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 Website Offers New Services; Works Through Glitches

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Town of Winamac recently launched its new website, and they hope it will eventually provide better services for residents.

The Winamac Town Council was updated on the website’s progress at their February meeting. Now that the website has been launched, officials with the Town say there are a few glitches needing to be worked out.
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Winamac Town Employees Working To Retrieve Income Surveys

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

Income surveys continue to be gathered in Winamac.

The Town has decided to apply for grant funds to help fund for the exploration of a water well in the area. Part of the OCRA grant is meeting income requirements. Surveys with two questions were sent out to several Winamac residents to complete the task.
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Winamac Launching New Website

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Town of Winamac will soon be able to provide some better services for its residents.

A new Town website is anticipated to launch this week. The websites’ development was started in October of 2014. The company developing the site has spent the last several months gathering information from the Town to better supply residents with proper information.
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Town of Winamac Changes Checking Accounts After Fraud Attempt

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Town of Winamac was recently clued into an alleged attempt to commit a fraudulent transaction by a piece of returned mail.

During last night’s Winamac Town Council meeting, it was learned that the Town received mail containing a check that was considered undeliverable to the eastern portion of the U.S. The Town’s return address was used in the fraudulent check.
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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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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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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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Winamac Town Council Appoints New President

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Board has reinstated several department heads within their government, but has seen a change in one of the board positions.

During their meeting Monday night, the Winamac Town Board elected Kenneth McFarland to serve as its next President. The term will be carried out over the next four years.
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National Weather Service Issues Tippecanoe River Flood Warnings

Flood warnings have been issued for the Tippecanoe River near Ora and above Winamac until further notice. Recent heavy rainfall has caused minor to moderate flooding, according to the National Weather Service. The Ora warning takes effect this evening. Late this morning the river was at 10.9 feet and rising. Flood stage near Ora is 12 feet. It’s expected to rise above that tonight and crest near 13.5 feet early Tuesday morning. At 14 feet extensive flooding of homes and low-lying areas begins. The Tippecanoe River above Winamac is also on the rise. At noon today it was at 7.9 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet. It’s expected to exceed that very early Sunday morning and crest near 11.1 feet around 8 p.m. Tuesday. At 11 feet extensive residential flooding is in progress. Continue reading

Pulaski County Fair Still Set For Fairgrounds in Spite of Rain

The Pulaski County Fair is set to go on as scheduled at the fairgrounds at the back of the Winamac Town Park. Natalie Federer with Purdue Extension Pulaski County says they’re keeping an eye on the Tippecanoe as areas upriver got significant amounts of rainfall yesterday. All of the projects are in place and will be moved to safety if water levels start to rise. The fair starts this weekend, and Federer says fairgoers should be cautious about parking so they don’t get stuck in the mud. Also as a precaution no livestock trailers will be left at the fairgrounds. Tomorrow night’s tractor pull has been postponed and will be rescheduled sometime this fall. Purdue Extension and fair board officials are working closely with the town of Winamac to ensure everyone’s safety, but as of right now everything else will go on at the fairgrounds as scheduled.

Safe Routes to School, Winamac Receive $250,000 Grant

Dave Bennett and John Bawcum from the Safe Routes to School organization told the Winamac Town Board this week that Safe Routes and the town received a $250,000 grant.

The money will be used to pave the pathway to the depot in Winamac, possibly to State Road 14 West. Bennett shared that he has been in contact with a company to do the paving. An environmental study will also need to be done.

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