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Stories from Friday, January 15, 2010

Bledsoe arraigned on murder charge (01/15/10)
GREENCASTLE -- As members of Kathryne Bledsoe's family sobbed audibly, a not guilty plea was entered Thursday in Putnam County Circuit Court on behalf of the man accused of her murder. Jeremy Bledsoe, 31, of Reelsville stands accused of shooting Kathryne -- his wife of 10 years -- to death Wednesday morning in the couple's home. At his initial hearing on Thursday morning, Judge Matthew Headley, at the request of Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter, ordered Bledsoe held without bond...
City schools begin 'Energy Challenge' (01/15/10)
GREENCASTLE -- The halls of Deer Meadow Primary School boast posters conveying ways to save energy. In the classrooms, students are coming up with different ways to conserve energy at school and home. Instead of using paper and pencils, students at Deer Meadow are using magnetic doodle boards. Second graders in Julie Carr's class remind her to turn her computer monitor off when she isn't using it in order to conserve energy...
Classmate shares memories of Jeremy Bledsoe (01/15/10)
The following was sent as an e-mail to the Banner Graphic from a former classmate of Jeremy Bledsoe. The writer requested to remain anonymous. We were the same age. We were in the same class in grade school. I think he started at Reelsville when we were in third or fourth grade; I've been trying to remember exactly when. I'm 32, so there's just a few months difference in our ages...
Chamber annual dinner is Jan. 30 (01/15/10)
The Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its annual dinner for Jan. 30 at the DePauw University Indoor Tennis and Track Facility. The evening will begin with the social hour from 6 to 7 p.m. with DJ Jim "Figgy" Hardwick providing music. He is sponsored by Duke Energy...
Insurance rates could be lowered in Bainbridge area (01/15/10)
Brazil man arrested on drug charges (01/15/10)
BRAZIL -- After an 18-month investigation, Clay County Sheriff's Department officials confirmed this morning a Brazil resident has been formally charged with various allegations of dealing and possessing drugs, paraphernalia and more than $70,000 in cash...
So Long, Hibbett (01/15/10)
Putnam County residents will have to travel out of town to shop at a Hibbett Sports. The store has closed up shop in Greencastle. Details about the closing were not available to the Banner Graphic Thursday. Look in future editions or the Web site www.bannergraphic.com for more information.
Grant applications due Feb. 1 (01/15/10)
GREENCASTLE -- The Putnam County Community Foundation is seeking 501(c)(3) nonprofits, churches and units of government to be partners in serving the local Putnam County community. Preliminary grant applications are being accepted now and are due February 1st. They can be picked up at the Foundation office or downloaded at pcfoundation.org...
Eagles sweep Patriots (01/15/10)
GREENCASTLE -- Only five days out from the WCC swim meet, the South Putnam swim teams were back in the pool for a third time, hosting Owen Valley Thursday night. Both squads came away with victories, with the boys winning by a score of 120-45 and the girls by a score of 130-31...
Shirley Margaret McElroy (01/15/10)
Shirley Margaret Schlatter McElroy, 98, of Terre Haute died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 in LaGrange, Ky. with her loving family by her side. She was born in 1911 in Dick Johnson Township in rural Clay County as the third of nine children of father William Schlatter and mother Selma Septima Rojhan Schlatter...
Russell R. Penrod (01/15/10)
Russell R. Penrod, 78, of Astatula, Fla., formerly of Clayton, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. He was born Sept. 26, 1931 in Morocco, the son of Bertran and Laura Penrod. Mr. Penrod had retired from Link Belt Corporation as a machinist after serving in the U.S. Army. He loved to fish and play golf, coach softball, ride his motorcycle (through 49 states and much of Canada) and was a Chicago Cubs fan. He was a member of Mid Lakes Christian Church in Tavares, Fla...
Joseph Robert Thurman (01/15/10)
Joseph Robert Thurman, 77, of Greencastle died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 in Methodist Hospital. Mr. Thurman was a retired bricklayer and a USMC veteran of the Korean War. Joe will be missed by his wife of 54 years, Shirley Ashlock Thurman; their children Joseph, Norman, Michael, Kenneth, Jeffrey, Dwayne Logan, Veda Thurman Carver and Leslie Anne Thurman; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and his brother James Elliot...
Putnam Scanner for Jan. 15, 2010 (01/15/10)
Putnam County Jail Brian M. Walda, 33, New Castle, was booked at 12:12 p.m. Tuesday for petition to revoke probation. Alisha D. Cramer, 28, Indianapolis, was booked at 6:39 p.m. Tuesday for petition to revoke probation. Scott A. Denny, 51, Cloverdale, was booked at 9:34 p.m. Tuesday for public intoxication, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and per se...
Is now really the time? (01/15/10)
I don't generally like to get political in this column, so I'll keep this brief. As I write this, the Red Cross is estimating between 45,000 and 50,000 people were killed in Tuesday's earthquake that rocked Haiti. While this would be a tragedy anywhere, things are only compounded by the fact that Haiti was already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere...
Giving Tree thankful for support (01/15/10)
To the Editor: The officers and volunteers of the 2009 Putnam County Giving Tree program wish to express our sincere appreciation to the following Putnam County organizations, businesses and individuals for their financial support, gift buying and assistance with the 2009 program. The PCGT program was able to provide assistance to over 225 Putnam County families and 583 children because of your generosity...
Ellsworth: No pay raises here (01/15/10)
To the Editor: Recently, a friend forwarded me a chain e-mail regarding Congressional pay raises. You may have seen it too. The e-mail declares that Congress has voted to provide members with a $10,000 pay raise over the last two years. This claim is simply untrue. So I wanted to take a few minutes to set the record straight and provide you an update on this important issue...
Master tobacco settlement: 11 years later (01/15/10)
To the Editor: It has been eleven years since the gavel fell on the Master Tobacco Settlement in November of 1998. Several states and US territories sued the tobacco companies for the huge cost of treating and burying tobacco users. In the settlement, the tobacco companies agreed to pay these entities lump sum payments to "offset" those costs. And much of these funds were to be earmarked for tobacco prevention programs and tobacco cessation services to help our country to move away from tobacco...
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