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Third Thursday: 

The Pulaski County Public Library holds Third Thursday programs each month at the West Side Center in Medaryville.

This month those attending enjoyed painting and there was even a group of adults who stayed for an old fashioned knitting circle.

Next month, the library will offer another set of programs on the Third Thursday, and a bonus evening on the fifth Thursday.

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Local News Briefs

Winamac Community HS FFA undertakes service project to fight hunger

The Winamac Community High School FFA program has undertaken a service project in partnership with Meals of Hope, a non-profit organization.

The Winamac FFA project will benefit local food pantires. The students' mission is to alleviate hunger one meal at a time.

 
West Central M/H School to stage 'Stright from the Horse's Mouth' Feb. 25-26

FRANCESVILLE - West Central Middle/High School will present the comedy Straight From the Horse's Mouth Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26, at the school.

Performances will be at 6:30 p.m., Saturday; and 3:30 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and children under age 5 admitted free.

 
Next Purdue Extension Nutrition Education program Feb. 23

Purdue Extension Pulaski County will sponsor its next Nutrition Education program, with a free hot meal, at 12 noon, Thursday, Feb. 23, in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church, Winamac.

During this one-hour program, participants will learn the basics of how to choose healthy foods and cook affordable, delicious meals.

 
PACE offers $55,000 in educational grants

Pulaski Alliance fo r Community Education (PACE) is offering $55,000 in educational grants to eligible organizations this spring.

PACE was established in 2002 as the result of a Lilly Endowment CAPE grant won by the Community Foundation of Pulaski County. The purpose of CAPE was to provide selected counties with the ability to expand educational opportunities.

 
'Fat Tuesday' pancake dinner Feb. 28

A "Fat Tuesday" pancake-and-sausage dinner, sponsored by the Pulaski County Association of Churches, will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the First United Methodist Church, Winamac.

Funds raised will support the work of the Association of Churches to assist those in need in the county.

 
Communtiy forum to assess needs of older adults

Pulaski County Human Services, together with Northwest Indiana Community Action (NWICA), will conduct a community forum Monday, Feb. 27, in Winamac, to seek public comment on the Area Agency on Aging's area plan.

The forum will run from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, at Pulaski County Human Services, 115 W. Pearl St., Winamac. Refreshments will be served.

 
Annual Pulaski County CDC Summit March 14

The annual Pulaski County Economic Development Summit is set for Tuesday evening, March 14, at the Medaryville Christian Church annex.

The event, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., will feature a catered dinner and a guest speaker.

 
Registration open for Ivy Tech CPFM course

Ivy Tech offering two-day course that can lead to certification

KOKOMO - Registration is open for the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) course offered by Ivy Tech Community College March 14 and 16 at the Peru Instructional Site.

Indiana Code 410-IAC7-22 requires mandatory certification of at least one person who oversees the food safety operation within each food establishment.

 
Ivy Tech 'Parent Night' March 2 for parents of high school seniors

LOGANSPORT - Parents of area high school seniors are invited to a Parent Night at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport Campus to learn more about possibilities for their student’s life after high school.

The session is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at the campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way (U.S. 35 at 18th St.).

 
 

Indiana News

Commentary: Indiana a flashpoint for Supreme Court campaign

INDIANAPOLIS — I invite you to take a little trip with me through the byzantine world of campaign finance as it is now playing out in Indiana.

This trip starts at the Indiana Statehouse where, on Wednesday, Attorney General Curtis Hill held a press conference urging the state’s two senators to approve Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 
State senate now to consider House's $1.2 billion road funding plan

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed the Republicans’ $1.2 billion road funding plan Thursday with no support from Democrats.

House Bill 1002, which passed by a 61-36 vote, calls for Hoosiers to pay an additional 10 cents per gallon in gas taxes, $15 more to register vehicles and a new $150 fee for electric-powered vehicles. The bill would also give the governor permission to install toll roads without a vote by the legislature.

 
Bill to establish independent redistricting commission draws supporters to statehouse

INDIANAPOLIS —A bill to establish an independent redistricting commission drew dozens of supporters to the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday.

Hoosiers from organizations such as Common Cause and the League of Women Voters testified in support of House Bill 1014 before the House Elections and Apportionment Committee.

 
Indiana House revisits two of former governor's vetoes

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House dismantled part of former Gov. Mike Pence’s legacy Thursday when members decided to override two of his vetoes.

Pence vetoed both bills in 2016 following events that captured national attention.

 
New test to replace ISTEP could be ready in 2018

INDIANAPOLIS — A new test could hit Indiana classrooms in 2018, replacing the current ISTEP test program.

ILEARN, which stands for Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network, would take ISTEP’s place, and is what Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, is calling an alternative approach.

 
Should state or localities regulate Airbnb-style rentals?

INDIANAPOLIS – Over the past 17 years, Shannon Minnaar has grown comfortable in her Carmel neighborhood, surrounded by a community of families.

But when she bought her home, Minnaar did not expect the revolving door of newcomers that would move in every weekend, just steps away from her front lawn.

 
Bill advances for sales tax on out-of-state retailers

NDIANAPOLIS – Out-of-state retailers who do business in Indiana will be required to collect a tax from their customers making online purchases from them.

Senate Bill 545 passed the Senate by a 42-1 vote, with only Sen. Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, dissenting. Specifically, the bill requires retail merchants outside of Indiana to pay the sales tax if their gross revenues exceeds $100,000 in a calendar year and they make more than 200 separate transactions within Indiana.

 
 

Post News

Police release audio connected to murders of Delphi teen girls

Updates added

DELPHI - Law enforcement officials, investigating the deaths last week of two teenage Delphi girls, released Wednesday (Feb. 22) an audio taken by one of the girls of a voice belived to be from a person involved in the murders.

A reward, totaling over $40,000 has also been announced for information leading to an arrest in the case. News of the incident, which has badly shaken residents of the area, has now spread nationwide.

 
Felony charges filed against Hamlet man in connection with fatal vehicle accident

WINAMAC - Felony charges against a Hamlet man have been filed in Pulaski Circuit Court in connection with a fatal vehicle accident last September in rural Pulaski County.

Chief deputy prosecuting attorney Crystal Brucker Kocher annoucned Friday that charges were filed against Cory W. Clemmons, 23, Hamlet, for causing death while operating a motor vehicle.

 
Judge Blankenship to step down to accept new opportunity

Pulaski Superior Court Judge Patrick Blankenship has announced he is stepping down from the bench, effective April 3, to accept an offered opportunity with a company in Florida.

He has two years remaining on his current six-year term in office. It is the responsibility of the Indiana Governor's office to appoint a replacement to complete the term; however a pro-tem judge may fill the post until an appointment can be made.

 
EPCS Board approves projector, bus purchases

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board approved purchases for classroom projectors and two school buses, plus a bus lift at its February meeting.

Superintendent Dan Foster presented a request to purchase 68 additional classroom projectors. These will replace failing projectors. The expected life span of the projectors was discussed by the board.

 
Chrysler, BraunAbility unveil accessible Pacifica at Chicago Auto Show

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Chrysler brand and BraunAbility have joined forces to design a wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Pacifica minivan that gives wheelchair users the quality of the world’s leading automotive mobility manufacturer with the functionality and bold styling of the industry’s most awarded minivan of the year.

The new upfitted Chrysler Pacifica made its world debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show Thursday (Feb. 9).

 
Felony charges filed against former Tippecanoe Township trustee

Charges, including theft and forgery, against a former Tippecanoe Township Trustee have been filed in Pulaski Superior Court by the Pulaski County Prosecutor's office.

Chief deputy prosecutor Crystal Brucker Kocher announced in a report issued late Wednesday (Feb. 8) that following an investigation, the charges had been levied against Kathleen Keller, 44, Monterey.

 
Sheriff reports on 2016 activities, statistics

Pulaski County Sheriff Jeff Richwine has issued a report on the 2016 activities and statistics at the sheriff's department

For the year, deputies received 9,729 calls for service - including 3,239 traffic stops, issuance of 335 citations and 651 warnings. They also made 493 arrests, and completed 1,145 reports.

 
West Central School Board approves grant initiatives

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board approved two grant initiatives at its February meeting for the purpose of improving teacher quality and student counseling programs.

The board also voted to retain Barton-Coe-Vilaman Architects for future roofing, reviewing needs for improving building entrances, and other architectural needs.