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A stunning summer sky overshadows a Pulaski County cornfield that looks much the same as many other fields across the county and state in the wet 2015 growing season.

Record rainfalls in June, followed by continued showers in July have resulted in drowned-out bare spots in the crop fields, stunted growth and yellowed foliage.

The soaked soil has prevented farmers from applying fertilizers and weed control. Earlier-planted fields are generally faring better than later-planted crops, but even those fields that look good from the roadsides often have damage in the center.

Find help for Flooding 2015 here.


Local News Briefs

PMH to hold three immunization clinics for school children

Pulaski Memorial Hospital will hold three immunization clinics for school-aged children.

The times and dates are: 1 to 6 p.m., Thursday, July 30; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1; and 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5.

Pack-a-Backpack donation drop-off Aug. 1

The annual donation drop-off for Pulaski County Pack-a-Backpack, Inc. will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1, at the NAPA parking lot, Winamac (US 35 South).

Anyone wishing to donate school supply items for the project may drop them off at this time. Monetary donations are also appreciated.

Informational program on Lyme Disease Aug. 3

A "Lyme Awareness Day," free to the public, will run from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, Aug. 3, at the Nazarene Church, Winamac (located next to the hospital).

The event will share information about northwest Indiana's ever-increasing cases of Lyme Disease, and explore various diagnostic and treatment options.

Pulaski County unemployment rate drops to 4.1% in June

Pence, state Democrats remark on state job numbers

Pulaski County's unemployment rate improved to 4.1 percent in June, down from 4.4 percent in May, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday (July 22). The rate was 5.3 percent a year ago. The county has 6,409 employed persons in a labor force of 6,685. Last month those numbers were 6,266 of 6,558.

The state's June unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent (seasonally adjusted, down from 5.1 percent in Mayl. The June 2014 rate was 5.9 percent. The U.S. rate dropped to 5.3 percent, down from 5.5 in Mayl. A year ago, the national rate was 6.1 percent.

Panhandle 'Down & Back' bike ride Aug. 1

The Friends of the Panhandle Pathway will hold a "Down & Back" bicycle ride Saturday, Aug. 1 - riding the 44-mile (roundtrip) length of the trail.

The mass start begins at 7 a.m., with registration at 6:30 a.m., at the Winamac Railroad Freight Depot.

Crop report: Persistent rain continues

LANSING, Mich. - Heavy rains as well as wind, hail and lightning, took a toll on crops last week in Indiana, according to the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) Great Lakes Region.

A few days of dry, warm weather were outshined by rain at the beginning and end of the week. Many areas of the state received two or more inches of rain, with some areas receiving in excess of five inches of rain, adding more unneeded moisture to already soaked fields. 

'Spirit of Pulaski County' Aug. 8 in Winamac

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce has been busy planning the Spirit of Pulaski County (formerly Germanfest). The event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8

The day will begin with a pancake-and-sausage breakfast, and feature a Spirit Walk, a 60-mile motorcycle Spirit Bike Ride, children's activities, corn hole games, craft and food vendors, a beer garden and bands.

'Spirit' blood drive Aug. 8

A "Spirit" blood drive, held in conjunction with the Pulaski County Spirit Day will run from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, at the train depot parking lot, Winamac.

To sign up to donate blood, click here.

Program on World War II gliders Aug. 13

LOGANSPORT - A program on "Gliders and Glider Pilots in World War II" will be presented at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Logansport Public Library.

The program will be given by Alan Teller as part of the Cass County Historical Society's speaker series.


Fair News

4-H Livestock Auction brings $124,456

Buyers paid a total of $124,456.50  at the annual 4-H Livestock Auction at the 2015 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair Thursday evening (July 9) at the Winamac fairgrounds.

The amount was down from last year’s total of $141,754.65. (The 2006 record auction totaled $157,816.46.)

2015 4-H project champions named

Updated, more photos

Here are results from 4-H exhibit judgings at the 2015 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair.

A total of 366 youth in Pulaski County participate in the 4-H program.

2015 4-H livestock champions announced

The Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair 2015 4-H livestock champions have been announced as follows:

A total of 366 youth in Pulaski County participate in the 4-H program.

4-H Horse & Pony 2015 results announced

The results of the 4-H Horse & Pony Show competition at the 2015 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair have been released.

They are as follows:

2015 Open Class juding results listed

The Open Class exhibits at the Pulaski County fair provide proof that 4-Hers are not the only ones working hard on creative projects. A total of 155 of open class exhibits were displayed throughout the week inside the Community Building on the fairgrounds.

The Open Class exhibits are sponsored by the Extension Homemakers, but open to all.  

Smoked Pig Patty named 'Year of the Farmer' signature food

INDIANAPOLIS –The Smoked Pig Patty from Indiana Pork Association was crowned the 2015 ‘Signature Food’ of the Indiana State Fair.

Six concessionaires competed in the “Field to Farm” themed competition this year and online voters selected the winner after viewing photos of all the entries and reviewing judges’ comments.


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Low unemployment could mean trouble for businesses seeking workers

INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate dropped below 5 percent in June for the first time in more than seven years as the state’s labor force continued to expand.

The rate – which measures the number of people who are actively seeking work but unemployed – fell to 4.9 percent from 5.1 in May. That’s the third consecutive month of decline.

Lugar, Hamilton talk political civility at lieutenant governor’s conference

INDIANAPOLIS — Two distinguished former lawmakers – one Democrat and one Republican – spoke out last week about civility among elected officials.

Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton and former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar took part in a panel to discuss their experience working with members of the opposing party and the need to react civilly to each other in elected positions.


Post News

Arrest made in connection with hit-and-run incident

WINAMAC - A San Pierre man has been arrested on charges in connection to a hit-and-run incident Tuesday afternoon (July 21), resulting in serious injuries to a motorcyclist.

In a joint statement from Pulaski County prosecutor Daniel Murphy and sheriff Jeff Richwine, it was announced that Ronald L. Dobson, 62, San Pierre was arrested following the incident which occurred at about 4:35 p.m., at SR 39 and CR 700 N.

New food labeling act passes U.S. House of Representatives

INDIANAPOLIS - The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday (July 23) pass a new food labeling act.

Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock issued the following statement on behalf of the organization in response to the House action:

IFDA recognizes local funeral director for 50 years of service

INDIANAPOLIS – During the 135th annual convention of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association (IFDA), Winamac resident Samuel M. Marks, Jr. was recognized for his longtime and continuous service to the funeral profession.  

Marks received a 50-year service pin at the awards and recognition banquet held in June in Indianapolis.

Grain crop prospects continue to fade, Purdue experts say

WEST LAFAYETTE. - Indiana’s flood-ravaged grain crops could still produce a modest yield, but the chances for recovery are becoming increasingly slim with more rain forecast for parts of the state over the next two weeks, Purdue Extension experts say.

“I have been optimistic with my assessment, based on the possibility that the weather would moderate,” said corn expert Bob Nielsen. “But every subsequent downpour pushes a few more fields off the cliff.”

EPCS Board splits on proposed new staff positions

Board also approves elementary rennovation project bids

WINAMAC – The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board approved one recommended staff position description change at its July meeting, but voted down the proposed new position of “corporation director of curriculum.”

At the June meeting, Superintendent Dan Foster asked for feedback on pursuing a curriculum director position.

Protecting families: Alliance Bank's resolve behind new checking roll-out

FRANCESVILLE - Statistics show that right now, somebody with illicit intentions is probably stealing someone else’s personal information ... every two seconds someone is a victim of identity theft ... how would you know if yours had been stolen?

According to Javelin Strategy and Research - Identity Fraud Survey Report, March 2015, every two seconds, another American became a victim of identity fraud.

Regional Development Company to evaluate revolving loan applicants

WINAMAC - The Pulaski County Community Development Commission (CDC) has contracted the Regional Development Company, to provide financial evaluation and loan-closing services for the Pulaski County Revolving Loan Fund.

According to Nathan P. Origer, CDC executive director, the action was taken in an effort to continue to provide financial assistance to start-ups and growing small businesses for projects that are strong, while strengthening the security of the program.

Purdue flood website offers resources for rebuilding

WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue University's Extension Disaster Education Network has compiled a number of informational resources on a new website to help agricultural producers and homeowners affected by this summer's destructive floods in Indiana.

The site includes instructional videos, background materials, news stories and how-to guides produced by Extension experts.

Indiana's Villwock to seek office of American Farm Bureau president

INDIANAPOLIS - Retiring Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock has announced he will seek electoin as president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Following the announcement Tuesday (July 14) by AFBF president Bob Stallman that he will not seek re-election, Villwock issued the following statement: