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Stories from Wednesday, April 22, 2009

South Putnam School Board members walk out of meeting (04/22/09)
A crowd of concerned parents and students came to Monday night's meeting of the South Putnam School Board looking for answers -- but in the end, the board was not where those answers came from.
Reed to continue rehab in local program (04/22/09)
A Greencastle woman awaiting trial on charges that she drugged her two young children will be allowed to transfer from a court-ordered rehabilitation program in Indianapolis to a local program. Amy Marie Reed, 27, was arrested in October after an investigation was initiated by the Putnam County Department of Child Services. Reed's 1-year- and 3-month-old daughters tested positive for methamphetamine, methadone, cocaine and marijuana...
New principal reflects on hiring (04/22/09)
For new Greencastle Principal Randy Corn, his hiring at GHS may seem somewhat fortuitous. The current Brownsburg High School assistant principal said when he began considering a move to another school last fall, Greencastle topped his list of choices...
Educational program to focus on shaken baby syndrome (04/22/09)
Most parents would never dream of hurting their babies -- at least not on purpose. But the unfortunate fact is, some mothers and fathers can do permanent damage to their children without realizing. An educational program, "Keeping Children Safe," is planned for Thursday at the Putnam County Public Library. ...
Heritage Lake residents request funds for roads (04/22/09)
Residents from Heritage Lake appeared in front of Putnam County Commissioners Monday asking for help in getting the nearly 30 miles of roads paved and repaired. The group presented an option for the county to take out a bond to pay for approximately $3 million which is the cost estimate given to pave the roads in second largest populated area in Putnam County...
Benassi denied release from prison (04/22/09)
INDIANAPOLIS -- A request has been denied for a Fillmore woman serving a prison sentence for reckless homicide and welfare fraud to be released into a community transition program. Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley sentenced Tonya M. Benassi, 36, in December to two-and-a-half years in prison for her part in a car accident in October 2007 that killed Benassi's husband Tracy, 34. She was given a nine-month concurrent sentence for felony welfare fraud...
Additional charges filed against Honey (04/22/09)
The state of Indiana has filed a fourth felony charge against a Fillmore man already facing three counts of felony child molesting. On Feb. 25, William R. Honey, 31, was charged with a Class A felony and two Class C felony counts of child molesting. On Tuesday, an additional charge of Class D felony neglect of a dependent child was filed against Honey...
St. Andrews welcomes Cathedral Choir (04/22/09)
At 4 p.m. on Sunday, the Christ Church Cathedral (Indianapolis) Choir of Men and Boys, under the direction of Dr. Frederick Burgomaster, organist and choir master, will present a service of choral evensong for the third Sunday of Easter and a concert of sacred works at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Greencastle...
South schools pass Adequate Yearly Progress (04/22/09)
South Putnam school superintendent Bruce Bernhardt presented some good news to the board members Monday during the regular meeting. He told the board all four of South Putnam's schools -- Central Elementary, Reelsville Elementary, Fillmore Elementary and South Putnam High School -- passed the Adequate Yearly Progress for 2008...
Goodwin named Battey recipient (04/22/09)
Andrew Goodwin, a Spanish teacher at Covenant Christian High School in Indianapolis, is the 2009 recipient of the Battey National Educator of the Year Award. Administered by DePauw University's Honor Scholar Program, the Battey Award recognizes a teacher who inspired a current DePauw Honor Scholar while that student was attending a high school, middle school or elementary school. Goodwin was nominated by Todd Schmid, a current DePauw senior...
Council approves additional appropriations (04/22/09)
Several additionals were approved by the Putnam County Council during its meeting Tuesday. The highway department was given tentative approval during the council's March meeting to have money appropriated for repairs and replacements of county bridges. It was officially approved Tuesday...
Roachdale woman to plead guilty to theft (04/22/09)
A Roachdale woman has pled guilty to a charge of Class D felony theft and will be sentenced on May 18. Jonella L. Wallace, 51, will also face a habitual offender designation. Should she be deemed a habitual offender, any sentence she receives for the theft charge -- which is punishable by a maximum of three years -- could be significantly increased...
Habitat for Humanity celebrates Earth Day (04/22/09)
Putnam County Habitat for Humanity is celebrating Earth Day 2009 by recycling donated cars to help build homes in partnership with low-income families in need of housing. Habitat's Cars for Homes™ accepts donated cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, RVs and other vehicles and sells them through automobile auctions, recyclers or salvage yards to raise funds that help build simple, decent homes. Funds generated from vehicle sales benefit Putnam County Habitat for Humanity and local families...
Koresh Dance Company to perform (04/22/09)
On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., the DePauw Performing Arts Series will present the Koresh Dance Company in Moore Theatre in the Green Center for the Performing Arts. Under the direction of founder and Artistic Director Ronen Koresh, the Koresh Company delivers to audiences an exciting blend of ballet, jazz and modern dance...
Burglary suspect to be sentenced May 4 (04/22/09)
A Greencastle man charged with burglary and theft in connection with a string of eight residential robberies or residential robbery attempts that took place between December 2007 and July 2008 has entered into a plea agreement and will be sentenced on May 4 on one Class B felony burglary count...
Arrest warrant requested for Terre Haute man (04/22/09)
The Putnam County Prosecutor's Office has filed requests to revoke the probation and issue a warrant for the arrest of a Terre Haute man. Kyle L. Poynter, 20, has been charged in Vigo County Superior Court V with Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license -- a violation of his Putnam County probation, which he is on for two separate charges...
Moon earns Player of the Year honors (04/22/09)
To say that the 2008-09 boys' basketball season was a struggle would be an understatement. Despite a combined winning percentage of 48 percent, the county saw some impressive displays of basketball. Every team must have an engine that powers it and no player was more powerful than Cloverdale junior Brandon Moon...
Eagles, Clovers clash with Patriots (04/22/09)
SPENCER -- The South Putnam and Cloverdale High School track teams competed Wednesday night in a three-way match with Owen Valley. The Patriots came out on top in the boys' and girls' meets, but Cloverdale placed second in both meets, while South Putnam came in third...
Cloverdale boys finish second at Northview (04/22/09)
The Cloverdale boys golf team placed second against Northview and Shakamak Tuesday evening. The host Knights won the event with a 139, Cloverdale was second with a 169 and Shakamak finished with an incomplete score. "The conditions were very difficult," CHS head coach Doug Wokoun said. "There was an abundance of casual water and gusty wind. We were fortunate to even get the round in."...
Alex Alleys announces standing (04/22/09)
GGUSBC Standings (As of 4-16-09) Automotive (Tues.) High team scratch game -- Putnam Archery Sales 984 High team scratch series -- Putnam Archery Sales 2824 High individual game -- Charles Alex 277 High individual series -- Scott Alexander 651 Commercial (Thurs.)...
Tiger Cubs fall to Rox 5-4 (04/22/09)
ROCKVILLE -- The Greencastle High School junior varsity baseball team dropped a close game to the Rockville Rox on Friday, 5-4. After trailing 3-0 in the first two innings, Greencastle came to life at the plate; scoring four runs for the lead. But Rockville came back and scored the go ahead run in the fifth...
Charlotte "Kay" Voris (04/22/09)
Charlotte Kathleen "Kay" Clodfelter Voris, 88, of Indianapolis died on Monday, April 20, 2009. She was born May 21, 1920. She graduated from Rensselaer High School in 1938. She worked for the MSD of Washington Township for many years before her retirement...
Putnam Scanner for April 22, 2009 (04/22/09)
Putnam County Jail Oscar Daniel, 45, was booked into the Putnam County Jail at 7:44 p.m. Friday for possession of a controlled substance and marijuana. Charles Schroyer, 38, Cloverdale, was booked at 12:15 a.m. Saturday for public intoxication, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating per se...
PCYDC thanks community (04/22/09)
To the Editor: On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Putnam County Youth Development Commission we extend our sincere appreciation to the Putnam County community. Words cannot begin to express our thankfulness for the way our first ever fundraising event was embraced. It has been years since a local event brought together an entire community to have fun, highlight the talent in our area, while raising money for our most precious possessions, the youth of Putnam County...
Mayor was moved by experience (04/22/09)
To the Editor: On April 4 a wonderful thing happened. People from every corner of Putnam County came together, some perhaps out of curiosity, some to cheer on a friend or family member, some for an evening of good food and entertainment, but all to support our youth, through the work of the Putnam County Youth Development Commission...
Humane Society expresses gratitude (04/22/09)
To the Editor: The Humane Society of Putnam County would like to express our gratitude to the community for their support over the past several months and during our grand opening celebrations. Both the Chamber ribbon cutting on April 1 and our community grand re-opening celebration on April 4 were big hits. ...
South Putnam School Board -- April 20, 2009 (04/22/09)
Attendees came to a South Putnam Community Schools board meeting on Monday, April 20, 2009 to get answers about the recent resignation of Harold Campbell, a high school social studies teacher and varsity baseball coach who was in his third year with the corporation. Campbell is now alleging his resignation was coerced. He came to the meeting supported by members of the Indiana State Teachers Association. When Kim Fidler of ISTA stood to address the crowd, board members called for an immediate adjournment and walked out. After the board left, Campbell stayed to talk to meeting attendees.
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