Murder Suspect Jailed Without Bond in Pulaski County

Michael Kasten Sr.

Michael Kasten Sr.

The Winamac man accused of fatally stabbing his wife Sunday night at their home is jailed without bond in Pulaski County. Michael Kasten Sr., 59, was released from a hospital in Fort Wayne Wednesday afternoon, where he was being treated for an apparent self-inflicted stab wound. He made an initial appearance this morning in Pulaski Circuit Court, where he’s charged with murder in connection with the death of Tina Kasten, 54. Continue reading

Two Arrested on Drug Charges in Plymouth

A pair of Winamac residents were arrested Tuesday afternoon when narcotics were allegedly found in their speeding vehicle.

A Plymouth Police Department officer pulled over a car driven by 41-year-old Christopher Fields at the intersection of Cook Street and Oak Drive in Plymouth. Marshall County K9 Arras was called  to the scene where the dog reportedly indicated the presence of narcotics. Methamphetamine and synthetic marijuana were found in the car, according to a news release.

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Authorities Say Stabbing Suspect Attempted to Kill Himself

Michael Kasten Sr.

Michael Kasten Sr.

A Winamac man who is charged with murder in Sunday’s stabbing death of his wife apparently tried to kill himself as well. Michael Kasten Sr., 59, is accused of stabbing his wife, Tina Kasten, 58, in the chest with a steak knife at their home on State Road 119. A friend who lived with the couple called 911, according to the police report. Officers found Tina Kasten on a loveseat in the living room of the home with a chest wound and her husband in the garage covered in blood with a steak knife nearby. He reportedly told officers he stabbed himself and said repeatedly he wanted to die. Continue reading

Town Council Considers Pricing for Section of Winamac Parkway

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Town of Winamac furthered discussions on a project that looks to create walking trails in the community.

During Monday night’s Town Council meeting, pricing for a section of the Winamac Parkway was reviewed. That walking trail is being developed along with other similar projects.
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Winamac Looks To Improve “Greenspace Winamac” Operations

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

Promises of greater communication were made during the Winamac Town Council meeting, Monday night.

The Council met with a member of the Town’s Tree Committee, for all intents and purposes, is acting alone in the role. Several meetings have been held between the Town Council to discuss the future of the committee.
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Winamac Continues Discussions With Greenspace Group

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Council plans to further discussions on a group that they say needs better communication.

During tonight’s meeting officials with Winamac Greenspace, otherwise known as the Town’s Tree Commission, will be meeting with the Town Council to plan how to better communication with the Town and a conservation and development group.

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Link Environmental, Two Guys Mechanical Announce Partnership

A pair of Winamac-based businesses have formed a partnership. Link Environmental Equipment sells and services equipment for the waste and recycling industries. Two Guys Mechanical Contractors, Inc. will manage their service department. The newly-merged business will be run out of Link’s current facility on the north side of Winamac. Continue reading

Winamac To Hold Future Discussions for Greenspace Operations

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Council is trying to work through the preliminary stages of organizing grant opportunities and ensuring transparency.

Winamac Greenspace, otherwise known as the Town’s Tree Committee, is expected to work with the non-profit group Arrowhead Country Resource Conservation and Development on obtaining grant funds.
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Pulaski County BZA Approves Variance Request

The Pulaski County Board of Zoning Appeals considered a variance request Monday night filed by representatives from Wallace Pork Systems.

The petitioner requested a variance of 20,070 square feet for a storage building at 7567 W. 950 S. in Winamac. The existing feed mill business will use the expanded space to house equipment, tools and other items, according to Pulaski County Commissioner Terry Young.

The seven-member board approved the variance request unanimously.

Winamac Considers Future Efforts For Greenspace Group

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Council will be working to get to organizations to cooperate.

A meeting was called for Tuesday morning to discuss future projects for Winamac Greenspace. The group is formerly known as the Tree Commission. The group is supposed to work with Arrowhead Country Resource Conservation and Development.

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Pulaski County BZA to Consider Variance Request

The Pulaski County Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing tonight for the purpose of taking action on a variance request submitted by Wallace Pork Systems.

The petitioner is requesting a variance of 20,070 square feet for a storage building to house feed at 7567 W. 950 S. in Winamac.

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Kersting’s Hosts Biker Festival This Weekend

Motorcyclists gather for the ride

Motorcyclists gather for the ride

Area bikers will have a chance for some food, and some spirituality, this weekend.

Kersting’s Cycle Center in Winamac is hosting its annual Biker Festival. Part of that festival includes giving the motorcycles of those in attendance a proper blessing.
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Winamac Industry Recognized for Employment Efforts

Dawn Winebrenner, Ben Schneiner and Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Steven J. Braun

Dawn Winebrenner, Ben Schneiner and Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Steven J. Braun

A Winamac industry has been recognized for efforts to create employment opportunities for residents.

Officials from Galfab, Inc. received a WorkOne Achievement Award this week during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse.

Galfab, Inc. is a premier designer and manufacturer of waste equipment of all types. They partnered with WorkOne to utilize hiring services, along with the WorkKeys skills assessment and interviewing processes to locate, assess and identify individuals with the right skills for positions. According to the Indiana Workforce Development, over 40 welders have been hired in this partnership and over 20 young adults have received valuable work traits and industry knowledge through work experiences.

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Winamac Water Surveys Complete, Data Being Compiled

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The last of the necessary surveys has been received to qualify for grant funds.

The Town of Winamac has expressed interest in exploring for additional water resources. Currently, there are two wellheads in the same water source that Winamac pulls from to bring water to local homes. Concerns over safety and contamination, however, have prompted the town to solicit funds to explore for a new source of water.
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Winamac Dog Park Fencing Complete

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Town of Winamac has nearly completed a new addition to the town park.

During Monday night’s Winamac Town Council meeting, updates on the fencing for a new dog park were received. The dog park was suggested due to conflicting schedules between the 4-H club and youth baseball and softball teams who were using the fields for practice.
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