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Saturday, May 02, 2015
  • 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.

  • The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced U.S. 136 (East Main St.) in Crawfordsville is closed at the railroad tracks just east of Dari-Licious located at 1114 E. Main St. because of heavy damage to the railroad tracks. Damage to the CSX railroad track at this location is believed to have been caused by a semi pulling a low-boy trailer.  The rail has been pulled up, causing an emergency road closure.  CSX Railroad personnel were on scene and estimated the repairs to take at least one week.

    U.S. 136 westbound traffic is being detoured north on Englewood Ave. to State Road 32 and back to U.S. 136.  Traffic traveling in the opposite direction will use the same detour in reverse.

  • Noblesville – Nearly 600 Indiana SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) student leaders and their advisors from 50 different Indiana high schools – including Southmont High School came together at the 2015 Indiana SADD Celebration on April 15  at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Noblesville. As the nation’s leading peer-to-peer youth education, prevention and activism organization, SADD empowers young people to lead initiatives in their schools and communities that will encourage prevention education and create a positive effect on the lives of their peers. 

    During the conference, students heard from a motivational speaker, shared their successes, networked with others, and attended educational sessions about important teen issues. With motor vehicle crashes remaining the leading cause of death among teens, the key issue of the day was teen traffic safety - with distracted driving and seat belt use being specifically highlighted.  Other topics discussed included underage drinking, synthetic drugs, prescription drug abuse, advocacy, and more.  Individuals and chapters were also recognized for local efforts during the 2014-2015 school year.  


  • The Linden Depot Museum will be celebrating National Train Day on May 9 from noon to 5 p.m. 

    The purpose of National Train Day, which is sponsored by AMTRAK, is to spread information to the public about the advantages of rail travel and to teach the history of trains in the United States.  Traditionally, it is held on the Saturday closest to May 10, which is the anniversary of the pounding of the “Golden Spike” in Promontory, Utah Territory.  The “Golden Spike” is the ceremonial final spike driven in by Leland Stanford, the President of the Central Pacific Railroad, to join the rails of the First Transcontinental Railroad in the US by connecting the rails of the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific railroads on May 10, 1869.

    There will be a special exhibit that day by CINTRAK (Central Indiana N-TRAK) which is an N-gauge model railroad club.  They will set up an operating N-gauge layout in the Nickel Plate baggage room and have members on hand to answer questions about N-gauge trains and their club.

    Also, in honor of National Train Day, Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton will be on hand to discuss the impact AMTRAK has on Montgomery County and on the future of AMTRAK in Indiana.

  • On Thursday at noon Montgomery County Citizens are invited to participate in the 64th Observance of the National Day of Prayer. The event will be held locally on   the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse. 

    The theme of this year’s National Day of Prayer is Lord, Hear our Cry, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporate and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities and men.  To further highlight the theme, 1 Kings 8:28 has been chosen as the key scripture for this year: “Hear the cry and the prayer that you servant is praying in your presence this day.” 

    Dr. Jack Graham is the 2015 Honorary Chairman for the National Day of Prayer.  He wrote a special prayer to be simultaneously read throughout the nation at noon.  This recitation which will be done at the Montgomery County observance will create a huge wave of prayer, flowing from one coast to another, illustrating the unity of God’s people and acknowledging His dominion over the circumstances facing us.  Millions are expected to gather and pray at thousands of events across the country. 

    Many local pastors and believers participate in the event.  Prayer is made on behalf of all levels of government, schools and businesses.   


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