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.


Local News Briefs

CFPC announces Lillly Scholarship available to 2018 grads

The Community Foundation of Pulaski County has announced that the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program will be made available for 2018

Students may apply online starting Aug. 18 through the Community Foundation’s website at Deadline for application submission is Friday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. eastern time.

Watch the solar eclipse at an Indiana state park, Aug. 21  

See how nature responds to the Aug. 21 solar eclipse by visiting an Indiana state park. Twelve state parks throughout the state plan to host eclipse parties.

While Indiana will not experience a total eclipse, the phenomenon in Indiana will be near 100 percent. At Harmonie State Park, in the extreme southwest corner of the state, the moon will cover 99.9 percent of the sun. And at Pokagon State Park in extreme northeast Indiana, the eclipse will be at 87 percent.

PCPL lists August programs, activities

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for August, including several programs featuring this month's solar eclipse.

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

MDwise representative to visit Medaryville Aug. 23

MEDARYVILLE - Pulaski County Human Services will host a MDwise outreach representative at the Westside Community Center, 510 Main St., Medaryville from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23.

The representative will answer questions about MDwise health plans.

Monterey Days Festival Sept. 1-4

MONTEREY - The 20th annual Monterey Days Festival will run Friday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 4, over Labor Day weekend in downtown Monterey.

The annual parade will step off at 4:30 p.m., Saturday. The traditional American Legion Ox Roast will begin at 11 a.m., Labor Day.

Tippecanoe River State Park's 'Poker Paddle' Sept. 16

The Tippecanoe River State Park will hold its annual "Poker Paddle," beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16.

The three-and-a-half mile trip will feature prizes, snacks and drinks for the $5 registration fee.

The 'Moving Wall' replica of Vietnam Memorial to visit Francesville Fall Festival

FRANCESVILLE - The Francesville Fall Fesitval has announced that the "Moving Wall," a half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial wall in Washington, D.C., will be a featured attraction at this year's 50th anniversary festival, Sept. 15-17.

The Moving Wall has toured communities across the U.S. since 1984, from spring through autumn.

Pulaski County Farmers' Market offered this summer in Francesville, Winamac on alternate Saturdays

A Pulaski County Farmers' Market will run this summer on alternate Saturdays in Francesville and Winamac through October.

The market runs from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, on the second and fourth Saturdays in Francesville; and the first, third and fifth Saturdays in Winamac. Vendors are welcome.

Pulaski County unemployment rate at 2.9% in June

Pulaski County's unemployment rate increased to 2.9 percent in June, up from 2.7 percent in May, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (July 24). The rate was 4.4 percent a year ago.

The county has 6,292 employed persons in a labor force of 6,482. Last month those numbers were 6,335 of 6,511. A year ago the numbers were 6,319 of 6,608.


Fair News

Lt. Gov. honors Hoosier visionaries during Celebration of Agriculture

INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch presented the 2017 AgriVision Award to Beth Bechdol, director of agribusiness strategies at Ice Miller and president and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana, and Dr. Jay Akridge, Interim Provost at Purdue University, during the Celebration of Agriculture at the Indiana State Fair Wednesday evening (Aug. 16).

In its 11th year, the award is given to Hoosier visionaries who have demonstrated exemplary leadership to maximize the potential of Indiana agriculture.

Indiana State Fair runs Aug. 4-20

INDIANAPOLIS - The 2017 Indiana State Fair will celebrate the "Wonderful World of Food"  with two-and-a-half miles of food and fun, 10 acres of thrills, rides and games, 17 days of FREE Stage stars, the ever-popular Pioneer Village - and hundreds of events and programs

The Indiana State Fair returns to honor youth, agriculture and education in an entertaining and fun environment. The fair runs Aug. 4-20, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds; 1202 E. 38th St. Indianapolis.

Pulaski County 4-H'ers earn 2017 state fair honors

Updated - Aug. 15

INDIANAPOLIS - The first judging results for Pulaski County 4-H members at the 2017 Indiana State Fair have been received.

The state fair was runs Aug. 4-20 in Indianapolis.

Longtime farming families honored at State Fair

INDIANAPOLIS - At the Indiana State Fair Friday (Aug. 11), Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) Director Ted McKinney and ISDA Deputy Director Melissa Rekeweg presented 72 families with a Hoosier Homestead Award in recognition of their commitment to Indiana agriculture.

Among them were three farms from Pulaski County.

Fairgoers to celebrate 'Wonderful World of Food' at 2017 Indiana State Fair

INDIANAPOLIS –Indiana State Fair patrons may want to bring much bigger appetites to the annual event this summer after Fair officials announced its 2017 theme, the “Wonderful World of Food.”

We all love food. We grow it, sell it, cook it and eat it! And at the 2017 Indiana State Fair we will celebrate it with a featured food each day of the Fair from Aug. 4 to Aug. 20.


Indiana News

AgriNovus Indiana’s new statewide campaign asserts Indiana's leadership in food and agriculture innovation

Campaign defines the agbiosciences sector as the intersection of traditional ag, life sciences, and science and technology

INDIANAPOLIS - AgriNovus Indiana is reaffirming its commitment to tell the story of the Indiana agbiosciences sector and is announcing the release of a statewide educational and public awareness campaign to address perceptions about the agbiosciences.

The agbiosciences industry employs more than 75,000 Hoosiers and contributes $16 billion to the Indiana economy. 

Donnelly, Walorski weigh in on opioid crisis

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski both issued statements after President Trump declared a national emergency over the opioid crisis Thursday, Aug. 10.

The federal legistors both welcomed the President's action

'Do I have to stop for that School Bus?'

In Indiana late July and early August brings hot weather, the State Fair and also the start of a new school year.

Every school year the Indiana State Police receives numerous complaints about school bus stop arm violations from school corporations around the state.  The Indiana Department of Education surveys school corporations annually for stop arm violations on one given day, and reports those numbers to the National Association of State Directors for Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS).


Post News

CVS acquires Fagen Pharmacy chain; Francesville store to close

FRANCESVILLE - The Fagen Pharmacy store in Francesville will close, along with Fagen stores in nearby DeMotte, Wheatfield and Roselawn, according to a joint annoucement by Fagen Pharmacy and CVS Wednesday morning (Aug. 16).

CVS will acquire 20 Fagen Pharmacy locations in northwest Indiana and northeast Illinois, closing 12 locations and converting the remaining eight to CVS stores.

EPCS Board approves new school policies

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board approved updates to five school policies at its monthly meeting Monday evening (Aug. 14), two of which deal with student safety.

State law now requires all school personnel to undergo criminal background checks. The board also agreed that the checks should be paid for by the school corporation.

Pulaski County to experience 88% partial solar eclipse

A total eclipse of the sun will be visible across the continental United States on Monday, Aug. 21 - the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in the U.S. in nearly a century.

Pulaski County will experience a partial eclipse with the peak at 2:23 p.m., when the moon will obscure 88 percent of the sun. The Pulaski County Public Library will hold an Eclipse Viewing Party between 1 and 3:30 p.m. Eclipse glasses will be provided for safe outdoor viewing. The eclipse will also be streamed live on the big screen in the library's activity room, where visitors can sit down and enjoy refreshments.

West Central Board addresses back-to-school matters

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board addressed a number of issues regarding preparations for the new school year at its monthly meeting Thursday (Aug. 3).

The board also took more steps toward undertaking the security entrance project, and approved several personnel items.

Alliance Bank announces 2017 scholarship recipients

FRANCESVILLE - Alliance Bank extends well wishes to all students headed back to the classroom for the 2017-18 academic year.

Earlier this spring, Alliance Bank awarded scholarships to four area high school  seniors. Alliance Bank's scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a business-related degree and who have a strong background in community service. Each student receives $1,000 to aid in the cost of pursuing higher education.

Krohn resigns county commissioner seat

Pulaski County Commissioner Bud Krohn Jr. resigned from his office in a letter filed Wednesday (Aug. 2) with the Pulaski County Clerk's office, citing health issues as his reason.

Krohn was elected commissioner in November 2014 and serves the Third District which includes Harrison, Indian Creek, Monroe, and Van Buren townships.

Police seek public assistance with Francesville area burglary

Detectives with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office are requesting the public’s assistance with a burglary investigation in the area of SR 39 and CR 550 South in Beaver Township.

The burglary occurred Wednesday night (Aug. 2-3) at a residence in that area, located approximately six miles east of Francesville. Items stolen from the residence included personal effects, appliances and lawn care equipment.

Two arrested on meth charges in Monterey

MONTEREY - Deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, following up on a tip Wednesday (Aug. 2), located a “one-pot” methamphetamine lab at a residence in the 7900 block of North Lake Street, near Monterey.

Two adults were arrested at the scene on charges related to dealing and manufacturing methamphetamine.