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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State Park 'Poker Paddle' Sept. 7

WINAMAC - The second annual Poker Paddle will begin at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7, at Tippecanoe River State Park.

The entry fee is $5. Also, all gate fees apply. Pre-registration at the park office is encouraged. Registration and entry fees will be accepted at the River Picnic Shelter until 12 noon the day of the event.

SWCD promoting cover crops for farmers, gardeners

The Pulaski County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is promoting cover crops this fall. Cover Crops improve soil health, add organic matter, and prevent erosion. 

Area residents have noticed a number of green fields late into the fall and early in the spring. These are area producers interested in improving their soil. 

Pulaski County unemployment rate drops to 4.4 percent in July

Pulaski County has fourth-best rate in state

Pulaski County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in July, down from 5.0 percent in June, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (Aug. 18). The rate was 6.1 percent a year ago. The county has 6,597 employed persons in a labor force of 6,899. Last month those numbers were 6,580 of 6,925.

The state's July rate remained steady at 5.9 percent (seasonally adjusted), the same as June. The July 2013 rate was 7.6 percent. The U.S. rate inched up to 6.2 percent, from 6.1 percent (seasonally adjusted), in July. A year ago, the national rate was 7.3 percent.


Civic Players season tickets now on sale

LOGANSPORT - Season tickets for the Civic Players of Logansport 2014-15 season are now on sale.

The season includes “Frankenstein” in September, just in time to kick off the Halloween season; the very funny “Lottie & Bernice Show” in March 2015; and the musical “Chicago” in June 2015. Season tickets can be purchased for $30, with discounts for seniors and students.

Grand opening for new Winamac Skatepark Aug. 23

WINAMAC - The new WInamac Skatepark will have a grand opening at 3 p.m., Saturday (Aug. 23), at its location in Rhinehart Park, next to the Pulaski County Family YMCA.

The new skatepark was conceived and brought to reality by Clark Gudas of Winamac as an Eagle Scout project, after years of paperwork, meetings with officials, and fundraising.

First United Methodist Church, Winamac to celebrate 175th anniversary

WINAMAC - The First United Methodist Church, Winamac, will observe its 175th anniversary in August, which will include a visit by Bishop Michael Coyner of the Indiana Conference on Sunday, Aug. 24.

Former pastors, as well as congregation members past and present, and all who have had an association with the church are welcome to participate in the "homecoming" celebrations.

Purdue Extension of Pulaski County to hold Poverty Training Sept. 30

In Pulaski County, around 13 percent of the population lives at poverty level. In the state of Indiana, 1 in 5 children go hungry every day. In order to learn how to help meet this great need, one must first understand poverty.

Purdue Extension of Pulaski County will hold a Poverty Simulation at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Knights of Columbus in Winamac. This is a free educational event and dinner will be provided. 

Community Foundation announces grant cycles

The Pulaski County Community Foundation has announced it will offer more grant dollars than ever before through its annual fall grant cycle.

Grants totaling up to $37,000 will be made available, with individual grant awards of up to $7,500.

Library lists August programs, activities

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

All events will take place at the Winamac library unless otherwise noted. For more information on any program, call the library at 574-946-3432.

PCCF offers non-traditional scholarship

The Pulaski County Community Foundation (PCCF) is offering a scholarship for adult students seeking higher education for the 2014-15 school year.

Online applications will be available Aug. 15 through the new PCCF website; or call the Foundation at 574-946-0906 for more information.


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New Coliseum, Indiana Beer and Wine exhibition leave lasting impression at Indiana State Fair

More than 950,000 total visitors make ’14 fair third largest crowd ever

INDIANAPOLIS – The renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum and the new Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition both received rave reviews from visitors to this year’s Indiana State Fair, which wrapped up Sunday (Aug. 17).

The 2014 fair attracted 954,884 people, making this the third best attended fair.

Pulaski County State Fair winners named

INDIANAPOLIS - Most results from 4-H juding and other competitions at the 2014 Indiana State Fair have been announced. Several Pulaski County 4-H'ers have earned honors.

The state fair ran Aug. 1-17 in Indianapolis. Results will be announced here as they are released. (4-H livestock results have yet to be released.)

Bailey sisters win champion awards at the Indiana State Fair Fashion Revue

INDIANAPOLIS - Two Pulaski County sisters have won champion awards at the Indiana State Fair Fashion Revue for outfits they made and modeled at the event finals Saturday, Aug. 9, in Indianapolis.

Melissa Bailey was the winner in the Free Choice category for her swim suit, while Sara Bailey was the winner in the Separates category. They are the daughters of Glenn and Dawn Bailey of Winamac.

Winamac HS students perform at State Fair Talent Show

Among the food stands, rides, and vendors at the Indiana State Fair, many performance venues also exist highlighting talents of every age. These featured performances exemplify a strong commitment to the arts.

One of these exciting performances is held annually on the stage of the Indiana State Fairground's Farm Bureau Building. All first place winners of Indiana's 92 participating county fair talent shows are eligible to register at the Indiana State Fair Youth Talent Show.

Seven champions crowned at fair’s 4-H Grand Drive

Event showcases top Indiana livestock

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Fair named seven 4-H livestock exhibitors champion at Monday night’s (Aug. 4) Grand Champion 4-H Drive in the Fairgrounds Coliseum. 

The best of the best came together from different breeds, classes and weights to be in the running for champion.  Animals were judged in the following categories: breeding gilts, market barrows, market lambs, meat goat wethers, breeding heifers, beef steers and dairy steer.

It's the 'Year of the Coliseum' at the Indaina State Fair

INDIANPOLIS – After seven years of celebrating Indiana homegrown products, the Indiana State Fair is celebrating the “Year of the Coliseum” during the fair’s 17-day run Aug. 1 – 17 in a number of ways, including with a new 92-page digital flip book that chronicles the building’s 75-year history. 

The 18-month, $63 million Coliseum Complex renovation that wrapped up in April is the largest project in the fairgrounds’ 123-year history, making it uniquely qualified to be honored with “Year of” status.


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Workshop guides emerging entrepreneurs

WINAMAC - The Northwest ISBDC (Small Business Dev continues to offer new and emerging entrepreneurs start-up assistance through its "Launch Your Own Business Workshop: A Sound and Proven Path."

The workshop will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16., at the Pulaski County Public Library, 121 S. Riverside Drive, Winamac.

PCPL: Where reading, healthy choices and fun combine

Point summaries, prizes and pizza were just a few things available to the over 200 participants and family members who attended this year’s Pulaski County Public Library Children’s Summer Reading Program Party for "Fizz, Boom, Read and Spark a Reaction."

The PCPL Reading Room was filled to capacity Wednesday evening (Aug. 6), as all program participants received a free book and enjoyed a presentation of this year’s programs. During the celebration, attendees watched a video starring program participants and even parents attending were entered into drawing for State Fair tickets and other various prizes. 

Prosecutor files murder charges against Katschke

DENHAM - Murder charges have been filed against a Denham man accused of killing his live-in girlfriend Monday morning (Aug.11), at their residence.

Paul A. Katschke, 39, was taken into custody Monday, according to a report from Sheriff Mike Gayer, and is being held for the death of Amber Rene Taylor, 34.

Tax revenue falls just below projections in July

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Budget Agency released its monthly report on revenue collection for the general fund – the first of Fiscal Year 2015 – on Wednesday, which showed a 1.7 percent dip in tax receipts compared to estimates.

The state brought in a total of $1.04 billion in July general fund revenue, a decrease of 0.5 percent – about $5.2 million – from the December 2013 state revenue forecast.

Walorski visits Pulaski County for 'Hoosier Veterans Tour'

Congresswoman stops in Winamac as part of district-wide veterans tour

WINAMAC - Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) stopped in Winamac Monday afternoon (Aug. 11) at the Braun Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of wheelchair-accessible vans and wheelchair lifts, as part of the “Hoosier Veterans Tour,” a district-wide tour.

Chamber study: State water usage must be managed

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has enough water for drinking, manufacturing and other uses now but needs to plan to prevent shortages in the future, an Indiana Chamber of Commerce study has found.

The chamber released the report Friday (Aug. 8). It shows that different regions in the state have varying water conditions and will face different types of water concerns in the coming years.

West Central Board deals with start-of-school matters

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board approved several last-minute staff resignations and hirings at its meeting Thursday night (Aug. 7), in preparation for the new school year which begins Tuesday (Aug. 12).

The board also approved advertising the 2015 School Budget, Capital Projects Plan and the Bus Replacement Plan. Additionally, the board approved the certified contracts for the 2014-15 school year.

New owners blend traditions, fresh ideas for Winamac eateries

WINAMAC - Winamac natives Mike and Jenny Kasten have announced they have assumed ownership of Vicky’s Restaurant and The Fox’s Den restaurants in downtown Winamac.

Co-owner Jenny Kasten said, “We are thrilled to have this opportunity and are looking forward to serving our friends, neighbors and visitors to the area.” The spatula was passed to the Kastens from Jason and Monica Potthoff, and Rob and Shamay Ruff, who co-owned and operated the twin eateries following longtime owners Vicki and Dave Pingel.

Habitat building in Winamac; volunteers needed

WINAMAC - Starke/Pulaski Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers for construction of its newest home at 712 S. West St. in Winamac. Work will begin Saturday (Aug. 9) and continue on Saturdays thereafter until the project is complete. 

All types of volunteers are needed to help with framing, general labor, clean-up and preparing meals for the work crew. Donations of materials – from a box of nails to lumber - also are needed.

Frain appointed to Indiana Funeral Education Foundation board

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Funeral Directors Association (IFDA) recently appointed local funeral director Jon Frain to the Indiana Funeral Education Foundation board of directors.

The purpose of the foundation is to support continuing education opportunities for members of the profession; to provide scholarships and other educational assistance to those entering the profession of funeral service; to educate the general public on the value of the funeral and the role of the funeral director in society and to make charitable contributions on behalf of funeral service.