In March of 2003, during the Shock and Awe" military campaign, three American members of a Christian Peacemaker Team were injured in a car accident in the Iraqi desert. (One of those peacemakers, Cliff Kindy, is from North Manchester, Ind.. He came and added his memories to the presentation.) They were taken to Rutba, a Sunni-majority town whose lone hospital had been partially destroyed just three days earlier by U.S. bombs.

The peacemakers feared that they would be targeted for retribution. Instead, they were met with kindness and compassion. Dr. Farouq Al-Dulaimi, who treated their wounds, said, “We take care of everyone - Christian, Muslim, Iraqi, American. It doesn’t matter. We are all human beings. We are all sisters and brothers.” When it came time for the peacemakers to leave, Dr. Al-Dulaimi had one request: “Just go and tell the world about Rutba.”

In his book and his presentations, Barrett has been helping the peacemakers do just that. He emphasized that the barriers people erect between ourselves - along religious, national, political, racial, or economic lines - obscure the fact that, as humans, “we’ve got far more in common with each other than differences.”

Barrett, who spent 20 years traveling the globe as a wire correspondent, has found that to be true wherever he goes. The peacemakers in Iraq, he said, “discovered that ‘the enemy’ wasn’t the enemy.” Instead of being split by doctrinal and national differences, the American Christians and the Iraqi Muslims were united by the experiences and values they shared.

Barrett hopes that people take more from the The Gospel of Rutba than just a heartwarming story. Acknowledging our shared humanity requires us to reevaluate our own beliefs and actions, both individually and collectively, he observed.

Barrett expressed specific concern about U.S. military policy in the Middle East. On a return trip to Iraq in 2010, he spoke with one of the nurses who treated the peacemakers in 2003. Echoing what Barrett had heard around the region, the nurse said, “We love Americans, but we hate your violence.” With bombs and drones, the U.S. government fights terror by using weapons of terror

In doing so, Barrett believes the U.S. is only perpetuating violence and hardening the hearts of people outside the country. He looks to the Christian peacemakers as better examples of how to effect positive change in the Middle East. By going to damaged, destitute areas and acting with empathy to find common ground, Barrett calls these peacemakers “some of the best diplomats America has.”

This event was co-sponsored by the Pulaski County Public Library and the Winamac First United Methodist Church. The library has copies of The Gospel of Rutba available for checkout.

Article submitted by the Pulaski County Public Library


Local News Briefs

Halloween Trick-or-Treat hours set

Trick-or-Treat hours for Halloween have been set as follows:

Sunday, Oct. 30 - Monterey 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 31 -  Francesville 5 to 7 p.m.; Medaryville, 5 to 7 p.m.; and Winamac 5 to 7 p.m.

Pulaski County's unemployment rate drops to 4.1 percent in September

Pulaski County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent September, down from 4.6 percent in August, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (Oct. 24). The rate was 3.7 percent a year ago.

The county has 6,134 employed persons in a labor force of 6,393. Last month those numbers were 6,278 of 6,582. A year ago the numbers were 5,978 of 6,206.

Y Dribbler registration underway

Registration is underway for the Pulaski County Y Dribblers program.

Y Dribblers is a basketball program for boys and girls, pre-K through Grade 5. Practices and games are held at Eastern Pulaski Elementary school and begin in January.

Rains briefly interrupt state harvest

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Rain showers interrupted harvest for many Indiana farmers last week, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Warm wet weather and harvest delays caused concern for increased harvest challenges and damage to standing crops.

Early Voting runs Oct. 12 - Nov. 7

The U.S. General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Early (Absentee) Voting will run from Oct. 12 through Nov. 7.

Pulaski County Clerk Christi Hoffa has released information regarding voting procedures for the election.

WCHS drama to present 'All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten' Nov. 4-6

WINAMAC - The Winamac Community High School drama department will present its 2016 fall production, Robert Fulgham's All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, the weekend of Nov. 4-6.

Show times and dates are 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday; plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. The Nov. 4 performance is contingent upon the football schedule; thus, an alternate performance may be presented at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7 if there is a conflict.

Library announces October programs

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for October, including outdoor TorchFest movies, pumpkin painting - and yes, more coloring for adults.

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

Pillowcases for Riley sewing event Nov. 5

The Pillowcase Ladies of Pulaski County will sew pillowcases for Riley Children's Hospital from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at Bethel Bible Church, located on SR 14 and 700 W, Winamac.

All who would like to help are welcome. Ability to sew is not a requirement, as there are many other tasks to be completed in the process.

Extension Homemakers Craft Workshop Nov. 12

The annual "Make-and-Take Craft Workshop," sponsored by the Pulaski County Extension Homemakers will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Winamac.

The event is family friendly with free admission. Visitors can make simple, creative crafts at a minimal cost. 


Property taxes due Nov. 10

Pulaski County taxpayers are reminded by county treasurer Lynette Wilder that the second installment of property taxes are due Thursday, Nov. 10.

The taxes may be paid at several locations around the county, or mailed to the treasurer's office at the county courthouse in Winamac.

PMH offers appointments to meet with health insurance navigators

Have questions about enrolling in or updating a health insurance plan under the Federal Marketplace (Affordable Healthcare Act - or Obamacare), Medicaid or Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP)?

A representative from Aspin, an organization that helps navigate Federal Marketplace and Indiana Medicaid programs, will be available at Pulaski Memorial Hospital to answer questions from 1 to 5 p.m., Oct. 25, Nov. 9, and Nov. 22.

4-H enrollment runs Oct. 1 through Jan. 15

Pulaski County 4-H enrollment will begin Oct. 1 and continue through Jan. 15, 2017.

New and current 4-H members may enroll by going online at or by picking up an enrollment form at any of the local schools or the Extension Office in Winamac.


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Final governor debate ends with a hug

EVANSVILLE, - A hug shared between Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg and Republican candidate Eric Holcomb conveyed the overall friendly tone of Tuesday night’s third and final governor’s debate at the University of Southern Indiana.

The hug came after moderator Mizell Stewart III accidentally referred to Gregg as “Mr. Holcomb.” The two candidates teased the moderator, with Gregg pointing out they’ve “only spent about $10 million trying to get people to know who’s who.”

Design Zone at Indiana State Museum dedicated to math, science, art and their real world uses

INDIANAPOLIS — Science and math are often considered two of the most important school subjects, but it can be hard for kids to wrap their minds around real world examples.

For those students, the Indiana State Museum has a solution. The new Design Zone exhibit is dedicated to math, science and art, as well as their uses in the real world to create successful design.

Straight-ticket voters should be aware of new change

INDIANAPOLIS — For faithful Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians in Indiana, voting on Election Day is simple. Walk into the booth and check one box to select every candidate from their party.

But beginning this election the straight-ticket option will not include all partisan races.

Political ads? Yes. Yard signs? Yes. Robocalls? No.

INDIANAPOLIS — As the final weeks of the election season approach, Hoosiers can expect to see more political ads, direct mailers and yard signs. The one campaigning tactic you shouldn’t see a huge spike in is robocalls.

“In Indiana, our Legislature has adopted one of the strictest laws that strictly prohibits the use of auto dialers which can blast out prerecorded messages at a rate of ten thousand per minute,” Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in a statement.

Bayh, Young, Brenton meet in senate race debate

INDIANAPOLIS —Former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, Republican Rep. Todd Young and Libertarian Lucy Brenton went head-to-head Tuesday for what might be the only debate in the race to fill Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat.

Bayh and Young spent much of the hour-long debate taking shots at each other’s record.


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Pulaski County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship finalists announced

Five students from two area high schools have been named finalists in the Community Foundation of Pulaski County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship process

Several applications from Pulaski County students were received and five students reached the final phase of the competitive process. They are: Cassie Wuethrich from West Central High School, and Jack DeGroot, Anabella Niewiadomski, Braden Tankersley, and Haleah Wilson from Winamac Community High School.

General Election Nov. 8: Who's on my ballot?

Who will be on your Pulaski County ballot?

The U.S. General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Pulaski County's five Vote Centers. Also, Early Voting will run Oct. 12 through Nov. 7 (see details in separate article on this website).

Police arrest Francesville pair on drug charges

Pulaski County police arrested a Francesville man and woman Thursday (Oct. 13) who were wanted on outstanding felony drug warrants.

The pair were located at a residence seven miles north of Winamac. They are identified as Buffey L. Grigsby, 43, and William J. Morgan, 42.

Theft investigation leads to Medaryville area arrests

A theft investigation that began in White County led to two arrests near Medaryville Wednesday (Oct. 12), according to a new release from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

Arrested on drug-related charges were James A. Miller, 51, and Sylvia I. Burns, 26, both of Francesville.

Alliance Bank’s Junior Board of Directors goes behind the scenes of Indiana Beach

FRANCESVILLE - A group of area students, known as Alliance Bank’s Junior Board of Directors, were taken last month behind the scenes of everyone’s favorite local theme park, Indiana Beach.

Founded in 1926, the Spackman family was ready for anything the world could throw at them. Earl Spackman originally purchased the plot of land with the hope of creating a vacation cottage for his family.

I-65 accident claims Medaryville man's life

ROSELAWN - A Medaryville man, who was a passenger in a car, died when he was ejected from the vehicle which lost control entering a rest park on I-65 Wednesday night.

The victim has been identified as Nicholas James Vega, 26, Medaryville, according to Indiana State Police.

Second man dies from burn injuries resulting from grain elevator blast

A second man has died from his burn injuries resulting from the Sept. 26 grain elevator explosion in Francesville.

Glenn Tiede, 67, Francesville, passed away Tuesday night at the St. Joseph Regional Burn Center in Fort Wayne where he had been hospitalized since the incident two weeks ago..

Winamac farmer succumbs to injuries from grain elevator explosion

A Winamac farmer has died in a Fort Wayne hospital from burn injuries suffered Sept. 26 in a grain elevator explosion in Francesville.

Tim Reidelbach, 57, who was unloading his grain truck at the time of the incident, passed away Monday morning (Oct. 10).

EPCS Board hears report on new middle school math class

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board heard a report on the new "Math Connectivity" class taught at the middle school at its monthly meeting Monday (Oct. 10).

Middle school principal Ryan Dickinson reported that the purpose of new class, taught by Marilyn Newman, is to get more math into the school day.

Travis Roy: 'the difference 11 seconds can make'

Students at Winamac Community High School and employees at BraunAbility learned about the difference 11 seconds can make in a person's life

Guest speaker Travis Roy spoke to both groups Friday (Oct. 7) at the invitation of BraunAbility.

New Head Start program 'great success' at West Central

FRANCESVILLE - The new West Central Head Start location has been "a great success" in its first month-and-a-half, elementary school principal Dan Zylstra reported to the school board Thursday night (Oct. 6).

Sixteen students are enrolled and receiving Head Start services at the elementary school - the same building they will later attend school, easing the transition to kindergarten.

Gutwein named vice chair of Ag Law Section of Indiana Bar

LAFAYETTE– Stuart Gutwein, co-founder of Gutwein Law, has been named vice chair of the Agriculture Law Section of the Indiana Bar Association.

Joining him on the committee is Gutwein Law attorney Christopher Shelmon.