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Great Day for Girl Scouts!
More than 50 local Girl Scouts attended the recent Montgomery County Girl Scout World Thinking Day. The annual event took place at First United Methodist Church in Crawfordsville. The focus of the event was for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all around the world to think of each other and give thanks and appreciation to their “sister” Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. The day began with songs and ceremonies, followed by an international bazaar of booths. Troops took part in booths representing Japan, Hong Kong, Greece, Madagascar, India and Switzerland. By visiting the booths, girls learned about different countries while sampling food, games and crafts. Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouts' membership has grown from 18 members in Savannah, Ga., to 3.7 million members throughout the United States. More than 44,000 girls in 45 counties participate through the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana Council.
  • Creating the hits . . .
    Friday, July 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    John Stevens Jr. was destined to be a musician. Stevens says it began at a very early age. He remembers sitting at his aunt’s feet at family gatherings as they all came together to sing and play music. 
    “My aunts sang beautifully,” he reminisces. “They tell me, while all the other kids would be off playing, I would just set right at their feet taking it in.”
    John Stevens Jr. was born on Nov. 24, 1959 to John and Janet Stevens. He grew up an all-American, Hoosier boy from Lebanon - riding bicycles, playing baseball and football and hanging with his friends. However, during his school days, a knee injury requiring surgery caused him to hang up his cleats. That’s when he set his sights on becoming a musician. 
    Stevens started writing songs when he was 15 years old but was not ready to sing in front of people. During junior high he was asked to sing a solo, Stevens was brought to tears because he was so nervous to sing in front of others. Later, as his confidence grew, Stevens began performing at parties in high school. By his late teens, he was performing regularly. 
    After graduating Lebanon High School in 1978, Stevens spent a couple of years in college. Stevens grins saying, “I studied ‘life skills’ while there.” He laughs, “Girls and parties.”
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  • What does independence mean to you?
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Fourth of July is not only a time for fireworks and food, but to celebrate our country and the independence that we have as a country. What does independence really mean though? According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, the definition of the word independence is “not subject to control by others.” We asked 10 people here in Montgomery County what independence meant to them and here is what they had to say. 
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  • Great Day for Honor Flight
    Monday, June 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    Whitlock Place was the spot to be Saturday afternoon, as they held a carnival to raise money for the Greater Lafayette Honor Flight program. The event included a dunk tank, a bounce house and a raffle which gave away many prizes. The Honor Flight program sends veterans to Washington D.C. so they can view the memorials of the wars. 
    “It is all about serving the veterans” said Candace Watson who was the one who put the event together. “It costs $500 to send one veteran to Washington D.C., their caregivers aren’t allowed to pay for it either so we are just helping out in every way we can. This wouldn’t be possible without the help of Joe Ellis of the VSO (Veterans Service Officer), Dale Wilson with the American Legion, and Mike Spencer who is the commander of the honor guard. We are obligated to give back to the community, but I wanted to do more than just write a check, I wanted to do something worthwhile for our veterans. We have so many veterans here at Whitlock with us. They deserve to be honored for their services and that is what we are trying to accomplish.”
    This is the second year that the event took place. The goal was to raise $2,500 so five veterans could travel to D.C.
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