Daily Journal staff reports
An Indianapolis man was arrested after police said he cashed checks stolen from an area home.
Danny D. Harden, 43, of 2894 S. Fleming St., was arrested on a charge of forgery.
In September, a Bargersville resident called police to say that two checkbooks had been stolen from her home. Someone cashed one check for $293 at a Greenwood check cashing business on Sept. 10, a Greenwood Police Department report said.
On Sept. 13, Harden reportedly tried to cash a check for $400 at a bank on State Road 135. A bank employee thought the check looked suspicious, and when confronted Harden left the check and his identification in the bank, the report said.
Harden had been working for a painting company that was doing work in the Bargersville home when the checks were stolen. The homeowner stated the check cashed was among those stolen, the report said.
Harden was taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was being held on $16,000 bond.
Leadership program focuses on NSK Corp.
Local business professionals can learn about working in different types of companies and how to get a business involved in the community.
Leadership Johnson County and Johnson County Development Corp. are hosting a free leadership forum this month at NSK Corp.
NSK officials will talk to participants about their business practices at their Franklin and Japanese offices, including highlighting what their leadership team does and what business models in their industry look like.
The forum is the second in a series presented by the two organizations. Both seek to provide community development across the county.
The goal is to show people an area industry and what makes them successful, said Cheryl Morphew, president of Johnson County Development Corp.
The forum will begin at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at NSK Corp., 3400 Bearing Drive, Franklin. Anyone interested in participating must make a reservation by calling Tandy Shuck, Leadership Johnson County director, at 738-8264.
Edinburgh altering water-treatment process
Edinburgh will start adding a new chemical to its water Monday as a way to better disinfect the water residents drink, cook and bathe with.
The chemical, called chloramine, is a mixture of ammonia sulfate and chlorine that will disinfect the water longer and keep it cleaner, Edinburgh Water Superintendent Mike Pendleton said.
Currently, the water pumped from two of the four wells does not meet the town’s standards because natural ammonia in the water is slowing how quickly chlorine the department puts in can disinfect the water, Pendleton said.
The water department stopped using the two wells in November but has been able to get enough water to residents, Pendleton said. However, the town could overwork the wells if the other two wells remain closed for a few months.
Now that the town is adding chloramine to the water, the water department can reopen the closed wells because the chemical will get rid of the natural ammonia in the water, he said.
Pendleton said there is more natural ammonia in the water right now because of last summer’s drought. The water department will stop using chloramine in about four months once a new part on the wells starts blocking the natural ammonia again, Pendleton said.
Residents likely won’t notice a difference in the water, but the water could smell and taste less like chlorine, Pendelton said.
The additional chemical also comes with warnings for kidney dialysis patients and fish owners, who will have to take certain precautions, Pendleton said.
In kidney dialysis, water goes directly into a patient’s bloodstream, and chloramine in the water could be harmful going into someone’s blood, Pendleton said. Water that is put in fish tanks or ponds goes directly into a fish’s bloodstream, which also could cause them harm, he said.
Pendleton said medical facilities already purify water used in kidney dialysis and should not have any problems with the added chloramine. But residents with fish tanks will have to remove the chloramine with a water conditioner containing a dechlorinator or with granular activated carbon, a powdery charcoal.
Homemakers association offering 8 scholarships
Local homemakers might be eligible for a scholarship to upgrade vocational skills or to earn a college degree.
Indiana Extension Homemakers Association is offering eight $500 scholarships to Hoosier homemakers 25 and older.
Applicants must be admitted or be cleared for admission to a state licensed academic or vocational school.
Preference will be given to undergraduate applicants. Scholarships will be awarded with regard to financial need, and past winners may apply again.
Applications must be postmarked by March 15 and are available by calling 736-3724 or at the Johnson County Extension Office, 484 N. Morton St., Franklin.
REMC accepting college award applications
Johnson County REMC is offering two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors planning to attend an Indiana college or university.
To be eligible, a recipient’s parent or guardian must be REMC members.
Applications are available from a high school guidance counselor; at the REMC office, 750 International Drive, Franklin; and on the agency’s website, jcremc.com.
Application deadline is Jan. 31.
Recycle electronics at Franklin facility
Residents can recycle old electronic equipment this month.
The Johnson County Recycling District will host the collection from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 at its office, 900 Arvin Road, Suite A, Franklin.
Electronics also can be dropped off during regular hours from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the facility.
People wanting to drop off items are asked to call ahead to make sure someone is there to accept the items. Officials ask that no one leave electronics outside the office when it’s closed.
The following fees apply to televisions: $7.50 for televisions that are 27 inches or smaller; $12.50 for televisions over 27 inches. The fees can be paid with only cash or check. All other electronics are accepted for free.
Library offering prizes for winter reading program
February will kick off the Johnson County Public Library’s winter reading program.
“Feed Your Mind, Read!” will take place throughout the month at all branches.
Each time a patron or family visits the library, readers will receive a prize and a bonus ticket.
Tickets will be good for a chance at winning a prize pack with kitchen-inspired books and toys.
Patrons also can hunt for popular fairy tale characters throughout the library.
Greenwood council seeking public comments
Residents can let Greenwood City Council members know what they think at an upcoming meeting to gather public input.
Council members will be available to meet with people from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the city building, 2 N. Madison Ave.
Residents can walk into the meeting at any time and offer feedback on any city services or policies.
City leaders want to know what residents think, council member Mike Campbell said.
County animal shelter plans annual meeting
The Humane Society of Johnson County will conduct the organization’s annual meeting Jan. 29.
The meeting will be 7 to 9 p.m. at the organization’s pet center, 3927 N. Graham Road, Franklin.
RSVPs are not necessary, but appreciated.
Our Lady of Greenwood hosting Haiti fundraiser
People can play trivia to help schools in Haiti.
Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church is playing host to a trivia-based fundraiser 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 335 S.
Teams of eight to 10 people will battle for the winner’s trophy during the church’s trivia night.
Cost is $25 per person and includes games, food and drinks.
All proceeds will support St. Georges School and parish in Bassin-Bleu, Haiti, and nearby mountain schools and parishes.
YMCA offers diabetes prevention classes
The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is offering a diabetes prevention class.
The program began Monday at the Baxter YMCA, 7900 S. Shelby St., Indianapolis. New participants can enroll until Feb. 4. Classes will be 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays.
The class helps people with pre-diabetes or who are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes reduce their risk through modest lifestyle changes.
Participants must be over 18 years of age and have a BMI of 25 or greater.
Risk factors for diabetes include having a family history of Type 2 diabetes, diagnosis of diabetes during pregnancy, being physically active less than two days per week, and being over age 45.
Participants meet as a small group for 16 weeks, led by a certified YMCA lifestyle coach. During the sessions they learn how to make healthier food choices, how to incorporate more physical activity into their daily routine, and how to manage a healthy weight.
A payment plan and sliding scale are available for qualifying participants.
YMCA membership not required. Child care is available for classes conducted during regular hours.
Information: 713-8523; Prevent
Free tax assistance available at library
Free tax assistance for senior citizens and low-income individuals is available from the Johnson County Public Library and AARP.
Check jcplin.org/register for days and times at local branches.
People must sign up for an appointment.
Class on composting offered in Trafalgar
As spring approaches, local gardeners can get a jump start on readying their plots for the planting season.
Johnson County Recycling District educator Kim Schafstall will teach a composting class at the Trafalgar library, 424 Tower St., at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28.
Schafstall will discuss how to make a backyard compost pile or vermicompost bin. Participants can register to win a compost bin.
To register, call 878-9560 or visit www.jcplin.org/register.