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Pulaski County Commissioner, Recycling Center Director Commended for Years of Service, Clark

Tracey Shorter and Larry Brady

Tracey Shorter and Larry Brady

Pulaski County Commissioner Tracey Shorter was recognized by Commission President Larry Brady for her years of service to the residents of Pulaski County.

Brady presented Shorter with a plaque. Shorter did not run for re-election in this year’s election for her seat on the county commission. Bud Krohn, Jr. will begin his four-year term on Jan. 1. The first meeting of the Pulaski County Commissioners in 2015 is Jan. 5.

Ed Clark gives his last report as director of the Pulaski County Recycling Center.

Ed Clark gives his last report as director of the Pulaski County Recycling Center.

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Hometown Collaboration Initiative Team to Visit Pulaski County

Pulaski County Economic DevelopmentA team of state officials will be in Pulaski County today to meet with local officials. The county is one of six finalists for the state’s new Hometown Collaboration Initiative. It seeks to help small communities expand their pipeline of local leaders, strengthen and expand jobs by building on existing economic assets and to improve attractiveness and quality of life of their hometowns. Pulaski County Economic Development Director Nathan P. Origer says he’s pulled together a group of 14 community members as part of the process. Continue reading

Four Bridges in Pulaski County to be Repaired

Pulaski County Highway Superintendent Mark Fox informed the commissioners this week that there are three bridges on the 12-month inspection cycle. Work will be done soon to remove them from that list.

“We’re going to place wrap underneath these bridges to correct a substructure undercutting issue and those three will be able to be removed from that 12 month inspection cycle once we complete that,” stated Fox.

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Attempted Murder Defendant Makes Initial Court Appearance

Kevin Eugene Holcomb

Kevin Eugene Holcomb

A Star City man who faces attempted murder and aggravated battery charges in connection with a Sunday incident plans to hire his own attorney. Kevin E. Holcomb, 45, appeared in Pulaski Circuit Court on Wednesday, Dec. 17 for an initial hearing. Continue reading

Flu Shots Available at Local Health Departments

Health officials urge you to get a flu shot to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Pulaski County Health Nurse Andrea Keller said the number of cases of fever and respiratory illness has increased. Keller told WKVI News that the flu shot is the number one defense against the virus. She noted that there are plenty of flu shots available at the Pulaski County Health Department. She administers shots Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET.

Starke County Health Nurse Frank Lynch encourages patrons to stop in the office to get a flu shot. He stated that he has an ample supply of vaccinations. To help prevent the spread of the flu, wash hands often and thoroughly, sneeze and cough into a tissue and stay home if you are sick.

Pulaski County EMS Looking for Paramedics

Paramedics continue to cycle out of the Pulaski County EMS department which leaves the department shorthanded.

Brandon DeLorenzo from Pulaski County EMS told the commissioners this week that they are still working on getting paramedics at the department and to keep them there. Paramedics are in high demand and in desperate need at the Pulaski County facility.

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Justice Center Equipment Installation Delayed

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

The water heater installation at the Pulaski County Justice Center has been delayed, according to Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston.

“One of the delays was with a vendor where they ordered parts for their machinery. That kind of set us back a little bit. They now have the parts that they need. They have most of the water lines in place. This week they’re going to start up the one unit and take the old one off line. We’re going to run it for a while to make sure that we have confidence that it’s going to do the job. Then they’ll remove the old one altogether and start installing the second one,” said Johnston.

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Pulaski County Attorney to Hold Meeting with Counsel to Discuss County Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

A meeting is set for today to move forward with the closure of the Pleasant View Rest Home in Pulaski County.

Pulaski County Attorney Kevin Tankersley will be meeting with an attorney in Plymouth to discuss the matter and to see if the attorney would be willing to take over legal issues in the closure of the county home. Tankersley will not be taking over the legal issues in this matter as it was thought an outside agency would be a better choice in the process. If the attorney agrees to work with the county, the commissioners would need to approve a retainer for the attorney’s services.

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Absence of Smoke Detectors Blamed for Fatal Culver Fire

The absence of smoke detectors in a Culver home is blamed for claiming a life. The Culver-Union Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to 504 Mill Street around 1:30 this morning. Continue reading

Pulaski County Considering Career and Technical Education Grant Application

Pulaski County Economic DevelopmentThe Pulaski County Community Development Commission may apply for a state grant to provide job skills training to high school students. County economic development director Nathan P. Origer says funds are available through the Career and Technical Education Innovative Curriculum Grant program to set up industrial repair and maintenance training programs at Winamac Community and West Central High Schools. Origer says it is a really high-demand occupation in the manufacturing sector locally and regionally. Continue reading

Longtime Pulaski County Deputy Retires

Pulaski County Sheriff's Dept. Cpl. Paul Grandstaff

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Dept. Cpl. Paul Grandstaff

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is fully staffed again, with one notable exception. Cpl. Paul Grandstaff has tendered his retirement after 26 years with the department. Sheriff Mike Gayer says he’s on leave through the end of the year using up accumulated vacation and comp days. Continue reading

Eastern Pulaski Schools Schedule Wireless Survey

 The new demands that come from living in a technology-based world keep the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation in check. A wireless survey is part of the Christmas break building maintenance plan, along with normal protocol of cleaning, waxing floors, and touching up paint on lockers. Continue reading

Local Soldier Gets Heroes Welcome Home

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The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Knox-Center Township Volunteer Fire Department escort Cody Foust and his mother into Knox.

A local soldier got a heroes welcome home last night after a six-month tour of duty in the Middle East. The Starke and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Departments and firefighters in both counties escorted Cody Foust and his mother up U.S. 35. He’s with the Indiana National Guard’s 1413th Engineer Company, 81st Troop Command. The unit spent the past several months in Afghanistan performing base-closure and retrograde operations in support of the drawdown of Operation Enduring Freedom. Continue reading

Pulaski County Named Hometown Collaboration Initiative Finalist

Pulaski County Economic DevelopmentPulaski County is one of six finalists for a new statewide program. The Hometown Collaboration Initiative seeks to help small communities expand their pipeline of local leaders, strengthen and expand jobs by building on existing economic assets and and improve attractiveness and quality of life of their hometowns. Continue reading

Pulaski County Council Honors Retiring Member

Retiring Pulaski County Councilman Ron Powers

Retiring Pulaski County Councilman Ron Powers

Ron Powers has attended his final regularly-scheduled meeting as a member of the Pulaski County Council. He’s retiring at the end of the month after two four-year terms, as is Pulaski County Sheriff Mike Gayer. Tensions between the two have frequently spilled over into meetings. Monday night Gayer set that aside. Continue reading

Eastern Pulaski School Board Honors Retiring Member

 An Eastern Pulaski School Board member was honored Monday evening for 22 years of service. John Kwiatkowski is retiring from the board at the end of this year. He served two stints on the board as the representative from Franklin Township. The first was from 1968 until 1978. During that time the elementary school was built. Continue reading

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