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.


Local News Briefs

Updated Pulaski County episode to appear on 'Savor Indiana' this weekend

An updated episode of "Peaceful Pulaski County" from the Savor Indiana television series is scheduled for broadcast at 7 p.m., Friday (Jan. 30) and 9 a.m., Sunday (Feb. 1) (Eastern time) on Lakeshore Public Television (Channel 56) in Merrillville.

Lakeshore broadcasts to 3.4 million TV Households in Northwest Indiana and Chicago. The program is available to them and other members of the Indiana PBS family.

Ivy Tech sets financial aid workshops

FAFSA must be filed by March 10 to meet state deadline for 2015-16 financial aid

KOKOMO – Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region is scheduling a series of workshops in Logansport, Rochester, Peru, and Wabash to help students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA, for the 2015-16 school year, which begins Aug. 21.

Pulaski County unemployment rate dips to 4.8 percent

Pulaski County's unemployment dipped to 4.8 percent in December, down from 5.0 percent (revised rate) in November, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday (Jan. 28). The rate was 5.4 percent a year ago. The county has 6,602 employed persons in a labor force of 6,935. Last month those numbers were 6,537 of 6,877.

The state's December unemployment rate rose to 5.8 percent (seasonally adjusted), up slightly from 5.7 percent in November. The December 2013 rate was 6.8 percent. The U.S. rate dropped to 5.6 percent, down from 5.8 percent in November. A year ago, the national rate was 6.7 percent.

Chamber seeks nominations for 2015 Halleck Award

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the  2015 Dr. H.J. Halleck Community Service Award which will be presented this spring at the Chamber's annual meeting/awards banquet in March

Nominations for the 33rd Halleck Award will be accepted through Feb. 1.

Ivy Tech’s non-credit culinary classes combine food, fun

Spring semester series starts Feb. 3 

PERU – The holidays are behind us and the winter doldrums threaten. Perk up your schedule with some culinary adventures that combine food and fun in the culinary arts lab at Ivy Tech Community College’s Peru Instructional Site, 425 W. Main St.

The first session – which will help you “add flare and flavor with wine and spirits” – is set for 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Civic Players announces auditions for 'Chicago'

LOGANSPORT - Auditions have been tentatively set for Civic Players of Logansport’s spring musical, “Chicago.”

Set in 1920’s Chicago, the show tells the story of murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, who find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows.

Fact Sheet issued for health coverage and federal income taxes

The following fact sheet was issued Jan. 16, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In preparation for the 2015 tax filing season, which officially begins next week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released Friday a fact sheet detailing information Indiana tax filers need to know as they prepare to file their federal returns.

This tax season marks the first time individuals and families in Indiana will be asked to provide basic information regarding their health insurance on their tax returns. Consumers will have questions about this new process and the Administration is committed to providing the information and tools tax filers need to understand the new requirements.

PACE offers 2015 grants

Pulaski Alliance for Community Education (PACE) has announced that $60,000 is available for educational grants to eligible organizations. 

Organizations whose primary mission is public education may apply for grant funds. 

Ivy Tech Kokomo Region sets seminar series on relevant topics in agriculture

Kokomo Grain partnering on 10 free seminars to be offered throughout region

KOKOMO - Ivy Tech Community College is again partnering with Kokomo Grain to present free seminars on relevant topics in agriculture, expanding in 2015 to 10 sessions and adding Tipton County to Howard, Miami and Cass counties where the sessions were held in 2014. 

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.


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Indiana News

Walorski supports legislation to combat human trafficking

WASHINGTON D.C. – This week, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) supported a package of legislation to combat human trafficking.

The 10 bills were passed with bipartisan support and would help prevent human trafficking in the U.S. and internationally.

Feds approve HIP 2.0; coverage will start Feb. 1

INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have approved Gov. Mike Pence’s plan to provide health insurance to lower-income Hoosiers, despite provisions that require some participants to pay part of the premium.

Coverage under the expanded Healthy Indiana Plan – dubbed HIP 2.0 – will begin as early as Feb. 1 for individuals who qualify and sign up. As many as 350,000 Hoosiers are expected to qualify.

Prison inmates will no longer make license plates

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana prison inmates will no longer be a part of the license plate production process as of May 1.

The Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles ended its contract with a company earlier this month that had worked with Prison Enterprises Network, which employed the state prison inmates.

185,730 Hoosiers sign up for Health Insurance Marketplace

HHS encourages consumers to sign up before Open Enrollment ends Feb. 15

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nearly 7.2 million consumers selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace as of Jan. 16, including 185,730 in Indiana. 

“With just four weeks before the Feb. 15 deadline and the end of Open Enrollment, 185,730 Indiana consumers are counting on the Marketplace for affordable health coverage,”  U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said.

Indiana Hospital Association rolls out new hospital cost-comparison website

The Indiana Hospital Association has developed a new website that will help Hoosiers understand hospital billing.

The website can be found at and compares the costs of different hospitals across the state side-by-side, and illustrates hospital charge data in a compiled list.

Pence calls for balanced budget amendment, federal HIP 2.0 approval in third State of the State address

INDIANAPOLIS – In his third State of the State address, Gov. Mike Pence called for a balanced budget amendment that he says will protect Indiana from a possible economic downturn and will show Hoosiers their tax dollars are being spent wisely.

The proposed amendment – authored by Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek – will prevent the state from allowing recurring state spending from exceeding projected tax revenue.


Post News

Twitter message results in lock-down of area schools

Suspect in police custody

Four area school corporations were put under a lock-down late Friday morning and through afternoon dismissal due to an alleged, non-specific Twitter message - a reported  threat originating in western Fulton County near Kewanna.

The affected schools were Eastern Pulaski, Rochester, Caston and Culver.

Pleasant View Rest Home nominated for designation to National Register of Historic Places

The Pulaski County Historical Society has announced that the Pleasant View Rest Home (also known as the "county home") has been nominated for designation to the National Register of Historic Places.

The IDNR's Historical Preservation and Archaeology Committee voted Jan. 21 to nominate the landmark facility, built in 1881, to the national register.

Parents memorialized through new scholarship

Too often we take for granted all that parents do for us.  But in this case, the children of Don and Mary Good of Monterey have come together to create a permanent memorial to their parents.

The Pulaski County Community Foundation (PCCF) is pleased to announce the creation of the Don O. and Mary M. Good Memorial Scholarship.

Preschoolers, parents learn about literacy

The Head-Start Preschool students and parents attended a preschool literacy and dialogic reading program in January to learn more about importance of reading.  

The program was provided by Purdue Extension of Pulaski and Jasper counties.

NIPSCO extends option for customers to 'go green'

MERRILLVILLE - Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has announced that its Green Power Rate pilot program, which launched in May 2012, has been approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission as a long term program.

The Green Power Rate program allows residential, commercial and industrial electric customers to designate 25, 50 or 100 percent of their monthly electric usage to be attributed to renewable energy sources. Commercial and industrial participants also have the flexibility to designate five or ten percent of their monthly usage.

Donnelly returns from official travel to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel

Bipartisan delegation focuses on national security concerns in the Middle East

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly Tuesday morning (Jan. 20) returned from a bipartisan Senate delegation to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel led by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).  

U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Barrasso (R-WY), Angus King (I-ME) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) were a part of the delegation. 

Sheriff Richwine announces deputy officers

New Pulaski County Sheriff Jeff Richwine, who assumed office earlier this month, has announced his deputy officers.

Along with the sheriff, the team will be led by veteran officers Barney Rausch and Chris Schramm.

Agriculture leaders convene for the inaugural Indiana Governor’s Agriculture Conference

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and nearly 350 agriculture leaders from throughout Indiana and the nation gathered Friday (Jan. 16) for the Inaugural Governor’s Agriculture Conference that featured national speakers from key sectors of the agriculture industry.

Pulaski County one of five communities awarded HCI grant

INDIANAPOLIS - Pualski County has been awarded a Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), Nathan Origer, executive director of the Pulaski County Economic Development Commission, announced late Monday.

Pulaski County is one of six communities to participate in the first-ever HCI.

Pulaski County Community Foundation Board adds directors

Pulaski County Community Foundation (PCCF) Board welcomes three new directors in 2015.  

Incoming members are:  Missy Culp, farmer/bookkeeper; Carola Forsythe, retired nurse; and Shane Pilarski, Alliance Bank vice president/controller.  

Zellers named new Winamac town manager

The Winamac Town Council has named Brad Zellers as its new town manager. 

Zellers is a 20-year veteran of the town's wastewater treatment plant, acting as its supervisor for the past 13 years.