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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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Winamac Sectional Champions

Katy Anspach

Courtney Dix

Stef McGovern

Sarah Redweik

Whitney Hook

Jessica Schramm

Megan Ruff

Stephanie Shorter

Macy Bischoff

Savanna Button

Hannah DeGroot


Beth Brogdon

Winamac Lady Warriors have won their 13th girls basketball sectional championship! The Lady Warriors began their quest for the championship by defeating North Judson for the second time this season in the first round of the North Judson sectional 59-46. Jessica Schramm lead the team in scoring with 13 points. Winamac then turned around in the second game and overpowered North Newton 61-35 behind Stephanie Shorter’s 14 points. Then in a hard fought championship game against Rochester, the Lady Warriors were able to avenge a 4-point loss suffered in Novemeber, by defeating the Lady Zebras 62-59. Sarah Redweik went out with a bang in her final sectional game by leading the team in scoring (19) as well as steals and rebounds.

Winamac (18-5) will be taking on Bowman Academy (18-6) in the first round of the Rochester Regional. Congratulations to the Winamac Lady Warriors on their 13th sectional championship!

Bryan McKinney Winamac


Bryan scored a game-high 29 points in Winamac’s 54-22 win over rival Knox. McKinney spread out his scoring over both halves, getting 16 of his points in the first half, followed by 13 in the second. He presented match-up problems on the perimeter as well as in the post while leading the Warriors to their 8th win of the year.

Bridge Construction Project in Winamac Nearing Completion

The Quigley Ditch Bridge replacement project on U.S. 35 in Winamac is nearing completion. This project began in July.

The bridge deck should be poured in the next week or so and if weather cooperates, the area should open up with the removal of the temporary traffic signal the week of October 24th. The Indiana Department of Transportation informed WKVI that there may still be some work beyond the last week of October, but any restrictions will be handled by flaggers.

Town Conventions to be held in Winamac, Medaryville and Francesville

Town Conventions will be held in Winamac, Francesville and Medaryville.

A Town Convention will be held in Winamac on Thursday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Winamac High School Auditorium. A vote there will determine a single Republican candidate for the position of Town Clerk-Treasurer. Republicans Christina L. (Shorter) Hoffa and Melanie A. (Parish) Berger have filed and one them will go onto the General Election to face Democrat David Weber.

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Candidate Filing Deadline Approaches for Municipal Election

Potential candidates wanting to file for a Clerk-Treasurer or Town Board position in the towns of North Judson, Hamlet, Winamac, Monterey, Francesville or Medaryville have until Monday, August 1st at Noon to file.

So far, the towns of Hamlet, Winamac, Francesville and Medaryville will be conducting Town Conventions. A Town Convention is held when there is competition between candidates in the same political party for any town office. In the Town of Hamlet, there is a race on the Republican ticket for Clerk-Treasurer and two Town Council seats are contested on the Democrat ticket. In Winamac, there is a race for Clerk-Treasurer on the Republican ticket. In Francesville, there are four people seeking a seat on the Town Council and only three seats are available so one candidate will be eliminated in that Town Convention. In Medaryville, four Democrats filed for a seat on the Town Council and a Town Convention will determine the candidate for that party for the General Election.

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Pulaki County Clerk Receives New Election Filings

Pulaski County Clerk, Tasha Foerg, has received filings for the fall election in her office.

Two candidates will be vying for Winamac Town Clerk-Treasurer.  Republicans Melanie Parish-Berger and Christina Hoffa have both filed.  One candidate has filed for the Winamac Town Board and that is Republican John Richard Denney.

Democrat Linda McCune filed for Monterey Clerk-Treasurer and Democrat Christine M. Fox filed for a seat on the Monterey Town Board.

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Kankakee Valley Sectional

Emily Paulsen tied her sectional pole vault record at 9 feet 6 inches.

Rachael Franko of Winamac and Cameron Croyle of North Judson compete in the 100 meter hurdle finals.

Dagny Zupin of Winamac, Kendall Gardner and Olivia Lickwar of North Judson compete in the 1600 meter run.

Courtney Surma Placed 3rd in pole vault clearing 9 feet.

At the Kakakee Valley Sectional on Tuesday evening our area had nineteen individuals and relay teams advance to the Chesterton Regional. Winamac finished 2nd as a team, scoring 89 points, North Judson was 6th with 44, Oregon-Davis came in 9th with 24.5, West Central was 10th with 21, and Knox finished in 12th with 6.5 points.

West Central vs. Winamac

Courtney Nelson gets a base hit for West Central.

Bethany Brogdon faces a West Central batter.

Justine Krueger attempts to catch a fly ball against Winamac.

Whitney Hook hits a double for Winamac.

The Winamac Lady Warriors emerged victorious over MWC rival West Central on Friday 15-6. The Lady Trojans jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the 3rd inning before the Warriors got their bats going en route to a big conference win. Rachael Tetzloff jump started Winamac by hitting a 2-run homer in the bottom of the third inning to cut the Trojans lead to three. Bethany Brogdon got the win for Winamac.

Bi-County Track Meet

Boys 110 M Hurdle Finals

Girls 4x100 Relay

Marissa Hamilton Ties Bi-County High Jump Record.

Gavun Henry's 2nd Place Throw.

The Bi-County Track Meet took place Friday, April 29th at North Judson-San Pierre High School. Winamac took 1st place as a team for both the boys and the girls, Knox placed 2nd in the boys competition, North Judson came in 3rd, West Central was 4th and Oregon-Davis came in 5th. For the girls, North Judson placed 2nd, Oregon-Davis was 3rd, West Central came in 4th, and Knox finished in 5th. Congratulations to all of the athletes and coaches of these five schools on a very exciting evening!

KIRPC to Manage Star City Sewer Project Grant

Pulaski County Commissioners Tracey Shorter, Kenneth Boswell, Michael Tiede

A grant in the amount of $587,253 is to be received by Pulaski County to assist in funding the construction of the Star City sewer project, a new sanitary sewer system for the unincorporated community. This project, which is funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), is to come from CDBG funds that were made available for economic recovery after many areas were damaged by natural disasters in 2008.

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WKVI Crew has Lunch at Kostas in Winamac

(L to R) Nathan Welter, Gus Ress, Deb Ress, Lenny Dessauer, Patty Norwick, Kay Gudeman, Anita Goodan, Harold Welter, Chris Milner, Ed Hasnerl, and Tom Berg

The WKVI staff took a trip to Winamac, Wednesday, for a scrumptious lunch at Kostas Restaurant. We’d like to thank Gus Ress and his friendly staff for hosting us. It gave the staff a chance to greet restaurant patrons, including Mr. and Mrs. David Bennett, Bill Webb, Sheriff Mike Gayer, and Deputy John Rogers.

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Lillian Zahrt

Lillian Zahrt, 97, of Winamac, Indiana, passed away Saturday, December 4th, 2010.  Funeral services are Thursday, December 9th, at 7:00 p.m. ET at the First United Methodist Church in Winamac.  Visitation is Thursday from 5:00 p.m. ET until the time of services at the church.  Memorial contributions may be given to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 984, Indianapolis, IN  46106-0984, or to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 343, Winamac, Indiana, 46996.