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Paper publisher has community at heart
This week's guest is one of the funniest people I know, not only in his writings but his everyday personality, as well. Every time I'm around him, I laugh. Usually, a lot! In his column names alone, his humor prevails: Bubbling Caldron; Bubba Castiron; Honest Hoosier; Two Cents and although Hammer isn't an actual column, he's my favorite of all of Tim Timmons' fun folks.

Really, I don't know exactly when I met Tim. Likely it was at the Journal-Review when he worked there (and I wrote for the Montgomery Magazine) under Gaildene Hamilton's tutelage. "Barring none, Gaildene was the best boss I ever had," Timmons said. Certainly, we have a shared agreement on the love and care Gaildene used to nurture her employees. Tim's a lot like that!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Karen highlights two admirable folks
Adjectives are the best part of the English language and an ! the best mark. So, to begin this week's article, think admirable! Read on to find out just why I chose admirable in concern to Bud and Tresha Cox Meadows. I dearly love these two, and bet many of you reading this article whole-heartedly agree. I've known Tresh since I was a little and Bud since our teen years. When the large Meadows family moved across the street from the Coxes, I suspicion those teenagers had a connection early on. My memories of Tresha began with her stopping by to walk to school with me. Her hike was ¾ of a mile carrying her band instrument, and I never heard a complaint whereas my trek was a mere two blocks with me whining all the way. I so admired her. We also sold the Veteran's Poppies every year and she was in 4-H and Rainbow.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Crawfordsville student caught Karen's attention
Never thought I'd be writing about a high school student for this article, but while teaching last semester, I met many young folks who impressed me and this young lady tops the list. She owns high expectations for herself that I'm completely sure she will achieve. Abigail Spencer is a native Montgomery Countian and shares one of my true loves, writing.

On one of the first days of class, Abigail asked me about writing for The Paper. We talked a couple of times about it and she mentioned she would like a part time job working at a newspaper as she felt that's her future. I mentioned her name to my boss, Tim Timmons and when he came to talk to my Creative Writing students, she introduced herself, got an interview and the rest is history. Hopefully, you've read some of her articles. She noted, "It is a blessing to have this opportunity with The Paper. I'm getting the experience of a lifetime that is making my future career opportunities limitless." Her interest in the paper world was likely prompted from her reporter's job on the CHS newspaper. Love that paper, and the articles with the "Abigail Spencer" byline are always exceptionally well-written and extremely interesting.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Amie Cox has lots of local connections
This week's guest works at Crawfordsville High School and I met her when I asked if the school library had my book, Crawfordsville: Athens of Indiana. I needed it to show and discuss with my Creative Writing class. Just entering the CHS Media Center is exciting as there are always new and interesting changes. I particularly loved the American Indian display that luckily completed a unit in one of my literature classes. Impressed that Media Specialist, Amie Cox knew she had my book and found it for me quickly, I liked her right away and have appreciated her more as the semester has progressed. Certainly, she has a great attitude and is full of ideas and energy.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Ken Dieruf is new to me, not C'ville
I've thoroughly enjoyed teaching next door to this man since I began my educational renewal at CHS at the beginning of this school year. I hadn't even heard of Ken Dieruf until then, but I appreciate his help with anything I've needed, even my overall school request for a much-needed diet Mountain Dew.

Both Ken and his wife, Barb are at CHS, Barb as Tech Director and Ken as the JAG instructor. JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates) is a state-funded program, and I always enjoy going in to Ken's room with the college banners, bright posters, class projects, business charts and nifty round tables that prompt discussions.

Ken grew-up in Minnetonka, MN and moved with his parents, three brothers and two sisters to Louisville, Kentucky when Ken was in his late teens. Ken's father was in sales with Pillsbury. Waggenor High School wasn't a super satisfying experience for Ken since he arrived there when his school was almost over; thus Ken decided to work and it was Mario's Pizza that helped win him over to the business world.

The clincher was when he became a sales associate for J.C. Penny's. It was at Penny's that he met Barb. They were good friends before dating. Along with being buddies, her beauty, charm and personality helped lead Ken to the altar in her hometown of Louisville.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Amy Epperson is settled back home
I do love alliteration. Using this literary technique to begin this week's column, I'll say that our subject is awesome, adorable Amy.

We met when Amy worked at the A&W. A very active Southmont student, she was never late to work, toiled with great vigor and was one of our sweetest waitresses ever. 4-H has always been a part of Amy's life, having been a 10-year member, taking various projects, sewing, foods, crafts, geology, fashion review and a Jr. Leader. She attended the National Congress in Washington DC and won a trip to Chicago for her Achievement Book on Breads and Cereals. I giggled as she told about staying in the Conrad-Hilton Hotel where she had fancy meals and the winners received their awards. She'd never been to a fancy restaurant or hotel, so she reveled in the trip which started a life time desire to travel.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
There's no doubt; I'm glad that I met the Menards
Well, we never did figure out when we met, but think it was unanimous that we're glad we did! Jim and I ate with Jamie and Joanie Menard at well, you readers can guess, Pizza Hut. We spent a wonderful three hours just talking, laughing and learning about each other.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Nicolle Rockenbaugh really hasn't changed a bit
When I was Children's Librarian at the Crawfordsville District Public Library, one of my fav little ones was this week's featured guest.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
I'm pretty sure I liked her as soon as I met her
I'm not sure when I met this gal, exactly, but I liked her immediately and still think she is one fantastic lady. Fairly sure that I got to know her because I admire her cousin, Tresha Cox Meadows, and it was through Tresha and her brother, Homer Cox that I likely got together with Elaine.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Tom McCarty has lived an exciting life
This week's interesting gentleman was "born and bred" in my hometown of Waveland, Indiana. It was a truly wonderful place with equally wonderful people where we spent our developing years.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014


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