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Monday, April 27, 2015
  • Relay for Life is super hit

    Football is over, spring break is a distant memory — besides hunting those prized mushrooms, what could one to do on a dreary April afternoon in central Indiana? For folks in Montgomery County there was an oasis of life, triumph and celebration happening amidst the drizzle.

    One could practically feel the positivity and excitement in the Boys and Girls Club’s gymnasium Saturday as hundreds of folks from all around came to participate in this year’s Relay for Life — a fundraiser sponsored by the American Cancer Society inviting cancer survivors, as well as their caregivers and family members to come and take part in the fun.

    Shannon Giles, along with a coalition of Wabash students, local sponsors and a solid group of supportive residents, have been spreading awareness for the day-long event and were on hand from as early as 8 a.m. preparing. Giles explained a little about how the day was proceeding.

    “We’ve had a great crowd, the entertainment has been super and we’ve had a lot of folks come out for the different groups who have been performing,” Giles said. “We’ve had people on the track the whole time, we had to kind of manufacture a track but it’s really been great.

  • Dancing for awareness

    Saturday in Crawfordsville, was about more than gloomy weather — it was about giving.

    The fifth annual Zumbathon was held Saturday at Crawfordsville’s Park and Rec Center. More than two dozen zumbers were present, with ages ranging from the young to the admittedly-old.

    Jennifer Newell and husband Will are parents to Karder, who have to deal with the stresses of checking ingredient-lists of every food product on a day-to-day basis. This year, they were hoping to have an effect the community.

    “Every year our main goal is to raise awareness because this disease is very rare,” Newell said. “Approximately one in 60,000-70,000 people are affected by galatosemia. [It’s] broken down into two different types — the Duarte and the Classic . . . Karder has the rarest form (Classic). Unfortunately he’ll never grow out of it.

    “He has to live in this world, so we still have to go out to eat, we still have birthday parties and family things to go to — and the world doesn’t cater to you,” Newell said. “Sometimes, because they’re not aware, accommodating us becomes a struggle as well.”

  • May is known as the month of racing in Indiana and on Friday, one of Crawfordsville’s own will be honored by the Indiana Racing Memorial Association and the City of Crawfordsville.

    Howard Samuel “Howdy” Wilcox was born in Crawfordsville on June 24, 1889 and was the winner of the 1919 Indianapolis 500.  To honor him, a memorial marker will be placed just north of the Marie Canine Plaza (200 E. Main St.) in downtown Crawfordsville at 10 a.m. on that day.

    The IRMA revealed two such historical markers last year – one in Shelbyville and one in Winchester – as a way to commemorate racing in the state of Indiana.

    Wilcox was the first driver born in Indiana to win the Indianapolis 500. He was in the inaugural race in 1911 and was the only driver to participate in the first 11 Indianapolis 500s. He was also the first driver to qualify at more than 100 miles per hour. In his victory in 1919, he led 98 of the 200 laps.

  • Felony charges pending

    A Crawfordsville man, Anthony Brady, 18, was arrested on a warrant Thursday afternoon and preliminarily charged with nine counts of child molesting, a level three felony.

    Current Indiana Code defines child molesting as: “A person who, with a child under fourteen (14) years of age, knowingly or intentionally performs or submits to sexual intercourse or other sexual conduct (as defined in IC 35-31.5-2-221.5) commits child molesting, a Level 3 felony.”

    The warrant was issued Thursday, and Brady was apprehended on Vandalia Street shortly thereafter. His bond is set at $6,000 cash.

  • They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In some cases, it can be worth some of your personal belongings.

    Several individuals made reports of vandalism and items stolen from vehicles in the Danville Avenue area over the past week. Crawfordsville Police Chief Mike Norman does not believe these incidents to be related, though. “Unfortunately, when the weather warms up these type of incidents start to become more noticeable,” Norman said. “Our calls for service pick up a bit.”

    To reduce the occurrences, Norman urged the community to keep items in their homes instead of vehicles. If that is not an option, conceal the items. There are many other ways to discourage thieves from targeting your vehicle.

    “Extra lighting / motion sensor lights are helpful to deter vandalism.  Neighborhood watch type organizations are always helpful.  We do have more officers on the street now, but unfortunately we can’t be everywhere,” Norman said. “The shift supervisors have plans for trying to curb some of the issues mentioned above, so hopefully we will slow some of this type of crime.”

  • Helping get home

    Half Way Home, Inc. has received the first 2015 grant from the Women’s Legacy Fund of the Montgomery County Community Foundation.  This new non-profit serving women who have substance use issues, will provide a 180 day residential treatment program for women who need additional supports as they work on their recovery from substance use.  In addition to providing housing, residents will receive many services including educational classes, support groups and information and referral to other needed services.   The Women’s Legacy Fund is providing $1,300 for curriculum and supplies needed for the educational classes.  Half Way Home is scheduled to open in the summer of this year.  For more information about Halfway Home you may contact Sarah Houston Dicks, the program’s founder.  Ms. Dicks can be reached at  

  • Forum urges votes

    City council, clerk / treasurer and mayoral candidates may have some disagreements, but Thursday evening’s 2015 Primary Candidate’s Forum suggested that more often than not, the candidates agree on many topics.

    The forum, sponsored by the Crawfordsville and Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Federation of Business and Professional Women and the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, gave the public the opportunity to get to know the candidates. Dave Long served as moderator for the event. Clerk / Treasurer Terri Gadd, mayoral candidates Todd Barton and Jonathon Pickett, and all city council candidates except two were present. Ward 1 city council candidate James Rubner and Ward 4 candidate Jennifer Lowe were not in attendance.

    The council candidates and Gadd opened the forum with introductions and platforms. They were then asked prepared questions from the sponsors of the events. In many answers, candidates expressed that they agreed with previous answers. The most common message among these candidates was simple: go out and vote on May 5.


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