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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • 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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  • Bits'n'Pieces 11-24-18
    Saturday, November 24, 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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    IT’S PARTY NIGHT here in beautiful downtown Crawfordsville. And while a lot of communities have annual tree lightings and holiday celebrations, there’s just something special about this one – especially this year with the glow of the clocktower above all!
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    WE WOULD BE remiss not to mention it’s also Small Business Saturday. As one locally owned business, we salute all the hard-working men and women from the other locally owned businesses. Without all of you, small towns like Crawfordsville would have less of a feeling of home and more of a feeling of, well, Walmart.
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 11-17-18
    Saturday, November 17, 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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    ONLY 5 DAYS to Thanksgiving, which seems a good time to connect football and turkeys. Know what it’s called when a turkey fumbles? A fowl play! 
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    AND ONLY 5 days to the 18th annual Sugar Creek Trail Thanksgiving Pie Run! Early registration ended, but there’s still plenty of time to sign up for the 5K run or the two-mile walk / run. There’s even a free kids’ run! Register at www.crawfordsville.net. You get a long sleeve T-shirt and a chance to win a pie as you cross the finish line! And the good folks at Crawfordsville Park and Recreation tell us that they are also looking for volunteers! You can call Park & Rec at 364-5175 for more info.
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    HERE’S A TIP of the proverbial seed corn cap to the good folks at CEL&P, Tipmont and Parke County REMC and Duke. After ice coated pretty much everything in Montgomery County we did not experience any power outages. The same could not be said for many other communities around Indiana – so thanks to all the men and women who do and did such a great job here!
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 11-10-18
    Saturday, November 10, 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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    ONLY 12 DAYS to Thanksgiving. Know why the turkey wound up in court? For using fowl language, of course!
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    AND ONLY 12 days to the 18th annual Sugar Creek Trail Thanksgiving Pie Run! Early registration ended, but there’s still penty of time to sign up for the 5K run or the two-mile walk / run. There’s even a free kids’ run! Register at www.crawfordsville.net. You get a long sleeve T-shirt and a chance to win a pie as you cross the finish line! And the good folks at Crawfordsville Park and Recreation tell us that they are also looking for volunteers! You can call Park & Rec at 364-5175 for more info.
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    HERE’S A TIP of the proverbial seed corn cap to Phil Goode and the good (pardon the pun) folks at CEL&P. It’s not often we hear about price DECREASES! Thanks gang!
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 11-3-18
    Saturday, November 3, 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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    WELCOME TO November! A month for giving thanks . . . for the oncoming winter season? Well, uh, OK.
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    NOVEMBER IS full of events! One of those is the popular annual Sugar Creek Trail Thanksgiving Pie Run! This is the 18th annual and runners, walkers and everyone in between are all welcome. There’s a 5K run, a two-mile walk / run and even a free kids’ run! Registration is going on at www.crawfordsville.net. You get a long sleeve T-shirt and a chance to win a pie as you cross the finish line! And the good folks at Crawfordsville Park and Recreation tell us that they are also looking for volunteers! You can call Park & Rec at 364-5175 for more info.
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    SPEAKING OF the holiday season, we are officially 19 days to Thanksgiving and 52 to Christmas! And while we’re counting, only 60 more days until we wave farewell to 2018 and ring in 2019. For those of us who have a gray strand or two up top (if we’re lucky!), doesn’t it feel like time goes faster and faster each year?
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 10-27-18
    Saturday, October 27, 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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    WELCOME TO our Amsoil Ironman visitors! We love having you in our town!
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    HALLOWEEN IS next week. Be sure to catch the Sunday Edition when our book page focuses entirely on spooky readings and our business section wraps up its management series on surviving workplaces that have ghosts, witches, zombies and vampires!
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    SPEAKING OF All Hallows’ Eve, the little ones will be out in force Wednesday night. As of Friday morning, we had not heard when all the official trick or treat hours were but more than likely there will be some early and some late and some in between . . . with some not looking both ways before crossing the street in their excitement to get to the next haul of candy! So drive safely please!
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  • Bits'n'Pieces
    Saturday, October 20, 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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    MAYBE THIS weekend is the calm before the storm? Next weekend our community should have a huge influx of visitors for the Amsoil Ironman at Shaver Marina on 47 south. If you’ve never been, it’s worth it! 
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    OUR LOCAL Chamber is gearing up for the annual Christmas Auction. It’s set for Nov. 8 at Hidden Hollow Farms this year. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the auction begins around 6. Each year the Chamber accepts items for the auction and they are in the process of doing so again this year. The event, which is sponsored by Nucor, is always well attended and generates a lot of attention for participating businesses. If you or your business would like to donate something, please let the Chamber know at 362-6800.
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 10-13-18
    Saturday, October 13, 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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    NBC NIGHTLY news was in Crawfordsville this week. A roving reporter spotted the reporter and camera crew outside the courthouse interviewing Mayor Todd Barton. Later, they were spotted in Fusion 54 at a Chamber of Commerce event. Why were they here? With all the terrible news out of Washington, D.C., maybe they just wanted to find a friendly place?
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    WORD IS that a No Wind sign was taken from Mark Smith’s property – without permission of the landowner. And we thought all the ugly and petty politics was limited to D.C. . . . 
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    A TIP OF THE proverbial seed corn cap to county commissioner John Frey. He’s taking a page from Mayor Barton’s book and starting Coffee with a Commissioner. In case you missed the ad, he’s at Joshua Cup this morning from 7:30 to 9:30. We always applaud elected officials who will have real conversations.
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    THE PAPER is reviving something Judy Todd started at The Weekly years ago. Sales rep Jerry Layne, may he rest in peace, would go to various places of interest and take a selfie (before they were called selfies) and the idea was to guess where he was – and it was fittingly called Where’s Jer? A few years later, we did it again with Barry Lewis and called it Where’s Bear? Now, we’ll be doing it with surprise guests and calling it Where’s There – and you will be able to win a prize by guessing where the photo was taken! Stay tuned!
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 10-6-18
    Saturday, October 6, 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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    WELCOME TO October! A lot of people like this month because of the growing popularity of Halloween and all things spooky. Pardon us if we’re not nuts about it. Why? The average high temperature on Oct. 1 is 71 beautiful, lovely degrees. The average high on Halloween? All of 59! That’s not a treat!
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    WHILE WE’RE on the subject of Halloween, The Paper is holding off on our History-Mystery Tour this year. We recently asked you what you wanted and the message we got back was that a lot of people want to go on the Tour again and they want to hear new stories. So we’ve sent our ghouls and goblins scurrying into the vaults to do research and we’ll return next year with mostly new stories . . . and a few favorites!
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 9-29-18
    Saturday, September 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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    WE HATE TO sound like we’re picking on the courthouse, but why is it a challenge to get the time right? An out-of-town visitor last weekend pointed out that not only does the bell ring a couple of minutes off, but the clock faces aren’t all on the same time. A lot of work went into making this happen, maybe someone in the county could get this fixed? 
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    IT WAS KIND of nice to hear perhaps what could be described as a bit of snarkiness from Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton on Facebook this week. The mayor simply pointed out that a recent court ruling means that the only tool a city could use for trains impeding traffic, emergency and otherwise, went from weak to non-existent. Thanks, Mr. Mayor! We feel your pain.
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