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King and his court
Justin Monger, right, plant manager from Cargill won the title of 2016 Pie King during Valero’s recent United Way and MUFFY campaign drive. . I will let you guess which one he is in the picture. Mark Brown, left, Valero plant manager, also took part. The contest helped Valero surpass its goal of $27,000 by raising $29,102! With the company match, that makes the grand total $43,653. Employees were able to designate where they would like their donation to go.
  • Friday, September 30, 2016 7:11 AM

    The Paper has learned that Steel Technologies LLC, a steel processing company, plans to expand its operations in Montgomery County, creating up to 21 new jobs by 2019.

    According to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Louisville-based Steel Technologies will invest $10.1 million to grow operations and broaden capabilities at its current 233,000-square-foot production facility at 3560 Nucor Rd. Expanding the building to cover a total of 314,600 square feet, this addition will allow Steel Technologies to increase its capacity and services to support the growth of current customers and the industry in the region. Construction on the company’s expansion has already begun and the facility is expected to be fully operational in the coming months.

    According to the IEDC, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was impressed with the move.

    “In Indiana, companies like Steel Technologies continue to benefit from doing business in a state that works,” Pence said.

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  • Friday, September 30, 2016 4:00 AM
    For Kelly Taylor, Montgomery County has always been where her heart and soul are at peace.
    “I grew up on a farm just south of Darlington,” Taylor said. “(I) Graduated from North Montgomery and left for school.”
    Taylor attended college at Indiana State University, where she double majored in Business Administration and Business Management. Upon graduating, Taylor took a job in Lafayette and met her future husband, Dan. 
    After meeting Dan and realizing his law practice was in Crawfordsville, she decided it was time to move back to the community she grew up in.
    When Taylor moved back to Crawfordsville, she had been working in a sales/customer service position with Duke Energy (formerly PSI Energy) in Plainfield. 
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  • Friday, September 30, 2016 4:00 AM
    Montgomery County Community Foundation is conducting three grant cycles in 2016 and the second round of awards were made Thursday at the MCCF office. MCCF manages over 170 endowed funds, each established by donors with visions of making Montgomery County a better place to live. These particular grants were made possible by Unrestricted and Field of interest Funds. Eight grants were made Thursday totaling $74,6723 as follows:
    ART, CULTURE & HISTORY: Friends of the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County received $1,019.37 (Beverley J. Turner in memory of John C. White Fund) with which to purchase banners and other items which will enhance the 2017 Exhibit titled “Schools & Schooling in Montgomery County.” The banners will not only add visual interest to the exhibit, but will improve the acoustics in the large gallery space too. 
    COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: League of Women Voters of Montgomery County received $6,382 (Community Fund, William and Nancy Doemel Fund, Irwin Lee Detchon Fund) which will be used to print 6,000 copies of the updated FOCUS on Montgomery County directory which will be distributed county-wide. 
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  • Friday, September 30, 2016 4:00 AM
    This weekend not only marks the beginning of October, but also the start of an array of opportunities to get out and explore events throughout Montgomery County.
    The weekend of events will kick-off Saturday with an Introduction to Paranormal Investigation 101 at the Rotary Jail and Museum in Crawfordsville. Matt Salzman, Executive Director of the museum gave some details of the event.
    “We work with a group called Paranormal 911, based in Indianapolis” Salzman said. “We’ve worked with them for about a year now.”
    Salzman also mentioned that participants in the investigation will not have to bring anything with them, the tools will be provided for them.
    The event will have two sessions and will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Also happening Saturday is the Brian Day at the Carnegie Museum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
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  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 11:07 PM
    Back in June, it was an idea so crazy it just might work. At the end of September, the staff and volunteers for the Montgomery United Fund For You (MUFFY) found out just how well it actually worked.
    MUFFY’s inaugural 24-Hour Day of Giving hit Montgomery County on Wednesday and it became a quick success, raising $87,504.11 for the organization and the 18 nonprofit agencies it supports.
    The MUFFY 2016 campaign team originated the idea of a 24-Hour Day of Giving in late spring, after discussing how the length of previous fundraising campaigns were proving to be taxing on volunteers as well as staff. A plan was devised with the bulk of MUFFY’s special events being condensed into a Drive Week that culminated with a 24-Hour Day of Giving, to build excitement and momentum while keeping volunteer commitment to a manageable level.
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  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 11:07 PM
    PALGROUP is relocating to a larger space. Starting yesterday, the group will meet each Thursday at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Crawfordsville. The group, Parents of Addicted Loved Ones, is a national organization for parents, family members, and significant others who have loved ones who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.
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  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:00 AM
    MUFFY’s Day of Giving to benefit the “Elevate Montgomery County” campaign turned out to an even bigger success than the organization could have imagined.
    “We are delighted, amazed and surprised all at the same time,” Kara Edie, MUFFY’s office manager cheered. 
    While Edie said checks from donors would continue to come in through mail, she also said that through various donors more than $72,000 had been raised by the time of publication Wednesday.
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  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:00 AM
    The Southmont Board of Trustees met Tuesday night to hear the proposed 2017 budget for the school corporation.
    Kristin Charles, the corporation’s Director of Business and Human Relations presented the budget to the board.
    “This is just a budget hearing, it can still change before it is adopted,” Charles explained to the board. “Overall, the general fund is down 1 percent from 2016, but the new contracts have been accounted for in it. That’s great news.”
    Charles was accompanied by Mike Reuter, a financial consultant who assisted with the budget process. Reuter was on hand to help clarify some of the things for the board.
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  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:00 AM
    The route is set, now it’s up to you to make a difference. The American Cancer Society’s 2016 Making Strides Against Cancer Walk route was heard and approved by the Crawfordsville Board of Works Wednesday morning.
    Kim Coons, an event leader volunteer with the ACS said during the hearing that registration for the walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 29 at the Hollett Little Giant Stadium with the walk beginning at 10 a.m.
    Coons also presented the board with a sample of the route that walk will take.
    “We will be crossing Washington at Main,” she explained to the board. “Then we will head to Water and cross, then head back to Main.” 
    The walk will take place solely on the sidewalks, other than times the walkers cross the road, according to Coons. She also requested some assistance from local police to help coordinate the walk. 
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  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 1:00 AM
    Are you caught up in the hoopla surrounding Ben Hur? Did you see the new feature film this summer? Then the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum has just the event for you. 
    Tonight, Dr. Howard Miller will present “2016: Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur, and the Bicentennial of Indiana Statehood” at the Carriage House Interpretive Center of the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum. The lecture is free and will begin at 7 p.m. 
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  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 1:00 AM
    You can celebrate Building with Biology at the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County! 
    Tonight, the Carnegie Museum will host a Building with Biology community discussion forum beginning at 6 p.m. The topic of the forum is Genetic Engineering the Mosquito.
    This community discussion forum will explore ways mosquitoes could be engineered to reduce malaria transmission. Forum participants will learn about genetic engineering and the related ethical and societal dimensions, consider different viewpoints about releasing these mosquitoes and form a plan about whether and how to release genetically engineered mosquitoes in Mombasa, Kenya.
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  • MUFFY excitement culminates today
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 6:01 AM
    The festivities surrounding the Montgomery United Fund For You (MUFFY)’s inaugural Drive Week will culminate spectacularly with a day full of hometown generosity. MUFFY’s 24-hour Day of Giving is taking place today with excitement that will grow as the donation totals get higher.
    “Several companies have structured their employee campaigns this year so they can finish on our Day of Giving,” said David Johnson, MUFFY’s Executive Director. “We’re going to be sharing the news throughout the day as each new company turns in their gifts and our grand total goes up and up.”
    Local banks Hoosier Heartland State Bank and Teachers Credit Union are making it easy for individual givers to contribute to the MUFFY 2016 “Elevate Montgomery County” campaign during the Day of Giving. Donors can bring their donations to any of Hoosier Heartland State Bank’s five Montgomery County locations or to the Teachers Credit Union at 1570 US Hwy 231 South in Crawfordsville. 
    Donations can also be brought to MUFFY’s office on the second floor of the MainSource Bank building at 221 E. Main Street, or be made online at MUFFY’s website,, and on their Facebook page, Fundraising totals will be updated online throughout the day on the 28th.
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  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 4:01 AM
    This weekend’s 3rd Annual Southern Gospel Concert was in full swing on Saturday. Along with The Southern Gospel Choir and Singers, several folks showed up with their singing voices and instruments to sit in with the band!
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  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County Commissioners wasted no time working through business Monday morning at the courthouse. Very little action was taken at the meeting. They simply approved accounts payable and payroll, renewed a contract and made two appointments. 
    The commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Jamie Barton to the Health Board, but had disagreement on the other appointment. President Jim Fulwider and Commissioner Phil Bane voted in favor of reappointing Dave Rhoads to the Drainage Board. Commissioner Terry Hockersmith opposed the appointment, stating “I still believe that this position should be held by an elected official and I will vote as such.”
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  • Harvest Hoopla a success!
    Monday, September 26, 2016 3:36 PM
    Saturday’s All-In Harvest Hoopla in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market proved to be a great inauguration of the new Pike Place park at the corner of Pike and Main streets in downtown Crawfordsville.
    “We are very happy with the turnout,” said Kat Burkhart, one of the organizers of the event. “This is a great way to show the potential of this area and a chance to share some information about the bicentennial.”
    One project that is in the works for the bicentennial is the Time Capsule project that Tim McCormick, a member of the board for the Crawfordsville/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce took a few moments to give a few details about.
    “We sent out about 600 letters to local businesses, non-profits and other organizations in the area,” McCormick said.
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