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Stories from Thursday, January 7, 2010

All County schools closed Friday (01/07/10)
The Cloverdale, Greencastle, North Putnam and South Putnam school systems will all be closed Friday due to winter weather.
Putnam County Treasurer's office open again (01/07/10)
The Putnam County Treasurer's bond premium claim was approved for payment at a special meeting Tuesday afternoon, pending approval of the County Council on Jan. 19. "The insurance company agreed to issue the bond prior to the final approval," explained County Commissioner Kristina Warren. "The bond was backdated to Jan. 1, 2010."...
Winter storm expected to plow Indiana (01/07/10)
GREENCASTLE -- Winter weather can mean treacherous travels for motorists, but a few simple precautions can mean the difference between life and death on the roadways. "Make time for travel," noted Putnam County Sheriff Steve Fenwick. "Leave home a little earlier."...
Local nursing home residents receive stuffed Tommy Moose (01/07/10)
GREENCASTLE -- Maurica Anderson was visiting Geraldine Frasier at The Waters nursing home last fall when Frasier mentioned wanting to have one of the organization's Tommy Moose stuffed animals. The Tommy Moose is a soft, cuddly stuffed moose dressed in a red sweater with the name "Tommy" embroidered across the front. They are given to emergency responders by the Moose Lodges to help break the ice with children in emergency situations...
Collins denied transition program entrance (01/07/10)
GREENCASTLE -- A Spencer man sentenced in Putnam County Circuit Court in May to a two-year prison sentence has been denied release into the Indiana Department of Correction's Community Transition Program. Charles Collins, 42, was convicted on April 20, 2009 of Class D felony criminal confinement. Under the terms of a plea agreement, a charge of Class D felony strangulation against Collins was dropped...
More H1N1 clinics coming this month (01/07/10)
The Putnam County Health Department, in partnership with Putnam County Hospital, will conduct H1N1 flu vaccine clinics each Wednesdays during the month of January. Clinics will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Jan. 13; from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 20; and 1 to 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the medical office building at PCH. The vaccine will be available to anyone on a walk-in basis. Both the H1N1 "nasal mist" vaccine and "shot" vaccine will be available during these clinics...
Tiger Sharks split with Edgewood to open '10 (01/07/10)
GREENCASTLE -- It was back to business for Greencastle Wednesday night when it hosted the Edgewood Mustangs. And coming off a long winter break, GHS coach Luke Beasley knew that it would be a challenge for his teams. "Coming off of winter training, we knew that we had made some progress with our fitness, but we just didn't know if it would show up in our first meet because of us being tired from the heavy training," Beasley said...
Spaceballs: Totally not worth it (01/07/10)
Sometimes an idea is better left alone. That was never more apparent than when I popped in the DVD for Spaceballs: The Totally Warped Animated Adventures. Having loved the source material, I can't recall laughing or smiling one time while watching the disc...
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 worth the wait (01/07/10)
It has been one of the most highly anticipated releases for the PS3 since it was announced early in 2009 and it doesn't disappoint. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, the sequel to the best ninja game, satisfies any hunger left over from the first installment and leaves you craving more...
Uneven script hinders Fox's Jennifer's Body (01/07/10)
What do you get when you combine one of the hottest young actresses in Hollywood, poor supporting acting and a script that can't quite figure out how serious to take itself? The product in this case is Jennifer's Body, starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried...
Contra a step forward for Vampire Weekend (01/07/10)
As sophomore albums go, Vampire Weekend's Contra does what it should do -- touch on what made the debut good without treading water. Contra, set for release Jan. 12, build's nicely on 2008's smart, energetic debut Vampire Weekend. Indeed, the new record is slightly better than the eponymous album...
Big Winner (01/07/10)
Vova Johnson displays a screening pass to see Did You Hear About the Morgans? Johnson won the pass by visiting the Banner Graphic's online Entertainment page and clicking on the contest tab. There will various give-a-ways featured on the Entertainment page in coming months.
James "Jim" Rood Sr. (01/07/10)
James David "Jim" Rood Sr. of Crawfordsville, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2009 at his residence. He was born June 9, 1945 in Greencastle to Levi Harvey Rood and Anna Louise Rood Pearson. He first married Linda Malicoat, they later divorced. Later, he married Luann Rood Shackleton and they also divorced. He attended Greencastle schools...
Benjamin "Ben" Allen Jones (01/07/10)
Benjamin "Ben" Allen Jones, 95, of Greencastle died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at Asbury Towers in Greencastle. He was born Feb. 11, 1914 in Putnam County, son of Frank and Bernice Allen Jones. Mr. Jones was the owner of the Jones Standard Station at the corner of US 40 and US 231 for more than 20 years. He also worked for the State of Indiana from 1969 until his retirement in 1980. He was a graduate of Greencastle High School and attended Purdue University...
Putnam Scanner for Jan. 7, 2009 (01/07/10)
Putnam County Jail James Long, 49, Greencastle, was booked at 5:16 p.m. Tuesday for petition to revoke probation. Jason Jones, 30, Greencastle, was booked at 9:56 a.m. Wednesday for operating a vehicle with a suspended license. David Cartwright, 58, Pittsboro, was booked at 11:09 a.m. Wednesday for failure to appear...
Let it Snow ... (01/07/10)
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