Kempton is red-hot

July 10, 2008
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Ever heard of Kempton? Itâ??s a burg between Indianapolis and Kokomo that just happens to be the second-fastest growing town in the state.

Kemptonâ??s population last year was 716, an increase of 27 percent in just one year, according to an Indiana University population study released today. Only Winfield in Lake County grew faster.

Itâ??s too far outside of Indianapolis to be the next Westfield, at least not yet.

Tipton County Assessor Linda Altherr says itâ??s actually a dumpy ghost town. â??Thereâ??s nothing going on there right now, Iâ??ll tell you,â?? Altherr says.

Itâ??s so dead, she adds, that the town recently bought several abandoned buildings at a tax sale with the aim of tearing some of them down.

So, what gives?

People are starting to plunk houses in the Kempton area, Altherr says. Theyâ??re modest dwellings built by retirees and factory workers who commute to Kokomo, Lafayette and other places. A few new houses, and the population spikes.

Now you know.
  • Those factory workers commuting to Kokomo and Lafayette must be loving gas prices right now.
  • I want to let you know that what I said was not what was printed in this article. I never said it was a dumpy ghost town. I told him there was some dumpy buildings that the town bought at tax sale to tear down but I never called Kempton a dumpy town. I said it was like a ghost town so I was surprised it was considered one of the fastest growing towns. But I never said it was a dumpy ghost town like Norm quoted me as saying. I am upset about this article & anyone who knows me knows I would never say it the way it was printed.

    Linda L. Altherr
    Tipton County Assessor
  • Linda, at one point in the interview you clearly said it was a dumpy town and at another point you just as clearly said it was a ghost town.
  • Does that new population count include all the dogs, cats, & beetles???
    You need to get your numbers confirmed before you print.
    Marjorie Morris
    Ex Clerk Treasurer & Lifetime Resident (that still knows how to count)
  • If this is the way Norm took our conversation it was not meant in the way it was printed. Even Norm said it was in two different sentences. This is proof that my article got ran together the way he wanted it to read. I will not continue bickering about an article that was misquoted.

    Linda L. Altherr
    Tipton County Assessor
  • Ms. Altherr-

    As a pubic official in Tipton County, I don't believe you should ever refer to one of the towns in your jurisdiction as a ghost town to a reporter. How else did you expect that to come across?
  • Ms. Altherr,

    You're a public official. You could earn a lot of respect by owning up to what you said (even if it was in two separate sentences) and admitting you shouldn't have said what you did. Further, you'll note that you were not quoted as saying it was a dumpy ghost town. The reporter reasonably took two related statements that you made about the same topic and put them together.

    Demonstrate personal responsibility and you'll earn a lot of respect.

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