Storm Damage Assessments Underway Locally

A few local counties are among the 29 in which local, state and federal officials have started assessing damage from recent storms. The assessments are part of the multi-step process to determine whether Indiana qualifies for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair damage caused by severe weather and flooding between June 7th and July 29th. Such assistance reimburses government and some nonprofit agencies for eligible expenses. Locally the list of counties being evaluated includes Marshall, Fulton and Pulaski. Continue reading

More Than 1600 Hoosier Students Benefit from Field Trip Grant Program

ftThanks to the Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grant Program, students at 22 Indiana schools will learn about nature by visiting Indiana state parks and reservoirs this school year. The grants are open to public, private, religious and home-school educators and are administered through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, the supporting non-profit of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Continue reading

Heater Emerges Victorious from Winamac Town Convention

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

Incumbent Winamac City Councilwoman Judy Heater will serve a four-year term.

She got 36 votes to Rudy DeSabatine’s 25 on the first ballot during Thursday night’s Republican Party Convention. Winamac will not need to hold a November municipal election, as there are not any contested races. Continue reading

Washington Man Faces Securities Fraud Charges in Pulaski County

A Seattle man who is accused of stealing more than $250,000 from local investors via telephone solicitation is jailed in Washington state. Joshua Ader is charged with several felony counts, including the B felony offense of fraudulent or deceitful acts in the offer or sale of a security and acting as an unregistered broker-dealer and corrupt business influence. Both of those offenses are C felonies. Continue reading

Future of Medaryville Library Uncertain

Low public use and increasing cost averages have prompted the Pulaski County Library Board to consider alternative solutions for the use of its Medaryville branch.

Talks are ongoing to give ownership of the site to the Town of Medaryville. The Library board has presented an offer to the Town, but no decisions have been made.
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Town Projects Discussed During Winamac Council Meeting

winamacThough Winamac students returned to school on Wednesday, the town will notice within the next few weeks construction will still be taking place for the Safe Routes to School project. Due to incorrect ADA slopes being installed in the sidewalks, they must be replaced. Yards affected by the sidewalk construction will also be fixed. Continue reading

Eastern Pulaski School Board Votes to Change Banks

 

According to Eastern Pulaski Community Schools’ Superintendent Dan Foster, the corporation has been having some concerns with their primary financial provider for several months now. Issues included inconsistency, unreliability and an abundance of unnecessary fees.

In order to solve the problem, a proposal was composed and sent out to several potential providers. The current institution did not even reply to the proposal. This led Superintendent Foster to address the school board Monday evening and suggest switching their primary financial institution to one of the two places that did respond. Continue reading

USDA Approves State’s Request for Secretarial Disaster Declaration

Crop lossFarmers throughout the state who suffered crop losses due to excessive rainfall can apply for low-interest emergency loans from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday approved a secretarial disaster declaration for 53 of Indiana’s 92 counties. Gov. Mike Pence, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellsperman and Indiana Farm Service Agency Executive Director Julia A. Wickard made the request in late July after farmers suffered significant crop damage and losses as a result of flooding and excessive rain that started May 1st. Continue reading

Memorial Bench Approved for former Eastern Pulaski Superintendent

harrycordsThe Eastern Pulaski School Corporation campus will soon have a new bench commemorating the memory of former Superintendent Harry Cords. At the school board meeting Monday evening, one item on the agenda was to approve a $750 donation from the Cords family. Thanks to unanimous approval from the board, the donation was accepted and the board discussed where exactly to place the memorial bench. Continue reading