West Central School Board Adopts 2016 Budget


The West Central School Board adopted the 2016 budget when they met Thursday evening. Superintendent Don Street says it’s a total of $9.3 million. That includes $400,000 into the rainy day fund and a general fund budget of $6.4 million. West Central’s debt service budget is $797,000, and just over $1 million is allocated for capital projects. The corporation’s transportation budget is $574,000 and bus replacement is about $158,000. Continue reading

North Judson Brush Pickup Begins Monday

North Judson Water TowerThe Town of North Judson will begin fall brush pickup on Monday. Brush piles should be placed along the side of the alley before Monday morning. Residents who do not have an alley should put their piles next to the street. They should only contain brush, not trash or other debris. Leaf pickup will occur later this year.

Braun Mansion Under New Ownership

The 15,945 square foot Braun mansion south of Winamac is for sale. Image courtesy of Encore Sotheby's International Realty
The 15,945 square foot Braun mansion south of Winamac was sold. Image courtesy of Encore Sotheby’s International Realty

Pulaski County’s largest, and most expensive home has found itself with new owners.

The Braun Mansion, built in 1998 by Braun Corporation founder Ralph Braun, was put on the market for sale earlier this year. The listing price for the estate was $2.5-million.

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Pulaski County Freezes Employee Wages in Midst of Longevity Debate

Pulaski County CourthouseFollowing cuts to their 2016 budget, Pulaski County has made a couple of decisions regarding employee compensation.

A joint session of the Pulaski County Commissioners and County Council took place Wednesday night. The goal was to review a matrix defining salaries for the County’s employees. Pulaski County has previously stated its goal of bringing compensation to a level that supports longevity.
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Overdose Victim’s Father Offers Tips for Parents

Manda Spitler was 20 when she overdosed on heroin in 2002
Manda Spitler was 20 when she overdosed on heroin in 2002

The war on drugs begins at home. That’s the message a Valparaiso man whose 20-year-old daughter died of a heroin overdose in 2002 shared with a group of community members yesterday in Marshall County. Mann Spitler III became a certified prevention professional and discontinued his podiatry practice in 2006. Manna was his only child. He says she succumbed to peer pressure as a teenager and started using heroin. Spitler urges parents to take note of changes in their child’s appearance. He says bloodshot eyes, contracted or dilated pupils are signs of opiate use. Cocaine can also cause pupils to dilate. So can marijuana, but the whites of the eyes will be bloodshot as well. Continue reading

West Central Pleased With Wind Turbine Investment

West Central Wind TurbineThe wind turbine on the West Central Schools campus has proven to be a sound investment for the corporation. Superintendent Don Street says it conserves energy and helps keep electric bills in check. He says June, July and August are traditionally slow months in terms of wind production. It picks up in September through the winter months, though. West Central is on net metering through NIPSCO, which allows the corporation to build up credits during heavy wind months and use them during slower months. Continue reading

Deer Archery Season Opens Today


Deer hunting season is officially underway in Indiana. Today marks the start of archery season, which runs through Jan. 3, 2016. All hunters must have a license and must use legal archery equipment as defined by the DNR. These include long bows, compound bows or recurve bows and arrows. The bow must have a pull of at least 35 pounds. Arrows must be tipped with broadheads that are metal, metal-edged or napped flint; chert or obsidian. Continue reading