Pulaski County Home Destroyed by Fire Thursday Morning

A mobile home was heavily damaged following a Thursday morning fire in Pulaski County.

The Winamac Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call around 5:22 a.m. in the area of 3200 North and 300 West in Ripley. Once on scene, firefighters noticed the south end of the mobile home was engulfed.
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Majority of Pulaski County Fair Activities to Continue at Fairgrounds

 The Pulaski County Fair will go on as scheduled next week at the fairgrounds in Winamac. They are located at the back of the town park, which is still closed due to Tippecanoe River flooding. Purdue Extension Pulaski County Director Natalie Federer says a few schedule revisions were made to accommodate weekend activities. Saturday’s achievement program and fashion revue have been moved to the Winamac Nazarene Church. The town park is due to reopen at 2 p.m. on Sunday, so animals will be brought in that afternoon in groups staggered by species.

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Winamac Fireworks Moved From Town Park to School

Residents of Winamac will be traveling to a new location to view this year’s fireworks show.

The July 4th celebration is organized through matched donations and typically hosted in the Winamac Town Park. Due to flooding that is affecting the grounds, the fireworks show will now be held at the school in Winamac on the practice fields.
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Highway Projects Force Oversize Loads to Travel Through Knox

More oversize loads are being routed through Knox as a result of road construction projects in LaPorte County. A superload is classified as a vehicle larger than 16 feet wide, 110 feet long, 15 feet tall or weighing more than 120,000 pounds, according to INDOT officials.

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Recent River Flooding Affects Local Businesses

high waterWith the recent abundance of rainy weather a couple local businesses that offer summer services are suffering. Winamac businesses Tippe-Canoe Rentals as well as Riverside Rentals haven’t been able to let anyone out on the rivers for weeks due to the high levels. Conditions have just been too dangerous to allow patrons to rent canoes and kayaks. Continue reading

Investigation Ongoing After LaPorte Fire Station Burglarized

A rural LaPorte County fire station is missing some equipment following a burglary.

The incident occurred at Coolspring Township Station #2 – that’s located on Shebel Road near County Road 100 North. LaPorte County Sheriff’s investigators say the fire station is unmanned and in a remote location.

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Record Number of Hoosiers Taking Independence Day Getaways

trafficThe Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 5.This year the American Automotive Association estimates that more than one million Indiana residents will travel 50 miles or more away from their homes for Fourth of July celebrations. Continue reading

WKVIdol Final Call!

wkvidolAspiring young singers throughout the Kankakee Valley have until the close of business hours tomorrow to enter the second annual WKVIdol competition. Kids ranging from ages 7 through 18 have the chance to showcase their talent during this singing competition scheduled for Monday, July 13 at 8 pm in the show arena at the Starke County 4-H fair. Continue reading

Pulaski County Fair Still Scheduled at 4-H Fairgrounds

The Pulaski County Fair will take place next week at the fairgrounds in Winamac. They are located at the back of the town park, which is still closed due to Tippecanoe River flooding. Purdue Extension Pulaski County Director Natalie Federer says Saturday’s achievement recognition and fashion revue will be moved to the Winamac Nazarene Church, and Sunday’s Miss Pulaski County pageant will take place at Winamac Community High School. Continue reading

Little to be Done in Winamac Town Park Flooding

Entrance to the Winamac Town Park

Entrance to the Winamac Town Park

Flooding along the Tippecanoe River has left the ground saturated in the Winamac Town Park.

According to Town Manager Brad Zellers, however, there’s not much the Town can do to help with the situation. As things stand, water from the river is coming into the back of the park.
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Starke County Jail Readies On Site Video Visits

Starke County Justice CenterThe Starke County Jail is now accepting registration times for on site video visits.

According to information released by Sheriff Bill Dulin, the visits will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Those interested in signing-up for a registration time can visit the website jailatm.com.

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Beach Tourism Affected by Area Weather Conditions

Lake Maxinkuckee beach in Culver

Lake Maxinkuckee beach in Culver

Cooler temperatures and heavy precipitation have affected tourism at Culver Beach.

The Park Department charges a fee to enter the beach area, and using dollars and a few visual observations, Park Superintendent Marc Hayden says traffic at the beach is down for the year.
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New Laws Effective Wednesday

Indiana Statehouse

Indiana Statehouse

Legislation that allows Indiana residents to legally own a sawed-off shotgun takes effect, today.

Senate Bill 433 is one of several changes to Indiana law made by the General Assembly earlier this year. The bill repeals a prohibition on owning a sawed-off shotgun so long as the weapon is developed by a licensed manufacturer.

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Society of Innovators Still Seeking Nominees

society of innovators logoThe Society of Innovators at Ivy Tech Community College is looking for northwest Indiana residents who are finding new solutions to old problems. Nominations are being accepted through Monday for innovators in the seven-county northwest Indiana region. Past honorees include BraunAbility founder Ralph Braun and the North Judson-based Kemin-Lambert Spearmint Team. Society of Innovators Managing Director John Davies says innovation is universal.

“Anyone in the world can be an innovator. If you’re a small business owner and you develop a better way to convert prospects into buyers, you’re an innovator.” Continue reading

Make Independence Day Celebrations Safe and Fun for Everyone

petpicAccording to the American Humane Society July 5th is the busiest day of the year at animal shelters because animals frightened from Fourth of July celebrations flee from their homes in fright and are found miles away, exhausted and disoriented. If your pet is typically upset by loud noises such as vacuums, doors slamming or thunder be sure to take the proper precautions during your Independence Day displays to ensure that your pets stay put and remain as calm as possible. Continue reading

Breaking out the Stars and Stripes? Be Sure You’re Doing it Right.

f1agBelieve it or not, there is a proper and an improper way to fly the flag. The U.S Flag Code became public law in 1942 and specifies the exact rules for use and display of the American Flag. As Independence Day approaches we’ll find ourselves in a sea of red, white and blue, if you’ll be among the patriots flying the flag this holiday be sure you know what to do. Continue reading

Independence Day Weekend Closures

4thThe Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this weekend but several local government offices and establishments will observe Friday as a part of the national holiday. This means many places around the area will be closed to the public over the weekend. Continue reading

Millions in Crop Value Lost to Indiana Flooding

Purdue Extension LogoExtension educators from around the state gathered in Indianapolis late last week to learn about the damage recent rains are causing to area fields.

It’s estimated that Indiana’s crops have lost $300-million in value due to the amount of rainfall in certain portions of the state. Northern sections of Indiana have been impacted more heavily than other areas.
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