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

Murphy to receive 2017 Halleck Award

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Daniel P. Murphy of Winamac has been selected as the 2017 winner of the Chamber's Halleck Community Service Award.

The award will be presented at the Chamber's annual meeting/awards banquet at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 22, at the Winamac Event Center.

PCPL and PCHS will host IHS’s Indiana Disasters traveling exhibit

WINAMAC - Pulaski County Public Library and the Pulaski County Historical Society (PCHS) will host Indiana Disasters, one of the Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS's) traveling exhibits, from March 27-April 10.

The exhibit, which explores all kinds of disasters and how they are remembered by Indiana communities, will be on display at Pulaski County Public Library, located in Winamac on Riverside Drive.

WCHS drama to stage spring musical 'High School Musical 2' April 7-9

WINAMAC - The Winamac Community High School Drama Department will present Disney's High School Musical 2 the weekend of April 7-9.

This is the second installment in the trilogy of the highly acclaimed High School Musical series of the last decade. The trilogy re-popularized the musical genre in film and has inspired an entire generation through its upbeat music, high energy choreography and wholesome themes.

Parkview Haven to offer CNA course April 17-May 5

FRANCESVILLE - Parkview Haven will offer a Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA) course April 17 - May 5, at its facility in Francesville.

The classes will run 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Ivy Tech registration for summer, fall sessions underway

KOKOMO - Registration for summer session and fall semester classes at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region opens Monday, March 20.

Ivy Tech officials report now is a great time to get ready to begin a journey in higher education.

4-H Junior Leaders to sponsor Easter Egg Hunt April 15

The Pulaski County Junior Leaders 4-H Club will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 15, at the Star City Park.

Children ages 0 through Grade 5 are welcome to attend. They must bring their own basket or bag. There are prizes for each age-division.

Pulaski County area unemployment rates rise in January

Pulaski County's unemployment rate jumped to 5.5 percent January, up from 4.5 percent in December, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Tuesday (March 14). The rate was 5.2 percent a year ago.

The county has 5,729 employed persons in a labor force of 6,061. Last month those numbers were 5,798 of 6,072. A year ago the numbers were 5,922 of 6,249.

Spring brings threat of severe weather, flooding

The Pulaski County Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to prepare ahead to protect themselves and their loved ones from dangerous storms during Severe Weather Preparedness and Flood Awareness Week in Indiana, which is observed March 19-25.

Historically, Indiana has experienced some of the state’s worst thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding during the spring months.

Deadline nearing for 2017-18 accelerated degree program at Ivy Tech Kokomo

KOKOMO - Applications are still being accepted for admission into the 2017-18 Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region.

This will be the third year for the program, which provides select Ivy Tech students with the opportunity to earn an associate degree, traditionally a two-year program, in just 11 months.

PCPL announces March programs

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for March which include classes on heart disease, a black light dance, and Teen Teck Week, among others.

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


Indiana News

Many Hoosiers travel to Louisville to hear Trump speak on health care

LOUISVILLE — For 33-year-old Nathan Lewis, a short trip down I-65 from Campbellsburg, Ind. to Louisville was a breeze if it meant being just feet away from President Donald Trump.

Lewis and several of his Hoosier relatives made the short trek to the Kentucky Exposition Center Monday to hear Trump talk about the proposed Republican health care plan that could replace former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Full text of proposed American Health Care Act

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) may come up for a full floor vote in the U.S. House of Representatives this week (of March 20), after clearing the Rules Committee. If the bill passes the House, it will proceed for consideration in the U.S. Senate.

H.R. 1275 is intended to be a replacement for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as "Obamacare," enacted in 2010. The full text of the proposed AHCA follows:

Indiana farmers come to aid of Kansas ranchers

INDIANAPOLIS – Several Indiana Farm Bureau members will be loading up trailers and making the 1,600-mile trip to Kansas to deliver donated hay to ranchers who have a desperate need for feed for their livestock.

Ranchers and farmers in Kansas and other parts of the country have experienced massive devastation as wildfires, fueled by low humidity and high winds, have destroyed more than 650,000 acres of pasture and rangeland recently - killing livestock and the grazing land needed to feed the livestock that remain.

Proposed gas tax hike sparks more debate

INDIANAPOLIS – When gas prices are down, cars snake around the block. When they’re up, they make their way from town to town just to save a few pennies.

Indiana currently ranks in the middle of the pack in state gas prices nationally.

Mother with cervical cancer testifies in support of HB 1278

INDIANAPOLIS — At the young age of 27, Erica Frazier’s life was changed forever. That is when she found out she had cervical cancer — a painful experience no woman ever wants to go through.

“I have a 7-year-old son at home and I’ve had cancer more than half of his life,” she told a Senate committee Wednesday. “He used to be afraid to drink after me, because he thought he was going to catch cancer.”

Donnelly, Visclosky introduce legislation to designate Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as a National Park

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly and Congressman Pete Visclosky, along with the support of the entire Indiana Congressional delegation, on Friday (March 10) introduced respective legislation in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives to designate the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as a National Park. 

Specifically, the legislation would retitle the “Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore” as the “Indiana Dunes National Park”.  The designation would create the first National Park in Indiana and the 60th National Park in the United States, which would give greater recognition to the natural beauty of the dunes and potentially draw more visitors and boost the local economy. 

Lampen Lecture brings immigration issues to the table

DONALDSON – The Lampen Lectures at Ancilla College have dealt with controversial topics ranging from the use of sensual language in religious texts to the realities of human trafficking in local communities. Aside from being informative, the lectures also discuss how these topics affect our spiritual life and our general culture.

"It is important for us to recall our own Christian identity and commitment to the common good; always recognizing the dignity of the human person and see everyone as individuals,” said Albert Escanilla, campus minister at Ancilla College. 


Post News

Friend of Extension award presented to Sue Nies

Sue Nies was awarded the Friend of Extension Award Saturday at the joint annual meetings of the Pulaski County Soil & Water Conservation District and Purdue Extension Pulaski County.

The event was held at Bethel Bible Church. Pulaski County SWCD hosted the event and served a pancake breakfast to those in attendance.

CDC director highlights industry strengths, but warns of vulnerabilities

MEDARYVILLE - Pulaski County's economy is "increasingly vulnerable" in spite of many bright indicators, warns CDC executive director Nathan Origer. He particularly cites a decreasing population as a problem factor in sustaining a workforce for local industry and a tax base for the county.

Origer made his comments in his "state of the county economy" address at the Pulaski County Community Development Commission's (CDC) annual economic summit Tuesday evening (March 14), in Medaryville.

Alliance Bank names Pilarski new president/CEO

FRANCESVILLE - The board of directors of Alliance Bancorp have announced Shane R. Pilarski as president and CEO of Alliance Bank.

She becomes, not only one of the youngest, but only the fourth female executive in this role in the state of Indiana.

EPCS to move forward with additional renovation projects

WINAMAC - Superintendent Dan Foster has presented the Eastern Pulaski Community School Board with a list of additional renovation projects to be completed with the remaining funds from the school corporation's recent building project.

The list, shared with the board at its March meeting, includes additional carpeting, painting, and tile, along with locker room work, asphalt, curbing and sidewalks.

WCES third graders complete 'Our City' JA program

FRANCESVILLE - The third grade students in Terri Ray’sclass at West Central Elementary School recently completed Junior Achievement’s Our City program.

They are among nearly 1,000 students reached by JA in Pulaski County.  

Winamac Council, Panhandle Pathway agree to move forward on trail extension

WINAMAC - Members of the Panhandle Pathway organization met with the Winamac Town Council at its March meeting to discuss extension of the walking/biking trail north of SR 14.

Following discussion, the council voted to move forward with the project.

Sheriff warns of scam telephone calls

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens of a telephone scam which has recently been reported to its department.

This telephone scam involves a female caller stating she is having headset problems after the potential victim answered the call. The female caller then asks if the potential victim can hear her and after responding begins to claim the potential victim has won different types of lavish vacations.

Downtown fire destroys one Winamac building, damages others

Cause of fire 'undetermined'

WINAMAC - The cause of the downtown fire in Winamac Saturday (March 4) is "officially undetermined," according to the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office.

The fire destroyed the brick Freeman building on Logan Street, and spread north to severely damage the next door Main Street offices of three attorneys.

Arrests made in murder of former Winamac man


KNOX - The Starke County Sheriff's office is reporting it has taken into custody Saturday afternoon two suspects sought in connection with a murder Friday evening in Knox of a former Winamac man.

The victim, who died of a gunshot wound, has been identified as Cord Colgrove, 35, of Knox.