While it's true "figures don't lie, but liars can figure" there is definitely something good going on in our county. 

Here's to all those people who say "the media" doesn't report good news, as if "the media" conspired to "do something" to the populace. 

I can't speak for the New York Times or, even, the Indianapolis Star, having never been associated with those papers, but I can tell you from working on the old rip and read UPI wire copy on WRMS, Beardstown, Ill., in 1972 (no wonder everyone in town called it "Worms!"), working at other radio stations, stringing for a couple TV stations and a few newspapers, that in small markets there is no collaboration between media outlets. Attempted murder, maybe, but no collaboration. 

So, here is my good news: 

According to information supplied by the Crawfordsville Department of Planning and Zoning, we are experiencing a boom right now. 

If we look at the estimated cost of construction of commercial property as reported on building permit applications, we see that there was an estimated $27.4 million in 2012, $2.8 million in '11, $3.9 million in '10 and $3.3 million in '09 and $19.6 million in '08. 

In a recent column I hinted at the coming arrival of a new store in the former Penney's building. It is now the worst kept secret in town that Dunham Sporting Goods will soon arrive at the old Boulevard Mall, at least that's the rumor and we know how reliable what "everyone knows" can be. 

What is not rumor is that Dairy Queen, Long John Silver's and McDonald's on U.S. 231 South are jockeying for better position to serve our palates and clog our arteries. 

Teachers Credit Union has not long been at its present location. It seems just a few years before that that Culver's built its building at the entrance to the road to Walmart, not to mention all the other commercial buildings that have sprung up in that vicinity. 

Yes, I'm proud to say I was living in Crawfordsville when the Boulevard Mall was going great guns and I shopped at Radio Shack when it was the last store to move out of what had become an empty structure dimly lit by bare light bulbs. 

So, there is good news in Crawfordsville -- no matter what "the media" might say. 

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I FIND INTERNET podcasts fascinating in the same way I used to listen to my AM radio late at night to pick up 250 watt stations in Hazard. Ky., and "them other rural places."

We used to hear people quit on the air because they wanted to go fishing, people who had been picked up by UFOs and everything else. 

In the late 1990s, I was assigned to do interviews and report on the few Internet web pages in Montgomery County. 

It was fascinating to talk to people and find out why and how they contributed to the World Wide Web from Montgomery County, Indiana. 

The research didn't take long -- there were precious local websites back then. In fact, The Associated Press Style Book didn't really address how to write web addresses or whether "website" was one word or two until later, as I recall. 

Now, it seems every kid, every business and many teachers have their own websites. (Or is it "web site?")

I find podcasts fascinating because of the wide variety of fare they offer. 

One 14-year-old I listen to has a podcast about "The Andy Griffith Show." No, he's not polished -- far from it but that's part of the fun. 

On the other hand, there is the TWIT Network of podcasts. TWIT originally stood for "This Week In Tech" not what you called your maiden aunt. The TWIT folks are polished. Most are 20-somethings. Some have families. All must have other jobs because it's difficult to believe TWIT pays them enough to live on. But those "kids" know tech! They know Android and iOS devices inside and out. I learn a lot by listening to them. 

I even put a new ringtone on my new Android smart phone. Now, when my wife calls, I hear "Frazier Crane" sing "She's Such a Groovy Lady" from Season 3 of "Frazier." 



Frank Phillips has covered news in Central Indiana on radio and in newspapers since 1994. He continues to work in the local media as an advertising account representative for The Paper.