Planned power outage in NW Linton

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According to the Facebook page “From The Desk of Linton Mayor John Wilkes“, a power outage is scheduled for Northwest Linton at 11:30pm on Wednesday, October 26th.  The outage should last between 2-4 hours.

Planned power outage in NW Linton

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According to the Facebook page “From The Desk of Linton Mayor John Wilkes“, a power outage is scheduled for Northwest Linton at 11:30pm on Wednesday, October 26th.  The outage should last between 2-4 hours.

2016 Linton Freedom Festival

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The 2016 Linton Freedom Festival is under way! I’ve compiled a schedule of events taken from the official lineup, which can be found on the Linton Freedom Festival website.

Saturday, June 25th

Time Event Location
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Classic Car Show Linton City Park
6:30 – 8:00 PM Baby Freedom, Miss Sparkler & Mr. Firecracker Contest Linton City Park Band Shell
8:00 PM Fast Eddie, The Eight Ball and Karaoke Linton City Park Band Shell

Sunday, June 26th

Time Event Location
7:00 PM Assembly of God Church Presents Adam Crabb in Concert Linton City Park Band Shell

Monday, June 27th

Time Event Location
6:00 PM Carnival Midway Linton City Park
7:30 – 9:30 PM Addiction-Classic Rock Music Linton City Park Band Shell

Tuesday, June 28th

Time Event Location
2:00 PM Glenburn Bingo Linton City Park West Shelter House
6:00 PM Carnival Midway Linton City Park
7:30 – 9:30 PM Mile Fonderhide & Friends Country & Rock’n Roll Classics Linton City Park Band Shell

Wednesday, June 29th

Time Event Location
6:00 PM Carnival Midway Linton City Park
7:00 – 7:45 PM Bonnie Bland Gospel Music Linton City Park Band Shell
8:00 – 9:00 PM The Jammin’ Pans-Music of the Islands Linton City Park Band Shell

Thursday, June 30th

Time Event Location
6:00 PM Carnival Midway Linton City Park
7:00 – 9:00 PM Haywire-Classic Rock’n Roll Linton City Park Band Shell

Friday, July 1st

Time Event Location
5:00 – 10:00 PM Marketplace Linton City Park East Shelter House
6:00 PM Carnival Midway Linton City Park
7:30 – 9:00 PM Fat Cats Patriotic & Classic Rock’n Roll Linton City Park Band Shell

Saturday, July 2nd

Time Event Location
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Marketplace Linton City Park East Shelter House
4:00 – 7:00 PM ½ Chicken Dinner, Sides & Desserts-$10.00 (dine in/carry out). Advance dinner tickets available by phoning 812-847-9016 Linton VFW
4:00 – 7:00 PM Music provided by the band “Crust” Linton VFW
6:00 PM Carnival Midway Linton City Park
7:30 – 9:00 PM Tim Latimer and Nuttin’ Fancy Band-Classic Hits Linton City Park Band Shell
8:00 – 12:00 PM Music provided by the band “Wikker Elefant” Linton VFW

Sunday, July 3rd

Time Event Location
1:00 – 10:00 PM Marketplace Linton City Park East Shelter House
6:00 PM Carnival Midway Linton City Park
6:00 PM Heavy Weight Horse Pulling Contest Larry Kinnett’s Horse Barn, Road 200 North, Linton, IN (Watch for Signs)
7:00 – 8:00 PM Lee & Holy Lynn Marcum Patriotic Music & The National Anthem Linton City Park Band Shell
8:00 – 9:00 PM Romans Warrior Foundation – A special tribute and message for our Veterans, Gold Star Families, and First Responders Linton City Park Band Shell

Monday, July 4th

Time Event Location
6:00 – 9:00 AM Civitan Ham Breakfast Linton Fire Station
9:45 AM Lee & Holly Lynn Marcum Patriotic Music & The National Anthem Parade Review Stand
10:00 AM 111th Linton Freedom Festival Parade “Hoosier Heroes” Linton, IN
1:00 – 10:00 PM Marketplace Linton City Park East Shelter House
6:00 PM Carnival Midway Linton City Park
6:45 – 7:00 PM Emma Brewer-2015 Freedom Festival Queen to make introductions for:
* 2016 Freedom Festival Queen: Makayla Fulton
* 2016 Freedom Festival Queen: 1st Runner Up: Hunter House
* 2016 Freedom Festival Princess: Crislyn Woods
* 2016 Freedom Festival Princess 1st Runner Up: Brooklyn Hoffeditz
Linton City Park Band Shell
7:00 – 8:00 PM Kade Puckett-Finger Style Guitar Linton City Park Band Shell
8:30 – 10:30 PM The Avalons Rock and Roll Oldies Sensation Linton City Park Band Shell
10:30 PM Fireworks Linton City Park

2016 Linton-Stockton Senior Sheets

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A tradition that dates back to Pre-Columbian Linton Miners, the Senior Sheet is a banner hung by the Senior class once they have ransacked and raided all spoils from their High School Battle.  The sheets are meant to generate fear in the lesser school classes to demoralize any attempts at usurping the Senior title.

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New Technology Business Opens Downtown

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KairoTech Computer Services is kicking off their Grand Opening Week tomorrow at 1:30pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the City of Linton Mayor John Wilkes and the Linton Chamber of Commerce.

It has been some time since Linton has had a professional computer and electronics service center.  Their website, kairotech.com, lists the services available such as virus removal, file recovery and transfer, secure recycling, parts and software installation, regular PC tune-ups, troubleshooting, and more.

The owner, Josh Dean, has also started posting videos about current technology issues and questions on YouTube.

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According to a post on their Facebook page, they’re also giving away a new iPad Mini this week.

The new business should not only be a welcome asset to downtown, but all of Linton and the surrounding communities now that people are able to get service and support without having to drive an hour or more away.

 

Citywide Power Outage on Saturday

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Edit: From a comment on Facebook and the Greene County Daily World, it looks like the time has been changed to 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

According to a post on the Linton Police Department’s Facebook Page, we will have “a city wide power outage Saturday, April 2, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m”

There will be a city wide power outage Saturday, April 2, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m. The power outage will…

Posted by Linton Police Dept on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Citywide Power Outage on Saturday

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Edit: From a comment on Facebook and the Greene County Daily World, it looks like the time has been changed to 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

According to a post on the Linton Police Department’s Facebook Page, we will have “a city wide power outage Saturday, April 2, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m”

There will be a city wide power outage Saturday, April 2, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m. The power outage will…

Posted by Linton Police Dept on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Spring 2016

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It looks like we’ve finally made it past the long cold winter.

Every year it seems we have fewer and fewer of the stinky but beautiful Bradford Pears on main street.

Spring 2016

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It looks like we’ve finally made it past the long cold winter.

Every year it seems we have fewer and fewer of the stinky but beautiful Bradford Pears on main street.

Spring 2016

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It looks like we’ve finally made it past the long cold winter.

Every year it seems we have fewer and fewer of the stinky but beautiful Bradford Pears on main street.

“Yule Like Linton” website offers apparel and gifts that are local and festive

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Lintonians now have a way to spread Christmas cheer and represent their hometown thanks to a new, local website—YuleLikeLinton.com

The holiday-themed website features unique gifts emblazoned with a”Yule Like Linton” design, a pun on our local motto and infamous You’ll Like Linton signs. The website’s mission is to help “spread cheer in local style”.

Shoppers can choose from t-shirts, sweatshirts, long-sleeved shirts, hoodies, and tote bags. All items are printed to order and shipped to your home.

The website was created by Linton resident, Derrick Tennant.

“The idea came a few years ago when I’d seen the Christmas lights in the back of the park that spelled out “you’ll like Linton. My goal is to just to let anyone else who enjoys my pun take part.”

You can view and purchase your “Yule Like Linton” items at YuleLikeLinton.com

 

“Yule Like Linton” website offers apparel and gifts that are local and festive

Yule Like Linton

Lintonians now have a way to spread Christmas cheer and represent their hometown thanks to a new, local website—YuleLikeLinton.com

The holiday-themed website features unique gifts emblazoned with a”Yule Like Linton” design, a pun on our local motto and infamous You’ll Like Linton signs. The website’s mission is to help “spread cheer in local style”.

Shoppers can choose from t-shirts, sweatshirts, long-sleeved shirts, hoodies, and tote bags. All items are printed to order and shipped to your home.

The website was created by Linton resident, Derrick Tennant.

“The idea came a few years ago when I’d seen the Christmas lights in the back of the park that spelled out “you’ll like Linton. My goal is to just to let anyone else who enjoys my pun take part.”

You can view and purchase your “Yule Like Linton” items at YuleLikeLinton.com

 

Info for State Championship Game – Linton vs. Lafayette Central Catholic

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The Linton Miners will face The Lafayette Central Catholic Knights next Friday, November 27th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Kickoff Time: Noon

Lucas Oil Stadium will open its gates to fans beginning at 11 am ET (one hour prior to kickoff of the first game) each day.

Ticket Info

  • Cost: $15.00 per day
  • All seats are general admission.
  • Pre-school children admitted at no charge.

Single day tickets may be purchased at Linton High School on Monday from 2:00pm to 8:00pm and on Tuesday 8:00am to Noon.

Purchase advance tickets through Linton-Stockton High School and they’ll be reimbursed $1.00 for every ticket sold.

Tickets also will be available game day at the Lucas Oil Stadium Ticket Office located on the southeast side of the venue at street level nearest Capitol Avenue.

Broadcast Info

For those unable to attend the game, you can view a live TV broadcast on Fox Sports Indiana or listen to the Media Five Sports radio broadcast at wqtyradio.com

 

Info for State Championship Game – Linton vs. Lafayette Central Catholic

Linton Miners vs North Central Thunderbirds at Lucas Oil Stadium

The Linton Miners will face The Lafayette Central Catholic Knights next Friday, November 27th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Kickoff Time: Noon

Lucas Oil Stadium will open its gates to fans beginning at 11 am ET (one hour prior to kickoff of the first game) each day.

Ticket Info

  • Cost: $15.00 per day
  • All seats are general admission.
  • Pre-school children admitted at no charge.

Single day tickets may be purchased at Linton High School on Monday from 2:00pm to 8:00pm and on Tuesday 8:00am to Noon.

Purchase advance tickets through Linton-Stockton High School and they’ll be reimbursed $1.00 for every ticket sold.

Tickets also will be available game day at the Lucas Oil Stadium Ticket Office located on the southeast side of the venue at street level nearest Capitol Avenue.

Broadcast Info

For those unable to attend the game, you can view a live TV broadcast on Fox Sports Indiana or listen to the Media Five Sports radio broadcast at wqtyradio.com

 

Pleasent Grove Farm Christmas Musical, 2015

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According to a post on their Facebook page, the 9th Annual Christmas Musical will start at 6:00pm on December 6th.

Pleasant Grove Farm’s 9th annual Christmas Musical starts at 6 PM on Sunday December 6th. This free event will play nightly from 6 PM until 11 PM and the last Christmas show is Dec 26th. A Patriotic show will play from the 27th until Jan 1st. Tune to FM 99.3.

Since there’s no such thing as too many videos of Christmas Music, below is a video I made a few years ago at the Pleasant Grove Farm Christmas show.

via Facebook

Pleasent Grove Farm Christmas Musical, 2015

Pleasent Grove Farm Christmas Musical, 2015

According to a post on their Facebook page, the 9th Annual Christmas Musical will start at 6:00pm on December 6th.

Pleasant Grove Farm’s 9th annual Christmas Musical starts at 6 PM on Sunday December 6th. This free event will play nightly from 6 PM until 11 PM and the last Christmas show is Dec 26th. A Patriotic show will play from the 27th until Jan 1st. Tune to FM 99.3.

Since there’s no such thing as too many videos of Christmas Music, below is a video I made a few years ago at the Pleasant Grove Farm Christmas show.

via Facebook

Info for Semi-State Game – Linton vs. North Vermillion

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From LintonMiners.com

The Linton-Stockton Miners (12-1) will face off against the North Vermillion Falcons (13-1) at Roy Williams Field in Linton on Friday, November 20th at 7:30pm for the IHSAA Class A Football Semi-State Championship.

This is the third meeting between the two teams in the last two years. The Falcons defeated Linton in last year’s Regional game by a score of 31-8 before advancing to the State title game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Miners avenged that loss earlier this year when they defeated the Falcons 21-7 in regular season play.

Both teams come into this contest with a multitude of 1,000+ yard rushers setting the stage for what could be a battle by land and air.

Friday’s winner will move on to Lucas Oil Stadium for a shot to become the Class 1A State Football Champion!

Forecasts of heavy rains during the week have prompted officials at Linton-Stockton to cover the field in order to preserve the playing surface for Friday’s game.

CLICK TO WATCH LIVE AT LINTONMINERS.COM


GAME INFO

Location: Roy Williams Field – Linton-Stockton High School

Address: 10 H St NE, Linton, IN 47441

Kickoff Time: 7:30pm EDT

CLICK HERE FOR GOOGLE MAPS DIRECTIONS FROM CAYUGA

Expected Travel Time: 1 hour 36 minutes from Cayuga, IN

ABOUT NORTH VERMILLION

Record: 13-1

Mascot: Falcons

Conference: Wabash River

Head Coach: Brian Crabtree

Colors: Blue

Info for Semi-State Game – Linton vs. North Vermillion

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From LintonMiners.com

The Linton-Stockton Miners (12-1) will face off against the North Vermillion Falcons (13-1) at Roy Williams Field in Linton on Friday, November 20th at 7:30pm for the IHSAA Class A Football Semi-State Championship.

This is the third meeting between the two teams in the last two years. The Falcons defeated Linton in last year’s Regional game by a score of 31-8 before advancing to the State title game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Miners avenged that loss earlier this year when they defeated the Falcons 21-7 in regular season play.

Both teams come into this contest with a multitude of 1,000+ yard rushers setting the stage for what could be a battle by land and air.

Friday’s winner will move on to Lucas Oil Stadium for a shot to become the Class 1A State Football Champion!

Forecasts of heavy rains during the week have prompted officials at Linton-Stockton to cover the field in order to preserve the playing surface for Friday’s game.

CLICK TO WATCH LIVE AT LINTONMINERS.COM


GAME INFO

Location: Roy Williams Field – Linton-Stockton High School

Address: 10 H St NE, Linton, IN 47441

Kickoff Time: 7:30pm EDT

CLICK HERE FOR GOOGLE MAPS DIRECTIONS FROM CAYUGA

Expected Travel Time: 1 hour 36 minutes from Cayuga, IN

ABOUT NORTH VERMILLION

Record: 13-1

Mascot: Falcons

Conference: Wabash River

Head Coach: Brian Crabtree

Colors: Blue

2015 Election Results – Linton Municipal Election

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We’ll be posting the results from today’s Municipal Election following the closing of the polls at 6pm.

(Numbers last updated 7:06pm)

Mayor

John A. Wilkes (D) John Ray Correll (R)
785 692

Clerk-Treasurer

Jathan K. Wright (D) John D. Preble (R)
897 573

City Council

Stockton 3

Tony Richards (D)
227

Stockton 4

Richard “Dick” Kaiser (D) Linda Bedwell (I)
90 227

Stockton 5

Fred Markle (D)
140

Stockton 6

Jeff Sparks (D) Christopher M. Wathen (R)
178 172

Stockton 7

Jerry L. Ellett (D) Gregory R. Sapp (R)
190 138

Official election results are at www.co.greene.in.us

2015 Election Results – Linton Municipal Election

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Warm, sunny weather greeted voters on Tuesday, November 3rd as they made their way to the polls for the 2015 Municipal Election in Linton, Indiana. Here are the results from races for Mayor, Clerk-Treasurer, City Council.

John Wilkes defeated Republican challenger, John Correll in the Mayor’s race by 93 votes, while current Councilman, Jathan Wright, defeated John Preble for the Clerk-Treasurer’s seat. Fred Markle, Tony Richards, and Linda Bedwell will retain their seats on the City Council while Jeff Sparks and former Councilman, Jerry Ellett,  will now represent the 6th and 7th precincts respectively.

(Numbers last updated 7:36pm)

Mayor

John A. Wilkes (D) John Ray Correll (R)
785 692

Clerk-Treasurer

Jathan K. Wright (D) John D. Preble (R)
897 573

City Council

Stockton 3

Tony Richards (D)
227

Stockton 4

Richard “Dick” Kaiser (D) Linda Bedwell (I)
90 227

Stockton 5

Fred Markle (D)
140

Stockton 6

Jeff Sparks (D) Christopher M. Wathen (R)
178 172

Stockton 7

Jerry L. Ellett (D) Gregory R. Sapp (R)
190 138

Official election results can be found at www.co.greene.in.us

Election Preview of Linton Mayoral Race: John Wilkes [GCDW]

John Wilkes

Republished with permission from The Greene County Daily World.

By Grant Karazsia, Staff Writer, Greene County Daily World

For the last couple of months, election signs have lined the yards of many homes, and along the city streets. Of all of the signs posted, signs for the two candidates in the race for the office of Linton Mayor have seen arguably the greatest presence.

When Linton voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 3, they will be choosing between the incumbent Democrat, John Wilkes, who is currently serving his first term as Linton’s mayor, and the challenger, Republican John Correll.

In the May primary, Wilkes defeated his opponent, Linda Bedwell, by a narrow margin and Correll was unopposed.

Wilkes was elected to his first term as mayor of Linton four years ago, and says he looks forward to serving the Linton community for another four years if re-elected.

“When I won my first term I knew a second term would be needed to accomplish everything that Linton deserved to move it forward to its fullest potential. I also vowed to conduct a positive campaign.

“A positive campaign focuses on the strengths and achievements of the candidate. In my campaign I have discussed issues and results, not people,” Wilkes said
.
Wilkes feels job creation and infrastructure are the biggest concerns facing Linton.

“Over the past 3.5 years, the accomplishments in these two areas have been vast,” Wilkes said.

For job creation, Wilkes points out that the number of new small businesses in town is at an all-time high.

Wilkes cited the example of new fiber optics in town that will have capabilities to attract future investors to consider Linton.

According to Wilkes, he personally assisted Prairie Built Barns, which employs local residents, to find a permanent home in Switz City. He says he is currently working with a national organization that will create a staff of 20 when it opens.
Wilkes said during his term, he has worked extensively to get GE Corporation to return to Linton and clean up the site on 12th Street.

“Promoting a positive environment with area business owners who create jobs is an ability I have always used for the good of Linton and I am able to continue this collaboration with ease.” – John Wilkes

“It is now a shovel ready, environmentally-compliant piece of property that I am actively marketing for commercial use,” Wilkes said.

Working to get a skilled workforce available is something Wilkes says he has been passionate about, and that he’s been working with the appropriate agencies to help in this matter.

“Promoting a positive environment with area business owners who create jobs is an ability I have always used for the good of Linton and I am able to continue this collaboration with ease,” Wilkes said.

Wilkes noted that infrastructure includes sewers, water lines and electrical service.

“Upgrades have been made to meet the future needs of this community. Obtaining funding to continue these upgrades takes a great working relationship with different state agencies and I have that relationship secured for Linton,” Wilkes said.

Other areas where Wilkes said he is concentrating his efforts are on the youth, revenue, tourism and accountability.

Wilkes said he has worked with Linton-Stockton School Corporation and Ivy Tech to bring in the College Coach Connection to the school system.

“This will assist our students in gaining technical skills so they can obtain good salary jobs in our area so they can remain living in Linton,” Wilkes said.

Wilkes said he created the Mayor’s Youth Council and it is now well into its second year with an active group of young adults who graciously give back to their community.

“For the youth as well, our parks system is constantly being improved and the city administration works actively with organizations on festivals and activities for family-friendly events,” Wilkes said.

Wilkes said during his administration, many avenues have been taken to insure city revenue continues.

“The budget is balanced and we are financially sound,” said Wilkes.
According to Wilkes, a special district has been formed which brings money into Linton and grants have been obtained from Communities for a Lifetime and Safe Routes to Schools.

“When I learned that we could lose a valued wholesale water customer, I went to work immediately. Not only were we able to negotiate and work with them but we were able to get a ten-year contract. This insures us that the town of Linton will have a steady source of income over many years. Bringing new revenue into Linton and retaining the already existing revenue streams takes the experience and relationships with outside people that I have grown over the years in around the state,” said Wilkes.

Wilkes said he is confident in his ability to continue to bring money into Linton as he has done during his first term.

“The recycling brought to Linton saves the city a large sum of money as well,” Wilkes said.

According to Wilkes, a new system of accountability within the city barn and utilities has proven very successful and not only saves the town money but work orders are completed quicker.

“The city barn appearance has been cleaned up as well. I hear frequent compliments from citizens on the work going on with our city barn and our city workers,” Wilkes said.

Wilkes said he expresses pride in other projects that he’s currently working on such as: Trails, new city website, volunteer organizations, School Backpack Program, flooding grant, youth retention, elimination of blighted property and marketing outdoor recreation.

As a city leader, Wilkes said he has helped initiate the following programs to better the city of Linton: Communities for a Lifetime, Indiana Main Street, Rediscover Downtown Linton, Safe Routes to School, waste water treatment plant improvement, restoring GE property to a compliant commercial property he’s actively marketing, and the Mayor’s Youth Council.

Wilkes has been a business owner and held numerous positions in philanthropic organizations and been a founding organizer or active member of 17 different area organizations for 48 years.

Wilkes, 74, was born and raised in Dugger, but has lived in Linton for the past 48 years.

Since moving to Linton, he has both owned and operated Mercury Cleaners until recently.

“Without the resources to attend college, I made my own opportunities,” explained Wilkes. “Self motivation pushed me and in 1967, I became the owner of Mercury Cleaners. For 48 years I’ve cultivated my business and negotiation skills along with the leadership and teamwork skills I obtained in the Air Force. I am a well seasoned veteran in economic growth on a city, county and state level.”

Wilkes said he is a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he served for four years.

Prior to his election as Linton’s mayor, Wilkes served nine years on the Greene County Council and he noted that during that time “the budget was balanced and no taxes were raised.”

Wilkes served as the president of the Indiana Dry Cleaners Association for many years, and he is a charter member of the Greene County Foundation and Linton Housing Authority.

“I’ve held the title of officer in many organizations and been a founding organizer or active member in 17 different organizations,” he said.

Wilkes attends two churches, the Saron Church in Linton and the Church of Christ in Dugger.

He has been recognized for his community service and has received awards from the Jaycees, the Shrine Club and the Chamber of Commerce, and he is an active member in many other philanthropic organizations.

Wilkes is also a recipient of the honorary ‘Sagamore of the Wabash’ award which is the highest distinction bestowed upon citizens by the Governor of Indiana.

Wilkes is running for mayor on the Democrat ticket.

Election Preview of Linton Mayoral Race: John Wilkes [GCDW]

John Wilkes

Republished with permission from The Greene County Daily World.

By Grant Karazsia, Staff Writer, Greene County Daily World

For the last couple of months, election signs have lined the yards of many homes, and along the city streets. Of all of the signs posted, signs for the two candidates in the race for the office of Linton Mayor have seen arguably the greatest presence.

When Linton voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 3, they will be choosing between the incumbent Democrat, John Wilkes, who is currently serving his first term as Linton’s mayor, and the challenger, Republican John Correll.

In the May primary, Wilkes defeated his opponent, Linda Bedwell, by a narrow margin and Correll was unopposed.

Wilkes was elected to his first term as mayor of Linton four years ago, and says he looks forward to serving the Linton community for another four years if re-elected.

“When I won my first term I knew a second term would be needed to accomplish everything that Linton deserved to move it forward to its fullest potential. I also vowed to conduct a positive campaign.

“A positive campaign focuses on the strengths and achievements of the candidate. In my campaign I have discussed issues and results, not people,” Wilkes said
.
Wilkes feels job creation and infrastructure are the biggest concerns facing Linton.

“Over the past 3.5 years, the accomplishments in these two areas have been vast,” Wilkes said.

For job creation, Wilkes points out that the number of new small businesses in town is at an all-time high.

Wilkes cited the example of new fiber optics in town that will have capabilities to attract future investors to consider Linton.

According to Wilkes, he personally assisted Prairie Built Barns, which employs local residents, to find a permanent home in Switz City. He says he is currently working with a national organization that will create a staff of 20 when it opens.
Wilkes said during his term, he has worked extensively to get GE Corporation to return to Linton and clean up the site on 12th Street.

“Promoting a positive environment with area business owners who create jobs is an ability I have always used for the good of Linton and I am able to continue this collaboration with ease.” – John Wilkes

“It is now a shovel ready, environmentally-compliant piece of property that I am actively marketing for commercial use,” Wilkes said.

Working to get a skilled workforce available is something Wilkes says he has been passionate about, and that he’s been working with the appropriate agencies to help in this matter.

“Promoting a positive environment with area business owners who create jobs is an ability I have always used for the good of Linton and I am able to continue this collaboration with ease,” Wilkes said.

Wilkes noted that infrastructure includes sewers, water lines and electrical service.

“Upgrades have been made to meet the future needs of this community. Obtaining funding to continue these upgrades takes a great working relationship with different state agencies and I have that relationship secured for Linton,” Wilkes said.

Other areas where Wilkes said he is concentrating his efforts are on the youth, revenue, tourism and accountability.

Wilkes said he has worked with Linton-Stockton School Corporation and Ivy Tech to bring in the College Coach Connection to the school system.

“This will assist our students in gaining technical skills so they can obtain good salary jobs in our area so they can remain living in Linton,” Wilkes said.

Wilkes said he created the Mayor’s Youth Council and it is now well into its second year with an active group of young adults who graciously give back to their community.

“For the youth as well, our parks system is constantly being improved and the city administration works actively with organizations on festivals and activities for family-friendly events,” Wilkes said.

Wilkes said during his administration, many avenues have been taken to insure city revenue continues.

“The budget is balanced and we are financially sound,” said Wilkes.
According to Wilkes, a special district has been formed which brings money into Linton and grants have been obtained from Communities for a Lifetime and Safe Routes to Schools.

“When I learned that we could lose a valued wholesale water customer, I went to work immediately. Not only were we able to negotiate and work with them but we were able to get a ten-year contract. This insures us that the town of Linton will have a steady source of income over many years. Bringing new revenue into Linton and retaining the already existing revenue streams takes the experience and relationships with outside people that I have grown over the years in around the state,” said Wilkes.

Wilkes said he is confident in his ability to continue to bring money into Linton as he has done during his first term.

“The recycling brought to Linton saves the city a large sum of money as well,” Wilkes said.

According to Wilkes, a new system of accountability within the city barn and utilities has proven very successful and not only saves the town money but work orders are completed quicker.

“The city barn appearance has been cleaned up as well. I hear frequent compliments from citizens on the work going on with our city barn and our city workers,” Wilkes said.

Wilkes said he expresses pride in other projects that he’s currently working on such as: Trails, new city website, volunteer organizations, School Backpack Program, flooding grant, youth retention, elimination of blighted property and marketing outdoor recreation.

As a city leader, Wilkes said he has helped initiate the following programs to better the city of Linton: Communities for a Lifetime, Indiana Main Street, Rediscover Downtown Linton, Safe Routes to School, waste water treatment plant improvement, restoring GE property to a compliant commercial property he’s actively marketing, and the Mayor’s Youth Council.

Wilkes has been a business owner and held numerous positions in philanthropic organizations and been a founding organizer or active member of 17 different area organizations for 48 years.

Wilkes, 74, was born and raised in Dugger, but has lived in Linton for the past 48 years.

Since moving to Linton, he has both owned and operated Mercury Cleaners until recently.

“Without the resources to attend college, I made my own opportunities,” explained Wilkes. “Self motivation pushed me and in 1967, I became the owner of Mercury Cleaners. For 48 years I’ve cultivated my business and negotiation skills along with the leadership and teamwork skills I obtained in the Air Force. I am a well seasoned veteran in economic growth on a city, county and state level.”

Wilkes said he is a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he served for four years.

Prior to his election as Linton’s mayor, Wilkes served nine years on the Greene County Council and he noted that during that time “the budget was balanced and no taxes were raised.”

Wilkes served as the president of the Indiana Dry Cleaners Association for many years, and he is a charter member of the Greene County Foundation and Linton Housing Authority.

“I’ve held the title of officer in many organizations and been a founding organizer or active member in 17 different organizations,” he said.

Wilkes attends two churches, the Saron Church in Linton and the Church of Christ in Dugger.

He has been recognized for his community service and has received awards from the Jaycees, the Shrine Club and the Chamber of Commerce, and he is an active member in many other philanthropic organizations.

Wilkes is also a recipient of the honorary ‘Sagamore of the Wabash’ award which is the highest distinction bestowed upon citizens by the Governor of Indiana.

Wilkes is running for mayor on the Democrat ticket.

Election Preview of Linton Mayoral Race: John Correll [GCDW]

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Republished with permission from The Greene County Daily World.

By Grant Karazsia, Staff Writer, Greene County Daily World

For the last couple of months, election signs have lined the yards of many homes, and along the city streets. Of all of the signs posted, signs for the two candidates in the race for the office of Linton Mayor have seen arguably the greatest presence.

When Linton voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 3, they will be choosing between the incumbent Democrat, John Wilkes, who is currently serving his first term as Linton’s mayor, and the challenger, Republican John Correll.
In the May primary, Wilkes defeated his opponent, Linda Bedwell, by a narrow margin and Correll was unopposed.

John Correll said he feels strongly about being of service to the City of Linton and the Linton community and equally strong that if elected, he can make a difference.

“I am not a typical politician, and that’s not a bad thing. I am running for mayor to lead us back to a path of restoration and prosperity,” Correll said.

Correll says he is prepared both mentally and physically to lead the change that Linton needs.

“If elected, I plan to achieve clear objectives that will benefit our citizens and community, with integrity, honesty, and in step with the public,” Correll said.

If elected, Correll said he will be focused on serving Linton’s citizens as their mayor.

“This means keeping the neighborhoods safe, streets maintained, and eliminating abandoned properties. I will focus on providing services our citizens expect and deserve. And I will ensure action plans are developed and implemented that will restore our infrastructure, including our streets, drainage systems, sewers and fire hydrants.

“I will treat city workers fairly and without bias. My administration will be transparent and accountable.

I’m also very interested in workforce development and creating jobs. But the mayor can only influence business development,” Correll said.

“If elected, I plan to achieve clear objectives that will benefit our citizens and community, with integrity, honesty, and in step with the public.” – John Correll

For Correll, the greatest issue facing the Linton community is a lack of leadership in the planning and actual implementation of actions that will increase prosperity in term of jobs and living conditions, budgets, and infrastructure.

“There has been a lot of talk about these things, but little to show for it. Without our Linton utilities, I’m convinced we would be bankrupt. Unless we greatly improve our city government’s efficiency, there will be dark days ahead,” Correll said.

According to Correll, changing the path the city is on is to re-focus on the needs of the Linton community.

“I feel very passionate about the needs of our senior citizens. I envision a more senior-friendly city that supports a quality of life they deserve.

“I propose an active, easily accessible senior citizen center for example. Also, Linton needs to desperately review the nursing home situation,” Correll said.
Correll said if elected, he wants more focus on the youth of Linton, to ensure that they have the same opportunities that others have had to develop the necessary values that will guide them through life.

In terms of tourism, Correll said Linton has the potential to greatly expand tourism.

“We are blessed with a wonderful, nationally recognized, natural habitat in the Goose Pond, and we need to focus on developing it to its fullest potential. A modern convention center would attract new growth,” Correll said.

Correll cites Linton’s spirit of volunteerism as an exceptional quality.
“We need to focus better on the efforts and results of both individuals and organizations that are actively working hard to restore Linton to better times.

“All of these things represent true opportunities for jobs and the financial health of our community,” Correll said.

Correll said his approach to becoming a better candidate and potential mayor will be to openly seek feedback from his fellow citizens in developing his ideas and vision.

“I will also seek to develop a deeper understanding of the many issues as they affect the lives of our citizens,” he said.

Correll, 65, is known in his professional life as “JC,” but he is comfortable being called John.

The Correll family has been continually in business in Linton for 94 years — since 1921.
Correll is membe
r of the First Baptist Church of Linton where he serves on the board of trustees and was baptized in 1966. He is also on the board of directors for Pregnancy Choices and serves as a male mentor.

Correll has been married to his wife Nancy for the last 47 years. He has two sons, and grandsons.

Correll was both born and raised in Linton, and he is a graduate of Linton-Stockton High School with the Class of 1968.

After high school, Correll enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and later studied at Indiana State University.

“I graduated in three years with dual majors: Safety Management, and Environment Health. Later, I studied at the University of Indianapolis, graduating with a Masters in Business Administration. I have completed numerous courses in leadership, human resources, organizational development and management,” Correll said.

Correll spent 27 years in the private mining industry after returning from the Navy.

From 1975-80, he worked at Peabody Coal Company in Indiana and Arizona where he held the positions of manager and lead safety supervisor.

From 1980-91, Correll worked at AMAX Coal Industries in Indianapolis where he held the positions of Manager-Safety and Health in the Midwest Division, and Corporate Director–Safety and Health.

From 1991-2002, Correll took a position at Cleveland – Cliffs Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked as Corporate Director–Safety, Health and Workers’ Compensation.

Correll then worked 12 years in the federal government, working for the U.S. Department of Labor from 2002 until 2014 where he held a variety of positions including: Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Deputy Assistant Secretary-Operations, Employment Standards Administration (ESA) Deputy Assistant Secretary–Operations, and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Director–Office of Employee Safety and Health.

After retiring in 2014, Correll took a position at Optimum Safety Performance, LLC, as the principal consultant, holding the position of senior operations executive.

According to Correll, Optimum Safety Performance (OSP) provides professional safety management consultation that offers a proven pathway for good companies to become great companies.

Correll said as a result of his education and career, he has unique and valuable experiences that are seldom, if ever, seen in candidates for the mayor’s office.
“While I’m not a political pundit, I am an effective leader. I feel strongly about certain beliefs — faith, family, integrity, honesty, and the role of government,” Correll said.

Correll said he has enjoyed a successful career by collecting and studying the facts, team building, gaining consensus, and mobilizing commitment to reach mutually satisfying goals and objectives.

“My career experiences combined with these leadership skills are what my campaign is based upon: Experience and Leadership – A Clear Choice,” Correll said.

Correll is the Republican candidate for mayor.

Election Preview of the race for Linton Clerk-Treasurer: Jathan Wright [GCDW]

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Republished with permission from the Greene County Daily World

By Grant Karazsia, Staff Writer, Greene County Daily World

Next Tuesday, November the third, is election day. Polls in areas where there are contested races will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. In Linton there are five contested races.

The race for the Linton Clerk-Treasurer will feature sitting Linton City Councilman Jathan Wright, a Democrat, running against sitting Linton-Stockton School Board member John Preble, a Republican. Preble was unopposed in the May primary while Wright defeated the incumbent clerk-treasurer, Jack Shelton.Democrat Jathan Wright is a native of Linton, and is not shy about his love for his hometown.

“I may sound like a broken record, but I simply love Linton. My love of the city was instilled in me at a young age. Linton is proudly my home — it is where I’ve grown up and where I plan to raise my family,” Wright said.

Wright said he has been very active during the campaign season talking to voters from each corner of Linton.

“I have walked the streets of Linton and knocked on doors echoing that sentiment to the people of our community and asking for their votes. I am asking the community once again that on November 3 they would give me the consideration of receiving their vote for Linton Clerk Treasurer.

“I may sound like a broken record, but I simply love Linton. My love of the city was instilled in me at a young age. Linton is proudly my home — it is where I’ve grown up and where I plan to raise my family” – Jathan Wright

“It would be an honor to serve the people in the community I love. If elected, I pledge to be a proactive and working Clerk-Treasurer that not only has Linton’s present in mind, but also Linton’s future,” Wright said.

Wright explained his commitment and passion for the Linton community, the city and its people, motivated him to seek election to the office of clerk-treasurer.

“I plan to take the same approach managing the work of the clerk-treasurer’s office that I have employed in my role as city councilman. My years of experience on the city council demonstrate that I am a proven pro-active leader who has also served on various boards and committees,” Wright said.

Wright said that revitalization of the Linton community is currently the biggest issue facing Linton.

Wright says his priorities as clerk-treasurer will include “revitalization in the context of maintaining and improving infrastructure through effective and efficient financial planning and management; maintaining and improving the quality and delivery of services to citizens via quarterly financial assessments of the city’s equipment and its ongoing financial capability; troubleshooting and creating financial solutions that will help the city capitalize on opportunities to compete in the current environment of limited financial resources; and creating financial programs and solutions that ensure convenient, streamlined and transparent information, which enables citizens to conveniently access city services, electronically pay utility bills, and help residents (and city council) understand financial decisions, purchases and initiatives that are being actively pursued or considered by the City of Linton.”

Besides being a Linton councilman, Wright is a coach for a Linton youth flag football team and a member of Linton FOP.

Wright has served on the Greene County Solid Waste Board for two years as board president and states he is a strong advocate for recycling in Linton.

Wright is a member of the Linton Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Committee.

“I helped compile the city’s first ADA Transition Plan through various meetings and workshops. As a member of the Linton Municipal Pool Board, I worked with board members, former Councilman Nigel Lehman, and church organizations to raise the funds to purchase the ADA chair-lift and concrete work that was federally mandated to be purchased and functioning before the pool could reopen,” Wright said.

In terms of the Linton Pool, Wright explained he is proud of the efforts both he and Lehman made to keep the doors open.

“I am extremely proud of our fundraising efforts, with the community generously donating over $25,000. My service on the city council also included being selected city council president in 2014. My leadership skills have proven to be hands-on and diligent, which is type of leader we need in the clerk-treasurer’s office,” Wright said.

Wright, 26, currently resides in south Linton, in the area many refer to as “Wrightsville.”

Wright is a 2008 graduate of Linton-Stockton High School and a 2013 graduate of Indiana State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science. During his time at ISU, Wright said he remained in the Linton community while completing coursework by commuting to school.

“My education background in political science has enabled me to study the different levels and types of government and the interrelationships. My education, combined with my experiences that I have from serving on the Linton City Council, has provided me the insights on how the clerk-treasurer’s office should function,” said Wright.

Wright is an employee of Logic Key Inc. (School Management Software Company), where he works in technical support and public relations. He has been employed at Logic Key since November of 2013.

Election Preview of the race for Linton Clerk-Treasurer: John Preble [GCDW]

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Republished with permission from the Greene County Daily World

By Grant Karazsia, Staff Writer, Greene County Daily World

Next Tuesday, November the third, is election day. Polls in areas where there are contested races will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. In Linton there are five contested races.

The race for the Linton Clerk-Treasurer will feature sitting Linton City Councilman Jathan Wright, a Democrat, running against sitting Linton-Stockton School Board member John Preble, a Republican. Preble was unopposed in the May primary while Wright defeated the incumbent clerk-treasurer, Jack Shelton.

Republican John Preble is a Linton native, whose passion for his hometown has led him to seek the office of Clerk-Treasurer of the City of Linton. After many years of refraining to be involved in city government, Preble says he is ready and available to utilize his background to represent Linton with the focus on making it a more vibrant and progressive city.

“First, I plan to make the functions of clerk-treasurer more visible to the community. Second, but equally important, I want to represent Linton to the business and corporate community, in both public and private sectors.

“Many times having a title or position like clerk-treasurer opens doors of opportunity. It takes experience to promote the potential Linton has to offer. These are two things I feel confident I can do well,” Preble said.

“Over many years I’ve observed how Linton has changed, both economically and physically. There’s currently a significant amount of unused capacity waiting to be utilized.” – John Preble

Currently, Preble serves on the Linton-Stockton School Board. He was first elected to the board in 2004 and went off in 2012. Preble ran unopposed in 2014 and was officially reinstated on the board in January 2015.

For Preble, the biggest issue facing the City of Linton is the hesitation of the city to take risks in starting new businesses to utilize that capacity and create jobs.

“Over many years I’ve observed how Linton has changed, both economically and physically. There’s currently a significant amount of unused capacity waiting to be utilized,” Preble said.

Preble cites his nine years of experience on the school board that has helped prepare him to hold political office.

“I’ve observed occasions where there could be greater communication and interaction with the municipal government that would benefit both our students and the city.

“Linton has an excellent school which is often under-appreciated,” Preble said.

After graduating from high school, Preble said many students pursue a college education, and sometimes settle down outside of the Linton community, including his daughters.

“Often those are the smart and educated risk takers we need to establish new businesses or support and continue with their existing businesses, but the lifestyle they desire is not available here.

“We can’t control the weather, but we can work to establish a lifestyle they seek, like bike paths, trails, sidewalks and facilities that provide activities promoting a healthy lifestyle, not only for the younger generation, but for everyone. Working to support and improve the interaction with our academic asset would have a significant impact on the future of Linton,” Preble said.

Preble said one reason the voters should cast their vote for him on election day, is the fresh perspective he would bring to the office of clerk-treasurer.

“I’ve often said when you drive through Linton, look at it as if you’ve never been to the town before and are driving through for the first time. What would you think? Would you see a town you’d want to come back to or a town you’re glad you finally got through, or observations somewhere in between? Looking at Linton with a fresh perspective allows you to see things in a new light that highlights not only areas needing attention but areas that are positive as well.

“With that fresh perspective, I have the energy and, more importantly, the experience and capability to work to make Linton a positive example for other communities and to represent our city statewide as the clerk-treasurer,” Preble said.

Preble, 61, has been married to his wife of almost 40 years, Sue Ann (Nee) Blanton Preble, who is also a Linton native.

Preble was born and raised on the outskirts of Linton on a small farm across the road from a dairy.

Preble has two daughters, both graduates of Linton-Stockton, Emilee in 2001 and Julie in 2005. Both daughters graduated from college, Emilee from Butler University and Indiana School of Law in Indianapolis and Julie from Purdue University.

Preble and his wife have attended the Linton First Christian Church since 1978, since it was located on Main and C St. NW. He is also a member of the American Legion.

After graduating from Linton-Stockton High School in 1972, Preble attended the University of Evansville for two quarters before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1973 as an E-1 and separated in 1977 as an E-5 Gunners’ Mate.

“I returned to Linton in 1977 after the Navy and started working at Crane that same year. I bought a home in Linton and have been here since. The home where I was raised and lived until joining the Navy is on 200N just outside of town, and I have many memories of the Linton area from the ’60s on,” Preble said.

Preble and his wife bought a home near the school in 1979 and lived there until 2011 when they purchased a home in Green Acres, where they currently live.

“Due to work, I’ve lived in other areas for brief periods of time: four years in the Navy, mostly East Coast; one year in Hawaii; six months in southern Maryland and 10 months in Suffolk, Virginia,” Preble said.

“After I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, I received a Direct Commission in 1986 as an Ensign in the Navy Reserve. I retired in 2013 as a full Commander with 27 years commission service for a total of 31 years uniformed service,” Preble said.

Preble held three Commanding Officer positions in the Navy and supported several commands during that time. In addition, Preble said he directly supported tsunami relief efforts for both Indonesia and Japan from commands in Pearl Harbor.

Since returning to Linton, Preble continued his education and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University in the concentration of mathematics.

While working at Crane, Preble completed the Public Management Certificate program in 2000 and received his Masters’ of Public Administration from Indiana University in May 2009.

“During my career, both as a civilian at Crane and as a Navy Reserve Officer, I completed several classes pertaining to management of public organizations.

“My educational background and experience in public service, both federal and state, enables me to readily engage in the functions of the clerk-treasurer position,” Preble said.

Since October 2011, Preble has worked as a consultant for CACI Federal at Crane WestGate supporting the Navy Air Systems Command medium caliber program.

“I support the acquisition of ordnance items and direct the qualification of a newly designed Norwegian 25mm round for the Joint Strike Fighter,” Preble said.

His career in civil service at Crane began in December of 1977 where he worked as a temporary WG-5 working on rail cars and in October of 1978, he was made permanent as a GS-4 Guard.

During his 30-plus years at Crane, Preble held several positions related to ordnance as an analyst, manager, and project and program manager.

“I retired from Crane in September 2011 as a GS-15 Navy Science Advisor to a command in Suffolk, Virginia, a Crane billet,” Preble said.

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