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Importance of Reading:

The Head-Start Preschool students and parents attended a preschool literacy and dialogic reading program in January to learn more about importance of reading.

While parents learned about the importance of  literacy and were provided with ideas and tips to utilize at home, the students participated in three learning stations.

In this photo, Deb Winter (right) from the Purdue Extension office leads one of the stations.

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Local News Briefs

State Education Superintendent Ritz to visit EPCS Jan. 30

WINAMAC - Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation has announced that Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz will visit the local school corporation on Friday, Jan. 30.

The current schedule calls for Superintendent Ritz to arrive at the EPCS corporation office at 9:30 a.m., for a small meet and greet and official welcome to EPCSC and the Winamac area.

Chamber seeks nominations for 2015 Halleck Award

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the  2015 Dr. H.J. Halleck Community Service Award which will be presented this spring at the Chamber's annual meeting/awards banquet in March

Nominations for the 33rd Halleck Award will be accepted through Feb. 1.

Civic Players announces auditions for 'Chicago'

LOGANSPORT - Auditions have been tentatively set for Civic Players of Logansport’s spring musical, “Chicago.”

Set in 1920’s Chicago, the show tells the story of murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, who find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows.

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.

PACE offers 2015 grants

Pulaski Alliance for Community Education (PACE) has announced that $60,000 is available for educational grants to eligible organizations. 

Organizations whose primary mission is public education may apply for grant funds. 

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. 

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.

Quilts of Valor sew day Feb. 7

A sew day for the Quilts of Valor program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, at Bethel Bible Church, located at SR 14 and CR 700 W, west of Winamac.

Local organizers will be constructing quilts for their next presentation.

PCPL lists January events

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

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.


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185,730 Hoosiers sign up for Health Insurance Marketplace

HHS encourages consumers to sign up before Open Enrollment ends Feb. 15

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nearly 7.2 million consumers selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace as of Jan. 16, including 185,730 in Indiana. 

“With just four weeks before the Feb. 15 deadline and the end of Open Enrollment, 185,730 Indiana consumers are counting on the Marketplace for affordable health coverage,”  U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said.

Indiana Hospital Association rolls out new hospital cost-comparison website

The Indiana Hospital Association has developed a new website that will help Hoosiers understand hospital billing.

The website can be found at and compares the costs of different hospitals across the state side-by-side, and illustrates hospital charge data in a compiled list.

Pence calls for balanced budget amendment, federal HIP 2.0 approval in third State of the State address

INDIANAPOLIS – In his third State of the State address, Gov. Mike Pence called for a balanced budget amendment that he says will protect Indiana from a possible economic downturn and will show Hoosiers their tax dollars are being spent wisely.

The proposed amendment – authored by Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek – will prevent the state from allowing recurring state spending from exceeding projected tax revenue.

Presidential talk may bring new audience for Pence address on Tuesday

INDIANAPOLIS – The content and structure of Gov. Mike Pence’s State of the State address on Tuesday (Jan. 13) is likely to be similar to years’ past.

The audience may not be.

Video & story: Pence offers $31 billion budget with more for charters, roads and a new state park inn

INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence wants to modestly boost funding for education but give much of the money to charter and private schools, part of an ongoing effort to expand the number of choices for students.

But critics of the plan said Thursday it will leave little new money for traditional public schools while giving more cash to failing charters. And House Speaker Brian Bosma, a fellow Republican, said his caucus will propose to spend even more on schools overall.

Lawmakers return to Statehouse for 2015 session, pledge cooperation

INDIANAPOLIS — Legislators gathered in both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly for the first time in 2015, agreeing the main theme throughout the session will be a greater commitment to education in the state.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, along with Senate President Pro-Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, and House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, directed the conversation to education funding.


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Preschoolers, parents learn about literacy

The Head-Start Preschool students and parents attended a preschool literacy and dialogic reading program in January to learn more about importance of reading.  

The program was provided by Purdue Extension of Pulaski and Jasper counties.

NIPSCO extends option for customers to 'go green'

MERRILLVILLE - Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has announced that its Green Power Rate pilot program, which launched in May 2012, has been approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission as a long term program.

The Green Power Rate program allows residential, commercial and industrial electric customers to designate 25, 50 or 100 percent of their monthly electric usage to be attributed to renewable energy sources. Commercial and industrial participants also have the flexibility to designate five or ten percent of their monthly usage.

Donnelly returns from official travel to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel

Bipartisan delegation focuses on national security concerns in the Middle East

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly Tuesday morning (Jan. 20) returned from a bipartisan Senate delegation to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel led by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).  

U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Barrasso (R-WY), Angus King (I-ME) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) were a part of the delegation. 

Sheriff Richwine announces deputy officers

New Pulaski County Sheriff Jeff Richwine, who assumed office earlier this month, has announced his deputy officers.

Along with the sheriff, the team will be led by veteran officers Barney Rausch and Chris Schramm.

Agriculture leaders convene for the inaugural Indiana Governor’s Agriculture Conference

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and nearly 350 agriculture leaders from throughout Indiana and the nation gathered Friday (Jan. 16) for the Inaugural Governor’s Agriculture Conference that featured national speakers from key sectors of the agriculture industry.

Pulaski County one of five communities awarded HCI grant

INDIANAPOLIS - Pualski County has been awarded a Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), Nathan Origer, executive director of the Pulaski County Economic Development Commission, announced late Monday.

Pulaski County is one of six communities to participate in the first-ever HCI.

Pulaski County Community Foundation Board adds directors

Pulaski County Community Foundation (PCCF) Board welcomes three new directors in 2015.  

Incoming members are:  Missy Culp, farmer/bookkeeper; Carola Forsythe, retired nurse; and Shane Pilarski, Alliance Bank vice president/controller.  

Zellers named new Winamac town manager

The Winamac Town Council has named Brad Zellers as its new town manager. 

Zellers is a 20-year veteran of the town's wastewater treatment plant, acting as its supervisor for the past 13 years.

Endowment established for Animal Center

A permanent endowment has been created to provide support to Pulaski Animal Center (PAC), a tax-exempt nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  

The new fund comes just over a year since a temporary start-up fund was created in the Pulaski County Community Foundation to accept donations toward a facility for abandoned and stray animals.

New scholarship honors pioneer farmers

The Senn Family Scholarship has been established at the Pulaski County Community Foundation.  

The renewable scholarship honors the family of John Senn, Sr. (1808-1889) who was an immigrant from Switzerland. Following purchase of a tract of land in Pulaski County from the United States government in 1840, John and wife Catherine Waggoner homesteaded a farm and raised a family, many of whose descendants still live in the area.

West Central board elects officers, discusses Pence education agenda

FRANCESVILLE – Jim Bergens was re-elected president of the West Central School Board at its meeting Thursday night (Jan. 8). David Allen was elected vice president, and Jeff Lowry secretary.

Before the election, the oath of office was administered by Pam Ledford to school board members Jim Bergens, Todd Miller, and Jeff Lowry. The board members filled out annual conflict of interest forms as required by law.