Incredible Causes will Benefit from Spirit of Pulaski County Proceeds

st0pThe annual Spirit of Pulaski County, formerly known as Germanfest, is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 8 this year at the Train Depot in downtown Winamac. During the event, the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a spirit ride and spirit walk in memory of Tina Kasten and all other domestic abuse victims. Kasten is a local woman whose husband was arrested for her murder back in May. Continue reading

Pulaski County 4-H Fair Pre-Judging Locations Changed

Pre-fair judging for electric, consumer clothing and sewing and fashion review 4-H projects will be held off of the Pulaski County fair grounds. This change allows time for the fairgrounds to be tended to following recent flooding. Though the locations have shifted, all times remain the same. Continue reading

Sinkholes in Pulaski County

Several roads are closed in Pulaski County following recent flooding. However high water isn’t the only problem the highway department is addressing. Currently crews are out working on filling in some sinkholes that have sprouted up in the area. Continue reading

Sandra Lee’s Studio of Dance 37th Recital: Imagination

1imaginationSandra Lee’s Studio of Dance has put on nearly four decades of recitals. This year’s 37th annual show includes a variety of dances performed by students of all ages. Continue reading

Public Hearing Set to Discuss Cleanup of Collapsed Building in Monterey

sportsmans chain link fenceA public hearing is set for June 1 to discuss the demolition and clean up of the debris from the Sportsman’s Bar and Grill in Monterey.

The structure that housed the business at the corner of Walnut and Main Streets collapsed during the evening hours of Thursday, April 23. An asbestos study was completed on the rubble where testing found the debris positive for the presence of asbestos.

The owner, Courtney Hardin, has 30 days to clean up the property. She will need to appear before the commissioners for the public hearing and comply with the demolition order.

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New Fence Installed around Monterey Building Remnants

sportsmans chain link fenceA chain link fence now surrounds the rubble where the Sportsman’s Bar and Grill in Monterey once stood.

The area had been contained with a temporary, orange, construction-type fence. A portion of the fence was secured to a dumpster that is no longer on the site. That led Pulaski County Building Administrator Dave Dare to contact a locally registered contractor in order to install a six-foot, self-supporting chain-link fence around the area this week for enhanced security.

Dare added that his department is in the process of making the legal notification to the current owner to attend a hearing before the Hearing Authority concerning property clean-up. He noted that cleanup would proceed as soon as possible. Continue reading

Town of Monterey Requests Additional Loan Money

 More money will be loaned to the Town of Monterey for help in upgrading their wastewater system.

Pulaski County Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer and Monterey Town Council President Jim Fleury appeared before the Pulaski County Council Monday night.  They requested an additional $15,000 to their original loan request of $20,000. When the town began assembling information for a 2013 grant to help with the cost of wastewater treatment plant improvements, the engineers used numbers relevant to 2013.  Origer says the estimates have gone up since then.

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Asbestos Found in Monterey Building Rubble

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An inspector hired by the Pulaski County building inspector’s office found asbestos in the rubble of this building in downtown Monterey. It collapsed on April 23, possibly due to water damage.

There is asbestos is the rubble of a building in downtown Monterey that collapsed last month. Pulaski County Building Inspector Dave Dare shared that information with the town council during a special-called meeting last night. A contractor he hired to check the site at the southeast corner of Main and Walnut Streets found two square feet of asbestos in the duct wrap in the basement. Dare says more could be buried in the debris and will need to be disposed of in accordance with state guidelines. Continue reading

Monterey Council to Discuss Fate of Collapsed Building Tonight

Sportsmans 1The Monterey Town Council will decide tonight how to proceed with the cleanup of the former Sportsman’s Bar and Grill. The vacant building collapsed on Thursday, April 23rd. Nobody was injured. The area around the structure at the southeast corner of Walnut and Main Streets in downtown Monterey is blocked off. Pulaski County Building Inspector Dave Dare hired a Valparaiso-based contractor to inspect the rubble for asbestos. If any is found, special precautions will need to be followed to clean the site up. Dare will share that information with the Monterey Town Council during a special-called meeting tonight at 7 p.m. Continue reading

Monterey Officials Discuss Next Steps for Building Cleanup

Sportsmans 1The Pulaski County Building Inspector will hire a contractor to inspect the rubble of the former Sportsman’s Bar and Grill for asbestos before cleanup of the structure in downtown Monterey can continue. The building at the southeast corner of Main and Walnut Streets fell last Thursday evening. No injuries were reported. Building inspector Dave Dare believes water damage weakened the structure. Continue reading

Engineers to Check for Asbestos in Rubble from Collapsed Building

Sportsman bar second dayPulaski County Building Administrator David Dare has been in contact with an engineering company for the purpose of requirements to check for the presence of asbestos in the debris from a building collapse last week.

Dare explained that it’s required by law to check commercial buildings for the presence of asbestos prior to demolition. Since the structure fell on its own, the requirement still stands.

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Debris Removal in Monterey to Begin Today

Sportsman bar second dayEfforts to remove remnants from a downtown Monterey building will begin today.

The structure that housed the Sportsman’s Bar and Grill collapsed Thursday around 5 p.m. The building was empty at the time of the incident and attempts continue to notify the owner.

A fence surrounds what is left of the former business. Monterey residents helped Pulaski County Building Administrator David Dare and officials move the debris to a central location on the property to avoid injuries.

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Downtown Monterey Building Collapses

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Sportsmans BarThe building that housed a former Monterey business collapsed Thursday night.

Pulaski County Commission President Larry Brady told WKVI News that Sportsman’s Bar and Grill at the corner of Walnut and Main Streets in downtown Monterey fell at about 5 p.m. ET. The building was vacant at the time and there weren’t any injuries reported. A few bricks had fallen from the structure earlier in the day.

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Town of Monterey Requests Loan from Pulaski County Council

A loan was approved by the Pulaski County Council to help the Town of Monterey with a wastewater system upgrade.

Pulaski County Community Development Commission (CDC) Executive Director Nathan Origer and Monterey Town Council President Jim Fleury were before the county council members on Monday night to request a $20,000 loan for matching grant funds for the project.

The money would be advertised as an additional appropriation from the CDC fund to make a loan available to the town. The money will be only be spent if the town’s grant request is approved.

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Myers Pleads Not Guilty

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Stanley Myers

A not guilty plea was entered for Stanley Myers, 70, in an initial hearing in Pulaski County Circuit Court. He is charged with six counts of child molesting.

According to court documents, the Monterey man is accused of child molesting on six different occasions with six-year-old and seven-year-old children. The acts were allegedly committed over a period of time. Each incident reportedly occurred at a home on 750 North in Monterey.

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Monterey Man Arrested on Warrant for Felony Child Molesting

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Stanley Myers

A Monterey man was arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies this week on six counts of child molesting.

According to court documents, Stanley W. Myers, 70, is accused of committing child molesting on six different occasions with six-year-old and seven-year-old children. The acts were allegedly committed over a period of time. Each incident reportedly occurred at a home on 750 North in Monterey.

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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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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