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In the past, privacy could be protected by closing a curtain, sealing a record, or simply choosing not to share one’s information. But in today’s digital environment, more and more of our personal information exists online, available and vulnerable to anyone with prying eyes and access to a computer. This makes individual control over one’s personal information a vital and compelling concern for Americans today.

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom has established Choose Privacy Week, May 1-7, to help libraries work with their communities around these complicated but vital issues. Privacy has long been a cornerstone of library services in America and a freedom that librarians defend every day.

Choose Privacy Week invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives individuals the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.

“People who understand how personal data is generated, collected, stored and used are better equipped to take control of their personal data and demand accountability from the agencies and corporations that store and use their information,” said Barbara Jones, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Librarians have a long history of protecting the rights of people to read, learn, and be curious, because the freedom to read and receive ideas anonymously is at the heart of individual liberty in a democracy. This makes libraries ideal places for people to think and talk about privacy today.

The Pulaski County Public Library is participating in the fourth annual celebration of Choose Privacy Week, May 1-7, 2013. The Library will provide interested patrons with a “Privacy Toolkit”, complete with information regarding digital privacy and a statement on library patron privacy. Patrons who visit the Library to obtain a toolkit will be entered into a drawing for two
tickets to the Melody Drive-In Theater.

For more information on Choose Privacy Week, visit www.chooseprivacyweek.org or contact Pat Ringen at (574) 946-3432.

 

Submitted by the Pulaski County Public Library

 
 
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Local News Briefs

Pulaski County unemployment rate at 4.1 in October

Pulaski County has state's fourth-best unemployment rate

Pulaski County's unemployment rose slightly to 4.1 percent in October, up from 4.0 percent (revised rate) in September, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (Nov. 24). The rate was 5.5 percent a year ago. The county has 6,565 employed persons in a labor force of 6,878. Last month those numbers were 6,491 of 6,878.

The state's October rate remained steady at 5.7 percent (seasonally adjusted), the same as September. The October 2013 rate was 7.1 percent. The U.S. rate slipped to 5.8 percent, from 5.9 percent (seasonally adjusted) in September. A year ago, the national rate was 7.2 percent.


The unemployment rates for surrounding counties in October (all up from September) were Jasper 6.1 percent, Starke 6.1, Marshall 5.1, Fulton 5.2, Cass 5.1, and White 4.9.

For the seventh consecutive month, no Indiana counties had an unemployment rate of 9.0 percent or higher in October. In March 2013 the number was 54. In fact, no county had an unemployment rate of 8.0 or higher last month.

Sullivan County, at 7.3 percent, had the state's highest unemployment rate in October, followed by Lake County at 7.2 percent. Pulaski County had the state's fourth-best unemployment rate, ranking in 89th place of the 92 counties. DuBois County, at 3.8 percent, was once again the county with the lowest unemployment rate in the state, followed by Hamilton and Bartholomew counties, both at 4.0 percent.

 

October 2014 Indiana Employment Report

INDIANAPOLIS - The Hoosier State grew 5,500 private sector jobs in October, led mainly by the Trade, Transportation & Utilities (+3,300), and Manufacturing (+2,500) sectors. Indiana has added private sector jobs 16 of the past 22 months, with monthly increases averaging 3,800. Over the past year, Indiana has consistently led the nation in Manufacturing growth, with more than 24,000 jobs in this sector added since last October. Since July 2009, the low point of employment in the state, Indiana has grown 247,500 private sector jobs in total.

In October, Indiana’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 5.7 percent due to an increase of 14,000 individuals to the state’s labor force. Over the past year, the Hoosier labor force has grown by more than 65,000, which ranks as one of the largest increases in the U.S. Indiana’s unemployment rate has decreased by 1.4 percent over the past year. Initial and continued claims for unemployment insurance benefits continue to remain at levels not seen since 2000.

 

Employment by Sector

Sectors showing gains in October include: Trade, Transportation & Utilities (3,300), Manufacturing (2,500), Private Educational & Heath Services (1,200), Leisure and Hospitality (1,200), and Financial Activities (200). Sectors showing declines in October include Professional & Business Services (-2,200), and Construction (-900). Total nonfarm  employment increased in October (7,300).

 
Christmas Tree lighting, home tour to kick-off holiday season Dec. 5

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce will kick-off the holiday season with a Christmas Tree lighting and a Holiday Home Tour on Friday, Dec. 5.

The tree lighting will be at 6 p.m., on the courthouse square in Winamac. The home tour will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

 
Chamber's Winter Wonderland Dec. 6

Updated

Winter Wonderland, sponsored by the PulaskiCounty Chamber of Commerce, will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, in downtown Winamac. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The annual event will feature vendor booths, holiday entertainment, food and a parade - plus a special appearance by Santa Claus - to kick off the holiday season in Pulaski County.  

 
PCPL lists November events

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

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.

 
PMH Auxiliary sets holiday events

The Pulaski Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will hold three holiday events in the next weeks, a Christmas Bazaar, it's annual Angel Tree memorial, and a Wakarusa Dime Store candy sale.

Proceeds from the events will benefit the PMH Auxiliary's community projects.

 
Pulaski County Democrats set holiday gathering

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The Pualski County Democrats will hold their annual holiday gathering at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1, at the Star City Community Building.

The date was set at the regular monthly meeting on Nov. 1.

 
Blood donation opportunities Dec. 3, Dec. 15

Give something that means something – Give blood or platelets

The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give something that means something this holiday season – a lifesaving blood donation.

 
Pulaski County Association of Churches to offer 'Blue Christmas' service Dec. 21

The Pulaski County Association of Churches will offer a “Blue Christmas" service at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21, in the lobby of Pulaski Memorial Hospital. All are welcome to attend. 

Have you ever felt left out of the celebrations surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas?  While everyone around you seems full of joy and happiness, have you ever felt like you just couldn’t join in?  You are not alone.  

 
Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) application deadline Dec. 19

WINAMAC - Several Pulaski County farming operation have utilized  EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Progam)  to help them improve soil health and address soil erosion, air and water quality, wildlife habitat, and other resource concerns on cropland, forestland, pastureland, and livestock areas. 

Now is the time to look at the EQIP program to assist farmers/landowners with various resource concerns. These could include conservation practices such as watering facilities, heavy use areas, manure storage structures, internal fencing, cover crops, no-till, and others. 

 
PCHS seeks donors, volunteers for annual holiday assistance projects

CLASP's annual Toy Store will be Saturday (Dec. 13),  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pulaski County Human Services (PCHS), on the corner of Pearl and Logan streets, Winamac.

Anyone who would like to volunteer the day of the Toy Store and Gift Distribution is welcome to do so. Contact Human Services by calling 946-6500 or email at pchsjfrain@embarqmail.com.

 
4-H online enrollment open through Jan. 15

Pulaski County 4-H enrollment is underway and will run through Jan. 15.

New and current 4-H members can enroll by going online at https://in.4honline.com or by picking up an enrollment card at any of the local schools or the Extension Office. There is a $15 state program fee for each 4-H member to enroll in 4-H. Mini 4-H members are exempt.

 
YMCA sign-up for Y Dribblers underway

The Pulaski County Family YMCA is now accepting sign-ups for its Y Dribblers youth basketball program.

The cost is $25 for members and $40 for non-members. Deadline to sign-up is Dec. 21.

 
 

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Pence considers suit to stop Obama immigration policies

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday (Nov. 20) the state will consider suing the federal government to stop President Barack Obama’s new immigration policies from taking effect.

In a statement, Pence – a possible candidate in the GOP presidential primary in 2016 – said state officials are evaluating Obama’s executive action, which is meant to defer deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants while focusing more law enforcement efforts on blocking or expelling illegal felons or gang members.

 
Feds say yes to original HIP, discussions continue on HIP 2.0

INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have given Indiana the OK to extend its Healthy Indiana Plan one more year – but have not yet acted on the state’s request to expand HIP to thousands more Hoosiers.

The action by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services means residents now signed up for the current HIP program can stay on it. But it does not change the program’s eligibility.

 
Pence appoints Mitchell to serve remainder of state treasurer term

INDIANAPOLIS -  Gov. Mike Pence appointed Kelly Mitchell Tuesday (Nov. 18) to serve as Indiana Treasurer of State for the remainder of the current term ending on Dec. 31.

Mitchell will complete the term formerly held by Richard Mourdock, and most recently occupied by Daniel Huge. Mitchell was sworn in Tuesday morning in a private ceremony in the Statehouse.

 
Forbes video: Mike Pence should run for president

INDIANPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence should run for president because “he’s got the record and got the experience” to be a strong candidate in 2016, conservative media mogul Steve Forbes said Thursday.

“Why shouldn’t he look at it?” Forbes said after interviewing Pence for an hour on stage at a Forbes Reinventing America summit in Indianapolis. “He knows what it takes to get things done. He brings the legislative perspective, the executive perspective and the principled perspective and it’s a good combination.”

 
Video & story: Republicans to ‘tread lightly’ with bigger majorities in House, Senate

INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans celebrated Election Day wins that extended their legislative supermajorities to levels not seen for decades but pledged to be inclusive with the dwindling number of their Democratic colleagues.

House Speaker Brian Bosma – who will return to that post for the next session – said he has no plans to change the makeup of committee meetings or the levels of caucus staffing, even though Republicans now have more members in the House overall.

 
Number of students using vouchers jumps dramatically

INDIANAPOLIS – The number of students using state-funded vouchers to attend private schools has jumped by more than 47 percent this school year, according to preliminary numbers confirmed by state education officials.

In all, 29,146 elementary, middle and high school students – about 3 percent of the overall student population – are now using vouchers. That’s compared to 19,809 last year.

 
 

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ALCO to close its stores across 23 states

ALCO Stores, Inc. announced Friday (Nov. 21) that it will close all 198 of its stores in 23 states. ALCO has about a dozen stores in Indiana, including locations in Knox and Winamac.

The company had entered into voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings early last month.

 
Young teen girl injured in pedestrian/truck incident

FRANCESVILLE - A 14-year-old rural Franceville girl was airlifted to Indianapolis Thursday afternoon (Nov. 24) with head injuries, following a truck-pedestrian accident along U.S 421 in Francesville.

Police have not released the name of the teenager who reportedly walked onto the highway just before she was struck by a semi-tractor-trailer truck.

 
Cost of Thanksgiving meal drops, according to INFB survey

INDIANAPOLIS - The cost for a traditional Thanksgiving meal in Indiana decreased from 2013 to 2014, according to an informal survey of grocery prices from Indiana Farm Bureau. This is the second year in a row the survey total has decreased.

The annual survey indicates that the average cost for this year’s Thanksgiving meal for 10 is $46.93, down nearly $1.19 from last year’s average of $48.12 and down more than $4 from the 2012 total of $51.05 (an all-time high for the survey).

 
Walorski, Donnelly, Coats react to President's immigration action

President Barack Obama announced broad executive action Thursday night (Nov. 20) to offer temporary relief from deportation to millions of undocumented immigrants.

The following are statements from the Congressional delegation representing Pulaski County on the president's remarks:

 
Will you push the button for the World Soy Foundation this harvest?

ST. LOUIS - This harvest, U.S. soybean farmers will be spending countless hours in the fields - gathering a portion of the food and feed for the rest of the world.

As a farmer, seeing that tank on the combine fill up quickly with high-yield soybeans is sure to spark a grin, and pushing that button on the master control lever to pour part of a season’s worth of work into the bin brings an accomplished feeling.

 
Coalition work on big data is crucial to ag’s success

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock is proud to have participated in what may be one of the most important milestones the agriculture sector has seen in decades.

A coalition of major farm organizations and technology providers has announced an agreement on data privacy and security principles that will encourage the use and development of a full range of innovative, technology-driven tools and services.

 
EPCS board continues with building project plans

WINAMAC - Rusty Nicholas of Gibraltar Design, Indianapolis, presented a tabular summary of all the components of the upcoming Eastern Pulaski Community Schools building project, including the weight room, the socialtorium, and potential capital projects work in a report at the monthly meeting of the EPCS board Monday evening (Nov. 10).

The school board voted in September to proceed with the estimated $14 million school facilities improvement project, which is targeted to begin in spring 2015 and be completed by October 2016.

 
Elementary students 'Rock Out' for philanthropy

The Fans of Philanthropy Club (FOPC) recently held two after-school camps for elementary-age students ranging from first- through fifth-grade.

Thirteen students from Eastern Pulaski and 15 students from West Central elementary schools participated in the camps.

 
Farmland formula is one focus of legislative tax commission

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Commission on Business Personal Property and Business Taxation released its final report Wednesday (Nov. 12), and Indiana Farm Bureau is pleased that four of the 16 recommendations from the commission offer solutions to the unsustainable tax burden being shouldered by Indiana’s farmers.

“We applaud the work of the all the legislators who sat on the commission, especially the commission chairman, Sen. Brandt Hershman, and are deeply thankful that they recognized that the growing tax burden on family farms impacts not just their profitability but their very existence as well,” said Farm Bureau President Don Villwock. “The steps outlined in the commission report will go a long way toward creating a fair and stable assessment formula for farmland.”

 
Tax receipts beat projections in October, slightly behind for fiscal year

INDIANAPOLIS – Tax revenues beat expectations in October – adding about $1.4 million more to the state’s coffers than projected.

Sales tax receipts were up for the month while individual and corporate income taxes fell below estimates. Both sales and individual income taxes beat revenue during the same period last year.