Mystery Guest
Mystery Guest
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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ANOTHER CHANGE is coming soon with The Paper’s single copy (stores and newspaper racks) papers. Stay tuned for that, too!
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THE “HEAT WAVE” that we’ve been enjoying apparently officially ended when temperatures came oh so close to the freezing mark of 32 on Friday morning. According to crawfordsvilleweather.com the temperature was 32.7 at 7:42 a.m., about 15 minutes before sunrise.
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SPEAKING OF weather, we’re looking for signs of winter and want to hear from you. Seen any wooly worms this fall? If so, what color were they? Broken open any persimmon seeds to see what prediction the shape was making? Did you count the number of fogs we had in August (that’s supposed to be a predictor of how many big snows we’re going to get)? We will share that our weather watcher at our paper in Hamilton County said every sign points to a snowy winter. Yikes!
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WE’RE GETTING calls about our History-Mystery Tour this year, so we’ll keep sharing that we’re holding off this year. We asked people what they wanted and the word we got was a lot want to go on the Tour again with new stories. So we’ve sent our ghouls and goblins scurrying to the vaults and we’ll return next year with new stories . . . and a few favorites!
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OUR MYSTERY Guest last week was that columnist, author, former standout athlete, outstanding coach and all around good guy Bill Boone! Apparently, many of you knew that as well because correct guesses came flooding in from Joyce Brown, Mark Russell, David Smith, Sherry Harris, Mabel Evans, Corvin Pitcock, Jack Larson, Charlie Braddock, Jerry Whalen, Tina Bellendir, Mona Clouse, and Jim Gobble. The winner, through a random drawing was Sherry Harris. Congrats! Stop by The Paper anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up your winnings!
This week we have someone who has served our community well and honorably. In addition, this young man served his country well and honorably, having spent time in Vietnam as a Navy Corpsman and was attached to the Marines as a combat medic. Before he came back to town he earned a Purple Heart. But that didn’t stop him from joining the Sheriff’s department in 1970 (and he retired 20 years later with the rank of lieutenant. He ended up going to work at Nucor and stayed there for 18 years before retiring in 2010. Besides all that, he has served as an Honor Guard at the American Legion, where he has been a member for almost 50 years! (And by the way, nice bow tie!)
E-mail us who it is at bits@thepaper24-7.com or give us a call at (765) 361-0100, ext. 22!