Community Foundation of Pulaski County 2018 Lilly Endowment Scholarship Recipient Announced

Winamac Community High School Senior Peyton Newman has been named the Community Foundation of Pulaski County 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Peyton is the daughter of Arthur and Melissa Newman. She has been involved in a plethora of school activities including student council, FFA, Sunshine Society, SADD, Key Club and drama. She is also active in golf and cheerleading.

Outside of school, Peyton has been a member of 4-H for 9 years. She is also a 5-year Junior Leader member and has volunteered as a camp counselor, a fair board representative and council representative. Continue reading

INDOT Engineering Scholarship Offers Financial Assistance and Job Opportunities

The Indiana Department of Transportation is offering a scholarship program to civil engineering students that also includes summer and post-graduation employment opportunities.

The INDOT Scholarship program utilizes federal funds to offer up to $3,125 per semester or $2,083 per trimester for up to five years of post-secondary civil engineering education. The scholarship funds can be applied to educational expenses, fees and books. In return, recipients would work for INDOT in full-time, paid positions during summer breaks and upon graduation. Continue reading

STEM Teacher Training Grants Available from Indiana Commission for Higher Education


Organizations working to help train teachers in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields can apply for a share of nearly $10 million from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The goal of the state’s STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund is to prepare and retain educators in Indiana public schools where there are shortages of STEM teachers.  Continue reading

Starke County Commissioners Accept 4-Way Stop Recommendations

4-way_stop_signThe Starke County Commissioners have authorized the addition of a four-way stop at a county intersection based on traffic surveys conducted by Purdue University. Signs will be added at the intersection of 350 East and 250 North due to the lack of sight distance that cannot be remedied by trimming trees and other growth. The report indicates one accident has occurred there and numerous complaints have been lodged. Continue reading

Pulaski County Named Hometown Collaboration Initiative Finalist

Pulaski County Economic DevelopmentPulaski County is one of Indiana’s inaugural Hometown Collaboration Initiative communities. The program seeks to help small communities expand their pipeline of local leaders, strengthen and expand jobs by building on existing economic assets and improve attractiveness and quality of life of their hometowns. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellsperman offered her congratulations via YouTube video announcement, saying she’s a strong proponent of growing rural Indiana. Continue reading

Purdue University to Merge Campus Administration

Purdue University officials have announced they are moving forward with a plan to unify the administration of the university’s two northwest Indiana campuses. The two campuses, just 35 miles apart, will be preserved, but the plan includes the consolidation of the oversight of both administrative and academic functions into one central office.

Officials say the merger would lead eventually to one chancellor, and likely to one university name, but Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas Keon says nothing will be enacted right away.

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A Shooting at Purdue University Results in One Death, One Arrest


One person was taken into custody this afternoon after a shooting in the Electrical Engineering building on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette.

Police responded to the campus shortly after noon Eastern Time after a gunman shot and killed a person he was reportedly targeting.  The identity of the shooter or the victim has not been released.  There is no further threat on the campus.

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Purdue University Entomologist Dr. Tom Turpin Presents Program to Ag Alumni

Dr. Turpin takes time to pose with Dakota Cook, an Oregon-Davis advisor and Danielle Marsh, Oregon-Davis reporter

Dr. Tom Turpin, an Entomology professor at Purdue University, provided the program this week at the Purdue Ag. Alumni Annual Meeting held at the Toto Cafe.

“Many of them are pests, of course,” said Dr. Turpin. “We have many disease carrying insects like mosquitoes and then we have those that feed on our crops and those who feed on our possessions like termites in our homes. The pest status of some of them makes us concerned about them but that’s a very small percentage. Less than three percent of all the species are actually problem insects.”

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