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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • Saturday, October 22, 2016 4:00 AM
    The Crawfordsville Fire Department is taking an old idea and putting a new face on it, saving money, increasing efficiency and prolonging fire apparatus life in the process.
    You may have noticed that the department recently purchased a Chevy Tahoe this past spring. This vehicle has been designated as Squad 1. The addition of Squad 1 has shown to be a multi-pronged solution to some of the challenges we face as a department. It has improved access to high-quality patient care and drastically reduced our response times while proving to be very cost-effective. 
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  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016 4:00 AM
    A proposed ordinance requiring the registration and inspection of rental properties in the City of Crawfordsville was recently forwarded from committee and will be considered by the city council at their October meeting. Several questions have been raised about the need for such an ordinance. This has led to a healthy discussion of the challenges facing our community. Therefore, I would like to take a few moments to explain the impetus behind this proposal and how it fits into the overall status of our community. 
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  • Tuesday, October 04, 2016 8:44 PM
    New Website to Find Child Care
    The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) recently announced a new, online tool to assist families in finding child care and early education providers. is one of several online enhancements FSSA is making to help parents and families find services in their area.
    The website allows families to search licensed providers by numerous parameters including location, type of provider, hours and licensing status, which will help families across the state meet their child-care needs.
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  • Saturday, September 10, 2016 4:00 AM

    Lately, I have been reading through the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-20. It is an interesting read about the current nutrition recommendations for all American citizens in the United States. (You can access the entire document online at or
    What really caught my attention throughout the document was the research that compared the average intake, based off of age and gender, against the actual recommendations. Let’s start with the dairy food group.
    The recommendation is three cups each day for ages nine years and older. The recommendation was never met according to the research, I was shocked! Here’s a reminder to eat more yogurt and cheese, or drink more milk!
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  • City editor offers his memories
    Saturday, September 10, 2016 4:00 AM
    With Sept. 11 coming up Sunday, I wanted to take a little bit of time to reflect on that monumental day and what it has meant to me over these last 15 years.
    When the first plane struck the World Trade Center, I was just getting off the school bus, oblivious to the fact that my life, as well as everyone else’s in the country, was going to change.
    I was only a 10-year-old kid at the time, still in elementary school. There was no way I was going to be able to wrap my head around something that even the adults around couldn’t fathom.
    By the time the second plane struck, all the students and staff were watching it on television.
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  • Wednesday, September 07, 2016 10:05 AM
    CLERMONT – This year’s U.S. Nationals was the NHRA’s 62nd installment. It’s the oldest and most prestigious drag racing event in the world, and it is held every year right in our back yard. Since 1960 the Nationals have been held in Clermont, Indiana. I have been to every one since 1967, save for one. This event is my Christmas and now I have to wait a full year for number 63.
    The weather for the 62nd running could not have been better. All week the conditions were ideal and the cars were quick and fast. Many track records were broken during qualifying and some new faces were at the top of their class. Bo Butner was the leader of the Pro Stock pack and Clay Millican led the Top Fuel field, both first time leaders at Indy.
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  • Tuesday, August 09, 2016 9:51 PM

    No, I’m not a politician, or even a political analyst, but I am a United States citizen who still has the right (at least for now) and quite frankly the responsibility, to ponder, probe, and question anything that is status quo -- especially political agendas. I can only hope that most people do the same. So, in the privacy of my own home (where only the government is listening), I’ve been reading and discussing, “Stealing America,” written by Dinesh D’Souza.

    Mr. D’Souza, an Asian-Indian, was a hopeful, grateful, and legal immigrant who believed America was an exceptional nation. He came here as a student and became a successful author and filmmaker by applying and defending conservative principles. Oh, and because of his political affiliation, he now has a criminal record. He was convicted in a federal court, and spent eight months in jail for improperly donating money to a friend who was running for the Senate. That friend was a Republican candidate. 

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  • Wednesday, June 08, 2016 1:17 PM
    If you attended North Montgomery High School graduation, you heard Valedictorian Kristen Glass speak earnestly and humbly about the upcoming cliffs that the class of 2016 has to face out in the ‘real world.’  Glass has been a dedicated volunteer at the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau all throughout her high school career
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  • Monday, June 06, 2016 1:00 AM

    Summer break means higher food insecurity for children across Indiana. Nearly 3,000 kids in Montgomery County – 49 percent of its public school students – have reliable access to nutritious meals thanks to free or reduced-price lunch and breakfast programs during the school year. Yet when school ends, many of these young people struggle to get the fuel they need to thrive.

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  • Friday, June 03, 2016 11:39 PM

    Enough already! It is only June and a good question is whether the weather or political climate will be hotter this summer. 

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  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:49 PM
    A baseball pitcher doesn’t get to call his own balls and strikes. A convicted felon doesnt set his own prison sentence. Thats because those parties have a self-interest in the judgment. The television industry, however, in spite of its self-interest, is still allowed by the federal government to issue content ratings for its own television programs.
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  • Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:05 AM
    The economy continues to struggle, the educational system underperforms, and tensions exist at just about every point on the international landscape. And, there is a national presidential selection process underway. It seems, in such an environment, that citizens would feel compelled to get themselves fully up to date on news that matters. It would also stand to reason that the nation’s news media would feel an obligation to focus on news of substance.
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  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 12:11 AM
    Do you find yourself ruining all that hard work of eating healthy, suddenly lost when you sit down to watch TV at night, and shortly you can’t stop thinking about ice cream, cookies, popcorn, chips or your favorite snack? For me it is always peanut butter. This late night hunger craving often causes us to eat calories that aren’t needed, especially when we are making choices based on our cravings. Are you ready for these cravings to end? Follow these easy steps to make that happen.
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  • Thursday, May 05, 2016 11:59 PM
    In my article two or three weeks describing our last trip to Mexico to deliver a firetruck, I mentioned the blind Aztec boy who really needs a service dog.
    He's 7-years-old and life could be made so much better and safer if he only had a good service animal.
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  • Thursday, May 05, 2016 11:53 PM

    Purdue Extension Montgomery County recently offered “Science Made Easy” to a total of 40 youth as part of Crawfordsville Middle School’s “After The Bell” program. This afterschool program offers youth the opportunity to engage in specific club’s that they may have an interest in. This club met once a week from March 3rd to March 31st. Participants to this club participated in weekly hands-on, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities. These activities included exploring Non-Newtonian fluids by making Oobleck, robotics, aerospace, and more!

    So why the focus on STEM activities and programs? According to the Office of Science and Technology and Policy, “STEM occupations will grow 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations over the period from 2008-2018.” Furthermore, “STEM workers drive our nation’s innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies and new industries. However, U.S. businesses frequently voice concerns over the supply and availability of STEM workers” (STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future, U.S. Department of Commerce). Therefore, it is important to provide youth opportunities to explore the different facets of STEM and assist in developing an interest in these areas. The 4-H program provides these opportunities for youth to get excited and explore STEM fields through 4-H projects, 4-H club meetings, workshops, and afterschool programs etc.

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