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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

Candidate filing closes, races take shape

Candidate filing for Pulaski County offices closed at 12 noon, Friday, Feb. 5.

As the Primary Ballot takes shape, there are contested races on the Republican ticket for county auditor, county comissioner Districts 1 and 2, and county council at-large (3 seats).

 
Pence directs flags to half-staff in honor of late Gov. Whitcomb

INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Mike Pence is directing flags at state facilities statewide be flown at half-staff to honor former Gov. Edgar D. Whitcomb, who passed away Thursday, Feb. 4.

Flags should be flown at half-staff for seven days from his passing, through Thursday, Feb. 11.

 
Library's February special programs include painting, adult coloring

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for February.  

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

 
Art exhibit highlights works of Kegarises

ROCHESTER - The new art exhibit in the Gallery at the Fulton County Public Library in Rochester highlights works by Don and Kathy Kegarise from the Fulton/Pulaski counties area.

The exhibit may be viewed now through February during regular library hours. A public reception for the artists will be from 4 to 5:45 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, at the library, with refreshments served.

 
'Fat Tuesday' pancake dinner Feb. 9

A "Fat Tuesday" pancake-and-sausage dinner, sponsored by the Pulaski County Asociation of Churches, will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the First United Methodist Church, Winamac.

Funds raised will support the work of the Association of Churches to assist those in need in the county.

 
Walorski staff to hold office hours in Medaryville, Winamac Feb. 16

MISHAWAKA - Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) has announced that a member of her staff will hold office hours this month to assist constituents with casework and official business.

Residents who cannot attend the listed office hours are encouraged to contact (574) 204-2645 to schedule an appointment. The Mishawaka District Office, located at 202 Lincolnway East, Suite 101, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. Also, the Rochester district office, located at 709 Main St., is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., every Tuesday and Thursday.

 
Pulaski County unemployment rate climbs again to 4.9 percent

Pulaski County's unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent in December, up from 4.2 percent in November, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday (Jan. 27). The rate was 5.2 percent a year ago. The county has 6,066 employed persons in a labor force of 6,378. Last month those numbers were  6,337 of 6,613. A year ago the numbers were 6,000 of 6,339.

For the third month, the state's December unemployment rate remained steady at 4.4 percent (seasonally adjusted), the same as October and November. The November 2015 rate was 5.9 percent. The U.S. rate also remained unchanged at 5.0 percent, as in October and November. A year ago, the national rate was 5.6 percent.

 
Historical Society welcomes new members

The Pulaski County Historical Society welcomes new members as it approaches its annual meeting in March, and reminds current members to renew their annual memberships.

The Society relies on its membership to make the history of Pulaski County come alive today.

 
Learning Lab offers winter classes

The Learning Lab of Pulaski County Extension has announced its winter classes.

Most classes are $30 each and offered from 1 to 3 p.m., or 6 to 8 p.m., on their scheduled days. To register, call 574-946-3412.

 
CASA training to begin in March

CASA volunteers make lifelong difference for local children

Each year, more than 700,000 children in the United States are caught in the court and child welfare maze because they are unable to live safely in their home.

Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents, not because of something you did, but because they can’t – or won’t – take care of you. Now, into these children’s lives are strangers: police, foster parents, therapists, social workers, judges, lawyers and more. With hope, one of these strangers is a Court Appointed Special Advocate – CASA volunteer.

 
Certified volunteers available to help with tax preparation

IRS trained and certified community volunteers are available locally, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA program, to give free assistance to taxpayers whose household income is less than $54,000.

Appointments for this service may be made through Pulaski County Human Services, Winamac, by calling 574-946-6500.

 
PMH Senior Care helps senior citizens with mental health issues

Pulaski Memorial Hospital's new Senior Care program can help senior citizens with mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, fear and worry lasting more than two weeks. It also assists with grief issues.

Program director Mindy Shidler, RN, hopes to spread information about the Senior Care program throughout the community.

 
 

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Pence, Gregg file for 2016 election re-match

NDIANAPOLIS – Both candidates for governor in the 2016 race filed to have their names officially placed on the ballot Wednesday.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence dropped off a box full of petitions at the Secretary of State’s office.

 
New attempt to push Democrats road plan unsuccessful

INDIANAPOLIS – The Democrats’ attempt to amend the Republican House road plan failed to gain traction Monday.

“There is area of common ground,” said Rep. Dan Forestal, D-Indianapolis. “We agree that the sales tax collected on gasoline should be used to fund our infrastructure, which is its continued purpose. And that is exactly what this amendment would do.”

 
Should Indiana pay for before and after school care?

INDIANAPOLIS – Members of the Senate Monday (Jan. 25) debated whether the state government should pay for before and after school care.

Senate Bill 251 would create the Indiana Out of School Time Learning Fund to pay for before and after school programs that are operated through the schools. The Department of Education would be in charge of the fund. The fund would consist of appropriations, gifts, fees deposited in the fund by law, and grants.

 
Support for expanding concussion laws to younger students

INDIANAPOLIS – A new bill would expand the current concussion state laws to cover grades 5-12 students participating in any interscholastic or intramural sport.

“Our awareness on what concussions are all about and the idea of traumatic brain injury was so limited [in the past] and there was just, ‘Hey, shake it off and get back on the field,’ and that’s what we’re trying to prevent with this bill,” said author of the bill, Tim Lanane, D-Anderson.

 
Bill would let pharmacists deny cold medicine purchases

INDIANAPOLIS – A new bill could give pharmacists more discretion when Hoosiers buy cold medication.

“What I’m trying to do is find a way to strike at meth labs, to reduce the number of meth labs in Indiana,” said Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, author of Senate Bill 80, “while allowing law abiding citizens to get the cold medicine they need.”

Ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are commonly used to make methamphetamine.

 
 

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State audit finds discrepancies in sheriff's department purchases, inventory under former sheriff

The results of a year-long audit at the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office were released Friday (Feb. 5) by the Indiana State Board of Accounts indicating a discrepancy of over $20,000 regarding the purchase/inventory of firearms and ammunition.

The purchases were made over a four-year period from January 2011 through the end of 2014, during the second term of former sheriff Michael Gayer.

 
Former Gov. Whitcomb dies at age 98

INDIANAPOLIS – Flags are flying at half-staff in honor of former Gov. Edgar Whitcomb’s passing.

“Gov. Ed Whitcomb was a great man whose life of courage, service and adventure inspired generations of Hoosiers and he will be deeply missed,” said Gov. Mike Pence in a statement. “Gov. Whitcomb was a treasure to our state and I mark his passing with a sense of personal loss as will thousands of Hoosiers whose lives were touched by this remarkable leader.”

 
County residents invited to assist with Bicentennial Hoosier Agriculture exhibit

WINAMAC - The Northern Indiana Power from the Past's 2016 Antique Power Show will present a special Indiana Bicentennial Legacy exhibit showcasing 200 years of Hoosier farming.

Area residents are invited to contribute and assist with the exhibit which will transport visitors from 1816, the dawn of Indiana’s statehood, and move them through 200 years of agricultural history.

 
CFPC grant awarded to Winamac Volunteer Fire Department

WINAMAC - The Winamac Volunteer Fire Department recently received a $7,500 grant from the Community Grants Fund through the Community Foundation of Pulaski County.

This grant will go to support the purchase of extrication tools.

 
Dr. Rausch endowment established at CFPC

Winamac veterinarian Mike Rausch passed away in January 2015, but his memory will live on through the Dr. Michael J. Rausch Community Fund, established in the Community Foundation of Pulaski County.

In order to honor Dr. Rausch and his role in the community in a way that would do the most good, his brother Steve Rausch and wife Barb created the fund to serve as a memorial and to provide perpetual support for the community Mike loved. 

 
EPCS building project moves along on budget

WINAMAC – Superintendent Dan Foster reported to the Eastern Pulaski Community School Board at its Jan. 11 meeting that the school campus building project is continuing and “moving along nicely.” 

Dr. Gib Crimmins reported on the financial tracking of the building project. The project is on or under budget. 

 
Winamac Council takes another step toward new community pool

WINAMAC - The Winamac Town Council met in special session Friday morning (Jan. 15) to discuss matters relating to a new nepotism policy, the proposed new town pool, and the reorganization of the park committee.

Council member Judy Heater gave an update on the community pool.

 
Winamac Council votes down pilot 'urban chicken' program

WINAMAC – The Winamac Town Council voted 3-2 at its Jan. 11 monthly meeting against a pilot program which would allow private residents to raise “urban chickens” within the town.

Resident Maggie Czech, who has approached the council before to propose allowing chickens in town, updated the council on her continuing research of other such programs in Indiana towns. She urged the council to adopt a one-year pilot program.

 
PMH conducting update on Community Health Needs Assessment

Pulaski Memorial Hospital is in the process of completing the three-year update of the Community Health Needs Assessment in accordance to the Affordable Health Care Act, as required by law, and will publish the results and information from the surveys on the hospital’s website www.pmhnet.com

In accordance with the Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act, each hospital with a 501(c)(3) status must conduct a community health needs assessment and publicly report the results.  

 
State DOE approves West Central's E-Learning days

FRANCESVILLE – The Indiana Department of Education approved E-Learning days for West Central Schools, if bad weather days result in the school make-up sessions becoming necessary. 

Superintendent Don Street informed the school board at its meeting Thursday night (Jan. 7) of the state’s approval. West Central used E-Learning days last year on a trial basis when its built-in snow days ran out.

 
Winamac Council elects officers, makes appointments

WINAMAC – Ken McFarland was elected president, and Tom Murray vice president, of the Winamac Town Council during a special session of the council Monday morning, Jan. 4.

McFarland welcomed new member Jim Watkins to the council, and new town attorney Justin Schramm. Watkins succeeds Richard Denney who did not seek re-election.

 
New depth maps of 25 lakes now online

INDIANAPOLIS - Maps of 25 Indiana lakes, which show their depths in detail, are now available online for anglers and those who enjoy other water sports.

Among the lakes is Bruce Lake in Pulaski County. These new maps are at wildlife.IN.gov/5759.htm. In total, the website provides maps for 185 lakes.