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Stories from Thursday, December 18, 2008

No injuries reported in Cloverdale bus crash (12/18/08)
CLOVERDALE -- All 21 students onboard a Cloverdale Community Schools bus that crashed Thursday morning escaped unscathed. The accident happened about 9:30 a.m. on Owen Park Road just off U.S. 231. "(The bus) slid down a hill and hit a tree," said Rob Schroer, Cloverdale Community Schools transportation director...
Schools face serious budget issues (12/18/08)
Lawmakers often say education is top priority when it comes to creating the state's budget. Those claims may soon be tested. Legislators have a challenge on their hands in the legislative session beginning in January. They will attempt to come up with an education-friendly, balanced two-year budget despite the slumping economy...
Greencastle High earns Best Buy designation (12/18/08)
Greencastle Senior High School was among 132 schools statewide to be named one of Indiana's Best Buys by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. GHS superintendent Robert Green called the recognition "Really, really great news." Best Buy schools are those that "offer the highest educational achievement levels for the lowest amount of funding," a report from the Indiana Chamber said...
City attorney wins photo contest (12/18/08)
Most people think about attorneys as being pretty left-brained--mostly analytical and not very creative. Greencastle City Attorney Laurie Hardwick is an exception to that idea. Hardwick won first place in the amateur division of the Connecting People and Nature category of the 38th annual photo contest by the National Wildlife Federation...
Town makes last tower payment (12/18/08)
RUSSELLVILLE -- The town has become the proud owner of its water tower. The last payment was sent in November, said Sally McAfee, clerk-treasurer. It took the town nearly 30 years to pay off the little more than $54,000 water tower loan, which was accomplished early. If the town continued to make scheduled payments, the tower wouldn't be paid in full until 2020, McAfee said...
Holiday firewood should be purchased, burned locally (12/18/08)
Purdue University experts say buy and burn your holiday firewood locally. Being selective about firewood can help prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer. Although this insect is inactive during the winter months in Indiana, its larvae hibernate under the bark of ash wood until warmer weather arrives in spring. This means moving firewood, even now, can spread the devastating insect - and other diseases of trees and invasive species - to new areas...
Dixie Chopper bike on display at Business Center (12/18/08)
If you've never seen the custom motorcycle Orange County Choppers built for Dixie Chopper or just want to see the shiny green-and-gold chopper up close again, you have an opportunity to do so right now. The Dixie Chopper Bike was built by the OCC gang on the popular "American Chopper" TV show using Dixie Chopper lawn mower parts. ...
Barbara L. Reeves (12/18/08)
Barbara L. Nees Reeves, age 77, of Asbury Towers, Greencastle died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 at the Putnam County Hospital after a sudden medical emergency. She was born at home on April 30, 1931 to Paul F. and L. DeMoine Herbert Nees, one mile east of Poland.
Lora Brown Anderson (12/18/08)
Lora Susan Brown Anderson, age 90, of Plainfield, formerly of Ladoga, died at Roland Golden Memories Retirement Village in Plainfield at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008. She was born on Sept. 12, 1918 to Walter and Mintie Major Brown in Bandy, Ky. She was married to Virgil Anderson on Aug. 14, 1957 in Indianapolis, and he survives...
F. Maxine Asdell (12/18/08)
F. Maxine Asdell, age 87, of Roachdale, passed away at her home, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008. She was previously a resident in Brownsburg for 42 years. She was born June 6, 1921 in Gosport to Fannie Arney Harris and William S. Harris, Sr. She was a 1939 Spencer High School graduate...
James Michael Bailey (12/18/08)
James "Little Jimmy" Bailey, 6 months old, passed away Monday evening, Dec. 15, 2008. He was born June 15, 2008 in Greencastle to James and Lisa Bailey. Survivors include his parents, James and Lisa Bailey of Darlington; three brothers, Kory Jones of Crawfordsville, Christopher Rood and Caleb Bailey, both of Reelsville; a sister, Kynda Thompson of Crawfordsville; grandparents, Keith and Beverly Brock of Waynetown and Amanda Alexander of Roachdale; great-grandmother Bessie Manion of Waynetown; and several aunts, uncles and three nephews.. ...
Putnam Scanner for Dec. 18, 2008 (12/18/08)
Sheriff's Department Icy road conditions still giving Putnam County motorist's headaches. John Pyle, Carmi, Ill., was traveling west on U.S. 40 at 6:03 p.m. Monday, when he swerved to miss an object in the roadway. Several witnesses advised Pyle appeared to be swerving to miss something. Pyle could not regain control of his vehicle after traveling into the median. Curtises Wrecker Service towed the vehicle from the scene. There was an estimated $10,001 to $25,000 in damages...
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