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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

Francesville Holiday Home Tour Dec. 3

FRANCESVILLE - The Uptown Project will sponsor a Holiday Home Tour from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, featuring six Francesville homes.

Also, craft and food venders will be set up at the Cornerstone Event Center (204 N. Bill St.) from 3 to 8 p.m.

 
Chamber's Winter Wonderland Dec. 3

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce will once again ring in the holidays with its annual Winter Wonderland, set for Saturday, Dec. 3, in Winamac.

The event features a parade, craft booths, merchant sales and entertainment.

 
Historical Society's 'Downtown Christmas' Dec. 3

The Pulaski County Historical Society will again sponsor "A Downtown Christmas" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Vurpillat Opera House, Winamac.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce's annual "Winter Wonderland" that same day.

 
All welcome to enter Gingerbread House contest

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor a Gingerbread House Contest during Winter Wonderland, Saturday, Dec. 3, in Winamac.

All ages are welcome to enter the contest..

 
Library December programs include Santa visits

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for December, which include Santa visits, Christmas Bingo, Christmas carols, and holiday flower arranging.

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

 
GreenMark Equipment open house Dec. 10

WINAMAC - GreenMark Equipment has completed a ground up renovation of its Winamac facility.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, GreenMark Equipment will host an Open House to showcase these updates with tours, food, door prizes, and photos with Santa. The renovated store is located at 1235 East 250 South in Winamac.

 
4-H annual open house Dec. 15

The annual Pulaski County 4-H Open House will run from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec.  15, at the county highway garage on U.S. 35, north of Winamac.

This is an opportunity for new 4-H'ers to meet with different project leaders to see which projects they are interested in completing for the 2017 4-H year.

 
Pulaski Christmas Lights display to run through Jan. 1

PULASKI - The annual Pulaski Christmas Lights displays are now lit from 5 to 11 p.m., nightly through Sunday, Jan. 1, for public viewing.

For nearly 30 years, the residents of the river village have attracted visitors from near and far to view the lights, offered as "A Gift to Brighten Your Christmas."

 
Drought area spreads across Indiana

EAST LANSING, Mich. - While much of Indiana received some rain showers last week, it was not enough to alleviate drought conditions in southern Indiana, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, about half of the state is experiencing drought conditions, with 2.5 percent in severe drought.

 
PMH Auxiliary sets holiday events,Dec. 8, 19

The Pulaski Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will hold two holiday fund raisers in December.

The first will be the annual Wakarusa Dime Store candy sale which will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the PMH front lobby.

 
CLASP Toy Store Dec. 17

CLASP's annual Toy Store will be Saturday, Dec. 17,  from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, 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.

 
 

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Thanksgiving food prices drop significantly, according to Farm Bureau survey

INDIANAPOLIS - Hoosiers will pay significantly less for their Thanksgiving meal this year, according to Indiana Farm Bureau’s annual Thanksgiving market basket survey.

The average the cost for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner as recorded by INFB’s survey is at its lowest level since 2010.

 
21 new lawmakers in General Assembly

INDIANAPOLIS — Organization Day has arrived at the Statehouse and newly-elected lawmakers are settling into their new roles.

“A lot of new faces. A lot of new energy. Diverse group from all parts of the state,” Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said. “We’re lucky to have a talented group of new ones.”

 
Holcomb picks Goode as chief of staff

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb added Earl Goode to his future administration Monday.

Goode, who is currently the co-chair of Holcomb’s transition team, will serve as his chief of staff come Jan. 9. Goode served as Mitch Daniels’ chief of staff for over six years. He was also president for several GTE Telephone Co. affiliates.

 
Freshmen lawmakers attend General Assembly orientations

INDIANAPOLIS — With a little over a month before the General Assembly is in session, the freshmen are in town for orientation (Nov. 16-17).

"There’s a tremendous amount of information today and tomorrow that we’re receiving,” said Ryan Hatfield, a Democrat who will represent Evansville in 2017.

 
 

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West Central board hears presentation on CNA program

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board heard an update on the high school's Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at its December meeting Thursday evening.

Instructor Jennifer Johns gave the presentation. It was noted that "very few" school corporations offer a CNA program.

 
Police seeking armed robber of Monon bank

MONON - Alliance Bank in Monon was robbed of an undisclosed amount of US currency, at about 10:45 a.m., Monday, the Indiana State Police report.

The armed robber remains at large. No one was injured in the incident.

 
Ivy Tech to offer CPFM course in Logansport

KOKOMO - Registration is still open for the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) course being offered by Ivy Tech Community College Dec. 12 and 14 in Logansport.

Indiana Code 410-IAC7-22 requires mandatory certification of at least one person who oversees the food safety operation within each food establishment.

 
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative kick-off meeting Dec. 9

The Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) will hold a kick-off meeting Friday, Dec. 9, at the Vurpillat Opera House, across from the courthouse square in Winamac.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m., (EST) for coffee with meeting and meal to follow.  The meeting will conclude around 1 p.m.

 
OCRA welcomes Winamac into Indiana Main Street Program

INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) have announced the Town of Winamac as the newest member of the Indiana Main Street (IMS) Program.

The program encourages economic development, redevelopment and improvement to the downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns.

 
OCRA accepts Francesville's 'Uptown Project' into Indiana Main Street Program

INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) have announced the Town of Francesville as the newest member of the Indiana Main Street (IMS) Program.

The program encourages economic development, redevelopment and improvement to the downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns.

 
EPCS Board approves purchase of student management, financial software

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board voted its approval to purchase the Skyward program for student management and financial software at its meeting Monday evening.

Superintendent Dan Foster submitted the request to purchase the program.

 
Pulaski County voter turnout over 58 percent

Votes by precinct now added

The 2016 General Election drew 58 percent of Pulaski County's 9,609 registered voters to the polls Tuesday, with almost 22 percent of voters (2,104) taking advantage of early voting.

The county elected two new county commissioners, two new county councilmen, a new auditor and recorder, and many other office holders on the federal, state and local levels.

 
Link Environmental Equipment is new home of Smith Motor Service

WINAMAC - Link Environmental Equipment has announced its facility will be the new home of Smith Motor Service.

Smith Motor Service has repaired small engines at its Winamac shop on Northwest Street since 1945. 

 
Alliance Junior Board visits Fratco

FRANCESVILLE – Alliance Bank’s Junior Board of Directors visited a Francesville business, Fratco, last month.

E.C. Overmyer purchased what was then the Francesville Brick and Tile Company, circa de 1923. In the past 93 years, Fratco has passed through three generations of the Overmyer family.

 
CFPC awards three Youth Grants

Grants totaling over $1,400 were recently awarded to three county youth organizations through the Community Foundation of Pulaski County's annual youth grant opportunity.

Checks were presented to Eastern Pulaski Elementary for VEX Robotics Team supplies; Pulaski County Junior Leaders 4-H Club for Poverty Awareness Day; and West Central Middle School sixth Grade Camp Tecumseh Foundations for Success.