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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    WELCOME LAYLA Jane Shelton to the world! She was born March 10 to Jim Shelton and Christina Locke and came out healthy, whole and happy! Jim is the director of Internet marketing for The Paper and says that even though sleep isn’t exactly in abundance right now, Mom and Baby are doing fine! 
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    LENT IS under way and one local official told us he was giving up giving things up for Lent! 
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 3-6-19
    Wednesday, March 6, 2019 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    THE ONLY surprise on the snow last weekend was that it didn’t come before tipoff in the final game of sectional. Well, apparently it did up north. Does that count as fulfilling the prediction of snow each year at sectional time? 
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    KUDOS TO the snow plow with the wonderful winter wonderland paint job from Willson School. As spring fever begins to set in (thanks in large part to the latest sub-zero wind chills), anything to make us smile about winter is welcomed. 
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    SPEAKING OF sectional, our hearts went out to the Athenians last weekend when they – and their seniors – came up one point short (in overtime no less) of advancing to the regional. Although the Athenians won a sectional title in 2014, before that it had been a while . . . 1989, to be exact. There’s a great message for the youngsters on that team – work hard! Next year’s just around the corner! 
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 2-27-19
    Wednesday, February 27, 2019 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    FAST FOOD frenzy, part one: The mayor was talking to a group at the Chamber recently. He quipped that he could be telling people that Crawfordsville just landed a new business and a whole bunch of jobs and the question he would be asked is, what’s the delay on Starbucks! (And for those who want to know – the mayor said there’s no delay other than the weather and normal scheduling.)
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    FAST FOOD frenzy, part two: An official from Burger King told The Paper recently that the King would be opening in the not-too-distant future – and that hiring was about to get under way! Can’t wait for that first Whopper with cheese!
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    WE ARE GETTING more than a few e-mails and calls from readers about the potholes. A lot of drivers are saying this is the worst they have ever been. After losing a hubcap, we can’t disagree!
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 2-20-19
    Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    THE GOOD NEWS is that meteorological spring begins in a week and two days, on March 1. The bad news: the forecast doesn’t call for a whole lot different than what we’ve had. Sorry!
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    METEOROLOGICAL spring or not, sectionals are getting ready to tip off. There will be snow. It’s an Indiana tradition.
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    WE GOT A few e-mails from readers of this column last week asking if we saw the snafu with the traffic lights at Chestnut and Washington. Apparently, the lights for north-south traffic were blinking red and green at the same time. One reader, who described himself as an old-timer, said it was the first time since the 1960s he saw two lights on at the same time. He explained to a youngster that traffic lights used to display the yellow light while the green was still on.
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 2-13-19
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    IT SHOULD BE no big shock that men put more into Valentine’s Day then women. According to a survey that was sent to the media, most women spend less than men on Valentine’s presents and most don’t put as much into celebrating it. Dang! We wish we would have heard that BEFORE we went shopping!
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    HERE’S A TIP of the seed corn cap to the Montgomery County Visitor and Convention folks for their great work at last week’s Great Lakes Valley swim meet. For those who didn’t see it, the GLVC has their conference swim meet right here in Crawfordsville each year. The event fills hotel rooms and restaurants for a few days, and gives our little corner of God’s country the opportunity to shine to a lot of out-of-towners. Thanks to MCVCB Boss Lady Heather Shirk and all the helpers!
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 2-6-19
    Wednesday, February 6, 2019 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    WELCOME TO ALL of you in town for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Swimming & Diving Championships! We love sharing our impressive aquatic center with everyone and we love sharing our own version of Hoosier Hospitality, Crawfordsville Cordiality! So to all the visitors from Bellarmine, Drury, Indianapolis, Lewis, Maryville, McKendree, Missouri-St. Louis, Truman State, Missouri S&T and William Jewell, enjoy yourselves! We love having visitors and we hope you get a chance to spend some time away from the pool enjoying our little corner of paradise! 
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    HERE’S A TOP of the seed corn cap to Montgomery County’s own Dan Hampton! Dan the Man was recently honored for serving 16 years on the Darlington Library Board of Trustees. Hampton was president of the library board for 13 of those years, and was instrumental in the planning and completion of the handicapped accessible addition. Anyone who knows Dan won’t be surprised! If this world had more Dan Hamptons, this world would have fewer problems.
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 1-30-19
    Wednesday, January 30, 2019 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    AS OUR BUDDY Honest Hoosier would say, here’s a tip of the seed corn cap to our all-time favorite Montgomery County coach – and arguably the most successful – Gail Pebworth. The county commissioners made this past Monday Gail Pebworth Day in the county to honor the great lady. For those who don’t know, Pebworth coached both Sugar Creek Swim Club and Wabash College swim teams. During her tenure at SCSC (1974-87) she elevated Montgomery County to state elite status. And in her amazing run at Wabash (1984-2002) she piled up an unbelievable 775-112 win-loss record. In addition, she helped produce 48 All-Americas, 23 Academic All-Americans, four NCAA postgraduate scholarship winners and two Rhodes Scholarship finalists. She was named the Wabash College Coach of the Year seven times and the Indiana Swimming Coach of the Year twice. In 2012, she was honored by the Indiana Humanities as one of 11 Title IX Heroes as part of the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Title IX. Great choice, Mr. Commissioners!
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 1-23-19
    Wednesday, January 23, 2019 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    WE WANT TO give a big tip of the cap to students in Autumn Hinders North Montgomery High School art class. These guys raised $298.47 for the Montgomery United Fund by knitting hats and selling them as a class project. We always hear the crappy things in the world so we are excited to share the wonderful things like this!
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    HOOSIER HYSTERIA fans will likely recall the Splendid Splinter of Indiana fame was not Ted Williams but a wonderful high school phenom from Kokomo named Jimmy Rayl. Jimmy would lead the North Central Conference powerhouse Kokomo Wildcats to the state finals. He also broke Oscar Robertson’s state finals scoring record in 1959. Rayl won Mr. Basketball and the coveted Trester Award – twice! After KHS, he went to IU and later the Indiana Pacers. Rayl passed away Sunday and another Hoosier connection to the glory days of high school hardwood is gone. May he rest in peace!
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    DID YOU NOTICE a lot of coyote howling Sunday night into Monday morning? According to local wildlife experts, it was because of the super blood wolf moon and eclipse. If you aren’t familiar, the term wolf moon simply means the first full moon in January. The blood description is because of the reddish tint it took on in the eclipse – and it was super because it was closer to earth than usual. At any rate, The Paper was told that all that together gave the coyotes plenty to howl about.
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 1-16-19
    Wednesday, January 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    THOSE RASCALS at the Statehouse are at it again. Several bills have been introduced already designed to make government less transparent. Indiana newspapers and the Hoosier State Press Association have taken up the fight and what has turned into an annual battle is on. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as more details come to light . . . although if the lawmakers had their way those details would stay in a corner, a very dark coner. 
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    OK, SO ANOTHER winter storm is on the way – and this one sounds like it could be a doozy. We’re not sure what’s going to happen Saturday, but we have heard forecasts as high as 12 inches. The worst part might be the wind though. Our partners at WTHR said we might have strong winds – which will mean lots of drifting. We don’t often advise people to hit the grocery stores, but this might be one of those times worth going. 
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  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    WE DON’T OFTEN use this space for much seriousness, but from the bottom of our hearts, thank you to the many, many of you who have been so supportive during our transition from more online editions and fewer in print. Like a lot of you, a lot of us are traditionalists and we like holding a printed paper, too. But it’s hard to argue with thousands of customers who prefer it electronically. Still, we weren’t sure how the change would be greeted and once again you all have proven why Montgomery County is such a special place. To paraphrase our favorite Indy 500 singer, thank you, thank you, thank you! 
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    EVEN THOUGH it’s a few days late, Happy New Year from your friends at the little paper that could. Hey, we know there’s another newspaper around here but nobody, and we mean nobody, is as much fun as we are – and we know it just drives those other guys crazy!
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 12-29-18
    Saturday, December 29, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    LET US TAKE this early opportunity to say Happy New Year! Here’s a thought for a resolution: Help all your friends gain 10 pounds. You may not get skinnier, but you’ll look better in comparison!
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    JUST TO FOLLOW up . . . there was no snow on Christmas so no one got a free subscription. We hear the boss is thinking about doing it again around Valentine’s Day. Wonder if he’s brave enough to do it at Sectional time?
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  • BIts'n'Pieces 12-22-18
    Saturday, December 22, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    THE DAYS LEFT to Christmas are dwindling rapidly. So in the hustle and bustle of the season, let us take this moment to wish you, dear reader, a very Merry Christmas!
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    SPEAKING OF Christmas, The Paper’s office will be closed next week and while we will be offering our usual 365-days-a-year Online Edition all week (including Christmas Day!), there will be no print edition. Print subscribers are never charged for papers they don’t get. Our staff is using that week to plan ahead for what promises to be a year of change and improvements. 
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    WANT A FREE subscription to The Paper? Purchase a $42 Online Edition subscription now and if we get one inch of snow or more on Christmas Day, you’ll get every penny back! It’s what we’re calling the “sNOw White Christmas Guarantee.” Here’s how it works. Buy a regular Online Edition subscription (less than 12 pennies a day!) before 12:01 a.m. Dec. 24 and if it snows one inch or more on Christmas Day The Paper will give you your money back! You can take advantage of this special in our daily Online Edition, or you can call The Paper and talk to the idiot, uh, we mean, person who dreamed up this crazy idea – Tim. He’s at 361-0100, ext. 22. (And don’t tell him we said that!)
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 12-15-18
    Saturday, December 15, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    OUR HAT IS off to Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton who announced earlier this week that he is running for a third term. There probably isn’t another mayor who has made so many changes in the first two terms since perhaps when Glenn Knecht saw the job go from part time to full time. Downtown Crawfordsville doesn’t even look the same with changes to the courthouse parking lot and the clocktower. The old hospital isn’t an eyesore anymore. Pike Place pocket park certainly improves the landscape as well. And it won’t be long until the trailhead at the old Crawford Grocery site is complete. What will be even more interesting will be to watch and see if anyone tries to challenge him. 
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    SPEAKING OF politics, it was interesting to see that a lot of Hoosiers got an electronic Christmas greeting from Evan Bayh this week. It featured family pictures and a nice greeting. At the bottom, it said it was paid for and authorized by All America PAC. Wonder what that means. Hmmmmmm.
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 12-8-18
    Saturday, December 8, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    THE FIRST-EVER Montgomery County Christmas Wishbook is out! Subscribers to The Paper have already gotten it and a special e-mail to non-subscribers will be going out soon! In addition, you can access it on our website, www.thepaper24-7.com. What’s so special about it? Well, there are lots of local businesses and they have links directly to their websites and Facebook pages and such. You can sit on your comfy couch and do your Christmas shopping in your PJs and fuzzy slippers! Even better, you’ll be shopping local! If you haven’t seen it yet, run – don’t walk – to www.thepaper24-7.com or your e-mail inbox and start clicking . . . and shopping!
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 12-1-18
    Saturday, December 1, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    IS IT POSSIBLE that it’s December already? Not only is it possible, it’s definite! When we were school children, didn’t it feel like Friday never got here fast enough? Now, it feels like months go faster than that week did!
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    WE’RE STILL in awe that black bears are back in Indiana! Thanks to not only the DNR for the heads up, but to awesome Paper columnist Brent Wheat for his insightful column last week on the bears, as well as the mountain lion and timber wolf info! It gives the Mass Ave. crowd a whole new (but original) definition to wildlife! 
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