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

School begins Aug. 9 at EPCS

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community Schools have announced back-to-school information for the 2016-17 school year.

School begins for all students (K-12) on Tuesday, Aug. 9 for a full day. First semester (90 days) will run Aug. 9 to Dec. 21; second semester (90 days) will run Jan. 5 to May 22.

West Central first day of school Aug. 10

FRANCESVILLE - West Central Schools have announced back-to-school information for the 2016-17 school year.

The first day of school for all students will be Wednesday, Aug. 10. First semester will run Aug. 10 to Dec. 21, and second semester will run Jan. 4 to May 23.

Kiwanis Kids Day in Park, July 26

The Winamac Kiwanis Club will hold its annual "Kids Day in the Park" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday July 26, at the Winamac town park.

The event will feature games, balloon art, face painting and lunch for the kids at 12 noon.

Purdue Extension to offer class on 'Managing Garden Pests' July 28

Purdue Extension will host at garden class on "Managing Garden Pests" at 5 p.m., Thursday, July 28, at the Extension office in Winamac.

The class, open to all interested, will look at pests in the home garden and different ways to control them. Topics will include pest identification, cultural treatments, and pesticide safety.

Purdue Extension Forestry Field Day July 30

KNOX - Purdue Extension will host a Forestry Field Day Saturday July 30, in Knox.

Foresters from Purdue University, Indiana DNR and a local consulting forester will present information on topics including forest management, economics of timber sales, and invasive species control.

'Tippecanoe & Bicycles Too' bike ride Aug. 6

The Friends of the Panhandle Pathway will hold a "Tippecanoe & Bicyces Too" bicycle ride Saturday, Aug. 6 - offering rides of 12, 28, 44 or 65 miles along the Panhandle path

The mass start begins at 7 a.m., with registration at 6:30 a.m., at the Winamac Railroad Freight Depot.

Ice cream social Aug 6 to honor police, firefighters, emergency workers

WINAMAC - The First Presbyterian Church of Winamac will host an ice cream social to honor Pulaski County police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

The event will run from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6.

Winter wheat harvest complete in Indiana

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Light showers across Indiana last week were beneficial for dry areas and a burden for the oversaturated southern region, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Most of the state received some precipitation during the week, but there are portions that continued to be dry.

PCPL July events include watercolors by the lake, Microsoft Excel, Underground Railroad

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for July. They include Water colors by the Lake, Introduction to Microsoft Excel II, the Underground Railroad in Indiana - and yes! - adult coloring

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

Pulaski County Farmers' Market open first, third Saturdays

A Pulaski County Farmers' Market has been organized this summer on the first and third Saturdays of the month, June through October.

The market runs 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 welcome.


Fair News

Buyers pay $120,403 at 4-H Livestock Auction

Buyers paid a total of $120.403.30  at the annual 4-H Livestock Auction at the 2016 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair Thursday evening (July 7) at the Winamac fairgrounds.

The amount was down from last year’s total of $124.456.60. (The 2006 record auction totaled $157,816.46.)

2016 4-H project champions named

Updated; Photos added

Here are the results from 4-H exhibit judgings at the 2016 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair.

Over 350 youth in Pulaski County participate in the 4-H program.

2016 4-H livestock champions announced

Here are the first results from 4-H livestock judgings at the 2016 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair.

More results will be posted as they are received. Over 350 youth in Pulaski County participate in the 4-H program.

Fair Open Class judging results listed

The Open Class exhibits at the Pulaski County fair provide proof that 4-H'ers are not the only ones working hard on creative projects. A total ov 207 open class exhibits (up from last year's 155) were displayed throughout the week inside the Community Building on the fairgrounds.

The Open Class exhibits are sponsored by the Extension Homemakers, but open to all. 

2016 4-H Horse & Pony Show results released

The results of the 4-H Horse & Pony Show competition at the 2016 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair have been released.

They are as follows:


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Pence address RNC in Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Chants of “We like Mike!” filled the room when Speaker of the House Paul Ryan introduced Gov. Mike Pence as the vice presidential candidate.

Wednesday night, Pence gave the biggest speech of his political career thus far on the national stage in Cleveland.

Trump picks Indiana's Pence as running mate

INDIANAPOLIS — He’s hired. Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump announced Friday Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate via Twitter, after weeks of speculation and recruiting.

“I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.,” Trump wrote in a tweet just before 11 a.m. Thursday.

Top Republicans enter governor's race after Pence joins Trump

INDIANAPOLIS — With Gov. Mike Pence out of the gubernatorial race and on the GOP presidential ticket, several top Republicans scrambled to enter the race before a Friday deadline.

Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks and U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita dropped out of their races Friday for the chance to run as the Republican candidate for governor.


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Update: Recovery of diesel fuel spilled into Tippecanoe River complete

The recovery of diesel fuel that spilled into the Tippecanoe River has been completed, according to a news release Friday afternoon from the Pulaski County Emergency Management Agency.

There are no restrictions to activities on the river, but recommendations are that all people use universal precautions. The Pulaski County Health Department asks those who choose to boat, canoe, kayak, tube, swim or fish in the river to exercise precautions such as cleaning with soap and water as soon as possible after contact with water in the river.

EPCS Board approves 10-point grading scale

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board approved a new 10-point grading scale at all grade levels, and also approved several personnel items at its monthly meeting Monday evening (July 11).

Superintendent Dan Foster presented the amended grading scale for all buildings for the school board's consideration.

West Central Board approves administrator contracts

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board approved the 2016-17 administrator contracts for the school system at its monthly meeting Thursday (July 7). The contracts provide no salary increases at this time.

Approval was also given to the Cooperative School Services contracts, as presented.

Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearernames, uniforms announced

15 Torch Bearers from Pulaski County named

INDIANAPOLIS - Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) executive director Mark Newman, Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance president and CEO Kim Smith and Bicentennial Torch Relay state director Noelle Szydlyk  unveiled Wednesday (June 29) the names of more than 2,000 Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearers, as well as the official torchbearer uniforms. The unveiling took place during a press conference at the Indiana Statehouse.

The list includes 15 names from Pulaski County.

Former Congressman Brademas dies

NEW YORK CITY - Indiana native John Brademas, 89, a former majority whip in Congress and former president of New York University, died Monday (July 11) in Manhattan after an illness.

For 22 years he represented north-central Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives (from 1959 to 1981), and later served as president of NYU from 1981-1992.

CTIC names Watts new executive director

WEST LAFAYETTE -  The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) has named Chad Watts of Winamac as its new executive director.

Watts joined CTIC in 2012 as project director, leading a range of highly successful conservation programs including the Indian Creek Watershed Project, the Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative and the influential National Cover Crop Survey, which has been cited in Congressional testimony.

Police identify victim of June 9 Francesvilld house fire

The Pulaski County Coroner’s Office, with the assistance of the Indiana State Police Forensic Lab, has identified the victim who died in a house fire on June 9, in Francesville, as R. Michael Lucas, 66, of Francesville.

The next of kin has been notified by the county coroner. 

CDC hears update on Winamac, Francesville 'Main Street' progress

The Pulaski County Community Development Commission (CDC) heard an update at its June meeting on the plans of Francesville and Winamac in their pursuit to become Main Street communities.

Civic and business leaders and interested citizens in Francesville and Winamac are in the process of establishing and incorporating 501(c)3 non-profit organizations to become state-recognized as Main Street communities.

WHS/WCHS Alumni Reunion honors Class of 1966

The 37th annual Winamac High School/Winamac Community High Schol Alumni Reunion was held Saturday, June 18, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Winamac.

Honored guests were 23 members from the 50-year class, the Class of 1966.

Alliance Bank welcomes three new staff members

FRANCESVILLE - Chassidy Sparks, Lila Fritz and Cathy Drake-Seymour recently joined the Alliance Bank team.

Chassidy joined the Alliance Bank team with an extensive customer service background and will be working as a loan assistant. Lila brings her strong administrative background and is joining Alliance Bank’s bookkeeping team. Cathy joins the bank as an accountant, bringing 24 years of accounting and business experience.