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Toy Show:

The 25th annual Farm Toy Show was held Sunday at Eastern Pulaski Elementary School in Winamac

The event, sponsored by the Northern Indiana Power From the Past, Inc., usually attracts over 2,000 visitors.

Here Gerald Rife of Winamac meets with a visitor to his booth "Rife's Revived Relics" who asked quiestions about his custom-made toy tractors. Rife also offers vintage tools and yard art.

The toy show featured 150 tables of toys for sale, including antique toys and collectibles for young and old. Vendors from Indiana and surrounding states participated.

 
 
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Local News Briefs

Special Olympics Chili Cook-Off Jan. 28

Pulaski County Special Olympics will hold a Chili Cook-Off from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Star City Community building.

Individuals and organizations are invited to enter the cook-off for a chance at the top prize of $100. Judges will be those who attend the event and purchase $5 "Taster Tickets." Sandwiches, drinks and desserts will also be available.

 
Library's January programs include a snowflake craft, nutrition for 2017

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

For more information on any program, call the library at 574-946-3432.

 
Ivy Tech to offer Microsoft Office training series

KOKOMO - Ivy Tech Community College is offering a Microsoft Office training series starting in February that will offer introductory classes in four popular Microsoft Office 2013 programs, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

“Many jobs require at least a basic skill level in these Microsoft Office programs,” said Stephanie Reitan of Ivy Tech’s Workforce Alignment staff. “If you want to learn how to use certain programs or are looking to brush up on your skills, our MS Office training series is for you.”

 
Shefiff's office begins raising money for scholarship fund

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office has begun raising money to start a scholarship fund for Pulaski County high school graduates.

The scholarship will be available to students interested in studying law enforcement from Winamac and West Central high schools. The sheriff’s office needs to raise $10,000 to transfer the scholarship to the Community Foundation of Pulaski County where the scholarship will be self-sustaining.

 
Culver Academies' Black Horse Troop to appear in Jan. 20 Presidential Inaugural Parade

CULVER - The Culver Academies' Black Horse Troop and Equestriennes have accepted an invitation to participate in the Jan. 20 Presidential Inaugural Parade  for President-elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. 

The parade will mark the 17th time the Black Horse Troop has marched down Pennsylvania Avenue since its first appearance in 1913.

 
Historical Society to hold membership drive in January

The Pulaski County Historical Society welcomes new members as it approaches its annual membership drive in January.

The Historical Society relies on its membership to make the history of Pulaski County come alive today.

 
INFB Young Farmers to meet

INDIANAPOLIS - Registration is open for the 2017 INFB Young Farmer Leadership Conference, Jan. 27-29 in Indianapolis. 

The conference theme is “Step Up for Ag.”

 
Pulaski County unemployment rate rises to 4.2% in November

Pulaski County's unemployment rate jumped to 4.2 percent November, up from 3.7 percent in October, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (Dec. 19). The rate was 4.3 percent a year ago.

The county has 6,093 employed persons in a labor force of 6,358. Last month those numbers were 6,070 of 6,305. A year ago the numbers were 6,118 of 6,391.

 
PMH Senior Care helps senior citizens with mental health issues

Pulaski Memorial Hospital's new Senior Care program can help senior citizens with mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, fear and worry lasting more than two weeks. It also assists with grief issues.

Program director Mindy Shidler, RN, hopes to spread information about the Senior Care program throughout the community.

 
 

Indiana News

Donnelly, Walorski take stands on health care

In separate news releases, U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski have outlined their positions on Congressional efforts this week to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Donnelly says he opposes the effort to "take health care away from Hoosiers," while Walorski has voted for the first step to "repeal and replace Obamacare.

 
Indiana residents now 'Hoosiers' instead of 'Indianans' in government style guide

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young announced Thursday (Jan. 12) that the Government Publishing Office has changed the designation of Indiana natives to “Hoosiers” in the new federal government style guide.

The style guide currently uses the term "Indianan."

 
IHS Marks 100th Anniversary of U.S. Entry into WWI

New exhibit features Hoosier letters, diaries, postcards and interviews

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) commemorates the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I with a new exhibit that examines the war through the lens of what Hoosiers left behind.

The exhibit, The Great War through Hoosier Eyes, includes original letters and diaries written by Hoosier men, women and children. It also includes reproductions of several dozen postcards saved by Hoosiers throughout the war.

 
Holcomb outlines legislative agenda

INDIANAPOLIS - Better roads and bridges, as well as an expanded pre-K program are top priorities under Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration.  

He has announced the five themes of his legislative agenda.

 
State's Congressional lawmakers praise possible pick of Coats as national intelligence director

INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier members of Congress congratulated former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats as his name emerged as President-elect Donald Trump’s director of national intelligence Thursday (Jan. 5).

“I can’t think of an individual I trust more to advise the president and direct our intelligence operations than Sen. Coats,” U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, said in a statement. “He deserves all the accolades he will receive in the coming days. This is an excellent pick by President-elect Trump.”

 
New Indiana first lady offers gun safety training during weekend inaugural events

EDINBURGH, Ind. — First lady-designee Janet Holcomb started her husband’s inauguration weekend out with a bang.

Janet Holcomb, a National Rifle Association certified shooting and safety training instructor, hosted a virtual weapon training experience with nearly 450 constituents Saturday. The purpose of the event was instruct Hoosiers on proper weapon training and allow them to personally meet the Holcomb family outside the Statehouse. 

 
 

Post News

VFW receives Community Foundation grant

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1728 recently received a $7,500 grant from the Community Grants Fund through the Community Foundation of Pulaski County. 

This grant will go to support a new roof on the VFW building in Winamac.

 
Winamac hires Barr as new football coach

WINAMAC - Craig Barr has been hired as the new varsity football coach at Winamac Community High School.

The selection of Barr, a 1981 Winamac graduate and former Warrior quarterback who has 25 years of high school coaching experience, was made at Monday's school board meeting.

 
Police arrest four in connection with theft ring

Deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office last week assisted with a multi-jurisdictional theft investigation which resulted in four arrests in Pulaski County.

The investigation has led police to believe the subjects are part of a large-scale theft ring that has grown to involve multiple suspects who have committed crimes in Noble, Steuben, Starke and Pulaski counties, along with two counties in Michigan.

 
West Central Board approves teacher contracts

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board approved its teacher contracts at its monthly meeting Jan. 5.

Teacher salary is based upon 2015-16 evaluations, which is based upon the state ISTEP and state assigned letter grades for schools. This information was released by the state in December.

 
Police seek help in solving burglary cold case

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public assistance in solving a four-year-old burglary case involving a Winamac residence. A $2,000 reward is offered.

On Jan. 8, 2013 county police investigated a burglary at the residence of Garry and Rhonda White on Crestview Drive, Winamac.

 
Remains of Pearl Harbor sailor, uncle of Kewanna woman, identified 75 years later

The remains of a U.S. Navy sailor killed in the Pearl Harbor attack 75 years ago, have been identified and returned to Pensacola, Fla. to be buried Friday (Jan. 6).

The sailor, Walter Henry Sollie, is an uncle of Iris Plowman of Kewanna.

 
Alliance Bank reflects on highlights of 2016

From Alliance Bank

FRANCESVILLE - As we all ring in a new year, it also beacons us to give pause for reflection on highpoints of the past year, observed Alliance Bank officials in an end-of-year news release.

It’s been a tough year for Alliance Bank given the illness and loss of president and CEO, Terry Stevens, and maybe that’s why, this year, a reflection seems so poignant.

 
Three arrested on methamphetamine-related charges

Three Winamac adults were arrested on drug charges Thursday (Dec. 22) at a residence northeast of Winamac.

The charges stem from a Pulaski County Sheriff's Office investigation in reference to manufacturing methamphetamine.

 
Police action shooting in Knox results in death of Plymouth man

Updated

KNOX - A Plymouth man is dead following a police action shooting in Knox Wednesday morning (Dec. 21).

The Indiana State Police were contacted by the Starke County Sheriff's Department to investigate the incident which occurred at 9:22 a.m. (CST), at 3120 S. U.S. 35 in Knox.