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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

Pulaski County unemployment rate continues to improve

Pulaski County's unemployment rate improved in April, dropping to 5.1 percent, from 5.6 percent in March, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (May 23). The rate was 4.3 percent a year ago.

The county has 6,079 employed persons in a labor force of 6,408. Last month those numbers were 5,998 of 6,355. A year ago the numbers were 6,038 of 6,308.

 
Indiana farm planting pushes forward

EAST LANSING, Mich. -  A break in the weather allowed farmers in Central and Northern Indiana to finally make significant progress with corn and soybean plantings, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

While the top two-thirds of the State enjoyed drier weather, the South continued to have rain showers and cool temperatures, delaying planting progress for the week ending May 22.

 
Winamac Community HS to award diplomas to 97 seniors

WINAMAC - Commencement exercises at Winamac Community High School will be a 7 p.m., Friday, May 27, in the school gymnasium. Diplomas will be presented to 97 seniors.

Speakers will include the Class of 2016 Valedictorian Madeline Murray and Salutatorian Emily Downing. The program will include the tradition of awarding several community scholarships. 

 
West Central HS commencement May 29

FRANCESVILLE - The 49th annual commencement exercises at West Central High School will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday (May 29), in the school gymnasium. Diplomas will be presented to 56 graduates.

The program will open with a baccalaureate service, sponsored by the West Central Ministerial Association, followed by the commencement ceremonies.

 
Spring Garden Fair May 28

WINAMAC - A Spring Garden Fair in downtown Winamac will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 28 during Memorial Day weekend.

The event will celebrate gardening, food, creativity and the fun of the season. It will feature vendors, music, food, plants, antiques, crafts and downtown shopping.

 
Sheriff's department memorial service May 31

 

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office will hold its annual memorial service at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 31, at the front entrance of the Pulaski County Justice Center, Winamac.

The memorial service will be held to remember and honor the three officers who were killed in the line of duty while employed at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

 
'Moonlight Over the Tippy' bike ride June 3

The Friends of the Panhandle Pathway will once again sponsor a "Moonlight Over the Tippy" bike ride on Friday, June 3.

The ride will begin with a mass start at 7 p.m., and conclude at 10 p.m. The ride will begin and end at the historic railroad freight depot in downtown Winamac.

 
Pulaski County Farmers' Market to run first, third Saturdays

A Pulaski County Farmers' Market is being organized this summer, to be held on the first and third Saturdays of the month, June through October.

The market will run from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, in downtown Winamac at the town parking lot on the corner of Logan and Main streets. Vendors are being sought.

 
PMH Safe Sitter class May 31-June1

Pulaski Memorial Hospital will hold its Safe Sitter Class, for youth ages 11-14, on Tuesday, Wednesday May 31-June 1.

The class will run from from 9 a.m. to 3 :30 p.m., both days, at the county highway deparment on U.S. 35, north of Winamac.

 
Plant a blue/gold Indiana Bicentennial Garden

Are you planning your bicentennial garden?

The Garden Club of Indiana’s state endorsed bicentennial project is a “Blue and Gold Floral Tribute to Indiana’s Flag.” All Indiana residents and businesses are encouraged to take part in this floral celebration. Any size planting—large or small, in ground or in containers—will show Hoosier pride.

 
 

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The Indy 500 is a sell-out and that’s good for state’s economy

INDIANAPOLIS — For the first time in years, the Indy 500 is sold out.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway leadership made the announcement on the steps of the Statehouse alongside Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Friday (May 6).

 
Newly revealed panoramic photos of the first Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS ­— To mark the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, the Indiana Historical Society is sharing panoramic photographs from the first race.

The four photos were taken by Charles F. Bretzman, the race’s first official photographer, at the inaugural running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 30, 1911.

 
Major Salesforce expansion tied to RFRA fix

INDIANAPOLIS — Salesforce, one of the top technology employers in the state, plans to add 800 jobs in Indianapolis by 2021. The company also plans to move into Chase Tower and rename it Salesforce Tower.

“I want to say to the Salesforce of today and tomorrow across central Indiana—this is really your day,” Gov. Mike Pence said during the announcement Friday. “To the people of Indiana goes the credit for this win for Indiana, with this announcement.”

 
Young, Hill rematch in the race for Indiana’s open senate seat

INDIANAPOLIS — Republicans are sending U.S. Rep. Todd Young to face Democrat and former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill in the race for Indiana’s open senate seat this November.

Young was off to an early lead when the polls closed at 6 p.m. As supporters started to flow into the room for Young’s victory party in downtown Indianapolis, so did the votes. The race was called for a Young victory just after 7 p.m.

 
 

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Alliance Bank's Junior Board of Directors celebrate first term

FRANCESVILLE – Alliance Bank’s Junior Board of Directors, their families and school administrators assembled May 1, at North White High School Auditorium to celebrate their first term as a board of directors. 

Alliance Bank’s Junior Board of Directors is comprised of junior and senior students from North White, West Central, Winamac and Twin Lakes high schools, serving two terms as board members; one term as a junior and one term as a senior.

 
Plans on course for new community pool in Winamac

WINAMAC - More than half of the funds needed to build a new $643,000 community swimming pool have been raised, reports Winamac town councilwoman Judy Heater who heads a committee to steer and raise funds for the pool project.

Heater gave an update on the committee's progress to a group of interested citizens Tuesday evening (May 17)..

 
Winamac Community HS presents senior awards

WINAMAC - Sixty-four seniors were recognized Monday (May 16) at the Winamac Community High School Senior Awards Program for various academic and athletic awards, honor roll, and scholarships. 

The following is a list of various award winners:

 
West Central HS holds senior awards program

FRANCESVILLE - West Central High School seniors were recognized for various academic, attendance and honor roll awards, and scholarships at the Senior Awards program, Monday evening (May 16), at the high school.

The following is a list of the award winners:

 
CFPC meets Lilly GIFT challenge

The Community Foundation of Pulaski County (CFPC) has announced it has successfully completed Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) challenge

"When Lilly Endowment announced the newest phase initiative in the fall of 2014, it was the first experience for nearly the entire board of directors," said Wendy Rose, CFPC executive director. "It was also an extraordinary opportunity to impact our community by increasing the foundation’s grant-making capacity. Board, staff, and donors responded in amazing fashion and deserve deep appreciation for this accomplishment toward a brighter future for Pulaski County."

 
Winamac Community HS names top seniors

WINAMAC - Valedictorian Madeline Murray and Salutatorian Emily Downing will stand at the head the Class of 2016 at commencement ceremonies later this month at Winamac Community High School.

Madeline is the daughter of Tim and Joan Murray of Winamac, and Emily is the daughter of John and Denise Downing of Winamac.

 
EPCS Board discusses transfer student policy, textbook fees

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board discussed policy on accepting transfer students at its monthly meeting May 9.

The board also adopted textbooks and set textbook rental fees for the next school year.

 
Longtime subscriber creates wall of 'TIME'

If it's important, you'll find it in TIME.

That one-time slogan for TIME magazine rings true for Mike O'Connor of Winamac who has subscribed to the venerable news magazine for over 40 years - since his college days at Indiana University.

 
Over 40 county residents complete Indy Mini

INDIANAPOLIS - Over 40 Pulaski County residents crossed the finish line in the running of the 2016 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in Indianapolis Saturday (May 7).

Leading the pack in Pulaski County were Joell Grisel of Winamac who finished in a clock time of 1:34.41, followed by Tasha Mitchell of Winamac, who ran the course in 1:36.57, and Anthony Chapman with a time of 1:46:20.

 
Eastern Pulaski Elementary School PTA receives Community Foundation Grant

WINAMAC - Eastern Pulaski Elementary School PTA has received a $3,318 grant from the Community Grants Fund through the Community Foundation of Pulaski County.

This grant will go to support efforts to create additional opportunities on playgrounds for students to embrace living a healthy life.