc. will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1, at the NAPA parking lot, Winamac (US 35 South).

Anyone wishing to donate school supply items for the project may drop them off at this time. Monetary donations are also appreciated.

 
Panhandle 'Down & Back' bike ride Aug. 1

The Friends of the Panhandle Pathway will hold a "Down & Back" bicycle ride Saturday, Aug. 1 - riding the 44-mile (roundtrip) length of the trail.

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

 
School begins Aug. 12 at Eastern Pulaski Schools

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community Schools have announced back-to-school information for the 2015-16 school year.

School begins for all students (K-12) on Wednesday, Aug. 12 for a full day.

 
West Central first day of school Aug. 13

FRANCESVILLE - West Central Schools have announced back-to-school information for the 2015-16 school year.

The first day of school for all students will be Thursday, Aug. 13.

 
Civic Players announces auditions for fall murder mystery

LOGANSPORT - Auditions have been set for Civic Players of Logansport’s fall murder mystery, And Then There Were None.  

Based on the Agatha Christie novel, this is the story of a weekend on an island where guests are mysteriously killed one by one. 

 
Informational program on Lyme Disease Aug. 3

A "Lyme Awareness Day," free to the public, will run from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, Aug. 3, at the Nazarene Church, Winamac (located next to the hospital).

The event will share information about northwest Indiana's ever-increasing cases of Lyme Disease, and explore various diagnostic and treatment options.

 
PMH to hold three immunization clinics for school children

Pulaski Memorial Hospital will hold three immunization clinics for school-aged children.

The times and dates are: 1 to 6 p.m., Thursday, July 30; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1; and 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5.

 
Welcome sunshine helps farmers, crops

LANSING, Mich. - Sunshine throughout the week helped to dry out saturated fields across Indiana and improve the growth of corn and soybeans, according to the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), Great Lakes Region.

This past week had the highest days suitable for field work in several weeks, and farmers took advantage of it to spray fields, cut and bale hay, and wrap up wheat harvest. 

 
'Spirit of Pulaski County' Aug. 8 in Winamac

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce has been busy planning the Spirit of Pulaski County (formerly Germanfest). The event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8

The day will begin with a pancake-and-sausage breakfast, and feature a Spirit Walk, a 60-mile motorcycle Spirit Bike Ride, children's activities, corn hole games, craft and food vendors, a beer garden and bands.

 
'Spirit' blood drive Aug. 8

A "Spirit" blood drive, held in conjunction with the Pulaski County Spirit Day will run from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, at the train depot parking lot, Winamac.

To sign up to donate blood, click here.

 
'Taste of Cass County' Aug. 8

LOGANSPORT - Mark your calendars for the 10th annual Taste of Cass County, sponsored by Logan’s Landing.

The festival will take place on Saturday Aug. 8, starting at 5 p.m. in downtown Logansport, and features food, fun, and entertainment. Admission is $2 per person, or $5 per family, and refreshment tickets are $1 each.

 
 

Fair News

Indiana State Fair runs Aug. 7-23

INDIANAPOLIS - The 2015 Indiana State Fair, with the theme "Year of the Farmer" will run Aug. 7-23 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds; 1202 E. 38th St. Indianapolis.

The fair is filled with agriculture, livestock, home and family arts, horticulture, 4-H and other exhibits, competitions, concerts, family fun events, educational displays, a huge midway, and endless food concessions.

 
Smoked Pig Patty named 'Year of the Farmer' signature food

INDIANAPOLIS –The Smoked Pig Patty from Indiana Pork Association was crowned the 2015 ‘Signature Food’ of the Indiana State Fair.

Six concessionaires competed in the “Field to Farm” themed competition this year and online voters selected the winner after viewing photos of all the entries and reviewing judges’ comments.

 
Big and Rich, KC & the Sunshine Band and Indigo Girls highlight the Indiana State Fair Free Stage

INDIANAPOLIS –What’s better than a free concert? A free concert held at the 2015 Indiana State Fair during the Year of the Farmer presented by DOW AgroSciences.

From the funky beats of Morris Day & The Time, to the anthem classics from the Village People and the great country hits from Craig Morgan; every fan will be singing aloud during the summer nights of the State Fair.

 
4-H Livestock Auction brings $124,456

Buyers paid a total of $124,456.50  at the annual 4-H Livestock Auction at the 2015 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair Thursday evening (July 9) at the Winamac fairgrounds.

The amount was down from last year’s total of $141,754.65. (The 2006 record auction totaled $157,816.46.)

 
2015 4-H project champions named

Updated, more photos

Here are results from 4-H exhibit judgings at the 2015 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair.

A total of 366 youth in Pulaski County participate in the 4-H program.

 
2015 4-H livestock champions announced

The Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair 2015 4-H livestock champions have been announced as follows:

A total of 366 youth in Pulaski County participate in the 4-H program.

 

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Jim Schellinger appointed as IEDC President

INDIANAPOLIS— Gov. Mike Pence appointed Democrat Jim Schellinger to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation on Wednesday afternoon (July 29).

“We need to come together as a state,” said Pence during the press conference.

 
Low unemployment could mean trouble for businesses seeking workers

INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate dropped below 5 percent in June for the first time in more than seven years as the state’s labor force continued to expand.

The rate – which measures the number of people who are actively seeking work but unemployed – fell to 4.9 percent from 5.1 in May. That’s the third consecutive month of decline.

 
 

Post News

Donnelly urges USDA to grant disaster declaration for Indiana counties impacted by excessive rainfall

Senator expresses support for declaration to make resources available to counties dealing with crop damage and losses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, who serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee, sent a letter Friday (July 31) to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack urging USDA to grant a disaster declaration for 53 of Indiana’s 92 counties impacted by excessive rainfall. 

Donnelly wrote the letter in strong support of the joint request from Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann (see accompanying article) along with executive director of Indiana’s Farm Service Agency Julia Wickard.

 
Community Foundation announces grant cycles

Community and youth organizations will be happy to hear that annual grant opportunities have been announced by the Community Foundation of Pulaski County. Grant applications will be available at the end of the week. 

“The board of directors is excited to offer significant grants for community projects and needs,” said Wendy Rose, executive director. Community grants of up to $7,500 may be awarded to organizations for worthwhile, needed programs and projects.  

 
KV Harley Owners ride for MDA

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office congratulates The Kankakee Valley Chapter 1326 of the Harley Owners Group on raising nearly $700 during their annual MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) Ride. 

The event was sponsored by Kersting’s of North Judson.

 
Arrest made in connection with hit-and-run incident

WINAMAC - A San Pierre man has been arrested on charges in connection to a hit-and-run incident Tuesday afternoon (July 21), resulting in serious injuries to a motorcyclist.

In a joint statement from Pulaski County prosecutor Daniel Murphy and sheriff Jeff Richwine, it was announced that Ronald L. Dobson, 62, San Pierre was arrested following the incident which occurred at about 4:35 p.m., at SR 39 and CR 700 N.

 
New food labeling act passes U.S. House of Representatives

INDIANAPOLIS - The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday (July 23) pass a new food labeling act.

Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock issued the following statement on behalf of the organization in response to the House action:

 
IFDA recognizes local funeral director for 50 years of service

INDIANAPOLIS – During the 135th annual convention of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association (IFDA), Winamac resident Samuel M. Marks, Jr. was recognized for his longtime and continuous service to the funeral profession.  

Marks received a 50-year service pin at the awards and recognition banquet held in June in Indianapolis.

 
Grain crop prospects continue to fade, Purdue experts say

WEST LAFAYETTE. - Indiana’s flood-ravaged grain crops could still produce a modest yield, but the chances for recovery are becoming increasingly slim with more rain forecast for parts of the state over the next two weeks, Purdue Extension experts say.

“I have been optimistic with my assessment, based on the possibility that the weather would moderate,” said corn expert Bob Nielsen. “But every subsequent downpour pushes a few more fields off the cliff.”

 
EPCS Board splits on proposed new staff positions

Board also approves elementary rennovation project bids

WINAMAC – The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board approved one recommended staff position description change at its July meeting, but voted down the proposed new position of “corporation director of curriculum.”

At the June meeting, Superintendent Dan Foster asked for feedback on pursuing a curriculum director position.

 
Protecting families: Alliance Bank's resolve behind new checking roll-out

FRANCESVILLE - Statistics show that right now, somebody with illicit intentions is probably stealing someone else’s personal information ... every two seconds someone is a victim of identity theft ... how would you know if yours had been stolen?

According to Javelin Strategy and Research - Identity Fraud Survey Report, March 2015, every two seconds, another American became a victim of identity fraud.