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Friday, October 09, 2015
  • Tuesday, October 06, 2015 12:32 AM

    There’s been lots of potentially positive developments in and around Crawfordsville of late. The news out of Indianapolis that Mayor Todd Barton was finally successful in landing the Stellar designation certainly tops that list. Along with that though, there have been some new businesses pop up as well as an expansion here and there. Don’t forget that we also have an election coming up with some strong candidates for voters to select.

    So the news The Paper first reported last week that American Red Cross is taking away control of the local chapter isn’t the best thing that could happen. Not the worst either, mind you. But for a community that right now is all about moving forward, it’s not good.

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015 12:03 AM
    Gerald Ford was in the White House. RR Donnelley & Sons had two plants running at capacity in Crawfordsville with somewhere around 4,000 employees. Paul Curtis and Glenn Knecht were coaching basketball and football respectively at Crawfordsville High School. Nucor Steel was still more than a decade away from breaking ground in Montgomery County.
  • Monday, September 21, 2015 11:56 PM
    I hate it when they do what I say . . .
    A couple of weeks ago I challenged our employees to step up for MUFFY. In the process, I offered a few deals. Deals that I am now regretting.
  • Monday, September 14, 2015 11:23 PM

    At this point, I hope whoever the Democrats are running for governor is on the south side of a gigantic landslide.

    Lest anyone gets the wrong impression, no, this is not an endorsement of Republican Mike Pence.

    Nor anyone else for that matter.

    It’s a recommendation – as strong as one guy can make it – to plea with fellow Hoosiers to put an end to negative political campaigns.

    And believe me when I tell you, as long as negative campaigns work, they will continue to be used.

    If you have spent much time at all watching television from Indiana-based stations, then you’ve likely seen one attack ad after another.

    The latest is a chilling, accusatory television ad that says people have died in multiple traffic fatalities because of Pence. 

  • Monday, September 07, 2015 7:49 PM

    If there’s an organization that does more good in our community than MUFFY, I don’t know what it is. That’s not to say there aren’t great organizations. There certainly are. From The Community Foundation to the Boys & Girls Club, Family Crisis Shelter, Youth Service Bureau . . . the list goes on.

    But very few touch as many lives as MUFFY. The cute acronym tends to downplay the seriousness of the mission. Montgomery United Fund For You literally makes it possible for domestic violence victims to have a safe haven, for children with odds heavily stacked against them to have a chance. The good that MUFFY does is literally impossible to measure.

    What isn’t impossible to measure is the money it takes to make it all work. And that, dear friends, is where we all come in.

  • Hey fat people, listen up
    Monday, August 31, 2015 10:39 PM

    Notes written on a 59th wedding anniversary card that I’ll never get to give . . .

    If you are a fat person, this column is for you. If you are offended at being called fat, do something about it. But before you get ticked off and quit reading, bear with me a little bit longer. You might find it’s worth it.

    Let me tell you about my Saturday.

    It began with heading to the office a little earlier than usual. That’s because I had to be in Atlanta, Ind. by 9:30 a.m. and I wasn’t entirely sure you could get there from here.

    Why was I going to Atlanta, Ind. early on a Saturday morning? Good question. It’s one I kept asking myself over and over. You see there was a 2.5 mile “fun run” beginning at 10 and the oldest and I had agreed to run in it.

    Back to fat folks.

  • Monday, August 24, 2015 8:25 PM

    Notes scribbled on the back of a “Sock it to ‘em, Bobby” Robert Kennedy for president bumper sticker . . .   

    Thanks to reader Ben W. Wright who sent me an e-mail after a recent column about a motorcycle fund-raising ride to the Ernie Pyle museum in beautiful downtown, Dana, Ind. Ben, being a more observant guy than yours truly, said he rides and was considering going along – but wondered what the ride was raising funds for?

    Smack me in the forehead and don’t give me a V-8!

    I routinely remind young journalists to be sure to include the famous five W’s in their stories. Might be nice if I followed my own advice.

    So, for anyone looking for something to do Saturday, the good folks at the Hoosier State Press Association and all-around good guy Dave McChesney – founder of 1Up Software – have created a first-of-its-kind motorcycle ride for newspaper folks (including readers).

  • Monday, August 17, 2015 11:29 PM

    Word from the third floor of Crawfordsville’s Commerce Center is that the Montgomery County Leadership Academy is growing and getting some of its shine and luster back.

    And that’s a very good thing.

    For those not familiar with the concept, leadership training is fairly common throughout Indiana and beyond. The idea is to teach people (mostly younger adults, but not always) the ins and outs – so to speak – of the community. Over a period of a couple of months – 10 weeks – they learn how government works, what the non-profit charities do, how to speak in front of a group and more. In short, the organization tries very hard to help groom that next generation of community leaders, thus making the community as a whole a little stronger . . . and more prepared for the future.

    Truth to tell, the organization stumbled a tad in recent times through no great fault of its own. In its glory days, the Leadership Academy had strong hands at the helm like Claude Johnson, Ken Coudret and others.

  • Monday, August 10, 2015 9:29 PM

    Notes scribbled on the back of a Rowan & Martin Laugh-In script . . .

    Tried to go to Lafayette lately? If so, it is apparent that the adage about the shortest distance between two points being a straight line has been totally disproven.

    Surely you have heard that the good folks at the state have opted to re-route traffic off of Interstate 65 near Frankfort, send them across 28 to 231 so they can head north to where it connects with 65?

    Not sure why that is the best alternative, but it has created lengthy jams and delays in little Romney, of all places.

    Who would’ve thought the best (and quickest) way to Lafayette was via Attica?

  • Monday, August 03, 2015 8:44 PM

    Last week came and went without a lot of fanfare. Most folks didn’t realize that the little Paper that could celebrated its 11th anniversary of existence.

    Yup, it was now just more than 11 years ago when Daniel L. Taylor filed the necessary legal documents that turned an idea on a piece of paper into what would become into a multi-million dollar company – a company that provides jobs for close to three dozen people. It became a company that would cross county lines, grow from one product into five and prove the critics wrong time after time after time. It became a company that in 2008 endured what became known as the national economy’s heart attack moment. And that doesn’t even mention surviving the tumultuous period the newspaper industry has been going through.

    It’s the little newspaper that could that became the little company that could.

    And it’s a company proud to call Crawfordsville home.


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