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First Snow of the Season Possible Today

Trick-or-treaters could be trudging through the snow this evening to collect candy. The WKVI AccuWeather.com forecast calls for rain and snow showers this afternoon, with snow continuing into the overnight hours. Today’s high temperatures are only expected to hit the low 40s. Overnight we’ll dip into the mid-20s. Continue reading

Trick or Treat Hours 2014

Trick or Treat Hours 2014:

Friday, Oct. 31
Hamlet – 5:30-7 p.m. CT
Knox – 5:30-7 p.m. CT followed by costume judging and refreshments at Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center, sponsored by ABATE and the City of Knox.
North Judson – 5 p.m.-7 p..m. CT
Culver – 5-7 p.m. ET
Medaryville – 5-7 p.m. ET. Hot dogs and drinks will be available at the Lions Club and costume judging is at 7:15 p.m. in front of the fire department.
Winamac – 5-7 p.m. ET

Trick-or-Treat Night at the Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

The staff at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department had so much fun with last week’s trick-or-treat event at the justice center last week that they’re going to do it again tonight!

Sheriff Michael Gayer said the event last week was held in conjunction with the Halloween event at the Tippecanoe River State Park north of Winamac. He said that there are treats left to give to the kids of Pulaski County. Stop by the justice center tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Approve Equipment Purchase for Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston told the commissioners last week that the opened sealed bids for the HVAC systems for the justice center were investigated to determine the reason for a large gap in pricing. Benchmark in Kokomo and McGrath Refrigeration in Knox both submitted sealed bids.

“I looked at this pretty in-depth and I can’t find a reason for it,” said Johnston. “It seems to me that McGrath’s is the way to go. Their units are comparable. It’s also practically half the cost. It would be my recommendation to go with $74,467 for the HVAC units as opposed to $135,000.”

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Pulaski County Receives Blight Elimination Grant

Pulaski County is the recipient of a Blight Elimination Program grant from the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority worth $147,000.

Dave Weber from the Pulaski County Building Administrator’s office said the grant will help rid the county of blighted structures.

“The funds are designed to demolish vacant, blighted or abandoned housing,” Weber explained. “This grant will last for a period of three years. In the grant application, we had to identify an end use. That end use could be anything. It could be the construction of a new home on that same lot or a community garden. At the end of that three year period, we’ll be left with a positive, constructive end use instead of a vacant lot where those abandoned homes once stood.”

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Last Week to Vote Absentee

This is the last full week to vote absentee in the General Election.

So far, Starke County has reported 661 walk-in, mail-in and travel board votes. Marshall County has reported 730 absentee votes and Pulaski County has reported 278 machine votes this far.

In Starke County, in-office absentee voting is today through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the second floor meeting room in the courthouse. The same hours will apply for Saturday, Nov. 1. Evening voting hours are available tomorrow and Thursday, Oct. 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. CT.

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Pulaski County CDC Director Gives Economic Update

Nathan Origer presents information to Pulaski County Commissioners

Nathan Origer presents information to Pulaski County Commissioners

The Pulaski County Community Development Commission Executive Director gave the commissioners some food for thought in their meeting this week.

Nathan Origer said the third and final site study has been done on a west side rail industrial development. Preliminary work will be sought to make sure the landowners are on board to move forward with efforts for economic development.

Origer presented a contract for a company to overhaul the county’s zoning ordinances.

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Accident Claims Life of Francesville Man

A Francesville man died as results of injuries sustained in a Wednesday afternoon accident in Pulaski County.

A Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department deputy responded to the intersection of County Road 1600 West and 600 South, about two miles southwest of Francesville. A delivery truck driven by Keegan McMindes, 25, was westbound on County Road 600 South and failed to stop at the intersection, according to a sheriff’s department press release. The delivery truck struck a pickup truck driven by Bruce Wheeler, 76, of Francesville. Wheeler was trapped in his vehicle and was extricated from the wreckage with the assistance of members of the Francesville Fire Department.

Both drivers were airlifted from the scene to Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Wheeler later died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Signatures Sought to Keep Pleasant View Rest Home Operational

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Petition papers to save the Pleasant View Rest Home in Pulaski County have been distributed around Winamac.

Funding for the county home was eliminated by Pulaski County Council members during their meeting last week by a majority vote.

Pleasant View Rest Home Board President Bob White told WKVI News that if residents are in support of saving the county home they can sign their name to the petitions at Sanders IGA, the Pulaski County Family YMCA or on the Pleasant View Rest Home’s website at www.keeppleasantview.com.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Approve Employment of Part-Time Officers

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is experiencing a shortage of deputies to cover 14 shifts and outside county officers are coming in to help cover those shifts.

Only five full-time deputies are covering those shifts and part-time officers are needed to help with coverage for the county.

Matron Carrie Aaron and Detective/Sergeant Jason Woodruff presented paperwork to the Pulaski County Commissioners to approve a request to employ part-time deputies from other counties to help keep up with patrols for public safety. A one-time adjustment to the handbook policy was also requested to compensate the officers for payment for holidays and PTO time that cannot be taken due to this circumstance.

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Indiana Division of Historic Preservation Tables County Home Consideration

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pulaski County Commission President Larry Brady was the lone person who appeared on behalf of the county to speak on behalf of the Pleasant View Rest Home for its consideration as a historic structure.

Brady told WKVI News that he spoke to the officials of the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation of the positive aspects of the county home and also spoke of concerns of the facility so information on both sides was presented. He also spoke about the financing of the county home.

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County Home to be Considered as a National Historic Landmark

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

In a meeting set for this afternoon, the Pleasant View Rest Home will be up for consideration to be placed on the list of historic landmarks.

Officials with the Division of State Historic Preservation and Archaeology will review written comments submitted by supporters and non-supporters of the county home for nomination for placement into the National Register of Historic Places.

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Check Addresses of Sex Offenders before Halloween

Parents should be aware of who is living in the area before taking children trick-or-treating.

Online tools are available to learn the location of sex offenders in a certain area.

There are currently 35 registered sex offenders in Starke County, 21sex offenders listed in Pulaski County, 88 offenders in Marshall County and 183 sex offenders in LaPorte County.

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County Home Supporters Voice Concerns to Pulaski County Commissioners

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Members of the Pleasant View Rest Home Board, employees of the facility and family members of the residents in the county home appeared before the Pulaski County Commissioners last night to ask for the commissioners’ support to keep the county home open.

The Pulaski County Council members voted last week by a majority vote to eliminate the funding for the county home in the 2015 budget.

Pleasant View Rest Home Board President Bob White read a letter to the commissioners submitted by the residents to keep the county home open. He asked that the county home board and the county work together to keep the facility operational. Employees made an impassioned plea to support the people in their effort.

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Area Hospitals Prepared for Ebola Virus

Hospital officials are taking steps to ensure they can fight the Ebola virus if it enters the area.

The Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, with hospitals in Mishawaka and Plymouth, released a statement where they assured the residents that they are prepared to respond to the Ebola virus with care.

According to a statement on their website, SJRMC officials they say that clinicians are well trained to identify, to care for and to monitor potentially high-risk patients and provide treatment in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s infectious disease procedures.

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