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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As part of Francesville’s Spirit Day celebration today, town-wide garage sales will be held beginning around 8 a.m. ET. Shoppers will find 41 locations with bargains on the map that will be available to pick up at the Francesville Fire Department prior to the start of the sales.
In a fundraiser for this September’s Francesville Fall Festival, the fire department will hold food sales at the fire station.