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Thursday, May 07, 2015
  • In honor of commerce

    The Crawfordsville / Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce is known for celebrating local businesses. What better way to do that then bring in a living legend of the business world?

    The Chamber used its 97th Annual Celebration Dinner Wednesday evening to honor the contributions of local businesses to the community – as well as hear a speech from keynote speaker and Cook Group Executive Vice President Steve Ferguson.

    Ferguson started his presentation by using the Gentleman’s Rule of Wabash College as an analogy for good business practices. A Wabash man himself, Ferguson was quite familiar with the college’s only rule, which is simply, “The student is expected to conduct himself at all times, both on and off campus, as a gentleman and a responsible citizen.”

    “I love the similarities between Wabash College and Cook,” Ferguson said.

    He then shared a good number of anecdotes about the founding of the Cook Group and founder Bill Cook and his inventions. Though the anecdotes seemed disconnected and unrelated, Ferguson brought them together. “All these are trying to do things that will impact a lot of people,” he said.

  • Hoosier Heartland State Bank will be taking donations on Friday for a great cause: Kids Against Hunger.

    As little as $10 can feed 40 children, and $84 can feed one child for an entire year. Every donation counts.

    “As a dedicated community partner, we are committed to helping with causes like this one as much as possible,” stated Brad Monts of HHSB. “This is a tremendous organization and we were very proud to be involved with the effort.”

    Kids Against Hunger is a non-profit humanitarian food-aid organization that was incorporated in 1999. According to the website, the Kids Against Hunger Mission is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and to feed starving children throughout the world. They ship meals to starving children and their families in over 60 countries through partnerships with humanitarian organizations worldwide.

    For more information about getting involved or donating to Kids Against Hunger, visit

  • Black lives matter

    Black lives matter.

    This was the message of a small group of Wabash College students, faculty, staff and other volunteers Wednesday afternoon in front of the Montgomery County Courthouse. The message has been resounding across the nation. The way that this group sent its message, however, was a bit different from the lectures that are typically found on a college campus.

    Three students and four adult volunteers stood holding signs. Another student stood with a megaphone, repeating a series of maxims. The other participants lay scattered on the ground around the feet of those standing, representing the innocent black men killed while in police custody.

    “Today, we are peacefully protesting structural injustice, in this case, the injustice happens to focus around some recent events with black men suspiciously dying in the hands of law enforcement,” Wabash Associate Director of Admissions Kim King II said. “To be sure, that’s a very important matter to us.”


    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.


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