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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
The jury's still out on justice and civic duty
By ERIC BERNSEE, Editor ~ 11/18/14
The ongoing HBO series "Newsroom" is one of my favorite TV guilty pleasures. Obviously partly for its setting, the newsroom of a network TV news operation, as well as the peek inside the soul-searching and teeth-gnashing that go along with news coverage and its myriad of decisions whether you're in the air-traffic controller's seat at a small-town daily or in the producer's chair of a major TV network...
Just an election warm-up for next year's main event
By ERIC BERNSEE Editor ~ 11/05/14
Suffice it to say, this has been one awfully odd election year. No debates. Few mud-slinging TV ads. Literally no name calling. Hey, the lawns in my neighborhood displayed more real estate for-sale signs than political placards. Of course, there's the occasional Stockton-for-sheriff sign, the random Rokita plug and even a stray John Dale. Most prevalent are the blue-and-yellow signs for Connie Lawson, who actually was in a race for secretary of state...
Hoosier movie masquerade serves to spoil authenticity
By ERIC BERNSEE Editor ~ 10/28/14
Completely engrossed in the new film "The Judge" the other afternoon, I was immersed in a particularly interesting restaurant scene near the middle of the movie.
Out of jeopardy as we mark National Newspaper Week?
By ERIC BERNSEE, Editor ~ 10/08/14
Late Sunday night, nestled in the cool lap of leather luxury, I fell asleep in my Big Comfy Chair as the Sunday Night Football game ambled on to conclusion.
Fall is in the air
By Mark Evans, 4-H Youth Educator ~ 10/07/14
By MARK EVANS 4-H Youth Educator Fall officially arrived last week on the calendar, despite the fact we have had very warm days in late September. The evenings though are certainly cooler during recent weeks. Some fall color has started. Walnut leaves have been raining down during the past couple of weeks. Ash trees are beginning to have that purplish cast that makes them stand out so brilliantly...
Where does your money go?
By JENNIFER CANNON, Extension Educator ~ 10/03/14
When payday rolls around, many consumers will be trying to figure out which bills they will pay and which ones will wait until another paycheck comes in. With costs increasing for necessary expenses such as gasoline, utilities and healthcare, consumers are finding it harder to make ends meet. If you, like many others, are wondering how you can stretch your paycheck and make your money go further, you will want to attend the program "Where Does Your Money Go?"...
When does a child need professional help for an emotional problem?
By ANN KELLY NEWTON ~ 09/30/14
Often, after the fact, when a child has run away, or exhibited severe behavior problems, is hurtful to himself or others, people will rally around and provide support to the family. That is well and good, and essential for the recovery and day-to-day survival of the family. ...
You're looking at a sucker
By JARED JERNAGAN, Assistant Editor ~ 09/30/14
Having grown up across just across the border from Illinois, I took particular relish in poking any fun I could at the Land of Lincoln. Have you ever heard Illinois called The Sucker State? I have. It's a now antiquated nickname that I was taught it as a child and have never forgotten. Much like "Hoosier," there's no solid explanation for the genesis of "Sucker." If I had to guess, I'd blame it on Missouri...
Hey, Mac, you might try being more PC
By ERIC BERNSEE, Editor ~ 09/23/14
In the midst of taking photos at about a half-dozen events and venues Saturday, I managed to sneak in a little break while awaiting my last stop of the day at the Taste of Putnam County. That's when I got a real taste of PC -- as in political correctness -- or the lack thereof...
What do you want to do when you grow up?
By Mark Evans, 4-H Youth Educator ~ 09/21/14
Many youth will go through 50 or more career decisions in year while growing up. This week it may be a policeman, next week a fireman, the next a wildlife biologist, etc. Considering careers is good. However, a more important decision is to plan and make the decision for educational determination. In other words, make college or post-secondary education decisions in kindergarten and the career decisions will follow and can come much later...
All treat, no trick for Halloween (11/18/14)
To the Editor: I just wanted to comment on this year's trick-or-treat night in Greencastle. What a joy it was! In spite of the rain, snow, wind and miserable cold in general, all the children coming to the door had on costumes. Every one of them said "thank you" and almost all said "Happy Halloween!" as they walked away...
15th annual campaign continues to meet need (11/18/14)
To the Editor: On behalf of the Putnam County Youth Development Commission, we would like to thank the many individuals, businesses, organizations and school communities that contributed to the success of our 15th annual Coats for Kids Campaign. Thanks to Putnam County's generosity, over 500 coats and lightweight jackets were distributed on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Harris Hall at the Putnam County Fairgrounds...
Realtors bingo event a success (11/18/14)
To the Editor: On behalf of the Putnam County Board of Realtors, I would like to thank everyone that attended our bingo event on Saturday, Nov. 15. We had a fantastic turnout, with a record 180 players in attendance, and were able to give away cash bingo prizes of over $,1200, and over $3,000 in pull tab winnings...
Fillmore VFD thankful for support (11/18/14)
To the Editor: Thank you from the Fillmore Volunteer Fire Department. We would like to specifically thank those who came out to support us another year at the Fillmore Chicken Barbecue. A special thanks to local businesses enabling us to give away prizes due to over $1,000 in donations; restaurants and businesses that donated paper produces, ice, bread and condiments; Pastor Mike Faust for opening both nights in prayer; and the Christian Church volunteers who worked hard serving food and making pies and other desserts.. ...
Storage yard exception 'railroaded' through (11/05/14)
To the Editor: When the "contractor storage yard" zoning exception was presented to the Putnam County Commissioners on Aug. 13, I attended the commissioners' meeting to express my concerns about how this "exception" would adversely affect every property owner in the county and should not be allowed...
Gobble-uns Weekend 'huge success' at Lieber (11/05/14)
To the Editor: Lieber State Recreation Area would like to thank Madison Price and the volunteers from Bethel Baptist Church -- Heather, Robert, Karina and Claire Brewster, and Dana and Karly Bumgardner for helping make our Gobble-uns Weekend a huge success...
New councilor excited to serve Greencastle (10/28/14)
To the Editor: Hello, Greencastle! My name is Tyler Wade and I am soon to be the new councilor for Greencastle's Fourth Ward.
Reelsville VFD thanks Krambo's (10/21/14)
To the Editor: On Oct. 2, Krambo's Kustom Kolors shook off its welcome mat and moved it to the door of Reelsville Fire House to sponsor a fundraiser for the Reelsville-Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Reality Experience offers a taste of life (10/21/14)
To the Editor: On Oct. 6, approximately 540 eighth-grade students participated in our seventh annual event called Reality Experience. These students came from the four Putnam County middle schools and Eminence, plus several students who are home schooled. They were given an unique educational opportunity to "experience reality." It was sponsored by the service clubs of Greencastle: Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary; plus two philanthropic sororities: Kappa Delta Phi and Delta Theta Tau...
Support enhances GFD open house (10/15/14)
To the Editor: The Greencastle Fire Department would like to extend a special "thanks" to the supporters who contributed to the 14th annual Open House event on Oct. 2. We had a huge success with record-breaking attendance of 400-plus this year. The winners of the coloring, poster and art contests were recognized with ages ranging from pre-K to 12th grade...
Central Fall Festival fun-filled night (10/15/14)
To the Editor: The Central Elementary PTO hosted our annual Fall Festival Fundraiser on Oct. 4. It was a great fun-filled night. We would like to thank everyone who came and enjoyed the many activities. Much thanks to the many volunteers that were game workers, basket coordinators and those who donated candy and prizes for the night. The festival could not have taken place without your help...
Dissecting the storage yard issue (10/15/14)
To The Editor: At the Putnam County Commissioners Monday morning meeting on Oct. 6, a major revision of the Putnam County Zoning Ordinance was approved. The revision will allow contractors to have storage yards for equipment in all zones, including the residential and agricultural zones...
Expounding on issues raised by The Pulse (10/07/14)
To the Editor: First, I would like to thank the Banner Graphic staff for their efforts to initiate community dialogue with "The Pulse." I hope that during its run there will be the opportunity to explore the many issues that are on the minds of residents throughout our county...
GHS basketball fundraiser a team effort (09/23/14)
To the Editor: Recently the Greencastle basketball program hosted a fundraiser dinner at GHS. We would like to thank all of the people who were kind enough to attend. We want to thank Gail Smith and her staff at Almost Home for help organizing and preparing the food; Deb Carrico and her staff at the high school cafeteria; and all the mothers and grandmothers who worked tirelessly on the desserts. Thank you!...
Mental Health America thanks community for support (09/23/14)
To the Editor: On July 26, Mental Health America of Putnam County held its annual "Mind Your Health" 5-mile run/2-mile walk for the 10th consecutive year. We continue to be very pleased by the participation of the local community and the participants from outside of our community in this annual event. We are already looking forward to our 11th year in 2015...
Constitution Week time to celebrate (09/16/14)
To the Editor: Sept. 17-23 is annually designated as Constitution Week in the United States. Sept. 17 was proclaimed in 1952 as "Citizenship Day" to honor those who had come of age, reached the voting age, and those who had naturalized during the past year...
National Night out says thank you (09/16/14)
To the Editor: On behalf of the National Night Out Committee we are proud to announce that over 1,000 community members attended our eighth annual event on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at Greencastle Robe-Ann Park. Hot dogs, pizza, snow cones, apples, popcorn and drinks were again shared with everyone attending. We were extremely delighted with the attendance considering all the back to school activities scheduled for the same evening...
Rosa Parks reference trivializes struggle (08/26/14)
To the Editor: I'm genuinely sorry Audrey Healey had her evening at a recent cheer competition marred by being asked to give up her seat (Banner Graphic letter, Aug.13). Had it happened to me it likely would have spoiled my evening, too. The coordinators of the event might have done a better job communicating their seating plan, allocating space, etc., and I hope Ms. Healey expressed her concerns to them to improve everyone's experience in the future...
Thankful for making more Greencastle memories (08/19/14)
To the Editor: To the residents of Greencastle who assisted in making our July 19 Northrop Family Descendants reunion such a success: From the staffs in the Mayor's Office and the Tourism Bureau to the Subway restaurant which provided lunch at Robe-Ann Park, and Marvin's where we had dinner -- thank you...
Book mentions Greencastle native Russell Allan Phillips (08/19/14)
To the Editor: I have been reading a book about Olympic runner and World War II POW and war hero Louis Zamperini. The book by Laura Hillenbrand is titled "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption." Ms. Hillenbrand also wrote the book "Seabiscuit."...
Family offers thanks for caring community (08/19/14)
Dear Greencastle, Putnam County: On June 23 tragedy struck our family. My nephew, Riley Sutherlin, was killed in a farming accident. Living in Texas and being 1,100 miles away, this big sister could not get to Indiana fast enough. When we finally arrived in Greencastle I found my sister and her family surrounded by the wonderful people of Putnam County. Not only were you taking excellent care of them, but you adopted the extended family and began taking care of us, too...
Boo to being forced to give up seat at cheer event (08/12/14)
To the Editor: I recently attended a Pitbull concert. A concert at which tickets were general admission only. But after hours in line, the time spent was well paid off, because by eight o'clock that night only five feet separated us from the famous Latino artist...
Fair Foods project contributions appreciated (08/12/14)
To the Editor: I would like to thank all of the 4-H'ers who participated in the Foods or Microwave projects for contributing to a successful 4-H Food Auction and Bake Sale at the Putnam County Fair. I would also like to thank everyone that purchased food at our bake sale and auction. The proceeds will be used to improve the 4-H exhibit area...
'Reparation' producers happy with community effort (08/12/14)
To the Editor: On behalf of the entire cast and crew, the producers of the film "Reparation" wish to thank the communities of Putnam County, Greencastle and DePauw University for their support during our filming. An independent film like this -- home-grown and on a shoestring budget -- could never happen without the strength of a community behind it...
New iron fence at cemetery appreciated (08/05/14)
To The Editor: Thank you, DePauw University. Thank you for the new iron fence surrounding the old Greencastle Cemetery near Blacksstock Stadium. Jean Saunders Greencastle
Inaugural Career Fair set for Dec. 10 at fairgrounds (11/23/14)
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports as of September 2014, the Indiana unemployment rate was 5.7 percent. In relation to Putnam County, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reports 907 (5.2 percent) of residents in our county are unemployed...
Cooking 101: Candy (11/16/14)
Did you know there are possible health benefits of chocolate? Have you ever wondered where candy originated from? Are you interested in learning how to make candy-inspired gift baskets for the holiday? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you're invited to the 2014 candy-making lesson. ...
A time to heal (11/05/14)
As of today, we officially know what we've understood since early May. There's about to be a new sheriff in town, literally. The spring arrests of a deputy and a reserve deputy likely spelled doom for Sheriff Steve Fenwick in his bid for another term in office. The voters spoke in the primary election, choosing Indiana State Trooper Scott Stockton -- truly a department outsider -- as the Republican nominee...

Inaugural Career Fair set for Dec. 10 at fairgrounds (11/23/14)
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports as of September 2014, the Indiana unemployment rate was 5.7 percent. In relation to Putnam County, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reports 907 (5.2 percent) of residents in our county are unemployed...
Cooking 101: Candy (11/16/14)
Did you know there are possible health benefits of chocolate? Have you ever wondered where candy originated from? Are you interested in learning how to make candy-inspired gift baskets for the holiday? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you're invited to the 2014 candy-making lesson. ...
A time to heal (11/05/14)
As of today, we officially know what we've understood since early May. There's about to be a new sheriff in town, literally. The spring arrests of a deputy and a reserve deputy likely spelled doom for Sheriff Steve Fenwick in his bid for another term in office. The voters spoke in the primary election, choosing Indiana State Trooper Scott Stockton -- truly a department outsider -- as the Republican nominee...
A little competition please (10/28/14)
The modernization of the voting process has made elections a much quicker thing than they used to be. Enter the booth, punch about a dozen buttons, get on with your day.
It's our heritage, let's take care of it (10/21/14)
Although it's been open to traffic for more than three months, the official grand opening of the new Putnam County Bridge No. 625 took place on Tuesday morning.