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Stories from March 2012

Governor appoints Sen. Lawson as new secretary of state (03/16/12)
Connie Lawson (R-Danville), who has served most of Putnam County as District 24 state senator the past 16 years, was appointed Friday as the new Indiana Secretary of State, effective immediately. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels made the announcement at noon Friday. Lawson had tendered her resignation to Senate Pro Tempore David Long earlier in the day...
Judge Sally Gray dies unexpectedly (03/14/12)
Retired Judge Sally Hallof Gray of Greencastle died on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. She was born in Kirkwood, Mo., and her career began as an instructor of economics. She married Professor Ralph Gray in 1955, in Kirkwood, when both were graduate students at Syracuse, N.Y...
Cloverdale woman pleads guilty to 2 felony counts of sex with underage boys (03/06/12)
A 42-year-old Cloverdale woman, arrested Oct. 4 on charges she had sexual contact with as many as five teenage boys, has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. Kristina D. Renner has agreed to a plea agreement with the Putnam County Prosecutor's Office in which she will enter a guilty plea to two of the counts as Class D felonies, which are lesser included offenses of the original counts...
Three NPHS child seduction suspects bond out of jail (03/01/12)
Three North Putnam High School staff members, charged with child seduction in connection with the same 16-year-old male student, made their initial appearance in court Wednesday and have all since bonded out of the Putnam County Jail. Appearing before Putnam Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley, the three men all had not-guilty pleas entered for them and were ordered to have no contact with the victim in person or via any social media or third-party emissary...
GPD investigating alleged break-in attempt by armed man (03/01/12)
The Greencastle Police Department continues to investigate a break-in attempt by an armed man that allegedly took place Thursday morning. A female subject at the apartment called police at 8:27 a.m. alleging a man armed with a snub-nosed handgun tried to break into her home at the Castle Rock Apartments...
Two arrested in obscene matter case at Bainbridge (03/01/12)
BAINBRIDGE -- With the community reeling from one sexual scandal already this week, word of another broke Tuesday afternoon as Indiana State Police announced the arrest of a 44-year-old Bainbridge man and a 15-year-old female North Putnam High School student...
HPS to help raise awareness of Civil War monument's deteriorating condition (03/31/12)
Heritage Preservation Society is its name; heritage preservation is its game. And the Putnam County organization is about to embark on one of its most important missions -- restoring and preserving the prestigious Civil War Soldiers Monument in Greencastle's Forest Hill Cemetery...
GMS looks to turn around on its own terms (03/31/12)
With lawmakers at the Indiana Statehouse mulling a proposed "turnaround rule" for public schools not meeting the state's growth requirements, the staff of one Greencastle school has plans to turn things around themselves around before the state has a chance to intervene...
11.0 jobless rate lands Putnam in bottom 10 for Feb. (03/31/12)
Despite a series of positive signs on the local job front, Putnam County today finds itself in the bottom 10 of the state's latest unemployment rankings. In recent weeks and months, there has been good news locally with expansions under way or planned at Crown Equipment Corp. and F.B. Distro and the purchase of the old Oxford Automotive (Greencastle Manufacturing) building by Phoenix Closures...
Friday night lights (03/31/12)
A crash occurred Friday evening on Indianapolis Road at the intersection of the Family Video and Kroger entrances. Nitrika Price was traveling eastbound on Indianapolis Road in a 2008 Ford Focus, while Joe Sutherlin was traveling westbound in a 2004 Ford F350 truck. ...
York to provide Greencastle Youth Baseball with equipment, instructional clinics, funds (03/31/12)
York Chevrolet Buick GMC is partnering with the Greencastle Youth Baseball program this season. York Chevy Buick GMC has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment, instructional clinics, a monetary donation and an opportunity to raise an additional $10,000 through a Chevrolet vehicle sweepstakes...
Russellville Community Center hosts egg hunt and bake sale (03/31/12)
The Russellville Community Center will conduct an Easter Egg hunt and bake sale on Saturday, April 7. The bake sale starts at noon, and all proceeds go to the upkeep of the Russellville Community Center. The Easter egg hunt begins at 1 p.m. and is sponsored by the Russellville Community Church. The Easter egg hunt is free and open to the public...
Nonprofit board members retreat slated April 9 (03/31/12)
The Putnam County Community Foundation will host the second of its 2012 Non-Profit Learning Series workshops on Monday, April 9. The workshop is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Inn at DePauw. Bryan Orander from Charitable Advisors will be holding "Mini Board Retreat." Staff and board members of area nonprofit organizations, churches and units of government are encouraged to attend...
Easter Week Events (03/31/12)
Beech Grove UMC Beech Grove United Methodist Church will have Good Friday services at 7 p.m. with communion. Everyone is invited. Easter services at Beech Grove UMC will be at 8 a.m. with breakfast to follow. There will be no 11 a.m. worship service...
Church hosts cancer benefit for local boy (03/31/12)
The Greencastle Church of God will be hosting a benefit concert for a local 15-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with cancer. The Crystal Valley Quartet will perform at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 1 in the sanctuary of the Church of God, 505 Main St. Cory Duff is an eighth grade student at Greencastle Middle School who is battling cancer. Although the concert is free, a love offering will be taken to benefit Duff and his family with expenses...
Homes, sweet homes, dot Greencastle historic districts (03/30/12)
Greencastle is fortunate that its older homes have been so finely preserved with character and integrity. That's the message John Warner left with the Heritage Preservation Society (HPS) Wednesday evening during its annual meeting at the Putnam County Museum...
Graffis inducted into Hall of Fame for Rotary district (03/30/12)
Of Rotary's 1.2 million worldwide members, very few can possibly take the organization's motto of "Service Above Self" more seriously than Tom Graffis. As a 47-year Rotarian who remains one of the Greencastle Rotary Club's most faithful and active members, Graffis was an easy choice for the club's inaugural inductee into the District 6560 Hall of Fame...
Scott named District 6560s 'mighty' Rotarian of the Year (03/30/12)
Last weekend's Rotary District 6560 conference in French Lick was already supposed to be the crowning achievement for Ginger Scott's 2011-2012 Rotary year. In chairing the conference, Scott oversaw the details of Rotary's "March Mania" theme, planning, delegating and remaining a calm influence on her fellow workers...
DePauw team wins Bioethics competition (03/30/12)
A team from DePauw University emerged the winner of the Bioethics Bowl debate tournament, which took place at the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference over the March 23-24 weekend at the University of Denver. The DePauw squad -- comprised of senior Bethany Buis, Bryan Edwards, Mohammad Usman, junior Ben Hoffman and sophomore Cole Rodman -- won all six of its matches...
First retired greyhound program under way at Putnamville (03/29/12)
PUTNAMVILLE -- The first Prison Greyhound Program has started at the Putnamville Correctional Facility with the arrival of three greyhounds. Three retired racing greyhounds -- Dillinger, Rosy and Gordy -- made the long drive from Florida to the Putnamville facility (PCF) to meet their new handlers...
Red Barn Farms launches Food Club (03/29/12)
In an effort to better prepare for the upcoming harvest, the Red Barn Farms is currently in the process of launching its 2012 Food Club. The farm, which is currently run by the Holton family, had the goal of creating a food club from the very beginning. Community members now have the opportunity to choose a "club" of their choice and pre-pay for all of their food for a year...
'Save The Day' Donation (03/29/12)
The Putnam County chapter of the American Red Cross "Save the Day" campaign gets a $50 boost from Putnam County Comprehensive Services (PCCS) as James Langley (third from left) presents a check to Red Cross Disaster Relief Team member Tracy Maynard. ...
International Day program Monday to feature China chat (03/29/12)
"Comparing and Chatting about China" is the topic of the 2012 Extension Homemakers International Day program on Monday, April 2. The program will feature Joe and Jackie Baumann, who will share their impressions and experiences during a recent trip to Shanghai, China, and an earlier trip to both Shanghai and Beijing...
Walking Wednesdays to resume April 4 (03/29/12)
The Putnam County Health Coalition has announced that the 2012 spring series of Walking Wednesdays is set to start on April 4, which also happens to be National Walking Day. The spring series of Walking Wednesdays will be held each Wednesday for eight weeks from April 4 through May 23...
Irish Dance (03/29/12)
Roachdale Elementary participated in a multicultural event on Friday, March 16. The dance troupe from Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance presented to the Roachdale Elementary student body. Lucy Springmeyer from North Putnam Middle School and Molly Springmeyer, Michael Springmeyer and Archer Springmeyer, all from Roachdale Elementary, performed for their fellow classmates...
South Putnam Jr-Sr High School Honor Roll (03/29/12)
All A/B Grade 7: Madison Alexander, Tyler Baugh, Alina Bemish, Deanna Bishop, Megan Blue, William Shane Boyce, Allison Bunton, Jenna Carmichael, Lois Cheatham, Adrianna Clifford, Joshua Coffey, Jarrett Curran, Sarah Danner, Mandy Davis, Caleb Elliott, Taylor Graham, Devin Haviland, Hunter Higgins, Justin Marcum, Collin McAllister, Ashton Ray, Sabrina Phillips, Ashton Ray, Ashley Schroer, Christopher Shafer, Brittney Stevens, Johnathan Thibodeau, Meredith Trump, Jessica Vensko, Cassidy Vik, Levi Whitaker, Kristen Wishmeier and Kristine Wood. ...
North Putnam Middle School Honor Roll (03/29/12)
All A Grade 6: Angelina Becker, Taylor Dixon, Emily Eltz, Jacinda Garver, Nicholas Goode, Jacy Holtze, Nickholas Jones, Annie Peabody, Brooklyn Probst, Lillian Rambis, Abigail Spencer, Lucy Springmeyer, Chevelle Tallman, Tyler Thompson and Wyatt Summers...
Reelsville Elementary School Honor Roll (03/29/12)
High Honor Roll Grade 2: Samuel Ross Hayden, Savanna Paige Junkin, Halen K Nichols, Parker J Pelfrey, Kendal Rae Thompson and Trevor L Vanihel Grade 3: Madison K Brauer, James H Clark, Brionna E Egold, Devin J Huff, Ayanna Nees, Brady E Robinson, Craig B Robinson and Marcus T Robinson...
Fillmore Elementary Honor Roll (03/29/12)
All A Grade 2: Rylee K Brownewell, Clayton R Cash, Boston Amanda Clark, Bryanna Grimes, Siddalee S Jared, Lane A Robinson and Jayden H Vensko Grade 3: Kensley Rose Cash, Paige R Heagy and Samantha J Jones Grade 4: Brianna Jo Robinson Grade 5: Whitney L Boswell, Emma G Cash, Jonathon G DeHaan, Allen David Plunkett and Hanna Heagy...
Central Elementary Honor Roll (03/29/12)
All A Grade 2: Jacob Beadles, Catherine Hodge, Sarah Jones, William Lorimer, Chloe Pistelli, Avery H Stockwell, Derek L Taylor and Lilly K Vittetow Grade 3: Nathan R Clearwaters, Dartagnan T Neudeck and Evan James Steffy Grade 4: Abigail Teipen and Keira Wells...
Brazil man arrested for shooting at two teenage fishermen (03/28/12)
REELSVILLE -- Two Center Point teens got more than they bargained for on a Sunday afternoon fishing excursion. The smallmouth may not have been biting, but the sound of gunfire, a vehicle chase and the arrest of a 54-year-old Brazil man provided for a full afternoon...
Semi overturns on I-70, spilling steel coils into ditch (03/28/12)
LITTLE POINT -- A Tuesday morning accident left a tractor-trailer overturned and 23 tons of steel in an Interstate 70 ditch. Shortly before 11:30 a.m., Rodney L. Yates, 46, of Henderson, Ky., was eastbound on I-70 in a 2007 Freightliner tractor. He was pulling a flatbed loaded with two steel coils weighing approximately 47,000 pounds...
PCF correctional officer arrested for trafficking drug (03/28/12)
PUTNAMVILLLE -- A 24-year-old Vigo County man, employed as a correctional officer at the Putnamville Correctional Facility (PCF), has been arrested for allegedly trafficking in a controlled substance at the prison. Officer Shawn Rogers, Terre Haute, was arrested at the facility on Monday as the result of an investigation conducted by the PCF Internal Affairs staff...
Dunbar damage minimal following truck mishaps (03/28/12)
Haven't we crossed this bridge before? A pair of recent incidents involving tall trucks and the Dunbar Bridge have left the 132-year-old structure with cosmetic damage, but not nearly as much as when a semi passed through it last August. Shortly after noon Tuesday, 911 Dispatch received a call that a large truck had gone through the covered bridge, damaging both ends...
Suspended sentence for first of three bogus theft suspects (03/28/12)
The first of three young Subway restaurant employees implicated in a bogus Dec. 15 robbery of the Greencastle restaurant has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in Putnam Circuit Court. Joshewa D. Lizotte, 19, Greencastle, who had been facing two counts of theft, a Class D felony, instead reached a plea agreement and entered a guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit theft...
Greencastle Defenders of Liberty to hold monthly meeting on April 2 (03/28/12)
The Greencastle Defenders of Liberty will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 2 (note: The meeting is on the first Monday, not the second this month), 6:30 p.m. at the Dixie Chopper Conference Center at the Putnam County Airport, 102 Ballard Lane...
PCF offenders graduating PLUS program urged to make good choices (03/28/12)
PUTNAMVILLE -- The Putnamville Correctional Facility (PCF) recently staged a commencement ceremony for 114 offender graduates of the Purposeful Living Unit Serve (PLUS) program. The ceremony commenced with the invocation given by facility chaplain Ernie Rush followed by Superintendent Stanley Knight's welcome and introduction of keynote speaker David Liebel, director of religious and volunteer services for the Indiana Department of Correction...
DePauw to honor Ubbens, five others at commencement (03/26/12)
Five distinguished individuals -- David Baker, Amy Goodman, Sara Lennox, Timothy Ubben and Sharon Williams Ubben -- will receive honorary doctoral degrees at DePauw University's 173rd annual commencement. The ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 20 in Holton Memorial Quadrangle...
June weather in March sets several records (03/26/12)
From Russellville to Reelsville, Edgelea to Edgewood Lake, the sounds of lawnmower engines filled the air Saturday and Sunday as unusually warm weather continued for Putnam County and west-central Indiana. While Sunday's high of 72 degrees in Greencastle was nowhere near as warm as earlier record-breaking temperatures, it continued to serve notice that spring has definitely sprung across Indiana...
Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Robe-Ann Park set for Saturday (03/26/12)
The annual community Easter Egg Hunt at Robe-Ann Park in Greencastle is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31. Some 7,000 plastic eggs will be available for hunting by children age 1-11. The egg hunt is sponsored by McDonald's, Burger King, Headley Hardware, Wendy's, Long John Silver's, Monical's Pizza, Carpenter Realtors, Wal-Mart, Kroger, Treasures on the Square, WREB radio and Friends of the Park Association of Putnam County...
Eggfest teen egg hunt slated for April 6 (03/26/12)
The annual night time teen egg hunt at Robe-Ann Park will return on Friday, April 6. Egg fest 2012 is for teens in grades 6-12 only, and will have everyone scrambling for prize-stuffed eggs. Among the many prizes donated by local "Good Egg" businesses is the "Golden Egg" prize, a Kindle Fire provided by Putnam County's Tobacco Prevention and Cessation...
Man charged with failing to register as sex offender (03/26/12)
CRAWFORDSVILLE -- A 27-year-old Greencastle man was charged Friday in Montgomery County with failing to register as a sex offender. William Jesse Hood, whose current address is listed as Greencastle in Montgomery Superior Court records, was convicted in March 2006 of child molesting, a Class C felony...
Auditions set April 1 and 2 for PCP opener, 'Clue the Musical' (03/26/12)
Director Ric McFadden will hold two sessions of auditions for the first production of the PCPH 2012 season, "Clue the Musical." The first will be Sunday, April 1 at 3 p.m. It will be followed by a second session on Monday, April 2 at 7 p.m. Both sessions will be in the rehearsal center at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre...
Retired Teachers to award $500 scholarship (03/26/12)
The Putnam County Retired Teachers Association will award a $500 scholarship to a third- or fourth-year college student who aspires to become a future educator. The recipient must be a Putnam County high school graduate and an Indiana college student enrolled in an undergraduate program, which will result in a degree in education...
Yard waste site opens for 2012 (03/26/12)
The Greencastle/Putnam County yard waste site will open for the season on Monday, April 2. Drop-off materials include grass clippings, twigs, branches, leaves and other organic yard waste. Fees may apply. Cash and checks are accepted. Residents may call 653-6699 or visit the site -- take County Road 200 west off Jackson Street, then past the County Highway Department and DePauw University's Prindle Institute...
Former resident publishes book (03/26/12)
Bill McCaffrey, a former resident of Greencastle and former IBM'er, has just published a book about the characters he met while growing up in an Irish Catholic family in Philadelphia in the '40s and '50s. For some, "It's a Long Land That Has No Turning" will bring back memories, laughs, tears, joy and answers to what it was like in the inner city in those days...
Bainbridge Cemetery cleanup requested by April 1 (03/26/12)
The Bainbridge Cemetery Association is asking that all ground decorations be removed around stones before April 1.
Lasley named VP of Indiana Bankers Association (03/26/12)
The Indiana Bankers Association has announced the promotion of Roachdale native Rod Lasley to vice president-products and services. Lasley also has been named president of the for-profit companies owned by the IBA. Lasley joined the association in the newly created position of member services representative in 2009. He is responsible for visiting all IBA members to discuss their needs and for maintaining IBA relationships with associate members and Preferred Service Providers...
Greencastle Furniture (03/26/12)
To celebrate the grand opening of Greencastle Furniture the Chamber of Commerce members Tammy Amor, Michael Clampitt, Nancy Michael, Beth Flint, Joe Garrison (owner), Missy McCullough, Sandy McCloud and Bo Battin participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, March 20.
Woman accused of stealing more than $125,000 (03/24/12)
A Tippecanoe County woman was arrested Thursday for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from a Greencastle medical practice. Melinda D. Mishler, 50, of Romney, is accused of stealing $126,128.15 from Acute Medical Care, Greencastle. The alleged theft of funds occurred while Mishler was serving as office manager for the practice owned by Dr. Thomas Black...
Ready, set, go on first concrete Stellar effort -- Anderson Street (03/24/12)
As they like to say on the beer commercials these days: Here we go ... More than a full year after being awarded one of the first two Stellar Grants by the state of Indiana, the City of Greencastle is about to see concrete proof of the more than $19 million infusion of cash into the community...
Tribute to Jack Boswell to play on Shotgun Red show (03/24/12)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Putnam County country gospel icon passed away just before he had the chance to take his talents to Nashville, but his music will still find its way onto the small screen. Jack Boswell and his Country Gospel Band was scheduled to go to Nashville on Jan. 9 for a taping of the Shotgun Red Variety Show. Unfortunately, the Reelsville resident unexpectedly passed away on Dec. 30 at age 76...
From Putnamville to Henryville: Efforts net $2,010 (03/24/12)
PUTNAMVILLE -- The Putnamville Correctional Facility raised $2,010 in donations for Indiana Department of Correction staff in Henryville, who were tornado victims. "I am proud of the initiative taken by staff and the enthusiasm exhibited to aid fellow co-workers," PCF Superintendent Stanley Knight said. "Thank you to all that worked and generously donated to such a worthy cause."...
Dine with a Doc brunch Monday (03/24/12)
Senior Education Ministries Inc. will host a free Dine with a Doc program on Monday, March 26 from 10 a.m.-noon at First National Bank in Greencastle. This month's program will feature Putnam County Hospital Oncologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at IU, Dr. Frank Workman, MD...
Blood drive on tap Tuesday at Ivy Tech (03/24/12)
The Indiana Blood Center will be at Ivy Tech Community College-Greencastle nursing lab on Tuesday, March 27 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to collect blood donations. Donating blood is safe, simple and takes less than an hour and is a direct benefit to donors because the Blood Center provides them with a mini-physical that checks for anemia, body temperature, pulse and blood pressure...
Ivy Tech sponsors Chamber's March Business After Hours (03/24/12)
The March Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, sponsored by Ivy Tech, will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at The Inn at DePauw. This networking event will also feature door prizes, food and fun. It is open to all Chamber members and their guests...
Promoting Healthy Habits (03/23/12)
Central Elementary held its annual Health Fair on Wednesday morning which was attended by third-graders of Fillmore, Reelsville and Central elementaries. Students were given presentations by the American Red Cross, Putnam County Health Department, the Indiana State Police, Dr. John Hennette's dental office, Putnam County Family Support Services, Operation Life and the Putnam County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation...
GCSC receives highest school accreditation rating (03/23/12)
Superintendent Dr. Lori M. Richmond announced Thursday that Greencastle Community School Corporation was officially recommended for Full Accreditation status by the Quality Assurance Review Team of AdvancED. This is the highest rating available through AdvancED, a global educational review institution dedicated to identifying and advancing excellence in education...
Redevelopment plants new seeds of growth (03/23/12)
Normally concerned with industrial clients, major infrastructure priorities and related economic issues, the Greencastle Redevelopment Commission covered some new ground Wednesday afternoon. While concrete and steel generally dominate discussion, it was more down-to-earth dialogue for the commission this month...
Cloverdale FFA wins top honors during FFA Chapter Challenge (03/23/12)
CLOVERDALE -- Thousands of FFA members from hundreds of FFA chapters in 12 states have finished a huge effort to connect with local farmers and business owners. Twenty-two FFA chapters in Indiana have been named state winners with Cloverdale taking the lead...
Caucus to fill Lawson's seat set for April 7 (03/23/12)
INDIANAPOLIS -- On Thursday Indiana Republican Party State Chairman Eric Holcomb officially called a caucus of eligible precinct committee members to fill a vacancy in the office of Senate District 24. The seat was most recently held by Connie Lawson, who resigned last Friday to assume the office of Secretary of State...
Preservation Society to celebrate Putnam County's proud heritage (03/23/12)
The Heritage Preservation Society of Putnam County will celebrate local history and heritage with its annual meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. Since its inception, the Heritage Preservation Society of Putnam County (HPS) has existed with the purpose of preserving that heritage for the understanding and appreciation of those living here today and in the future...
Putnam County Museum slates 'Dancing at DePauw' program (03/23/12)
In celebration of DePauw University's 175th anniversary, the Putnam County Museum will be hosting an informational and interactive discussion titled "Dancing at DePauw" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 at the museum. Everyone is welcome to come and learn. Student-expert Sam Spahn, from McCordsville, wrote his senior history thesis on the lifting of DePauw's ban on social dancing in the 1920s. Spahn will lead the discussion and be readily available to answer questions...
Brazil man charged with stealing disaster-relief donations (03/23/12)
JEFFERSONVILLE (AP) -- Indiana State Police say a man is charged with impersonating a public servant and theft after allegedly soliciting money and taking disaster-relief supplies in storm-stricken areas of southern Indiana. The Courier-Journal reports that police arrested 53-year-old Gerald Scott Flint of Brazil on Tuesday after a person complained March 10 he was soliciting donations in Clark and Scott counties for an organization called Volunteer Medics Worldwide...
Changes to wheel tax could yield county extra $375,000 (03/22/12)
Is paying $11 more dollars a year for your car's license plates worth it for better cared for roads in Putnam County? The County Council is pondering this exact question. The Council met with John Habermann of Purdue University's Local Technical Assistance Program during Wednesday's monthly meeting to discuss what kinds of revenue the county might expect to raise if the county's motor vehicle excise tax and wheel tax were to be raised...
Girl Scouts brave cave, help restore order by erasing graffiti (03/22/12)
Imagine a musty, muddy old cave, replete with bats, spiders and snakes and decades of debris. Not exactly the place you'd expect to find a group of teenage girls and their mothers, is it? Yet a hearty group of Girl Scouts -- mainly from troops in the Bainbridge and Roachdale area, along with a few brave Marion County Brownies -- ventured into the 3.5-mile-long Buckner's Cave in the Richard Blenz Nature Conservancy near Bloomington and worked tirelessly for nearly seven hours on March 10...
South Putnam Youth Football looking for coaches and staff (03/21/12)
The South Putnam Youth Football League came to the school board for support of its new program during Monday evening's meeting. As the football league is going through a transition of power, president and treasurer Nick Teeters updated the board on its current status...
Get Bach (03/22/12)
In honor of Johann Sebastian Bach's 327th birthday, the DePauw School of Music celebrated on Wednesday with Bach Everywhere. The celebration included music faculty and students playing an informal lunch concert at Gobin United Methodist Church, as well as performances at the Hub, the Roy O. ...
Cloverdale board sets new goals (03/22/12)
The Cloverdale School Board took time to set its future corporation goals during its monthly meeting on last week. Each year the corporation is required by the Department of Education to set goals it hopes to reach during the upcoming year. "It's time to set new goals," said Cloverdale Superintendent Carrie Milner. "We met all the goals last year."...
Pantry Donation (03/22/12)
The Post 58 American Legion Riders recently donated $600 to the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry. Director Mike Ford made the presentation to food pantry Executive Director Judy Miller.
DePauw debate team captures national championship (03/22/12)
Two members of the DePauw University debate team -- sophomore Ronnie Kennedy and junior Jimmy Kirkpatrick -- won the national championship at the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament, which took place March 17-18 in Overland Park, Kan. Pi Kappa Delta is largest forensics honorary societies in the United States and more than 65 colleges and universities took part in the national championship tournament...
Bainbridge Elementary Honor Roll (03/22/12)
3rd Nine Weeks All A Honor Roll Grade 3: Jacob Farrington, Evan Nesbitt, Samantha Schultz, Ashton Shaw, Gaibrielle Stockrahm and Hailey York Grade 4: Melanie Brown, Ella Timm, Emma Haste and Josie Lyons Grade 5: Alexis Benge, Emma Blanfold, Zach Koll and Kolten Thorson...
Roachdale Elementary Honor Roll (03/22/12)
3rd Nine Weeks All A Honor Roll 5th Grade: Jaden Day, Emily Fink, Jarrek Montgomery, Shalyn Nelson, Andrew Pickel, Jake Powell, Bryce Smith 4th Grade: Adam Bonebrake A/B Honor Roll 5th Grade :Jordan Adam, Payton Barthalow, Lilly Brown, Olivia Denny, Reese Gant, Cheyenne Graham, Tanner Louk, Aidan Millican, Ashley O'Neal, Connor Payton, Blake Reed, TJ Smith, Kameryn Thornburg, Mackenzie Walls, Lainey Willis...
North Putnam High School Honor Roll (03/22/12)
3rd Nine Weeks High Honor Roll Grade 12: Mackensy Asbell, Kyle Cunningham, Kolten Everts, Stephen Freund, Jared James, Bridget Johnston, Kierstan Kaufman, Heather Kemerly, Justin Montgomery, Mehgan Nordmeyer, Jaclyn Roush, Valerie Scott, Tari Straziscar and Lydia Volland...
Foreign exchange students seeking host homes for 2012-13 school year (03/21/12)
Editor's note: This story is about highly motivated foreign students from such diverse countries as Thailand, South Korea, Germany, France and Norway and is printed here in hopes a potential county family will reach out and offer one or more of these talented, English-speaking students a caring home in one of the following school districts -- North Putnam, Greencastle, South Putnam, Cloverdale, Brazil or Clinton or any other nearby communities -- during the 2012-13 school year, beginning in mid to late August. ...
Local event highlights low-income children's need for dental care (03/20/12)
On April 6, an estimated 20 children from low-income Putnam County families will receive free dental services ranging from dental screenings and cleanings to sealants and fillings as part of Give Kids a Smile Day. The event is normally scheduled nationally in the month of February. The Putnam County date was scheduled at a later date to be less dependent on the potential for bad weather during February...
First online memory bank launches to DePauw University (03/21/12)
Remember.com, an online repository for memories, has launched its beta platform to DePauw University, which is celebrating the 175th anniversary of its founding this year. The start-up company, based in Indianapolis, has built a platform to share and preserve the memories of any person, place or topic in the world. DePauw is the first topic on Remember.com, the first online memory bank...
Addison Hughes earns runner-up in regional spelling bee (03/21/12)
TERRE HAUTE -- Youngsters who exemplify the term "precocious" can seldom spell the word that perhaps defines them best. But that certainly isn't true for 10-year-old Addison Hughes, the South Putnam Central Elementary School fifth-grade spelling sensation...
Fire destroys home on Putnam-Parke line (03/21/12)
BRUNERSTOWN -- Firefighters from 11 departments spent all of Tuesday afternoon battling a blaze that destroyed a rural Parke County home. Putnam County 911 Dispatch received a call of a house fire at 292 S. CR 900 West at 11:22 a.m. The first responders on scene found the front of the house fully engulfed in flames and part of the second floor collapsed...
Museum hours altered Saturday for memorial service of Sally Gray (03/21/12)
The Putnam County Museum will be closed from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 24 for the memorial service (1 p.m. at Meharry Hall in DePauw University's East College) of emeritus museum board member Sally H. Gray. The museum will be open 2-4 p.m. in her honor following the memorial service on Saturday...
Shelter need apparent, sustainability the big question (03/19/12)
Now at six months and counting without a functioning homeless shelter in Greencastle, a core group of volunteers continues to ponder the project's long-term viability. Conducting its third meeting in three weeks Thursday evening, the group focused its attention on the financial feasibility of the shelter and the creation of a Steering Committee to guide future decisions...
Gaming Commission shuts down PCYDC raffle (03/19/12)
An effort by Dixie Chopper to raise money for the Putnam County Youth Development Commission has been cut short by the Indiana Gaming Commission. Dixie Chopper contacted the Banner Graphic Monday, saying the Gaming Commission had shut down the raffle of a new Dixie Chopper mower for the benefit of PCYDC. The Fillmore-based manufacturer had donated the mower in February to help raise funds in conjunction with the annual Dancing with the Putnam County Stars event...
GOP must replace Lawson in two spots (03/19/12)
For her 16 years of service, State Sen. Connie Lawson (R-Danville) leaves some big shoes to fill as she departs for the Indiana Secretary of State's office. But are those shoes so big they will have to be filled twice? Not exactly, but precinct committee members of Senate District 24 will have to meet twice in order to replace Lawson, first in office, and second on the ballot...
Comprehensive Services breaks ground on one-of-a-kind project (03/19/12)
The first scoops served up at the Putnam County Comprehensive Services ice cream and sandwich shop were not quite as tasty as those to come later. Nine dips of a mix of asphalt, gravel and dirt were on the menu as the organization broke ground on Friday morning...
Putnam County Jail inmate charged in 2001 Ill. murder (03/19/12)
An Illinois man who has been fighting deadbeat parent charges in Putnam County since 2010 has left town charged with much more serious crimes. Sheriff's detectives from Will County, Ill., traveled to the Putnam County Jail on Friday with an arrest warrant for Marcus D. Jones, 31, Mokena, Ill...
MHAPC seeks award nominees (03/19/12)
Mental Health America of Putnam County is soliciting nominations from community members for its annual awards for Person of the Year and Educator of the Year. The Mental Health America Person of the Year Award recognizes an individual in the community who has shown outstanding dedication to improving mental health and wellness of individuals and families and who tirelessly promotes the mission of Mental Health America of Putnam County...
Tornado drills set for Wednesday (03/19/12)
As part of a statewide severe weather exercise, Putnam County Emergency Management will be conducting two tornado drills on Wednesday to test the severe weather sirens. The first siren activation will be between 10 and 10:30 a.m. Dave Costin of 911 Dispatch said the morning activation is intended mostly for schools and businesses...
SAWS looking for work in 2012 (03/19/12)
For the fourth year the Servants at Work (SAWs) Mission of the Greencastle Presbyterian Church is looking for handicap ramps, low-rise steps and safety rails to build for the disabled in Putnam County. During the 2011 build season the SAWs Team completed 20 projects that provided improved access to the homes of residents of Putnam County...
GHS Key Club collecting for tornado victims (03/19/12)
The Greencastle Key Club is collecting goods for southern Indiana tornado victims, and would welcome community support of this effort. The club is collecting non-perishable food items such as canned goods, boxes of pasta, macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, instant or canned potatoes, peanut butter, jelly and canned meats...
Sustainability commission invites community to tackle e-waste (03/19/12)
The Greencastle Sustainability Commission invites the community to join a discussion, "Tackling the E-waste Problem," this Tuesday at 6 p.m. in City Hall. Led by local experts, including those from Advantage Technology Solutions, NuGenesis, and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the conversation will explore opportunities for local citizens to get involved in addressing the challenge of electronic waste...
Dining with Diabetes registration open (03/19/12)
Now is the time to register for the 2012 Dining with Diabetes classes. The four-week cooking class is offered jointly by the Purdue Extension Service and the Putnam County Hospital. The class is limited to 14 participants. The cooking classes will be offered from 1:30-4 p.m. each Thursday in April, beginning April 5. Registration will be accepted until March 30 or when class is full...
Chamber seminar to address business plans (03/19/12)
The Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a half-day seminar on developing a business plan from 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 at the Putnam County Public Library Paul Simacek of West Central Small Business Development Center will give the presentation. The seminar is designed for a new emerging company trying to determine how they desire to run their operations or for an established company looking to implement new ideas or obtain additional capital for the business...
One Moore Chamber Member (03/19/12)
The Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce celebrated a new member on Tuesday. Moore's Bar, recently purchased by Jay and Jackie Hopkins, now boasts a new menu, which includes such items as a Pot Roast sandwich, Billy Burger and new appetizers.
Governor appoints Sen. Lawson as new Indiana secretary of state (03/17/12)
Connie Lawson (R-Danville), who has served most of Putnam County as District 24 state senator the past 16 years, was appointed Friday as the new Indiana Secretary of State, effective immediately. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels made the announcement at noon Friday. Lawson had tendered her resignation to Senate Pro Tempore David Long earlier in the day...
Greencastle to increase pay for substitutes (03/17/12)
Competition for employees can be fierce, even for the services of substitute teachers. To this end, the Greencastle School Board moved Wednesday to increase substitute pay across the board, making the wages competitive with neighboring school districts...
Truck crashes to avoid hitting car ahead on 231 (03/17/12)
An act of negligence caused a major accident on U.S. 231 North, which left a truck driver in the Putnam County Hospital on Friday afternoon. Truck driver Terry Campell of Poling Trucking Co. of Nashville, Ind., was driving north on 231 when a small silver car pulled out in front of him...
North Putnam board decides to take chance on open market (03/17/12)
The North Putnam School Board heard from Dough Henderson of Co-Alliance in an effort to help them make a decision on whether to buy fuel on the open market or to lock in a price with the company. Henderson advised the board to look at its current budget to help make a decision...
Tests offered for certified lifeguards to work at state parks (03/17/12)
Lifeguarding tests for already-certified lifeguards who want to work at Indiana Department of Natural Resources State Parks and Reservoirs properties will be conducted at no cost to participants at three locations statewide in April. Applicants must already be certified in lifeguarding and CPR for the Professional Rescuer to be eligible to attend the test at any site; the tests are not a recertification of any type...
'Passing Time' exhibit to open March 27 at Peeler Center (03/17/12)
"Passing Time," a new exhibition of recent works by 14 international artists in a range of media on display at DePauw University, explores the multiple and converging meanings of the phrase "passing time." Organized by guest curators Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2 curatorsquared, the exhibition will be on view at DePauw's Richard E. Peeler Art Center from Tuesday, March 27 through Thursday, May 10...
New DNR firewood rule takes effect Saturday (03/17/12)
As camping season approaches, visitors to DNR properties should prepare for the new DNR firewood rule that takes effect Saturday (March 17). The Indiana Natural Resources Commission approved a similar firewood policy last year but adopted it as a permanent rule in January...
Mission Guatemala founder visits Gobin (03/17/12)
Tom Heaton, founder of Mission Guatemala, will be in Greencastle speaking at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church this weekend. On Saturday he will share information on the five-year history of Mission Guatemala and the great progress that has been made. His presentation will be from 3-5 p.m. in the downstairs Colonnade Room. Refreshments will be served...
Gospel Servants to perform (03/17/12)
The Gospel Servants Quartet will perform at the Hanna St. Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The church is located at 501 E. Hanna St. For more information contact Pastor Patrick Smith at 653-9351.
Easter Bunny visits Eminence (03/17/12)
The Easter Bunny Breakfast at Eminence Christian Church is Saturday, March 24 from 9:30-11 a.m. Breakfast is served at 9:30. The Easter scriptures will be read and shared, and each young person has an opportunity to have his or her picture taken with the Easter Bunny. The Bunny has a candy bag for each young person...
Local man has donated 22 gallons of blood since 1977 (03/10/12)
Don Flint is a man who takes his routine very seriously. Since April 1977 he made it his goal to donate blood every 56 days. It is his dedication that has resulted in him donating 22 gallons total or 175 pints, and has no plans of stopping. Flint, a man who has lived in Putnam County all his life, began donating after his work at the time held a blood drive. Not thinking much of it, he donated for the first time...
Motorcyclist dies in collision with car (03/15/12)
BAINBRIDGE -- A fatal accident occurred just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon just south of U.S. 36 on U.S. 231. Charles L. Powell of Greenfield was riding his 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle when Amanda S. Bell of Bainbridge was retrieving her mail at her home at 6632 231 North...
Greencastle adds 10 minutes to school day for 2012-13 (03/16/12)
Increased demands and decreased funds from the state have school corporations scrambling for any advantage they can gain. The challenging environment makes even an additional 40 minutes of school each week of great help to educators. The Greencastle School Board approved a proposal on Wednesday to move up the start time at each school by 10 minutes for the 2012-13 school year. ...
Three-way stop coming for South Street intersection (03/16/12)
With a major upgrade on the drawing board for South Street in the next couple of years, Greencastle city officials are getting a jump on remedying an existing issue before increased traffic only compounds the problem. A three-way stop intersection has been suggested for the eastern terminus of South Street, where it intersects with Zinc Mill Road on the city's southeast side...
One step closer in the salt storage debate (03/16/12)
BAINBRIDGE-- Bainbridge utilities were the hot topics during Wednesday night's town council meeting. The board continued discussion on the topic on salt storage, inching one step closer to making some decisions. For the past few months the Town of Bainbridge has been making decisions and designing a building for salt storage...
Military Family Relief Fund bill signed into law (03/16/12)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Legislation authored by Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) extending the eligibility window for deployed soldiers to receive grants from the Military Family Relief Fund was signed into law on Thursday. The law, House Enrolled Act 1059, previously passed the House and the Senate unanimously and was signed into law by the governor...
Soil and Water Conservation District sets annual tree sale (03/16/12)
Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its second annual Tree/Native Plant Sale and will be taking orders until March 23. The trees/plants will be available for pickup on April 14 at the Putnam County Fairgrounds in the goat barn...
Employee of the Year (03/16/12)
LPN Diana Baker (second from left), who in July will mark 37 years at Hickory Creek at Sunset, is honored as the 2011 Employee of the Year in a ceremony Tuesday morning at the facility on Greencastle's southwest side. Helping congratulate Baker are Hickory Creek at Sunset Administrator Karen Sandberg (left), Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray and Frank Crosby, president of the Hickory Creek Health Care Foundation. ...
New meter-reading process should benefit Greencastle (03/15/12)
No more estimating city water bills in the dead of winter. No more trudging through yards, checking meter pits and fighting off animals and the elements. The City of Greencastle is closing in on completing a two-year project in which the utilities department has replaced some 3,700 water meters with a radio-read system in which water meters can be read electronically from a passing vehicle...
GHS tackles classic drama (03/15/12)
"Leave me my name," cries John Proctor, as he rails against the atrocities occurring in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The theme of personal integrity, so eloquently expressed in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," will be explored in community-wide conversations, beginning with Greencastle High School's production of the play Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Parker Auditorium...
Greencastle community garden plots now available (03/15/12)
More than a dozen community garden plots are still available for the 2012 growing season, Mayor Sue Murray has announced. The 4x8 garden plots are available for only $5. The Greencastle Community Garden is located in the City Hall overflow parking lot off Franklin Street. Those interested in renting a plot for the 2012 growing year can begin planting once his or her application has been accepted...
Community foundation seeks to build local non-profit agencies (03/15/12)
The Putnam County Community Foundation desires to see vibrant non-profit organizations that are a hallmark of a successful community. Toward this end, the Foundation has for the past seven years provided high-quality, low-cost workshops designed to help local non-profit organizations, churches, and units of government move to the next level of community service and leadership...
Breakfast of Champions (03/15/12)
A giant check, representing a $1,000 donation from the Putnam County Ag Day Breakfast Group, is presented to the Putnam County Fairgrounds Endowment during Saturday's Ag Day event at the fairgrounds.
Volleyball tournament to benefit SP post prom (03/15/12)
The South Putnam Post Prom Committee will sponsor a co-ed volleyball tournament on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18 at Central Elementary School. Cost is $100 per team with all proceeds benefiting the SPHS post prom. Games begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday...
All-you-can-eat breakfast Saturday morning at Madison VFD (03/15/12)
An all-you-can eat, free will donation breakfast is scheduled Saturday, March 17 at the Madison Township Volunteer Fire Department. Breakfast will be served 7-10 a.m. at the firehouse, located 3.5 miles west of the courthouse on West Walnut Street Road...
Crisis Pregnancy Center now open (03/15/12)
The Parke/Vermillion Crisis Pregnancy center is now open and serving the surrounding counties. The center is located at 118 Ohio St. in Rockville on the north side of the square. Center hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. -4 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. -- 6 p.m...
McCloud park hosts firebuilding workshop (03/15/12)
McCloud Nature Park will be hosting a free program on fire building techniques and strategies on Saturday, March 24 at 2-3 p.m. Participants will learn both simple and advanced methods that can be used to build campfires as well as fire safety tips and etiquette when building fires on public lands. Indiana rules will also be explained on protecting parks and wildlife...
Putnam Realtors scholarship open to county students (03/15/12)
The Putnam County Community Foundation has announced that the Putnam County Board of Realtors will award a scholarship to all four county school corporations again in 2012. The success of the relators' annual bingo event has allowed the organization to increase its funding for scholarships, while still growing its endowment...
House Page (03/15/12)
South Putnam Central Elementary fifth-grader Addison Hughes recently served as a page for District 44 State Rep. Jim Baird during the current session of the Indiana General Assembly. During his visit to the Statehouse, Hughes met with Rep. Baird, took a tour of the Capitol, and observed the legislative process.
Rokita visits local industries, Defenders of Liberty meeting (03/14/12)
In addressing the Greencastle Defenders of Liberty Monday night, Congressman Todd Rokita invoked the logic of legendary statesman Benjamin Franklin. He recounted the story of how an elderly woman poked a bony finger into the chest of Franklin as he left an assembly of the Continental Congress, imploring him with "Sir, what kind of government have you given us?"...
Upcoming St. Patrick's Day, Spanish programs sponsored by Park Dept. (03/14/12)
The Greencastle Parks and Recreation Department has announced two programs to be held later this week and beginning next week. The first will be St. Patrick's Day at the Putnam County Museum, 1105 N. Jackson St., Greencastle, from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 15...
Area 30 looks toward the future (03/14/12)
The Area 30 Career Center Educational Interlocal Board of Directors met on Tuesday morning to discuss the approval of a contract with Vincennes University as well as hear a welding presentation from Dan Hill. The board approved the facility use for a GED+ program through the Department of Workforce Development. Through this program students who are getting their GED will also have the opportunity to receive certifications...
Van destroyed by fire in Kroger parking lot (03/14/12)
A normal vehicle malfunction quickly turned scary Tuesday morning as fire destroyed a van in the Kroger parking lot. William Crowley told Greencastle Fire Department official he had been having trouble starting his Chrysler Town & Country recently. It seemed to be this same problem again around 9 a.m. at Kroger when Crowley's van started, but it quickly died...
Easter lily sale to begin March 19 at Cloverdale (03/14/12)
CLOVERDALE -- The Cloverdale Agricultural Greenhouse will have Easter lilies available for sale, starting Monday, March 19. The lilies were grown by the horticulture and landscape classes at Cloverdale High School. Cost is $6 each. Interested persons may call 765-795-4203, ext. 5545 for more information...
Annual Tri Kappa basket bingo event on tap for March 20 at Tzouanakis (03/14/12)
The Greencastle Beta Psi chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa Inc. will host its annual basket bingo on Tuesday, March 20 at Tzouanakis Intermediate School, 500 Linwood Drive in Greencastle. Prizes will include Longaberger baskets, 31 bags and scentsy. Tickets will be $15 per person for 10 bingo games. Extra intermission games, raffles and 50/50 are planned. Concessions will be available...
Ag Day honors for Becks, Winger (03/12/12)
A four-generation local farm family and a "pancake flipper emeritus" were honored Saturday morning during the 29th annual Putnam County Ag Day breakfast at the Putnam County Fairgrounds. The 2012 Hall of Fame Farm Family award was presented to Gene and Alice Beck of Bainbridge, while the 2012 Friend of the Farmer honor was bestowed upon Rodger Winger of Tri-County Bank...
Mini Farm Fest (03/12/12)
Ag econ speeches and awards ceremonies are fine for grown-ups, but the real fun at Ag Day started later with baby ducks and Dixie Choppers. Mini Farm Fest filled the second half of Saturday's festivities, introducing kids to corn shelling, sheep shearing, a variety of farm equipment and animals to pet that included dairy calves, ducks and chickens.
Baird, Bray reflect on 2012 session accomplishments (03/12/12)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Despite facing many challenges during the just-completed 2012 session of the Indiana General Assembly, District 44 Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) says the efforts of state legislators have made Indiana even better. "I am extremely proud of what we accomplished together this legislative session," Baird said Sunday. "Though met with many challenges this session, the 2012 session continued to support a strong Indiana...
ISO to play 'The Planets' and 'Adagio for Strings' at DePauw (03/12/12)
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Krzysztof Urbanski will present two masterworks in the classical repertoire -- Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" and Gustav Holst's "The Planets" -- and Concertmaster Zach De Pue will take center stage to play Polish composer Karol Szymanowski's "Violin Concerto No. 2" in a special performance at DePauw University on Sunday, March 18...
Farmers Market organizational meeting March 21 (03/12/12)
The Friends of the Farmers Market will be organizing for the upcoming 2012 Market Season with a 6 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, March 21 at Greencastle City Hall. Applications and guidelines for vendors interested in participating in the 2012 Downtown Farmers Market will be available at the meeting...
First SP alumni banquet honors Hall of Fame inductees (03/12/12)
Saturday, March 17 is the registration deadline for South Putnam's inaugural Alumni Banquet. The banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at the Dixie Chopper Conference Center hangar facility at the Putnam County Airport in Greencastle. Registration forms at any of several locations and can be mailed with checks payable to SPCEF, P.O. Box 863, Greencastle, or hand delivered to any of the directors of the foundation, Mark Wildman, Steve Cash or Anita Ferrand...
SP kindergarten orientation set April 3-4 (03/12/12)
Kindergarten orientation for the 2012-13 school year will be conducted April 3-4 in the two South Putnam Community School Corporation elementaries. Students and parents should attend the orientation session of the school the pupil will be attending in the fall...
Cloverdale facility to host IASHA horse show March 16-18 (03/12/12)
CLOVERDALE -- The Indiana American Saddlebred Association (IASHA) will stage its annual Spring Warm-Up Show March 16-18 at the C Bar C Arena and Expo (formerly Crossroads Arena) in Cloverdale. Hundreds of American Saddlebred horses, Hackney ponies and Morgan horses from six states will compete at the annual horse show...
Gearing up for Relay for Life (03/12/12)
Relay for Life will be holding its next Captains Meeting on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the DePauw Union Ballroom. They will also be hosting St. Patrick's Day Karaoke at the Fluttering Duck on Friday, March 16 at 9 p.m.
Fossils subject of library activity March 14 (03/12/12)
Have you ever found an interesting fossil and wondered what it was, how old it is, or what is its story? Persons with such questions are invited to come to the Putnam County Public Library at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 and meet geosciences Professor Jim Mills to learn all about fossils...
American String Quartet visits DePauw Wednesday and Thursday (03/12/12)
The DePauw University School of Music welcomes the American String Quartet to campus for a two-day visit this week. The Quartet will present a master class at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, and a recital the following evening, Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m...
Jazz ensemble pays tribute to Duke Ellington in concert (03/12/12)
The DePauw University Jazz Ensemble will be paying tribute to the music of history's most influential jazz musicians, Duke Ellington, at its opening concert of the Spring 2012 semester. Everyone is invited to attend the Wednesday, March 14 performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium of the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts. It is presented free of admission charge...
PCPL program Tuesday offers closer look at the CCC Boys (03/12/12)
The Putnam County Public Library will be hosting two free music and storytelling programs on Tuesday, March 13. The programs will be hosted by Michigan-based author Bill Jamerson who will present his first program, "It's Daylight in the Swamps!", a 45-minute program for children ages 6-12. Jamerson will sing traditional lumberjack songs and tell true stories and hilarious tall tales about life in the old-time lumber camps...
PCPL closed Friday, March 16 for annual staff in-service day (03/12/12)
The Putnam County Public Library will be closed on Friday, March 16 for its annual staff in-service day. The day is dedicated for library staff to learn to improve customer service, participate in long-range planning and review safety procedures. The purpose of the training is to provide better service for library patrons...
DeGraw tickets still available (03/12/12)
Tickets are still available for the Saturday, March 17 Gavin DeGraw, David Nail and Gabe Dixon concert at Neal Fieldhouse in DePauw's Lilly Center. The public may purchase the tickets online at concertideastickets.com. General admission is $15 and no tickets will be sold at the door. Attendees will need to bring their printed tickets with them to the event...
Gobin hosts chili cook-off Sunday (03/12/12)
Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Simpson St., is hosting the Gobin Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, March 18, from 5-7 p.m. in the Colonnade Room. It is free to enter your chili, and free to come and taste. Hot dogs, baked potatoes and dessert will be available for a minimal price; fixings and drinks are free...
Ivy Tech Job Fair promises job tips, job prospects (03/12/12)
TERRE HAUTE -- Ivy Tech Community College--Wabash Valley will host a Job Fair on Thursday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on its main campus at 8000 S. Education Drive, Terre Haute. The annual event is open to all Ivy Tech students, alumni and community members and is an opportunity for area employers to share job opportunities and advice and Ivy Tech alumni to share job tips and encouragement to those seeking to turn a job into a career...
Greencastle woman shows top dog (03/10/12)
Greencastle dog breeder Nicole Lewis' prized English Cocker Spaniel literally goes by a litter's worth of names. Commonly called Jewel, she's formally known as Sunburst Mayfair Heirloom Diamond. But now, you can just call her "Champ." Lewis and her 2-1/2-year-old prized pooch recently won Best of Breed at the 2012 Hoosier Winter Classic, the Hoosier Kennel Club Show staged at the State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis...
Fillmore PD to add reserves, donated car (03/10/12)
FILLMORE -- New reserve police officers could soon be patrolling the streets of Fillmore in a newly acquired car. The town council gave final approval to an ordinance upping the number of reserve deputies allowed on the Fillmore Police Department at Thursday's meeting. Council members also received news of the department's new car, donated by the Putnam County Sheriff's Department...
Variety of styles on tap for DPU Band concert Sunday (03/10/12)
The DePauw University Band will present a concert on Sunday, March 11 with a program that will feature a variety musical of styles. The performance begins at 3 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium of the Green Center for the Performing Arts. It can also be heard live on DePauw's student radio station, WGRE 91.5 FM, and on its website at wgre.org/listen.asp...
March 17 Zumbathon to support local resident (03/10/12)
The Greencastle Christian Church will be hosting a Zumbathon, a benefit for Nikki Gilbert on Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Gilbert, a familiar face in the Greencastle community is a young single mother of three. She has supported herself with a day care, which she ran out of her home as well as working as a Zumba and Zumbatomic instructor for the Dance Workshop in Greencastle...
Beech Grove UMC celebrates 55 years since reopening (03/10/12)
The Beech Grove United Methodist Church will have its 55th anniversary of reopening the church on Sunday, March 18. Worship service is at 11 a.m. followed by a fellowship dinner at noon. An afternoon service is at 1:30 p.m. with the Cruise Brothers...
Cloverdale woman charged with stealing nearly $38,000 (03/09/12)
A Cloverdale woman was charged Wednesday for the alleged theft of nearly $38,000 from two Cloverdale area organizations. Kimberly A. Wright, 46, faces two counts of Class D felony theft in Putnam Circuit Court for the alleged incidents. Investigators found that Wright allegedly took $33,000 for personal use while serving as office manager for Stardust Hills Owners Association. She is also alleged to have taken nearly $5,000 while serving as the treasurer for Cloverdale Main Street...
Special Olympics tourney continues DePauw tradition (03/08/12)
For more than 25 years, DePauw University has hosted the Special Olympics Women's State Basketball Tournament. This year's tournament will take place this weekend, welcoming 31 teams from across the state of Indiana. The all-women's tournament, put on by DePauw's Panhellenic Council, is the only one of its kind in the world. It will include three-on-three games as well as five-on-five...
Grocery Getter (03/09/12)
Mike and Sandi Huffman made a unique donation to the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry recently -- a full-sized van. But the donation became more of a community effort. York Automotive, Area 30 students and pantry volunteers are doing work on the vehicle. ...
Ag Day is Saturday (03/09/12)
With the theme of "American Agriculture: Feeding the Future, Filling the Gaps," Ag Day returns to Putnam County on Saturday, March 10 at the Putnam County Fairgrounds Community Building. This marks the second year of the single-day Saturday event in Putnam County, following many years as "Ag Week."...
Camp Read-A-Lot (03/09/12)
The Greencastle National Honor Society and the Putnam County Library hosted the Camp Read-A-Lot event on Thursday evening in the Greencastle High School multipurpose room. Elementary students were invited to partake in many activities such as coloring, friendship bracelet making, as well as hearing books read from the events "Celebrity Readers", which included Alan Small, Dan TeGrotenhuis and Mayor Sue Murray. ...
Homeless shelter decision not quite at hand just yet (03/09/12)
More than two hours of further discussion concerning local homeless issues seemed to raise more questions than it answered this week. While two dozen community members meeting at City Hall readily agreed about the need for an emergency homeless facility to replace the A-Way Shelter that closed last September, the long-term viability of such a project was brought into question...
Day of reflection, tornado victim collection sites set (03/09/12)
In response to the devastation last Friday's tornadoes brought to communities in Southern Indiana, DePauw University students, faculty and staff are holding a day of reflection and collecting necessities for the victims of the horrific storms. "These are communities that some of our students and alumni call home," Rev. Kate Smanik, director of the Center for Spiritual Life at DePauw, said in announcing the events...
Tourism Office collecting tornado relief donations through March 16 (03/09/12)
The Putnam County Convention and Visitor Bureau is accepting monetary donations to help in the tornado relief efforts for southern Indiana. The bureau is located at 12 W. Washington St. (south side of the courthouse square) in Greencastle. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed 12-1 p.m. for lunch)...
Cleanup at Forest Hill Cemetery (03/09/12)
Forest Hill Cemetery will be conducting clean up later this month. All ground decorations anyone wishes to save should be picked up by Thursday, March 15. Everyone's cooperation is appreciated.
Putnamville's 'Read With Me' program to be featured on radio show Sunday (03/09/12)
The Putnamville Correctional Facility's "Read With Me" program will be featured on Air 1 WQRA, 90.5 FM radio, Greencastle, at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11. News anchor-reporter Kenny Noble Cortes will host the segment about the facility-based program that provides a venue for incarcerated fathers to read books to their children...
Co-sleeping proves dangerous for infants (03/08/12)
In an article in the Banner Graphic on Feb. 18, 2012, it was reported that in Muncie, Delaware County, four healthy infants had died in the past year. The findings in Delaware County of the Coroner and the Department of Family and Children all pointed to the parents sharing the same sleeping space as their infant as the cause of the fatality...
FB Distro project to mean 135 new jobs by 2014 (03/08/12)
Almost exactly 25 years to the day the last of the IBM Greencastle employees had vacated the sprawling Big Blue plant on the city's East Side, there was reason for economic celebration. FB Distro, the Midwest distribution facility for Charming Shoppes Inc. -- a retail apparel chain specializing in women's plus-size apparel -- is expanding again in Greencastle...
Maryland business transfer to Greencastle makes up for welshed bet for Gov. Daniels (03/08/12)
Dominating the Indiana news landscape Wednesday was the long-awaited Indianapolis Colts' decision to part ways with quarterback Peyton Manning. It proved fodder for talk shows, newspaper columns and Internet blogs. Suffice it to say, it was readily on the minds of many, many Hoosiers -- not the least of which was Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels...
Goodwill: Pass It Along (03/08/12)
Besides this tricky lob pass from Holly Glaze to Kenny Short, Bethel Church members in Fillmore are passing along some goodwill to victims of last week's Southern Indiana tornados.
Rokita to speak to Defenders of Liberty (03/08/12)
Indiana 4th District U.S. Congressman Todd Rokita will be the featured speaker Monday, March 12 at the Greencastle Defenders of Liberty meeting. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Dixie Chopper Business Center at the Putnam County Airport, 102 Ballard Lane, Greencastle...
PCF assists Putnam, Cunot, Clay County food pantries (03/08/12)
PUTNAMVILLE -- The Putnamville Correctional Facility (PCF) has donated 1,267 food items and a total of $1,322 to the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry, Cunot Community and Senior Citizen Center and Clay County Emergency Food Pantry. With Feb. 1 marking the beginning of the facility's Hoosiers Helping Hoosiers Food Drive, PCF staff members were challenged to donate five non-perishable food items each. ...
Swizzle Stick donates portion of Thursday's profits to tornado victims (03/08/12)
The Swizzle Stick in Greencastle will donate a portion of Thursday's proceeds to the American Red Cross for the Southern Indiana tornado victims. Ten percent of profits from all food or drink orders throughout the evening will be donated.
Spaghetti lunch to benefit Russellville Community Center (03/08/12)
The Russellville Community Center will host a meal of spaghetti, breadsticks and dessert at noon on Sunday, March 11. The meal will be a free-will offering. The Russellville Community Center is a not-for-profit organization. Proceeds will be used for the upkeep of the center...
One Fish Two Fish... (03/08/12)
As part of Roachdale Elementary School's Dr. Suess birthday celebration, Principal Scott Spencer reads the Suess classic "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" to second graders.
North Putnam choir students compete at Solo and Ensemble (03/08/12)
On Saturday, Jan. 28, Avon High School hosted the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Vocal Solo and Ensemble Contest. North Putnam left with 25 gold medalist events and nine silver medalist events. Three North Putnam students earned the privilege of advancing to the state contest, which was held on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Perry Meridian High School...
Good Citizens (03/08/12)
Roachdale Elementary recently honored its citizenship award winners for Febraury.
Ethics Bowl Success (03/08/12)
A DePauw University team reached the semifinals at the national Ethics Bowl competition March 1 in Cincinnati. DePauw students Ethan Brauer, Benjamin Hoffman, Kumar Amarnath, Mohammad Usman, Sara Scully with coaches Elizabeth "Nicki" Hewell, Prindle Graduate Fellow; Robert Newton, professor emeritus of philosophy; and Marcia McKelligan, Blair Anderson and Martha Caroline Rieth, professor of Applied Ethics and professor of philosophy, competed against 30 other teams.
Chief's to hold benefit Thursday night for Hoosier Tornado Relief fund (03/07/12)
On Thursday, Chief's, 5 E. Franklin St., Greencastle, will sponsor a dinner to benefit the Hoosier Tornado Relief fund. Ten percent of the day's sales will go directly to this program. Chief's is open for lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and from 5-9 p.m. for dinner...
Local community hoping to make a difference in tornado relief (03/07/12)
As many victims begin picking up the pieces destroyed in a set of severe storms and tornadoes that raged through the Midwest and South, some are looking to help those in need. With as many as 95 confirmed tornadoes nationwide, Reelsville residents Keith and Tracey Goad are looking to help their fellow man by collecting donations to help those in need. The Greencastle Fire Department is also offering its assistance as a part of Task Force Seven...
County may add more of CR 475 East to inventory (03/07/12)
In a seemingly simple matter of the county caring for a road that serves several Jefferson Township families, one resident may have taken things a bridge too far for the commissioners' comfort. Currently, the Putnam County Highway Department maintains approximately 0.4 miles of County Road 475 East to the south of U.S. ...
Spencer man, 19, charged with sex crimes at state park (03/07/12)
SPENCER -- A 19-year-old rural Owen County man has been arrested on four sex-related charges concerning alleged improper contact with an 11-year-old girl at an Indiana state park. The arrest of Charles "Chip" May by Indiana Conservation Officers Monday marked the culmination of a four-month investigation conducted by Conservation Officer Dale Clark...
Hunter education class slated at Roachdale Christian Church (03/07/12)
ROACHDALE -- A Hunter Education Class is scheduled for late March at the Roachdale Christian Church. The class will cover three days -- Tuesday, March 27, Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31. The Tuesday and Friday sessions are set for 6-9 p.m. with the Saturday program from 8 a.m. until noon...
Elementary students invited to Camp Read-A-Lot at GHS Thursday (03/07/12)
The Greencastle High School National Honor Society will host a Camp Read-A-Lot for elementary students throughout Putnam County from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Students will be able to participate in many activities, including bug building, face painting, Kindermusik, puppet shows, coloring and word searches and celebrity readings...
Jazz at The Duck presents Tad Robinson (03/07/12)
Singer, songwriter, harmonica player Tad Robinson returns to Jazz at the Duck on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. He will be accompanied by a swinging organ trio of Jeff Chapin on drums, Kevin Anker on Hammond organ and special guest guitarist, Sandy Williams...
Special session brings end to Rogers' and Largent's contracts (03/07/12)
BAINBRIDGE-- The North Putnam School Corporation terminated the contracts of band director Craig Rogers and volunteer swim coach Brandon Largent during a special session board meeting on Monday evening. The terminations came following child seduction charges against Rogers and Largent, which were filed Tuesday, Feb. 28. The two were charged with the same child seduction charges involving the same 16 year-old male student...
Gellman, brass quartet earn gold medals at state solo/ensemble contest (03/07/12)
Ten students from Greencastle High School Band participated in the ISSMA State Solo/Ensemble Contest on Saturday, Feb. 25 at North Central High School in Indianapolis. GHS students participated in five different events that day, coming home with gold and silver medals for their efforts...
North Putnam community rallies behind Team Morgan (03/05/12)
ROACHDALE -- North Putnam High School, student leaders and community members have set up a benefit fund in Morgan Robinson's name. Morgan is a North Putnam junior who was severely injured in a Feb. 20 car crash. To help the Robinson family with expenses, organizers have set up the Team Morgan Benefit Fund. Donations may be made through Tri-County Bank, 18 E. Washington St., Roachdale, IN 46172. The bank may be reached at 522-1000...
Hazardous waste money to help fund roads (03/05/12)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Counties can now use a part of their hazardous waste disposal tax revenue to pay costs associated with the maintenance or repair of county roads following action by the Indiana General Assembly. District 44 Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) authored legislation, House Enrolled Act 1060, which authorizes hazardous waste disposal tax revenue to pay costs with the maintenance or repair of county roads. The bill was signed into law on Wednesday...
Civic League seeks local musicians for Parkfest 2012 (03/05/12)
The Greencastle Civic League is proud to sponsor the 19th season of Parkfest, a series of concerts that takes place on Tuesday evenings each summer. The Civic League offers these free concerts as a way to provide a cultural opportunity for the city and to thank citizens for the support they have shown their organization throughout the year...
Kindergarten round-up set for April 3 in Cloverdale (03/05/12)
CLOVERDALE -- Kindergarten Round-Up is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3 at the Cloverdale Elementary School from 6-7 p.m. Children who are five years of age on or before Aug. 1, 2012 are eligible for enrollment for the 2012-13 school year. On April 3, parents need to bring the following three items for their child: A birth certificate, immunization record and Social Security number...
EMA hosts shelter meeting, disaster services class (03/05/12)
The Putnam County Emergency Management Agency and the local chapter of the American Red Cross are working to establish a network of emergency shelter locations throughout Putnam County. The two agencies are inviting local churches and fire departments to an informational meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Putnam County Emergency Operations Center, 1600 W. CR 225 South...
Social entrepreneur Smitley back at DPU Wednesday for 175th anniversary lecture (03/05/12)
Kyle Smitley, a 2007 DePauw University graduate who was featured in Inc.'s 2009 listing of "30 Under 30: America's Coolest Entrepreneurs," will return to her alma mater Wednesday to present a DePauw University 175th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Lecture...
Spaghetti dinner at Putnam County Shrine Club (03/05/12)
The Putnam County Shrine Club will be holding an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on Saturday, March 10 at the Greencastle Masonic Temple The dinner will run from 4-7 p.m. and will cost $6 per adult and $2.50 for children eight and under. The public is invited to attend...
GMS invites talent show entrants (03/05/12)
Greencastle Middle School is accepting applications for its 4th annual talent show. Applications are available in the office or from Mrs. Funk. Students may perform one solo act and up to three group acts. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 14...
Say hello to $4 gasoline (03/03/12)
At mid-day Friday, Greencastle got its first look at $4 gasoline this year as the Speedway station on Indianapolis Road was among the first to raise all its gasoline grades to $4 (or splitting hairs at $3.999 per gallon for unleaded regular) and others quickly followed suit. It might only be the beginning, as some analysts have predicted we'll see $5-a-gallon gasoline by the ending of the year...
Weather specialist calls Friday's storms a close call (03/03/12)
As reports of devastating tornadoes in Southern Indiana and around the country continued to roll in Friday evening, Putnam County residents could look around and count themselves fortunate. Two severe storm outbreaks produced hail in parts of the county Friday morning and afternoon, but the Putnam County Emergency Management Agency Severe Weather Specialist had a word to describe Putnam County's situation...
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss (03/03/12)
In celebration of both Dr. Seuss' birthday along with Read Across America Day, the Putnam County Library held a celebration at the Inn at DePauw Social Center on Friday evening. The community was invited to play games, listen to beloved Dr. Seuss tales, color and enjoy birthday treats. Ameliana Partin had the honor of meeting The Cat in the Hat, Kareen Dillon, during the event...
Civic League splash requires a mad dash (03/03/12)
If getting there is truly half the fun, Greencastle Civic League members ought to have a ball by the time all the pieces of their splash park project fall into place. Consider Thursday's excitement. Civic League members faced a 5 p.m. deadline for two separate grant applications -- one locally with the Putnam County Community Foundation and the other through the PNC Foundation at the Hyatt in downtown Indianapolis...
Pool admission price going up this summer (03/03/12)
When summer 2012 rolls around, it will cost more to cool off at the Greencastle City Pool. For only the third time since the city pool opened nearly 20 years ago, the cost of admission is going up. The Greencastle Park Board Thursday night unanimously voted to increase the daily pool admission price for everyone age five and older from $3 to $5...
Advocate Hospice to speak at Heritage Lake Cancer Support Group (03/03/12)
The Heritage Lake Cancer Support Group will welcome representatives from Advocate Hospice to its Monday, March 5 meeting. Few people realize all that hospice care can offer to their family, friends and the person needing hospice care. Hospice can ease the journey and provide emotional, physical, spiritual, financial and medical support...
Peace Lutheran School celebrates National Lutheran Schools Week (03/03/12)
Peace Lutheran School, Greencastle, will be celebrating National Lutheran Schools week March 4-10. This year's theme, "Securing Each Child's Future -- Equipped," is based on 2 Timothy 3:16-17, "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."...
Central honored for excellence in mathematics (03/02/12)
INDIANAPOLIS -- It was a Thursday afternoon filled with pride as Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett recognized 20 schools, including Central Elementary, at the Statehouse. Schools were recognized for having the largest percentage of students achieving high academic growth in mathematics or language arts last school year...
Pollsters to unveil new poll program at DePauw (03/02/12)
An intriguing national political environment featuring a compelling U.S. Senate primary, a Republican presidential contest coming to Indiana and how modern polling is rapidly evolving will be topics for national pollsters Christine Matthews and Fred Yang and Howey Politics Indiana Publisher Brian A. Howey at a DePauw University seminar on March 6...
Almost Home to host benefit night for Youth Philanthropy Committee (03/02/12)
Almost Home will host the Putnam County Community Foundation's Youth Philanthropy Night on Thursday, March 15 from 5-9 p.m. Local students on the Youth Philanthropy Committee will assist servers and all tips will benefit the local Youth Philanthropy Endowment...
T-shirts to Totes (03/02/12)
Northern Putnam County Girl Scouts came to their recent cookie rally with old T-shirts they converted into T-shirt tote bags filled with books and crayons as a community service project for children at Putnam County Hospital.
Dance Fitness for Funds to benefit Area 7 (03/02/12)
The West Central Indiana Economic Development District will be hosting a "Dance Fitness for Funds" fundraiser on Saturday, March 10. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and will begin at 10 a.m. in the Booker T. Washington Park Community Center located in Terre Haute. The cost of the program is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the programs of Area 7 Agency on Aging and Disabled...
Photography classes offered through PCPL (03/02/12)
The Putnam County Library will be hosting an introductory photography class with Joseph and Deborah Ashby, beginning March 12 from 6:30-8 p.m. The introductory class on March 12 will have no fee as the librar
PCF staff recognized for years of service during celebration (03/02/12)
PUTNAMVILLE -- The Putnamville Correctional Facility (PCF) and the Indiana Department of Correction have extended appreciation of years of service to retiring employees. PCF Supt. Stanley Knight expressed sentiments of gratitude to retirees. "Our success is a direct reflection of the job that you do," PCF Supt. Knight said. "I commend you for the many years of distinguished service and congratulate you on your retirement. You've been an asset to the facility and will be missed."...
Putnamville troopers begin 'Operation Pull Over' efforts (03/02/12)
PUTNAMVILLE -- Indiana State Police troopers in the Putnamville District Friday joined more than 250 other Indiana law enforcement agencies across the Hoosier state in the "Drunk Driving -- Over the Limit -- Under Arrest" March crackdown on impaired and dangerous drivers...
Putnam SCWD, RC&D tree and plant sale slated (03/02/12)
The Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Sycamore Trail Resource Conservation and Development are conducting their second annual tree and plant sale. The Putnam County SWCD's mission is to protect the soil, water and natural resources of Putnam County for future generations. Sycamore Trails RC&D Council has been a valued partner in this endeavor as their charge is resource conservation and development...
Early bird deadline March 5 for Learning Series workshop (03/02/12)
The Putnam County Community Foundation has announced the first in its 2012 Non-Profit Learning Series. The workshop will take place on March 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Inn at DePauw. Stephen Earnest of IUPUI will be presenting "Meetings That Work." With more than 30 years teaching graduate courses on how to run more effective meetings, Earnest is a national expert...
Smart Choice taking March food orders (03/02/12)
Cloverdale United Methodist Church, 364 W. Robert Weist Rd., will be taking orders for the March menu of Smart Choice Food Ministry on March 3, 10 and 17 from 10 a.m.-noon each day. Food distribution will be on Saturday, March 31 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. At this time, the program accepts cash, check and money orders. Organizers hope to accept food stamps within the next couple of months...
Sigworth Scholarship for study abroad revealed by Foundation (03/01/12)
The Putnam County Community Foundation has announced that Jeff and Denise Sigworth have established a scholarship for Putnam County students wishing to travel abroad within a university-sanctioned program. The Greencastle couple established the scholarship because they believe in the benefits of being physically immersed in other cultures, languages, geographies, and socio-economic situations. The Sigworths also envision that students' experiences abroad will enrich Putnam County...
Weather siren testing to resume Friday (03/01/12)
The Putnam County Emergency Management Agency will resume testing of the county's severe weather sirens on Friday, March 2, weather permitting. Testing will be conducted at 11 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, except in the event of inclement weather...
Fillmore Town Council postpones monthly meeting (03/01/12)
FILLMORE -- The Fillmore Town Council meeting scheduled for tonight has been postponed. The meeting will now be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8.
Making Music (03/01/12)
Cloverdale Elementary School recently hosted Malke Rosenfeld in a performance that included American old-time music, dance and songs. Students were introduced to percussive footwork, participatory songs, banjo and fiddle tunes, humor and straw instruments. ...
IDOE to partner with school corporations to pilot teacher compensation model (03/01/12)
The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) today announced it will partner with two school corporations -- Milan Community Schools and Randolph Central Schools --t o explore ways to improve teacher pay structures. The process for designing new pay structures in these corporations will rely on feedback from teachers. The information and experience gathered through the pilot will provide guidance for other school corporations as they update compensation models in light of new legal guidelines...
Bainbridge Elementary Honor Roll (03/01/12)
First Semester Honor Roll 3rd Grade: A: Grace Elmore, Jacob Farrington, Alexis Hayman, Evan Nesbitt, Brayden Poole, Hunter Rudes, Samantha Schultz, Ashton Shaw, Hailey York, Sevyn Sellers, Mady Williams A/B: Briar Gabbard, Macey Lambermont, Curtis Matthias, Hailey McCullough, Gaibrielle Stockrahm, Kristina Taylor, Chloe Walker, Jasmine Weddle, Cody Wingler, Alyssa York, Emma Summers, Abby Andrews, Autumn Burnicle, Mason Ray, Shelby Shrum, Alley Angermeier, David Cavaness, Reghan Christy, Colton Couch, Dylan Francis, Anna Haste, Erykah Lasley, Sara Roberts. ...
WPA projects, New Deal subject of brown bag lunch at PCPL Thursday (03/19/12)
"Faith, Fear and Failure," the art of Roosevelt's Work Projects Administration (WPA) is the topic of a noon Brown Bag talk on Thursday, March 22 at the Putnam County Public Library. Barbara Racker, Indiana State University's Art Curator, will discuss the art of the "New Deal."...
Clovers make opening day a cause for celebration (03/28/12)
CLOVERDALE -- The Clovers baseball squad started the 2012 season at home Tuesday night against visiting Southmont. The Clovers jumped in front early and never allowed the Mounties into the game as the hosts took a 12-2 win in six innings. Senior Brian Dale started things off right for the Clovers with a two-run shot to left centerfield in the bottom of the first to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. A sac fly from William Whitinger made the lead 3-0 later in the inning...
One bad inning derails Tiger Cubs (03/28/12)
Greencastle's baseball squad was dealt a formidable hand to open the 2012 season Monday evening. The Tiger Cubs started the year by hosting defending 3A state champs and No. 1 ranked Crawfordsville, holding out until a monster sixth inning derailed any upset hopes in a 17-1 loss...
NP 6th graders to host 5K Walk/Run (03/21/12)
The North Putnam Middle School sixth grade will be hosting a 5K Run/Walk on April 7 at 9 a.m., with registration at 8 a.m., to benefit the outdoor educational experience of North Putnam Middle School sixth graders. The outdoor educational experience focuses on leadership and community building skills...
North Putnam Middle School boy swimmers win county crown (03/19/12)
The North Putnam Middle School boys' swim team recently captured the county title by defeating Greencastle 102-74. The North Putnam boys' defeated South Putnam earlier in the season. Placing first from NPMS were the 200 medley relay team of Joe Davis, Andy Rogers, Bailey Allen and David Howard; Jonah Creamean (200 free), Rogers (100 breaststroke, 100 IM), Howard (50 free), Allen (100 free) Davis (400 free), the 200 free relay team of Allen, Creamean, Howard and Rogers, and the boys 400 free relay team of Davis, Allen, Creamean and Trevor Sheldon.. ...
GHS girls' track competes at Indoor State Finals (03/19/12)
The Greencastle girls' track team competed in the Indoor State Finals at Indiana Wesleyan this past weekend. The Tiger Cubs finished 14th out of 43 scoring teams. Colleen Weatherford, Emily Gill, Kayla Cash and Alex Stoffregen placed fifth in the 3,200-meter relay with a school indoor record time of 10:17.18. The quad teamed up to post another school indoor record time of 13:25.60 in the distance medley relay...
Tiger Cub MVPs (03/17/12)
Clover Athletes Honored (03/17/12)
Cloverdale Middle School wins county wrestling title (03/17/12)
The Cloverdale Middle School wrestling team was recently crowned Putnam County champs. South Putnam was runner-up, with North Putnam placing third and Greencastle placing fourth. The Clovers defeated Greencastle 81-42, North Putnam 79-35 and nipped South Putnam 60-54 for a perfect 3-0 record...
Late free throws lift Cougars to county title (03/16/12)
On a night when basketball fans set their sights on the NCAA men's tournament from some thrilling action, a nice crowd at South Putnam was treated to some exciting hoops action in the final of the seventh grade girls' Putnam County tournament. North Putnam rallied back to win 21-20 in overtime over Greencastle...
Late free throws lift Cougars to county title (03/16/12)
On a night when basketball fans set their sights on the NCAA men's tournament from some thrilling action, a nice crowd at South Putnam was treated to some exciting hoops action in the final of the seventh grade girls' Putnam County tournament. North Putnam rallied back to win 21-20 in overtime over Greencastle...
North Putnam rallies for county title victory (03/16/12)
After an overtime thriller in the seventh grade county championship, the eighth grade game proved to be equally exciting as North Putnam overcame a three-point fourth-quarter deficit to come away with a 28-25 win and the county crown. The win by the Cougars finished a county sweep by the Cougars on the night and head coach Neal Knapp was pleased with the progress of his team...
Players make trek to Southern Indiana (03/15/12)
A coach is always looking for opportunities to teach his athletes lessons about life. Sometimes it's tough to find those instances, but in the case of the Greencastle head football coach Josh Buis, all he needed to do was look south. When communities in southern Indiana were rocked by severe weather and tornadoes, people from around the state responded. ...
Cloverdale Middle School wins WCC (03/15/12)
CLOVERDALE -- The Cloverdale Middle School wrestling team recently won the West Central Conference title. Cloverdale won with a total of 255, with North Putnam placing third with 241, South Putnam fourth with 233 and Greencastle fifth with 134 points...
SP athletes honored (03/14/12)
Spencer recognized as Scholar Athlete (03/14/12)
The National Football Foundation-Central Indiana Chapter recently announced the winners of their annual Scholar Athlete Award competition. This event is now in its 18th year of recognizing the top football players from 144 high schools throughout Central Indiana who also have demonstrated outstanding work in the classroom and in the community.

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Golden Eagles win Greencastle hoops regional (03/12/12)
Guerin Catholic's Aaron Brennan went for a double-double, scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds as the Golden Eagles defeated Frankfort 61-44 at the Class 3A Greencastle basketball regional. Guerin Catholic fended off a tough Frankfort squad in the first quarter, leading by four points, 14-10. The second quarter was a different story. The Golden Eagles outscored the Hot Dogs 18-9 in the second to take a sizeable 32-19 lead at halftime...
App to St. Francis (03/12/12)
Hedge to Franklin (03/10/12)
Wainman tabbed as Player of the Year (03/09/12)
Most of the time it's offensive stats that push a player over the top when it comes down to earning honors. But in the case of the 2012 Putnam County Player of the Year it's defense that made the difference. In a very tight race, Greencastle senior Hannah Wainman has been selected as the 2012 Banner Graphic Player of the Year. ...
Tournament Champs (03/09/12)
PCGSL having signups on March 17 (03/09/12)
The Putnam County Girls Softball League is holding signups March 17 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Signups will take place at McDonald's in Greencastle.
PCCSL having signups on March 19 (03/09/12)
The second meeting of the Putnam County Church Softball League will be on March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Greencastle Church of the Nazarene. For more information call Wayne Tharp at 720-0204 if interested in playing this year, it is asked that someone from your church attend the meeting ...
Shifting priorities reason for Crabtree's departure (03/08/12)
ROACHDALE -- Sometimes life throws you a curve ball even when your chosen profession is head football coach. North Putnam head football coach Brian Crabtree tendered his resignation recently and spoke with the Banner Graphic about his decision to walk away from the program...
Crabtree steps down as North Putnam head football coach (03/06/12)
ROACHDALE -- North Putnam head football coach Brian Crabtree has tendered his resignation as head football coach as well as his position as physical education teacher at North Putnam High School. Crabtree amassed a record of 11-1, leading the Cougars into the sectional final where they fell to county rival South Putnam in his one season at North Putnam. In eight years as a head coach, Crabtree has a record of 35-39...
South Putnam bested by Sparkplugs in final (03/05/12)
IHSAA Sectional No. 44's final pitted host South Putnam against Speedway for the right to advance to the Connersville Regional next Saturday. The Sparkplugs jumped on the hosts from the onset to take a 77-59 victory and win the school's first sectional title since the 2001-02 state championship season...
Edgewood nips Patriots to win sectional 40-39 (03/05/12)
At the Greencastle Class 3A No. 28 sectional, Edgewood just got past Owen Valley Saturday 40-39. The Mustangs will now face Frankfort at the Greencastle Regional this Saturday at noon. Frankfort defeated Western Boone 41-39 to win their sectional title...
PCYSA holding late registration (03/05/12)
The PCYSA late registration dead line for the 2012 Spring Recreational League is this Friday, March 9. The fee is $65 at this time. Putnam County children between the ages of three and 14 are eligible to play. Visit the PCYSA website at www.pcysa.com to register online or to download a printable version of the registration form to send by mail...
Eagles stun Cascade, advance to final (03/03/12)
The first semi-final game of the IHSAA sectional No. 44 pitted hosts South Putnam against Cascade. The Eagles had already been beaten twice by the Cadets; one by 24 at Cascade and by 13 at home in the Eagle Holiday Classic. South Putnam, however, was in no mood to lose a third time, using a 14-5 third quarter to help expand a three point halftime advantage en route to a 72-60 win Friday night...
Greencastle falls in sectional semifinal against Patriots (03/03/12)
After experiencing a thrilling win in its opening game of the 2011-12 sectional, Greencastle struggled to find a flow in its IHSAA Class 3A No. 28 sectional semifinal match-up against Owen Valley, which results in the host Tiger Cubs being bounced from the tournament 57-46...
North Putnam succumbs to Hot Dogs in semifinal (03/03/12)
FRANKFORT -- Frankfort High School had their way with North Putnam in the semifinal of Sectional 25, defeating the Cougars 70-33 inside Case Arena. The Hot Dogs (10-13) began the game on a speedy 9-0 run led entirely by Christian Smith. His two superhoops from both elbows sandwiched the more difficult and-one three-point play, forcing the Cougars (7-14) to call a timeout...
Speedway will face host Eagles in sectional final (03/03/12)
Speedway will face hosts South Putnam in the IHSAA Sectional No. 44 final after dispatching Covenant Christian 63-58 Friday night. The Sparkplugs held a 21-19 lead after one quarter of play but let the lead slide away in the second period, allowing the Warriors to take a 37-31 lead into the break...
Mustangs to face Patriots in sectional final tonight (03/03/12)
The Edgewood Mustangs held off a tough West Vigo squad Friday at the IHSAA Class 3A No. 28 sectional semifinal, winning 59-46. The Mustangs will face Owen Valley in the final after the Patriots defeated the host Tiger Cubs 57-46. Edgewood enjoyed an early lead that grew from 19-10 after one quarter to 34-20 at halftime. The Mustangs were cruising, but that's when the Vikings decided they weren't ending their season without a fight...
DePauw readies to kick off NCAA DIII women's hoops tournament (03/02/12)
The DePauw women's basketball team opens the NCAA Division III tournament tonight as it hosts the first and second rounds at the Neal Fieldhouse. The Tigers earned their bid by winning the NCAC tournament on their home court just a short week ago. In its first year as a member of the NCAC, DePauw made its presence known in a big way. It cruised to a perfect 16-0 conference record, earned the conference title and picked up some major accomplishments along the way...
IHSAA boys basketball sectional action continues (03/01/12)
The 2011-12 IHSAA boys' basketball sectional got underway Tuesday and will continue throughout the week until the sectional championship games slated for Saturday around the state. Greencastle and South Putnam picked up wins on Tuesday to advance to Friday's sectional semifinal...
DePauw University approves Trap and Skeet Club (03/21/12)
DePauw University's recently approved Trap and Skeet Club is off to a running start. The university granted permission to form the club on Feb. 5. Within a week, more than 85 students had joined and 30 attended the initial shooting event. The need for the club and desire among students to support it are evident...
Lindsey Wilson's Charlie Pingleton wins NAIA individual title (03/05/12)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- In just three short years, the Lindsey Wilson College wrestling team made its mark as a championship-caliber program in the NAIA. Holding onto a slim 3-2 lead throughout the final minute, Charlie Pingleton fought off Nik Turner from Oklahoma City to win the Blue Raiders' first individual national title at the NAIA Wrestling National Championships on Saturday at the Jacobson Exhibition Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds...
No. 4 DePauw upset by Carthage in NCAA second round 53-48 (03/05/12)
Carthage College defeated DePauw University Saturday night, stealing a victory at Neal Fieldhouse 53-48 in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball second round. Nervous energy filled the building as both teams took the floor at Neal Fieldhouse. Carthage opened the scoring early when Allison Groessl tossed in a bucket from the left block. After a couple DePauw mishaps, Groessl again scored, this time a superhoop from the left elbow to put the Lady Reds up five...
DePauw will host NCAA first and second rounds (03/01/12)
DePauw University will host the first and second round of the Division III Women's Basketball tournament starting Friday at the Neal Fieldhouse. Carthage (20-7) will take on Wisconsin-Whitewater (22-6) Friday starting at 5 p.m., while DePauw (26-1) will face Westminster, Mo (22-4) at approximately 7 p.m. The winner will do battle in the second round game that will take place on Saturday at 7 p.m...
Peter Urban selected to the Olympic Development Program (03/15/12)
Peter Urban of Fillmore has been selected to the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program '99 Pool Team. Urban is among 26 of the top players across the state of Indiana involved in the program for his age. Urban currently plays left forward for Westside United '99 Green and Westside United '98 White club teams in Avon. ...
Tourney Champs (03/07/12)
Collins misses cut at Honda Classic (03/03/12)
Chad Collins followed his opening round 71 with a second round 74 at the Honda Classic Friday. He finished the day with a score of five-over-par, missing the one-over-par cut. Colllins was one-under-par after the front nine, but two double-bogeys and three bogeys on the back nine moved his score beyond the projected cut...
Chad Collins tied for 68th after first round of Honda Classic (03/02/12)
FLORIDA -- Chad Collins began The Honda Classic with an opening round 71 Thursday in Palm Beach Gardens. Collins carded a bogey on the ninth hole to move him to even par through nine holes played. On the back nine he recorded eight pars and a bogey on the 14th hole to account for his one-over-par score...
Franco's 'Broken Tower' topples on itself (03/29/12)
I'm a lover of bold choices. Where some scoff when actors or actresses branch out to either direct and/or write, I love to see the process take shape. Sometimes the results are good, sometimes they're bad and sometimes they're just interesting. The latter would describe James Franco's latest film, "The Broken Tower."...
'Chipwrecked' is a fun time for the entire family (03/29/12)
Just when you thought it was safe to bring your Utz cheese balls back out, Alvin, Simon and Theodore are back with a new adventure on DVD and Blu-ray. In the latest installment of the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" franchise entitled "Chipwrecked" Alvin and the gang on taking a cruise to unwind before an awards show, but end up stranded on an island...
'Immortals': great action, stale story (03/22/12)
Proving once again that Hollywood values style over substance, "Immortals" is another flick that inundates us with overpowering digital effects and forgoes trying to tell a cohesive story. The second film in as many years to have Greek Gods at the center of it learned little from its predecessor "Clash of the Titans."...
Milus 'Hap' Heavin (03/29/12)
Milus "Hap" Heavin, of Heritage Lake, went home to be with the Lord and loved ones on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at age 89. He was born Jan. 22, 1923 in Putnam County. He was the son of Herman A. Heavin and Etta (Eggers) Heavin. He married Doris E. Spillman on Dec. 31, 1945 in Greenfield, and she preceded him in death...
Maxine B. Allee (03/28/12)
Maxine B. Allee, 94, Cloverdale, passed away on March 27, 2012 at the Mill Pond Health Campus, Greencastle. She was born on June 27, 1917 at Quincy, Ind., and was the daughter of the late Harry Stevenson and Zora May (Scobee) Beaman. She married Ray Wesley Allee on May 24, 1941, and he preceded her in death on March 18, 1991...
Terri G. Bailey (03/28/12)
Terri G. Bailey, 55, Cloverdale, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Hendricks Regional Health at Danville. She was born on April 20, 1956 in El Paso, Texas, the daughter of Kenneth E. Alderson and Marliee (Bonner) Alderson Muse. She married Gary K. Bailey on April 2, 1978 and he survives...
Sandra Kay Borer (03/28/12)
Sandra Kay Borer, 68, Cloverdale, passed away on March 27, 2012 at Asbury Towers, Greencastle. She was born on Jan. 13, 1944 in Indianapolis and was the daughter of the late Clayton M. Heimsath and Betty J. (Moore) Heimsath Thomas. She was married to James Earl Borer on June 23, 1963, and he preceded her in death on June 29, 2007...
Robert J. 'Bob' Howard (03/28/12)
Robert J. "Bob" Howard, 75, of Rockville and formerly of Coatesville, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Nov. 13, 1936 in Marion County, he was the son of Joe and Sue Howard. He was married to Norma Sue Stanley in December 1957 until her passing in February 2002...
Michael Lee Phillips (03/27/12)
Michael Lee Phillips, 62, Williamsburg, Va., passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Mike was born May 18, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, in which he earned a Bronze Star. He had worked as a computer programmer analyst...
George F. Westfall (03/27/12)
George F. Westfall, 86, passed away on March 7, 2012 in Palm Beach County, Florida. Born March 26, 1925 in New Richmond, Ind., George was reared and educated in Greencastle. He attended DePauw University, and earned his master's degree at Purdue University...
Shirley Rooker (03/25/12)
Shirley Rooker, 76, of Bainbridge, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2012. She was born on Oct. 2, 1935 in Putnam County to Fred Lukenbill and Nellie Cox Lukenbill. Shirley was a 1953 graduate of Bainbridge High School. Mrs. Rooker was a member of Bainbridge Christian Church and attended New Maysville Community Church...
Lana B. Beck (03/25/12)
Lana B. Beck, 71, of Bainbridge, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2012. She was born on July 31, 1940 in Morgan County to Kenneth App and Evelyn Collier App. Mrs. Beck was a graduate of Bainbridge High School and was employed at Wal-Mart where she was the hardware department manager and worked in the fabric department. She had been a 4-H leader of the Working Farmers Club...
Lawrence 'Larry' Lee Hodge (03/23/12)
Lawrence "Larry" Lee Hodge, 75, of Cloverdale, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2012. He was born on March 4, 1937 in Putnam County. Larry served his country in the U.S. Armed Forces. He was member of the Loyal Order of Moose and the Fraternal Order of Eagles...
Lana B. Beck (03/23/12)
Lana B. Beck, 71, of Bainbridge passed away on Friday, March 23, 2012. Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 27 at Bainbridge Cemetery. A full obituary will appear in Monday's edition of the Banner Graphic. Arrangements entrusted to Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home, Greencastle...
Roberta L. Ooley (03/23/12)
Roberta L. Ooley, age 81, of Brazil died at 10:10 a.m., Thursday, March 22, 2012 in St. Vincent Clay Hospital in Brazil. Born Sept. 27, 1930 in Brazil, Roberta was the daughter of Lyle and Elizabeth Thomas Reinoehl. She graduated from Van Buren High School in 1948. Both Roberta and her twin brother, Robert, received special recognition for having perfect attendance in school for 12 years...
Patricia Ann Speitel Frame (03/23/12)
Patricia Ann Speitel Frame, age 73, Cloverdale, passed away Thursday evening, March 22, 2012 at her residence. She was born July 25, 1938 in Indianapolis, the daughter of Richard Raymond and Helen Frances Carter Speitel. She married Joseph Thomas Frame on June 11, 1960, and they raised their children in Ivanwald at Cataract Lake...
Marilyn Bob Hunt Hoover (03/22/12)
Marilyn Bob Hunt Hoover, 89, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in Sun City, Fla. She was born Feb. 3, 1923 to Clyde and America Blanche Hunt in Fort Worth, Texas. She married William Benjamin Hoover. They were longtime residents of Greencastle, where they raised their four children...
Barbara Jane Jones (03/21/12)
Barbara Jane Jones, 68, of Roachdale, passed away at her home on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Barbara was born on June 17, 1943 in Plainville to Chester and Garnett McCallian Edwards. She graduated from Plainville High School in 1961 and the Chicago School of Beauty in 1963. She was North Putnam treasurer for 15 years and worked for the town of Roachdale for 19 years.
Dr. Robert 'Bob' L. Fuson (03/22/12)
Dr. Robert "Bob"/"Doc" L. Fuson, 80, of South Pasadena, Fla., and Winona Lake, Ind., passed away on Friday, March 16, 2012 at his residence in South Pasadena. He was born in Indianapolis to Wenfred Fuson and Lucylle Mary (Wachsman) Fuson. He was married in Greencastle on June 14, 1959 to Shirley "Sue" (Smythe) Fuson, who survives...
Adam Bryan (03/22/12)
Adam Bryan, 23, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. He was the beloved son of Regena McGreal of Berea, Ohio, and Mark (Amee) Bryan of Bainbridge; loving grandson of Eugene and Maerene Campbell of Brook Park, Ohio, and Clark and Bonnie Bryan of Greencastle; dear brother of Wesley; and step-brothers Myles, Neal, and Jesse; and cherished nephew and cousin, and loved by many;...
Dorothy Maxine McLin Boswell (03/20/12)
Dorothy Maxine (McLin) Boswell, 84, died Friday, March 9, 2012 at Brookhaven Manor in Kingsport, Tenn. She was born Nov. 23, 1927 in Bicknell, Ind., the daughter of Henry and Minnie (Crabb) McLin. She married Claude Boswell on May 25, 1945, and they were residents of Putnam County until the fall of 2005, when they moved to Kingsport, Tenn...
Fred Skinner (03/20/12)
Fred Skinner, 74, Rosita, Colo., died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 of an apparent heart attack. He was born June 19, 1937 in Ada, Mich., to Wallace and Echo (Roberts) Skinner Sr. He attended school in Indianapolis and served as an MP in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958...
Judge Sally H. Gray (03/18/12)
Sally H. Gray A memorial service for retired Judge Sally H. Gray of Greencastle will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24 in Meharry Hall of East College at DePauw University. A reception will be held immediately after the service at the Inn at DePauw. In addition, the Putnam County Museum will be open from 2-4 p.m. for anyone in town who would like to see the project that has been a large part of Sally Gray's life these last several years...
Richard D. Miller (03/18/12)
Richard D. Miller, 78, Greencastle, passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at his residence. He was born on Jan. 13, 1934 in Independence, Kan., and was the son of the late George Cobb and Nellie Glenn (Chaffin) Miller. Richard grew up and began his young adult life in Coalinga, Calif., before settling down in Salinas, Calif., in 1962 to raise his family. In 2005 Richard and Fern moved with family to the Greencastle/Cloverdale area...
Robert L. Meacham (03/18/12)
Robert L. Meacham, 82, of Lafayette, died at 6:05 a.m. Sunday, March 18, 2012, at St. Mary Healthcare Center. Robert was born Aug. 2, 1929 in Tippecanoe County, the son of the late Raymond and Gladys Ade Meacham. He graduated from Montmorenci High School and received his bachelor's degree in forestry and master's degree in education from Purdue University...
Verna Lillian Price (03/15/12)
Verna Lillian Price, age 78, of Greencastle, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2012. Born Aug. 13, 1933 in Kentucky, she was the daughter of William Lester and Cora Ethel (Thompson) Cummins. A 1951 graduate of Pulaski County High School, Lillian married James A. Price on Feb. 7, 1952, and he survives...
Irene B. Van Lieu (03/15/12)
Irene B. Van Lieu, 89, of Greencastle, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Mill Pond Health Campus. She was born Feb. 13, 1923 in Estel, Ky., the daughter of John Zambenini and Anna Marietta-Zambenini. Irene was a 1941 graduate of Otter Creek High School. She was a retired bookkeeper from Shell Oil Company and a member of Scottish Rite Masons N.M.J., Valley of Indianapolis...
Loretta R. Plunkett (03/15/12)
Loretta R. Plunkett, 75, Plainfield, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Hendricks Regional Health. Born Sept. 10, 1936 in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Orville and Margarete Baine Rusher. Loretta married William Plunkett in December 1966, and he survives...
Bobby Farrell Purcell (03/14/12)
Bobby Farrell Purcell, 67, Bainbridge, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at his residence. Born Sept. 11, 1944 in Ozark, Ala., he was the son of Elmo and Corene (Baldwin) Purcell and was a 1962 graduate of Turkey Run High School. Bobby had worked at Mallory's for several years and had retired from Happico, where he was a skilled tool and die maker. He was a member of the Indiana National Guard, serving from 1972 to 1973...
Mary Margaret Berry (03/14/12)
The Lord came and took Mary Margaret Berry home on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Mary was 96 years old, born Dec. 7, 1915 in Putnam County, the daughter of Tarquin and Jesse (Willen) Hawkins. From a very young age, she lived with her grandparents, John Andrew and Mary (Moffett) Hawkins. She was a 1933 graduate of Greencastle High School...
Evelyn P. Taylor (03/14/12)
A graveside service for Evelyn P. Taylor, former junior high teacher and Greencastle resident for 60 years, will be conducted at Forest Hill Cemetery at noon on Tuesday, March 20. Mrs. Taylor passed away Oct. 27, 2011 in Orange City, Fla., at age 98...
Imogene 'Jeanne' Cummings Owen (03/13/12)
Imogene "Jeanne" Cummings Owen, 90, Indianapolis formerly of Greencastle, after a long-fought battle joined her parents, brothers and sisters on Monday, March 12, 2012. She had been extremely ill since October 2011. She was born in Cloverdale on Aug. 15, 1921 and attended the Cloverdale schools until high school. She then moved to Indianapolis and graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1940...
Benetta O. Collins (03/13/12)
Benetta O. Collins, 64, of Greencastle, passed away at her residence on Monday, March 12, 2012. Born April 6, 1947 in Greencastle, she was the daughter of Wilbur and Opal F. (Frazier) Burk. A 1965 graduate of Greencastle High School, she married Joseph L. Collins on Oct. 29, 1973, and he survives...
Madonna R. McCullough (03/13/12)
Madonna R. McCullough, age 90, of Crawfordsville, formerly of Greencastle, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2012. Born Jan. 21, 1922 in Warren Township of Putnam County, she was the daughter of Herschel and Lelia M. (Shields) Rogers. A 1940 graduate of Greencastle High School, she married Earl J. McCullough, and he preceded her in death on July 31, 1972...
John Owen 'Beanie' Kennedy (03/13/12)
John Owen "Beanie" Kennedy, 74, lost his battle peacefully to Alzheimer's disease on Sunday, March 11, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. John was born Nov. 13, 1937 to John Gilbert Kennedy and Phyllis Mitchell Kennedy in Chicago, Ill. John lived in Linton until age 10. ...
Lloyd 'Mike' Riddle (03/12/12)
Lloyd "Mike" Riddle died Sunday, March 11, 2012 at The Waters in Greencastle. He was born May 4, 1924 in Barnard, Ind., the son of Claude Loren and Vernie Jane (Wall) Riddle. He was one of 11 children that he helped raise after the death of his father...
Mary A. Pensinger South (03/12/12)
Mary A. Pensinger South, 101, Veedersburg, died Friday, March 9, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Central Hospital, Lafayette. Mrs. South was born June 9, 1910 in Brazil, the daughter of George Finley and Maggie May (Bridgewater) Houk. She married Cecil M. South on May 13, 1939 in Russellville. He preceded her in death on July 9, 1992...
Robert Wayne 'Peanut' Campbell (03/11/12)
Robert Wayne "Peanut" Campbell, 81, Danville, died Saturday, March 10, 2012. He was born Oct. 31, 1930 in Logansport, Ind., to Glen and Helen (Sinclair) Campbell. "Peanut" was a 1949 graduate of Greencastle High School. He married Phyllis J. Pace in 1950, and she survives...
Sarah Ardith Rogers Poellein (03/11/12)
Ardith Poellein, 87, of Greencastle, died Sunday, March 11, 2012 in Greencastle. Born Oct. 2, 1924 in Greencastle, she was the daughter of Edward and Florence Rogers. She graduated from Greencastle High School in 1943. She married Hobert Poellein on July 28, 1944...
Forest Dale Hedge (03/11/12)
Forest Dale Hedge, 80, of Roachdale passed away Sunday morning, March 11, 2012 at Hendricks Regional Health. He was born on July 22, 1931 at Ladoga to Harry and Olive May Morphew Hedge. He married Patricia Cloncs on June 18, 1955 at Roachdale, and she passed away on May 17, 2004...
Mary Alice Thomas (03/11/12)
Mary Alice Thomas, 82, of Carbon, passed away Friday, March 9, 2012 at Indiana University Health and Hospital of Morgan County. Mary was born Aug. 2,1929 in Rockville, Ind., the daughter of Odis and Bessie (Roach) Lancaster. She married Joseph Thomas on April 6, 1946, and he survives...
Richard Eugene 'Dick' Lawson (03/09/12)
Richard Eugene "Dick" Lawson, 79, of Bainbridge, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2012. He was born on Jan. 13, 1933 in Danville to Robert Lawson and Clarel Myers Lawson. Dick served his country in the National Guard. He was a member of Hazelwood Christian Church...
Evelyn E. Peterson (03/08/12)
Evelyn E. Peterson, 97, of Lafayette, died at Franciscan Health, St. Elizabeth Central in Lafayette on Friday, March 2, 2012. She had resided the past three years at St. Anthony's Healthcare. Evelyn was born in Tippecanoe County near West Lafayette on Sept. 14, 1914, the daughter of the late John Peter "Pete" and Mary Magdalena "Lena" Schilling Brown. She attended Jefferson High School...
Timothy Wayne Johnston (03/05/12)
Timothy Wayne Johnston, 46, of Barnard passed away Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. Timothy was born on June 10, 1965 at Indianapolis to Albert D. and Rozella Johnston. He graduated from North Putnam High School in 1984...
Bernice C. Zimmerman (03/04/12)
Bernice C. Zimmerman, age 93, of Greencastle, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the Putnam County Hospital. Born Nov. 17, 1918 in Union County, Ind., she was the daughter of James O. and Verna (Freeman) Plessinger. She was a 1934 graduate of Greencastle High School and graduated nurse's training in 1952, receiving her LPN degree...
Sue Ann Whitaker Searcy (03/04/12)
Sue Ann Whitaker (Barnhart) Searcy, 67, of Indianapolis, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 at her residence. She was born Aug. 12, 1944 in Roachdale, daughter of the late William Robert and Emma Jane Pitman Whitaker. She married James R Searcy on Jan. 14, 1995 in Indianapolis. He survives...
Barbara Anna Bannon (03/04/12)
Barbara Anna Bannon, 80, Crawfordsville, formerly of Parkersburg, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Williamsburg Healthcare, Crawfordsville. She was born March 27, 1931, in New Ross, Ind., to Oran F. and June (Duzane) Tharp. She married Max M. Bannon on Nov.18, 1951, in New Ross. He preceded her in death in 2008...
Brenda Jean Hinkle (03/02/12)
Brenda Jean Hinkle, age 61, of Jasonville, formerly of Greencastle, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Sullivan County Hospital. Born Jan. 31, 1951 in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Raymond Eugene and Martha Joan (Fisher) Miller and had attended Greencastle High School...
Diane McClure (03/01/12)
Diane McClure, 66, of Brazil, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born Sept. 17, 1945 in Greencastle, she was the daughter of Ernest and Lelia (Phillips) Williams. She married Bill McClure on April 6, 1973 and he survives...
O'Conner - 94th Birthday (03/31/12)
Beatrice Huber O'Conner celebrated her 94th birthday on Monday, March 19. She was born in Wallace Junction, Ind., to Frank and Hellie Huber. Friends may write to her at 1159 Southbridge Dr., Greenwood, IN 46142.
Martin-Jackson Wedding (03/03/12)
The bride is the daughter of Steve and Debbie Burk of Reelsville and is employed at Sony DADC. The groom is the son of Jackie Jackson of Greencastle and is self-employed.
Warren-Hammond Engagement (03/24/12)
The parents of Whitney Warren and Adam Hammond would like to announce the couple's engagement and upcoming wedding. Whitney is the daughter of Ron Warren of Reelsville and Tricia Warren of Reelsville. She is a South Putnam graduate and is enrolled in the Butler University physician's assistant program...
Robertson-Burdine Engagement (03/03/12)
John and Kelly Robertson of Roachdale are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter Megan Sarah Robertson to Timothy Alan Burdine, son of Donna Hall of Crawfordsville and Danny and Carrie Burdine of Roachdale. Megan is a 2008 graduate of North Putnam High School and is currently a student at Indiana State University. She is employed at Mill Pond Health Campus in Greencastle...
Bain - 65th Anniversary (03/31/12)
Robert and Betty (Mercer) Bain were married on April 5, 1947. They are the parents of Sandra (Kenny) Hutcheson, Sharon (Steve) Blaydes, Donald (Rita) Bain and Daniel (Dianna) Bain. Cards are welcome addressed to 7389 W. CR 600 South, Reelsville, IN 46171...
Cooper - 65th Anniversary (03/31/12)
H. Lloyd and Marjorie M. Cooper of Greencastle will celebrate their 65th anniversary on Thursday, April 5. Lloyd and Marjorie left Greencastle in 1974. Lloyd was the Greencastle High School principal and Marjorie was the secretary of Miller Elementary School. They went to Indianapolis, where Lloyd took over as principal of Warren Central High School and eventually as assistant superintendent of Warren Schools. Following his retirement in 1986, they moved back to Greencastle...
Fields - 30th Anniversary (03/17/12)
Troy and Sandy Fields will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on Sunday, March 18. Their story began before the two even met. Troy won a pool game against a friend who had bet a Zippo lighter with the name Sandy on it. Months later, the two met in the summer of 1981 and Troy said he had found a woman to go with his lighter. Fate had made itself very clear...
Mahoney - 50th Anniversary (03/17/12)
John and Donna Mahoney, formerly of Greencastle, will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, March 17. John Mahoney and Donna Rice were married in New York on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1962. John is retired from IBM. Donna is currently employed at Tampa Bay Downs. While living in Greencastle they owned Hunter John's Pizza...
Scobee - 69th Anniversary (03/17/12)
Willard and Jean Scobee celebrated 69 years of marriage on Friday, March 16. They now reside at Asbury Towers, 102 W. Poplar, Room 329. The are the parents of Bonnie Roberts and Sally (Earl) Coffman. They have one grandson, Chris Coffman, and three great-grandsons...
Sutherlin - 65th Anniversary (03/10/12)
Richard and Evelyn Sutherlin, formerly of Greencastle, will celebrate their 65th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday, March 11. They will hold a small reception at Shiloh Methodist Church in Acworth, Ga., after services. Richard and the former Evelyn McBride are the parents of Sharon Ellis of Acworth, Beth Woodard of Indianapolis and Rick Sutherlin (Mercy) of Three Rivers, Mich. They have eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren...
Williams - 60th Anniversary (03/03/12)
Cleo and Dorothy Williams of Greencastle celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday, March 1. Cleo Williams and Dorothy Webb were married in Indianapolis on March 1, 1952. Cleo is retired from GM. Dorothy has worked in federal and county offices in the past...
Scanner for March 31 (03/31/12)
County Jail Two people were booked into the Putnam County Jail on Thursday, March 29. McNew was arrested at Warren Drive and Avenue C by Greencastle Police Officer Darrel Bunten. Sheriff's Department The damage was listed at less than $1,000. Information included in the Putnam Scanner is taken from reports provided to the Banner Graphic by the Greencastle Police, the Greencastle Fire and the Putnam County Sheriff's departments...
Scanner for March 30 (03/30/12)
County Jail Two people were booked into the Putnam County Jail on Wednesday, March 28. Sheriff's Department Damage $1,001-$2,500. The vehicle was towed due to disabling damage. Damage $1,001-$2,500. City Police Two traffic citations were issued recently by Greencastle City Police officers...
Scanner for March 29 (03/29/12)
County Jail Three people were booked into the Putnam County Jail on Tuesday, March 27. Sheriff's Department However, a 2007 Toyota Highlander made a left turn in front of her from westbound U.S. 36 onto southbound U.S. 231. Knowling's vehicle hit the Toyota in the passenger door, police said...
Scanner for March 28 (03/28/12)
County Jail Several people have been booked into the Putnam County Jail recently. At 2:45 a.m. Lynette Mae Glover, 48, Greencastle, was booked in for operating while intoxicated with a prior conviction. At 3:08 a.m. Brian Allen Gibson, 34, Indianapolis, was held at the jail for operating while intoxicated and public intoxication...
Putnam Scanner for March 26 (03/26/12)
Two citations were issued Thursday evening by Greencastle City Police officers. -- At 5:50 p.m. Thursday, Sgt. Christopher Jones stopped a vehicle on Shadowlawn Avenue and cited both the driver and passenger for seatbelt violations. Ticketed were: Rickie Johnson Jr., 25, Quincy, and Matthew Robinson, 18, Greencastle...
Scanner for March 23 (03/23/12)
County Jail Two people were booked into the Putnam County Jail recently. City Police One arrest was reported Wednesday by Greencastle City Police. -- At 5:30 pm., Jacob R. McFerron, 25, Bainbridge, was arrested by Officer Jeff Modlin at a residence on Shadowlawn Avenue for battery...
Scanner for March 22 (03/22/12)
County Jail Three people were booked into the Putnam County Jail on Tuesday, March 20. City Fire The Greencastle Fire Department has responded to a number of recent dispatches. At 3:20 p.m. personnel performed a medical assist at 1901 SR 240 East. Cleared 3:34 p.m...
Putnam Scanner for March 19 (03/19/12)
Jennifer L. Dickey, 31, Greencastle, was behind Owens in a 2003 Ford Windstar and slowed too late, rear-ending Owens' SUV and then going into a fence on the west side of the road. Both vehicles were disabled and towed. Damage $5,001-$10,000. The truck was disabled and towed. Damage $5,001-$10,000...
Scanner for March 16 (03/16/12)
Sheriff's Department He hit a deer that ran into the road, causing the ambulance to spin 180 degrees and come to rest facing north in the northbound lane. The ambulance was disabled and towed from the scene. Damage $2,501-$5,000. Due to disabling damage, the truck was towed from the scene. Damage $2,501-$5,000...
Scanner for March 14 (03/14/12)
Sheriff's Department Towers said Eversole then proceeded to the hood and was knelt down on the driver's side, blocking Towers' view. Eversole then yelled for Towers to stop as the car approached a curve. Towers braked, which ejected Eversole from the hood. Eversole was struck by the front of the car as he was rolling off the hood...
Scanner for March 10 (03/10/12)
City Police One drug-related arrest was reported early Friday by Greencastle City Police. Donald Pearson, 47, Greencastle, was arrested by Reserve Officer Heath Smiley at 12:01 a.m. Friday on Martinsville Street near the Johnson-Nichols Clinic for possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia...
Scanner for March 9 (03/09/12)
Sheriff's Department At 1:58 a.m. Ashley D. Hogan, 27, Brazil, was westbound on I-70 in a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer. She was crossing the Mill Creek bridge near the 49-mile marker when she lost control on the ice-covered roadway. The vehicle slid off the north side of the road, where it struck several trees, causing extensive front-end damage. Total damages were estimated between $2,501 and $5,000...
Scanner for March 7 (03/07/12)
County Jail A number of people have been booked into the Putnam County Jail recently. At 7:43 p.m. William Carl Winseman, 38, Greencastle, was arrested for violation of home detention. At 7:44 p.m. Amanda Kae Witt, 27, Indianapolis, was housed at the jail for driving with a suspended license...
Scanner for March 3 (03/03/12)
City Police One arrest was reported by Greencastle City Police officers Thursday evening. Keith Michael Rogers, 34, Greencastle, was arrested by Officer Jeff Modlin at 5:18 p.m. on Vine Street for violation of a protective order. Rogers was lodged in the Putnam County Jail...
Putnam Scanner for March 2, 2012 (03/02/12)
Several people were booked into the Putnam County Jail recently. At 6:20 p.m. Teddy Kennedy, 21, Quincy, was arrested for failure to appear. At 2:45 a.m. Damon John Miller, 35, Greencastle, was arrested for probation violation. One alcohol-related arrest was reported Thursday by Greencastle City Police...
Scanner for March 1 (03/01/12)
City Police Greencastle City Police were called to Putnam County Hospital at 2:28 a.m. Wednesday on the report of an unruly person in the emergency room. Joni M. Smith, 50, Coatesville, reportedly had caused a disturbance and allegedly scratched a doctor before being subdued by Officer Eric Vaughan...
Who's News for March 24, 2012 (03/24/12)
Three Putnam County students have been named to the dean's list for the winter quarter at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. BEN PARKER of Fillmore is a senior biomedical engineering major. Ben's parents are Mark Parker and Tami Parker. JAKE GOULD of Greencastle is a freshman civil engineering major. He is the son of Tim and Mary Gould...
Gutter talk (03/30/12)
It's been a tough couple of months for people who cherish the good old days. Hostess Twinkies are no longer being manufactured, the company having filed for bankruptcy. Those tasty treats bring back memories of my elementary school days when I would always bring a package to school, eat one Twinkie, and then trade the other to the class sweet-freak, Alan Guggenheim. In exchange, he let me look at his papers during math tests. My grades went way up. So did Alan's cholesterol...
In defense of politics (03/30/12)
A common insult aimed at someone trying to accomplish something in the public realm these days is to say: "He's playing politics with the issue." And if you want to disparage a policy decision? "It was political." Or dismiss an action as barely worth discussing? "Oh, that's just politics."...
Stop! Theif (03/16/12)
I recently discovered that another newspaper columnist has been stealing my material and claiming it as his own work. He wasn't just copying the ideas from my columns; I'm talking verbatim cut and paste. His kindergarten teacher must be very proud of him. There's an old saying that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but even in prisons, copycat killers are frowned upon...
The most important skill in politics (03/16/12)
Watching Capitol Hill these days, I'm often struck by how issues that were present at the dawn of our Republic continue to reverberate. In the very first session of Congress, when members had to grapple with how to make the new government work, they also had to come to grips with how they themselves could work together. This wasn't easy...
Don't be a pill! (03/07/12)
My wife heard a news segment on TV about doctors' concerns that certain cholesterol-lowering drugs might be responsible for causing memory loss. Mary Ellen asked me if I was aware of this, but before I could give her some wise-guy answer, she issued one of her patented humor warnings: "Dick, you are not allowed to say that you used to know it, but once your LDL went down, you forgot it. ...
Hollow husk a growing problem in hybrid corn (03/26/12)
Recently in the field, we have seen some strange looking ears of corn. The ears of corn look malformed. Some ears have fully developed kernels in some spots, and have other spots where there is no kernel development. The ears are shorter and the tip of the cob may be stunted...
The doctor is "in"! (03/21/12)
This year is the 75th anniversary of Theodor Geisel's first book, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street." It's worth celebrating. Dr. Seuss changed reading and the way it was taught. You can look it up. To quote one pundit: He slew Dick and Jane...
4-H deadlines nearing (03/12/12)
Where can youth learn life skills and work to master knowledge by selecting from more than 70 topics that include shooting sports, scrapbooking, photography, sewing, aerospace, ATV safety, small engines, and model building crafts? The answer is 4-H! Enrollment forms may be found on the Purdue Extension Putnam County website listed below and new this year is online enrollment where you may both enroll and pay online. ...
Webinar to cover business, science of home-based food (03/05/12)
Just in time for the farmer's market season, a series of Purdue University online workshops will provide up-to-date information for entrepreneurs selling food products from their own kitchens or gardens. "Cooking Up a Food Business in the Home Kitchen: Opportunities and Challenges of Starting or Growing a Home-Based Vendor Food Enterprise" will address issues of safety and profitability in three weekly webcasts beginning March 20. ...
Gilbert family thanks community for support (03/30/12)
To the community: Many months ago (feels like years ago ...) my life changed at 32 years old when I was diagnosed with stage two papillary thyroid cancer. This diagnosis caused extreme disruption in my ability and stability to sustain life as I, and my three children, knew it. But just as quickly as it all seemed to be falling apart, the blessings were being revealed!...
Nogelmeier thanks customers, community, employees (03/30/12)
To the Editor: I want thank all the customers I have worked with at National City Bank, now PNC Bank, over the last 10 years and let you all know how much I will miss working with all of you. I will never forget the outpouring of support I received from my employees and the community when I had my two heart attacks several years ago...
Rescued Treasures off to great start in new location (03/21/12)
To the Editor: The board of the Humane Society of Putnam County wishes to express its gratitude to everyone who participated in making the first week of operations in its relocated thrift store, Rescued Treasures, such a resounding success. Moving and settling into a new retail location are never easy tasks, especially when done completely with unpaid labor. More than 500 volunteer hours were spent in preparation for our new store...
Record event for Ag Day requires many thanks (03/16/12)
To the Editor: On Saturday, March 10, 2012, a record attendance of Putnam County residents attended Putnam County Ag Day to celebrate "American Agriculture: Feeding the Future, Filling the Gaps." The day kicked off with an Ag Day Breakfast followed by a short program by Purdue Professor Larry Deboer. Awards for Farm Family of the Year, Friend of the Farmer, Ag Day Photo Contest and a Putnam County Fairgrounds Endowment presentation were given...
Chili supper fundraiser support appreciated (03/16/12)
To the Editor: The volunteers of Putnam County's American Red Cross would like to thank the community for your support and generosity during our annual Chili Supper and Silent Auction. To our lead sponsor, The Waters of Greencastle, and sponsors Delta Theta Tau and the Putnam Inn, you made our evening delicious!...
PCF prison staff honors memory of Judge Gray (03/16/12)
To the Editor: Superintendent Stanley Knight and Putnamville Correctional Facility staff extend their condolences to the family of retired Judge Sally Gray. Judge Gray, who passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, was a member of the Putnamville Correctional Facility's Community Advisory Board from May 2008 to October 2010...
Thanks from Quail Unlimited for banquet success (03/09/12)
To the Editor: The 24th annual Quail Unlimited Banquet was held Feb. 25 at the Dixie Chopper Business Center. It was a huge success and a very enjoyable evening. The Dixie Chopper Business Center was responsible for catering this event and we thank them for their hard work and delicious fare...
Bright Futures store will be missed (03/09/12)
To the Editor: Recently a local business in Greencastle for the past 17 years closed its doors. Bright Futures was filled with items that could not be found any place else in or near Greencastle, and if they didn't have what you needed, they were happy to order it for you...
Lady Tigers stand as role models, even in defeat (03/07/12)
To the Editor: I am writing in regard to the storyline and pictures about the DePauw Lady Tigers' loss featured on the front page of the March 5, 2012 issue of the Banner Graphic. While I realize that some media outlets capitalize on the misfortunes and misery of others to sensationalize their stories, I was dismayed to open the Banner Graphic to see the "Wide World of Sports ..." headline using pictures of DePauw seniors Katie Aldrich and Kathryn Denbow moments after an emotional loss as examples of the "agony of defeat.". ...
Girl Scouts lauded for donation to PCH (03/07/12)
To the Editor: We would like to publicly thank the North Putnam Girl Scouts, Service Unit 183, for their very generous donation of books and activity bags for our younger patients and visitors. The girls repurposed T-shirts to make bags that contained books, coloring books, crayons, puzzle, stickers and more. Over 60 bags were donated to be distributed to children when they visit Putnam County Hospital...
Many positive things happening at North Putnam (03/07/12)
To the Editor: I wanted to take this opportunity to write a letter as both a North Putnam alum and a parent living within the North Putnam Community School Corporation. While I do have some insight into the recent happenings, my purpose in writing this letter is to let the other residents of Putnam County know that the actions of a few who chose to disregard rules and act so scrupulously as individuals does not in any way reflect on the majority of staff, administration, and student body within the hallways of North Putnam Schools.. ...
Family planning often requires difficult decisions (03/02/12)
To the Editor: The radical right-wing wants to mandate that personhood begins at conception. The proposed law is dishonest. It twists the definition of a person to serve a religious agenda. Cows and pigs exhibit more traits related to personhood than do newly conceived fetuses, yet I see no conservatives advocating for animal rights. The law pushes a Christianist doctrine that is not literally found in the Bible (the notion of conception did not exist in Biblical times)...