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
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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]

John Correll

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.
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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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Trick-or-Treating Info, Halloween Events for Linton, Indiana [2015]

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The time is nearly upon us when little spooks and ghouls will take to the streets of Linton to harvest treats! Official Trick or Treating hours for Linton, Indiana will occur on Thursday and Friday, October 30th and 31st from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

Rediscover Downtown Linton will host the annual Spookfest on Thursday, October 29th.

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, October, 29th – Spookfest (Downtown)

    • Ghostly Golf Cart Parade

      • Location: Linton Fire Station
      • Time: Registration at 5:00pm, Parade Begins at 6:00pm.
      • Details: Bring your Spooktacularly decorated golf cart. Call Jess Taylor at 812-798-7752 for info.
      • Entry Fee: Canned Goods

    • Costume Parade

      • Location: Linton Fire Station to North Main Street Stage
      • Time: Registration 5:00pm, Parade 6:00pm
      • Details: Prizes will be awarded for Youngest, Group (1st and 2nd), and Individual (1st and 2nd).

    • Linton Band Boosters Fundraiser

      • Location: Linton Fire Station
      • Time: 4pm-8pm
      • Details: Famous band stand tenderloin with 2 sides, dessert and drink $8 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and under. Kids ages 4 and under are free.

    • Trunk or Treat

      • Time: 5:30pm-7pm, Judging at 6:30pm
      • Details: Park along North Main Street from B to C Streets

    • Other Events

      • See select downtown businesses for games and treats between 5 and 7pm.
  • Friday, October, 30th

    • Official Trick-or-Treating Hours

      • Time: 6:30pm-9pm

  • Saturday, October, 31st

    • Official Trick-or-Treating Hours

      • Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm

For more info regarding Spookfest, visit Rediscover Downtown Linton on Facebook.

Featured photo courtesy Rediscover Downtown Linton

Q & A with mayoral candidate John Correll – GCDW [VIDEO]

Q & A with mayoral candidate John Correll – GCDW [VIDEO]

Republished with permission from The Greene County Daily World.

Last week, the Greene County Daily World (GCDW), in cooperation with the Linton Community Development Corporation (LCDC), gave both candidates in the race for Mayor of Linton the opportunity to present their views in a joint question and answer session moderated by GCDW Staff Writer Grant Karazsia, produced by LCDC.

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.

John Correll participated. John Wilkes did not attend, stating he had a schedule conflict. The session went on as planned.

The GCDW reached out to Wilkes with an offer to host another session and the production crew said they would be happy to assist with arrangements for another shoot.

Production Credits:

The Linton Community Development Corporation

Video – Jared Albright

Audio – Josh Liechty

2015 Linton Freedom Festival Fireworks

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Happy 6th of July! I hope everyone had their fill of Hot Dogs and Freedom. We had another spectacular year of fireworks to end our Fourth of July and Freedom Festival, and I was able to snap some pictures with my cell phone, and the Google Photos Assistant stitched together some nice animations I thought I’d share. Enjoy!

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Linton Miners Football vs North Vermillion – Sectional 48 Regional Championship Game [Live Video]

Watch the Miners LIVE* tonight at LintonMiners.com as the Linton take on North Vermillion.  We’ll be broadcasting live with commentary from Keith Doades and Dan Phillips of Media Five Sports.

*Broadcast availability will depend on presence of adequate internet bandwidth at game site. This broadcast may be cancelled without notice if we experience any major technical issues.

Kickoff is at 8pm EDT.

The broadcast is made possible by:

Anderson-Poindexter Funeral Homes

Greene County General Hospital

Linton Family Pharmacy

Node 1 Technology

Premier Healthcare

Richard Brown Insurance

Wolfe’s Gym

Cine Senior Apartments

CLICK TO WATCH – LINTONMINERS.COM

Duke Tumatoe to perform at The Old Bank on Nov. 1st

Dr. Duke puts 'em up during a 2012 performance at the Greene County Shrine Club.

Duke Tumatoe, the infamous Midwestern bluesman, will return to Linton to perform on Saturday, November 1st at The Old Bank & Co. downtown. The event is being organized by the Linton Community Development Corporation (LCDC) to raise funds for their current renovation project at the former Kennedy Shoe Store building.

“This event is good for the downtown in two ways.”, said Jared Albright, President of the LCDC, “We’re able to bring visitors to the area for an evening of fun as we raise money to restore a downtown eyesore. We’re hopeful that our  guests will spend some time, and money,  in town before they take in the show.”

The show starts at 7:30pm with an opening act before Duke begins his set at 8pm and The Old Bank will have a cash bar available throughout the evening. Some tickets are still available and can be purchased at Linton Family Pharmacy, Francis’ Jewel Box, by phone at 866-615-5864, or online at LintonCDC.org.

“We encourage all music fans to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy live music downtown, said Albright. We would also like to thank Jerry and Gayle Margraf for their generosity and willingness to host our event.”

The Linton Community Development Corporation is a 501c3 non-profit. Past community projects include the Linton Music Festival, Live streaming of Linton High School football at LintonMiners.com, and The Lintonian.

For more info, visit LintonCDC.org.

Elite AAU Basketball team coming to Linton — tryouts set for Sept. 20

Pleasantville Gym

Indiana Elite, one of the Nation’s largest and most successful youth basketball programs, will now have a presence in Greene County as a new team is being organized in Linton.

Last season, Indiana Elite had over 75 basketball teams all over the State of Indiana and the organization continues to produce many of the Nation’s top collegiate and NBA players including Cody Zeller, Eric Gordon, and Yogi Ferrell. The organization’s mission is to promote the continued development of young players as it relates to fundamentals of basketball, sportsmanship and athletic competition.

“We are extremely excited to be a part of one of the most prestigious basketball programs in the Country,” said Coach Jay Smith. “Our players will be building lifelong skills that extend far beyond the basketball court.”

Open tryouts for the 2015 Spring/Summer travel season will be held on September 20th at the newly-renovated Pleasantville gym in Pleasantville, Indiana. Tryouts are open to all boys in grades 4 through 11.

Session Schedule:

  • 4th Grade Boys – 9am until 10:30am

  • 5th Grade Boys – 10:30am until 12pm

  • 6th Grade Boys – 12pm until 1:30pm

  • 7th Grade Boys – 1:30pm until 3pm

  • 8th Grade Boys – 3pm until 4:30pm

  • 9th, 10th, & 11th Grade Boys –  5pm until 6:30pm

Each session will last approximately an hour and a half.

To register or learn more please contact Jay Smith at 812-512-1054 or ClubEliteLinton@gmail.com

Indiana Elite online at IndianaElite.com

2014 Linton Miner Football Schedule

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08/22 – 7:00 pm
08/29 – 7:00 pm
09/05 – 7:30 pm
09/12 – 7:00 pm
09/19 – 7:00 pm
09/26 – 7:00 pm
10/03 – 7:00 pm
10/10 – 8:00 pm
10/17 – 7:00 pm

Linton Music Festival will return in 2015 as music series

From the Linton Community Development Corporation:

The Linton Music Festival will not be held on Labor Day Weekend at Humphreys Park this year as it has since its beginning in 2005. The Linton Community Development Corporation, the local non-profit organization that oversees production of the festival, is currently reorganizing the event to return in 2015 as an ongoing music series to offer more music-related events throughout the year.

“The support from fans, local artists, and our sponsors has been tremendous ever since the first event kicked off 9 years ago”, said Jared Albright, festival founder and director. “We feel that a change in format for LMF is necessary. We see this not as an ending to the festival we know, but a new beginning. A music series will allow us to produce more events throughout the year and provide more opportunities for the local community to be exposed to the musical arts. We also hope that more frequent events will draw visitors to Linton on a consistent basis and provide a boost to our local economy.”

Fans can visit LintonMusicFest.com for updates later this year or follow Linton Music Fest on Facebook and Twitter.

Links:

LintonMusicFest.com
Facebook.com/LintonMusicFest
Twitter.com/LintonMusicFest

LCDC to host world-class blues artist at Shrine Club

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The Linton Community Development Corporation, a local non-profit organization, will host a steak dinner fundraiser on Saturday, April 19th at the Greene County Shrine Club. The event will feature Hoosier blues artist the WT Feaster Band.

Led by Greene County native Travis Feaster, The WT Feaster Band performs outstanding, mind bending, diamond hard riffs which scream with an edgy intensity, creating a sound as heavy and raucous as Alvin Lee and as distinctive as Stevie Ray and Jimi Hendrix.

“A fiery blues rock guitarist and southern soul blues belter with original material and Texas/Chicago inspired blues, WT Feaster band is in the vanguard of the Mid west Rock/Blues scene.The boundless energy, telepathic musicianship and a flourish of six string ferocity is reminiscent of early Eric Clapton and Cream.”

Tickets are $30 each and dinner is included. Tables of 8 may be reserved in advance and less than 50 tickets are available as Monday, April 7th.

Proceeds from this event will benefit community projects organized by the LCDC. Current projects include the Linton Music FestivalThe Lintonian, Live Streaming of Miner Football, and future plans for a downtown redevelopment project are currently in the works. (Stay tuned for more information).

This event is for ages 21 and up.

Dinner Menu:

Ribeye Steak
Baked Potato
Salad
Dessert

Cash Bar Available

Click here to purchase tickets

About WT Feaster
So what’s Indianapolis guitarist WT (Travis) Feaster all about? Intense guitar playing, impassioned vocals – a rock blues hurricane!WT Feaster performs outstanding, mind bending, diamond hard riffs which scream with an edgy intensity, creating a sound as heavy and raucous as Alvin Lee and as distinctive as Stevie Ray and Jimi Hendrix.A fiery blues rock guitarist and southern soul blues belter with original material and Texas/Chicago inspired blues, WT Featser band is in the vanguard of the Mid west Rock/Blues scene.The boundless energy, telepathic musicianship and a flourish of six string ferocity is reminiscent of early Eric Clapton and Cream.

WT (Travis) Feaster made his name on the mid west “Young Guns of Blues Guitar” tour as well as being a leading light on the Chicago Blues Tour – a new take on an old concept – that took in eight clubs and ten bands.

His debut album the aptly titled ‘Long Overdue’ proved to be the perfect context for his impassioned fiery playing, while several high profile appearances in Europe including the Maryport Blues Festival cemented a growing reputation.

Influence by blues greats like Albert King, Bill Perry, Junior Wells, Alvin Lee, and rockers Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, WT combines strong songwriting with impossible licks and a fiery sense of purpose that puts him near the top of the new generation rock and Blues scene.

More info about our featured artist visit http://www.wtfeasterband.com

2013 Linton-Stockton 1st & 2nd Grade Elementary Christmas Programs

The Linton-Stockton Elementary will have their Christmas programs tonight, and we are fortunate enough to have been asked to stream them again for you.

First Grade starts at 6:00pm, and Second Grade will start at 7:00pm.

Live Video: Linton Miner Football vs Eastern Greene Thunderbirds

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Linton Miner Football is back! We will have all the action, LIVE! Watch tonight’s game vs. Eastern at lintonminers.com. Commentary provided by Keith Doades and Dan Phillips of Media Five Sports

Settles named CFO of Greene County General Hospital

Greene County General Hospital is pleased to announce April Settles has been promoted to serve as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer.

She’ll assume her new role June 1. Settles, a CPA, currently serves as CFO for Greene County General Hospital, LLC – who oversees the hospital’s physician group, Greene County Health. She assumed that role in October 2012.

settlesShe replaces Tim Norris who announced his retirement earlier this year. Norris has served as Greene County General Hospital’s CFO since 1992.

“I am truly blessed to have been the given the opportunity of succeeding Tim Norris as the CFO of Greene County General Hospital,” Settles said. “During my career I have had the opportunity to work for successful, employee-focused organizations and the hospital is no different. Our leadership team is committed to the future success of the hospital and its employees.”

In May, Settles along with other hospital employees traveled to Florida for a conference geared toward community, rural, and critical access hospitals.

“The knowledge and materials that we gained at this conference will assist the hospital as we make changes that are necessary in order to remain in compliance with regulations. Additionally, we are looking forward to implementing other programs that will benefit the Hospital and our patients, including on-line bill pay,” Settles said.

Settles is a 2001 graduate of White River Valley High School, and a 2005 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana. Before joining the staff at Greene County General Hospital, LLC, Settles worked for BKD, a public accounting firm in Evansville. She also worked for German American Bank, where in 2012, she became a vice-president in the trust department in Jasper.

“My previous professional experiences in accounting, auditing, and investments have provided me with a unique skill-set and have prepared me well for my role as CFO. Further, the individuals that I will be working with daily are long-time, knowledgeable hospital employees that are focused on the success of our organization,” Settles said. “I am looking forward to working with them all as we commit ourselves to providing quality, compassionate care in an environment that values excellence and integrity. In addition, I hope to foster a culture of lifelong learning in the finance department that embraces education, training, and career development.”

About Greene County General Hospital

Greene County General Hospital is a 25 bed critical access hospital, treating more than 9,500 patients in the emergency department annually. Greene County General Hospital has been serving patients in Greene County, as well as surrounding counties, since 1912. Greene County General Hospital offers a variety of services including: emergency medicine, intensive critical care, infusion, lab, medical/surgical, obstetrics, inpatient and outpatient surgery, pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology, respiratory therapy, and speech therapy. Greene County General Hospital also offers an outpatient specialty clinic, which brings specialists from across the state for consultations and testing. This allows patients to see some of the best specialists in the state close to home. Services offered at the outpatient specialty clinic include: cardiology, surgery, oncology/hematology, neurology, pulmonary, and orthopedics.

The mission of Greene County General Hospital is to provide access to quality and cost efficient health care and to promote healthy lifestyles to the people in the hospital’s service area. www.greenecountyhospital.com

Settles named CFO of Greene County General Hospital

Greene County General Hospital is pleased to announce April Settles has been promoted to serve as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer.

She’ll assume her new role June 1. Settles, a CPA, currently serves as CFO for Greene County General Hospital, LLC – who oversees the hospital’s physician group, Greene County Health. She assumed that role in October 2012.

settlesShe replaces Tim Norris who announced his retirement earlier this year. Norris has served as Greene County General Hospital’s CFO since 1992.

“I am truly blessed to have been the given the opportunity of succeeding Tim Norris as the CFO of Greene County General Hospital,” Settles said. “During my career I have had the opportunity to work for successful, employee-focused organizations and the hospital is no different. Our leadership team is committed to the future success of the hospital and its employees.”

In May, Settles along with other hospital employees traveled to Florida for a conference geared toward community, rural, and critical access hospitals.

“The knowledge and materials that we gained at this conference will assist the hospital as we make changes that are necessary in order to remain in compliance with regulations. Additionally, we are looking forward to implementing other programs that will benefit the Hospital and our patients, including on-line bill pay,” Settles said.

Settles is a 2001 graduate of White River Valley High School, and a 2005 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana. Before joining the staff at Greene County General Hospital, LLC, Settles worked for BKD, a public accounting firm in Evansville. She also worked for German American Bank, where in 2012, she became a vice-president in the trust department in Jasper.

“My previous professional experiences in accounting, auditing, and investments have provided me with a unique skill-set and have prepared me well for my role as CFO. Further, the individuals that I will be working with daily are long-time, knowledgeable hospital employees that are focused on the success of our organization,” Settles said. “I am looking forward to working with them all as we commit ourselves to providing quality, compassionate care in an environment that values excellence and integrity. In addition, I hope to foster a culture of lifelong learning in the finance department that embraces education, training, and career development.”

About Greene County General Hospital

Greene County General Hospital is a 25 bed critical access hospital, treating more than 9,500 patients in the emergency department annually. Greene County General Hospital has been serving patients in Greene County, as well as surrounding counties, since 1912. Greene County General Hospital offers a variety of services including: emergency medicine, intensive critical care, infusion, lab, medical/surgical, obstetrics, inpatient and outpatient surgery, pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology, respiratory therapy, and speech therapy. Greene County General Hospital also offers an outpatient specialty clinic, which brings specialists from across the state for consultations and testing. This allows patients to see some of the best specialists in the state close to home. Services offered at the outpatient specialty clinic include: cardiology, surgery, oncology/hematology, neurology, pulmonary, and orthopedics.

The mission of Greene County General Hospital is to provide access to quality and cost efficient health care and to promote healthy lifestyles to the people in the hospital’s service area. www.greenecountyhospital.com

May 2013 Health Department Inspection Results

We’ve got a new batch of health inspections in for May. Please enjoy:

Establishment Critical Non Critical Comments
China Sea 4 4 Chicken and Pork being held out of proper temperature- discarded, Utensil storage, Thermometer not calibrated, Hand wash sink being used for other than hand washing, Shelving units in walk in cooler are soiled, Ventilation system needs routine cleaning conducted, Visible gap along rear door needs repaired.
Stoll’s Country Inn 0 0 Complaint investigation
La Fiesta 4 3 Refried beans in walk in cooler were being held out of temperature-discarded, Hand wash sink being used for other than hand washing, Dishwasher was not properly sanitizing, Date and labeling, Utensil storage, Single service item (Aluminum Foil) is being used to line shelves.
Palace Bar 1 2 Air gap needed of ice machine, Ice machine needs routine cleaning conducted, Mop is not properly hung.
Open Arms 0 0 No Violations
WRV High School 0 0 No Violations
Wrv Lyons 0 1 Mop is not properly hung.
Linton Elementary 0 0 No Violations
Linton High School 0 1 Ice Bin needs cleaned.
Eastern Elementary 0 0 No Violations
Eastern High School 0 0 No Violations
Shakamak School 0 0 No Violations
WRV Worthington 0 0 No Violations
Bloomfield School 0 0 No Violations
The Old Bank 0 0 Opening Inspection
Linton Save-A-Lot 0 1 Light in walk in cooler needs properly shielded.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Greene County Health Department.

Reetz named CEO of Greene County General Hospital

Greene County General Hospital Board of Trustees President Harry Huber announced Friday that after a lengthy process, Brenda Reetz, RN, BSN, has been selected as CEO of Greene County General Hospital.

Reetz new CEO at GCGH

“With the retirement of our former CEO Jonas Uland, the GCGH Board of Trustees accepted the difficult task of naming the most suitable candidate that possessed the necessary skills to lead our hospital into the future,” Huber said. “This task was accomplished by considering input from the GCGH staff, medical staff, and members of the community. The board and I are excited about our future with the unique leadership of Ms. Reetz and our current leadership team. I want to thank everyone who gave unselfishly their time and talent to make sure we made the correct decision.

Ms. Reetz was promoted from her position as chief operating officer where she has demonstrated her ability to lead the hospital to exceptional performance and patient care. Ms. Reetz is skilled at building and motivating teams to improve efficiency, quality, and financial outcomes.

The hospital is currently undergoing a $7.5 million construction project which includes a new emergency department. The project also includes renovations to the main lobby, physical therapy, pharmacy, outpatient laboratory, and radiology. Ms. Reetz has been instrumental in bringing the project in on time and on budget.

Prior to becoming COO at Greene County General Hospital, Ms. Reetz was the Clinical Support Program Manager for Providence Medical Group where she provided nursing leadership to 96 primary and specialty care clinics in Oregon.

“I am excited about this opportunity to serve the hospital and my community as CEO and to continue the work that has been started over the last year. Greene County General Hospital is blessed with great employees and a very supportive community. I look forward to the opportunities ahead,” Reetz said.

The search process worked very smoothly and the board of directors is extremely grateful to the search committee members for the time and commitment devoted to the process. Search committee members were: Kimberly Baker, Dr. Owen Batterton, Michael Crane, Cathy Hadley, Ralph Hiatt, Tim Hale, Teresa Hutton, Ryan Irish, Dr. Pete Powers, Barbara Rollison, April Settles, and Susie Slinkard.

Reetz named CEO of Greene County General Hospital

Greene County General Hospital Board of Trustees President Harry Huber announced Friday that after a lengthy process, Brenda Reetz, RN, BSN, has been selected as CEO of Greene County General Hospital.

Reetz new CEO at GCGH

“With the retirement of our former CEO Jonas Uland, the GCGH Board of Trustees accepted the difficult task of naming the most suitable candidate that possessed the necessary skills to lead our hospital into the future,” Huber said. “This task was accomplished by considering input from the GCGH staff, medical staff, and members of the community. The board and I are excited about our future with the unique leadership of Ms. Reetz and our current leadership team. I want to thank everyone who gave unselfishly their time and talent to make sure we made the correct decision.

Ms. Reetz was promoted from her position as chief operating officer where she has demonstrated her ability to lead the hospital to exceptional performance and patient care. Ms. Reetz is skilled at building and motivating teams to improve efficiency, quality, and financial outcomes.

The hospital is currently undergoing a $7.5 million construction project which includes a new emergency department. The project also includes renovations to the main lobby, physical therapy, pharmacy, outpatient laboratory, and radiology. Ms. Reetz has been instrumental in bringing the project in on time and on budget.

Prior to becoming COO at Greene County General Hospital, Ms. Reetz was the Clinical Support Program Manager for Providence Medical Group where she provided nursing leadership to 96 primary and specialty care clinics in Oregon.

“I am excited about this opportunity to serve the hospital and my community as CEO and to continue the work that has been started over the last year. Greene County General Hospital is blessed with great employees and a very supportive community. I look forward to the opportunities ahead,” Reetz said.

The search process worked very smoothly and the board of directors is extremely grateful to the search committee members for the time and commitment devoted to the process. Search committee members were: Kimberly Baker, Dr. Owen Batterton, Michael Crane, Cathy Hadley, Ralph Hiatt, Tim Hale, Teresa Hutton, Ryan Irish, Dr. Pete Powers, Barbara Rollison, April Settles, and Susie Slinkard.

Drive through town showing flood water [VIDEO]

Here’s a video of a morning drive through town captured on a cell phone–chopped up and presented to you in a gaudy arthouse format.

Is it finally Spring?

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Lintonians don’t need some large time-bending rodent when Spring is here.  We’ve got main street!  It might be wet and rainy, and the temperature may be dropping, but we know it’s almost time to get the tomato cages out!

PSA: Hospital offers hands-only CPR classes

Did you know that you could save the life of someone during a cardiac arrest situation?

You can learn the steps for hands-only CPR during one of two free classes offered at Greene County General Hospital on April 27. 

The hands-only CPR classes will be offered at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the Violet Newton Conference Room. The class is offered at no cost to participants; however, pre-registration by April 19 is required. To register, please call Halea Franklin at 812-699-4153.

“Hands-only CPR is a life-saving skill that can be learned with a few minutes of instruction and practice. The skills you learn, in less time than it takes to do a load of laundry, may save a life and the life you save may be someone you love,” said Julie Collins, Director of Inservice Education at Greene County General Hospital.

According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur every year.

Learning hands-only CPR is very important. According to statistics from the American Heart Association,

  • 89 percent of people who have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die due to lack of immediate CPR.
  • 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests occur in private or residential settings.
  • 41 percent of people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work, or in a residential setting receive immediate help such as hands-only CPR before emergency help arrives.
  • Hands-only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, work, or in public. It can double or even triple the victim’s chance of survival.
  • 70 percent of Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac arrest situation because they do not know how to perform CPR or are afraid to hurt the victim.

 

Photo: Cine Stage

This morning, Linton-based Carr Thomas Construction began removing the stage to the Cine Theater originally built in 1938, which saw many acts over the years, including Captain Kangaroo

This morning, Linton-based Carr Thomas Construction began removing the stage to the Cine Theater originally built in 1938, which saw many acts over the years, including Captain Kangaroo.

Linton vs. Speedway – Basketball Semi-State Championship [LIVE STREAM]

[EDIT 3/22 9:21am: It seems when I was making the thumbnail graphic for this video, I forgot how to use a calendar.  March 13th is a Wednesday.  How did we all miss that?  -  Derrick]

Watch LIVE as the Miners take on the Sparkplugs of Speedway in the Boys Basketball Semi-State Championship at Richmond.Tip-off begins Saturday at 1pm for Richmond’s Tiernan Center!

The broadcast is presented by Premier Healthcare and made by possible by Linton Family Pharmacy, Welch & Cornett Funeral Home, and Lyons Health and Living Center. Commentary is provided by Keith Doades and Darren Clayton of Media Five Sports.

Volunteer Streaming Crew
Derrick Tennant – Producer
Tony Tadey – Audio
Nolan Spinney – Camera
Jared Albright – Camera

Also available for viewing at LintonMiners.com