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Local teen dies in 1-vehicle crash (06/03/09)
BAINBRIDGE -- A Bainbridge teenager died in a one-vehicle crash on C.R. 800N Tuesday when his pickup careened off the side of the road and overturned in three feet of water at the bottom of an embankment. According to Deputy Don Pettit of the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, 16-year-old Blake Batchelor had been traveling east on the gravel road, about one half mile west of C.R. 500E, when he lost control of his 1990 Chevrolet S-10...
Commissioners look at courthouse phone solutions (06/03/09)
Putnam County Commissioners kept their Monday morning meeting short and sweet. The commissioners' annual tour of the jail was postponed due to injuries suffered by Commissioner Gene Beck in a wagon and mule accident Sunday and county attorney Scott Hoff, who was limping on both ankles from a pair of falls he took recently...
PCPH opens 48th season (06/03/09)
The 48th season of Putnam County Playhouse will open on June 4 with a production of Cole Porter's musical "Kiss Me Kate." It will be presented June 4-7 and June 10-13. All performances are at 8 p.m. except June 7, which will be at 3 p.m. Tickets are $9 and can be reserved by calling the box office Monday through Saturday after 5 p.m...
DePauw Woodwind Quintet plays tonight (06/03/09)
The DePauw Woodwind Quintet will perform music by Maurice Dela, Alexander Von Kreisler, Astor Piazzolla, and August Klughardt as the fifth annual Greencastle Summer Classical Music Festival continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church...
Man sentenced to prison for robberies (06/03/09)
A Greencastle man convicted of eight residential robberies and robbery attempts that took place between December 2007 and July 2008 has been sentenced to prison time for the crimes. Edward Alan Jones, 26, is listed at the Indiana Department of Correction Web site as a "Central Office administration inbound" inmate, meaning he is still lodged at the Putnam County Jail awaiting transfer to a DOC facility...
Youth invited to express themselves at library (06/03/09)
The Putnam County Public Library will host an "Artist Studio" each Friday at 3:30 p.m. throughout June and July for young adults ages 12 to 18. Local artists will talk about their work and show teens how to express themselves to create similar art. The first artist studio will feature music and is scheduled for this Friday, when Director Anne Reynolds and the DePauw Woodwind Ensemble will perform in the Kiwanis Room...
Back for a special session (06/03/09)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana lawmakers expect to be called back to the Statehouse by the middle of June for a special legislative session to pass a new state budget. The groundwork for that special session is being laid now, but we do not know what the final agreement will be until the budget committee meets to discuss the proposal forthcoming by the governor...
Trial set for Fillmore man accused in theft conspiracy (06/03/09)
A trial date has been set for a Fillmore man who has been in the Putnam County Jail since his March 31 arrest in connection with a January burglary at a Cloverdale residence. Mark A. Anderson, 20, is charged with Class B felony conspiracy to commit burglary and Class D felony conspiracy to commit theft. If convicted on both charges, Anderson could be sentenced to as many as 23 years behind bars...
Cloverdale claims first ever softball sectional title (06/03/09)
LIZTON -- It was history in the making Monday night. For the first time in the program's history, Cloverdale clinched the softball sectional title, overcoming Monrovia, 7-6, in nine innings. "We did it," CHS Coach Chuck Mowery said. "We did it the hard way, but we hung in there and did it."...
South Putnam Austin-bound (06/03/09)
SPEEDWAY -- Strong winds and rain delayed the start of Tuesday's sectional finale between South Putnam and Cascade. Two innings in, the game was halted once more due to rain, but it only prolonged the inevitable for No. 3 ranked Cascade. South Putnam came back after the break and played a controlled game that resulted in the Eagles capturing the Class 2A No. 46 sectional title...
Phyllis Deane Hurst (06/03/09)
Phyllis Deane Hurst, 78, of Martinsville, died Saturday, May 30, 2009. She was born in Chandler on Sept. 25, 1930 to the late Harold and Helen Deane. She married Wendell P. Hurst on June 3, 1956, and he preceded her in death. She graduated from Boonville High School in 1947 and received her B.S. in English and library science from Indiana University in 1951 and her M.S. in education from I.U. in 1975...
Freda E. Minkler (06/03/09)
Freda E. Minkler, 86, of Greencastle, formerly of Poland, died Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at the Millpond Health Campus. Born Sept. 22, 1922 in Putnam County, she was the daughter of Earl and Lela Arnold Cash. She was a 1940 graduate of Fillmore High School. She married Wayne Robert Nelson in April 1941, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 1970. She married George W. Minkler on June 9, 1973, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 2007...
SP Post Prom committee thanks sponsors (06/03/09)
To the Editor: On behalf of South Putnam Post Prom committee, we would like to thank the following sponsors for their donations, time and efforts: Ashley Square, Auto Zone, Banner Graphic, Big Bounce, Tim Bookwalter (Prosecutor's Office), Brazillian Lanes, Carquest Auto Parts, Cash Concrete, Clark Brothers Excavating, Conner Prarie, Cross Cuts, Designer Den, Duke Energy, Farm Bureau Insurance, Farm Bureau Credit, First National Bank, First National Bank of Cloverdale, Greencastle Cinema, Hassler Trucking, Headly Hardware, Holiday World Splashin Safari, Hoosier Topics, Humphrey's, IBM Credit Union, Indiana Beach, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indianapolis Indians, Indianapolis Pacers, Indianapolis Museum of Art, McDonalds, Moose Lodge, Napa Autoparts, National City Bank, NSSB, Old National Bank, Martins Emporium, O'Reilly's, Peebles, Perfect North Slopes, Putnam Inn, Sears, Shuee & Sons, SnackKracklePop, State Farm Insurance, Subway, Superwash, Teacher's Credit Union, Terre Haute First National Bank, Tri County, Tri County Bank and Trust, Tri County Bank and Dr. ...
Thanks for help in raising funds (06/03/09)
To the Editor: My name is Jasmine Like. As some of you might all ready know. I was recently accepted into the IU Honors Program in foreign languages. I would like to personally thank everyone who helped me raise all of the funds needed to complete this trip. I would also like to invite everyone who wants to come to a going away-birthday party at my house June 6...
Pass the Employee Free Choice Act (06/03/09)
Dear Editor, There is a lot of talk about the Employee Free Choice Act right now around the country. However, I want to share some FACTS with you. Kate Bronfenbrenner, the Director of Labor Education at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, recently released a report that found it is standard practice for employers to threaten, harass, and retaliate against their employees that want to form a union...
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