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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

  • 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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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 12-31-2016
    Saturday, December 31, 2016 4:00 AM
    Happy New Year to one and all! As 2016 draws to a close and we get set to welcome 2017 the friendly staff at your favorite Montgomery County Daily would like to say thank you to all our readers. We started this venture almost 13 years ago amid predictions of doom and gloom. But our plan was always simple, give Montgomery County a truly local newspaper that cares about local people and local issues. We’ve tried our best to do that and thousands of you keep coming back year after year. We’re truly thankful and humbled by your support!
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 12-24-2016
    Saturday, December 24, 2016 4:00 AM
    Merry Christmas one and all! On this Christmas Eve, let us all take a moment to do what Bing Crosby sang about in that Christmas Classic White Christmas and count our blessings. We tend to focus on the negatives far too much when the truth is that there really are a lot of great things about living and working right here in Montgomery County
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    CAN ANYONE explain why there are so many crows downtown some evenings? There seem to be thousands some days. 
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 12-17-2016
    Saturday, December 17, 2016 4:00 AM
    Each week we try to share a smile or three in Bits’n’Pieces, even if once in a while it might be a sad smile. This week is such an occasion after our community lost one of its nicest members Thursday when Judy Oswalt passed away. Judy was only 77 years young and had spent a wonderful career at Wabash in the social science department. She was active in several community groups and loved playing bridge – loved being a mother and grandmother even more. Judy seemed to always have a smile for one and all. Perhaps we can all smile at someone today? We think Judy would have liked that.
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 12-10-2016
    Saturday, December 10, 2016 4:00 AM
    At a local dinner this week, Sen. Phil Boots shared a great story from Montgomery County’s past. Sports fans of a certain age might remember that back in the day a starter’s pistol was shot to signify the end of a playing period in basketball. Well, one wiseacre snuck a dead bird into a game. Just after the timekeeper fired the blank gun, the prankster tossed the bird onto the gym floor.
    Of course back then it was funny. Today, the EPA and SWAT teams would probably get called.
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 12-3-2016
    Saturday, December 03, 2016 4:00 AM
    If you haven’t been, this is your last chance to take in the very last Russellville Community Christmas concert. For 15 years, the good folks in Russellville have put on the kind of Christmas show that makes small Indiana communities the best in the nation (in our humble opinion!). And there are only two left, tonight and tomorrow. The shows last about an hour and feature a cast of 125! Tonight’s performance begins at 7 p.m. (dinner at 6) and tomorrow at 1:30 (lunch at noon) at the Russellville Community Center. And to all those involved in the annual production, thank you for a wonderful 15 years! 
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 11-26-2016
    Saturday, November 26, 2016 4:00 AM
    Tonight is one of the best nights of the year in beautiful downtown Crawfordsville. It’s Party Night! Be sure to get downtown early and take in all the sights and sounds. And please be sure to do a little Christmas shopping and show our merchants how much we support locally owned businesses! Please. It’s appreciated!
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 11-19-2016
    Saturday, November 19, 2016 4:00 AM
    It was a dark day in Montgomery County this week, but just as some of the worst of humanity surfaces, a lot of people step up and show the absolute best that humanity has to offer. We heard over and over how lucky we are to have the law enforcement professionals and first responders. And here at The Paper we got lots of news tips from a lot of different people. Thank you to all. It’s just nice to know that when things look the worst so many people show their best.
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 11-12-2016
    Saturday, November 12, 2016 4:00 AM
    THE COUNTY is in for a rough winter after a fire destroyed its fleet of snow-plow trucks. Surrounding communities are offering to pitch in, but it’s going to take a concerted effort and a sound plan to get through when the snow starts to fall. 
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  • Saturday, November 05, 2016 4:00 AM
    HEARD IN a local barber shop. Man opens the front door and sticks his head in.
    “Hey, did you hear Hillary got shot?”
    Everyone just looks at each other.
    “No? Well, maybe we’ll get lucky this afternoon.”
    And with that he shut the door and walked away.
    True story.
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