Sign of the Times

Friday, August 19, 2011
With help from Duke Energy units, including Brad Grable, Chris Beck, Chris Latham and others, a new lighted message board was set in place Wednesday near the McAnally Center entrance to the Greencastle High School campus. Flashing or static messages and even video can be displayed on the board, GHS Assistant Principal Russ Hesler said. The project actually began back in 1991, when Hesler designed the sign and first started collecting funds for its creation. Hesler even picked up the completed unit with his truck and trailer outside Louisville this week and helped set it in place, saving nearly $2,500 in the process.

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  • So...for a school that REALLY needs money...they wasted some on a stupid sign? What is wrong with the traditional "slide the letters in" signs? Oh yeah...because thousands of dollars is cooler to spend. Oh look the letters move!

    -- Posted by Apollo13 on Fri, Aug 19, 2011, at 6:41 AM
  • Waste of money? Come on! Hessler collected funds, drove in his own truck to get the sign and Duke-Energy provides the trucks and manpower to set the sign. I think the school got something they need and remember someone can set at in the office and put needed[such as alockdown] info on the sign from a keyboard.

    -- Posted by Trying hard on Fri, Aug 19, 2011, at 7:29 AM
  • I love the new sign - GREAT JOB Russ keep up the good work!!!

    -- Posted by SamHill on Fri, Aug 19, 2011, at 8:10 AM
  • Thank you to Russ, for all his hard work and dedication and getting the funds for this. Thanks to everyone who helped get it done, it looks awesome and is much needed.

    -- Posted by idiotpatrolman on Fri, Aug 19, 2011, at 8:57 AM
  • Just another tacky sign.

    -- Posted by sunnyday2011 on Fri, Aug 19, 2011, at 9:01 AM
  • Nice looking sign. It'll get smashed by a careless/drunk driver within a year, though...

    -- Posted by stranded67 on Fri, Aug 19, 2011, at 9:45 AM
  • When A bank opened on the east side of town about 3 years ago, there was a rolling information sign put in. Shortly after that the city banned any moving information signs stating that it was distracting to drivers. I don't agree with the ruling, but was this checked out before the sign was put in. Will it now be allowed due to it being a school. If so there we go again with the old double standards that the mayor's office imposes on the city.

    -- Posted by chicken on Fri, Aug 19, 2011, at 11:01 AM
  • Better not be a DOUBLE STANDARD Here! Nice looking sign but if Greencastle Indiana Adult Drivers cannot make proper driving decision in the area they live because of these Moving Message Signs then I have a problem with young teenage drivers being able to see the Video-Moving Messages on the sign while not being distracted with all the electronics gear in the car...Texting and All!

    One thing when visiting the Las Vegas area (the strip), you have all these visitors traveling through the maze of all the signs-and outdoor distractions of the casinos. Come on Putnam County Drivers lets improve to the driving challenge... this goes for the small red car driving thru a Red Light last night Thur. at Washington & Bloomington St. @ 9:42pm. Not sure how you made it between the Van and Car in the middle of the intersection with 3 cars in motion at the same time, but you made it to the Banner parking lot. Did you have a phone in hand?

    -- Posted by macvrod on Fri, Aug 19, 2011, at 11:31 AM
  • Looks great and thank you for patiently waiting 20 years to be able to do this! Thanks Mr. Hessler!

    -- Posted by sarah on Mon, Aug 22, 2011, at 1:43 PM
  • I work for Golden Rule Sign Company in Louisville KY. We manufactured the sign for Mr. Hesler. I can assure you he did an excellent job of making sure the school got the biggest bang for the buck as possible. LED sign's have proven to be a completely safe method of communication. I've seen lots of highway signs in all my travels, never have I seen a pile of cars in front of one.

    -- Posted by grs_123 on Mon, Aug 22, 2011, at 2:11 PM
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