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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 2:45 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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    PRIZE FOR wittiest ad of the week has to go to Ken’s Liquors. They ran an ad with your favorite Montgomery County daily last week to promote their wine sales for Mother’s Day. The best part was their message: “Remember us when shopping for Mother’s Day . . . after all, YOU are probably the reason your mother deserves a nice bottle of wine!” Well said and well done!
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    JOHN FREY is the target of an attack ad campaign, and we want to know how you feel about it. That’s our Question of the Week on our web site. To weigh in, just go to www.thepaper24-7.com and scroll down our home page. And so far, a majority of you seem to feel pretty strongly that it’s an unfair attack.
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  • Bits'n'Pieces
    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 2:50 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 BALLOT boxes closed yesterday, although there was only one contested race locally. Still, we want to offer a heartfelt thanks to both Terri Gadd and Shari Harrington for running for public office. Regardless of who wins and who loses any election, putting yourself out there deserves a pat on the back.
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    THERE’S A lot of grumbling about the Post Office lately – late mail, long lines, etc. We share the frustration, however, we want to add that it’s not the fault of the good folks there who are waiting on us. The issues lie above . . . and isn’t that the way it usually is! 
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 5-1-19
    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 2:09 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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    IF APRIL SHOWERS bring May flowers then we’re sure to have flowers coming out the wazoo really soon!
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    DID YOU HEAR last week about the turkey crashing through a car window in southern Indiana? Either way, it’s a good reminder to keep a sharp eye out. Indiana State Police say that the birds are on the move this time of year and this incident is not as uncommon as you might think. In March of 2018, similar incidents were reported in both northern and southern Indiana. Besides, no one wants people at the funeral home talking about you being killed by a turkey! 
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 4-24-19
    Wednesday, April 24, 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 TEASINGLY call Stacey Baschwit our general because she commanded the army of intrepid reporters and volunteers who scoured Montgomery County compiling news for you to read. Now, Stacey is leaving the command tent and heading out into the field as a battle-tested correspondent. What’s that mean, you ask? Well, stay tuned but in a few short weeks we think you’ll be reading a couple of things in the little paper that could from Stacey that you’re really going to enjoy!
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 4-17-19
    Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:33 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 GRIPE about the potholes enough, so here’s a tip of the cap to the crews for a lot of patching that’s been going on. We’d rather see the roads getting paved, but the crews can’t do anything about that. We appreciate the smoother ride, guys! 
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    OOPS, WE GOOFED and owe an apology to the city. Last week in this space we pointed out that City Hall did not lower the flag in front to half-staff right away after Gov. Eric Holcomb directed in honor of the passing of former C’ville mayor Glenn Knecht. Turns out, we’re the ones who should have paid more attention. Gov. Holcomb’s directive said to lower the flags in the city from sunrise to sunset on the day of the funeral, not the entire week. Our apologies!
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 4-10-19
    Wednesday, April 10, 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 SUN HAS been shining (some) and the temperature has certainly gone up. Question is: Are we done with snow yet? We can only hope!
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    ALL POLITICIANS have supporters and . . . well, not supporters. County Commissioner Phil Bane is no different, but we want to offer a tip of the seed corn cap as HH might say to Commissioner Bane for his service to our county. He is resigning his commissioner seat and will leave some very large shoes to fill. Love him or hate him, it would be wrong to say he has not worked for the people of this county. We appreciate his service and wish him the best in his future endeavors. 
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 4-3-19
    Wednesday, April 3, 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 RECEIVED a few notes from disappointed readers saying they wish we would have included an April Fool’s story like we have a few times in the past. We appreciate hearing that and we’ll try to do better in the future. 
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 3-27-19
    Wednesday, March 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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    APRIL FOOL’S Day is fast approaching and we thought it a good time to share a few pranks. However, if you use any of these and they backfire, don’t blame us. We offer the following disclaimer. Adverse reactions to April Fool’s jokes gone wrong could result in someone getting hurt . . . quite possibly you.
    • Take bar of soap out of shower and paint it with clear nail polish
    • Tape an air horn on the door wall protector so that when the door opens it hits the button
    • Along the same lines, tape the air horn under their office chair so it goes off when they sit
    • Leave anonymous notes that a big April Fool’s prank is coming . . . then do nothing.
    • And lastly, screenshot a co-worker’s desktop screen and set that as their wallpaper. Then select the option to hide the regular icons so that they have a replica of their desktop that they can’t click on or do anything with.
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 3-20-19
    Wednesday, March 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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    SPRING HASN’T sprung yet . . . then again, maybe it has. Depends on what time you are reading this. Spring officially begins (began?) at 5:58 p.m. today and a lot of us are definitely ready for warmer temperatures. And for moon watchers, the full moon accompanies the new spring equinox (and check out “3 things” on our front page to learn more about names for full moons). 
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    ANYONE NOTICE a parade of older tractors on the southwest side of Crawfordsville Sunday morning? 
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  • 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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