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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
  • This summer, high school and college students can win a scholarship by playing host to an American Red Cross blood drive through the Leaders Save Lives program. Registration is now open to hold a participating blood drive between June 1 and August 31.

    The program encourages community-minded 16- to 24-year-olds to hold blood drives to help maintain the blood supply over the summer months. Students who participate as a blood drive coordinator are eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500.

    A total of 10 scholarships will be awarded via drawing to students who achieve 100 percent of their blood drive collection goals. All students who achieve the designated blood drive goal will receive an electronic gift card to

    For more information and to register to host a Leaders Save Lives blood drive, visit

  • LHS Class of 1926

    Dorothea Densmore Nelson, 106, attended the Ladoga High School Alumni Association’s annual Alumni Banquet recently. She said after the banquet that she was already making plans to celebrate her 90th anniversary of graduation next year. Nelson’s son, Jim, and daughter, Elda Herbison Nelson, were both in attendance for their 50th and 51st anniversaries, respectively.

  • The Montgomery County Basketball Hall of Fame has selected their 2015 class of inductees to be honored on May 23, 2015 at the Athena Center, also known as the old Crawfordsville High School gymnasium. Beginning at 1 p.m., the ceremony is open to the public.

    Those selected are Clyde Manges (Bowers, 1951), Alex Gasaway (Crawfordsville 2010), John Lytle (New Market 1958), Larry Dickerson (Crawfordsville 1955), Bill Douglas (Darlington 1968), Tyler Price (Southmont 2008), Vance Pyle (Crawfordsville 1963, radio-announcer), Merlin Nice (Wabash 1984), David Moore (Wabash 1969), Dick Bruner (coach) and Bill Springer (coach). 

  • If you’re in the mood to put together a puzzle, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce has you covered.

    The chamber received a visit from Fed Ex last Friday with the delivery of 240 Lane Place puzzles.  The limited edition puzzle is the second in a series of Montgomery County landmarks. A photography contest was held to determine what photo the puzzle would feature. Dr. Linda Spencer’s photo chosen as the 2015 winner.

    The Chamber reports that there have been numerous requests already for this 2015 puzzle, and although they are limited, they will be available at several Chamber member vendors next week.  Milligan’s Flowers and Gifts, Harvest Inn, The Homestead and the Carnegie Museum will have the 500-piece 25” by 19” puzzle available.  Patrons may call the Chamber at 362-6800 or email Amy at with questions or comments.

  • High school summer programs don’t fit every student. Some students need more hands-on, individualized plans. Enter ASI.

    ASI, or Abilities Services, Inc., will offer a summer program for high school age students with disabilities. From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from June 1 to August 11, high school students entering their freshman year to senior year students with diagnosed developmental disabilities may attend the program at Abilities Services located at 1237 Concord Road in Crawfordsville.

    “The announcement of the High School Summer Program for students with disabilities is another example of ASI’s commitment to the community and its long-standing effort to provide diverse programming to individuals with disabilities,” ASI Executive Director Bob Cook said.

    The cost of the program is $20 per day, and transportation must be provided by the student’s parent or guardian. Each day there will be a 30-minute lunch break and two 15-minute breaks. Lunch will only be provided on Fridays. There is a country store at ASI where the students may purchase snacks and drinks.

  • Hickory dickory dock

    Did you know that the Montgomery County Courthouse used to sport a clock tower? Nearly three quarters of a century later, it may feature one again.

    The courthouse clock tower project has been collecting money from various sources, including individual donations, the Montgomery County Historical Society, the City of Crawfordsville and appropriated funds from the county. Since the money for the project comes from so many places, a special fund for the project needed to be established. Monday morning, the Montgomery County Commissioners started that process.

    “As you know, the proposed project funding comes from various sources, including government and non-governmental sources including also funding commitment from the City of Crawfordsville,” attorney Dan Taylor said. “What this would do is this would create the Montgomery County Courthouse Clock Tower Project Fund.”

    Taylor explained that the main purpose of the fund is to show where the money from each source would go for the project. “It’s a little unusual to have money from so many different sources,” he said.

  • 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.


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