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Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • Bits 'N' Pieces 9-23-17
    Saturday, September 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Hoosier Lottery continues to grow, surpassing $23 million. Yes, a lot of your favorite folks at your favorite Montgomery County daily (i.e., Neil) are buying tickets. And no, since you’re reading this none of us won. Darn it!
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    SPEAKING of friendly folks at your favorite Montgomery County daily, congrats to Kim VanMatre, Adrienne Clouser, Mike Long and Melissa Meme for winning awards at the Hoosier State Press Association annual conference. Mike and Kim took third place while Adrienne and Melissa took first! Our hats are off to the best of the best! 
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    HARVEST HOOPLA is next weekend in beautiful downtown Crawfordsville at the Farmers Market. It’s a celebration of harvest and heritage and kicks off at 8 a.m. on Sept. 30. There will be live music, food, games, carriage rides, prizes and arts & crafts. Show up a week from today for a great, local, time. 
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 9-16-17
    Saturday, September 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    It gets heavier and heavier. For the last week, we’ve run a poll with the following question: The debate on wind farms is heating up and getting nasty! One side claims that the "No Zoners" can't have it both ways, absolutely no zoning but some government regulation on wind farms. Others claim it's a health issue. Still others say it's a great thing for the county. The overall question, though, is: Do we allow wind farms or not?
    And this is the second time we’ve asked a question about wind farms. 
    So which side wins? Neither. After a full week, it was a dead heat, at 50 percent each!
    Of course all this is anonymous. We’ll get to see how the county council and county commissioners handle things in public! 
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 9-9-17
    Saturday, September 09, 2017 4:00 AM
    Will anyone ever win the Hoosier Lottery grand prize again? Regular readers know that we were oh so close a week ago, matching four of the six numbers. Well, no one won again this week so the prize is now more than $22 million bucks! We’ve got our ticket. Got yours?
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    FORE! THE MUFFY golf scramble is next Saturday at Rocky Ridge at 8 a.m.! We have heard that there is a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one, plus there will be MUFFY agencies present and all sorts of fun and games. Why not head east early next Saturday and play a round! Get more info or sign up at www.muffy.org 
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    IT MAY BE the final few days of summer, but the weather has sure felt like fall lately. However, the outdoor types tell us it might be a tough fall for colorful foliage fans because of the lack of rain. 
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    SEE YOU in Darlington today? It’s fish fry season and Darlington’s is one of the best around! Things got going last night but continue today. See you out there! 
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    GOT SOME old or rare coins you think might be valuable? Then you ought to go to MainSource Bank Sept. 26. They’re doing free coin appraisals on site.
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 9-2-17
    Saturday, September 02, 2017 4:00 AM
    Oh gang, we were close! One of our intrepid staff matched four of the six Hoosier Lottery numbers and was THAT close to $21 million bucks! Turns out, he gets $50. Oh well, beats a sharp stick in the eye! 
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    COULD BE a sign that the end is coming? Apparently more than 2,300 earthquakes have been reported since June at Yellowstone. The swarm is one of the longest ever there and some say it’s a sign that the super volcano beneath the ground might be rumbling. Don’t get too alarmed. Turns out that there was a swarm of more than 3,000 quakes in 1985 and another couple thousand in 2010.
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    HEY, AS LONG as we’re on the weird stuff, did you hear about the radio signals from outer space? It seems that 15 radio signals from a galaxy far, far away were recorded Aug. 26. Could be a lot of things, but one possibility could certainly be ET phoning home? 
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    SINCE YOU are reading this then you (and we) survived Florence. Who (or what) is Florence. An asteroid around 3 miles wide that whizzed by our friendly planet yesterday morning around 8 a.m. How close was it? A mere 145 million miles. 
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    BACK HERE where things are a bit more normal, our esteemed mayor is heading to Japan in a week. He’s going with a delegation from around the state, including Gov. Eric Holcomb. Here’s hoping for a safe and most productive trip! We’ll be sure to let you know what the mayor says about everything.
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    STAY TUNED for a big surprise from your favorite Montgomery County daily! So far, mum’s the word but in about 10 days we’ll let the cat out of the bag. As the kids today say, it’ll be epic!
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 8-27-17
    Saturday, August 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    Curse those east coast people! By now you’ve surely heard that the ginormous PowerBall jackpot of more than $758 million smackeroos was won with one ticket in the lovely state of Massachusetts. We’re certainly glad for the lady who won and wish her all the best! However, the best news for Hoosiers is that no one won the state’s lottery and it’s now over $20 million. OK, maybe it’s not $758 million, but if you don’t see your favorite column in your favorite newspaper next Saturday . . . 
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    THE BOO BIRDS were out in force after the city announced that Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton was making a trip to Japan with Gov. Eric Holcomb. The purpose of the trip is to say thank you to two current companies with locations in Montgomery County, Heritage Products (Hiruta Kogyo) and Gavilon Grain (Marubeni Group). We don’t pretend to be economic development experts, but a trip that will likely improve relations with two companies who employ hundreds of our citizens – as well as the possibility of recruiting other companies to move here – sounds like a good use of the mayor’s time . . . especially with private donations paying the lion’s share of the cost.
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 8-19-17
    Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Mega-Million big prize might be gone, but have you checked out PowerBall or the Hoosier Lottery lately? PowerBall is now about half a billion dollars. Yes, billion. With a B. And our very own Hoosier Lottery is north of $20 million – which has to be one of, if not the largest, jackpots our state has ever had, right? And like we’ve said before, if you don’t find Bits’n’Pieces in your favorite Montgomery County daily next week, you’ll know who won. But keep it just between us, OK?
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    WE HAD our first report of a wooly worm this week, and it was dark with a white stripe. Now, does that mean a bad winter or a mild one . . . 
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    SPEAKING OF fall and winter, has anyone else noticed that more leaves are falling in August than usual? Seems like it. 
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    AND ONE last note about the nasty seasons: It’s said that the number of fogs in August will correlate to the number of measurable snows we’re going to get this winter. For those keeping track at home, there’ve been six fogs we’ve counted so far this month . . . 
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 8-12-17
    Saturday, August 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    With all the tough talk out of North Korea and our own White House, some of us of a certain age are remembering a time when drills at school tried to teach us what to do in the event of a nuclear explosion. Let’s all hope that cooler heads prevail before we reach that point again.
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    UPS DID NOT make big fans out of us at the Little Newspaper That Could this week. And for those of you who receive our print edition, you probably aren’t too happy with Big Brown either. That’s because the good folks at the Crawfordsville Post Office told us that UPS took our newspapers off the USPS dock Thursday morning. We can’t tell you where they took them, only that we didn’t have them, the Post Office didn’t have them and consequently you did not have them. It took a few hours to track down and find our papers and get them taken back to the Post Office. While we are trying to find out exactly why UPS swiped our (and your) papers, we certainly apologize for the entire event! We’d like to tell you that UPS apologized, too. We’d like to, but we can’t.
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    AS OUR ONLINE Edition continues to grow in popularity – thus giving us reason to aim for becoming the first and only newspaper in Montgomery County to reach 10,000 subscribers – the delivery problem from Thursday just adds another reason to grab your Paper hot off the press at 4 a.m. each morning. That’s when it’s delivered to your e-mail box! Want to join the 10,000 Montgomery County strong? Just go to our website (www.thepaper24-7.com) and click “Subscribe” in the top left corner. For now it’s free. And although that will change down the road, it doesn’t get any better right now!
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 8-5-17
    Saturday, August 05, 2017 4:00 AM
    Like our friend Honest Hoosier would say, here’s a BIG tip of the seed corn cap to the good folks at Franciscan. They unveiled their shiny new emergency department this week with a wonderful blessing by St. Bernard’s Father Shocklee. Terry Wilson, the CEO of Franciscan in this part of Indiana and our own Terry Klein, the head of the hospital here and the chief operating officer, spoke to a crowd of around 75 dignitaries. It was a great day for our community!
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    WE HATE to sound like a broken record, but holy cow . . . how about those lotteries! Hoosier Lottery is just a tick shy of $20 million bucks. PowerBall is more than a quarter of a billion dollars and if no one won the MegaMillion last night, it’s over a third of a billion smackeroos. If someone could win all three (yeah, we know the odds but what the heck, if you’re gonna dream then dream BIG), they would win almost $629 million! But hey, we don’t want to be greedy. We’d be more than happy with just the measly $20 million from our favorite state in the union.
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 7-29-17
    Saturday, July 29, 2017 4:00 AM
    Our very own Karen Zach reports that she has been met with open arms as she goes around Montgomery County working on her newest creation, Town Talkin’s. Of course we’re not surprised. How can anyone not light up when they see Karen! Still, it’s nice to know that the latest from your favorite Montgomery County daily and one of our favorite columnists is so well received! Thank you all, kindly!
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    CAN YOU believe the Hoosier Lottery! Yeah, yeah, we know that it pales in comparison to the PowerBall and MegaMillion jackpots that are almost always in nine figures. But getting to nearly $20 million here in Indiana is a pretty big deal! Of course you’re reading Bits’n’Pieces this week which means that neither you nor we likely won. Oh well! 
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 7-22-17
    Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Coming to the Sock Hop this weekend? We sure are! In case you’ve missed it, we’re having a good, old-fashioned sock hop in the old CHS gymnasium that’s now better known as Athena Sport & Fitness. It’s Sunday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Groovy Bill Douglas will be spinning the records (OK, maybe they’re CDs now) and rockin’ & rollin’ with the tunes. Admission is only $5 and refreshments will be available. What’s the old saying? Be there or be square!
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    DOGGONE IF that Hoosier Lottery jackpot doesn’t just keep on growing! Of course the minute you opened your favorite Montgomery County daily and saw your favorite column, you knew we didn’t win. And we know you didn’t win either because we don’t deliver same day to the beach. Sigh. Well, maybe one of us will have better luck next week! 
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    DALE PETRIE, the city’s director of operations and the man in charge of the Stellar projects, was a true good Samaritan of late when he helped someone who suffered a broken bone during a bike wreck on the Sugar Creek Trail. Dale can often be found riding his own bike with his dog on the Trail and always has a smile for everyone. Turns out this time, he offered more than a smile and the help was graciously accepted.
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 7-15-17
    Saturday, July 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    Got your Hoosier Lottery ticket? Or Powerball? Those numbers are starting to look pretty amazing, aren’t they? On one hand, the odds of being hit by lightning while playing with toy boats in a bathtub and whistling Dixie are a lot better than actually winning one of them. On the other hand, somebody somewhere is going to win sometime, so it might as well be one of us, right! Hoosier Lottery is now above $18,000,000. Powerball is just a little south of $200 million. And if no one won Mega Millions last night, it was already over $217 million! Hey, you know the story. If you don’t see Bits’n’Pieces in your favorite Montgomery County daily next week, you’ll know why!
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    OUR ONLINE poll really went crazy over windfarms and property rights last week. We asked where you stood on wind farms and boy did you respond! The final tally was that more than 60 percent of you want wind farms here if it helps our local economy while more than 30 percent don’t. The rest of you want more facts. Interesting! We’re asking this week if you are sick and tired of hearing about the Russians every time you turn on the TV news.
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 7-8-17
    Saturday, July 08, 2017 5:00 AM
    Got any plans this weekend? Do you find yourself always wondering what to do? Then be sure to check out the great website from the Visitors Bureau folks. It’s www.visitmoco.com. Once there, click on events and you’ll see a wide range of local activities to choose from.
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    SPEAKING OF things to do, the 4-H Fair gets under way next week. And while on the topic of 4-H, as our buddy Honest Hoosier would say, here’s a tip of the seed corn cap to 4-H Queen Bethany Young. The CHS grad topped a super-talented field of young ladies to be crowned this year’s 4-H Fair Queen! Enjoy the reign, your highness!
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    HOW MUCH longer can the Hoosier Lottery go before someone wins all that loot? The last Hoosier Lotto winner was an Indianapolis grandfather back in November. Now, about seven months later, the prize is up to almost $18 million! Yes, we have our ticket and you know by now that if this column is not in your favorite Montgomery County daily next week . . . well, you’ll know who won. (But hey, if we don’t win then we at least hope you do!)
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 7-1-17
    Saturday, July 01, 2017 4:00 AM
    Happy early Birthday America! Despite all the moaning and groaning and gnashing of teeth that many politicians and media members seem to be doing, we think right here in our little corner of God’s country we’ve got it pretty good. So here’s to a fine first 241 years and an even better next 241! 
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    SPEAKING OF birthday parties, today marks the beginning of our month-long celebration that will culminate with our 13th birthday on July 31! Good gosh, The Paper as a teen-ager! Can you imagine the kind of trouble we’ll be getting into now! (And if you think this will be bad, just wait until we get our drivers license!)
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    WE’LL BE DOGGONE if that Hoosier Lottery doesn’t just keep on rising! And since you’re once again reading this fine work, then you know that we did not win it – or at least not yet! But hey, we’re trying. How about you? 
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 6-24-17
    Saturday, June 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Kudos to the city for fixing West Main! As noted in this newspaper many times, it often felt like a bulldozer (or a tank) drove down the street and left tracks with its treads. We understand it was the old interurban line tracks. We’re just glad that even after almost 80 years it’s finally getting fixed. 
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    SPEAKING OF street work, there sure is a lot going on around the city, isn’t there. Let’s be fair to the powers that be. We’re going to gripe about the detours and the mess and the general hassle. But if the roads weren’t fixed, we’d be griping about that, too. (Hey, at least we’re honest!) 
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    STILL KEEPING score on that Hoosier Lottery? Well, you know since you are reading this that no one has won yet – dang it! When it gets right down to it, the state’s prize is almost $17 million. PowerBall is almost $80 million and if no one won MegaMillions last night, it’s north of $135 million! If you don’t find Bits’n’Pieces next week . . . 
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 6-17-17
    Saturday, June 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    It’s been awfully hot with a bunch of rain in the forecast for June. Luckily we’ve dodged a lot of the storms this week and a little break in the mercury is on the horizon. High 70s and low 80s feel a lot nicer than the 90s we’ve been hitting as of late. 
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    FOR THOSE KEEPING score the Hoosier Lottery is up over $16 million. And since you’re reading this – no, you’re favorite Montgomery County daily wasn’t the winner of the Powerball prize either. If you don’t find Bits’n’Pieces next week, check the news because we’re somewhere sunny.
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