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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

County Commissioners to meet in special session Dec. 23

The Pulaski County Commissioners will meet in special session to address issues in closing the county home (Pleasant View Rest Home) at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday (Dec. 23), in the commissioners room at the courthouse, Winamac.

Earlier this autumn, the Pulaski County Council unexpectedly voted to remove funding for the Pleasant View Rest Home (the county home) in its 2015 budget.

 
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.  

 
PCPL lists December events, including Santa visits

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for December - which will include regular visits by Santa Claus.

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.

 
Extension Homemakers to offer craft, food workshops

The Pulaski County Homemakers Association will host a series of craft and food workshops in January and February, open to anyone who is interested in vintage finds, learning new paint techniques, and for those who like to cook. 

“We are very excited about these educational, fun and creative workshops that will be offered this winter,” said Natalie Daily-Federer, County Extension Director and 4-H Educator.

 
Community Christmas dinner at Winamac FUMC Dec. 25

A community Christmas dinner will once again be served from 3 to 5 p.m., Christmas Day, at the First United Methodist Church, located at Spring and Monticello (U.S. 35) streets, Winamac.

A traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings will be offered. There is no charge and the meal is open to the public.

 
Churches announce Christmas programs/services

Area churches have begun to announce special Christmas season services and events.

Some of them are as follows:

 
Pulaski Christmas Lights on display through Jan. 1

PULASKI - The annual Pulaski Christmas Lights displays are now lit from 5 to 11 p.m., nightly through Thursday, 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."

 
Local author launches 'Tiger Lily" mystery series

If you love cats, small towns and light mysteries, a recently launched book series by new author Kathi Thompson of rural Star City may just be your cup of tea.

The first book of the series, Turtle Soup: A Tiger Lily’s Café Mystery, was published earlier this autumn and is available in print and electronic versions.

 
PCCF announces details for 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

The Pulaski County Community Foundation has announced that the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program will be made available for 2015 graduates.

Students can apply online starting Dec. 12 through the Pulaski County Community Foundation’s new website at www.pulaskiccf.org. Deadline for application submission is 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12.

 
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. 

 
Pulaski County unemployment rate at 4.1 in October

Pulaski County has state's fourth-best unemployment rate

Pulaski County's unemployment rose slightly to 4.1 percent in October, up from 4.0 percent (revised rate) in September, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (Nov. 24). The rate was 5.5 percent a year ago. The county has 6,565 employed persons in a labor force of 6,878. Last month those numbers were 6,491 of 6,878.

The state's October rate remained steady at 5.7 percent (seasonally adjusted), the same as September. The October 2013 rate was 7.1 percent. The U.S. rate slipped to 5.8 percent, from 5.9 percent (seasonally adjusted) in September. A year ago, the national rate was 7.2 percent.

 
 

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Donnelly bill aimed at preventing military suicides could pass this week

In 2013, 475 soldiers lost lives to suicide, compared to 132 killed in combat

INDIANAPOLIS — A bill aimed at preventing suicides among military members is expected to pass the U.S. Senate this week.

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., authored the Jacob Sexton Military Prevention Suicide Act of 2014 because he believes the U.S. military needs to improve its mental health screening system.

 
Photo gallery: Christmas at the Governor’s Residence

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has taken photos of the Governor’s Residence to give Hoosiers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the holiday decorations around the property.

Hoosiers will have more opportunities in December to visit the Indiana Governor’s Residence and see the home’s holiday decorations.

 
Pence to eliminate divisive education agency, ask lawmakers to remove Ritz as state ed board chair

INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday (Dec. 4) he will dissolve a controversial education agency he created last year as part of an effort to “restore trust and harmony” with Democratic Superintendent Glenda Ritz.

Pence said he will also ask the General Assembly to let the State Board of Education elect its own chairman, which would essentially oust her from the position. Indiana is the only state with an elected state superintendent who also chairs its education board.

 
Indiana joins lawsuit against Obama’s immigration policy

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will join 16 states in a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s new immigration policies.

The suit – spearheaded by Texas – asks a judge to declare the president’s executive order unconstitutional because it’s a policy change that did not receive congressional approval.

 
Farigrounds Coliseum becomes 'Indiana Farmers Coliseum'

Carmel-based insurance company agrees to 10-year sponsorship

INDIANAPOLIS – The recently renovated State Fairgrounds Coliseum has a new sponsor and a new name – the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

Executives fromIndiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Company and the Indiana State Fair Commission made the announcement Tuesday (Dec. 2) inside the 75-year-old building that reopened last spring following a $53 million facelift.

 
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.

 
 

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Star City man arrested on attempted murder charge

STAR CITY - One Star City area man was arrested Sunday on charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery, and another was transported to a Fort Wayne hospital with extensive head injuries, following an alleged beating south of the rural town.

Arrested was Kevin E. Holcomb, 45. Injured was Todd E. Schultz, 44, according to a report from Pulaski County Sheriff Mike Gayer.

 
Farmers need to talk about issues that affect agriculture, INFB president says

FRENCH LICK - In today’s world, “It takes every farmer getting involved to accomplish our goals and to accomplish our priorities,” Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock told attendees to the organization’s annual convention, held Dec. 12-13 in French Lick.

In his annual address to the membership, Villwock challenged farmers to continue to talk to legislators and opinion leaders about the issues that matter to agriculture, including skyrocketing property taxes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, protecting farm data, and annexation of farm ground by cities and towns.

 
Pulaski County among semi-finalist communities for Hometown Collaboration Initiative

INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann announced Tuesday (Dec. 9) six semi-finalist communities for the Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI), which was unveiled at regional conferences held around the state during the month of October.

Pulaski County is one of the six semi-finalists.

 
Winamac Council discusses wage issues

WINAMAC - Josh Wilder, representing the Northern Indiana Power From the Past (NIPFP), Inc., met with the Winamac Town Council at its monthly meeting (Dec. 8) regarding the fairgrounds area in the town park where the organization holds its Antique Power Show each summer.

Also, the council discussed town employee wages at the meeting.

 
State November revenues up from last year, but below projections

INDIANAPOLIS- Revenue figures for November released Friday show that Indiana’s general fund brought in slightly more than $1 billion in November.

Big as that number sounds, it was 4.5 percent below projections. But, the revenue total was nearly 13 percent more than what the state collected in November 2013.

 
Pulaski Adult Learning Center offers range of services

The Pulaski Adult Learning Center offers a wide range of educational services, including Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency (TASC) and Accuplacer test preparation, and Continuing Education.

Learn more about the center by visiting its website here

 
West Central School Board discusses increased internet usage

FRANCESVILLE – The West Central School Board voted to purchase a new 72-passenger school bus and a new mini-bus at its November meeting, Thursday evening.

The board also reviewed internet usage at the schools.

 
PCCF awards $37,000 to 12 organizations

The Pulaski County Community Foundation’s community grant cycle recently culminated in an awards presentation to 12 organizations.

A total of  $37,000 from the Community Grants Fund was awarded, the largest amount to date through the Community Foundation’s competitive community grant process.

 
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.

 
NIPSCO reminds customers of home heating safety

Furnace inspections, carbon monoxide detectors help keep homes safe, warm

MERRILLVILLE - With colder temperatures settling in, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) reminds customers of the importance of maintaining a safe home heating system.

An annual inspection is essential for every home’s furnace to ensure that it is working efficiently and to help protect dwellers from safety concerns, such as carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. 

 
PCCF to offer new scholarship

Winamac and West Central High School seniors who are Pulaski County residents and plan to attend a public or private post-secondary or trade school will want to be sure to apply for the new Pulaski County Community Foundation Scholarship next spring.

The scholarship is open to any student in good standing at his/her high school, and no GPA requirements or field of study restrictions apply. An award will be made to a student from each high school every year.