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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

  • Bits 'N' Pieces 11-18-17
    Saturday, November 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    This is our last Bits’n’Pieces before Thanksgiving so please allow all of us here at the Little Newspaper That Could wish all of you out there in God’s Country a very wonderful Thanksgiving and tell you how grateful we are that you continue to invite us into your lives! 
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    ARE YOU following The Challenge IV? If not, you’re missing some great stories! There are folks involved who are, well, let’s just say they’re not spring chickens anymore and yet have gotten back to what they used to weigh as, well, let’s just say youngsters! And then there’s the story of our boss. Poor guy. He’s in a contest to lose weight and he’s going the other way. Pardon us while we giggle. 
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    SPEAKING OF the Challenge, there is still time to put a monetary donation behind your favorite contestant. If you want to see who all’s on that list, watch The Paper, or log on to www.thepaper24-7.com and point your cursor at the horizontal menu bar where is says Challenge IV. All the money raised goes to youth programs, either physical or literacy, through Athena Sport & Fitness and The Paper of Montgomery County. 
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 11-11-17
    Saturday, November 11, 2017 4:01 AM
    Today is Veterans Day and let us begin with a big Paper Salute to any and all veterans out there! Thank you all for your service. Unlike some organizations (let’s not mention any names, but the initials would be N.F.L.) we know the great debt we owe you fine men and women who served this country. May our flag forever wave proudly on the foundation you built for her!
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    HERES TODAY’S thought, and it comes from that famous American humorist Will Rogers: Rumor travels faster, but it don’t stay put as long as truth.
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    HARD TO believe that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away! 
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    EVEN HARDER to think that we only have 43 shopping days until Christmas! 
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    ON THE other hand, Party Night is two weeks from today and that’s one of the best nights of the year in Crawfordsville. For newcomers, it’s when beautiful downtown Crawfordsville is once again packed with people and everyone seems to be in the holiday spirit. There are carriage rides and hot chocolate and lots of sales . . . and even Santa himself pays a visit with the good little boys and girls! Let’s just hope that the weatherman cooperates! 
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 11-4-17
    Saturday, November 4, 2017 4:00 AM
    Today is Nov. 4, the 308th day of the year with only 57 left. That’s important because our friends over at MUFFY are hard at work raising money so that they can help almost two dozen agencies around Montgomery County do their jobs. MUFFY – Montgomery United Fund For You – does an awesome job year in and year out. But they can’t do it without your help. Please consider either a workplace payroll deduction or an outright pledge / gift. There are those out there less fortunate who truly need the help. Go to www.muffy.org for more information or to make a pledge.
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    WE WANT TO say thanks to Lafayette Journal & Courier reporter Emma Ea Ambrose for the fair and balanced story she did on our paper and the competition here in Crawfordsville. We’ve seen other stories (like the Al-Jezerra report) that contained multiple errors and misleading information. We appreciate quality work! 
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    WE HOPE our friends at Metronet are OK today. For some reason Thursday night there appeared to be a widespread outage. At least we know service was gone for a few minutes here in Crawfordsville as well as up north in Logansport. 
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 10-28-17
    Saturday, October 28, 2017 4:00 AM
    Welcome to one of the spookiest weekends of the year as Halloween starts to get into full swing! We’ve got one burning question though: Whatever happened to soaping windows? 
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    WELCOME TO our visitors from all over who are in town for another Ironman! We love having you visit our little corner of heaven – and we apologize for the weather. We know a little mud is good, but we wish we had a little warmer temps for you! 
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    SPEAKING OF those temps, did anyone else see a snowflake yet? We heard there were a few spotted. Oh well, it is almost November. And hey, it’s not all bad. There’s only 124 days until spring! 
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    OUR LOCAL airport has been in the news quite a bit recently. It’s certainly one of the bright, shining stars our county has to offer and we should all be quite proud of how far it’s come. New airport manager Lori Curless, according to all sources we have, comes in with outstanding credentials. Yup, from the expanded runway to economic development to strong leadership and now to a new name, Crawfordsville Regional, it’s all been great. So it might be a good time for the city to update the new name on its website.
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 10-21-17
    Saturday, October 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    Play the sad organ music and let out a heavy sigh. Since we are writing this and you are reading it, we figure neither of us won the $25 million drawing from the Hoosier Lottery. And if you did win, the what the heck are you doing here? Why aren’t you at a beach or on an island or something? Oh well, we’re kind of like the Cubs now, there’s always next year!
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    WELCOME TO our new airport manager Lori Curless. And congrats to the city as Lori’s new home got a new name. Our little airport, which isn’t so little anymore, is now Crawfordsville Regional Airport! A lot of old-timers (and even a few not-so-old-timers) remember when it was a grass field with a farmhouse. There’s been a lot of reminiscing about a drive-in restaurant out there as well. Who knows, it might not be too long before we end up with a restaurant out there again!
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    LAST WEEK, we dipped into the long-ago to bring you our Mystery Guest. Yes, you’ll have to read further to see who it was – but he had a very distinct connection to the Indianapolis 500. Well, one of the people we heard from was Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles. Doug wrote to us and, in part, said: “Thanks for the Mystery Guest piece on our 1919 Indy 500 winner and Crawfordsville native . . . Appreciate the history between IMS and the Crawfordsville area and really appreciate you all mentioning some of that history!”
    Well, you’re very welcome Mr. Boles. We appreciate that history as well and wish you much continued success at the greatest racetrack in the world!
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    IT’S THAT TIME of year that the MUFFY drive really starts ramping up. Here at the World-Wide HQ of the media empire that is us (wink-wink), we wish all the best for new bossman Terry Armstrong, his trusty assistant director Kara Edie and this year’s drive chair Lisa Cooper! May you raise all the money every agency needs and more!
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 10-14-17
    Saturday, October 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    OK, we haven’t mentioned the Hoosier Lottery in a few weeks, thinking maybe it was like the old saying about a watched pot never boiling (oh, Google it young’uns). But now that we’re north of $25 million smackers (and since not mentioning it didn’t bring us any luck), we’re hoping that the big winner will be found in Montgomery County. And hey, if there’s no Bits’n’Pieces next week, you’ll have a pretty good idea who won!
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    KUDOS TO Mayor Barton and his economic team. On Wednesday a group of folks came to visit our little corner of heaven and – from what we hear – came away impressed. Of course that’s no surprise. They met at Gen. Lew’s place and how could anyone not be fascinated there! Then they took a tour, which included a look at our airport and it’s still fairly new extended runway. Look for good things out of this! 
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    AND SPEAKING of kudos, the city’s economic consultant Cheryl Morphew continues to impress as well!
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 10-7-17
    Saturday, October 7, 2017 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to downtown Shawna Munro! The owner of Pastries Plus is serving up hot and delicious doughnuts again! We’ve missed you, Mz. Munro!
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    IT'S JUST A drill. The Crawfordsville Community School Corporation was sure to spread the word that an evacuation and reunification will be taking place Tuesday. The event will see students evacuated from Hoover Elementary and transported to Crawfordsville High School. The corporation says it's been working with Crawfordsville police and firefighters in the planning and execution of the event. It also shared the message on social media. Probably a good idea considering the mix up between police and a film crew recently. Better safe than sorry!
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    WOULD YOU rather read Bits’n’Pieces in your Saturday Paper or in our Sunday Edition? We’ve like to hear your thoughts. On one hand, there are still a handful of readers who only get our Print Edition. But on the other, we have thousands who get our Online Edition delivered fresh off the presses at 4 a.m. each morning. Let Tim know if you would please. He’s at ttimmons@thepaper24-7.com or you can call him at 361-0100, ext. 22.
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    WITHOUT GOING into many details, here’s a big ol’ thank you to the good folks at Cloverdale Heights! You know who you are and you know we appreciate the kind words!
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 9-30-17
    Saturday, September 30, 2017 4:00 AM
    It’s the last day of September, which of course means that tomorrow is the first day . . . that stores will start putting out Christmas displays. What? Some already have? Sigh.
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    WE ALL know what a classy place Wabash College is. Well, here’s another example. The Little Giants’ football team is ranked 23rd in the nation and today have a big game against 3-1 Wooster. The Fighting Scots from Ohio were undefeated until last week. That’s when they had to play without a senior football player who died the week before. When Wabash takes the field in Ohio today, they will wear the player’s initials on their helmets. Classy move.
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    SPEAKING OF Wabash, week after next (beginning Oct. 11), the students head home for the mid-semester break. Mid-semester? Doesn’t it feel like they just got back to campus? Doesn’t it feel like the older we get the faster time goes?
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 9-23-17
    Saturday, September 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Hoosier Lottery continues to grow, surpassing $23 million. Yes, a lot of your favorite folks at your favorite Montgomery County daily (i.e., Neil) are buying tickets. And no, since you’re reading this none of us won. Darn it!
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    SPEAKING of friendly folks at your favorite Montgomery County daily, congrats to Kim VanMatre, Adrienne Clouser, Mike Long and Melissa Meme for winning awards at the Hoosier State Press Association annual conference. Mike and Kim took third place while Adrienne and Melissa took first! Our hats are off to the best of the best! 
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    HARVEST HOOPLA is next weekend in beautiful downtown Crawfordsville at the Farmers Market. It’s a celebration of harvest and heritage and kicks off at 8 a.m. on Sept. 30. There will be live music, food, games, carriage rides, prizes and arts & crafts. Show up a week from today for a great, local, time. 
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 9-16-17
    Saturday, September 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    It gets heavier and heavier. For the last week, we’ve run a poll with the following question: The debate on wind farms is heating up and getting nasty! One side claims that the "No Zoners" can't have it both ways, absolutely no zoning but some government regulation on wind farms. Others claim it's a health issue. Still others say it's a great thing for the county. The overall question, though, is: Do we allow wind farms or not?
    And this is the second time we’ve asked a question about wind farms. 
    So which side wins? Neither. After a full week, it was a dead heat, at 50 percent each!
    Of course all this is anonymous. We’ll get to see how the county council and county commissioners handle things in public! 
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 9-9-17
    Saturday, September 9, 2017 4:00 AM
    Will anyone ever win the Hoosier Lottery grand prize again? Regular readers know that we were oh so close a week ago, matching four of the six numbers. Well, no one won again this week so the prize is now more than $22 million bucks! We’ve got our ticket. Got yours?
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    FORE! THE MUFFY golf scramble is next Saturday at Rocky Ridge at 8 a.m.! We have heard that there is a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one, plus there will be MUFFY agencies present and all sorts of fun and games. Why not head east early next Saturday and play a round! Get more info or sign up at www.muffy.org 
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    IT MAY BE the final few days of summer, but the weather has sure felt like fall lately. However, the outdoor types tell us it might be a tough fall for colorful foliage fans because of the lack of rain. 
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    SEE YOU in Darlington today? It’s fish fry season and Darlington’s is one of the best around! Things got going last night but continue today. See you out there! 
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    GOT SOME old or rare coins you think might be valuable? Then you ought to go to MainSource Bank Sept. 26. They’re doing free coin appraisals on site.
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 9-2-17
    Saturday, September 2, 2017 4:00 AM
    Oh gang, we were close! One of our intrepid staff matched four of the six Hoosier Lottery numbers and was THAT close to $21 million bucks! Turns out, he gets $50. Oh well, beats a sharp stick in the eye! 
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    COULD BE a sign that the end is coming? Apparently more than 2,300 earthquakes have been reported since June at Yellowstone. The swarm is one of the longest ever there and some say it’s a sign that the super volcano beneath the ground might be rumbling. Don’t get too alarmed. Turns out that there was a swarm of more than 3,000 quakes in 1985 and another couple thousand in 2010.
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    HEY, AS LONG as we’re on the weird stuff, did you hear about the radio signals from outer space? It seems that 15 radio signals from a galaxy far, far away were recorded Aug. 26. Could be a lot of things, but one possibility could certainly be ET phoning home? 
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    SINCE YOU are reading this then you (and we) survived Florence. Who (or what) is Florence. An asteroid around 3 miles wide that whizzed by our friendly planet yesterday morning around 8 a.m. How close was it? A mere 145 million miles. 
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    BACK HERE where things are a bit more normal, our esteemed mayor is heading to Japan in a week. He’s going with a delegation from around the state, including Gov. Eric Holcomb. Here’s hoping for a safe and most productive trip! We’ll be sure to let you know what the mayor says about everything.
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    STAY TUNED for a big surprise from your favorite Montgomery County daily! So far, mum’s the word but in about 10 days we’ll let the cat out of the bag. As the kids today say, it’ll be epic!
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 8-27-17
    Saturday, August 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    Curse those east coast people! By now you’ve surely heard that the ginormous PowerBall jackpot of more than $758 million smackeroos was won with one ticket in the lovely state of Massachusetts. We’re certainly glad for the lady who won and wish her all the best! However, the best news for Hoosiers is that no one won the state’s lottery and it’s now over $20 million. OK, maybe it’s not $758 million, but if you don’t see your favorite column in your favorite newspaper next Saturday . . . 
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    THE BOO BIRDS were out in force after the city announced that Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton was making a trip to Japan with Gov. Eric Holcomb. The purpose of the trip is to say thank you to two current companies with locations in Montgomery County, Heritage Products (Hiruta Kogyo) and Gavilon Grain (Marubeni Group). We don’t pretend to be economic development experts, but a trip that will likely improve relations with two companies who employ hundreds of our citizens – as well as the possibility of recruiting other companies to move here – sounds like a good use of the mayor’s time . . . especially with private donations paying the lion’s share of the cost.
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 8-19-17
    Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Mega-Million big prize might be gone, but have you checked out PowerBall or the Hoosier Lottery lately? PowerBall is now about half a billion dollars. Yes, billion. With a B. And our very own Hoosier Lottery is north of $20 million – which has to be one of, if not the largest, jackpots our state has ever had, right? And like we’ve said before, if you don’t find Bits’n’Pieces in your favorite Montgomery County daily next week, you’ll know who won. But keep it just between us, OK?
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    WE HAD our first report of a wooly worm this week, and it was dark with a white stripe. Now, does that mean a bad winter or a mild one . . . 
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    SPEAKING OF fall and winter, has anyone else noticed that more leaves are falling in August than usual? Seems like it. 
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    AND ONE last note about the nasty seasons: It’s said that the number of fogs in August will correlate to the number of measurable snows we’re going to get this winter. For those keeping track at home, there’ve been six fogs we’ve counted so far this month . . . 
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 8-12-17
    Saturday, August 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    With all the tough talk out of North Korea and our own White House, some of us of a certain age are remembering a time when drills at school tried to teach us what to do in the event of a nuclear explosion. Let’s all hope that cooler heads prevail before we reach that point again.
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    UPS DID NOT make big fans out of us at the Little Newspaper That Could this week. And for those of you who receive our print edition, you probably aren’t too happy with Big Brown either. That’s because the good folks at the Crawfordsville Post Office told us that UPS took our newspapers off the USPS dock Thursday morning. We can’t tell you where they took them, only that we didn’t have them, the Post Office didn’t have them and consequently you did not have them. It took a few hours to track down and find our papers and get them taken back to the Post Office. While we are trying to find out exactly why UPS swiped our (and your) papers, we certainly apologize for the entire event! We’d like to tell you that UPS apologized, too. We’d like to, but we can’t.
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    AS OUR ONLINE Edition continues to grow in popularity – thus giving us reason to aim for becoming the first and only newspaper in Montgomery County to reach 10,000 subscribers – the delivery problem from Thursday just adds another reason to grab your Paper hot off the press at 4 a.m. each morning. That’s when it’s delivered to your e-mail box! Want to join the 10,000 Montgomery County strong? Just go to our website (www.thepaper24-7.com) and click “Subscribe” in the top left corner. For now it’s free. And although that will change down the road, it doesn’t get any better right now!
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