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Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
Community Notes (12/19/14)
Saturday, December 20 The American Legion Members are welcomed to bring their children and grandchildren to see Santa at noon for the Christmas Party. The Adult party will start at 8 p.m. with the band The Valley Brothers performing from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m...
Linton Police Department Activity Log (12/19/14)
The Linton Police Department responded to 16 calls and incidents on Tuesday, December 16, including one property damage accident, one alarm, one complaint about an animal, three assists to other agencies, four assists to the public, one report of harassment, one complaint involving a juvenile, one theft and one welfare check...
Greene County Sheriff's Department Jail Log (12/19/14)
December 16 -- Robert Dewayne Hicks, 40, Solsberry, was arrested on a warrant issued on a parole revocation by the Department of Corrections. He was being held without bond. December 16 -- Benjamin Lewis Edwards, 38, Bloomfield, was arrested on a warrant issued on a preliminary charge of interfering with a drug or alcohol test and petitions to revoke suspended sentences. He was being held without bond...
Eastern Greene Elementary Students Celebrate the Holidays (12/19/14)
First grade students from Eastern Elementary built gingerbread houses with parent and grandparent volunteers on December 17. (All photos courtesy of Eastern Greene Elementary)
S.A.F.E. is more than just a haven (12/19/14)
From the outside it might not look like it, but the old milk factory building at 189 W. Vincennes Street in Linton has found a new purpose. For the last couple of years it has been home to the S.A.F.E. Animal Rescue, Inc. Just behind the yellow brick facade and nondescript blinds that cover the windows facing the street lies a place that has become part sanctuary, part animal hospital, part volunteer center, part community animal outreach center.....
Linton Mayor John Wilkes announces his candidacy for a second term (12/19/14)
Linton Mayor John Wilkes has announced his candidacy for a second term as mayor of the City of Linton. Wilkes won his first term in 2012. Prior to being elected to the office of mayor of Linton, Wilkes served on the Greene County Council and had been a Linton business owner since 1967.....
Jammin' Pans Steel Band forming, with classes starting at the Carnegie (12/19/14)
When thinking of the steel drums, thoughts of the Caribbean and a warm tropical breeze might come to mind, but through the efforts of Virgil Franklin, both hearing and playing the instrument will be available to people across the local community. In 2002, Franklin began teaching steel drums for WRV Lyons Elementary where the students soon took a quick interest to the instrument.....
GCSD warns residents to watch out for IRS phone scam (12/19/14)
The Greene County Sheriff's Department and Detective Jim O'Malley are warning residents to be aware of a telephone scam involving the Internal Revenue Service. According to a written press release from O'Malley, senior citizens, retirees, individuals with past IRS issues and individuals on a fixed income such as Social Security and disability have been targeted across not only the United States but Canada as well...
Superintendent Hacker responds in wake of vote by WRV board (12/19/14)
SWITZ CITY - White River Valley's school superintendent is asking the WRV community to take a step back and take a deep breath in the wake of Thursday evening's board meeting. White River Valley Superintendent Bob Hacker is asking everyone not to jump to any conclusions after an outgoing board member made a motion that called for the moving of Lyons and Worthington Elementary Schools to one central location within the next five years...
Linton Rotary and Civitan making a difference for the community (12/18/14)
The Linton Rotary Club and the Linton Civitan held their annual community dinner and Toys for Tots event at the Saron Church on Thursday evening. For the last month, the Linton Rotary Club has been preparing for their annual community dinner. This this year the Rotary purchased 64 turkeys...
WRV School Board votes 6-1 to move elementary schools to Switz City within five years (12/18/14)
SWITZ CITY -- The outgoing members of the White River Valley School Board made a final impression before vacating their seats at Thursday night's meeting - and got the blessing of the rest of the panel, except for one. By a 6-1 vote, the board approved a motion by Charlie Records and seconded by Roger Weaver, to move the elementary schools in the district to one location at the current site of the high school in Switz City...
Greene County General Hospital Auxiliary to raffle quilt (12/18/14)
One of Wabash Valley Correctional Facility's well-known quilts is up for raffle at Greene County General Hospital. The Auxiliary has decided to raffle the vast, multi-colored quilt off as a fundraiser. Tickets are available at the front lobby of the hospital. Six tickets are available for $5 or one ticket for $1. The quilt is also available for viewing at the front desk...
UPDATED with info from ISP news release: ISP kills suspect in drug investigation and pursuit that spanned Owen and Morgan Counties (12/18/14)
Editor's Note: Early Thursday morning, the Indiana State Police Bloomington Post issued an alert that State Road 67, north of Greene County, was closed due to an ongoing incident. ISP Sgt. Curt Durnil said both lanes of SR 67 were shut down at the Owen / Morgan County line south of Paragon due to a multi-agency narcotics pursuit and standoff. More information was released later in the morning when Sgt. Durnil met with reporters at a location near the scene. The highway is now open.....
Greene County General Hospital partners with Union Hospital to offer life-saving training (12/18/14)
Greene County General Hospital has partnered with Union Hospital's Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health (Lugar Center) to better prepare community members to respond to life-threatening cardiac events. The Lugar Center was awarded grant funding through the U.S. ...
Preparedness items make great holiday gifts (12/18/14)
Indianapolis - With Christmas a week away, many Hoosiers are looking for a last minute gift or stocking stuffer. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security encourages everyone to think about giving the gift of preparedness this year. Considering last year's bitter cold and snowy winter, items for a vehicle preparedness kit make thoughtful and useful gifts. Vehicle cell phone chargers, hand warmers, and snow brushes are great gift ideas that won't stretch holiday budgets...
State creates free county travel status mobile app (12/18/14)
Indianapolis - The State of Indiana has created a free mobile app to provide Hoosiers with county travel status updates and alerts directly to their mobile devices. "This new app will be a great on-the-go resource for citizens and visitors to Indiana," said Governor Mike Pence. ...
Jason Caldwell sentenced to 111 years for murder and rape (12/17/14)
The sentence handed down to Jason Caldwell in Greene Superior Court Wednesday afternoon for the murder of David Lamm and the rape of a surviving victim might as well have been a life sentence. Caldwell was given a total of 111 years in the Department of Corrections. Under Indiana's new sentencing law, Caldwell must serve 75 percent of the time...
Greene County Sports Network Broadcast Schedule (12/17/14)
Thursday, December 18 Girls WRV at EASTERN GREENE, Airtime, 7:10 p.m. Saturday, December 20 Boys WRV at BLOOMFIELD, Airtime, 7:10 p.m.
Greene County Sheriff's Department Jail Log (12/17/14)
December 16 -- Robert Dewayne Hicks, 40, Solsberry, was arrested on a warrant issued on a parole revocation by the Department of Corrections. He was being held without bond. December 16 -- Benjamin Lewis Edwards, 38, Bloomfield, was arrested on a warrant issued on a preliminary charge of interfering with a drug or alcohol test and petitions to revoke suspended sentences. He was being held without bond...
Linton Police Department Activity Log (12/17/14)
The Linton Police Department responded to 16 calls and incidents on Tuesday, December 16, including one property damage accident, one alarm, one complaint about an animal, three assists to other agencies, four assists to the public, one report of harassment, one complaint involving a juvenile, one theft and one welfare check...
Salvation Army ringing the bell to help those in need in Greene County (12/17/14)
When you see and hear bell ringers outside red Salvation Army kettles this holiday season, rest assured any donations you give are going to be used to help those in need locally. Since the Salvation Army is a national organization, there has been some misconception as to how the money is used locally...
One day after getting out of jail, Hymera man shot twice in Brazil on Monday (12/17/14)
A Hymera man was shot twice at a home north of Brazil on Monday after allegedly violating a no-contact order and threatening to kill those inside the home. Jeffery Frakes, 42, then left the scene with two gunshot wounds and ended up in Sullivan County Community Hospital. He was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon into the custody of the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department. He was then transferred to Clay County Sheriff's Department and booked in to the Clay County Jail...
IU Health announces temporary visitor restriction policy to help prevent the spread of flu (12/17/14)
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana is bracing for what is expected to be a severe flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this season's most predominant strain--the H3N2 strain of influenza A--is historically known to cause more hospitalizations and deaths. ...
State health officials bracing for what could be a severe flu season (12/17/14)
INDIANAPOLIS -- State health want Hoosiers to be prepared for what could be a severe flu season. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that H3N2 flu viruses have been the most common so far this flu season. Historically, during seasons where H3N2 viruses are dominant, more hospitalizations and deaths have been reported...
Stories by Bob McDonald: Life in the Goose Pond area, way back when (12/17/14)
Read stories about life in the Goose Pond area back in the old days, including a story about Wanda Lind, Kay Anderson, Ina Mowery and Patty Cardinal, all pictured, in a new Greene County Daily World column written by Bob McDonald.
Escaped Indiana prison inmate captured in Illinois (12/16/14)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) -- Police say an inmate who escaped from a minimum-security federal prison in Indiana has been arrested on the University of Illinois' campus. Campus police say an officer doing a routine walk-through of the school's undergraduate library in Urbana, Illinois, found 61-year-old Michael Ward there and arrested him Monday night...
Construction on water lines in Linton completed in preparation for potential bridge project (12/16/14)
Construction near Crane Federal Credit Union in Linton has recently ended. During the construction, the City of Linton has been rerouting water lines in the area in an effort to gear up for an upcoming construction project. Mayor John Wilkes has been working with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) on the recent construction...
Community Notes (12/16/14)
Wednesday, December 17 The Greene County Coin Club will hold its December meeting at the Bloomfield Community Building. This is the Christmas party and they will have a meal beginning at 6 p.m. All members are to bring a side dish/snack for the meal. Meeting will start after the meal...
BPD looking out for people they serve, Bless This Dinner program to touch 30 families on Wednesday (12/16/14)
BLOOMFIELD -- Bloomfield Town Marshal Ken Tharp estimates that as many as 30 Bloomfield families will benefit from the efforts of not only his department, but the good people and businesses of Bloomfield as a result of this year's "Bless This Dinner" program.....
Kitchens turned into classrooms at WVCF gives offenders skills for employment after release (12/16/14)
Carlisle -- The ingredients in a recipe for success will be served Friday morning at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF). The second ARAMARK coordinated food service IN2WORK class will graduate Friday, with lunch of course. ARAMARK, the contracted food service provider for WVCF and the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) turns kitchens into classrooms. Courses include Servsafe, which includes a stringent National Restaurant Association test, leading up to graduation...
Greene County Commissioners close out 2014 with Flood Plain ordinance approval (12/16/14)
BLOOMFIELD -- The Greene County Commissioners closed out their 2014 docket with the approval of the new Flood Plain Management Plan Ordinance. The ordinance, which is required for Greene County residents to purchase National Flood Insurance Policies, is to promote the public health, safety and general welfare and to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions in specific areas by provisions designed to restrict or prohibit uses which are dangerous to health, safety and property due to water or erosion hazards, which result in damaging increases in erosion or in flood heights or velocities; require that uses vulnerable to floods, including facilities which serve such uses, be protected against flood damage in the time of initial construction; control the alteration of natural floodplains, stream channels and natural protective barriers which are involved in the accommodations of flood waters; control filling, grading, dredging and other development which may increase erosion or flood damage; prevent or regulate the construction of flood barriers which will unnaturally divert flood waters or which may increase flood hazards to other lands and to make federal flood insurance available to structures and their contents in the county by fulfilling the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program.. ...
UPDATED 3 p.m.: Crash causes diesel spill along SR 43, scene now clear (12/16/14)
A crash involving a diesel fuel truck resulted in a spill of approximately 200 gallons of diesel fuel late this morning on State Road 43 approximately one-quarter mile north of Legion Road in eastern Greene County according to the Greene County Sheriff's Department dispatch.....
ISP reporting phone scam in area, similar to one reported by GCSD earlier this month (12/16/14)
A couple of weeks ago, someone representing themselves as a local law enforcement officer called a Bloomfield resident in an attempt to get the resident's debit card information. The caller identified himself as "Deputy Calhoun of the Greene County Sheriff's Department." The resident did not fall for the scam and called the sheriff's department to report the incident...
Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay highlighting state celebrations in 2016 will travel through Greene County (12/16/14)
Indianapolis - Governor Mike Pence announced a new signature event of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission last week in his Statehood Day remarks in the south atrium of the Indiana Statehouse. The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will touch each of Indiana's 92 counties during the 2,300 mile journey across the state. The torch relay will be an inspirational event during a monumental year for Indiana and will connect people, communities and regions during the six-week trek in the fall of 2016...
Greene County Sheriff's Department Jail Log (12/16/14)
December 15 -- Amanda Elizabeth Thompson, 33, Washington, Ind., was arrested on a warrant issued on a preliminary charge of possession of a controlled substance. She was being held without bond. December 15 -- William Todd Langford, 42, Bloomfield, was arrested on a warrant issued on a preliminary charge of theft. He was being held without bond. Greene County Sheriff's Deputy Shawn Cullison was the arresting officer...
Linton Police Department Activity Log (12/16/14)
The Linton Police Department responded to 21 calls and incidents on Monday, December 15, including two property damage accidents, one alcohol-related offense, one complaint about an animal, eight assists to the public, one fight in progress, one report of suspicious activity, two thefts, one reported threat and three traffic stops...
Linton-Stockton School Board says goodbye to two members (12/15/14)
The Linton-Stockton Board of School Trustees said goodbye to two of its board members Monday evening at the last board meeting of 2014. Frank "Frog" Gennicks and Bob Craig chose not to run for re-election; therefore, Monday night was their last meeting. Gennicks spent 12 years on the board. Craig joined the board in October 2013 when he agreed to fill a spot left vacant by Rodney Bredeweg when Bredeweg resigned from the board to take a position within the school corporation...
Progress on I-69 Section 4 inching along in Monroe County because of weather (12/15/14)
It's the end of 2014 and Section 4 of Interstate 69 is nowhere near being done. Where the interstate is supposed to connect to Ind. 37, light poles stand on the edges of a dirt path. Where the highway is supposed to cross over Rockport Road, metal beams stick up into the sky with nothing on top of them. And Harmony Road, which is supposed to cross over the interstate, has a gap in it so large the trucks in the valley below look like toys...
Roosevelt Mission seeking donations this holiday season (12/15/14)
The Roosevelt Mission is seeking donations this holiday season to help cover expenses. Reverend Jerry French has been the director of the mission for the last 14 years and he is asking the Linton community for donations in support of the work of the Mission...
Indiana DNR: Give to outdoor causes in someone's honor for the holidays (12/15/14)
Indianapolis - The Indiana DNR has gift solutions for those on your list more concerned about the state's outdoors than about acquiring more stuff. Make a tax-deductible contribution in that person's name to support a number of outdoor causes. Support a person's favorite state park with a financial gift in their honor. ...