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Nucor announces growth, $3 billion acquisition

A company with Crawfordsville ties is expanding again.

 

Nucor has announced that it is buying an overhead door manufacuterer based in Illinois.  The $3 billion deal should close in June.

 

Nucor, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, will purchase C.H.I. Overhead Doors.  C.H.I makes overhead doors products for residential and industrial customers along with rolling steel and rubber doors.  It has over 800 employees in Arthur, Illinois, and Terre Haute.  There are also regional warehouses across the country.

 

Nucor has also recently added a $1 billion acquisition of two insulated metal panel brands from Cornerstone Building Brands and a steelracking manufactuerer, Elite Storage Solutions, for $75 million.

 

Nucor employs almost 27,000 workers throughout its more than 300 facilities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. 

 

In 1989, Nucor pioneered EAF thin-slab casting at its Crawfordsville sheet mill.

 

Donations to Greencastle Fire Department meant to help save pets lives

Thanks to a fundraising initiative by the Putnam County 4-H Dog Club, the Greencastle Fire Department will be able to help pets in need of oxygen when rescued from fires.

 

Rob Frank, assistant chief with the Greencastle Fire Department, told the Putnam County Post the idea was the result of efforts from Jane Hugh, the Putnam County 4-H Dog Club leader.

 

"She reached out to all the county fire chiefs last fall and said the 4-H Dog Club was raising money to buy all county fire and EMS pet oxygen masks. I believe she said she got the idea when she saw another county doing something similar. She thought if they can do it there, why not here in our county," Frank said. 

 

Frank explained the goal was one per fire department, and she asked the Greencastle department how many more would they want if she could get them.

 

"They were able to raise enough money through sponsors, donations and a grant from the Putnam County Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy to get the departments the amount they requested," Frank said. 

 

With the donations in hand, the Greencastle Fire Department will now have masks on all its fire apparatus, according to Frank.

 

"We had a set on our engine, and we have used them several times. But to have them available on all of our fire apparatus makes them more accessible and will allow us to work on multiple pets if that occasion were to arise," Frank said. 

 

He acknowledged the masks are invaluable to the department and pets.

 

"Pets are like family to a lot of people. We do everything we can to try to save them. The availability of these masks will give us a better chance of doing that," Frank said. 

Second COVID-19 vaccine booster now available to Hoosiers ages 5-11

Hoosiers aged 5-11 are eligible for a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine following authorization this week from the U.S. FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) is advising vaccine providers that they can begin administering boosters of the Pfizer pediatric vaccine to children in this age group whose last dose was administered at least five months ago. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one currently authorized for children ages 5-11.

 

Booster doses have been shown to increase protection from hospitalization and death from COVID-19 and the Omicron variant of the virus.  

 

To find a vaccine location, go to www.ourshot.in.gov or call Indiana 211 (866-211-9966) for assistance. Any site that administers pediatric doses can administer a pediatric booster dose. Most sites accept walk-ins.

First Friday of the year, take 2

Join Main Street Greencastle on June 6 for First Friday. 

 

May 6, 2022 was supposed to be the first First Friday of the year, but the rain had other plans; at least it wanted everyone to think it had other plans. Shortly after making the difficult decision to cancel the event, the rain came to a screaching hault. Now, June 6 is the official first First Friday of the year. Starting at 6:00 pm and running until 11:00 PM, it promises to provide a night of social activity and fun for the whole community.

 

The June sponsor is Abstract & Title and they will have a booth with items to give-away. CastleMakers will have a foam box car drag race set up outside of their building, on Franklin Street. Several craft and food venders will be available, including BBQ, Kona Ice, craft venders, and even boutique shopping and non-profits.

 

Music will start as early as 5:00 pm outside of Hashtag Harmony with Luke Austin Daughtry playing. WREB GiantFM will be broadcasting live from the Square between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Around 7:00 pm, Almost Home will host Big Fun Band on the Courthouse Stage and Moores Bar will host Fancy Sauce on Indiana Street.

Putnam County student receives educator scholarship

North Putnam High School's Alexander McHargue, who is preparing to become a teacher, is among this year's recipients of the state's Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship.

 

The scholarship program, established in 2016 through legislation supported by the Indiana General Assembly, awards $7,500 per year to 200 high-achieving students. Recipients must commit to teaching in Indiana for a minimum of five years after graduating college. Current high school seniors or college students are eligible to apply.

 

More than 600 students applied, and McHargue is among this year's 200 scholarship recipients.

 

Those qualifying for the renewable scholarship totaling up to $30,000 must graduate in the highest 20 percent of their high school class, earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT or have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

 

To learn more and apply for the next round of scholarships opening in the fall, visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher. Questions may be directed to NextTeacher@che.in.gov.

Lora Busch leaving her post as Area 30 Executive Director

In the mid 1990’s, Lora Busch owned her own landscaping business serving Indianapolis and Carmel when she an ad in the paper about Area 30 Career Center starting a landscape class.

 

In 1995, Busch began the landscape class at Area 30 and never looked back, becoming the assistant director and director of Area 30 before recently announcing her intentions to retire from Area 30.

 

“I will be working in my yard, learning to golf and spending more time with my husband, family, friends and dogs. And, I will be staying close to Career and Technical Education, as I have accepted the position as the Executive Director of Indiana Association of Career and Technical Education Districts,” Busch told the Putnam County Post.

 

Busch told Putnam County Post the opportunity to start up the landscape class and put her Horticulture Education degree from Purdue to use was “exciting,” as it allowed her to put her 13 years of work experience to test.

 

“I did my student teaching and it was fun to see the way kids had changed over the years. I enjoyed working with high school students, and they enjoyed being able to apply the knowledge they learned in the classroom. We installed and maintained landscapes all over Putnam County. The class was popular with students and community members and we stayed very busy. I worked year-round so we were able to employ students in the summer. We continued our landscape work right up until school started,” Busch said.

 

And, Busch never stopped learning, earning a Master’s Degree in Adult Education in 2000, followed by a Director’s License two years later. In 2003, she became the assistant director at Area 30 and in 2008, she was named the executive director of Area 30.

 

“I am most proud of the staff, who have created an environment that encourages the love of learning through multiple avenues. One accomplishment is the number of certifications and dual credits that are earned while in high school that create opportunities for students as they enter college and their chosen careers,” Busch told the Putnam County Post.

 

During her time in education, Busch admits she has seen an increased awareness of career and technical education and its value to students, families and the community.

 

“Area 30 mirrors our high schools’ student bodies and we are proud to serve all students. Area 30 has had the opportunity to provide students with current industry equipment, software and other resources through local, state and federal grants and donations from our local community partners. We have increased the number of program offerings from 10 to 18 in the past 14 years. When I started with Area 30 in 1995, we had about 150 students enrolled. We now average about 365 each year,” Busch said.

 

With a vision statement of “Explore opportunities, experience excellence and realize potential,” Busch says Area 30 is there for all students, regardless of what their post-high school plans are.

 

“It is important for students to leave high school with a plan. Area 30 provides students with the opportunity to explore multiple career areas and this is accomplished through work based learning, clinical experiences and operation of business enterprises within their program areas. Area 30 has prepared students to enter the workforce at a high level with skills, certifications and experiences that employers are seeking. Students also secure college credit and this provides them with a better understanding of the educational expectations post secondary institutions. This also saves students thousands of dollars each year,” Busch said. 

Recycle outdated electronics on June 18

West Central Solid Waste District is sponsoring an Electronics Recycling Day on Saturday, June 18,  from 8 am-noon at the Parke County 4-H Fairgrounds in Rockville.

Parke and Putnam County residents can drop-off electronics for recycling and safe disposal without leaving the comfort of their vehicle.  All allowed electronics will be accepted free of charge with the exception of a $20 / each fee for televisions.

 

Businesses are prohibited. Find list of accepted items plus more information about this event and other WCSWD programs on their Facebook page or website www.westcentralswd.com, or by calling 1-800-211-2750.

 

Candidates for Greencastle School Board sought by Greencastle City Council

The Greencastle City Council is seeking candidates for the Greencastle Community Schools Board of Trustees.  The position is a four-year term. 

 

The seat, currently filled by Russell Harvey, will commence on July 1, 2022 and continue until June 30, 2026.

 

Applications can be obtained by calling Linda Huber at 765-848-1515 and also on the city’s website at www.cityofgreencastle.com.  Completed applications are due at City Hall at 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 31, 2022.    The application includes instructions for submission via e-mail, drop box, or U.S. Mail.

 

In addition to providing name, address, telephone number and email address, the application asks that candidates submit a cover letter accompanied by two letters of recommendation.

 

Applicants are also asked to answer four questions posed by Council members:

  • What are the greatest strengths you would bring as a member of the Greencastle Community School Corporation Board of Trustees?
  • What goals would you pursue as a member of the Greencastle Community School Corporation Board of Trustees?
  • What is the ideal relationship between the school corporation and the City of Greencastle?
  • Is there anything else you would like to share with the members of the City Council about your qualifications for the position?

Candidate interviews with the City Council will be scheduled at a later date. Interested persons must reside within the city limits to be considered.  The appointment will be made at the regular meeting of the City Council on Thursday, June 9.

 

Candidates will be contacted regarding interview arrangements in mid-May.   Questions may be directed to Councilor Adam Cohen at acohen@cityofgreencastle.com

 

The school board seat is one of two representing residents within the city limits of Greencastle on the appointed GCSC board.   Brian Cox fills the other seat appointed by the City Council.

R&J Petrol allowed to reopen

The Putnam County Health Department (PCHD) temporarily closed R&J Petrol (located at 306 W Pat Rady Way, Bainbridge, IN) on April 28, 2022 due to violations for Rule 410 IAC 7-24 and Putnam County Ordinance 2015-3-2. However, after follow-up inspections, R&J Petrol were allowed to reopen the food service in their establishment.

 

The PCHD and its authorized agents completed two follow-up inspections; the first on Friday, May 6, 2022 and the second on Monday, May 9, 2022. After the May 9 inspections, R&J Petrol was given the green light to once again begin selling potentially hazardous food once again in accordance with their issued permit.

 

The original violations that needed to be corrected in order to reopen include: 

  • Hand Washing Facility; Location
  • Hand Washing Facility; Maintenance
  • Drying Mops · Function Of Temperature Measuring Devices
  • Sanitizing Solutions; Testing Devices · Hand Drying Provisions · Toilet Room Receptacle; Covered
  • Outside Receptacles · Protected Outer Coverings
  • Controlling Pests
  • Physical Structures; Restrictions And Frequency Of Cleaning
  • Food Storage
  • Equipment Food-Contact Surfaces, Nonfood-Contact Surfaces And Utensils
  • Not Potentially Hazardous Food Contact Surfaces Cleaning Frequency
  • Separation Of Poisonous Or Toxic Materials
  • Plumbing System Maintained In Good Repair
  • Repairing Premises, Structures, And Attachments
  • Repair And Proper Adjustment Of Equipment
  • Time And Temperature Control Of Frozen Food
  • Removing Dead Or Trapped Birds, Insects, Rodents, And Other Pests
  • Packaged And Unpackaged Food; Separation, Packaging, And Segregation Manual Or Machine Ware washing; Chemical Sanitation; Temperature, Ph, Concentration

Governor Eric Holcomb directs flags to be flown at half-staff

Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags in the State of Indiana to be flown at half-staff in remembrance of the one million American lives lost to COVID-19.

 

Per President Biden's order, flags should be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on Monday, May 16.

 

Gov. Holcomb is asking businesses and residents in Indiana to lower their flags.

South Putnam's Yowell named District 8 Principal-of-the-Year.

For Levi Yowell, the path to education was not the most traditional one, but that hasn’t stopped the South Putnam High School principal from constantly making an impact in the lives of his students.

 

After spending time in the business sector, Yowell made the transition to the classroom by going back to the University of Indianapolis to earn a master’s degree in teaching.

 

“I have a desire to serve that comes from my faith and felt like being in public education was a way that I could serve students and families. I thought about moving into administration was a long-term goal for me,” Yowell told the Putnam County Post.

 

After being laid off several times due to changes in school funding during the late 2000’s, Yowell acknowledged he looked for an opportunity earlier than anticipated.

 

And, it has been very positive, as he was not only named to the principal’s seat at South Putnam High School, but he was recently named the Indiana Association of School Principals District 8 Principal-of-the-Year.

 

The honor was a “surprise” for Yowell.

 

“I was really surprised to receive this recognition as we have so many outstanding administrators in District 8 and around the state of Indiana. I am surrounded by great people who come to school each and every day in order to serve the students and families of our school district. I enjoy getting to serve in public education and try to bring energy and passion every day to my role as principal at South Putnam,” Yowell said.

 

Yowell told the Putnam County Post that while there are many aspects of his job he enjoys, the thing that stands out above the others is the responsibility he has to create the best teaching and learning environments for his faculty and students.

 

“I will never get to make the deep impact that a classroom teacher can make, but I can create environments, procedures, and processes where kids are cared for and have the opportunity to learn from the best educators that I can find. I enjoy having so many different aspects of my job that it keeps me thinking, moving and planning. I am glad that I get to serve students and families through public education and happy to serve at South Putnam,” Yowell said.

 

For anyone thinking of entering the classroom as a teacher or educator, Yowell said public education is an “awesome” career choice for anyone who is positive, motivated and seeking to make a difference.

 

“My first belief about education is kids before content, and, so that has to be true for anyone thinking about a career in education. You have to like Suzie more than science and Matt more than math. That belief is what makes all the difference for me,” Yowell said.  

Crawfordsville man sentenced for murder of his wife

A Crawfordsville man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing his wife.

 

Michael Parks, 46, was sentenced for the murder of his wife, Hope, in August of 2020. He will not be eligible for parole.

 

Parks reported his wife missing to Crawfordsville Police.  He said he hadn’t seen her for two days after they had an argument.

 

Hope Parks’ headless body was found on a bridge.  Parks head was found buried in the basement after blood was found in the couples’ home.  An autopsy found she died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Putnam County accident sends one to the hospital via air ambulance

A Montgomery County man was seriously injured in a Tuesday one-vehicle crash.

 

Around 8:30 am Tuesday, Indiana State Police Putnamville Post and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle crash on US 40 near County Road 475 East.

 

Larry S. Brown,  64, of Crawfordsville, was driving a 2017 Mack (tri-axle) on US 40 eastbound near County Road 475 East. Brown lost control of his vehicle and traveled to the south side of US 40, running off of the roadway.

 

Trooper Colton Maynor performed the preliminary crash investigation.  Brown overcorrected the vehicle back to the north side and traveled into the median.  The overcorrection caused the vehicle to roll over, coming to a stop on the driver's side. 

 

The Greencastle Fire Department assisted at the scene by extracting Brown from the vehicle.  

 

Brown was transported to a hospital in Indianapolis via Stat Flight, for serious injuries.

 

Trooper Maynor was assisted at the crash scene by Putnamville Post Troopers, Putnam County Deputies, Greencastle Fire Department, Putnam County EMS, Stat Flight, INDOT, and Curtis Wrecker Service.

Husband and wife who conspired with Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle to sexually exploit children sentenced to federal prison

Russell Taylor, 50, Indianapolis, and his ex-wife, Angela Taylor (now known as Angela Baldwin), 40, Connersville, were sentenced today, ending a years-long child exploitation investigation into a conspiracy that involved Taylor, Baldwin, and Jared Fogle. Taylor was sentenced to 27 years in prison and Baldwin was sentenced to over 33 years in prison.

 

According to Court documents, the investigation into Taylor, Baldwin, and Fogle began in 2014, when an acquaintance of Taylor and Baldwin contacted the Indiana State Police to report that Taylor had offered to send her child sexual abuse material. In 2015, a search warrant was executed at the home that Taylor and Baldwin shared. Child sexual abuse material was discovered on multiple electronic devices and law enforcement officers concluded that there were likely hidden cameras in the house.

 

Taylor and Fogle were both charged, pled guilty, and convicted in 2015. Taylor appealed, and his conviction was vacated in 2020. During the subsequent re-investigation, investigators discovered evidence that implicated Baldwin, and she was charged with production of child sex abuse material, possession of child sex abuse material, and conspiracy to produce child sex abuse material.

 

According to court documents, between 2011 and 2015, Taylor and Baldwin worked together and with other individuals, including Jared Fogle, to produce, possess, and distribute child sexual abuse material. Taylor and Baldwin placed hidden cameras in their house to secretly record minor children fully nude and/or engaging in sexual activity. In addition to viewing the hidden camera footage, Taylor and Baldwin also distributed the sexually explicit images and videos to each other, to Fogle, and to other members of the conspiracy.

 

Taylor, who pled guilty in June 2021 to multiple offenses, including 24 counts of producing child sexual abuse material, was sentenced today to 324 months in federal prison.

 

Baldwin, who was convicted by a jury in October 2021 of two counts of production of child sexual abuse material, one count of conspiracy to produce child sexual abuse material, and one count of possession of child sexual abuse material, was sentenced to 400 months in federal prison.

 

“The Taylors have finally been held accountable for their years of heinous sexual exploitation of children,” said U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Myers. “Child sexual abusers must be held accountable for the lifelong impact of these crimes on survivors and their families. The prosecutors, investigators, and analysts of Indiana’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force will not relent in our mission to protect children from these offenders. I commend all of the dedicated professionals who fought to take these child predators out of our community and help to bring justice to their victims.”

 

“This case demonstrates the never-ending commitment of the FBI and our law enforcement partners to seek justice for the victims of child sexual abuse,” said FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Herbert J. Stapleton. “Russell Taylor and Angela Baldwin not only abused children by producing child sexual abuse material in their home, but also re-victimized children over and over again by contributing to the distribution of these images.  Sentences like this one send a clear message that adults who participate in this type of despicable abuse will be held responsible for their actions.”

 

“The collaborative work performed by the Indiana State Police, Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and our federal law enforcement partners helped to bring to justice those who sought to perpetuate the victimization of children”, said Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter.  “And for that, I am so proud and grateful for their tireless efforts.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated the case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. As part of the sentence, Judge Pratt ordered that Taylor and Baldwin be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for life following their release from prison. Taylor and Baldwin will also be required by law to register as a sex offender wherever they live, work, or go to school.

 

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kathryn E. Olivier and Bradley P. Shepard who prosecuted this case.

 

Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is a partnership of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies led by the Indiana State Police. The Task Force is dedicated to investigating and prosecuting crimes involving the technology-facilitated sexual exploitation of children and the trafficking of child sexual abuse material. Each year, Indiana ICAC investigators evaluate thousands of tips, investigate hundreds of cases, and rescue dozens of children from ongoing sexual abuse. In fiscal year 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, the Southern District of Indiana was second out of the 94 federal districts in the country for the number of child sexual exploitation cases prosecuted.

 

Additionally, this case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc

South Putnam's Chloe Pistelli to receive IHSAA/C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship

The Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. is pleased to announce this year’s group of 12 senior student-athletes who will be honored with the 2022 IHSAA/C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarships.

 

To reward the efforts of Indiana’s complete student-athletes, Forté Sports Medicine, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Fever, Indiana Pacers, Sport Graphics, Inc., and Franciscan Health Systems have all partnered with the IHSAA and the IHSAA Foundation to sponsor the program.

 

South Putnam's Chloe Pistelli is among those being honored

 

These well-rounded, positive role models have demonstrated excellence in academics, school and community involvement, character, sportsmanship, and citizenship.

 

Two females and two males from the three IHSAA districts will each receive a $2,500 scholarship for their prep accomplishments and be recognized at this year’s Thomas A. Brady Sports Achievement Awards Dinner established by Forté Sports Medicine, on June 2.

 

 

Patchwork on 231 set to begin Monday

Improvements are coming to U.S. 231.

 

Starting Monday, there will be restrictions on U.S. 231 from Frazier Street to the intersection of U.S. 231 and 240 for patchwork between 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Work could possibly continue into Tuesday.

 

Indiana Conservation Officers to host recruiting event in Putnam and Greene counties

Anyone interested in becoming an Indiana Conservation Officer is encouraged to attend one of two identical recruiting events that DNR Law Enforcement’s District 5 will host in Putnam and Greene counties.

 

The same material will be covered at each event.

 

The first is Wednesday, May 18, at 6 p.m. in Greene County at the Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area Visitor Center. The address is 13540 West County Road 400 South, Linton, IN 47441.

 

The second is Saturday May 21, at 9 a.m. in Putnam County at the Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber State Recreation Area) Nature Center. The address is 1317 W. Lieber Road, Suite 1, Cloverdale, IN 46120. Gate fees will be waived for those attending this event.

 

District 5, located in west-central Indiana, includes Sullivan, Greene, Parke, Putnam, Vigo, Owen, Clay, and Vermillion counties.

 

Each event will cover critical portions of the 2022 Indiana Conservation Officer hiring process, including duties of a conservation officer, preparation for the written exam and core values training, and physical agility testing requirements. Participation at either event does not guarantee participants a position.

 

To see if you qualify to be an Indiana Conservation Officer and to complete the pre-screen exam, see on.IN.gov/dnrlaw and click on Become a Conservation Officer.

 

Questions regarding the District 5 recruiting events should be directed to ICO Cole Hollingsworth, 765-635-8114, chollingsworth2@dnr.IN.gov.

The May First Friday is canceled due to inclement weather

First Friday for May 6 has been canceled due to the excessive rain. However, folks still wanting to enjoy tonight have some options that are still available. 

 

Almost Home and Swizzle Stick is moving Cade Pucket inside.  The show is 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM and Almost Home will still be offering their special drink for the night in honor of this First Friday’s sponsor, Prime Real Estate. The drink is the Prime Vodka Lemon Shake-up.

 

Moore’s will also be moving their entertainment indoors. Hometown Haven will play from 7:00 PM to 10:00 pm.

 

The new Granola Girl Apothecary will still have their ribbon cutting at 5:00 pm. However, some of the entertainment they planned to offer may not be available with the rain.

 

Castlemakers will still have their open workshop hours from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. They will not, however, race foam cars down Franklin Street.

 

And the newest business on the square, The Whisk, located at 18 South Jackson in the basement, will still open their doors at 6:00 PM.

Owen County Sheriff's Office says there was no shooting at elementary school

The Owen County Sheriff's Office confirms there was no shooting despite such a  report to them Thursday.

 

The Owen County Emergency 911 Center received a report of a school shooting at Patricksburg Elementary School.  Deputies with the Owen County Sheriff’s Office quickly responded, entered and cleared the building.

 

All students are safe and accounted for. The report was unfounded and no shooting had occurred.

 

An investigation is underway to determine the source of the phone call.

Bridges overcomes election night confusion for 7-vote win

For a brief moment Tuesday night, Tracy Bridges felt both ends of the spectrum that come with running for office and watching election results be tallied in the Putnam County Clerk of Courts race.

 

Bridges, the current Putnam County recorder, was initially announced as the loser against Debbie Ensor, who serves as the first deputy in the clerk’s office.

 

However, when the dust settled, Bridges was actually the winner, having defeated Ensor by a total of seven votes – 2,049 to 2,042 to claim the Republican ticket for the November general election.

 

“I’m thrilled. I was lucky to get my feet wet being an elected official in the recorder’s office. I’ve always wanted to be Clerk. I’m just thankful the voters trust me to be their next clerk,” Bridges told the Putnam County Post.

 

The moments on Tuesday night with confusion are actually something that Bridges hopes to clean up as clerk now.

 

“One of my goals is to update the entire election process. There needs to be no whiteboard, hand-written results. No one on a microphone misreading the numbers and names. That was terrible,” Bridges told the Putnam County Post.  

 

As was the case with the recorder’s office, Bridges will now hold an office her mother, Opal Sutherlin, once held before retiring after more than 20 years of county government service.

 

“My mother is a fantastic woman and I attribute my values and work ethic to her,” Bridges said.

 

And, the clerk race is an opportunity to continue her passions, Bridges said.

 

“My passions lie in the courts and elections. I have a degree in criminal justice and psychology. I am a licensed polygraph examiner. The whole criminal system is intriguing to me. I look forward to working with Holly Sullivan to further the safe and secure elections,” Bridges said. 

Baugh wins Putnam Co. Sheriff's primary; Bridges by seven votes over Ensor in clerk's race

Putnam County Republican primary contested race results

 

County Sheriff

Jerrod Baugh, 2063

Dwight Simmons, 1540

Steven Hibler, 887

 

County Council – District 1

Wayne Huffman, 507

David Fuhrman, 403

 

 

County Clerk

Tracy Bridges, 2049

Debbie Ensor, 2042

 

 

County Recorder

Heather Gilbert, 2363

Lorie Hallett-Talbert, 1647

 

County Surveyor

Gregg Williams, 2171

David Penturf, 1886

 

Franklin Twp. Trustee

Zach Bowers, 99

Clyde Flynn Coulter, Jr., 54

 

Cloverdale Town Council – Ward 3

Brandon Tancak, 123

Cindy Holland, 113

 

Rockville man's tractor-trailer struck by vehicle in fatal U.S. 41 accident

The Indiana State Police are investigating a Monday afternoon crash between a passenger vehicle and a semi tractor-trailer on US 41 just north of State Road 48, that claimed the life of one individual.

 

The preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police indicated that about 1:30 p.m., a 2015 Mack semi tractor-trailer driven by Thomas E. Selig, 64, of Rockville, was traveling northbound on US 41 in the driving lane just north of State Road 48 with its emergency lights (four-way flashers) activated.  The emergency lights were activated due to hauling hazardous materials.

 

Selig stated he was stopped at a railroad crossing, which he is required by law to do due to hazardous materials, when he felt an impact in the rear of his semi.  A 2014 Chevrolet was traveling northbound in the driving lane, directly behind the semi tractor-trailer, and failed to observe that the truck had stopped, running into the rear.  The driver of the Chervolet succumbed to injuries at the scene of the accident.

 

An autopsy is scheduled at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute.  At that time, a positive identification of the driver of the Chervolet will be made.

Putnam County Public Library offers hotspots, technology to residents

As a way of connecting with the entire county, the Putnam County Public Library has taken advantage of federal funds to assist residents with the opportunity to have internet access.

 

Through the FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund, the Putnam County Public Library has free mobile hotspots available for checkout to patrons. In addition, the library offers laptops and tablets to patrons.

 

“We want to help residents in rural Putnam County to have access to reliable internet. Over the past year, the grant has really helped us get laptops, tablets and hotspots to people,” Putnam County Public Library director Matt McClelland told the Putnam County Post.

 

The Emergency Connectivity Fund is a $7.1 billion program that assists schools and libraries with the tools and services needed to help families with remote learning. In addition, the program covers the costs of laptops and tablets, hotspots, modems, routers and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students and library patrons.

 

In addition, the technology aspect is part of the library’s new strategic plan, according to McClelland.

 

“This is very important. One of the goals of our new strategic plan is to reach out to all the areas of Putnam County, and we want to expand and serve all of the county. We are a county library,” McClelland said.

Car crashed into guardrail on 231 Monday; concerns for nearby resident

A one-vehicle accident in the 3:00 pm hour Monday stopped traffic on 231 near Waterworks Hill.

 

The accident involved a vehicle into the guardrail. 

 

The section of roadway has become one of conversation and concern over the years.  Bill Lady has lived near today’s accident site for 10 years.

 

 

Lady told the Putnam County Post that a change in speed limit hasn’t really helped the crash concerns for the roadway.  Or his nearby home.

 

 

The Nature Conservancy in Indiana celebrated Earth Day in Putnam County

Earth Day was April 22, 2022 and the Nature Conservancy in Indiana (TNC), an environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive, commemorated Earth Day with a variety of in-person and virtual events.

 

Locally, TNC and a group of volunteers met at the Big Walnut Nature Preserver (also known as Fortune Wood) in the Roachdale and Bainbridge area on Saturday for an Earth Day Garlic Mustard Pull. Garlic mustard, while edible, is a non-native and invasive plant. Volunteers met at the reserve early in the morning to learn how to identify the plant and how to safely remove it to stop its spread.

 

Esmé Barniskis, TNC Indiana’s Volunteer & Events Coordinator, also stated TNC works with Department of Nature Preserves and Hoosier Hikers Council. The Hoosier Hikers Council recently rerouted a trail at the Big Walnut Forest Reserve to follow along a ravine, making for a more interesting hike.

 

 

TNC  stated there are many small but impactful steps Hoosiers can take to be good stewards of the environment, which can be done anytime, not just Earth Day. Those include:

 

  • Plant trees to improve air quality and remove carbon from the atmosphere
  • Recycle
  • Carry reusable water bottles
  • Be a conscientious traveler (walk, bike, bus or carpool to work)
  • Switch to energy efficient appliances or a smart thermostat to prevent unnecessary energy expenditure
  • Participate in meatless Monday or plan one meal per week without meat

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