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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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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WE GET NOTES from readers fairly often. Here’s one from Joyce Brown that was so nice we just had to pass it along: “I was so pleased to see the Brown siblings pictured smiling for your paper. They come from a rather large family and I’m proud to say they are all wonderful, well-adjusted people. I’m proud of each and every one of them and proudly call them my friends. Their mother and father, Rebecca and John Brown are raising well-balanced, intelligent, God-fearing children.”
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THE FIRST-EVER Montgomery County Christmas Wishbook is hot! Clicks on it on our website are through the moon, and we are sending it to Online Edition and Sunday-only subscribers every issue. If you are one of the few who haven’t seen it, go to www.thepaper24-7.com and give it a click. Why? Because 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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AND BY THE way, there are subscription specials there for your favorite Montgomery County daily, too! (Yes, this was an unabashed and very shameless self-promotion!)
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OK, STILL ON the shameless self promotion stuff. We want you to know about some changes coming up the week of Christmas. We are only going to publish an abbreviated Online Edition each day that week and hold off on print. Like we have done in the past, we will credit our Print Edition subscribers and add extra time to their subscription. We are also going to give most of our employees time off that week and close the office. It’s mostly a lost week because we would have been closed Monday and Tuesday for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. However, if you have any thoughts we’d love to hear from you. Please e-mail publisher Tim Timmons at ttimmons@thepaper24-7.com or give him a call at 361-0100, ext. 22.
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WHILE WE are on the topic of Christmas . . . Kids, don’t you hate those awkward moments when Santa Claus uses the same wrapping paper that mom and dad has? (Think about it, mom and dad!)
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ALTHOUGH WE will be sure to report all the holiday closings and such as we get closer to the big day, here’s an early heads up from the license branch. Across the state, all BMV branches will be closed Saturday, Dec. 22 until Wednesday, Dec. 26. And then they will be closed again Tuesday, Jan. 1. Of course our local branch is closed normally on Mondays as well.
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ANYONE TAKEN a drive around to look at Christmas lights yet? E-mail pictures and addresses of the best ones to news@thepaper24-7.com and we’ll be happy to share!
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OUR MYSTERY Guest last week was none other than Dr. John Roberts, a noted physician and newspaper columnist. We had correct guesses come in from Michael Fons, Judi Kleine, Lisa Fisher, Joyce Brown (who said: “He has the same clear, brown eyes he has as a young man. I knew he was super involved in our community but I didn’t know he was THAT involved! My goodness! When does he breathe??!!”), John Frye, Sheila Chadd and She Wren. The winner, through a random drawing, for the third time this year was Sheila Chadd! Sheila, we’re wondering if we gave you a couple of bucks, would you go buy a lottery ticket for us? Either way though, just stop by The Paper anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up your winnings!
This week, the 4-H crowd may have the inside track on our young lady in a colorful sweater. She grew up on a pig farm in rural Boone County before heading off to Purdue University. After graduation she hit the road and wound up in Oklahoma, where she got a Master's degree and later a husband! You could say she’s a bit of a health expert (and that would be an understatement!). From proper eating to triathalons to teaching friendly folks in our community about nutrition . . . she knows her stuff. In fact, she said that one of her favorite things is teaching children how to cook and eat vegetables! She said that nothing makes her day more, than watching a child discover a food become their new favorite food, especially when it’s a vegetable. Know who she is? E-mail us who it is at bits@thepaper24-7.com or give us a call at (765) 361-0100, ext. 22!