Pulaski County Roads Hit Hard By Spring Thaw

Changes in the weather over the last few weeks have hit area roads particularly hard.

Pulaski County instituted a travel advisory last week due to the depth of the frost line, otherwise known as the depth to which the ground is frozen. According to Pulaski County Highway Superintendent Larry Brady, the travel advisory was put into effect due to the weather’s influence on the roadways.
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Child Abuse Prevention Month Activities Planned in Pulaski County

The Department of Family and Children and the CASA organization in Pulaski County will be helping bring awareness of child abuse to the community during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

Chrystal Williams from the Department of Family and Children and CASA approached the Pulaski County Commissioners this week and requested the use of the courthouse lawn. Blue ribbons will be tied around the trees and other posters will be installed in the lawn to alert residents of awareness activities.

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DNR Prepares for Stream Trout Season With Stocking Efforts

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is making a few changes for the spring fishing season.

The DNR says they will be stocking more than 55-thousand trout in the state’s waterways. In the past, rainbow trout have stocked in all but a few locations. Stocking efforts will be conducted prior to stream trout season beginning on April 25th.

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Pulaski County Attorney Addresses Highway Department Concern

If it’s not a county-owned road, then the county highway should not be doing any work on it.

Pulaski County Attorney Kevin Tankersley gave that advice to Terry Ruff from the highway department when a question of road work on Swayze Drive, a private lane, was initiated. Ruff said he’s gotten some calls to help plow the road, fix the road, and help a truck that is stuck on the road. He added that he’s concerned about the residents on that road for the purpose of getting emergency vehicles to those who live on that lane.

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DEA: Fentanyl is a Threat to Health and Public Safety

drugsThe Drug Enforcement Agency has issued a nationwide alert on fentanyl as a threat to health and public safety.

According to the DEA, Fentanyl can be laced with heroin and when produced in clandestine labs can have an effect 100 times more powerful than morphine and 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin. Drug incidents and overdoses related to fentanyl are occurring and the DEA is warning the general public that Fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin and an accidental inhalation of airborne powder could occur.

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Pulaski County Sheriff to Apply for Grant

 Pulaski County Sheriff Jeff Richwine asked the commissioners’ permission to apply for a grant to purchase more secure bin for prescription medication.

Sheriff Richwine said CVS has a grant available to purchase a container in which residents can dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications. The container is designed where a deposit can’t be withdrawn. It’s styled like a mailbox where the opening locks out a person. It’s locked and can be better monitored.

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Gov. Pence Touts HIP 2.0 Provider Increases

Indiana Governor Mike Pence

Indiana Governor Mike Pence

Governor Mike Pence is touting a bit of an expansion through the state’s Healthy Indiana Plan.

Low-income state residents have seen increases in the number of primary-care doctors. According to information released from the Governor’s office 335 physicians and 939 providers have joined since the Plans’ expansion.
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Sen. Donnelly Believes Ample Time Exists For Hoosier Line Fix

Joe Donnelly

Senator Joe Donnelly

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly is continuing comments on the operation of the Hoosier State Line.

The four-day per week train between Indianapolis and Chicago was initially anticipated to cease service on April 1st of this year. That announcement came after a Federal Railroad Administration decision that would require Indiana to serve as a railroad carrier.
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Legislation Would Allow Inmates E-mail Access

DermodyLegislation sponsored by State Representative Tom Dermody will be signed into law.

According to a press release from the LaPorte Republican’s offices, the legislation would allow for additional options for prison inmates to correspond with their families. The Indiana Department of Corrections is required to provide necessary items to send mail through the postal service.

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Sen. Donnelly Hopes New Legislation Improves Financial Literacy

Joe Donnelly

Senator Joe Donnelly

A bill introduced by U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly aims to improve financial literacy among college students.

Almost 1-million Hoosiers are thought to have student loans. Donnelly hopes the “Empowering Student Borrowers Act” will help students understand how much money they’re borrowing, as well as their repayment options.
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Gov. Pence Signs Letter Opposing EPA Changes

Indiana Governor Mike Pence

Indiana Governor Mike Pence

Indiana was on a list of 10 governors pushing back against plans proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA is calling for a reduction is carbon emissions from the current 75 parts per billion to between 65 and 70 parts per billion. As things stand, 91 of Indiana’s 92 counties meet federal ozone clean air standards.

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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust

A vehicle headlight ultimately led to the arrest of a Winamac resident on drug charges.

According to a press release, Pulaski County Police were on patrol in the area of Narrow and Franklin Streets in Winamac when they noticed the vehicle in question. Authorities made a note that occupants of the vehicle were behaving nervously.
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New HVAC Units Being Installed at Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Justice Center

The new heating and cooling units for the Pulaski County Justice Center are being installed this week.

Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston told the commissioners Monday night that McGrath Refrigeration started installing the HVAC units on Monday. The weather has cooperated and the process should be complete by the end of the week.

During this process, the inmates need to be moved to different cells in order for crews to work in the different pods. Johnston said his staff can perform routine maintenance at the same time while the pods are empty. He said they are able to work on any water issues or other problems while the area is open.

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Man Turns Himself In On Sexual Misconduct Warrant

A Culver man turned himself into Plymouth Police on Monday after he was accused of sexual contact with a minor several months ago.

Plymouth police say they received a phone call from 43-year-old Joey Maxon who stated he would be waiting for officers at the Wal-Mart in Plymouth. Maxon had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Pulaski County. He was taken into custody.
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Pulaski County Commissioners Settle Unanswered Questions about County Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

The Pulaski County Commissioners discussed measures to close down the Pleasant View Rest Home in Winamac.

Superintendent Deb Girton told the commissioners that one more person is set to leave the county home on March 25. After that person leaves, she has five days to submit the proper paperwork to RCAP.

The commissioners made the decision to allow Girton and the other full-time staff member to stay on until May 1 to close down the property. All part-time staff will be terminated on March 31.

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Pulaski County K9 Aids in Arrest

The Pulaski County K9 was instrumental in the arrest of two people during a traffic stop on Friday.

A witness told police that a vehicle was driving erratically in the Medaryville area. The responding officer saw the vehicle after 4 p.m. ET on U.S. 421 near the West Central School. The officer saw the vehicle as a traffic hazard and conducted a traffic stop.

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Pulaski County Council Moves Forward with Matching Grant Fund Request

Pulaski County Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer requested grant match funds as an additional appropriation at this week’s Pulaski County Council meeting.

Origer said the county is the recipient of two grants. The Hometown Collaboration Initiative grant will help small communities, like Pulaski County, to expand jobs based on existing economic assets and improve attractiveness and quality of life.

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Building Permits Required Prior to Start of Construction Projects

Snow piles are disappearing, and spring is upon us. Many residents are beginning to make plans to begin outdoor projects, but the Pulaski County Building Inspector reminds you to apply for building permits before you begin building projects.

New construction of any type needs a permit. New houses, barns, garages, sheds, porches, decks, and the placement of modular homes need a building permit. Room or building additions, remodeling, electrical upgrades, plumbing, HVAC systems, above-ground swimming pools and any commercial project will also need a permit.

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