Mary Whitaker, 61, shot to death in New York incident
By ERIC BERNSEE Editor SHERMAN, N.Y. -- A 61-year-old Greencastle native was shot to death Wednesday while reportedly tying to thwart a robbery on her western New York property, located two hours north of Woodstock. Mary Elizabeth Whitaker, a professional musician who worked out of New York City but toured the world with performers like Barbra Streisand, reportedly died from a single gunshot wound to the head shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday in Sherman, N.Y...
Campus, community prepare for arrival of DePauw's Class of 2018
Greencastle and DePauw University will welcome one of the strongest -- if not the academically strongest -- incoming classes in its 177-year history when the Class of 2018 arrives on campus Saturday. A total of 540 new students are arriving with their families to move into their living units, attend the traditional 4 p.m. opening convocation led by President Brian W. Casey and go to orientation sessions...
Standing against the morning fog over Big Walnut Creek is the bare skeleton of Baker's Camp Covered Bridge in northwestern Floyd Township. The bridge is in the early stages of a federal aid rehabilitation project that will address a number of issues to the 113-year-old structure. ...
GCSC meeting filled with 1:1 success
Among a series of items discussed at its monthly meeting Monday, the cutting edge abilities and the success of the 1:1 integration was the highlight of the evening.
Cloverdale FFA chapter named Three Star Chapter
CLOVERDALE -- The Cloverdale High School FFA chapter has been recognized in the 2014 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities...
Veterans breakfast on menu for Aug. 29 at Senior Center
Intrepid Home Health Care and the Visiting Angels of Greencastle will be hosting a veterans breakfast Friday, Aug. 29 at the Putnam County Senior Center. The breakfast is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Senior Center , 9 W. Frankin St. (north side of the courthouse square), Greencastle...
The subject is roses as Friendship Day set Sept. 10
Friendship Day 2014 -- the 19th year for the fun local event -- is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 10. Intended to spread friendship, goodwill and kindness among Putnam County citizens, the event is sponsored by Eitel's Florist, the Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce, Asbury Towers Retirement Community, Bittles and Hurt/Hopkins-Rector funeral homes, Duke Energy, First National Bank, Ivy Tech Community College, Mill Pond Health Campus, Putnam Inn and The Game Warehouse...
Lifesaving Awards bestowed upon two members of the ISP Putnamville Post
PUTNAMVILLE -- Two sergeants from the Indiana State Police Putnamville District, along with members of the Terre Haute and Indiana State University police departments, were honored at an awards ceremony Wednesday at the Indiana Government Center. Sgts. Joe Watts and Richard Effner of the Putnamville District were presented with the Department Lifesaving Award for their actions during a 2013 detail in Terre Haute...
Acting U.S. attorney names Ong criminal division chief
INDIANAPOLIS -- Josh J. Minkler, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, announced Monday the appointment of a new supervisor to lead the Criminal Division. Winfield D. Ong, 56, will become the acting criminal chief supervising attorneys who work fraud, public corruption, child exploitation, human trafficking, environmental and other criminal cases...
Fish Fry Funds
Brooke Trissel (second from right) of Mill Pond Health Campus presents a check in the amount of $1,023.23, representing the proceeds from the June 14 Mill Pond Fish Fry, to Ken Heeke of the American Red Cross (Putnam County). The funds will be used to assist with Red Cross disaster relief services and military family assistance. ...
New provider joins Putnam Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
Putnam Pediatrics and Internal Medicine has announced that Andrea Baysinger, family nurse practitioner, has joined their practice and is now seeing patients. Putnam Pediatrics and Internal Medicine (PPIM) is located inside Putnam County Hospital (PCH). Baysinger will be joining Drs. Lisa Martin, MD, and Mahesh Sreedasyam, MD, and Cathy Clodfelter, family nurse practitioner...
New year, new gear
Roachdale Elementary opened its doors to show off the new renovations that were completed for the new school year.
Man rescued from White River in Owen County
SPENCER -- Emergency responders rescued a man from the White River in Owen County Wednesday afternoon. The Owen County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, Indiana Conservation Officers and Owen County Water Rescue responded to a man calling for help at 12:56 p.m. Bystanders heard the man yelling for help from the river and called 911...
Mike Meyer, GHS crew respond to brother's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
As the oldest of the four sons of Ed and Mary Ann Meyer of Greencastle, Mike Meyer certainly has never been one to shy away from a challenge. So when brother Pete, the athletic director at Florida Southern University, issued a wet and wild one this week, the Greencastle High School teacher and assistant football coach wasn't about to back down. ...
McAnally roof concerns GCSC
In what became a drastic shift in the tone of the GCSC monthly school board meeting Monday night, the discussion changed from a demonstration of the emerging success of the 1:1 technology integration to issues regarding the McAnally roof project. What started out as a recommendation presented to the board by Brendan Baker of Moisture Management, turned into a byzantine explanation of exactly why and who is responsible for the failure to complete the project by the Aug. ...
GMS cheerleaders win second in their class at Indiana State Fair
The Greencastle Middle School cheerleaders made history this summer while competing in the 2014 Indiana State Fair cheerleading contest. The preliminary portion of the Junior High/High School cheerleading competition was conducted on Saturday morning, Aug. 9 at the Grandstands at the Indiana State Fair. The five top teams from each division moved on to compete in the finals that same evening...
Roachdale dispatch solution may be in sight
Putnam County may be finding a much-needed solution to dispatch problems for the Roachdale Fire Department sooner, and less expensively, than expected. Fire Chief Mike Poole first reported the problem to the commissioners in July, and 911 Dispatch Director Dave Costin appeared at the Aug. 4 meeting to review the problem...
South Putnam schools continue moving in the right direction
The South Putnam School Board met for a brief meeting on Monday evening to approve the advertisement of the proposed 2015 budgets, capital projects and bus replacement plans along with several other items that needed to be addressed. Superintendent Bruce Bernhardt came before the board to seek approval to advertise the proposed 2015 budgets, capital projects plan and bus replacement plans...
Brazil Concert Band presents 2014 Grand Finale
BRAZIL -- The Brazil Concert Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, presents "Grand Finale 2014 -- The High School Cadets" on Sunday, Aug. 24. The free concert will begin at the special time of 7:30 p.m. at Brazil's Forest Park, rain or shine...
New county collectibles club to meet Sept. 8 at museum
The newly organized Purdue-Putnam County Extension Antique/Collectible Club will meet on Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Putnam County Museum. The area of interest will be old correspondence, i.e. love letters, Civil War letters and others, including postcards written before 1960...
More work under way on U.S. 231 north of Greencastle
No sooner had the bridge deck replacement project on Waterworks Hill come to a close last week then new construction work sprang up Monday morning on U.S. 231 on Greencastle's north side. With Wabash Valley Asphalt crews milling the pavement in preparation for resurfacing, traffic was restricted to one lane much of the morning and afternoon. ...
Fifth Greencastle Music Fest to rock two stages Saturday
What was conceived as a one-time-only day of music and fun in 2010 in celebration of Almost Home's 20th anniversary has grown into a continuing community event now known as the Greencastle Music Fest. The fifth annual program, which for many has become the summertime centerpiece of the local music scene, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23 on the north and east sides of the courthouse square in Greencastle...
Zap! Pow! Bam! Caped Crusader visits Greencastle, Gen Con
Holy, Buzz Bomb, Batman! Did Greencastle become Gotham City overnight? Riddle me this, Riddler, are we at the mercy of The Joker? Two-Face? The Penguin? Did Mayor Sue Murray borrow Commissioner Gordon's bat signal to summon the Caped Crusader to town?...
Training for worst-case scenario
By kyle hollinger Staff Writer What would happen if a motor vehicle accident caused a poisonous anhydrous gas cloud to drift across the city? What if a measles outbreak had recently occurred to a large number of individuals and needed treatment quickly?...
New location, same old jazz for Crown Street Music Fest
It won't be on Crown Street this time around, but a new venue won't stop the 2014 Crown Street Music Festival from bringing good music to the community and needed funds to the Family Youth Community Development Program (FYCDP). In conjunction with Putnam County Airport Appreciation Days, the event will take place Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Putnam County Regional Airport...