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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MAY IS A WAYS off yet, but we were excited to hear that Jim Cornelison is returning to sing Back Home Again in Indiana at the Indy 500. The man best known for his powerful rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner at Chicago Blackhawk hockey games has arguably been the most popular replacement since the retirement of Jim Nabors in 2014. Nabors sang the Hoosier favorite 36 times at the track between 1972 and 2014.
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DID YOU CATCH the equinox last week? No, not the fall equinox. That was back on Sept. 22. This was the sports equinox. Never heard of it? Well, for just the 18th time ever, all four major professional sports leagues played on the same day. Yes, the National Football League had a Thursday night game on Oct. 18. The Major League Baseball playoffs were also going that night, as was the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. For some, it was a big night. For others . . . not so much.
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SOME FOLKS are excited because the McRib sandwich is back at participating McDonald’s restaurants. Other folks are hoping Burger King will open again soon in Crawfordsville. And still other folks are getting pretty tired of James Earl Jones’ Arby commercials. Fast food is turning into a soap opera, isn’t it?
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DID YOU HEAR that Donald Trump’s approval rating climbed more than a dozen points? For some folks, that’s worse than getting a rock in the candy sack when trick or treating.
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SPEAKING OF politics, here’s the proverbial tip o’ the cap to all of you! For the most part, our candidates and the large majority of their backers have stayed above the fray and not gotten into the mud-slinging the rest of the political world seems to have descended into. The Paper has had more letters to the editor than ever and 99.9 percent of them advocate the merits of their particular candidate, not the negatives of the opponent. As our buddy Honest Hoosier would say, good on all of you! That’s class!
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EVER WANTED to be the Mystery Guest in Bits’n’Pieces? Well, now’s your chance! E-mail Editor Neil Burk and let him know and he’ll share details with you.
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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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OUR MYSTERY Guest last week was incoming Sheriff Ryan Needham and unlike the week before, a lot of people knew this one! Correct guesses came rolling in from Eric Brewer, Mabel Evans, Jack Wyatt, David Smith, Joyce Brown, Bion Ruggles, Sheila Chadd, Marvin Swick, Caryl Barnes, Gary Coffenberry, Kerri Simpson, Judi Kleine, Jeff Dossett (who said if he’s the winner to donate the money to MUFFY – what a class gesture!) and Kristi Tesmer. The winner, chosen through a random drawing, was Kristi Tesmer. Stop by The Paper anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up your winnings!
A happy belated 26th anniversary wish to this week’s Mystery Guest. He and his lovely wife Karen (how’s that for a hint!) were married on Oct. 24th. The couple live near Ladoga and have two children in college. He’s very involved in the community and has a great heart – and you can bank on that. He’s led the MUFFY drive not too long ago and has also been very involved with schools and other civic organizations – and you can bank on that as well. (Hint, hint!)
E-mail us who it is at bits@thepaper24-7.com or give us a call at (765) 361-0100, ext. 22!