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Stories from Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Lights of Love (12/02/09)
The Christmas season got underway in Greencastle Tuesday evening with the Greencastle Civic League's 26th annual Lights of Love Ceremony. Above, middle school essay contest winner Kinn Reagan of GMS reads his essay about being thankful for his mom with help from aide Hope Sutherlin. Below, Almost Home and Swizzle Stick owner Gail Smith accepts the Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Christmas award from Amy Doan. This is the fourth time Smith has been so honored.
County aims for 90 percent graduation (12/02/09)
Members of the Putnam County Dropout Plan Committee have a three- to five-year plan to improve the dropout rates of students in the county. Their proposed outline for North and South Putnam, Cloverdale and Greencastle high schools is designed to bring graduation rates up to 90 percent for all four schools...
Santa Claus coming to Robe-Ann Park (12/02/09)
GREENCASTLE -- Santa Claus and his favorite reindeer will be in Robe-Ann Park from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. He has agreed to help raise money for lights in the park. Children will have the chance to have their pictures taken with Santa, bring their wish list and purchase cookies and hot chocolate...
Central student earns top honors (12/02/09)
Erich Erst, branch manager for American General Financial Services in Greencastle, stands with Central Elementary student Carl Elmore, who was the winner of American General's Thanksgiving coloring contest. Elmore's picture of pilgrims and Indians around a picnic table under a tree enjoying a Thanksgiving feast was one of 50 entries from the third grade classes at Central Elementary, Tzouanakis Intermediate and Fillmore Elementary schools. Elmore said his picture was inspired by a story he heard about pilgrims and Indians coming together for Thanksgiving.
H1N1 flu clinic scheduled for adults (12/02/09)
GREENCASTLE -- The Putnam County Health Department, in partnership with the Putnam County Hospital, will be conducting an H1N1 flu vaccine clinic for Putnam County resident's age 64 years and under. The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Community Building at the Putnam County Fairgrounds...
Donation to food pantry (12/02/09)
Chief's Restaurant manager Indy New and owner Steve Gaebes were busy recently packing food items donated from a Thanksgiving Eve fundraiser for the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry. Judy Miller, president of the pantry, was at the restaurant to pick up items early this week. Miller says the organization served 1,100 plus during November. "We have many more people coming to the food pantry that have never been there before. One can (item) helps. That is one we don't have to buy," said Miller.
Food drive at PCH (12/02/09)
Putnam County Hospital kicks off its second annual food drive with a goal of collecting 1,000 pounds of food to help local senior citizens. Decorated boxes like this one can be found throughout PCH until Dec. 11 -- the last day of the drive. As this year's sponsor, staff from the dietary department at PCH, make the first donation above. From left are Ashley Myers, William Phillips and registered dietician Jamie Downen. All donations will be taken to the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry. Last year, the food drive collected more than 550 pounds of food.
Cloverdale drops contest to Panthers (12/02/09)
CLOVERDALE -- Turnovers and not enough opportunities extended Cloverdale's losing streak to five after succumbing to Riverton Parke Tuesday 56-29. The Clovers committed 32 turnovers and only managed 26 field goal attempts on the night. For head coach Tom Anderson, there was only one positive to take from the 27-point loss...
Greencastle loses second straight contest of 2009 (12/02/09)
GREENCASTLE -- It's starting to look like deja vu for the Lady Tiger Cubs. First they were down by one, then 11, then 18 and before Greencastle knew it, Tri-West was walking into the locker room with a 60-43 win, handing the Lady Tiger Cubs their second straight loss -- just like last year...
GMS defeats Cloverdale (12/02/09)
The Greencastle eighth grade boys basketball team defeated Cloverdale 42-26 Monday. The Tiger Cubs will be back in action at Danville today at 5:30 p.m.
Cougar wrestling falls to Tri-West 60-21 (12/02/09)
The North Putnam High School wrestling team fell to Tri-West Tuesday night, 60-21. Tyler Ruble won 6-5 in the 103 pound division while Joe Mindiola claimed the win in the 130-pound match with a second period pin. Keegan Foltz pined his opponent in the 152-pound class in the second period while Eric Davis pined his opponent in the 215-match in the first peri...
Greencastle wrestling hopes the little things have big rewards (12/02/09)
GREENCASTLE -- It has begun. The 2009 season and the quest for a state championship has once again began for the Greencastle wrestling squad. And for head coach Matt McComish it all starts with the basics. "We are concentrating on the little things right now," McComish said. "We want to steadily improve as the season progresses."...
Hendrickson leads Eagle grapplers in '09 (12/02/09)
GREENCASTLE -- The South Putnam wrestling program moves forward in the 2009 season under the direction of first-year head coach Josh Hendrickson. Hendrickson believes hard work will propel the Eagles to successful heights this season. The Eagles are a young squad, with the bulk of the team being underclassmen. Also, South Putnam is able to field most weight classes and beyond...
Dessa Claudette Shinn (12/02/09)
Dessa Claudette Shinn, 74, of West Lafayette died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 at St. Elizabeth Central in Lafayette. She was born Oct. 24, 1935, in Indianapolis to the late Claude Duncan and Margaret Woodson Duncan Bennett. She graduated from Greencastle High School in 1953. On June 4, 1955 she married Alvin Dean Shinn in Greencastle. He died February 21, 1992...
Putnam Scanner for Dec. 2, 2009 (12/02/09)
Putnam County Jail Stephen Huber, 62, Greencastle, was booked into the Putnam County Jail at 4:04 a.m. Nov. 20 for public intoxication and probation violation. Renetta Hartman, 20, Roachdale, was booked at 9:11 a.m. Nov. 20 for possession of alcohol by a minor...
Be compassionate to animals this Christmas (12/02/09)
To the Editor: For Christians, Christmas is the celebration of Jesus' birthday, even though scholars are not sure of the exact date. It is believed the Roman Emperor Constantine, who converted to Christianity in 313, chose December as the celebration of Jesus' birth, and eventually, Pope Gregory (590-604) decided on Dec. 25...
Car insurance analogy fails (12/02/09)
Congressman Elsworth; You stated that the health care bill is similar to requiring drivers to have insurance. I have a hard time believing that you genuinely believe that. Your analogy fails for several reasons. First, driving is a privilege. There is no right to drive. Anyone who wishes may opt out of the insurance requirement by taking public transportation, walking, riding a bike, or bumming a ride, riding a moped etc...
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