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Also at the Feb. 1 meeting, Street reviewed student transportation needs that have developed recently.

The board was informed that West Central's 1782 Budget Notice was approved. The 2018 budget was reviewed with the board. The 2017 ending cash balances were also reviewed with the board.

Street reported on utility use for 2017. The wind turbine provided a positive amount of electricity.

The superintendent also discussed current student enrollment, noting that 57 students from outside the district are attending West Central.

In other business, the board approved the transfer of funds from the General Fund, Rainy Day Fund, Capital Projects, Transportation and Debt Services Fund to close out the 2017 budget.

The board voted to approve Selective Insurance with Regions Insurance Agency for commercial insurance during the upcoming projects.

The first reading of a policy manual revision for employee use of Student Suicide Prevention, Required Plan for Seclusions and Restraints in School, and Military Recruiters – Parent opt-Out Provisions Under ESSA was held. The board voted to approve the first reading of the policy manual revisions as presented. There will be a second reading at the next school board meeting in March.

"Student of the Month" certificates were presented to Peyton Hoeferlin at the elementary school level, Cambria Schleman at the middle school level, and Angel Berrier at the high school level.

 

Personnel:

The board accepted the resignation of Jill Shannon – Resource Aid/Computer Lab Specials Instructor

The board approved the employment of the following individuals as presented:

  • Dave Reif – Industrial Technology
  • Sierra Burtis – HS Asst. Track Coach
  • Jeremy Glasford – HS Asst. Track Coach

The board approved the following leave requests as presented:

  • Sharon Adams – Personal Leave
  • Sally Smidler – Personal Leave
  • Leanna Nielsen – Personal Leave
  • Julie Cyr – Medical Leave

The board approved the conference requests for Brian Pilarksi, Shelby Powell and Jeremy Hauptili to attend the ICGSA conference at Roncalli High School on Feb. 11.

The board approved the field trip request from Shane Pack for a Chicago Museum of Art visit on April 28.

 

Principal reports:

Elementary school principal Dan Zylstrainformed the board that on Feb. 7 the Lafayette Strings program will be back in school making up for the missed session on the Jan. 24 snow day. On the Feb. 9, the fifth graders will head to the Lafayette Symphony for a live concert.

During the week of Feb. 19, the elementary school will join the middle/high school in celebrating Agriculture Week by joining in the dress-up activities and going to the petting zoo.

The math trainer will be at the school Feb. 8 to work with teachers again on math implementation.

Middle/high school principal Pat Culpreported that the West Central teachers once again model the meaning of being lifelong learners during the second semester. Teachers are being observed by two outside educational professionals to get productive feedback to enhance the best practices implemented within the classroom. Teachers have met with the observers to discuss lessons, classroom management, and best educational practices. After the conferences, teachers are welcoming these observers into the classroom to conduct observations and provide constructive feedback. There will be two different rounds of conferences and observations. West Central teachers are continually seeking ways to improve classroom instruction with the goal of enhancing student learning and achievement.

During the week of Feb. 19-23, the West Central FFA is participating in a week of activities, including dress-up days, driving a tractor/semi to school, and the annual petting zoo. Along with the FFA sponsor, Shaw Haselby, West Central students in the FFA are organizing and planning all the events for this fun-filled educational week.

 
 
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Local News Briefs

Chamber seeks nominations for 2018 Halleck Award

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2018 Halleck Community Service Award.

The award will be presented at the Chamber's annual meeting/awards banquet this spring. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 28.

 
Local author introduces newest books in mystery series

Local author Kathleen (Kathi) Thompson of Star City will introduce her most recent books to Pulaski County readers with a book signing event at the Pulaski County Public Library. She will be available to speak to individuals and sign books on Wednesday, March 7, from 3 until 6 p.m.

Thompson, retired from a career in criminal justice and social services, debuted her first novel in the series, Tiger Lily’s Café, in 2014. The series now contains 10 volumes. Turtle Soup, Boo!, Phishing, Holiday, A Rock And A Hard Place, Splash, Chasing A Butterfly, Pumpkin Squash, Snowblind, and Hearts On Fire. All volumes will be available.

 
PCPL lists February programs, events

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for February, including a Harry Potter Night and a Valentine's Tote Bag Craft.

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

 
PCHS annual meeting to feature program on Wabash & Erie Canal Association

WINAMAC - The Pulaski County Historical Society will hold its annual feature program Thursday evening (March 8), at the Pulaski County Public Library, Winamac.

This year's program will feature guest speaker Dan McCain of the Wabash & Erie Canal Association. The public is welcome to join the PCHS membership for the dessert and coffee bar program. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

 
Scholarships available through Community Foundation of Pulaski County

Scholarship applications for 2018 high school graduates will be available online through the Community Foundation of Pulaski County starting Friday, Jan. 12.

Applications are found on the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfopc.org.

 
Candidate filing for 2018 Indiana Primary closes

Candidate filing for the 2018 Indiana Primary Election closed at 12 noon, Friday (Feb. 9).

Pulaski County offices up for election are circuit court judge, superior court judge, prosecutor, clerk of the circuit court, sheriff, assessor, coroner, surveyor, county commissioner District 3, and county council Districts 1-4.

 
Civic Players of Logansport to present 'Nana’s Naughty Knickers'

LOGANSPORT - Civic Players of Logansport will present the comedy “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” on the weekend of March 2, 3, and 4.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday. All shows are at the McHale Performing Arts Center at the Logansport High School campus.

 
EPCS seeking nominations for new Winamac Distinguished Alumni program

The Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation is seeking nominations for the inaugural Winamac Distinguished Alumni Class of 2018.

Distinguished Alumni are graduates of Winamac Community High School/Winamac High School, Pulaski High School, or Star City High School (living or deceased) who have led successful lives while making substantial contributions to their chosen field of work or have provided outstanding service to their community, state, or country.

 
Cold or Flu?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced Friday (Jan.12) that influenza cases are widespread across the country, with Indiana among the states hardest hit.

"Flu is everywhere in the US right now," said Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the CDC's influenza branch. "This is the first year we've had the entire continental US at the same level (of flu activity) at the same time." It has been an early flu season that seems to be peaking now, he said, with a 5.8% increase in laboratory-confirmed cases this week over last.

 
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

Grants available to cultivate Indiana's specialty crop sector

INDIANAPOLIS  - The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is now accepting proposals for projects designed to enhance the competitiveness of Indiana's specialty crops, which include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture). Applications are due to ISDA by March 26.

"Various organizations have benefited from grants from USDA, and I am excited to see what projects will come to fruition through the funds awarded,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “Encouraging competition and innovation will help take Indiana agriculture to the Next Level.”

 
Flu claims 167 Indiana lives so far this season

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is reminding Hoosiers that influenza activity continues to be high and widespread across Indiana and is urging people to take precautions against the illness, which has claimed 167 Indiana lives so far this flu season.

According to ISDH’s weekly influenza report (Friday, Feb. 9), emergency departments and outpatient providers continue to see increased visits from individuals with flu-like illness. Flu outbreaks also have increased in schools and long-term care facilities.

 
Donnelly, Walorski, Young weigh-in on federal budget deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress passed a $400 billion budget deal Friday (Feb. 9), ending a brief U.S. government shutdown.

President Trump signed the measure which is expected to push budget deficits past $1 trillion with $300 billion in new spending over the next two years for military and nondefense programs, plus $90 billion in disaster aid.

 
Pulaski County unemployment rate at 3.1% in December

Pulaski County's unemployment rate dipped 3.1 percent in December, down from 3.3 percent in November, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday (Jan. 24). The rate was 4.5 percent a year ago.

The county has 5,810 employed persons in a labor force of 5,997. Last month those numbers were 5,887 of 6,087. A year ago the numbers were 5,798 of 6,072.

 
Delphi double homicide investigation continues

INDIANAPOLIS - Monday morning (Jan.15) members of the Liberty German family and Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter appeared on a live segment of the Megyn Kelly TODAY show to help keep the double homicide of Liberty German and Abigail Williams in the public eye. Late last year there was a similar appearance on the Dr. PHIL show.

The one-year anniversary of the teen girls' deaths near Delphi approaches next month.

 
Holcomb’s second State of the State address emphasizes workforce, presents goals for progress in 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered his 2018 State of the State address to a joint convention of the Indiana General Assembly Tuesday (Jan. 9).

While continuing his focus on five key pillars, the governor’s remarks highlighted his commitment to developing a skilled, ready workforce and detailed several milestones he expects the state to meet.

 
Scammers targeting NIPSCO customers throughout Indiana

Company offers tips to avoid being a victim

MERRILLVILLE - NIPSCO has received an influx in calls from residential and business customers reporting several hundred cases of unknown callers claiming to be affiliated with the company and demanding payment through a prepaid card.

Some reports have indicated that scammers have appeared in person knocking on doors, while other reports have indicated that the company’s 1-800 customer service phone number was cloned to appear on caller IDs.

 
Fountain County contestant wins 2018 Indiana State Fair Queen title

INDIANAPOLIS - Fountain County's Audrey Campbell was crowned as the 60th Indiana State Fair Queen at the pageant finals Sunday afternoon at the state fairgrounds.

She will reign over the 2018 Indiana State Fair Aug. 3-19, in Indianapolis.

 
 

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Pulaski Memorial Hospital Medical and Surgical Group to open new physician office

NORTH JUDSON – Pulaski Memorial Hospital Medical and Surgical Group has announced the opening of a new physician office in North Judson.

Dr. Curtis Bejes, a native resident of North Judson, will serve as medical director for the facility and will base his practice out of that office.

 
Fourteen children await a CASA volunteer in Pulaski County

Nearly 700,000 children each year are victims of abuse or neglect in the United States.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) trains volunteer advocates who are appointed by judges to speak on behalf of these children, to make sure they do not get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system, or languish in inappropriate group and foster homes. These CASA volunteers make a lifelong difference in the lives of children in their community.

 
Community Foundation welcomes new directors

The Community Foundation of Pulaski County welcomes three new members to its board of directors for 2018.

Incoming members are Kaye Beall, Megan Moon and Tim Gearhart. Each will serve a three-year term, with a maximum of three full consecutive terms of service.

 
EPCS Board approves purchase of school buses

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board approved the purchase of two new school buses at its February meeting.

Superintendent Dan Foster presented a request to purchase one 78-passenger International/Collins school bus and one 48-passenger school bus. Funds have been set aside for these purchases. After discussion, the board voted to approve both purchases as presented.

 
February is 'Teen Dating Violence Awareness' month

"Encourage healthy relationships for your children by talking to them about friendships, dating, self-respect and respect for others," says Pulaski County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Kelly Gaumer.

Gaumer notes that February is "Teen Dating Violence Awareness" month, and caregivers should be aware that bruises or broken bones aren't the only form of abuse children may experience in friendships and dating. Abuse is also verbal, emotional, physical, sexual or digital hurt.

 
Community Foundation changes grant process

Now offering year-round grant opportunities

The Community Foundation of Pulaski County (CFPC) has announced that it will offer year-round grant opportunities starting this year. There will no longer be grant deadlines, so applicants may submit applications online at any time throughout the year.

This new grant process will allow proposals to be accepted on a continuous basis, without deadline, giving grant seekers the opportunity to apply when they wish as opposed to waiting for an annual grant cycle.

 
West Central to accept bids for building projects

FRANCESVILLE - Superintendent Don Street provided updates to the West Central School Board at its February meeting for the secure entrance and utilization project, as well as the roofing project.

The board will meet again on Feb. 15 to accept bids for the projects. Board members will also discuss the corporation's strategic plan.

 
Missing Knox woman found dead in Winamac

WINAMAC - A Knox woman who has been missing for almost three weeks was found dead Friday in Winamac, according to Knox police.

The body of Barbara McCurdy, 37, was discovered in her car in a back lot of the Braun Chevrolet car dealership on Monticello Street.

 
CFPC reflects on 2017 highlights, looks ahead to 2018

With the first month of the New Year coming to a close, the Community Foundation of Pulaski County (CFPC) offers a final look back at 2017 and offers a peek at what’s ahead in 2018.

The Community Foundation of Pulaski County’s 20th anniversary was celebrated in grand style at Mill Creek Gardens in July. Past and present community members were recognized for their many acts of giving over the years, building both the foundation and the community in turn.