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Park Clean-up:

Almost 60 volunteers showed up for a clean-up day at the Winamac Town Park Saturday, contributing over 200 hours of work to help beautify and maintain the park.

The work day was organized by the Town Park Board's advisory council which timed the event to recognize Arbor Day and Earth Day and encourage the local community to appreciate the outdoors.

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Local News Briefs

Pulaski County GOP Lincoln Day luncheon April 29

The Pulaski County Republican Party will hold its annual Lincoln Day luncheon Saturday, April 29, at the Cornerstone Event Center, Francesville.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch will be the keynote speaker. 

 
SR 14 five miles east of Winamac closed May 3

Drainage work forces closure just east of Winamac

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is alerting drivers of the one-day closure of SR 14, between CR 500 and CR 550, just east of Winamac, on Wednesday, May 3, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Crews will close the road at this location to replace a drainage tile under the road.

 
National Day of Prayer observance May 4

Sponsored by the Association of Churches of Pulaski County Ministerial Association, the 65th annual National Day of Prayer will be observed Thursday, May 4 with a 50-minute program from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., at the Vurpillat Opera House, Winamac.

This year’s theme is "For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us ... Forgive Us ... Heal Us." All are welcome to attend.

 
Pulaski County unemployment rate drops to 4.0% in March

Pulaski County's unemployment rate dipped to 4.0 percent March, down from 5.4 percent in February, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (April 24). The rate was 5.2 percent a year ago.

The county has 5,946 employed persons in a labor force of 6,191. Last month those numbers were 5,733 of 6,061. A year ago the numbers were 6,089 of 6,422.

 
Most state farmers off to good start

USDA Great Lakes Region - Many Indiana farmers were able to get a good start with planting last week, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The week started with warm and dry weather, creating ideal soil conditions. Later, there were spotty showers that didn’t yield much rain but cooler temperatures were cause for some concern.

 
Thompson publishes seventh book in 'Tiger Lily's Cafe' mystery series

Star City mystery writer Kathi Thompson has published the seventh book, Chasing A Butterfly, in her Tiger Lily’s Café Mystery series.

She has begun to hold book signing sessions in the area. A local signing will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, at the Pulaski County Public Library in Winamac.

 
PMH Health & Wellness Fair May 6

Pulaski Memorial Hospital will hold its seventh annual Health & Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to 12 noon., Saturday, May 6. The theme will be Wizard of Oz.

Free health screenings will be offered, as well as activities for children.

 
April programs at library feature Mason jar painting, 'Teddy Roosevelt'

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for April, which include celebration of National Library Week, a Mason jar painting craft, a visit by "Teddy Roosevelt" and a first-time home buyers class.

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

 
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

NIPSCO announces environmental grant winners

Pulaski County SWCD among winners

MERRILLVILLE - NIPSCO is awarding 15 local nonprofit organizations with grants -totaling $50,000 - to help fund restoration and education projects throughout northern Indiana.

 
Young, Donnelly release statements on North Korea briefing

The Trump administration invited all 100 U.S. Senators for an unusual White House briefing Wednesday (April 26) regarding uneasy relations with North Korea, prompted by the nation’s nuclear threats and talk of military action, if necessary, by the U.S.

Most senators attended and were transported in buses to the classified briefing conducted by the president's top national security officials, and a 15-minute appearance by Trump. The briefing team was to meet later with House members in the Capitol.

 
Bill Watch: What bills did the governor sign?

INDIANAPOLIS - As the 2017 Indiana General Assembly drew to a close, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed 36 bills Friday April 21.

To see details of the bills the governor has signed this session, visit the 2017 Bill Watch webpage: www.in.gov/gov/2923.htm.

 
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.

 
Indiana to receive federal grant to combat opioid epidemic

GRANGER -U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly announced Thursday (April 20) Indiana will receive a federal grant for approximately $10.9 million to help combat the opioid epidemic.

The grant awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services was funded through the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, which Donnelly pushed for and supported. 

 
'Let’s Camp, America! Weekend' is May 5-7 at Indiana State Park properties

Learn to pitch a tent, build a fire, cook outdoors and more during Let’s Camp America! Weekend at Indiana State Parks, May 5-7.

Let’s Camp America! Weekend is a nationwide initiative of the National Association of State Parks Directors.

 
Many local blue spruce trees affected by fungus

The Colorado blue spruce is a widely planted ornamental tree. The pyramidal form and its blueish color are the primary reasons for its popularity.

But this spruce is having some problems in the local area, according to Purdue/Pulaski County Extension educator Phil Woolery, a certified arborist.

 
Donnelly, Young, Walorski react to U.S. airstrikes in Syria

The U.S. conducted military strikes on a Syrian airbase Thursday night, using 59 Tomahawk missiles. Officials said a Syrian chemical weapons attack originated at the airbase earlier this week.

The U.S. response to that chemical weapons attack has resulted in mixed reactions from around the world.

 
 

Post News

No charges to be brought against officers involved in March 28 police action shooting

WINAMAC - No charges will be brought against the four police officers involved in the March 28 police action shooting south of Francesville which resulted in the death of a Lafayette man, the Pulaski County Prosecutor's office announced Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutor Daniel P. Murphy reported in a press release that his investigation into the matter is completed, and that the officers involved in the incident "acted in accordance to Indiana law and were found to be justified in the use of deadly force to protect themselves and others."

 
2017 Halleck Award presented to Dan Murphy

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce presented Daniel P. Murphy of Winamac the 2017 H.J. Halleck Community Service Award Saturday (April 22).

The award was presented at the Chamber's annual meeting/awards banquet at the Winamac Event Center.

 
Volunteers help with park clean-up

WINAMAC - Early clouds and a possibility of rain failed to deter nearly 60 volunteers who showed up for a clean-up day at the Winamac Town Park Saturday (April 22).

The project was planned not only as a community event, but in recognition of Arbor Day and Earth Day. It was an opportunity for the local community to get out and appreciate the outdoors

 
New flower, gift shop to open in downtown Winamac

A new flower and gift shop will open in the historic Vurpillat Opera House in downtown Winamac this summer.

The Pulaski County Historical Society, owner of the opera house, has announced it has rented the south storefront of the building, located on the corner of Main and Market streets to Doug and Carrie Hoffman who will launch their new business to be known as Main Street Floral.

 
Wright participates in 2017 Boston Marathon

A former Winamac woman, LeeAnn Wright, 37, of Valparaiso, participated in the 2017 Boston Marathon Monday (April 17), completing her run in just over 3 hours and 50 minutes.

Wright ran under bib number 14910 and was one of 13,698 women participating, and of those women, 6,612 were in her age group.

 
PEAK breaks ground for new group home

WINAMAC - Peak Community Services recently held a ground-breaking for a new group home under construction on Washington Street in Winamac. An open house will be announced upon completion of the project.

The new home will replace the current residence on Main Street and will feature six bedrooms, three bathrooms, and lots of room to enjoy the outdoors.

 
EPCS board hires Kroft as girls basketball coach

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School board approved a list of projects and purchases for the school campus, and also hired a new girls basketball coach and middle school math teacher at its April meeting.

The board also heard a proposal to change the high school grading scale from as 12-point to a four-point system.

 
PMH breaks ground for MRI facility

WINAMAC - Pulaski Memorial Hospital trustees and staff broke ground Monday (April 10) for a new permanent facility for MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) procedures.

The project, which will give patients 24/7 access to MRI scans, will be completed in August.

 
S.R. 14 over Monon ditch to close six months for bridge repair

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) reports the S.R. 14 bridge over the Monon Ditch near Medaryville will close to all traffic on Monday, April 10 through the end of October so crews can rehabilitate and resurface the bridge deck.

The bridge is about three miles west of S.R. 39 and about three miles east of U.S. 421, between CR 1175 West and CR 1250 West.