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Chamber at the Ironman
Representatives from the Crawfordsville / Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Tom’s Marine and other dignitaries helped cut the ribbon on the new covered bridge the Shaver family put in on their property as a great entry to the Ironman Raceway. Of course the bridge will get a lot of action this weekend with the last race of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Nationals. More than 12,000 visitors are expected to attend! Pictured (from left) are Kat Burkhart, Justin Miller, Ned Swanson, Chamber-IWA Executive Director Tom Utley, Ken Shaver, Tom Shaver, Lori Shaver, County Commissioner Phil Bane, Tim Cotter and Steve Zachary. The Paper Photo by Stacey Baschwit
  • Saturday, August 27, 2016 8:31 AM

    Your favorite Montgomery County daily got a press release this week from singer Jonathan Edwards. You might remember his big hit, Sunshine Go Away Today. The release said that anthemic song came out in 1971, “almost 40 years ago.” Those of us who remember the song might understand wishing it was only 40 years ago. Truth is, it was 45. Hey, those extra five years make a difference!

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    WHAT A GREAT weekend to live and work in Crawfordsville / Montgomery County! No matter what your tastes (no pun intended, folks at Lew Wallace Study) are, there is something going on. Enjoy!

     
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  • Saturday, August 27, 2016 4:00 AM
    Are you ready for some art?
    Purchase a Salon III Preview Party ticket for $35! Athens Arts Salon III is a juried art show. Purchasing your preview ticket for $35 will gain you exclusive entry into the pre-show party. The full amount of your entry ticket will allow you to have first chance to purchase salon artwork and the $35 may be used toward any salon art.
    The Sept 17 preview party will feature live entertainment, hors- d’oeuvres and a cash wine/beer garden. Artists from the show will be present to chat with during the preview party. This exclusive preview party for ticket holders will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Open to public 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at no charge. Maxine's on Green will cater the event.
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  • Saturday, August 27, 2016 4:00 AM

    Dr. Atul Chugh is a new cardiologist at St. Franciscan Physician Network in Crawfordsville and said he is eager to educate those in the county about heart issues and the associated risk factors.

    Dr. Chugh comes to the county most recently from the University of Louisville, after completing residencies at Rush University (Chicago) and fellowships at the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Louisville. He was a 2001 graduate of the University of Pune in Pune, India.
    He shared that his wife’s roots played a role in bringing him to the area.

    “My wife is a Hoosier,” he said. 

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  • Saturday, August 27, 2016 4:00 AM

    The clean-up in Montgomery County from Wednesday’s EF-2 tornado continues. On Friday in Mace, volunteers expressed gratitude for all the help and donations locally and from other counties.

    Donations included things like water, sports and energy drinks, heavy equipment and most importantly, people donating their time. They added that the Mace Christian Church has provided dinner to volunteers and those in need every evening and that Walnut Township School has provided a pizza lunch every day.

    Though the storm has passed, there is still a great need for food, money, heavy equipment and operators such as volunteers with chainsaws. If you would like to donate or volunteer your time, you can simply come to the Mace Christian Church. As Vhonda Miles said, "There is still a lot of work to be done"

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  • Saturday, August 27, 2016 4:00 AM

    Whether a visitor or a life-long resident, Montgomery County is full of great entertainment opportunities this weekend!

    The biggest in terms of crowds is undoubtedly the third annual Lucas Oil Motocross Championship Ironman Nationals held at Ironman Raceway, behind Tom’s Marine on State Road 47. A crowd of more than 12,000 is expected and the good folks at Tom’s Marine have proven over the years they know how to handle big crowds.

    Also happening today is TASTE of Montgomery County, an event held at the Lew Wallace Study just off beautiful downtown Crawfordsville. This annual event gives guests a great opportunity to try local food options and enjoy some live music.

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  • Friday, August 26, 2016 5:03 PM

    Looking for some live music and fun? Look no further!

    Thanks to local musician Kenn Clark, here is a list of various places where musicians can be found plying their trade and just plain laying down some good tunes! Enjoy, and thank you Kenn!

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  • Clean up in full force
    Friday, August 26, 2016 4:00 AM

    Clean up was in full force Thursday in the aftermath of what meteorologists are calling an EF-2 tornado that ripped through southeastern Montgomery County Wednesday.

    According to information the National Weather Service updated at noon Thursday, the tornado that hit Montgomery County was rated as an EF-2. EF-2 tornadoes are estimated to have consisted of wind speeds ranging from 111 mph-135 mph.

    Amid the sweat and work going on, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb took time to talk with storm victims and the volunteers helping them.

    Pence took time away from his current campaign trail as Donald Trump’s running mate when he saw what residents of Montgomery County and Kokomo were going through. He flew in a helicopter to Kokomo first and then came to Montgomery County afterward.

    One of those victims he talked to was Jerri Strom. She lives in the Mace / Linnsburg area. Her house suffered heavy damage.

    “Did you receive an alert or was it the violence of the storm outside that made you aware,” Pence asked Storm.

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  • Friday, August 26, 2016 4:00 AM
    LADOGA — Who doesn’t enjoy cake and ice cream? Even if you don’t, you surely enjoy a good car show, right?
    Well, if you enjoy either of those things or all of them together, you are invited to attend the 11th Annual Car Show and Ice Cream Social at Old Normal in Ladgoa Sunday.
    The event was started by Claude Barker, a board member of Historic Ladgoa, to help keep up with the costs of maintain the location.
    “We were struggling with utilities and other bills,” Barker said. “I am interested in cars and have a car, so I decided we should do a car show to help fundraise.”
    After 11 years, the event continues to be a hit with the locals.
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  • Friday, August 26, 2016 4:00 AM
    The Linden Depot Museum is preparing for a brand new event: “Depot Under the Stars” which will be held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4.
    Come see the Depot as you have never seen it before! Under the cover of darkness, visitors will enjoy seeing the two cabooses and the museum grounds lighted. In the HO attraction building, visitors will be able to enjoy the lights on the animated carnival and circus and on the new monorail. In addition, there will be S’Mores and more! Seeing the museum lighted at night is a brand new experience, one that is usually only seen by the volunteers who often work late at night maintaining the museum and its displays.
    Admission that night will be the regular amount of $4 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. Current Linden Depot Museum members may come for free. Anyone who visits the museum anytime on Labor Day Weekend during the regular hours of noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will receive a ticket good for a free return visit to the “Depot Under the Stars” special event.
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  • Friday, August 26, 2016 4:00 AM

    Lynn Ringis, the director of the Montgomery County Leadership Academy, said she’s eager for another year of students to begin their experience.

    “We’ve done a lot of recruiting,” Ringis said. “This means calling and e-mailing a good number of human resource people informing them of the program.”

    While the event may have a smaller enrollment than it did last year, Ringis said she believes the 15 people enrolled currently is the optimal amount.

    “Last year we had 24 students, our largest class ever,” she explained. “While it was great to have a large turnout, we started to notice that the larger the group got the more people just socialized with the same people every day during the program. We want them to associate with everyone to make sure they are networking.”

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  • Cheer camp set for Sept. 10
    Friday, August 26, 2016 4:00 AM
    The annual camp for present and future cheerleaders is set for Saturday, Sept. 10.
    Campers will be working with the Crawfordsville Cheerleaders to improve their cheer skills for the years to come.
    Each camper will receive a Mighty Athenian Cheer Camp T-Shirt, learn cheers and chants and perform during the second quarter and at halftime of the varsity game against Southmont.
    The youngest group (K-2nd grade) will perform at halftime only.
    The third through eighth graders will perform at the second quarter and halftime.
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  • Nucor comes up big for Cancer Society
    Friday, August 26, 2016 4:00 AM

    After raising $55,000 as a result of their various fundraisers, the Nucor Relay for Life team presented a check to the American Cancer Society Wednesday afternoon.

    Ron Barnett, the Team Captain at Nucor, said he was very proud of his team of colleagues for being able to call their campaign such a success. He also said he was happy to present the check to ACS representative Hannah Cook.

    “It’s a family you wish you weren’t a part of, but it makes you feel good to know you’re there in support of someone in need,” Barnett said. “We appreciate the amount of things the American Cancer Society does to educate everyone about the disease.”

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  • Got your TASTE buds ready?
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:00 AM
    The Ironman National isn’t the only thing happening in Crawfordsville this weekend.
    The Taste of Montgomery County, a popular event that is held at the Lew Wallace Study every year, will feature just under two dozen food vendor options as well as four live bands.
    “We have two new food options in Maxine’s on Green and Valentino Italian Cuisine,” Stephanie Cain, a member of visitor services at the Lew Wallace Study said. “We also have three stages with bands playing, as well as Balhinch Bunch, who will play some bluegrass, Irish folk and Canadian folk music on the lawn.”
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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:00 AM
    This weekend marks the third annual Ironman National at Ironman Raceway. 
    Since the Ironman began, three years ago, the Finish Line Festival has accompanied it. The festival takes place Friday from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., in downtown Crawfordsville on Main and Green streets. 
    Some of the activities taking place during the event will be a fun run for kids, a beer garden, a car show and live music. This event has drawn large crowds since its inception, and this year should be no different.
    The sponsor, Main Street, has built a strong following.
    "We've worked hard to build cohesion between the race and this event," Main Street President Sue Lucas said. She also hinted at something else.
    "Be on the lookout for a surprise announcement over the weekend."
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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:00 AM
    As most residents know by now, the third annual Ironman National begins tomorrow. 
    There will be visitors from not only all over the state of Indiana, but from all over the country, because this event is the finale of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season.
    Although the event expects to bring upward of 12,000 people to town, Sheriff Mark Casteel said not to expect any major issues with traffic on the county roads or State Road 47.
    “Traffic should be pretty normal,” he said. “Cooperation has been pretty good the first two years.”
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