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Sunday, Mar. 29, 2015
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Elvis visits Hickory Creek for celebration (03/27/15)
Elvis was only one of attractions to Hickory Creek at Sunset's celebration Friday afternoon. The facility named a 10-year veteran as the employee of the year during a special celebration. Crystal Maupin, of Cloverdale, is a certified nurse's aide (CNA) at the healthcare facility in Greencastle. She was honored during a 1950s themed celebration at the South Indiana Street facility. The event was clad with poodle skirts, banana splits and a performance by Elvis, portrayed by Tom Winders...
Cloverdale robbery suspect flees from police in Muncie (03/27/15)
MUNCIE -- The person of interest in the robbery of Our Community Bank led police on a chase near Muncie Thursday evening. The Cloverdale bank, located at 102 S. Main St., was robbed Thursday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. ...
Battery, confinement charges for man who barricaded self in house (03/27/15)
A 31-year-old man who had to be coaxed from the attic of his Greencastle residence Thursday afternoon by police using a fire department ladder to reach him is facing two local criminal charges as well after being arrested on an outstanding Hendricks County warrant...
Who's News (03/27/15)
Area 30 Career Center student TRISTAN LANGLEY was among a number of central Indiana high school students to receive recognition and cash prizes for their welding skills at the annual Midwest Technical Institute High School Welding Competition recently at the school's Brownsburg campus...
Easter Services (03/27/15)
Beech Grove United Methodist Church will host special services on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The church will host guest speaker Emily Barlow at 11 a.m. on Palm Sunday, March 29. Barlow does mission work with junior high and high school students in Santa Cruz, Bolivia...
Mt. Zion Baptist to host three Fs service (03/27/15)
Mt. Zion Baptist Church will host a service about the three Fs -- friends, family and forgiveness -- on Sunday, March 29. The service begins at 11 a.m. at 802 Crown St. The guest minister will be Hogan Tevis from a sister Baptist church. All are welcome. Dinner will be served after services...
County may build tower to address Roachdale dispatch issue (03/27/15)
ROACHDALE -- Putnam County may ultimately address issues of dispatching fire tones to the Roachdale area by building its own tower, having found other solutions either unfeasible or too expensive. Representatives of the Roachdale Volunteer Fire Department approached the commissioners last summer about the problems of not always receiving dispatch tones, thus delaying or preventing them from responding to emergencies in a timely fashion...
UPDATED: Cloverdale bank robbery suspect in custody (03/26/15)
CLOVERDALE -- Police have a man in custody suspected of robbing Our Community Bank Thursday afternoon. Thomas A. Baker, 43, is being referred to by investigators as a person of interest in the robbery of the bank, located at 102 S. Main Street in Cloverdale. The Putnam County Sheriff's Department received the call about the bank robbery around 1:30 p.m...
Soil study under way at former Cloverdale Hotel (03/26/15)
CLOVERDALE -- An environmental study has started on the property of the former Midway Motel in Cloverdale as part of a brownfield grant. Rob Walker, principal geologist with Cardno RTC, told the Cloverdale Redevelopment Commission (RDC) at the regular meeting Wednesday that work has been started to assess any environmental issues at the 2007 N. Main St. location. The property is currently owned by Bud Porter of Fresh Start Properties, who purchased the land in a tax sale...
Area 30 class turns scrap-heap Amigo into prize-winning vehicle (03/26/15)
The Area 30 Career Center Automotive Collision program claimed first place in its class at the recent 2015 Indianapolis World Of Wheels. Students in Rob Worman's Automotive Collision class have been rebuilding a 1990 Isuzu Amigo over the last three years, passing the project from class to class until it was completed in early February 2015...
South Putnam FFA headed to state contest (03/26/15)
By Sabrina Westfall Staff Writer South Putnam Middle/High School had a dozen students place first in at least one category during the District VII FFA contest recently. South Putnam Agriculture teacher Amanda King said several of those first place winners will be going to the state Leadership FFA contest with their speeches, to be interviewed and one student giving a sales presentation...
Man barricades himself in Greencastle house (03/26/15)
An Indianapolis man was arrested Thursday after barricading himself in the attic of a house in Greencastle. Joshua Joyner, 34, is being held in Putnam County Jail on a warrant out of Hendricks County. Greencastle Police Chief Tom Sutherlin said a complaint was made at the Greencastle Police Department, and the victim pointed police to the 303 S. Jackson St. address...
DePauw preps for Tuesday's visit by former VP Dan Quayle (03/25/15)
The contest to fill the U.S. Senate seat now held by Dan Coats -- the same seat Dan Quayle gave up in 1989 when he became the 44th vice president of the United States -- is likely to be one of the subjects Quayle addresses next Tuesday, March 31, at DePauw University...
No more jail time for couple who gave kids bourbon (03/25/15)
A Greencastle couple who admitted giving alcohol to their two young children in an incident that was inexplicably videotaped, will do no further jail time following sentencing in Putnam Circuit Court. Ashley D. Wilkins, 22, and Jeffrey L. Wilkins, 42, of 1044 Avenue E, Greencastle, were held on identical charges of neglect of a dependent, a Level 6 felony, and furnishing alcohol to a minor, a Class B misdemeanor, following their Feb. 19 arrests...
Charges filed in attempted iPad thefts (03/24/15)
Two Columbus, Ohio, women have formally been charged for allegedly trying to steal iPads from the Greencastle Walmart store. Jolisha L. McDonald, 23, and Danielle E. White, 23, each faces four misdemeanors arising from the Saturday morning incident at the store on the city's East Side...
Hey, men, here's your chance to be in the movies (03/24/15)
Hollywood legend has it that actress Lana Turner was discovered sitting at a soda fountain in Tinsel Town. OK, there was a tight sweater involved, too. But the rest, as they say, is history. And maybe those old talent scout days have changed but a couple of Putnam County residents still may have a shot at a role in the upcoming movie to be filmed this summer in the Greencastle area, producer Brian Boswell has announced...
Public should be aware of new motorcycle and moped law (03/24/15)
As spring approaches, the public needs to be aware of a new law, the Putnam County Prosecutor's Office says. Changes to Indiana traffic laws created three classes of motor-driven cycles (MDC): Motorcycles, Class A motor-driven cycles and Class B motor-driven cycles. The three classes come with different license and insurance requirements, as well as operating restrictions, said Tim Bookwalter, prosecuting attorney for Putnam County...
Stolen truck suspect who fled police facing two felonies, more (03/24/15)
A 30-year-old Vigo County man who fled Putnam County authorities in a stolen truck, crashed it and set a cornfield ablaze and then tried to hide in near-freezing creek waters, is facing two felony counts and more in Putnam Superior Court. A not-guilty plea was entered in court Monday afternoon by Judge Pro Tem Scott Bieniek on behalf of defendant Daniel A. Bruce, Terre Haute...
April 8 forum to focus on poverty in west-central Indiana (03/24/15)
More than one in five Indiana children live in poverty according to the 2015 Kids Count in Indiana Data Book. In response to a large number of Hoosier children living in poverty, the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) is hosting an April 8 forum in Greencastle that will offer a glimpse at what life is like on an extremely limited income...
Commissioners change time of May 1 meeting (03/24/15)
The first Putnam County Commissioners meeting of May will be moved from its regular morning time to an evening session. The commissioners approved the move Monday in response to a statewide health insurance meeting they feel obligated to take part in on the morning of Monday, May 4...
Park's Mr. Potato Head event Thursday at PCPL (03/24/15)
Youngsters are invited to join the Greencastle Parks and Recreation Department Thursday, March 26 as Mr. Potato Head shares his favorite holiday stories and then try your hand at it, too. The free Mr. Potato Tells His Holiday Story event is set for 5-6:3o p.m. Thursday at the Putnam County Public Library, 103 E. Poplar St., Greencastle...
Free essential oils class Thursday at Roachdale Library (03/24/15)
ROACHDALE -- A free essential oils class will be conducted Thursday, March 26 at the Roachdale Public Library, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Using essential oils can be a safe, natural option to protect and maintain you and your family's health. Participants will have an opportunity to:...
Indiana community foundations hit halfway mark of $66 million matching grant challenge (03/24/15)
Putnam and the other 91 Indiana counties are a little richer today. In July 2014, Lilly Endowment Inc. announced a statewide challenge grant to community foundations, totaling $66 million, with incentives that include a $1-for-$1 match. Those incentives have worked. Community foundations have already raised more than 50 percent toward the match...
Fire destroys home southwest of Roachdale (03/23/15)
ROACHDALE -- Dozens of local emergency personnel helped battle a blaze at a rural Roachdale home late Sunday night and early Monday morning. Already fully involved upon arrival of the first firefighters, the house at 9480 N. Meridian Line Rd. was destroyed by the fire. The call went out to the Roachdale Fire Department before midnight on Sunday...
Lawsuit dropped for NPSCS, solar panels discussed at meeting (03/23/15)
Meeting for the first time on its new night of the month, the North Putnam Community School Corporation (NPCSC) met on Wednesday, March 18 to address the dismissal of the lawsuit brought against the school by the ACLU, construction projects and several hires and resignations...