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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Winamac Town Council Considers Development of Solar Park

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Town of Winamac could soon help prevent resident’s energy prices from spiking with the seasons.

During last night’s Winamac Town Council meeting, a special meeting was considered for discussions on a possible solar energy park. The Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) has expressed interest in developing the solar park.

Town Council member Richard Denney says the project may take a while.

“It’s not going to happen in 2015 and more than likely it won’t happen in 2016,” says Denney. “This year’s construction is underway for three units and next year’s is pretty much solid.”

IMPA currently has three solar parks in Frankton, Rensellaer, and Richton.

Its 59 “member communities” have been asked to help develop the solar parks. In order for any development to take place, however, 20 acres of land would need to be found for sale. The Town of Winamac is currently eyeing space at the Industrial Park, north of the County Home.

Once land is secured, IMPA staff would handle development, construction, fencing, and mowing.

Town Manager Brad Zellers says the Town of Winamac would have a small role to play in the upkeep.

“The only thing we have to do: they would like our crew once or twice per week to drive through and see if the green light is on or if the red light is on,” says Zellers. “If the red light is one, then there’s a problem. Call them.”

Solar parks are incentivized due to a spike in energy demand during the summer months. By implementing solar energy, it is anticipated energy peaks would largely be eliminated for consumers.

A presenter from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency will be invited to give the Winamac Town Council more information.

Pulaski County Officials Securing Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Now that operations have ceased at the Pleasant View Rest Home in Winamac, officials are working to keep the building secure.

Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston told the commissioners that slide bolts with padlocks have been installed to tighten up security. Johnston asked about itemized inventory, and Commissioner Terry Young commented that a partial list has been drafted. The commissioners, Johnston, and the remaining workers at the Pleasant View Rest Home will make a list and decide what to do with those items. The commissioners talked about holding an auction to get rid of the equipment that will not be utilized by other county offices.

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Winamac Woman Wanted on Warrant Arrested for New Meth Charges

 A vehicle stopped in Pulaski County has led to the arrest of a Winamac woman on multiple charges.

Sheriff’s Deputies were in the area of State Road 39 and County Road 100 North in Pulaski County, Saturday evening. Officers spotted the passenger of a vehicle they claim was wanted on two warrants. Those charges allege possession of methamphetamine and failure to appear.
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Suspicious Vehicle Report Leads To Found Stolen Vehicle in Pulaski County

 A vehicle reported stolen on Thursday has been located in Pulaski County.

The Pulaski County Dispatch received a call about a suspicious vehicle on Friday morning in the area of country road 900 South and county road 1200 West. According to the caller, the 1997 Mercury van was sitting along the side of the roadway.
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Pulaski Memorial Hospital Accepts Book Donation

Pictured:  Dolores Schladenhauffen, Director of O.B. at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, MacKenzie Ledley, Executive Director of Pulaski County Public Library, Michael Rose, Systems Administrator of Pulaski County Public Library, and Richard Mynark, Chairman of the Pulaski County Public Library Board of Trustees.

Dolores Schladenhauffen, Director of O.B. at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, MacKenzie Ledley, Executive Director of Pulaski County Public Library, Michael Rose, Systems Administrator of Pulaski County Public Library, and Richard Mynark, Chairman of the Pulaski County Public Library Board of Trustees. Photo courtesy of the Pulaski County Journal and provided by the PCPL.

The Pulaski County Public Library recently donated books, so every child entering the world will get an early start on reading.

Copies of the book Little Blue Truck were presented to the staff at Pulaski Memorial Hospital. About 100 copies of the book were donated to the hospital. A book will be given as gifts to the families of newborn babies.

In addition to the book, parents will be provided with a brochure about early literacy and reading to children. The document includes information on how and when to read to babies, a timetable of what reaction changes to expect when reading books, and more books babies will enjoy.

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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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Winamac Town Manager Enjoying New Role

The Town of Winamac was, until recently, in search of a new Town Manager. Now that the role has been filled for several weeks, Brad Zellers says plenty of it feels comfortable.

Zellers was with the Waste Water Department for about 20 years prior to accepting the Town Manager position. The Winamac Town Council said they had received several applications for the position when it was open, but wanted someone with experience in utilities.
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Winamac Man Arrested after Short Pursuit with North Judson Police

A Winamac man was arrested Friday after a short pursuit with a North Judson police officer.

An officer was called to the Route 10 Bar and Grill shortly after 11 p.m. CT after a call came in about a hit and run accident. A subject reportedly hit a parked vehicle in the parking lot and fled the scene. The responding officer noticed a vehicle traveling south of State Road 39 shortly after the call was made. The officer followed the vehicle that crossed the center line and the fog line, according to a news release.

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