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West Central School Board Approves Driver’s Education Fee

The West Central School Board approved driver’s education fees for this year’s round of classes. Superintendent Don Street said the summer classes were approved as presented to the school board members.

“Driver’s education for West Central students will be $200 and for non-corporation students it will be $300,” explained Street. “Our students also take an online portion of the course and that’s an additional $25. That do that test on their own.”

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West Central School Board Focuses on Budget

The West Central School Board closed out the 2014 books and looked at the budget for this year when the members met this week. Superintendent Don Street said the board won’t be making any big changes to the budget.

“There were no big cuts,” said Street. “We anticipated where we would be in our annual budget. Our assessed evaluation has increased for our school district from last year which has reduced, just slightly, the amount of taxes that will be charged for each individual.”

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One-Time Energy Assistance Available to Struggling Citizens

$Applications for the Energy Assistance Program can still be submitted for a one-time benefit on electric and heating bills. North Central Community Action Agencies, Pulaski County Human Services, and Community Services of Starke County began taking applications for LaPorte, Pulaski and Starke residents in November. Applications will continue to be accepted until all funds are obligated.

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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

Pedestrian Struck by Tractor-Trailer in Francesville

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated an accident on Thursday involving a semi-tractor trailer and a 14-year-old pedestrian on U.S. 421 just south of Gordon Street in Francesville.

The truck driver, 57-year-old Jerry E. Dehaven of Rossville, Indiana, was southbound on U.S. 421 when he observed a pedestrian walking along the road, according to a news release. Dehaven stated that the pedestrian turned and walked into the southbound lane and he attempted to miss the pedestrian. He reportedly told police that he was unable to miss the pedestrian and she was struck by the center of the tractor-trailer knocking her to the ground.

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Pulaski County Student Receives Indiana Homeland Security Foundation Scholarship

 A student from Pulaski County is one of 15 from around the state receiving college scholarships from the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation for their college education. Cameron Owens has been an active member of the Francesville Volunteer Fire Department since July of 2013 and completed their cadet program. Owens received a $2,000 scholarship toward his education at Ball State University. Continue reading

West Central Discusses Funding, School Grades

west central logoThe West Central School Board members took care of several items of business during their meeting last week.

Superintendent Don Street commented that the school board discussed the enrollment within the career and technical courses and the financial reimbursement of those courses.

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West Central School Board Approves School Calendar

west central logoThe West Central School Board approved a school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year.

Superintendent Don Street said the calendar is similar to this year’s calendar.

“Our teachers will be starting school on the tenth of August and the students will be arriving on Thursday the 13th of August. We also had a little discussion concerning balanced calendars of the schools in the area that are looking at, if you will, a semi-balanced calendar,” said Street.

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West Central School Board Meets Tonight

west central logoThe West Central School Board will meet tonight where the school board members will have several action items to discuss.

Now that the school board has approved the budget for the next school year, the next step is to plan the 2015-2016 school calendar. That will be discussed tonight as well as the course description books, the high ability grant, a rainy day resolution and other items.

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Three Arrested in Francesville Raid

Lori Schultz-Richie

Lori Schultz-Richie

Randall Grigsby

Randall Grigsby

Bradley Grigsby

Bradley Grigsby

Three Francesville residents were arrested overnight after members of the Pulaski County SWAT team raided a home five miles northeast of Francesville.

The trio were arrested on various felony warrants.

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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.

Walorski Visiting Homegrown Businesses Today

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski’s “Made in Indiana” tour includes stops in Marshall, Pulaski and Starke Counties today. She’s visiting businesses throughout Indiana’s second congressional district to highlight their hard work and contributions to the state’s economy. Walorski will visit Hoosier Racing Tire in Lakeville and tour ITAMCO in Argos this morning before heading to Rose Acre Farms in Francesville and American Oak Preserving Company in North Judson.

West Central School Board Approves Theater Arts Class

The West Central School Board recently approved the addition of a Theater Arts class to the curriculum for the second semester.

Superintendent Don Street explained that more focus on English/Language Arts forced the cancellation of the class, but the class will be revived.

“Now we have an opportunity to have a Theater Arts class where the kids will learn about acting and study different plays,” said Street. “We put that back into our curriculum. That will be a one, nine-week class because we’re on a block schedule. We have some students that have some interest in that. We have a teacher that will be able to teach that. That’s a fine arts credit which counts toward an Academic Honor class for our students.”

West Central School Board Approves Budget, Discusses Insurance

west central logoThe West Central School Board members recently approved the 2015 budget which includes the General Fund, Capital Projects Plan and Bus Replacement Plan.

Superintendent Don Street also discussed other financial matters with the board including insurance.

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Enrollment Increases at West Central Schools

west central logoThe West Central School Board members reviewed the ADM, or Average Daily Membership, count during their meeting last week.

Superintendent Don Street commented that the enrollment is up from last year.

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Pulaski County Health Department out of Flu Shots

Residents are wasting no time in getting flu shots in Pulaski County.

The Pulaski County Health Department is out of the vaccine for those aged three and older. The flu mist is still available through the Vaccine for Children program for those who are underinsured, uninsured and on Medicaid. Private stock doses remain for children aged six months to two years.

For those who have never had the shot before, two shots must be administered one month apart. The cost for the vaccine is $20.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Holds Productive Work Session on Building Project

The Eastern Pulaski School Board met for a lengthy work session after Monday afternoon’s public hearing concerning the rehabilitation projects at the elementary, middle and high schools.

The board approved paperwork to move forward in updating heating and cooling systems at the school buildings, replacing gym floors, updating all of the classrooms for technology purposes and educational settings, plus creating a more secure entrance at each building for the safety of students and staff members. Energy saving measures are also planned. The anticipated combined project cost is $14 million.

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Voter Registration Ends Monday

The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 4 and in order to cast your important vote you need to be properly registered.

Voter registration is open this week at all county clerk’s offices. The last day to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 6. You must be registered by the end of the business day on Oct. 6 in order to vote in the November election.

If you need to register to vote or have questions about your current registration, call the Starke County clerk’s office at (574) 772-9160, the Pulaski County clerk’s office at (574) 946-3313 or the Marshall County Clerk’s office at (574) 936-8922. Election and registration information can also be found on the state’s website.

Absentee voting in all three counties begins Tuesday, Oct. 7.

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