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

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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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

Trespassing Call Leads to Drug Arrest

Patrina Hall
Patrina Hall

A Winamac woman faces drug charges in Starke County after an alleged trespassing incident. Deputies from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in the 2000 south block of 700 East around 5:30 a.m. Friday after the resident reported someone was trying to break in. They found 33-year-old Patrina Hall outside the residence and arrested her for trespassing. Continue reading

Pulaski County Genealogical Society Announces Logo Contest

Pulaski County CourthouseThe Pulaski County Genealogical Society is looking for a logo. They’re running a design contest open to all students, artists and inspired community members to assist them in the endeavor to find something visually pleasing, creative, professional and easily recognizable. The logo should help promote the mission, which is “to encourage and dispense genealogical knowledge and cultivate fraternal relations among its members.” It should also be representative of Pulaski County. Continue reading

INDOT Hiring Seasonal Help


The Indiana Department of Transportation is getting ready for winter. The agency is teaming up with WorkOne of northwest Indiana to hire seasonal maintenance crew members and snow plow drivers. Positions are available across the entire northwest Indiana district, which includes Starke, Pulaski, Marshall, Fulton, St. Joseph, LaPorte, Porter, Lake, Newton, Jasper, White, Cass and Carroll Counties. Continue reading

Informational Website Launched for N.J.-S.P. School Referendum

BluejayVoters who live within the North Judson-San Pierre School District can learn more about the corporation’s proposed general fund referendum by visiting a new website. www.njspfundourfuture.com explains the rationale behind the push for a property tax increase. Corporation officials say it’s necessary due to what they’ve described as a perfect storm of declining enrollment and changes in the way the state funds schools. Without it, they say significant, painful cuts will need to be made to programs and personnel. Continue reading