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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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Wine-tasting, auction event to benefit Pulaski Animal Center

"Canines, Felines & Wine," a wine-tasting and auction event to benefit the Pulaski Animal Center (PAC) will run from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, March 1, at the Moss Creek Club House, Winamac.

The event will also feature background music by Brent and Catherine Knebel Evans of the "Jhonnny & Sallie Show." Tickets are $25 per person. All proceeds will benefit the PAC.

 
Annual Pulaski County Economic Summit March 3

The 2015 Pulaski County Economic Development Summit will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, at the Cornerstone Event Center, 204 N. Bill St., Francesville. The public is encouraged to attend.

The keynote address will be given by Geoff Schomacker of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

 
Civic Plays to stage 'Lottie & Bernice Show' March 6-8

LOGANSPORT - Civic Players of Logansport will present “The Lottie & Bernice Show,” directed by Ben Colsten, the weekend of March 6-8.

This comedy tells the story of a two grumpy old Polish ladies who become trapped in a television studio by a blizzard and end up taking over Western New York’s favorite morning show, “Buffalo Yak.”

 
2015 Halleck Award to be presented to Judy Stinemetz

Chamber Awards Banquet March 31

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Judy Stinemetz of Star City will be presented with the 2015 Halleck Community Service award.

Mrs. Stinemetz, a long-time dietician manager at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, has been active in many community service projects, most notably her work with  Cystic Fibrosis, PMH Auxiliary, Pulaski County Human Services and voter registration.

 
Online scholarships through PCCF

Twenty seven scholarship applications for 2015 graduates are now available online through the Pulaski County Community Foundation.

Applications are found on the Community Foundation’s new website at www.pulaskiccf.org.

 
Ivy Tech sets financial aid workshops

FAFSA must be filed by March 10 to meet state deadline for 2015-16 financial aid

KOKOMO – Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region is scheduling a series of workshops in Logansport, Rochester, Peru, and Wabash to help students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA, for the 2015-16 school year, which begins Aug. 21.

 
Pulaski County unemployment rate dips to 4.8 percent

Pulaski County's unemployment dipped to 4.8 percent in December, down from 5.0 percent (revised rate) in November, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday (Jan. 28). The rate was 5.4 percent a year ago. The county has 6,602 employed persons in a labor force of 6,935. Last month those numbers were 6,537 of 6,877.

The state's December unemployment rate rose to 5.8 percent (seasonally adjusted), up slightly from 5.7 percent in November. The December 2013 rate was 6.8 percent. The U.S. rate dropped to 5.6 percent, down from 5.8 percent in November. A year ago, the national rate was 6.7 percent.

 
Ivy Tech’s non-credit culinary classes combine food, fun

Spring semester series starts Feb. 3 

PERU – The holidays are behind us and the winter doldrums threaten. Perk up your schedule with some culinary adventures that combine food and fun in the culinary arts lab at Ivy Tech Community College’s Peru Instructional Site, 425 W. Main St.

The first session – which will help you “add flare and flavor with wine and spirits” – is set for 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3.

 
Fact Sheet issued for health coverage and federal income taxes

The following fact sheet was issued Jan. 16, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In preparation for the 2015 tax filing season, which officially begins next week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released Friday a fact sheet detailing information Indiana tax filers need to know as they prepare to file their federal returns.

This tax season marks the first time individuals and families in Indiana will be asked to provide basic information regarding their health insurance on their tax returns. Consumers will have questions about this new process and the Administration is committed to providing the information and tools tax filers need to understand the new requirements.

 
Ivy Tech Kokomo Region sets seminar series on relevant topics in agriculture

Kokomo Grain partnering on 10 free seminars to be offered throughout region

KOKOMO - Ivy Tech Community College is again partnering with Kokomo Grain to present free seminars on relevant topics in agriculture, expanding in 2015 to 10 sessions and adding Tipton County to Howard, Miami and Cass counties where the sessions were held in 2014. 

 
 

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Former Notre Dame president dies at age 97

Donnelly, Walorski, Pence issue statements

INDIANAPOLIS – Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, the 15th president of the University of Notre Dame, passed away in South Bend on Thursday night at the age of 97.

Hesburgh holds the title of Indiana’s longest serving university president, having led Notre Dame for 35 years. Hesburgh guided the university from 1952 to 1987.

 
$32.4 billion budget bill moves to Senate on party-line vote

INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a $31.5 billion, two-year budget Tuesday (Feb. 24) that boosts funding for K-12 education and spends more on domestic violence programs, community corrections, tourism and mass transit.

The bill passed 68-29 largely on party lines, with minority Democrats complaining that the plan cuts funding to urban and rural districts in favor of more money for suburban districts, charters and private schools.

 
Budget bill shifts money among schools, moves to full House

INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans pushed a two-year, $31.4 billion budget out of a House committee Wednesday (Feb. 18) despite complaints from Democrats that it robs money from urban and rural school districts to increase funding for suburban ones.

The spending plan boosts overall K-12 school funding by 4.7 percent through two years but changes the way that money is divided among districts.

 
Supporters rally for Superintendent Ritz, public education

INDIANPOLIS – More than 1,000 teachers and supporters of public schools had already been rallying for well over an hour Monday (Feb. 16) when the woman they’d been fighting for made an appearance.

“I am an educator,” state Superintendent Glenda Ritz told the crowd gathered in the Statehouse atrium. “I know what we need in our schools.”

 
Guest column: More than an elected office at stake in attack on Ritz

By John Gregg

On a cold January morning in 2001, I stood outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC with my two sons, then ages 8 and 7 to witness the inauguration of President George W. Bush.

As the ceremony began, my older son asked me “Dad why are we here, we’re Democrats?” As the crowd around us looked, then laughed, I told my sons we were there to witness the something uniquely American: the peaceful transfer of power. Americans may disagree with a candidate’s political philosophy, but we always respect the outcome of an election. It’s a bedrock principle of our great democracy.

 
House passes bill to oust Ritz as state ed board chair

Senate also moves on similar bill

INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education could be working under a new chair as soon as this summer under a bill that passed the Indiana House largely along party lines Monday (Feb. 9)

House Bill 1609, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, would remove the elected superintendent of public instruction – now Democrat Glenda Ritz – from her position as chair and replace her with someone elected by the other board members, who are all appointed by the governor.

 
 

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PCCF announces Lilly Scholarship finalists

Four students from two area high schools have been named finalists in the Pulaski County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship process.

Several applications from Pulaski County students were received and four students reached the final phase of the competitive process.They are: Mickayla Wenzel from West Central High School; and Hannah DeGroot, Michaela Ingram, and Taylor Tripenfeldas from Winamac Community High School.

 
Groundbreaking March 10 for Ancilla College Residence Hall

DONALDSON – Ancilla College will hold a groundbreaking for two new residence hall buildings at 4 p.m. March 10 on 9B Road.

“It’s going to be beautiful,” said President Ken Zirkle. “We will house nearly 100 new students and have a student life center with dining open to the public. It’s a great time to be at Ancilla College.”

 
PCED continues pursuit of tax code change

The Pulaski County Economic Development Commission (PCED) continued its discussion at its February meeting to pursue an Indiana tax code change which would allow Pulaski County to use surplus CAGIT funds to pay the Justice Center lease, thus freeing CEDIT funds for  economic development projects.

Before addressing new concerns on the matter, PCED executive director Nathan Origer reviewed the situation for the commission.

 
EPCS begins bid process on renovation project

Commencement exercises to remain on Friday

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board approved five resolutions at its February meeting to advance the $14 million renovations project for the EPCS campus.

The resolutions included the process for awarding construction bids which are expected to be submitted as early as March. The resolutions also covered the execution of the lease, additional appropriations and financial tracking.

 
State tax revenue fails to meet January projections

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana tax revenue in January fell significantly below projections – surpassing anticipated amounts in only two major categories.

The state took in $1.36 billion in general fund revenue during January. That’s $63.5 million less than estimates predicted but $32.5 million more than January 2014, a month in which snow and ice storms stunted commerce.

 
Indian Trails Career Cooperative receives two grants totaling nearly $422,000

MONTICELLO - Indian Trails Career Cooperative has announced it is the recipient of two awards totaling $421,926 from Innovative CTE Curriculum Grants.

Grants were awarded to North and South Newton schools as they collaborate on developing precision farming, agri-tourism and aquaponics. The second grant was awarded to West Central School in Pulaski County. In conjunction with the Pulaski County Economic Development Office, West Central will use its grant to concentrate on advanced manufacturing careers in Industrial repair and maintenance and certified production. 

 
Bill to require civics test for high school students passes committee

INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier students could be required to pass a national civics test in order to graduate high school if a bill that passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday becomes law.

Senate Bill 269, authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, requires students to take the same test administrated to immigrants by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The test is designed to ensure students have a working knowledge of national government and the country’s history.

 
Donnelly helps Iintroduce Llegislation to protect and revitalize the Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, D.C– U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly helped introduce legislation Thursday (Feb. 12) designed to protect and revitalize the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act (GLEEPA) of 2015, introduced Thursday by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), would formally authorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Great Lakes Program Office, and reauthorize the Great Lakes Legacy Act.

 
West Central Board looks to utilize 'E-Learning'

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School board gave its approval to a plan to apply to the Indiana  Department of Education to utilizing E-Learning Days, as presented at its monthly meeting Thursday night (Feb. 5).

 E-Learning is the use of technology to enable people to learn anytime and anywhere. WCSC E-Learning days will offer a blended learning environment for students. Teachers will create standards-based lessons with resources and the assignment available through the internet and packets.

 
Bowden Family Student Athlete Scholarship announced

School athletic competition was important to every member of the Bowden family, from parents Jim and Carol to their four children, Brooks, Shallon, Blake and Blair.  

In honor of their children and to encourage high school athletes to continue their athletic careers in college, the Bowdens have established the Bowden Family Student Athlete Scholarship, a permanent fund through the Pulaski County Community Foundation.