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Stories from Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lilly grant providing disaster relief (07/16/08)
Lilly Endowment is stepping up to help Indiana flood victims and communities -- including Putnam County -- impacted by the recent flood and severe storms with three grants totaling $50 million. The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army will each receive $2.5 million for their relief work and to help replenish their disaster relief funds...
Delinquent taxes trouble county CVB (07/16/08)
The law is clear: hotel operators are required to set aside a certain percentage of their profits each month to give to their local tourism council. In turn, the councils are supposed to use the money to promote tourism to the area. But in the case of the Putnam County Convention and Visitors' Bureau, some local hotels have repeatedly failed to pay their monthly dues to the bureau, leading local tourism officials to call for tougher rules...
Daylilies bloom at Farmers' Market (07/16/08)
CLOVERDALE -- A versatile flower for every garden is the daylily. This Saturday, July 19, at 9 a.m., the Cloverdale Farmers' Market will offer a presentation on daylilies. Brenda Malone and Dorothy French of Breni's Garden will talk about the care and division of the plant as well as many other 'tips' concerning these hardy flowers...
Group: climate change affecting crops, forests (07/16/08)
The June 27 issue of Indiana Agrinews carried an article on a recent USDA report compiled by 38 scientists for use by water and land managers. The report indicates that for at least the next 25 years, climate change will increase the risk of crop failures, contribute to depletion of the nation's water resources, and accelerate outbreaks of invasive plant species and insects...
'No Smoking Day' at fair July 23 (07/16/08)
Putnam County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition, Putnam County VOICE and the Putnam County Fair Board are asking for fair goers to observe a smoke-free day on Wednesday, July 23. Those attending the fair are asked not to smoke, or to smoke only in their cars or outside the gates while at the fair on smoke-free day. The smoke-free day coincides with Kids' Day on the Midway at the fair...
Local fighters have big weekend (07/16/08)
Last weekend turned out to one to remember for five local MMA fighters who participate at the All American Karate Academy. Professional fighter Kyle "The Franchise" Gibbons made quick work of his opponent in his Legends of Fighting bout, winning by TKO in just 43 seconds. Gibbons used a combo of an arm triangle and devastating punches to seize the victory. With the win, Gibbons became the LFC 185-pound Professional Champion...
John Kumpf (07/16/08)
John E. Kumpf, 81, of Sarasota, Fla., died Friday, June 13, 2008 at Sarasota Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Brazil on May 16, 1927, he was the son of Leslie and Irene (O'Hair) Kumpf. He married Mary Ann (Augustin) Kumpf on June 19, 1955, and she preceded him in death on May 31, 1978...
Arlyn Walker (07/16/08)
Mr. Arlyn T. Walker age 87 of Belle Union, passed away Monday at the Putnam County Hospital. He was born July 31, 1920 in Cumberland County, Ky., the son of Luther and Joan (Walden) Walker. On Feb. 5, 1944, he married Agnes (Thompson) Walker and she survives...
Putnam Scanner for July 16, 2008 (07/16/08)
Putnam County Jail Several people were booked into the Putnam County jail recently...
Poll finds readers mixed on busing fee (07/16/08)
The Banner Graphic asked readers whether they think school corporations should charge student athletes for bus rides to and from games, in an effort to offset the price of fuel. Editor's note: Greencastle is considering a $25-35 per student fee. A total of 171 voters (38.2 percent) said "yes," while 277 (61.8 percent) said "no."...
Present oil problems reminiscent of old ones (07/16/08)
To the editor: The other day I read an amazing column in the paper about how the democrats have brought the country to the terrible state it is in. I started having flashbacks after reading the article and went back in time. It was 1973, and the Arab countries started an oil embargo against the United States...
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