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Kiwanis Kids Day at Park:

The Winamac Kiwanis Club held is annual "Kids Day at the Park" for area children Tuesday, providing a variety of games, face painting, balloon art and other activities - plus lunch.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department also offered child safety information.

Sara Kroft was chairman for the event which is a long-standing tradition for the Kiwanis Club.

 
 
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Local News Briefs

Pulaski County unemployment rate at 2.9% in June

Pulaski County's unemployment rate increased to 2.9 percent in June, up from 2.7 percent in May, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (July 24). The rate was 4.4 percent a year ago.

The county has 6,292 employed persons in a labor force of 6,482. Last month those numbers were 6,335 of 6,511. A year ago the numbers were 6,319 of 6,608.

 
Tippecanoe River levels begin dropping

Updated

The Tippecanoe River at Winamac has again topped off near the 9-foot stage - the same level as mid-July - but now is predicted to fall to under 8 feet by Friday afternoon, and then drop to 6 feet by Monday night.

The National Weather Service hydrology gage at the Washington Street bridge measured the river at 8.44 feet at 3:30 p.m., Thursday.

 
High heat, high humidity characterized last week on Indiana farms

USDA Great Lakes Region - High temperatures and localized heavy rainfalls delayed harvest progress and spraying activities on Indiana farms last week, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Though the beginning of the week was mostly dry and hot, rain storms moved across the state toward the end of the week, leading to localized flooding and very humid air. 

 
Next Food Finders Mobile Pantry visit Aug. 4

The next Food Finders Mobile Pantry Food Give Away Day will begin at 11 a.m., Friday (Aug. 4), at the Town Park, Star City.

Those participating are asked not to arrive before 10:45 am., and to bring at least two laundry baskets or boxes to carry food home.

 
'Tippecanoe & Bicycles Too' bike ride Aug. 5

The Friends of the Panhandle Pathway will hold a "Tippecanoe & Bicycles Too" bicycle ride Saturday, Aug. 5 - offering rides of 12, 28, 44 or 62 miles along the Panhandle path

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

 
West Central first day of school Aug. 9

FRANCESVILLE - West Central Schools have announced back-to-school information for the 2017-18 school year.

The first day of school for all students will be Wednesday, Aug. 9. First semester will run Aug. 9 to Dec. 20, and second semester will run Jan. 4 to May 23.

 
EPCS announces back-to-school information

New Kewanna bus route added

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community Schools have announced back-to-school information for the 2017-18 school year.

School begins for all students (K-12) on Tuesday, Aug. 8 for a full day. First semester (91 days) will run Aug. 8 to Dec. 21 second semester (89 days) will run Jan. 4 to May 17.

 
PCPL lists July special events

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for July which include a presentation on agriculture's impact on the Tippecanoe River, a summer book sale and a DIY Yard Yahtzee craft.

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

 
Pulaski County Farmers' Market offered this summer in Francesville, Winamac on alternate Saturdays

A Pulaski County Farmers' Market will run this summer on alternate Saturdays in Francesville and Winamac through October.

The market runs from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, on the second and fourth Saturdays in Francesville; and the first, third and fifth Saturdays in Winamac. Vendors are welcome.

 
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.

 
 

Fair News

Indiana State Fair runs Aug. 4-20

INDIANAPOLIS - The 2017 Indiana State Fair will celebrate the "Wonderful World of Food"  with two-and-a-half miles of food and fun, 10 acres of thrills, rides and games, 17 days of FREE Stage stars, the ever-popular Pioneer Village - and hundreds of events and programs

The Indiana State Fair returns to honor youth, agriculture and education in an entertaining and fun environment. The fair runs Aug. 4-20, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds; 1202 E. 38th St. Indianapolis.

 
Legendary rocker, TV personality Bret Michaels added to State Fair Free Stage

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana State Fair recently announced the addition of Bret Michaels to its 2017 lineup set to take place at the Chevrolet Silverado Free Stage.

The 2017 Indiana State Fair is Aug. 4-20, and each night of the fair features a concert that is free with paid fair admission.

 
Fairgoers to celebrate 'Wonderful World of Food' at 2017 Indiana State Fair

INDIANAPOLIS –Indiana State Fair patrons may want to bring much bigger appetites to the annual event this summer after Fair officials announced its 2017 theme, the “Wonderful World of Food.”

We all love food. We grow it, sell it, cook it and eat it! And at the 2017 Indiana State Fair we will celebrate it with a featured food each day of the Fair from Aug. 4 to Aug. 20.

 
4-H Livestock Auction brings $85,422

Buyers paid a total of $85,422  at the annual 4-H Livestock Auction at the 2017 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair Thursday evening (July 6) at the Winamac fairgrounds.

The amount was down from last year’s total of $120,403. (The 2006 record auction totaled $157,816.46.)

 
4-H project champions named

Updated

Here are the results from 4-H exhibit judging at the 2017 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair.

Over 350 youth in Pulaski County participate in the 4-H program.

 
2017 4-H livestock champions listed

Photos added

Here are the results from 4-H livestock judging at the 2017 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair.

Over 350 youth in Pulaski County participate in the 4-H program.

 
2017 4-H Horse & Pony Show results listed

The results of the 4-H Horse & Pony Show competition at the 2017 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair have been released.

They are as follows:

 

Indiana News

Donnelly, Young weigh in on Senate health care bill

The U.S. Senatevoted Tuesday afternoon in favor of a motion to proceed with debate on the GOP health carebill.

The action required a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence, and included an appearance by Sen. John McCain who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.

 
Cover crops thrive in tough farm economy

One million acres of living cover crops reported

INDIANAPOLIS – According to the 2016 Fall Conservation Transect Report, Hoosier farmers planted over a million acres of cover crops for the second year in a row.

Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) says having over a million acres of planted cover crops makes Indiana the leading state in the Midwest, if not the nation.

 
Hot off the IHS Press: 'Campaign Crossroads'

New release explores local ties to presidential visits

INDIANAPOLIS - The latest release from the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) Press looks back over the varied, sometimes important, sometimes irrelevant, but always interesting presidential campaign cycles in the state's history. 

Campaign Crossroads: Presidential Politics in Indiana from Lincoln to Obama by Andrew E. Stoner shares hundreds of anecdotes from 1860 through 2008 and includes references to Marshall, Pulaski and Starke Counties.

 
 

Post News

Brucker Kocher appointed Superior Court Judge

INDIANAPOLIS - Crystal Brucker Kocher was sworn in Friday afternoon (July 21) as the new judge of the Pulaski Superior Court by Circuit Court Judge Michael Shurn. 

Her appointment to the bench was announced a week earlier by Gov. Eric J. Holcomb Friday to fill the vacancy which opened with the resignation of Judge Patrick Blankenship earlier this spring.

 
Delphi murder investigation continues; identify this person

DELPHI - The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, FBI, Delphi Police Department and the Indiana State Police are requesting assistance to identify the person depicted in in a new sketch who is believed to be connected to the February murders of Abigail J. “Abby” Williams and Liberty Rose Lynn “Libby” German. 

The person depicted in the composite sketch is described as a white male between 5’6” to 5’10”, weighing 180 to 220 pounds, with reddish brown hair, eye color unknown. This sketch depicts a hat that may not be accurate.  Police ask the public to focus on the person’s facial features.   

 
Winamac Town Council to purchase seasonal banners

WINAMAC - The Winamac Town Council agreed to purchase seasonal banners for the downtown poles at its July meeting.

Wander Our Winamac (WOW), the Main Street organization, will be purchasing banners also, town manager Brad Zellers told the council.

 
West Central HS to be first in state to offer Vertex programming to students

FRANCESVILLE - Architectural drafting and design instructor Tyler DeMoss and Principal Patrick Culp have announced that West Central High School will continue its architectural drafting and design course during the 2017-18 school year - but with one major addition.

DeMoss has secured the use of Vertex software for student use in the classroom. Vertex is relatively new to the U.S., but the software is highly acclaimed worldwide.

 
West Central Board hears update on project to redesign school entrances

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board heard an update on plans to redesign the school entrances for safety purposes at its July meeting.

Adam Weesner from Barton-Coe-Vilamaa presented tentative plans on the redesign of the school entrances and the utilization of space project. If approved, the project will begin during the spring of 2018.

 
Are you aware of the Opioid Epidemic?

From Pulaski County Health Department

Recent studies (2011-15), put out by the Indiana Hospital Association for non-fatal emergency department visits for opioid abuse, ranks Pulaski County seventh out of 92 counties in Indiana.

This is what you need to know: Opioid abuse is a serious public health issue. Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States.

 
Francesville dentist, community leader Dr. Buyer dies

FRANCESVILLE - Longtime Francesville dentist and community leader Dr. John J. Buyer, 89, passed away Monday (June 27), in Indianapolis, surrounded by his family.

Dr. Buyer practiced dentistry for 50 years in Francesville, retiring in 2008.  He served as Salem Township Trustee and on the Pulaski County School Board during school reorganization in Indiana.

 
DAR announces 'Good Citizen' awards

The Metamonong Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has announced the recipients of this year’s Good Citizens Award to two high school seniors.

Regan Culp of West Central High School and Jack DeGroot of Winamac Community High School were selected by teachers and peers for this award based on their leadership, service, and patriotism.