By The Numbers

By The Numbers, a look at what’s in the news . . . by the numbers. These are just numbers, not suggestions that they mean more or less than what they are. We do not suggest that one number is connected to another. These are simply facts with no extraneous details, bias or slanted reporting. To borrow (and perhaps mangle a bit) a quote from legendary fictional detective Joe Friday, it’s just the numbers, ma’am!


Montgomery County Community Foundation (MCCF) presented 16 grants to local nonprofit agencies Thursday afternoon at Fusion 54. MCCF Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Taylor welcomed everyone and thanked the nonprofit leaders for their leadership this past year as the pandemic lingered. The grants fell into these areas of interest, Early Childhood Education, Education, Health, History, Arts & Culture, Human Services, and Youth.

U.S. 231 

Drivers who normally take 231 through Crawfordsville will have to find an alternate route for a few days.

Beginning today at 8 a.m., the Indiana Department of Transportation will close Washington Street / U.S. 231 at the railroad tracks. CSX Railroad will be on hand to make repairs. The closure should last until Friday at noon.

A detour will be set up that follows U.S. 231 south to east on Wabash Avenue, and then south on Mill Street and west on South Boulevard and back to U.S. 231. Traffic traveling in the opposite direction will use the same detour in reverse.


Montgomery County Commissioner John Frey was elected by his peers to be the President of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners West Central District during their annual conference last week. As district president, Frey will represent the elected county commissioners in Boone, Clay, Clinton, Fountain, Hendricks, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Tippecanoe, Vermillion, Vigo and Warren counties. The IACC is represented by six districts in the state.


Wabash College’s gain is the Chamber of Commerce’s loss. Cassie Hagan, the most recent executive director for the Crawfordsville Chamber, will be the new Director of Professional Development and Center for Innovation, Business, and Entrepreneurship effective Jan. 3. This is Hagan’s second stint at Wabash. She previously served as Associate Director of Career Services.


Valero’s Linden Ethanol Plant distributed a total of $20,000 to charities in Montgomery and Tippecanoe counties from money raised through the Valero Texas Open and Valero Benefit for Children. The 2021 Valero Benefit for Children local recipients included the Boys and Girls Club of Montgomery County, Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, Food Finders Food Bank Backpack Program and Helping Challenged Children.


Number of COVID-19 cases found so far in Montgomery County, according to the State Health Department.


How many people in Montgomery County who have lost their lives to the pandemic.


According to the Indiana State Department of Health, that’s how many Hoosiers have been diagnosed with the virus. 


How many Hoosiers have died because of this pandemic.


According to the CDC, that’s how many Americans have been diagnosed with the virus. 


How many Americans have lost their lives to the pandemic.