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

Monterey Days Festival 'Bridge to the Future' Aug. 29-Sept. 1

MONTEREY - The 17th annual Monterey Days Festival will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1, over Labor Day weekend in downtown Monterey. The theme will be "Bridge to the Future."

Grand Marshall will be Priscilla's Fun-N-Learning Preschool/Daycare. The annual parade will step off at 5 p.m., Saturday.

Warrior/Panther football game Aug. 30 at Lucas Oil Stadium

WINAMAC - The Winamac Warriors football team will play the Pioneer Panthers at 12 noon, Saturday, Aug. 30, at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.

Tickets are available from any WCHS football player and/or cheerleader. Advance tickets are $11 for adults (13 and over) and $8 for children (12 and under). Gameday tickets will cost $15 for all tickets.

Pulaski County to host Extension Homemakers district meeting Sept. 3

WINAMAC - Pulaski County will host the fall district meeting of the Extension Homemakers Wednesday (Sept. 3), at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Winamac.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the program/meeting at 9:30.

Kiwanis Farmers Market Festival Sept. 13

WINAMAC - The annual Farmers Market Festival, sponsored by the Winamac Kiwanis Club, will run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, in downtown Winamac.

The event will feature craft, produce and food booths, family games, and entertainment. The day will begin with the annual Kiwanis Club all-you-can-eat Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (7 to 10 a.m.), in the parking lot at Pearl and Monticello streets.

There will also be family activities, including face painting, puppet shows and live entertainment.The booths will feature unique arts and homemade crafts; holiday and primitive decorations; farm fresh fruits, vegetables and honey; and other foods and drinks.

Admission to the festival is free.

The Kiwanis Club welcomes vendors, especially from community organizations, churches, businesses and individuals. Any group wishing to coordinate an activity or sponsor a booth with Farmer's Market should contact event co-chairmen, Kiwanis members Jon Frain and Nikki Earp.

For more information, or to reserve booth space, contact Frain at 574-946-3222, or Earp at 574-946-4863. (Or print and fill out registration form below)

The local Farmer's Market tradition began in 1971 on the first Saturday after Labor Day, and was organized by the Winamac Chamber of Commerce. The Kiwanis Club assumed responsibility in the 1980s, and Farmer's Market continued through 1999. In response to public feedback, the festival was then held for several years in other venues in the summer or spring. Then in 2012, the Farmers Market was returned to September in downtown Winamac. 






We appreciate your participation in the past, and hope you will consider joining us Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 (second Saturday), from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (EDT) for a family friendly day of good fun and "good 'ole" festival shopping in downtown Winamac!

If you've never been a part of the Farmers Market Festival in the past, we encourage you to join us. It's usually a beautiful day to be out and about. We are seeking vendors and local groups alike to participate to make this year a success.

The mission of the Winamac Kiwanis Club is to serve the children of Pulaski County. This festival is a fundraiser project for the club. Your support helps us serve the needs of our community. Our goal is to continue the tradition of bringing families together for this event. Please join us this year!

If you or your organization are interested in participating as a vendor, or if you are a non-profit group and would like to run an activities booth, please complete and return the form below.


MAIL FORM AND CHECK (payable to Winamac Kiwanis Club) TO:

Winamac Kiwanis Club
c/o Jon Frain
502 S. 1425 W.



ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 (Late entries will be accepted as practicable)


Business/Group Name: _________________________________________________________


Product Line/Activity:__________________________________________________________


Contact Person:____________________________________Position:____________________


Mailing Address:______________________________________________________________


Email Address:_______________________________________________________________


Phone Number:________________________ Alt. Phone Number:_______________________


Water Needed: Yes / No             Electricity Needed: Yes / No

Number of Booth Spaces Needed: ______ (Booth Space is approximately one parallel parking space.)

Please Include Booth Fee of $30 with Registration. Checks made out to Winamac Kiwanis Club.

Food Permits must be obtained from the Pulaski County Health Department: 574-946-6080

Sponsored by the Winamac Kiwanis Club

Check-In & Set-Up will begin at 5:00 AM EDT SATURDAY - Rain or Shine - No Refunds

Vendors Check-In at Pancake Breakfast – Parking Available by Railroad Freight Depot (access off West Main Street)


SWCD promoting cover crops for farmers, gardeners

The Pulaski County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is promoting cover crops this fall. Cover Crops improve soil health, add organic matter, and prevent erosion. 

Area residents have noticed a number of green fields late into the fall and early in the spring. These are area producers interested in improving their soil. 

State Park 'Poker Paddle' Sept. 7

WINAMAC - The second annual Poker Paddle will begin at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7, at Tippecanoe River State Park.

The entry fee is $5. Also, all gate fees apply. Pre-registration at the park office is encouraged. Registration and entry fees will be accepted at the River Picnic Shelter until 12 noon the day of the event.

Community Foundation announces grant cycles

The Pulaski County Community Foundation has announced it will offer more grant dollars than ever before through its annual fall grant cycle.

Grants totaling up to $37,000 will be made available, with individual grant awards of up to $7,500.

'Glow in the Park' Sept. 27

A "Glow in the Park" benefit 5K Run/Walk will begin at dusk (about 7 p.m.), Saturday (Sept. 27), at the Winamac Town Park, sponsored by Get Fit NonStop of Winamac.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Riley Children's Hospital, Indianapolis.

Pulaski County unemployment rate drops to 4.4 percent in July

Pulaski County has fourth-best rate in state

Pulaski County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in July, down from 5.0 percent in June, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (Aug. 18). The rate was 6.1 percent a year ago. The county has 6,597 employed persons in a labor force of 6,899. Last month those numbers were 6,580 of 6,925.

The state's July rate remained steady at 5.9 percent (seasonally adjusted), the same as June. The July 2013 rate was 7.6 percent. The U.S. rate inched up to 6.2 percent, from 6.1 percent (seasonally adjusted), in July. A year ago, the national rate was 7.3 percent.


Kersting’s 'Learn To Ride' provides opportunity for area youth, adults

Kersting’s Cycle Center & Museum opened in 1962, sparked by owner Jim Kersting’s passion for the joy and freedom of riding motorcycles.

Kersting’s hopes to pass along that enthusiasm for motorsports by offering “Learn To Ride” training sessions to interested youth and adults at their facility, located northwest of Winamac. The program is off to a solid start and the initial season of training is scheduled for each Saturday now through Labor Day weekend.

Purdue Extension of Pulaski County to hold Poverty Training Sept. 30

In Pulaski County, around 13 percent of the population lives at poverty level. In the state of Indiana, 1 in 5 children go hungry every day. In order to learn how to help meet this great need, one must first understand poverty.

Purdue Extension of Pulaski County will hold a Poverty Simulation at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Knights of Columbus in Winamac. This is a free educational event and dinner will be provided. 

Civic Players season tickets now on sale

LOGANSPORT - Season tickets for the Civic Players of Logansport 2014-15 season are now on sale.

The season includes “Frankenstein” in September, just in time to kick off the Halloween season; the very funny “Lottie & Bernice Show” in March 2015; and the musical “Chicago” in June 2015. Season tickets can be purchased for $30, with discounts for seniors and students.


Fair News

Pulaski County State Fair winners named

INDIANAPOLIS - Most results from 4-H juding and other competitions at the 2014 Indiana State Fair have been announced. Several Pulaski County 4-H'ers have earned honors.

The state fair ran Aug. 1-17 in Indianapolis. Results will be announced here as they are released. (4-H livestock results have yet to be released.)

Conner, Gudas honored as 'River Friendly' farmers

INDIANAPOLIS - In a ceremony to coincide with Farmers’ Day at the 2014 Indiana State Fair, 59 River-Friendly Farmers were recognized by the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) for the work they do to protect Indiana’s natural resources.

Among them were Howard Conner of Pulaski County and Arthur Gudas in Fulton County.

Bailey sisters win champion awards at the Indiana State Fair Fashion Revue

INDIANAPOLIS - Two Pulaski County sisters have won champion awards at the Indiana State Fair Fashion Revue for outfits they made and modeled at the event finals Saturday, Aug. 9, in Indianapolis.

Melissa Bailey was the winner in the Free Choice category for her swim suit, while Sara Bailey was the winner in the Separates category. They are the daughters of Glenn and Dawn Bailey of Winamac.

New Coliseum, Indiana Beer and Wine exhibition leave lasting impression at Indiana State Fair

More than 950,000 total visitors make ’14 fair third largest crowd ever

INDIANAPOLIS – The renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum and the new Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition both received rave reviews from visitors to this year’s Indiana State Fair, which wrapped up Sunday (Aug. 17).

The 2014 fair attracted 954,884 people, making this the third best attended fair.

Winamac HS students perform at State Fair Talent Show

Among the food stands, rides, and vendors at the Indiana State Fair, many performance venues also exist highlighting talents of every age. These featured performances exemplify a strong commitment to the arts.

One of these exciting performances is held annually on the stage of the Indiana State Fairground's Farm Bureau Building. All first place winners of Indiana's 92 participating county fair talent shows are eligible to register at the Indiana State Fair Youth Talent Show.

Seven champions crowned at fair’s 4-H Grand Drive

Event showcases top Indiana livestock

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Fair named seven 4-H livestock exhibitors champion at Monday night’s (Aug. 4) Grand Champion 4-H Drive in the Fairgrounds Coliseum. 

The best of the best came together from different breeds, classes and weights to be in the running for champion.  Animals were judged in the following categories: breeding gilts, market barrows, market lambs, meat goat wethers, breeding heifers, beef steers and dairy steer.


Post News

Farm data, annexation, property taxes issues addressed by Farm Bureau delegates

INDIANAPOLIS - Delegates to Indiana Farm Bureau’s annual delegate session reaffirmed and strengthened the organization’s long-standing call for property tax reform and also approved new language concerning the emerging issues of big data and unmanned aerial vehicles as they affect agriculture.

More than 260 delegates from across the state met in Indianapolis over the weekend (Aug. 22-24) to consider the policy that will guide Indiana Farm Bureau for the next year. Other topics addressed by the delegates included local government, annexation, animal care and rights of landowners.

PMH welcomes new family medicine physician

WINAMAC - Pulaski Memorial Hospital has announced the addition of Dr. Melissa Dawson to the PMH Medical and Surgical Group staff as a family medicine physician.

Board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Dawson received her medical degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and recently completed her residency at the Riverside Family Practice Residency Program in Newport News, Va.

Rainfall varies from drops to a deluge

LANSING, MICH. - Heavy but scattered rain last week provided relief to some farmers while others experienced flooding and crop damage in various regions of the Indiana, according to the USDA, National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), Great Lakes Region.

For the week ending Aug. 24, average temperatures ranged from 73 to 80 degrees, and from 2 degrees to 8 degrees above normal.

Winamac Town Council listens to pool/swim options, but rejects bids for pool repair

WINAMAC - The Winamac Town Council, at its August meeting, continued to hear updates and consider options and alternatives for instructional and recreational swim opportunities in town, in light of the municipal swimming pool closure this summer due to its age and disrepair.

Also, the council was approached with a proposal to work with the county to work out a uniform zoning code for both the town and the county.

Workshop guides emerging entrepreneurs

WINAMAC - The Northwest ISBDC (Small Business Dev continues to offer new and emerging entrepreneurs start-up assistance through its "Launch Your Own Business Workshop: A Sound and Proven Path."

The workshop will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16., at the Pulaski County Public Library, 121 S. Riverside Drive, Winamac.

Video & story: Lawmakers consider impact of disease on deer hunting, farming operations

INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers heard nearly five hours of testimony from more than 25 individuals Tuesday as part of a study to determine how Indiana should regulate deer farming and whether to legalize fenced hunting.

The Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources – comprised of members from both chambers of the state legislature – heard from veterinarians, deer farmers, and wildlife officials about fenced hunting and the possible diseases the industry may or may not be spreading to the nation’s wild deer population.

PCPL: Where reading, healthy choices and fun combine

Point summaries, prizes and pizza were just a few things available to the over 200 participants and family members who attended this year’s Pulaski County Public Library Children’s Summer Reading Program Party for "Fizz, Boom, Read and Spark a Reaction."

The PCPL Reading Room was filled to capacity Wednesday evening (Aug. 6), as all program participants received a free book and enjoyed a presentation of this year’s programs. During the celebration, attendees watched a video starring program participants and even parents attending were entered into drawing for State Fair tickets and other various prizes. 

Prosecutor files murder charges against Katschke

DENHAM - Murder charges have been filed against a Denham man accused of killing his live-in girlfriend Monday morning (Aug.11), at their residence.

Paul A. Katschke, 39, was taken into custody Monday, according to a report from Sheriff Mike Gayer, and is being held for the death of Amber Rene Taylor, 34.

Tax revenue falls just below projections in July

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Budget Agency released its monthly report on revenue collection for the general fund – the first of Fiscal Year 2015 – on Wednesday, which showed a 1.7 percent dip in tax receipts compared to estimates.

The state brought in a total of $1.04 billion in July general fund revenue, a decrease of 0.5 percent – about $5.2 million – from the December 2013 state revenue forecast.

Walorski visits Pulaski County for 'Hoosier Veterans Tour'

Congresswoman stops in Winamac as part of district-wide veterans tour

WINAMAC - Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) stopped in Winamac Monday afternoon (Aug. 11) at the Braun Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of wheelchair-accessible vans and wheelchair lifts, as part of the “Hoosier Veterans Tour,” a district-wide tour.

Chamber study: State water usage must be managed

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has enough water for drinking, manufacturing and other uses now but needs to plan to prevent shortages in the future, an Indiana Chamber of Commerce study has found.

The chamber released the report Friday (Aug. 8). It shows that different regions in the state have varying water conditions and will face different types of water concerns in the coming years.