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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

  • 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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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 6-10-17
    Saturday, June 10, 2017 4:00 AM
    Welcome to all the great visitors who are in town for our Strawberry Festival! We believe you will find the food great and the people friendly. Even more, we hope you enjoy yourself so much that you come back soon. Crawfordsville and Montgomery County have so much to offer, from antiques to great dining, to wonderful golfing, to a state park, to the best two- four-wheel off-road racing on the planet, to . . . well, there’s just not enough space and time to list it all. But you can be sure that if you look around a little, you’ll like what you see a lot!
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 6-3-17
    Saturday, June 03, 2017 4:00 AM
    It’s the epitome of good news / bad news. First off, we didn’t win Hoosier Lottery this week (which you know because you’re reading this). On the other hand, the state’s lottery is up to a whopping $15 million smackeroos! And hey, PowerBall is well north of $300 million. No offense, but we’re hoping you won’t be reading this feature next week and it’s because either you or we won. Just saying!
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 5-27-17
    Saturday, May 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    Doggone it, we didn’t win again, so yup, Bits’n’Pieces is back for another week. So if you don’t see this column next week, there could be 15 million reasons why from the Hoosier Lottery.
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    DID YOU KNOW that your favorite Montgomery County daily is on the move? Yup, like they used to sing on the Jeffersons, we’re moving on up! In June, the worldwide headquarters will be found in the spacious and professional abode known as Athena Center, 201 E. Jefferson St. We’ll let you know for sure when the move is done – and when it is, we’ll have a ribbon cutting and open house and we hope you can attend!
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    SPEAKING OF the Athena Center, if anyone else is looking for space it’s pretty nice over there! We’d love the company, too. Dive on in – the water’s fine . . . no, really, it is. There’s a pool there, too! 
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  • Bits 'N Pieces 5-20-17
    Saturday, May 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    You are reading this, which means we at your favorite Montgomery County daily did not win the Hoosier Lottery this week . . . dang it! So, the big prize is up to more than $14 million dollars! Of course PowerBall is almost to a quarter-BILLION dollars. So good luck to all of you out there, and just remember: If you don’t see Bits’n’Pieces next week, you can still find us . . . on a beach somewhere!
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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 5-13-17
    Saturday, May 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    Whew! We barely avoided a Friday the 13th! Good thing we’re not superstitious, right?
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    MAYOR TODD Barton took Cheryl Morphew on a community tour Tuesday of this week. Cheryl is the newly hired leader of the new city-county economic joint partnership. She certainly comes across as more than competent and professional. We hope she has big things in store for our little corner of heaven! Welcome, Cheryl!
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  • Saturday, May 06, 2017 4:00 AM
    Nope, we didn’t win the Hoosier Lottery jackpot which is now more than $13 million smackeroos. If you don’t see your favorite column in your favorite Montgomery County daily next Saturday . . . 
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    KUDOS TO OUR local Chamber for a wonderful 99th annual celebration! TV personality and author Dick Wolfsie kept the evening fun with a few jokes and big awards went to the good folks at Franciscan, Arni’s, Stone Creek Lodge, Judi Kleine and Steve Zachary! Great job to all!
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