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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

  • Bits 'n' Pieces 4-22-2017
    Saturday, April 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    A strange acting raccoon was spotted near the Sugar Creek Trail (off Schenck Road) this week. After talking to a few experts, it sounded like the issue may be distemper, but that’s not a definitive answer. And while humans aren’t in danger because the disease can’t be transmitted to us, it can make animals aggressive if cornered. It certainly can be passed on to other animals though. And there’s no guarantee it’s distemper, so whether walking pets or out by yourself, keep an eye out in that area for a while.
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 4-15-2017
    Saturday, April 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    In most years, today would be the dreaded tax day! However, this year you have until Tuesday, or April 18. Why? Well, when the 15th falls on a Saturday the IRS (yes, put those words together and it spells “theirs) typically changes the deadline to Monday. April 17 is a legal holiday in the District of Columbia (Emancipation Day) so we have until Tuesday this year. Aren’t you thrilled that the government lets you hang onto your very own money an extra few days! 
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    WE AREN’T trying to start a stampede to Sycamore Hills, but Karen Biddle found the mushroom (see picture) in her backyard. The recent warmth and wet weather is sure to bring more of these tasty morsels (or morels!) out by the gazillions . . . even if they aren’t easy to find! Good luck to mushroom hunters everywhere!
    And by the way, Karen and hubbie Andy did not report whether or not it tasted great. 
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 4-8-2017
    Saturday, April 08, 2017 4:00 AM
    Apparently, our April Fool’s joke snagged quite a few readers – and we appreciate folks like Michael Fons who was kind enough to reach out and let us know. But the best of the bunch might have been a certain Indianapolis television news reporter. He called our managing editor to ask about the cameras on top of stop signs. Seems he was going to do an investigative piece. When told that he might want to read the entire story, he didn’t have much else to say. 
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    YOU MIGHT have noticed that the process to replace the flag at the 9 / 11 Memorial Park on Walnut Street is under way. The Sharp family, who is involved with the First United Pentecostals of Crawfordsville, reached out to The Paper to let us know that they have removed the damaged flag and pole. They are working with local companies to try to get donations so that the memorial will be complete again. If you’d like to donate or volunteer your time to help out, just call the church at 362-3046. Michaelan Sharp said that volunteers are needed throughout the year to maintain the site and that local companies helped in the past with donations to the memorial.
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 4-1-2017
    Saturday, April 01, 2017 4:00 AM
    Did you play an April Fool’s joke on anyone today? Anyone got you? Did we? Let us know and you might get included in a column. E-mail and give us all the details!
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    FOR SOME of our older fans, you’ll probably remember Roy Clark from his days on the TV show Hee-Haw. Well, did you know that Roy – a noted banjo picker – is being honored with an exhibit this month in the American Banjo Museum? Heck, did you know that there’s an American Banjo Museum? We didn’t either, but turns out there is and it’s located in Oklahoma City. 
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 3-25-2017
    Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    Did you know that our local Chamber of Commerce turns 100 next year? Well, actually the group that promotes local business is more than 100 because it was initially created as a Commerce Club. But it became the Chamber in February of 1918. We hear big things are coming in celebration. Stay tuned . . . and if you aren’t currently a Chamber member – join in! Go to for the scoop on how.
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 3-18-2017
    Saturday, March 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    We’re sharing an ad from one of Montgomery County’s many newspapers of the past (did you know that our county has been home to around 80 newspapers over the years!). This cute advertisement is from the Sunday Star – a newspaper that was located on the corner of Pike and Washington streets. According to our crack research team, the Sunday Star was published in Crawfordsville from 1872 to 1904. Thanks to our historian-in-residence Karen Zach for passing it along (and watch for something similar on the pages of your favorite Montgomery County daily soon).
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 3-11-2017
    Saturday, March 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    Commuters coming in from 136 got a treat this week. The sign outside of Mace United Methodist read: "Trouble sleeping? Come to Church. Nap through sermon." Someone's convinced the Big Guy's got a sense of humor. 
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    OUR BOSS Tim is sad this week. Not too long ago he opined that he likes the printed paper. So in a survey on our web site, the question was asked: How would you most prefer your Paper of Montgomery County? There were three answers: Print only, online only and print and online. Tim got a partial victory as the majority of respondent said print AND online. But the print only choice was by far the lowest of the three. Some say that’s progress. 
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 3-4-2017
    Saturday, March 04, 2017 4:00 AM
    Want to know the most-repeated comment in Indiana this week when the weather turned cold and we had a few snow flurries? All the old-timers hitched up their britches and said, “Yup, it’s snowing in March. Must be sectional time.”
    (And if you don’t understand, just ask any old-timer!)
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 2-25-2017
    Saturday, February 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    Welcome to the last weekend of February – and boy hasn’t it been an odd month in terms of weather? This week alone has seen weather extremes. Let’s just hope that March doesn’t hold any nasty surprises. 
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    IT MIGHT FEEL like Montgomery County is caught in a bit of a bobcat craze. Sightings are coming in from all over the county. One resident even told us that he saw an awfully large cat run across the road on a city street (near the RR Donnelley plant on West Wabash). If you have any sightings, email us at to let us know! While there have been plenty of reports and even a few photos, it’s a great reminder to simply be smart and cautious when it comes to small pets and even small children.
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    STAY TUNED for a big announcement about one of the staffers here at your favorite Montgomery County daily! We’ve been sworn to secrecy, but we can tell you that this will be “national” in nature and it involves one of the younger members of our party.
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 2-18-2017
    Saturday, February 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    It sure appears that Montgomery County is home to some bobcats. Besides the info we ran this week from County Councilman Mark Davidson, we also had other readers tell us they’ve seen the large cats around, including Linda Timmons. Thanks to everyone who let us know – and if you see one or get a photo, please give Editor Neil a shout. You can reach him at
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 2-11-2017
    Saturday, February 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    As our friend Honest Hoosier (or H2, as we like to call him) would say, here’s a tip of the seed corn cap to the many winter high school athletes who either just wrapped up or are rapidly coming to the conclusion of their seasons. And we also want to offer another tip o’ the cap to all students who are involved in the other areas of academic life, from band to theater to speech to engineering and beyond. We’re proud of all our students in Montgomery County!
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 1-28-2017
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 4:00 AM
    So it’s the last weekend of January with February and Groundhog Day right around the corner. Take heart frigid friends, March and April aren’t that far away! 
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    ONE OF our brave employees asked the boss the other day if he “heard any good ones lately?” The boss replied that he was busy working. The employee laughed out loud and asked if he had heard any others.
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 1-21-2017
    Saturday, January 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    Apparently our Question of the Week on our website has been a hit the last few weeks. We asked about the road that is unfinished near Walmart and we asked about the recent changes in economic development. What’s the question this week? Sorry, no cheating here. You’ll have to surf over to and scroll down the home page to find out. 
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  • Bit 'n' Pieces 1-14-2017
    Saturday, January 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    Did you survive Friday the 13th? The good news, if you’re superstitious, is that it’s only one of two this calendar year. The bad news? The next one is in October, just a couple of weeks before Halloween!
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    MORE FRIDAY the 13th news? People who are inordinately fearful of the event may have Paraskevidekatriaphobia. People who simply have phobias about the number 13 have Triskaidekaphobia . . . every year has at least one Friday the 13th, but none have more than three.
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 1-7-2017
    Saturday, January 07, 2017 4:00 AM
    Happy New Year!
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    OUR MYSTERY GUEST winner this week is a member of a brand new club. Well, OK, it’s not actually a club. But it’s a club we are starting at your favorite Montgomery County Daily. We’re calling it the Notable Nineties and anyone who wants to be a member can be – just so long as they are at least 90 years young. All you have to do to join is let our boss Tim Timmons know. He’ll put it in his column every so often and make sure those folks who’ve led long lives get a little extra attention – which they so richly deserve. So let Tim know if you or someone you know is at least 90 and wants to be mentioned. You can reach Tim at (765) 361-0100, ext. 22 or e-mail him at He’d love to hear from you!
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