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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

    After a series of appearances, campaign events and forum discussions, incumbent Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton has received the Republican nomination for Mayor of Crawfordsville.

    Barton’s victory over opponent Johnathan M. Pickett was a landslide. Barton claimed 1,096 votes overall, and Pickett picked up 243. Barton’s campaign focused on staying on the path that Barton set for the city during his first term, especially with regards to economic development and maintaining the young adult demographic. Pickett ran on views congruent with the beliefs of the Tea Party, which include limited government involvement in the lives and businesses of citizens.

    “It’s exciting, and I feel that I’ve really been trying to listen to the public all along, and you wonder are you hearing them correctly or not, are you just hearing a fragment of the population, and I think that today we saw that we do have a pretty read on what they want to see happen in this community and they reaffirmed that they’re behind what we’re doing,” Barton said.

  • So many crimes of harassment, abuse and wrongdoing could be easily prevented if a person knew a few moves of self-defense.

    That’s the message Tom Ward and the Crawfordsville School of Karate want to spread. Now, with the help of the dojo, people can gain this invaluable skill more easily than ever.

    In light of the recent abductions and violence at schools like Indiana and Purdue universities, the Crawfordsville School of Karate is offering “Graduate Self-Defense” classes – real-life self-defense for real-life scenarios.

    Sensei Tom Ward knows the situation all-too-well and has a mind to do something about it.

    “Obviously, we teach self-defense, that’s what we do,” Ward said. “But at the same time, I had two of my own kids go to IU, and with the most recent murder that happened over the ‘Little 5’ weekend, we thought that maybe we could reach out to some of our graduates and help them out a little bit.

    In fact, the best part is that you can gift these classes to a family member or friend who may deal with these situations on a regular basis. So if you’re worried about them – worry no more.

  • Just by glancing at the agenda from Tuesday afternoon’s Montgomery County Convention Visitors Commission meeting, you might say it would take 10, 15 minutes. With all the changes at the Visitors and Convention Bureau, though, it took a bit longer.

    Teresa Anderson, a consultant for the Bureau, updated the Commission on the direction the Bureau aims to go in the near future. Her update came in the form of three grant requests.

    The first request, totaling $5,000, was for a program Anderson called a “Cooperative Marketing Grants Program.” She explained that it would allow local tourism businesses to advertise in relevant publications, such as TravelIN, and receive a 50 percent reimbursement for the advertising costs. The condition for the reimbursement is that the ad must include a link to the Bureau’s website.

    “Because this [the magazine] is outside of Montgomery County, and if they put in there for area information go to, and they pay for it, and they show us the fact they have paid for it, we can reimburse them 50 percent,” Anderson said. “They can continue to be involved in things, not just this, but things like this.

  • Hearson triumphs in primary

    The only contested Crawfordsville City Council seat in the primary elections has been decided.

    Former Councilman Les Hearson won the Republican nomination over incumbent David Christensen, with Hearson pulling in 234 votes. Christensen obtained 118 votes.

    Christensen was appointed to the council December 2014 in a caucus to fill a vacancy left by Heather Perkins-Dennison. The vacancy was to be determined by two votes, one from Neil Barclay and one from Sherri Bentley. Christensen tied with Hearson at the caucus. The deciding vote for Christensen came from Montgomery County Republican Party Chair John Pickerill.

    Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton voiced his opinions on Hearson’s victory in the primary over Christensen. “You know, when that decision was made by the party and the chair brought that decision, I had a discussion with the party chair that I didn’t feel that he really made a decision that reflected the will of the people in Ward 1, and today the people themselves spoke, the Republicans in Ward 1 spoke and they reaffirmed what they wanted to see happen, and so we’ll go from there,” Barton said.

  • Sleep well to drive safely

    You’re driving down the highway late at night, and you find it harder and harder to keep your eyes open. Do you crank up the stereo, maybe roll down the window?

    If you’ve ever found yourself in this situation, you’re not alone. The best answer is to avoid driving drowsy, and Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Crawfordsville and The Paper of Montgomery County have ways to help make that option a reality.

    Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Crawfordsville and The Paper of Montgomery County will offer a free community education program on sleep issues and the importance of getting enough sleep Thursday.

    "Awareness of Driving Drowsy and Other Sleep Issues" will be held at 11:30 a.m. May 7 at Bonzel Hall, located inside the main entrance to Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Crawfordsville. Lunch will be provided.

     “You’re going to have to follow these healthy sleep habits,” MaryAnn Oppy, manager of Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Crawfordsville's Sleep Center, said. She plans to go over those habits Thursday, as well as demonstrate some equipment used at the center.

    Oppy, who has been in the sleep field for 11 years, has studied the effects of driving drowsy. “It was just an eye opener on comparing it to alcohol consumption,” she said.

  • Do you have unused prescription medication you want to get rid of? There are only a few safe ways to do so. One such opportunity is coming to Montgomery County soon.

    On May 16 the Montgomery County Health, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Crawfordsville Police Departments as part of the Prescription Drug Taskforce will be participating in the Medicine Take Back Program.  From 9 a.m. to noon, citizens will be able to bring all expired and / or unused prescription medications to the parking lot of the Montgomery County Court house for collection.

    The collected prescription medication will be weighed, packed and later transported to another location for disposal. This program allows for a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription medications.

    If you are unable to make it on May 16, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Crawfordsville Police Department have permanent drop boxes at each location open 24 hours a day where these medications can be dropped off for disposal.

  • The southern side of Wabash College’s campus is a popular place to be whenever community or campus events are happening. Combine that with narrow roads and few options for parking, and you’ve got a complicated situation.

    The Traffic, Parking and Safety Committee set out to find the solution to the problem at Monday evening’s meeting of Crawfordsville common council committees.

    The committee, consisting of Andy Biddle, Scott Molin, David Christensen and Jennifer Lowe, met together to discuss an ordinance that would forbid parking on the west side of Sycamore Drive from Jennison Street to the first driveway on Thornwood Road. The ordinance prohibited parking on the south side of Thornwood Road from Sycamore Drive to Sugar Tree Road.

    Committeeman Biddle was the original petitioner for the ordinance. “It was brought to my attention by some of the residents in Sycamore Hills, which I am a resident there also, and we’ve got a problem with the Wabash activities on game days, particular game days” Biddle said. “Now it’s becoming more of a problem year round.

  • Plenty of puppies at the Vanity

    Most in Montgomery County are not aware of the determined, committed children tapping into downtown Crawfordsville every Sunday afternoon. They trek to the Vanity Theater Annex through snow, rain and, lately, beautiful sunshine to have lessons with teacher John P. Blair to improve their singing, theatrical, and performing skills through a group called Vanity Singers.

    All ages of children, separated into groups by age and skill, dedicate this precious time each week to rehearse for singing recitals, competition shows and theatrical performances.

    This weekend the public is invited to come enjoy the culmination of their talent, dedication and hard work as all the groups perform in a special event at the Vanity Theater.

    The performances this weekend will be May 8 at 7 p.m. and May 9 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets for this short show, which cost $4 for youth and $6 for adults, may be purchased online at or by leaving a message at 362-7077. The box office, located at 122 S. Washington Street in Crawfordsville, is open 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before performances.


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