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St. Joseph Catholic Church served up its annual chicken-and-noodles dinner (with homemade pie!) Sunday at the 116-year-old church along the Tippecanoe River in Pulaski.

The event, sponsored by the Christian Mothers, drew a crowd from around the county and beyond.



Local News Briefs

Pre-sale of 'Les Miserables' tickets announced

Times and dates for pre-sale of tickets have been announced for the Winamac Community High School production of Les Miserables - School Edition, the weekend of April 10-12.

Tickets will be $7. Pre-sale tickets will be sold to the public from 3:30 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, Thursday, April 2, and Monday, April 6, at the WCHS socialtorium.

Pulaski County unemployment rate falls to 5.7 percent in February

Pulaski County's unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 percent in February, down from 6.2 percent (revised rate) in January, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (March 30). The rate was 6.8 percent a year ago. The county has 6,047 employed persons in a labor force of 6,410. Last month those numbers were 5,967 of 6,367.

The state's February unemployment rate dipped to 5.9 percent (seasonally adjusted), down slightly from 6.0 percent in January. The February 2014 rate was 6.1 percent. The U.S. rate dropped to 5.5 percent, down from 5.7 percent in January. A year ago, the national rate was 6.7 percent.

Hop Aboard the Easter Train!

NORTH JUDSON - The Easter Trains on Saturday, April 4, depart from the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson.

Passengers ride in vintage cabooses, a passenger coach, or open-air sightseeing cars. The train excursion is round-trip from the depot and travels over five miles, crossing the Kankakee River at English Lake, before returning to North Judson.

Nonprofit Human Resources Series offered

A free webinar opportunity for staff, trustees, and board members of small nonprofits is available through the Pulaski County Community Foundation and the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance.  

The Nonprofit HR Series will help nonprofits understand the legal requirements and potential pitfalls of hiring and managing nonprofit employees.

Chamber of Commerce holding flower basket fund-raiser

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce is holding a "Hanging Flower Basket" fund raiser.  Each basket is only $17 and will be delivered on May 8, just in time for Mother's Day.

The Town & Country Women's Club started this project a few years ago, and is letting the Chamber take it over.

WCHS drama to present spring musical, 'Les Miserables' April 10-12


Les Miserables School Edition will be the spring musical at Winamac Community High school.

Four performances of the show will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 10; 7 p.m., Saturday, April 11; and at 1 and 6 p.m., Sunday, April 12. All performances will be at the WCHS socialtorium. 

Pulaski Extension seeking to determine interest in 'For Kids Only' fashion show

The Pualski County Extension office is attempting to determine interest in the community for returning the "For Kids Only" fashion show to the program line-up at the county fair.

The event was cancelled at the 2014 fair, as participation had dwindled for the show.

4-H Junior Leader Easter Egg Hunt April 4

The Pulaski County Junior Leaders 4-H Club will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 4, at the Star City Park   

Kids ages 0-5th grade are welcome to attend, and they must bring their own basket or bag. There are prizes for each age-division.  

Scholarships for current college students now available

Current college students may be eligible for scholarships through the Pulaski County Community Foundation.

Applications will be available March 13 for the Gary M. Schnapf Memorial 4-H Scholarship, the K. Stuart Gast Scholarship, Ralph E. Winters Scholarship, and the Back Home Again in Indiana Scholarship.

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.


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Gov. Pence calls for clarification to RFRA by the end of week

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is calling for additional legislation to help clarify the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law Thursday, and he wants it on his desk by the end of the week.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear that this law does not give businesses the right to deny services to anyone,” Pence said Tuesday in a press conference. “We want to make it clear that Indiana is open for business.”

Requests for repeal of RFRA flow in to lawmakers

INDIANAPOLIS — Leaders and organizations continue to call on state lawmakers to take action on the intensely controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard held a news conference Monday afternoon where he called on lawmakers to repeal or add specific language to Senate Bill 101 to protect LGBT Hoosiers.

Republicans vow to “clarify” RFRA but Democrats say it’s not enough

INDIANAPOLIS - Republican legislative leaders are vowing to clarify the Religious Freedom Restoration Act but the state’s top Democratic lawmakers want it repealed.

House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, spoke to the media to try and clarify and further explain RFRA, which was signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday.

Coats: Time has come to pass ‘demanding’ job to someone else

INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Dan Coats will not seek reelection in 2016 – a move that creates an open seat that could start a chain reaction of political moves in Indiana.

Coats said the decision not to run was difficult but he’s “concluded that the time has come to pass this demanding job to the next generation of leaders.”

Pence signs controversial religious freedom bill in private event

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INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a controversial bill into law Thursday that supporters say protects residents’ rights to adhere to their religious principles but critics claim legalizes discrimination, particularly against gay Hoosiers.

Pence’s decision to say yes to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act comes despite threats from some business leaders and convention organizers that they could take their business elsewhere if the divisive measure became law. And it comes among a cry from critics that the law is embarrassing for Indiana.

Video & story: Divisive religious freedom bill passes House largely on party lines

INDIANAPOLIS – The controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed the House Monday (March 23) and needs just one final vote before heading to the governor to be signed into law.

Supporters say the bill will provide Indiana courts with clearer standards for evaluating cases that involve individuals or businesses that are openly expressing their religious beliefs. But opponents say it will allow businesses and others to openly discriminate, particularly against people who are gay.


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2015 Lily Scholarship awarded to Hannah DeGroot

One Pulaski County student has been named the recipient of a full-tuition, four-year scholarship as the Pulaski County Community Foundation 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Hannah DeGroot of Winamac Community High School will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Stolen vehicle from Porter County located in Francesville area

A stolen van from Porter County was discovered in Pulaski County Friday morning, following a 911 call from whom police are calling "an alert citizen."

The vehicle was found in southeastern Salem Township, near the White County line, at CRs 900 S and 1200 W.

911 hang-up leads to woman wanted on Starke County warrant

A Medaryville woman wanted on a Starke County warrant was located Thursday night by Pulaski County police following a dropped 911 call.

Sadie A. Wireman, 53, was discovered at a Medaryville area residence and later transferred to the custody of the Starke County Sheriff's office.

Star City woman critically injuried in one-car crash

WINAMAC - A Star City woman was airlifted to a South Bend hospital in critical condition Saturday night following a one-vehicle roll-over accident on the southside of Winamac.

Amanda L. Abbott, 34, was first transported to Pulaski Memorial Hospital, and later flown via Samaritan Air Ambulance to South Bend Memorial Hospital with severe injuries.

Pulaski County Public Library gives books to newborns at Pulaski Memorial Hospital

Every child born at Pulaski Memorial Hospital will get an early start on reading, thanks to a donation of books from the Pulaski County Public Library.

The library has provided 100 copies of the book Little Blue Truck for the hospital to present as gifts to newborns and their families. Little Blue Truck tells a fun, short story that parents can read with their child, and it is in a sturdy board book format so that children can hold and interact with it themselves.

Indiana’s Community Foundations hit halfway mark of $66 million matching grant challenge

WINAMAC -  Indiana counties are a little richer today. In July 2014, Lilly Endowment Inc. announced a statewide challenge grant to community foundations, totaling $66 million, with incentives that include a $1-for-$1 dollar match.  

Those incentives have worked. Community foundations have already raised more than 50% toward the match.

Alliance Bank announces promotions

Francesville – Alliance Bank has announced two staff promotions

Gina Gaddis has been promoted to loan operations manager, while Annie Scholz, who recently joined Alliance Bank as a management trainee/loan officer apprentice, has since been promoted to loan officer. She will be facilitating consumer, ag and commercial loans in Jasper and Pulaski counties. 

EPCS Board approves several purchases, upgrades

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board approved the purchase of two new school buses, an upgrade to the schools' wireless system and an update of staff computers, among other purchases at its monthly meeting March 9.

The board also approved the retirement request of long-time elementary school teacher Sara Slaven.

Local child advocates take cause to Statehouse

March 9 marked the fourth annual 'CASA Day' at the Statehouse 

INDIANAPOLIS - Over 350 Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers, friends and supporters gathered at the state capitol for the Indiana Child Advocate Network’s CASA Day at the Statehouse Monday, March 9. 

This event marked the fourth annual CASA Day event in the Indiana. Guest speakers included Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush and inspiring messages from two foster youth. 

Pulaski County Democrats choose new leaders

Laura Bailey has been chosen as the new chairperson of the Pulaski County Democrats.

She was appointed to fill the remainder of the term of Bill Reutebuch at the organization's regular central committee meeting March 7.