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Stories from Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fillmore utility issues remain unresolved (11/03/11)
Assistant Editor FILLMORE -- High utility costs continue to be one of the main concerns for Fillmore residents and officials. However, uncertainty and disagreement over what to do keep town officials from moving forward. The town council has been talking for several months about the possibility of metering sewers and of enacting a new water and sewer billing policy...
Group researching Putnam County aviation history (11/03/11)
The Putnam County Museum is working with a research group that is investigating the aviation history of Putnam County. The group is primarily focusing on the history of the Putnam County Airport. The museum is currently looking for anyone interested in joining or assisting this research endeavor...
Walmart Distribution Center celebrates 20 years (11/03/11)
Twenty years is a long time to stay at a job. To have worked at a facility for its entire existence is also a remarkable accomplishment. Walmart Distribution Center 6022 recently honored 42 of its 658 associates for doing both things. Of the 47 associates with the center who have served Walmart for 20 or more years, all but five have served at the Greencastle facility since its 1991 opening...
Employers find cost savings in tobacco cessation (11/03/11)
Ever since the economy took a dive at the end of 2008 and the start of 2009, employers of all sizes have been searching for ways to save money. We have all read the news about program cutbacks, employee layoffs, benefit reductions and even businesses closing...
Absentee voting nears completion (11/03/11)
While the majority of voters in this year's municipal elections will cast ballots at their regular polling places on Tuesday, Nov. 8, a few chances remain for absentee voters to vote early. As of Thursday, a total of 192 Putnam County voters had cast early ballots for the 2011 municipal elections. Of these, 137 have done so at the courthouse, 18 by mail and 37 by traveling board...
Policing the Playground (11/03/11)
Cloverdale Legion auxiliary efforts lauded (11/03/11)
To the Editor: In preparing for the upcoming Christmas and Valentine mail collections, Friends of Our Troops would like to extend special thanks to the American Legion Auxiliary Hurst Collins Unit of Cloverdale. Led by Dora Clark, they were the No. 1 group in Indiana and in the top five American Legion auxiliaries nationally in the most recent campaign...
Full moon owl hike at McCloud (11/03/11)
McCloud Nature Park will host an evening of family fun and learning on Saturday, Nov. 12 with a 6:30 p.m. presentation on the several species of owls that make the park their home. While owls are rarely seen at McCloud, they are often heard. At the conclusion of our program participants will head out for an evening stroll under the full moon and attempt to engage them in conversation...
Putnam County SWCD offers two upcoming workshops (11/03/11)
Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation District will be offering two workshops/field days on Monday, Nov. 14. The first workshop, Septics at Sunrise: What you need to know about septic systems and current local water quality conditions, will begin at 7:30 a.m. in conjunction with the Putnam County Health Dept. and the Big Walnut Watershed Alliance...
PCPL hosts webinar for buisnesses (11/03/11)
On Monday, Nov. 14, the Putnam County Public Library will host a free webinar, "Start, Manage, Grow! How Businesses Can Use ReferenceUSA," beginning at 3:30 p.m. During the one-hour session, entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to take advantage of ReferenceUSA's database to succeed in business. Attendees will learn how to research prospective clients, locate local and national vendors, and network with industry partners...
Taste the Tradition (11/03/11)
Yogurt shop gets BZA variance OK (11/03/11)
Green Apple Frogurt has received the green light for lighted signage at the new yogurt shop under construction at 306 E. Washington St. in Greencastle. The Greencastle Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved the development standards request for lighted signage on the north and east sides of the shop, located at the southwest corner of Washington and Locust streets...
25-acre field fire extinguished in Washington Twp. (11/03/11)
A field fire in Washington Township Wednesday occurred on County Road 550 West between Big Walnut Church and Huffman Covered Bridge. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Reelsville, Madison Township, Poland, Jackson Township, Van Buren Township, State Farm, Cloverdale Township and Greencastle fire departments responded to the fire, which was called in at 1:30 p.m...
Income survey will aid parking garage project (11/03/11)
Simple logic surviving from the 1960s suggests, "if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." Parking has long been a problem in downtown Greencastle, and now you have a chance to be part of the solution. Especially, if you have been randomly chosen, that is...
Drama Club to present 'Death by Chocolate' at CHS (11/03/11)
CLOVERDALE -- Members of the Cloverdale High School Drama Club will present the mystery/comedy "Death by Chocolate" on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5. The performance will begin each evening at 7:30 p.m. in the cafetorium. The show by Paul Freed finds members of the newly renovated Meadowbrook Health Resort are dropping like flies. On the eve of the grand reopening, this is not the best advertisement the health resort could want...
Christmas comes early to PCF, thanks to one former offender (11/03/11)
PUTNAMVILLE -- While most peoples' holiday thoughts have been focused on Halloween recently, the offender population at Putnamville Correctional Facility is contemplating gifts under the Christmas tree. On the weekend of Oct. 21-23, Lemuel Vega brought the outreach ministry Christmas Behind Bars to the 2,580 offenders housed at Putnamville...
Grace College, CUGN partner to offer online master's degree (11/03/11)
Grace College has announced its partnership with Christian University GlobalNet (CUGN) to offer an online Master of Arts degree. The Master of Arts in Ministry Studies (MAMS) degree builds on courses completed by students through CUGN. This new partnership is an exciting opportunity for students who desire to expand their Biblical education but lack the time or physical proximity to an educational institution in order to do so. ...
Hoosier students outpace national peers on NAEP test (11/03/11)
Indiana students continue to score above the national average, according to data released this week by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Year-to-year scores remained relatively flat -- increasing or decreasing slightly -- depending on the subject and grade level tested...
Tournament Champs (11/03/11)
Prine collection delivers early gems (11/03/11)
A look at the early work of many artists can be a dicey proposition. "Demo" and "early live performance" can be nice ways of saying you're listening to your favorite artists when they almost had it. Judging by "The Singing Mailman Delivers," released Oct. 25 on Oh Boy Records, John Prine is not such an artist. The collection of 1970 studio and live recordings is right on the money, showing the rich storytelling Prine carried into his eponymous debut LP and throughout his career...
Percussion Plus Project presents 'Lou Harrison - Truth-Seeker' (11/03/11)
The works of Lou Harrison -- who's been called "a genuine maverick" and "a composer on the vanguard of American music" will be the focus of a Sunday, Nov. 6, concert presented by The Percussion Plus Project. Titled "Lou Harrison -- Truth-Seeker," the performance will mark the closing event of "ArtsFest 2011: Art and Truth?"...
Jane E. Jones (11/03/11)
Jane E. Jones died in her home near Roachdale on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. She was born March 11, 1935, the daughter of Ples and Ruth Beaman Hutchison. She graduated from Fayette High School at New Goshen, Ind., where she was a majorette. She was employed as a cook at DePauw University for 15 years...
Lillian Jean Campbell (11/03/11)
illian Jean Campbell, 84, Indianapolis formerly of Eminence, passed away on Nov. 2, 2011 at Indianapolis. She was born on Dec. 23, 1926 in Herrin, Ill., and was the daughter of the late Ben Herman and Erla Estelle (Whiteside) Compton. She was married to Marvin Richard Campbell on June 20, 1942, and he preceded her in death on March 16, 2000...
Lillian Jean Campbell (11/03/11)
Lillian Jean Campbell, 84, Indianapolis formerly of Eminence, passed away on Nov. 2, 2011 at Indianapolis. She was born on Dec. 23, 1926 in Herrin, Ill., and was the daughter of the late Ben Herman and Erla Estelle (Whiteside) Compton. She was married to Marvin Richard Campbell on June 20, 1942, and he preceded her in death on March 16, 2000...
Putnam Scanner for Nov. 4, 2011 (11/03/11)
County Jail Two people were booked into the Putnam County Jail on Wednesday, Nov. 2. At 8:40 a.m. Joseph Robert Conforti, 22, Brownsburg, was housed at the jail for probation violation. At 4:10 p.m. Cassy Lee Finley, 24, Greencastle, was arrested for violation of home detention...
Police scanner for Nov. 3 (11/03/11)
County Jail Two people were booked into the Putnam County Jail on Tuesday, Nov. 1. City Police Two warrant arrests were reported by Greencastle City Police. -- At 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jacob Alexander, 18, Greencastle, turned himself in at GPD headquarters and was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court. Alexander was then lodged in the Putnam County Jail...
Honor rolls for Nov. 3 (11/03/11)
The following are honor rolls for Reelsville Elementary School. Grade 2 All A: Celeah Beth Burton, Damian Golden, Samuel Ross Hayden, Riley Mason Johnson, Savanna Paige Junkin, Parker J. Pelfrey, Trevor L. Vanihel All A/B: Madison L. Aker, Mason James Alexander, Amanda Faye Boone, Marlena Crawley, Dillan M. Head, Logan W. Jordan, Malachi W. McClelland, Halen K. Nichols, Kendal Rae Thompson, Haylee E. Wood...
Flat tax proposal just another Republican swindle (11/03/11)
To the Editor: Recently Cain and Perry have proposed "flat" taxes to replace our current federal tax system. They argue that it is only fair that everyone pay the same tax rate. Democrats reply that it is fairer for the wealthy to pay a higher rate both because they can afford a higher rate and because they benefit more from government spending. True as that is, with that reply the Democrats play right into Republican hands...
Clergy appreciative of 'act of kindness' (11/03/11)
To the Editor: Twice a month several of the clergy from Greencastle and the surrounding area gather together at The Swizzle Stick for fellowship, sharing of information, prayer and support. At our second meeting in October we were greatly surprised by an act of kindness...
Halloween walk/run efforts appreciated (11/03/11)
To the Editor: I would like to take the time to send out a great big thank you to several people and business! The 2nd annual Halloween Run/Walk combined with the Strides Against Breast Cancer walk was perfect! We could not have asked for better weather at the end of October and for a fabulous turnout...
Non-food pantry contributions appreciated (11/03/11)
To the Editor: I am writing on behalf of the Putnam County Non-Food Pantry, hosted by St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, to offer our thanks to all those who have contributed to the pantry in the past weeks and months. The Putnam County community has been very generous in its support of the Non-Food Pantry. In addition to the recent Walmart Community Outreach grant, we have had financial help from the Putnam County Foundation and many generous individuals...
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