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Well, okay—so what is a graphic novel? There’s no hard-and-fast definition; opinions differ on whether this or that work counts as a graphic novel, and some authors avoid the term altogether. In general, though, a graphic novel is a story that’s told using sequentially organized panels of images and text. It is a media format that can be used to tell stories of any genre.

In the graphic novel sections at the Pulaski County Public Library, you’ll find currently buzzed-about series (The Walking Dead); superhero comics (Watchmen, Batman: The Court of Owls); Japanese manga (Naruto, Pokémon); memoirs (Maus, Persepolis); biographies (Anne Frank, Feynman); adaptations of classic stories (The Odyssey, Romeo & Juliet), widely loved novels (Black Beauty, A Wrinkle in Time), and contemporary bestsellers (Game of Thrones, Twilight); historical non-fiction (Lewis & Clarke); "Choose Your Own Adventure"-style books (Meanwhile); romance stories (Sand Chronicles); science fiction (To Terra); examinations of mental illness (Psychiatric Tales); religious texts (The Action Bible); and general fiction for all ages. Altogether, the library has over 900 graphic novels.

Reasons to read graphic novels are as varied as the types of stories contained within them. Young children are often drawn to the pictures, and reading graphic novels helps them develop the mechanics of literacy and the ability to make connections between words and images. Older kids and adults can use graphic novels to approach stories or subjects in a way that captivates their interest.

Most importantly, the graphic novel is valuable as a storytelling format in its own right. The combination of words and images allows authors to succinctly add subtle shading to characters and scenes, and it allows readers to interact with the text, consider thematic connections, and travel through a visual narrative at their own pace. Whether for serious reflection or pure entertainment, graphic novels can tell stories differently from any other format.

It’s clear now that the aforementioned preconceptions are based on myths. Graphic novels can be about way more than just superheroes; they can tell stories appropriate for any age; and as a format they have their own virtues, meaning they’re an alternative to (not a replacement for) other media.

If you decide to try a graphic novel, you won’t be alone—their circulation at the library has increased by over 400% in the past two years! All of the graphic novels mentioned are available to check out. If you’re looking for something else, the library staff is happy to answer questions and make recommendations. With more available in the format now than ever before, now’s a great time to come to the library and check out a graphic novel!

 
 
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Local News Briefs

Walorski staff to hold office hours in Winamac March 30

MISHAWAKA – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) has announced that a member of her staff will hold office hours in the area from March 17-30 to assist constituents with casework and official business. 

Also, the Rochester district office, located at 709 Main St., is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Please stop by or call (574) 223-4373 to schedule an appointment.

 
Nonprofit Human Resources Series offered

A free webinar opportunity for staff, trustees, and board members of small nonprofits is available through the Pulaski County Community Foundation and the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance.  

The Nonprofit HR Series will help nonprofits understand the legal requirements and potential pitfalls of hiring and managing nonprofit employees.

 
Pulaski Chamber's Award Banquet March 31

Chamber Awards Banquet March 31

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Judy Stinemetz of Star City will be presented with the 2015 Halleck Community Service award.

Mrs. Stinemetz, a long-time dietician manager at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, has been active in many community service projects, most notably her work with  Cystic Fibrosis, PMH Auxiliary, Pulaski County Human Services and voter registration.

 
Chamber of Commerce holding flower basket fund-raiser

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce is holding a "Hanging Flower Basket" fund raiser.  Each basket is only $17 and will be delivered on May 8, just in time for Mother's Day.

The Town & Country Women's Club started this project a few years ago, and is letting the Chamber take it over.

 
Pulaski County unemployment rate jumps to 6.3 percent in January

Pulaski County's unemployment jumped to 6.3 percent in January, up from 5.2 percent (revised rate) in December, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday (March 18). The rate was 6.5 percent a year ago. The county has 5,967 employed persons in a labor force of 6,367. Last month those numbers were 6,602 of 6,935.

The state's January unemployment rate rose to 6.0 percent (seasonally adjusted), up slightly from 5.9 percent in December. The January  2014 rate was 6.2 percent. The U.S. rate rose to 5.7 percent, up from 5.6 percent in December. A year ago, the national rate was 6.6 percent.

 
Pulaski Extension seeking to determine interest in 'For Kids Only' fashion show

The Pualski County Extension office is attempting to determine interest in the community for returning the "For Kids Only" fashion show to the program line-up at the county fair.

The event was cancelled at the 2014 fair, as participation had dwindled for the show.

 
WCHS drama to present spring musical, 'Les Miserables' April 10-12

Les Miserables School Edition will be the spring musical at Winamac Community High school.

Four performances of the show will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 10; 7 p.m., Saturday, April 11; and at 1 and 6 p.m., Sunday, April 12. All performances will be at the WCHS socialtorium. Ticket information will be announced at a later date.

 
4-H Junior Leader Easter Egg Hunt April 4

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

Kids ages 0-5th grade are welcome to attend, and they must bring their own basket or bag. There are prizes for each age-division.  

 
Alzheimer’s, Zombie Prom, Pysanky Eggs among PCPL's March events

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for March. All events will take place at the Winamac branch unless otherwise noted.

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

 
Scholarships for current college students now available

Current college students may be eligible for scholarships through the Pulaski County Community Foundation.

Applications will be available March 13 for the Gary M. Schnapf Memorial 4-H Scholarship, the K. Stuart Gast Scholarship, Ralph E. Winters Scholarship, and the Back Home Again in Indiana Scholarship.

 
 

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Pence signs controversial religious freedom bill in private event

Including full text of new law ...

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a controversial bill into law Thursday that supporters say protects residents’ rights to adhere to their religious principles but critics claim legalizes discrimination, particularly against gay Hoosiers.

Pence’s decision to say yes to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act comes despite threats from some business leaders and convention organizers that they could take their business elsewhere if the divisive measure became law. And it comes among a cry from critics that the law is embarrassing for Indiana.

 
Coats: Time has come to pass ‘demanding’ job to someone else

INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Dan Coats will not seek reelection in 2016 – a move that creates an open seat that could start a chain reaction of political moves in Indiana.

Coats said the decision not to run was difficult but he’s “concluded that the time has come to pass this demanding job to the next generation of leaders.”

 
Video & story: Divisive religious freedom bill passes House largely on party lines

INDIANAPOLIS – The controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed the House Monday (March 23) and needs just one final vote before heading to the governor to be signed into law.

Supporters say the bill will provide Indiana courts with clearer standards for evaluating cases that involve individuals or businesses that are openly expressing their religious beliefs. But opponents say it will allow businesses and others to openly discriminate, particularly against people who are gay.

 
Video & story: Democrats call for investigation into BMV problems

INDIANAPOLIS – Top Democrats are calling for an investigation into whether Bureau of Motor Vehicles officials knew they were overcharging customers in violation of state law and chose not to act.

State Democratic Chairman John Zody demanded an investigation by the state’s inspector general and also asked the Marion County prosecutor’s office and U.S. attorney’s office to look into the allegations, which were raised in a story by The Indianapolis Star.

 
Pence campaign spends $s in common construction fight; governor considers radio or TV ads

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence is weighing whether to buy radio or television ads in a fight that labor leaders say is another GOP effort to weaken unions.

Already, Pence is using campaign money to pay for a website that supports eliminating the common construction wage, which lets local governments and schools set wage floors that contractors must meet for public projects.

And campaign funds have paid for online ads as well.

 
Bill that aims to cut student debt heads to full Senate

INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to make students more aware of the debt they’re amassing to pay for college passed the Senate Education Committee unanimously Wednesday and now heads to the full Senate.

House Bill 1042 requires that public colleges provide students with an annual report that details a total loan amount estimate, an estimate of interest rates that will accrue, an estimate of monthly repayment amounts, and the percentage of the borrowing limit the student has reached.

 
 

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Stolen vehicle from Porter County located in Francesville area

A stolen van from Porter County was discovered in Pulaski County Friday morning, following a 911 call from whom police are calling "an alert citizen."

The vehicle was found in southeastern Salem Township, near the White County line, at CRs 900 S and 1200 W.

 
911 hang-up leads to woman wanted on Starke County warrant

A Medaryville woman wanted on a Starke County warrant was located Thursday night by Pulaski County police following a dropped 911 call.

Sadie A. Wireman, 53, was discovered at a Medaryville area residence and later transferred to the custody of the Starke County Sheriff's office.

 
Star City woman critically injuried in one-car crash

WINAMAC - A Star City woman was airlifted to a South Bend hospital in critical condition Saturday night following a one-vehicle roll-over accident on the southside of Winamac.

Amanda L. Abbott, 34, was first transported to Pulaski Memorial Hospital, and later flown via Samaritan Air Ambulance to South Bend Memorial Hospital with severe injuries.

 
Pulaski County Public Library gives books to newborns at Pulaski Memorial Hospital

Every child born at Pulaski Memorial Hospital will get an early start on reading, thanks to a donation of books from the Pulaski County Public Library.

The library has provided 100 copies of the book Little Blue Truck for the hospital to present as gifts to newborns and their families. Little Blue Truck tells a fun, short story that parents can read with their child, and it is in a sturdy board book format so that children can hold and interact with it themselves.

 
Indiana’s Community Foundations hit halfway mark of $66 million matching grant challenge

WINAMAC -  Indiana counties are a little richer today. In July 2014, Lilly Endowment Inc. announced a statewide challenge grant to community foundations, totaling $66 million, with incentives that include a $1-for-$1 dollar match.  

Those incentives have worked. Community foundations have already raised more than 50% toward the match.

 
Alliance Bank announces promotions

Francesville – Alliance Bank has announced two staff promotions

Gina Gaddis has been promoted to loan operations manager, while Annie Scholz, who recently joined Alliance Bank as a management trainee/loan officer apprentice, has since been promoted to loan officer. She will be facilitating consumer, ag and commercial loans in Jasper and Pulaski counties. 

 
EPCS Board approves several purchases, upgrades

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board approved the purchase of two new school buses, an upgrade to the schools' wireless system and an update of staff computers, among other purchases at its monthly meeting March 9.

The board also approved the retirement request of long-time elementary school teacher Sara Slaven.

 
Local child advocates take cause to Statehouse

March 9 marked the fourth annual 'CASA Day' at the Statehouse 

INDIANAPOLIS - Over 350 Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers, friends and supporters gathered at the state capitol for the Indiana Child Advocate Network’s CASA Day at the Statehouse Monday, March 9. 

This event marked the fourth annual CASA Day event in the Indiana. Guest speakers included Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush and inspiring messages from two foster youth. 

 
Pulaski County Democrats choose new leaders

Laura Bailey has been chosen as the new chairperson of the Pulaski County Democrats.

She was appointed to fill the remainder of the term of Bill Reutebuch at the organization's regular central committee meeting March 7. 

 
Origer outlines 'State of Pulaski County Economy' at PCED Summit

FRANCESVILLE - "Our major employers are growing, our workforce is improving, more residents are finding work, and we’re working to make this community a place that people want to call home, where companies want to operate, and tourists want to visit. Things are heading in the right direction.” So says Nathan Origer, the county’s Economic Development director.

Origer shared his observations in a "State of the County Economy" presentation at the 2015 Pulaski County Economic Development Summit Tuesday (March 3) at the Cornerstone Event Center, Francesville. The event was organized by the Pulaski County Economic Development Commission (PCED).