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Stories from Friday, February 27, 2009

Ethanol plant fights foreclosure (02/27/09)
On the threshold of bankruptcy, Altra Biofuels has laid off nearly every employee of its Cloverdale plant. Now it is fighting foreclosure by its financial lien holder, Agstar Financial Services, Indianapolis. Also involved in the suit are Wilhelm Construction Co., Ryan Fire Protection Inc. and Gulf Coast Environmental Systems, which all have a stake in Altra's financial downfall...
Chasing the storm not all fun and games (02/27/09)
Chris Edwards has been fascinated by weather patterns for a long time. He spotted his first tornado in a field near his house when he was only 10 years old. "I couldn't get him to come inside. He kept telling me to go get a camera," said his mother Robin Pickett. "He's been hooked ever since."...
Preparing for severe weather strikes (02/27/09)
Every year, many people are killed or seriously injured by tornadoes and severe thunderstorms -- even when they have advance warning. Any time there is threatening weather, you need to seek shelter before it arrives. The American Red Cross offers suggestions of things to do before severe weather hits...
Habitat volunteers to be honored (02/27/09)
Volunteers who have worked with Habitat for Humanity will be honored at a brunch Saturday at 10 a.m. at Peach Lutheran Church, Greencastle. Anyone who has worked with Habitat during 2008 is invited to attend the event. Reservations are not required, and brunch will be served...
The Gift of Life (02/27/09)
Ideas abound for a 'greener' Greencastle (02/27/09)
Over the past few months, a group of Greencastle residents has been seeking solutions as the city tries to move toward a "greener" future. The Greencastle Sustainability Committee is a citizen coalition connecting people and ideas for local environmental solutions to strengthen our community, economy, culture and quality of life...
Agriculture organizations host Business After Hours (02/27/09)
Each month, the Greencastle Chamber of Commerce conducts a Business After Hours (BAH) program for local business members. The events are hosted by chamber members. February's BAH was hosted by the Putnam County Ag Week Committee, Co-Alliance LLP and Putnam County Farm Bureau, Inc. This was the first time that agricultural organizations had come together to host a BAH event locally...
New scholarship fund announced at PCCF (02/27/09)
The Putnam County Community Foundation has announced a new scholarship fund that recognizes students who are active in the community. The Heritage Lake Scholarship Fund will provide financial support to students who permanently reside with a Heritage Lake Property Owners Association voting member or associate member...
Michael's bill provides aid to economically disadvantaged areas (02/27/09)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Members of the Indiana House today gave their nod of approval to State Rep. Nancy Michael (D-Greencastle) on a measure that would create a program to stimulate economic growth in Indiana communities that have been shedding jobs at a rapid rate...
GMS pounds Speedway for victories (02/27/09)
The Greencastle swim teams swam against Speedway Wednesday, both earning victories on the night. The boys won 125-48, while the girls were victorious 120-62. The boys earned seven wins on night, with Alex Asbell and Matt Sims picking up to individual wins. Asbell won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 28.77 and the 100-yard freestyle with the time of 1:04.21. Sims won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:22.27 and the diving event with a 117.05 point total...
GMS gets win (02/27/09)
The Greencastle Middle School wrestling team improved to 2-1 on the season with a 67-48 win over Tuttle Friday. Picking up wins for GMS were Ethan Purdue, Kody Collins, Tyler Scoot, Riley Jayne, Tyler Hudson, Kellan Alspaugh, Jake Rickenbaugh, Tanner Wood, Blaine Fenwick, Dustin Williams, Jorden Froderman, James Brown, Nathan Meadows, Zeb Rumley and Clint Byrd...
Cougars struggle with Mounties (02/27/09)
The North Putnam wrestling team fought against the Mounties of Southmont Tuesday, but came away with a loss. Against the Mounties, the Cougars had four wrestlers post wins on the evening. Brayden Montgomery (105), Eric Davis (180) and Aaron Warren (220). Grant Bryan won an exhibition match at 160 weight class. The Cougars lost the meet 94-17...
Brestscher competes at Big Ten Championships (02/27/09)
WEST LAFAYETTE -- He hasn't lost his edge. That is one thing you can say about Andrew Bretscher. After trying to make the Olympic roster as a sophomore in college last summer, Bretscher returned to Indiana on Thursday where he and his fellow Buckeyes descended upon Purdue University to take part in the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships-- something he has been looking forward too...
Elizabeth "Bee" Reedy (02/27/09)
Elizabeth "Bee" Reedy, 97, of Plainfield died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 at Millpond Health Campus in Greencastle. She was born on May 18, 1911 in Friona, Texas to Horace and Gertrude Shaw Ballard. She was a 1928 graduate of Plainfield High School. She married Wesley W. Reedy in Nov. 1936 in Plainfield. He preceded her in death in 1969...
Putnam Scanner for Feb. 27, 2009 (02/27/09)
Putnam County Jail Shaylin White, 22, Noblesville, was booked into the Putnam County Jail at 3:34 p.m. Tuesday for possession of paraphernalia. Jonathon Davidson, 19, Greencastle, was booked at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday for probation violation. Kenneth Chadwell, 39, Roachdale, was booked at 11:18 p.m. Wednesday for battery...
Washington's strategy appears to fall short (02/27/09)
To the Editor: Those of us who are concerned about both our nation's environmental and economic well-being are skeptical of the cap and trade strategy that's being promoted in Washington as a tool to combat global warming. It appears to fall short in its ability to reduce greenhouse gases. Moreover, it could inflict further damage on our weakened economy and put more Americans out of work...
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