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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

CFPC annual celebration Sept. 1

Community Foundation of Pulaski County will hold its annual celebration from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Presbyterian Church, Winamac.

The public is invited to join the Foundation for a "magical" evening as it celebrates the giving spirit in Pulaski County.

 
Rick Haschel Memorial 5K Run/Walk Sept. 3

WINAMAC - The annual Rick Haschel Memorial 5K Run/Walk will take place Saturday, Sept. 3, beginning at the fire station on Main Street, Winamac.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Winamac Athletic Boosters and PMH Home Health Care. Registration is $20 per person.

 
Rains provide relief to crops

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Rains last week across Indiana gave relief to crops suffering from lack of moisture, but also limited field activity, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. 

The amount of rainfall varied throughout the state. Some areas received adequate rainfall while other areas received an overabundance that caused flooding. 

 
New timeline announced for Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

The Community Foundation of Pulaski County hasannounced that the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program will be made available with a new timeline for 2017 graduates.

Students mayapply online starting Aug. 19 through the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfopc.org.  Deadline for application submission is 3 p.m., Friday, Sept.16. 

 
'Art in the Park' Sept. 2-4 at Tippecanoe River State Park

WINAMAC - Tippecanoe River State Park will feature "Art in the Park" events during Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2-4.

The three-day event will include 33 separate activities to participate in throughout the park.

 
Are you registered to vote?

Voter registration for the November 2016 General Election ends Tuesday, Oct.11, 2016 at the close of the business day if in person at the county clerk’s office, or at midnight if completing an application online.

Those who have not voted in the last four or more years, or who have moved, changed names, or have never registered to vote have several options.

 
Hoosiers to choose new state license plate

Designs unveiled at Indiana State Fair

INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana residents now have the chance to decide what the next state license plate will look like as they vote on a final design to replace the outgoing Bicentennial plate.

Visit myBMV.com to vote. Voting ends at midnight on Sept. 5.

 
Monterey Days Festival Sept. 2-5

MONTEREY - The 19th annual Monterey Days Festival will run Friday,Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 5, over Labor Day weekend in downtown Monterey.

Grand Marshall will be Loehmer's Hardware. The annual parade will step off at 5 p.m., Saturday. The traditional American Legion Ox Roast will begin at 11 a.m., Labor Day.

 
Community Foundation announces grant cycles

Community nonprofits and youth organizations may soon apply for grant funds through the Community Foundation of Pulaski County. Grant applications will be available Aug. 1, at www.cfopc.org.

Community grants for a maximum of $7,500 may be awarded to organizations for charitable programs and projects that serve the Pulaski County community.

 
Pulaski County to celebrate Indiana Bicentennial with three-day TorchFest Oct. 7-9

Pulaski County will officially celebrate Indiana's 200th Birthday with a three-day TorchFest the weekend of Oct. 7-9, in downtown Winamac.

The celebration will kick-off with the arrival of the Bicentennial Torch in Pulaski County on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 7.

 
 

Fair News

2016 Indiana State Fair ends with sunshine and record final day attendance

INDIANAPOLIS—The 2016 Indiana State Fair drew to a close Sunday with a return to “fair weather” and the crowds that followed. Proof that good weather brings Hoosiers to the fair. 

On the last day of the fair a new final Sunday attendance record for the 17-day fair was set with 83,148 fairgoers through the gates.

 
Pulaski County 4-H'ers earn 2016 state fair honors

INDIANAPOLIS - The judging results for Pulaski County 4-H members at the 2016 Indiana State Fair have been received.

The state fair was Aug. 5-21 in Indianapolis.

 
Pulaski 4-H'ers participate in State Fair Dog Show

The 4-H Dog Show results for Pulaski County 4-H members at the 2016 Indiana State Fair have been received.

The state fair was Aug. 5-21 in Indianapolis.

 

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How to 'fact check' politicians, emails, social media

Interested in fact-checking some of the chain emails or political talk you are hearing?

Here are two of the better-known and respected sites for such endeavors: www.FactCheck.org and www.PolitiFact.com.

 
Indiana gubernatorial race considered 'toss-up'

INDIANAPOLIS—The 2016 Indiana gubernatorial race between the Democrat candidate, former House Speaker John Gregg, and the Republican candidate, Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, has been placed in the “toss-up” category, according to the Cook Political Report.

Analysts at the Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan publication, expect the race to be competitive because of the recent changes to the Republican ticket.

 
Bicentennial showing of 'Hoosiers' Sept. 23-24 at historic Artcraft Theater

FRANKLIN. – It’s time for movie goers to hit the gym.

The Historic Artcraft Theatre will show the 1986 movie “Hoosiers” to commemorate Indiana’s bicentennial.

 
 

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NIPSCO analyzes future plans for electric generation

MERRILLVILLE – As part of its regular electric supply planning process, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) announced Tuesday (Aug. 23) that it is considering long-term supply options, which may lead to the retirement of four of the company’s coal-fired electric generation units at two different power plants over the next seven years. 

While not yet final, NIPSCO outlined its electric generation strategy at a public meeting with consumer representatives, environmental organizations, customers and other stakeholders taking part in Indiana’s Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process. 

 
Medaryville man held in stabbing incident

MEDARYVILLE - A Medaryville man is being held at the Pulaski County Jail on three charges, including attempted murder, stemming from a stabbing incident Wednesday (Aug. 17) at a residence northeast of Medaryville.

The unidentified male victim sustained a stab wound to the chest, according to a police news release and was airlifted to a South Bend hospital.

 
Star City Lions spearhead effort to restore Community Building

STAR CITY - Star City now has a stabilized Community Building that will stand the test of time and weather.

The old roof had been failing for some years, leaking and creating water damage throughout. The organizations that relied on this building to hold their events and fundraisers wondered how long they would be able to continue. Another facility to hold this scope of meetings and events is not available in Star City.

 
Sheriff's office swears-in new deputy

Tanner Prentice was sworn-in Monday as a deputy sheriff with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

Prentice will begin his duties with the sheriff’s office in a training capacity.

 
Iris-Elm Garden Club dedicates Blue Star Memorial ByWay Marker

WINAMAC - The Iris Elm Garden Club dedicated its new Blue Star Memorial ByWay Marker at the Winamac Freight Depot Sunday (Aug. 14).

Club member, David Zahrt was the master of ceremonies for the program.

 
Winamac Town Council hears updates from new parks and recreation board

WINAMAC - The Winamac Town Council received updates at its August meeting on the activities of the newly established parks and recreation board.

Park board president Courtney Poor reported the board has been discussing the annual budget for parks and recreation and shared that within their budget the board members feel a safe amount to operate and maintain a swimming pool is $40,000.

 
CDC moves forward with land proposal for PC-CARE

MONTEREY - The Pulaski County Community Development Commission (CDC) voted at its August meeting, held in Monterey, to propose to the county commissioners the sale of County Farm land for the purpose of purchasing property near Medaryville for the PC-CARE project.

PC-CARE (Pulaski County Center for Agriculture-Renewable Energy) is a proposed “agricultural tech-park,” which was identified in the county’s strategic plan for economic development several years ago to increase focus on agricultural and renewable energy.

 
Former sheriff, chief deputy indicted by grand jury

Former Pulaski County sheriff Michael Gayer and his chief deputy face multiple charges, including theft and obstruction of justice, as the result of a grand jury indictment returned and unsealed Tuesday evening (Aug. 9).

Soon after, Gayer turned himself in to Pulaski County police Tuesday night and was released on $1,500 cash bond.

 
Healthy Families program helps parents make best decisions for children

Nothing brings joy to the heart like the arrival of a new baby. But what happens once parents get baby home and reality sets in?

Parenting is a hard job. Every parent wants to do what’s right, but how does one know whose advice to follow?

 
EPCS Board approves new extra-curricular pay schedule, vacation policy, personnel matters

WINAMAC - Personnel and back-to-school matters dominated the agenda of the Eastern Pulaski Community School Board at its August meeting Monday evening.

The board also approved the retirement request of an elementary school teacher who has taught second grade for 45 years.