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Summer reading continues to be the largest program of the year at the Pulaski County Public Library. After breaking the all-time circulation record in June of 2012, the library's board of trustees decided to increase the summer hours at the Winamac library for the 2013 program. Library patrons were receptive to the increased hours. 

The Children’s Summer Reading program theme was, Dig Into Reading, and the Teen theme was, Beneath the Surface. The Winamac and Medaryville libraries had 379 participants in the 8-1/2 week summer reading program. They earned over 20,000 points for all of their efforts.

The Most Points prize winners were: 

  • Ages 3-5: Coleman Hickman
  • Ages 6-8: Austin Crissinger
  • Ages 9-10: Jonathan Crissinger
  • Ages 11-12: Parker Burns
  • Ages 13-15:Kalei Rak
  • Ages 16-18:Cassie Hurlburt

Grand Prize entries were received for attending summer programs or by reading the Book Club books - The Strange Case of Origami Yoda or Ashfall. The Grand Prize winners: Ages 3-12: Danica Kistler   Ages 13-18: Rusty Meaux

Dig into Reading and Beneath the Surface ended with a Summer Reading Awards and Pizza Party on Thursday, July 25. Over 120 people attended this special event.  A Readers Reception was also held at Medaryville on Friday, July 26 with 25 in attendance.

The Adult Summer Reading program was titled, Groundbreaking Reads. There were 144 adults participating in the program.  Several adults participated in the Library Bingo competition, which explored a variety of services available at the Library.  Adult grand prize winners, Crystal Young and Jon Crissinger; each won an Amazon Kindle e-reader. 

Library officials thank the following businesses for their generous donations: Applebee’s, Casey’s General Store, Conncepts, Dairy Queen, Family Express, Gilsinger Implement Company, Good Oil Inc., Indiana Beach, Isis Theatre, Doug and Lisa Malchow, McDonalds, Murphy Law Office, The Patio, Pizza Hut, Sanders, Subway, Town of Medaryville, Braun Chrysler Dodge Jeep, and the YMCA. 

They also thank everyone involved in making summer reading so successful:  parents, library staff, sponsors, teachers, Rick Dilts (park manager) for use of the park shelter and, of course, the summer readers.

 
 
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Local News Briefs

Walorski staff to hold local office hours Nov. 24

MISHAWAKA -  Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) reminds constituents that a member of her staff will hold office hours in Starke and Pulaski counties Monday, Nov. 24, 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. ET.  Please stop by or call (574) 223-4373 to schedule an appointment.

 
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.

 
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. 

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Pulaski County Democrats set holiday gathering

Also: Democrats announce winner of patriotic quilt raffle

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.

 
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.

 
Gov. Pence condems murder of Kassig; orders flags lowered statewide for official period of mourning

Calls slaying an "unspeakable act of barbarism" and says "today, all of Indiana mourns"

INDIANAPOLIS - Sunday Gov.Mike Pence condemned the tragic murder of Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig at the hands of ISIS, which was confirmed by administration officials earlier in the day (Nov. 16).

Pence issued a statement below following confirmation of Kassig’s murder:

 
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.

 
 

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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.