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Stories from Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Getting the message to parents (01/27/10)
***Text messages, automated notification systems get information out faster Time was, parents and students had to wait for television or radio broadcasts to find out whether or not classes would be canceled due to inclement weather.
Ivy Tech could have room for expansion (01/27/10)
GREENCASTLE -- With enrollment at Ivy Tech's Greencastle campus higher than expected, city and school officials are already finding ways to allow for future expansion. At a special meeting Tuesday night, the Greencastle Common Council voted 4-0 on the first reading of an ordinance to transfer 14.63 acres of Rokicki Park to Ivy Tech to allow for expansion...
Homecoming Hopefuls (01/27/10)
South Putnam High School homecoming king candidates are, seated from left, seniors Sam Geier, Nathan Welty and Paul Rubino; homecoming prince hopefuls are, standing first row from left, freshmen Ryan Chestnut, Gavin Jacobs and Logan Pell; second row, sophomores Jacob Girton, Sam Gould and Cody Warren and juniors Seth Arnold, Jake Gould and Max Vanichnatee.
Treacherous Roads (01/27/10)
Snowfall from Monday night and Tuesday morning left dangerous conditions for the morning commute, particularly on U.S. 40 and Interstate 70. Putnam County Dispatch reported at least 10 wrecks during morning commute hours. The wrecks were mainly slideoffs into the ditch or median. At top, an SUV slid off into a ditch near Manhattan. Directly above, cars backed up behind a wreck near Reelsville.
Would-be robber gets maximum sentence (01/27/10)
GREENCASTLE -- On Monday, Putnam County Superior Court Judge Denny Bridges handed a Greencastle man the maximum sentence for an attempted robbery. Richie A. Goul, 20, was sentenced to eight years at the Indiana Department of Correction after being convicted of Class C felony robbery...
Wood sentenced to time served (01/27/10)
GREENCASTLE -- An Indianapolis woman accused of trafficking with an inmate at the Putnamville Correctional Facility was sentenced Monday to time served. Joni M. Wood, 20, pled guilty in Putnam County Superior Court to Class D felony possession of marijuana. Under the terms of a plea agreement, charges of Class C felony trafficking with an inmate and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana against her were dismissed...
Remembering Luke (01/27/10)
The Beech Grove Church Ladies Aid recently donated $100 to the Student Council of Tzouanakis Intermediate School to help fund special service projects for the year. Presently, the school is completing a "TZ Remembers Luke" campaign and will send a donation to Riley Hospital in memory of Luke Liveoak, a fifth grade student who passed away due to illness this year. Students and staff receive bracelets and add notes to the memory wall during lunches. Assistant Principal Tamra Walker accepted the donation for the council.
Eagles struggle against Tri-West (01/27/10)
GREENCASTLE -- The South Putnam girls' basketball team struggled with a high-powered Tri-West team Tuesday, falling 72-42. The loss drops South Putnam to 3-14 on the season. The Bruins had five players score in double figures to help move them to 13-3 on the year...
John H. Viens (01/27/10)
John H. Viens, 71, of Bainbridge died Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 at his home from pancreatic cancer. The son of Jean F. Viens and Corrine Mason Viens, he was born and raised in Lynn, Mass. and graduated from Lynn English High School. He was active in the National Guard and also worked at Harvard Paleontology Lab. ...
Forest York (01/27/10)
Forest York, 76, of Greencastle died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Arrangements are pending at the Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home. A full obituary will be published in the Thursday Banner Graphic.
Putnam Scanner for Jan. 27, 2010 (01/27/10)
Several prescriptions were taken from a Reelsville man's mailbox. On Thursday, Morris Brooks reported to Lt. Danny Wallace, with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, prescription medications mailed to him by a local pharmacy were missing from his mailbox...
She's no friend of mine (01/27/10)
I lead a fairly busy life, and so do most of my friends. For us, the advent of Internet-based social networking has been a godsend. I was raised in Michigan, and most of my longtime friends still live there (the majority in the Kalamazoo area). As such, I don't get to see them as often as I'd like, but we are able to keep in touch -- pretty much on a daily basis -- through Facebook...
Changes under Obama are inspiring to reader (01/27/10)
To the Editor: That the changes occurring under the leadership of Barack Hussein Obama inspire hope, not fear, for me compels response to Dale Covert's Letter to the Editor ("Leadership making reader uneasy," Jan. 6, 2010). I have given his words much more than a "second thought."...
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