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Five Arrested in Winamac Meth Lab Bust

Five people were arrested Saturday, Jan. 24 after Winamac police received a complaint of high traffic and a smell at one of the Franklin Street apartment complex around 11:30 p.m. ET.

A search warrant was obtained for 214 S. Franklin Apt. B. and where an active meth lab was allegedly found along with marijuana, prescription medication, packaging materials, meth, and syringes, according to Winamac officer Mark Hoffman.

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Recruitment Fair Date Set in Winamac

Residents may now apply for the Experience Works Senior Community Service Employment Program.

The program is a chance for older aged Hoosiers to be a part of paid community service assignments at local organizations and also training to go back into the workforce.

Pulaski County applicants must be 55 years of age and older, unemployed, and meet income guidelines. An income for one member in a household must be $14,588 or less or $19,633 for a family of two.

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Tax Professionals Prepare for Filing Season

Individuals can begin filing their taxes today, and area tax professionals say a bit of assistance can help reduce tax liability.

Changes in the tax code take effect each year. According to H&R Block Tax Professional Michelle Bachtel, individuals will need to ensure that this year they don’t overlook steps when it comes to reconciling their healthcare situation.
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Radon Testing More Accurate In Winter

January is considered an optimal time to conduct radon tests in your home or business.

The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to designate January as national Radon Action Month. Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that can lead to numerous health problems.
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Winamac Town Board Leaves Park Decisions Up To Managers

Entrance to the Winamac Town Park

Entrance to the Winamac Town Park

The Winamac Town Board says it won’t be making the decisions when it comes to opening and closing the Town Park in winter.

During Monday night’s Board meeting, it was suggested the back portion of the park be closed during the colder months. The change could potentially save money, reduce hassle, and protect residents from dangerous or icy conditions.
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Winamac Announces Town Manager Hire

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

After a bit of a search, the Town of Winamac now has a new leader at the helm.

It was announced during last night’s regularly scheduled Winamac Town Council meeting that Brad Zellers was offered the Town Manager position. His hire comes after interviews for the position were conducted last week.
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Area Schools Could Benefit From Community College Proposal

 Ivy Tech Community College says they may become more accessible if one of President Barack Obama’s proposals makes it through Congress.

The President announced last week his intent to significantly reduce the cost of attending community college. The multi-billion dollar program intends to largely pay for the cost of the first two years of tuition for students maintaining a certain grade point average. This could have implications locally.
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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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Winamac Town Board To Meet After Town Manager Interviews

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

Interviews were conducted last week, but now the Winamac Town Board is anticipated to make a hiring decision.

The Town of Winamac has been without a Town Manager for several weeks. Searching for a potential candidate to fill the position follows the termination of previous Town Manager Jim Conner.
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Indiana AARP Hoping to Influence Retirement Savings, Caregivers

Indiana Statehouse

Indiana Statehouse

Two bills are being pushed by the AARP in Indiana during this session of the General Assembly and they look to help two different issues.

About half of Americans aged 50-years and older have less than 25-thousand dollars in retirement savings. To help solve this problem, the AARP is proposing the Hoosier Employee Retirement Option, otherwise known as the “HERO Plan.”
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Bill Could Disband Pulaski Superior Court

 Legislation was recently filed in Indianapolis that could have implications for Pulaski County.

Senate Bill 58, if signed into law, would eliminate the Pulaski County Superior Court by January 1st, 2019. The bill would also remove certain appointment privileges in other counties. Continue reading

Dermody Weighing Many Sides in Sunday Alcohol Debate

Dermody20th District State Representative Tom Dermody says he is still evaluating a bill that could affect consumers in Indiana.

House Bill 1026 would allow for those with a proper permit to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout on Sundays in the state. The bill, filed this week in Indianapolis, has not been presented to Representative Dermody – who chairs the often controversial Public Policy Committee.
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Donnelly Helps Reintroduce Forty Hours Bill

Joe Donnelly

Senator Joe Donnelly

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly reintroduced legislation yesterday that could redefine a section of the Affordable Care Act.

Donnelly, along with Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Arkansas, introduced language that would change the current definition of full-time employee to a 40-hour work week.
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Winamac Loosens Police Living Requirements

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

Police in Winamac can expand their living arrangements to the adjacent counties.

On Monday, the Winamac Town Board considered, and approved, a measure making the change. Previously, Winamac Police were required to live in Pulaski County. The move follows a review of the previous policy by the Board.
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Candidate Filing Open for Municipal Election

Clerk’s offices are accepting candidacy filings for this year’s municipal election.

The offices up for election in the Town of Winamac include clerk-treasurer, and town council seats in District 1, District 2 and District 3. The clerk-treasurer will also be elected for the towns of Francesville, Medaryville and Monterey. Three town council seats will be voted on in those three towns as well as at-large seats.

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Work Begins at Indianapolis Statehouse

Indiana Statehouse

Indiana Statehouse

Legislators are now in Indianapolis for the long-session of the General Assembly.

5th District State Senator Ed Charbonneau offered comment on the issue of reversion reform which could result from projected revenue increases over the next two years. Reversions allow the Governor to withhold spending in the instance of an economic downturn or other revenue shortfall.
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