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Monday, May 04, 2015
  • Cleaning up Lane, anything but lame

    When we stroll through the grounds of the Lane Place each year at its political rallies, civic events and annual festivals, how many of us actually take the time to think – ‘who did all of this?’

    On Saturday, the “who” in that question was answered in the form of Historical Society Executive Director Steve Frees and board-members Mike Barton and Don and Brenda Thompson, as well as Ruth Johnson and Deb King. Together, they not only cleaned the festival grounds but prepared new foliage and a new sign, as well.

    Master-gardener Johnson, as well as Lew Wallace grounds-manager King, were both on hand Saturday to help get the job done. Johnson took a little time to explain her role in the cleanup.

    “They named me the gardener [here] because I came in and did this,” Johnson said, pointing to the large garden at the southeast corner of the building. “I did the master-gardener class, and if you wanted your certificate you needed to do 35 hours of community work.

  • As the voice of public education and public school teachers statewide, the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) looks forward to celebrating thousands of its members from May 4 to May 8 during National Teacher Appreciation Week. 

    "Teachers in Indiana give their students so much each day," ISTA President Teresa Meredith said. "We know that appreciation alone will not reduce the challenges teachers face to help meet the needs of their students, but it will let them know their efforts are not going unnoticed."

    Along with other activities, ISTA and the Indiana Parent Teacher Association will celebrate teachers on Twitter using the hashtag #ThankATeacher. 

    Meredith said, "We're asking everyone to take the time to recognize and thank a favorite teacher. Make a commitment to support great public schools and the teachers who are in the classrooms each day preparing our kids for the future. A simple gesture of gratitude for this noble work is meaningful, and now more than ever teachers need to know that you care and that you believe on the work they do." 

    More information can be found on ISTA's website, 

  • Cruisers for Christ take to the streets

    Religion and the religious can take many forms – that’s the message the Christian Motorcyclists Association is trying to spread.

    With that said, the fourth annual “Run for the Son” took place on Saturday, with its starting point being the Walmart parking lot. In association with the nationally-recognized organization C.M.A., local group Cruisers for Christ spearheaded the run – a trip around the county, stopping in towns to eat, pray and spread the gospel.

    The occasion kicked off Saturday at 11 a.m. as bikers from all walks of life gathered for the convoy. With an estimated 30 motorcyclists in all, one could hardly hear what was being said as the group took off.

    Vicky Emberton, who informed The Paper of the event, was on hand Saturday and helped explain what the day was all about.

    “It is a fundraiser for missions through C.M.A. who sponsors mission-funds with this one ride a year,” Emberton said. “40-percent of it stays in the U.S., and then we have three organizations that work overseas, and we split 20-percent with all of them. All of the money collected goes to the church.

  • Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Visit Indiana are kicking off the summer travel season with Visit Indiana Week, today through May 10. In celebration of Visit Indiana Week, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is once again teaming up with Visit Indiana to offer a day of free admission to all state parks. This year’s free admission date is Saturday, May 9.

    “From our beautiful state parks and historic sites to our festivals, museums and sporting venues, Indiana has terrific options for fun family roadtrips,” said Lt. Governor Ellspermann. “This entire week is an excellent time to explore all corners of Indiana and with no admission fees on Saturday, May 9, Hoosier families can enjoy a great day outdoors at one of our beautiful DNR properties free of charge.”

    Travelers looking for Honest-to-Goodness Indiana destinations throughout the state will find over 250 trip ideas at Indiana’s official tourism website, In addition to the online tools available, free copies of the 2015 Indiana Travel Guide and other travel publications can be ordered or by calling 800.677.9800.

  • H-I-M, Hog-in-Ministry, will be sponsoring a Desmond Christman Ride on May 9. Registration will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and a two-hour ride will follow, starting and ending at Old Mill Run Campground, 8544 W. 690 N., Thorntown.

    The ride will be for a free will donation. All money received will be given to help with Desmond Christman’s medical expenses as he battles leukemia. He is the young grandson of campground owners Ralph and Sandy Christman. There will be a raffle, prizes and a free meal after the ride.

    Another ride is scheduled for May 16, starting and ending at Roachdale Park, 303 Indiana Street. Proceeds for this ride will go to help Benny Payne with his medical expenses for throat cancer. After the ride, there will be a free meal.

    For more information or to make a donation for either ride, call Tom at 585-2120 or email

  • Say “Howdy” to historic marker

    Downtown Crawfordsville was alive Friday morning with racing fans crowding together at Marie Canine Plaza, and they weren’t there to see cars trying to beat the light at Market and Green.

    Well over 50 people turned out for the unveiling of the historic marker honoring Howard Samuel “Howdy” Wilcox. Wilcox, who was born in Crawfordsville, made a name for himself with many racing sport accomplishments, most notably as the winner of the 1919 Indy 500. With his victory, he became the first Hoosier Indy 500 winner.

    Many big names from the racing world, family members of Wilcox and Crawfordsville leaders played roles in the ceremony. Howdy Bell, retired Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio reporter, started the event as Master of Ceremonies. Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles, Indy 500 princesses and Montgomery County natives Samantha Storms and Jessika Zachary, IMS Historian Donald Davidson and Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton, among many others, joined Bell in the festivities.

    In addition to participants sharing stories about Wilcox, Barton read a proclamation establishing May 1 as Howdy Wilcox Day. Grandchildren of Wilcox himself, Brad Dalton, Scott Wilcox and Kay Simpkins as well as great-granddaughter Alex Paschal made trips from Indianapolis, Oklahoma and California for the event.

  • In honor of National Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Awareness Day, and also a special little girl named Addison, two schools are celebrating in Crawfordsville, on May 8, each in their own special way.

    To recognize National CdLS Awareness Day, teachers at Hose Elementary School, Addison’s school, have planned a Dress Down Day for CdLS, and students are participating in lessons about diversity and disabilities. At Nicholson Elementary School the school in which Addison’s mom, Angela Brown, teaches, students are putting on a play about the same topic in order to learn important lessons about acceptance and understanding.

    “It is important to me that the students understand that we all have challenges, whether or not they are visible, and we can all learn, work, and play together in the school and the community with understanding and acceptance of everyone,” said Brown. “In raising awareness about CdLS, it is my hope that children learn about CdLS, but more importantly to be encouraged to have open minds and hearts to include all kids no matter their challenges.  I also hope the students and adults will know it is okay to ask questions and be curious because the more knowledge they have the more likely they are to accept all people with disabilities in their lives.”

  • Felony case ongoing

    The Montgomery County Superior Court has set hearing and trial dates for Anthony Brady, 18, of Crawfordsville, charged with nine counts of child molesting.

    Brady, who was served with a warrant April 23, opted for a court-appointed public defender. Brady’s case management hearing is scheduled for June 22 at 8:30 a.m., and his trial by jury is set for Aug. 4 at 8:30 a.m.


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