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Pulaski County Public Library resident cardholders are eligible for three MP3 downloads per week available online at: www.pulaskicounty.lib.in.us.

While there is no required software to download in order to use this service, free mobile apps for downloading music from Freegal to Apple and Android mobile devices are available in the Apple® App Store and Google Play®.

Library officials expect Freegal will appeal to patrons of all ages and musical tastes, and librarians will be happy to assist users with the new service.

Zinio for libraries offers full digital copies of many popular magazines to view on computers or mobile devices. The library subscribes to 50 popular and specialty digital titles, including Cosmopolitan, Food Network Magazine, and National Geographic. All magazines offered are complete editions, with some including enhanced content such as audio and video.

Resident cardholders will receive unlimited access to this entire collection. Titles do not have to be returned and do not expire. There is no waiting list and no need to return issues. Magazines are easily downloaded and viewable on a computer or on a range of mobile devices, including the iPad, Android tablets and the Kindle Fire. This new digital collection complements the library’s collection of 134 print magazines, which will remain available.

Library director MacKenzie Ledley commented, “We feel Freegal and Zinio will be very popular with library patrons and benefit the community. Freegal expands the size and diversity of our digital music collection, including top-40 hits, oldies, folk, jazz, rock, classical and more. With Zinio, every resident cardholder who wants to look at these magazines can do so at the same time, whenever they want. Both services deliver a variety of content along with multi-device compatibility and ease of use.”

For more information, visit http://www.pulaskicounty.lib.in.us or call 574-946-3432.

 

About Pulaski County Public Library:

The Winamac Public Library was opened in 1905, in a small reading room in downtown Winamac. In 1915, the Library was awarded a grant from the Carnegie Corporation to finance the construction of a new library facility located at 121 S. Riverside Dr. in Winamac. In 1953, library services were expanded to all residents of Monroe Township, and the library became known as the Winamac-Monroe Public Library. During the late 1960’s, the Board of Trustees for the Winamac-Monroe Public Library sought to expand library services to thousands of un-served residents in Pulaski County. Library services were expanded to nine townships in Pulaski County, and a branch library was established in Medaryville. In 1969, the library officially became known as the Pulaski County Public Library.

 
 
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Local News Briefs

State Education Superintendent Ritz to visit EPCS Jan. 30

WINAMAC - Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation has announced that Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz will visit the local school corporation on Friday, Jan. 30.

The current schedule calls for Superintendent Ritz to arrive at the EPCS corporation office at 9:30 a.m., for a small meet and greet and official welcome to EPCSC and the Winamac area.

 
Chamber seeks nominations for 2015 Halleck Award

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the  2015 Dr. H.J. Halleck Community Service Award which will be presented this spring at the Chamber's annual meeting/awards banquet in March

Nominations for the 33rd Halleck Award will be accepted through Feb. 1.

 
Civic Players announces auditions for 'Chicago'

LOGANSPORT - Auditions have been tentatively set for Civic Players of Logansport’s spring musical, “Chicago.”

Set in 1920’s Chicago, the show tells the story of murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, who find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows.

 
Ivy Tech’s non-credit culinary classes combine food, fun

Spring semester series starts Feb. 3 

PERU – The holidays are behind us and the winter doldrums threaten. Perk up your schedule with some culinary adventures that combine food and fun in the culinary arts lab at Ivy Tech Community College’s Peru Instructional Site, 425 W. Main St.

The first session – which will help you “add flare and flavor with wine and spirits” – is set for 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3.

 
Fact Sheet issued for health coverage and federal income taxes

The following fact sheet was issued Jan. 16, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In preparation for the 2015 tax filing season, which officially begins next week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released Friday a fact sheet detailing information Indiana tax filers need to know as they prepare to file their federal returns.

This tax season marks the first time individuals and families in Indiana will be asked to provide basic information regarding their health insurance on their tax returns. Consumers will have questions about this new process and the Administration is committed to providing the information and tools tax filers need to understand the new requirements.

 
PACE offers 2015 grants

Pulaski Alliance for Community Education (PACE) has announced that $60,000 is available for educational grants to eligible organizations. 

Organizations whose primary mission is public education may apply for grant funds. 

 
Ivy Tech Kokomo Region sets seminar series on relevant topics in agriculture

Kokomo Grain partnering on 10 free seminars to be offered throughout region

KOKOMO - Ivy Tech Community College is again partnering with Kokomo Grain to present free seminars on relevant topics in agriculture, expanding in 2015 to 10 sessions and adding Tipton County to Howard, Miami and Cass counties where the sessions were held in 2014. 

 
Extension Homemakers to offer craft, food workshops

The Pulaski County Homemakers Association will host a series of craft and food workshops in January and February, open to anyone who is interested in vintage finds, learning new paint techniques, and for those who like to cook. 

“We are very excited about these educational, fun and creative workshops that will be offered this winter,” said Natalie Daily-Federer, County Extension Director and 4-H Educator.

 
Quilts of Valor sew day Feb. 7

A sew day for the Quilts of Valor program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, at Bethel Bible Church, located at SR 14 and CR 700 W, west of Winamac.

Local organizers will be constructing quilts for their next presentation.

 
PCPL lists January events

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

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.

 
 

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Feds approve HIP 2.0; coverage will start Feb. 1

INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have approved Gov. Mike Pence’s plan to provide health insurance to lower-income Hoosiers, despite provisions that require some participants to pay part of the premium.

Coverage under the expanded Healthy Indiana Plan – dubbed HIP 2.0 – will begin as early as Feb. 1 for individuals who qualify and sign up. As many as 350,000 Hoosiers are expected to qualify.

 
Prison inmates will no longer make license plates

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana prison inmates will no longer be a part of the license plate production process as of May 1.

The Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles ended its contract with a company earlier this month that had worked with Prison Enterprises Network, which employed the state prison inmates.

 
185,730 Hoosiers sign up for Health Insurance Marketplace

HHS encourages consumers to sign up before Open Enrollment ends Feb. 15

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nearly 7.2 million consumers selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace as of Jan. 16, including 185,730 in Indiana. 

“With just four weeks before the Feb. 15 deadline and the end of Open Enrollment, 185,730 Indiana consumers are counting on the Marketplace for affordable health coverage,”  U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said.

 
Indiana Hospital Association rolls out new hospital cost-comparison website

The Indiana Hospital Association has developed a new website that will help Hoosiers understand hospital billing.

The website can be found at mycareinsight.org and compares the costs of different hospitals across the state side-by-side, and illustrates hospital charge data in a compiled list.

 
Pence calls for balanced budget amendment, federal HIP 2.0 approval in third State of the State address

INDIANAPOLIS – In his third State of the State address, Gov. Mike Pence called for a balanced budget amendment that he says will protect Indiana from a possible economic downturn and will show Hoosiers their tax dollars are being spent wisely.

The proposed amendment – authored by Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek – will prevent the state from allowing recurring state spending from exceeding projected tax revenue.

 
Presidential talk may bring new audience for Pence address on Tuesday

INDIANAPOLIS – The content and structure of Gov. Mike Pence’s State of the State address on Tuesday (Jan. 13) is likely to be similar to years’ past.

The audience may not be.

 
 

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Pleasant View Rest Home nominated for designation to National Register of Historic Places

The Pulaski County Historical Society has announced that the Pleasant View Rest Home (also known as the "county home") has been nominated for designation to the National Register of Historic Places.

The IDNR's Historical Preservation and Archaeology Committee voted Jan. 21 to nominate the landmark facility, built in 1881, to the national register.

 
Preschoolers, parents learn about literacy

The Head-Start Preschool students and parents attended a preschool literacy and dialogic reading program in January to learn more about importance of reading.  

The program was provided by Purdue Extension of Pulaski and Jasper counties.

 
NIPSCO extends option for customers to 'go green'

MERRILLVILLE - Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has announced that its Green Power Rate pilot program, which launched in May 2012, has been approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission as a long term program.

The Green Power Rate program allows residential, commercial and industrial electric customers to designate 25, 50 or 100 percent of their monthly electric usage to be attributed to renewable energy sources. Commercial and industrial participants also have the flexibility to designate five or ten percent of their monthly usage.

 
Donnelly returns from official travel to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel

Bipartisan delegation focuses on national security concerns in the Middle East

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly Tuesday morning (Jan. 20) returned from a bipartisan Senate delegation to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel led by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).  

U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Barrasso (R-WY), Angus King (I-ME) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) were a part of the delegation. 

 
Sheriff Richwine announces deputy officers

New Pulaski County Sheriff Jeff Richwine, who assumed office earlier this month, has announced his deputy officers.

Along with the sheriff, the team will be led by veteran officers Barney Rausch and Chris Schramm.

 
Agriculture leaders convene for the inaugural Indiana Governor’s Agriculture Conference

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and nearly 350 agriculture leaders from throughout Indiana and the nation gathered Friday (Jan. 16) for the Inaugural Governor’s Agriculture Conference that featured national speakers from key sectors of the agriculture industry.

 
Pulaski County one of five communities awarded HCI grant

INDIANAPOLIS - Pualski County has been awarded a Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), Nathan Origer, executive director of the Pulaski County Economic Development Commission, announced late Monday.

Pulaski County is one of six communities to participate in the first-ever HCI.

 
Pulaski County Community Foundation Board adds directors

Pulaski County Community Foundation (PCCF) Board welcomes three new directors in 2015.  

Incoming members are:  Missy Culp, farmer/bookkeeper; Carola Forsythe, retired nurse; and Shane Pilarski, Alliance Bank vice president/controller.  

 
Zellers named new Winamac town manager

The Winamac Town Council has named Brad Zellers as its new town manager. 

Zellers is a 20-year veteran of the town's wastewater treatment plant, acting as its supervisor for the past 13 years.

 
Endowment established for Animal Center

A permanent endowment has been created to provide support to Pulaski Animal Center (PAC), a tax-exempt nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  

The new fund comes just over a year since a temporary start-up fund was created in the Pulaski County Community Foundation to accept donations toward a facility for abandoned and stray animals.

 
New scholarship honors pioneer farmers

The Senn Family Scholarship has been established at the Pulaski County Community Foundation.  

The renewable scholarship honors the family of John Senn, Sr. (1808-1889) who was an immigrant from Switzerland. Following purchase of a tract of land in Pulaski County from the United States government in 1840, John and wife Catherine Waggoner homesteaded a farm and raised a family, many of whose descendants still live in the area.