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Pinwheels for Prevention Progam Set for April 8

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 4th, 2014

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and a program to support children in the Pulaski County community is set for Tuesday, April 8.

Members of the Indiana Department of Child Services, Prevent Child Abuse Indiana and the Kids First Trust Fund will recognize the role of the community in protecting Indiana’s youth.

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Motorist Hospitalized After Head-On Collision

Published: March 24th, 2014

Deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a head-on collision that occurred on 421 near the White County line around 3:30 Sunday morning. A 2007 Infiniti driven by Louis Ramiro of Monon was northbound, apparently swerved left of center and hit a 2008 Dodge driven by Phillip D. Carlson, 49, of Francesville. Carlson and his wife, Lori, 47, both refused treatment at the scene. Ramiro cut his head and was taken to the Jasper County Hospital for treatment. It’s uncertain at this time whether he was driving under the influence.

Francesville to Hold Hearing for Wastewater Study

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: February 12th, 2014

The town of Francesville is nearing the completion of their wastewater project and has scheduled a public hearing for Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. ET at the Francesville Town Hall to provide interested citizens an opportunity to express their views on the recently completed Wastewater Study.

Emily Gross, community development planner with the Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission, said the Wastewater Study was paid for using Federal Community Development Block Grant Funds from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

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Francesville House Fire Caused by Electrical Issue

By: Anita Goodan
Published: January 29th, 2014

An issue with an electrical panel is the cause of a Monday night fire at a Francesville home.

According to Tim Wuethrich, the fire began in the electric panel and traveled up to the second story of the home. Francesville and Medaryville firefighters were on the scene at 6055 S. County Road 1100 W. The Buffalo and Monon Fire Departments also provided manpower and water support while Pulaski County REACT was on scene to set up a warming station so no firefighters suffered from frostbite.

No injuries were reported.

Francesville Baby Has Cool Story to Tell in Later Years

By: Anita Goodan
Published: January 29th, 2014

Owen Lee Trusty

Owen Lee Trusty

It’s a story Owen Trusty can proudly tell when he gets older. Tawny Trusty, Owen’s mother, was set to be induced on Monday at a hospital in Lafayette, but the road conditions were not cooperating Sunday or Monday. Tawny told WKVI that she and her husband, Kevin, made every attempt to get to the hospital and even attempted to reschedule at one point.

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Fires Destroy Homes in Knox and Francesville

Published: January 28th, 2014

Toto Road Fire

A pair of house fires kept firefighters from five area departments busy last night. The Knox-Center Township and California Township Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a fire on Toto Road at Lart Lane near Fletcher’s Carpet and spent three hours battling that blaze. They were called out around 8:10 p.m., according to dispatchers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office.

In Pulaski County, the Francesville and Medaryville Fire Departments spent several hours fighting a fire at 6055 S. County Road 1100 W. The Buffalo Fire Department also provided manpower and water support, and Pulaski County REACT set up a warming station with coffee for the firefighters and EMS personnel on the scene. No injuries were reported at either fire scene. We’ll have more information about both later this morning.


Power Restored at West Central Schools

By: Anita Goodan
Published: January 17th, 2014

Power has been restored to the West Central School Corporation after an accident yesterday at Highways 421 and 14 in Pulaski County knocked out power to the school and to the town of Francesville.

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Friday Morning Accident Claims Life of Francesville Teenager

By: Anita Goodan
Published: November 8th, 2013

A Francesville teenager died of injuries sustained in a car accident Friday morning.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies were called to State Road 114 and County 1600 West shortly after 7 a.m. on a report of a serious accident. Deputies investigated the scene and found that 19-year-old Zachery R. Conkel of Francesville failed to stop at that intersection and struck the right side of a semi tractor trailer driven by 42-year-old Gilberto Alvarez of Lansing, Illinois.

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Medaryville Firefighters Seek Grant for New Fire Station

By: Anita Goodan
Published: October 31st, 2013

The Pulaski County Commissioners agreed to back the Medaryville Fire Department in their quest to receive a grant for a new fire department/community center.

Fire Chief Shaun Hauptli told WKVI that they are seeking a $400,000 grant to build a new fire house which can also be used as a community center for town events. He added that they are in the very first stages of the process and will have more solid details this week after meeting with an architect.

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Francesville Fall Festival Next Weekend

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: September 12th, 2013

Fall Festival

The third weekend of September will mark the 48th year of the Francesville Fall Festival, a festival that, according to secretary Betty Krueger, grows each year. She said the event was originally a celebration for the town’s new firehouse, but it has since evolved into a much-loved event.

“It started out as a celebration for our new firehouse, and I guess they had so much fun, that we decided to have a celebration every year, and it just seems like it has grown and grown until this year. I think this year is one of our good years; we’re going to have lots of free entertainment. We like to have free family entertainment where you can bring your kids and spend the whole weekend and not spend a whole lot of money. The only thing you have to pay for is what you eat,” said Krueger.
The weekend features a variety of food fundraisers, including a fish and tenderloin supper Friday night, a chicken dinner Saturday night, and a pork chop dinner Sunday night. The local Boy Scout troop will also host a breakfast on Saturday morning.

This year also marks the first year for a few entertainers, according to Krueger.

“We have a couple entertainers that have never been here before. One of them is Ken the Cowboy, he’s coming from California and he’s going to show and tell what it is like to be a cowboy in the old days where you do the roping and hang out on the range, and I’m hoping that the kids are really gonna enjoy it,” she said.
This year’s festival will also feature the petting zoo, and other entertainers like J .T. and Tommy Oaks as well as the Heritage Quartet, a local gospel group. Friday night includes events like the Master Crackerjack and Candy Corn Contest, and on Saturday morning, the festival will feature a bake contest and auction and entertainment by Jungle John with his pet snakes.

But the number one feature for the event, according to Krueger, is the parade that takes place Saturday at 2 p.m.

“We always have a good parade. Usually it’s an hour or an hour and a half, and a lot of local things, and a lot of out-of-town things come to the parade and the streets are really full. After the parade, there’s everything going on, so you stay around. I’d say the parade is the highlight of our year,” she said.

The festival also features amusement rides for kids and an auto show Sunday morning at the park, along with a cornhole tournament.

For more information on the Francesville Fall Festival, taking place from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22, visit francesvillefallfestival.com.

Alliance Bank Warns Customers of Text Scam

Published: August 8th, 2013

Customers of an area bank warned of  a text message scam. Alliance Bank advises several customers and non-customers have gotten messages stating their account has been deactivated and they need to call a telephone number. Alliance Bank officials stress this is a hoax and they will not request account information via text. Do not call the number in the message, as it is not affiliated with the bank. Please call your local Alliance Bank office if you have provided this information or if you have any questions.

Francesville Man Formally Charged in Thursday Shooting Incident

Published: July 22nd, 2013


Barry Danford

Barry Danford

The Francesville man accused of shooting his wife in the arm during an argument late Thursday night is charged with criminal recklessness while armed with a deadly weapon resulting in serious bodily injury. That’s the official charge filed against Barry Danford, 50, by Pulaski County Prosecutor Stacey Mrak. The injury to Rhonda Danford, 55, was not life threatening, and she was treated at Pulaski Memorial Hospital. Barry Danford left the scene of the shooting before the police arrived. Members of the SWAT team fanned out across the area in search of him but were unsuccessful in tracking him down. Danford surrendered Saturday afternoon at the Pulaski County Justice Center and was booked into the jail just after 4 p.m. The charge is a C felony, which is punishable by up to eight years in prison.

Shooting Suspect Turns Himself In

Published: July 20th, 2013
Barry Danford

Barry Danford

The suspect in Thursday’s late night shooting at a Francesville residence surrendered Saturday afternoon at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. Barry Danford, 50, of Francesville, was booked into the jail just after 4 p.m. He reportedly shot his wife, Rhonda Danford, 55, in the arm during an argument. She called the police, but her husband left before they showed up. Rhonda Danford’s injury was not life-threatening, and she was taken to Pulaski Memorial Hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, SWAT team members fanned out across the area in search of Barry Danford but were unsuccessful in tracking him down. Charges are pending.


Pulaski County Officers Investigate Shooting Incident in Francesville

By: Anita Goodan
Published: July 19th, 2013
Barry Danford

Barry Danford

A suspect remains at large after a shooting incident in Francesville prior to midnight Thursday.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer stated that the 911 Dispatch Center received a call from 55-year-old Rhonda Danford of Daviess County that she had been shot by her husband 31-year-old Barry Danford, also of Daviess County at a Francesville residence.

Emergency personnel arrived at the Francesville home and found that Rhonda Danford suffered a single non-life threatening gunshot wound to the arm during a domestic situation. She was transported to Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

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