Melody White earns county's 2013 DAR Good Citizen Award
Greencastle High School senior Melody Lynne White was selected Wednesday afternoon as the 2013 DAR Good Citizen winner for Putnam County. White was honored by the Washburn Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), during a ceremony hosted by DAR Good Citizen Chairman and past chapter regent Jinsie Bingham at the Putnam County Public Library...
Hanging of the Greens
Carrying on the third year of a tradition borrowed from an east coast town, Kent Sullivan and Rebecca Kelly of Eitel's Florist get to work on the now annual "Wreathing of Greencastle" Wednesday afternoon with a stop to install three wreaths on the front of Starbucks and Eli's Books.
Sleepy driver causes chain reaction of Tuesday morning wrecks
CLOVERDALE -- A sleepy driver's crash on Interstate 70 in Cloverdale Township caused a chain reaction of accidents that occupied authorities for several hours early Tuesday morning. At around 2 a.m., Haley L. Ferree, 18, Jeffersonville, was westbound in a 1999 Ford Mustang. She told Deputy Josh Boller she had been feeling sleepy and that she fell asleep as the approached the State Road 243 overpass at the 37-mile marker...
Santa to get holiday workout in Putnam County Saturday
Santa Claus will be a busy, busy guy in Saturday in Putnam County. On Dec. 7 at various locations across Putnam County, you can have breakfast with Santa (twice), visit a cookie sale, have milk and cookies with St. Nick, stroll through a craft show, watch a Christmas parade, sip seasonal teas, enjoy dessert and holiday music, and top it all off with a heaping helping of holiday music at the annual gala...
Local potter presents annual holiday exhibition Dec. 7-8
FILLMORE -- Scott Cooper has been making hand-crafted, functional pottery for more than 20 years, since first learning how to throw on the potter's wheel as a student at the University of Iowa. Cooper's work, under the name St. Earth Pottery, has been featured in major ceramics exhibits, national magazines, and is used daily in homes and kitchens from Putnam County to all around the world...
Ugly Pays Off
Rocking the ugliest Christmas sweater in the room Tuesday night at Chief's restaurant earns Jeremy Hayes not only notoriety but a $25 gift card as well during Chief's Christmas Extravaganza. The event was staged to benefit the local Coats for Kids campaign. Several local musicians entertained during dinner hours with 15 percent of the evening's proceeds donated to the Coats for Kids effort...
'Best Christmas gift ever' topic for Boomers and Beyond group
The December meeting of Boomers and Beyond is scheduled for 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 in the Kiwanis room at Putnam County Public Library. Theme for the event is "The Best Gift Ever Given or Received." Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite gift and/or share photographs and stories of giving or receiving a special gift...
I-70 restrictions expected to continue through next 10 days
PUTNAMVILLE -- The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is asking motorists to be alert for lane restrictions on Interstate 70 in Putnam and Clay counties through Dec. 14. Construction crews will be finishing up several items over the next few days between U.S. 231 and State Road 59, such as patching, pavement markings, installing an under drain and repairing guardrail from an earlier accident...
Illuminating Lights of Love
The lighting of the community Christmas tree on the north side of the Putnam County Courthouse and the arrival of Santa Claus provide the highlights of the 29th annual Greencastle Civic League Lights of Love ceremony Monday night. With the tree dedicated to the memory of Keith Carr, 21-year-old son of Mark and Julie Carr, Greencastle, his sister Makenzie and cousin Kamrin Holley do the tree-lighting honors alongside Santa...
Christmas meal to be served at Ivy Gallery Area 30 restaurant Dec. 11
Area residents are invited to celebrate the holiday season in the Ivy Gallery restaurant on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Seating at the Area 30 Career Center restaurant begins at 11:45 a.m. and runs until 12:30 p.m. The Ivy Gallery is located within the career center in the old IBM building off Indianapolis Road at Calbert Way...
Milk and cookies with Santa
ROACHDALE -- The Roachdale Christian Church will be hosting a milk and cookies event with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m. Children who come will receive a gift from Santa, a new book and many other treats. This a free event and all are invited to attend...
Holiday craft fair and lunch scheduled for Dec. 9 at Senior Center
The Putnam County Senior Center will sponsor a holiday craft fair on Monday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A variety of items such as rag rugs, scarves, homemade candy and baked goods will be available for purchase. Chicken salad sandwiches, broccoli soup, coffee and soft drinks will be available to enjoy...
Help for stuttering in teens is as close as your library
Stuttering is a frustrating and embarrassing problem for millions of people, but it can be especially tough on teenagers. Help is available at most public libraries in the form of a video. A DVD version is available free to libraries who will shelve it...
Students of the Month
Bainbridge Elementary recently honored its October Students of the Month, which included Allie Flater, Parker Detro, Gavin Simonson, Josie Curran, Kaleb Danikow, Braxton Woodall, Adelia Thomas, Makayla Heavin, Jaylen Windmiller, Neal Bryan, Matthew Blackburn, Layci Reed, Gavin Folck, Chase Hanger, Malachi Fish, Jake Shinovich, Carter Lerch, Shelby Hilton, Jacob Farrington, Denny Bayne and Greely Eastep...
North Putnam Middle School recently celebrated its October Students of the Month, which included (from left) sixth-graders Lexi Claycomb and Cuay Whaley, seventh-graders Marcus Burdine and Jessica Farmer and eighth-graders Lucy Springmeyer and Annie Peabody...
Capture the holiday season in downtown Greencastle images
This season, local resident are urged to spend some time on the square in downtown Greencastle. New holiday decorations have been added, thanks to the Main Street organization, and many new architectural features are waiting to be discovered, thanks to the Stellar Grant renovations...
Students from DPU, county schools present Fall Festival of Shakespeare this weekend
A 12-week-long collaboration between DePauw University, all eight Putnam County middle and high schools, and Shakespeare & Company will lead to the presentation of Shakespeare plays this weekend. The public is invited to enjoy DePauw's Fall Festival of Shakespeare, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 in Moore Theatre, located within the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts...
Spirit of Christmas winner
Eitel's Florists is the winner of the 2013 Spirit of Christmas Award presented Monday night by the Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce. Jenny Sullivan (left) of Eitel's, 17 S. Vine St., was on hand at the 29th annual Lights of Love celebration at the courthouse to accept the traveling plaque from Tammy Johnson, executive director of the local Chamber. Since 1984, the award has been presented to a local business whose holiday window decorations have best captured the spirit of Christmas...
No decision reached on county animal control
With one commissioner out of town and unknown factors remaining about the fiscal burden of moving forward, the Putnam County Commissioners reached no decision on a proposed animal control ordinance. The commissioners had agreed at their second November meeting to move forward in principle with an animal control plan, but questions linger about fee structures as well as the funding for a nearly $200,000 per year animal control operation...
Putnam works its way back up jobless standings to 33rd spot
Putnam works its way back up jobless standings to 33rd spot There is good news on both the local and state unemployment fronts among the latest job figures released recently. While Indiana's unemployment rate dropped to 7.5 percent for October, marking its lowest level since late 2008, Putnam County posted a 6.5 jobless rate that was good for a tie for 33rd best among the state's 92 counties...
Public Information Forum on health reform from rural health perspective set Dec. 12
The Affordable Care Act affects the entire health care industry, or one-fifth of our nation's economy, and it will alter how every individual accesses, purchases and utilizes health care. With such changes come many questions. To help add clarity to the issues at hand, Putnam County Hospital, the Putnam County Board of Health, Purdue Extension Office and the Banner Graphic will be holding a public information forum to discuss health reform and how it affects rural communities such as Putnam County.. ...
Gobin to host annual cookie sale Dec. 7
The 22nd annual Holiday Cookie Sale at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church is set for 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Dec. 7. Customers will don a plastic glove and make their own selections from dozens of trays of delicious and colorful homemade cookies. They can choose the kind, number and size of the cookies to put in a decorated container...
Seventh-grade philanthropy essay winner announced
Jonathon DeHaan, a student in Caitlynn Bryan's class at South Putnam High School, is the grand prize winner of the Putnam County Community Foundation's 2013 Darrell Wiatt Family Philanthropy Essay Contest. Jonathon's prize winning essay, "Philanthropy in a Nutshell," described his grandmother, Brenda McCullough, as being the philanthropist he admires most because of her wish to help mankind become smarter, wiser and stronger...
Inn at DePauw, Low Road partner for night of jazz
The weekly dose of music that is Jazz at the Duck will start early this week, as The Inn at DePauw and the Low Road Gallery partner for Jazz Night. The evening will begin with a Speak Easy party and silent auction fundraiser at Low Road Gallery at from 6-8 p.m...