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  • Saturday, September 28, 2019 4:00 AM
    There’s a phrase – may you live in interesting times – that has often been attributed to a Chinese curse. No one seems able to verify that. However, when it comes to politics, whether it’s a curse or not, we certainly do seem to live in very interesting times. From Washington, D.C. to right here in Montgomery County, there is a lot of hate, disgust, passion, apathy and everything in between. This week’s question seems to fit right in.
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  • Thursday, October 13, 2016 4:00 AM
    Early voting began Wednesday in Montgomery County and the first day was very successful as it saw nearly 250 people come through the Montgomery County Courthouse.
    Members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, Voter Registration Deputy Karyn Douglas and Clerk Jennifer Bentley both offered their insight on why voters should choose to vote early, if they have the opportunity.
    “There has been very little wait all day long,” Bentley explained.
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  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously to adopt the 2017 county budget Tuesday afternoon, but not without plenty of discussion about parts of it.
    The biggest cut was to the county’s funding of Indiana West Advantage. The council elected to cut the funding from $75,000 to $50,000. 
    Councilman Mark Davidson cited a lack of knowledge about how much money the economic development agency really has. 
    “Why does IWA get to not disclose this information?” Davidson asked IWA Executive Director Tom Utley.
    Utley replied by saying that the organization does not have to disclose this information to council because council’s role to is fund the projects, not take part in them. That job falls on the IWA board members. 
    The council voted, 4-3, to make the $25,000 cut, despite disagreement from Councilman Aaron Morgan.
    “I believe $75,000 is a bargain for the services we receive,” he stated. 
    Greg Morrison, Morgan and Councilman Mark Smith voted against making the cut. 
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  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville Rotarian Ron Hess is again asking the caring citizens of Montgomery County to help a small town in Haiti in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. 
    The town of Carrefour Sanon is the same town of 5,000 to 6,000 people that Hess, along with other members of the Rotary Club and churches in our area helped last year by drilling seven wells to provide a fresh water source. That community was devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Roofs were ripped from homes and schools, gardens were flattened and fruit trees were stripped bare. That combination leaves the community without infrastructure to survive while they rebuild. 
    “The biggest problem they have is food,” Hess explained. “We started a fundraiser to help purchase 50-pound bags of rice from Port Au Prince and ship it to there.”
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  • Saturday, October 8, 2016 4:00 AM
    It’s homecoming weekend at Wabash College and there is plenty of school spirit to be witnessed around campus.
    This week has brought together various groups of students, whether it be fraternities or independent students in clubs, the campus has been turned into a sea of red and white, the school colors.
    The week consisted of float building, which will be judged throughout the day Saturday, houses creating chants and the chapel sing, which happened Thursday.
    Spencer Sikes, a sophomore at Wabash and a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, offered a few of his most memorable takeaways from homecoming week at the college.
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  • Friday, October 7, 2016 4:00 AM
    In honor of Columbus Day, all Crawfordsville and Montgomery County offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 10. There will also be no trash or recycle pickup Monday, with a double pickup occurring Tuesday. However, Crawfordsville Electric Light & Power offices do not follow the city schedule for Columbus Day and those offices will be open. The Crawfordsville Yard Waste Site will be open Saturday and Sunday for regular hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
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  • Thursday, October 6, 2016 4:00 AM
    It’s time to get fit, funky and festive to raise some money for the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau.
    The YSB will hold its third annual Funky 5k at Milligan Park on Saturday with sign-in beginning at 8 a.m. and the race at 9 a.m.
    MUFFY will coordinate this year’s event, which was previously coordinated by the YSB’s Juvenile Mentoring Program.
    According to Jennifer White, the Junior/Senior High Youth Advisor at YSB, the event raised around $3,000 each of the previous two years.
    “We’d be really excited to reach those numbers this year as well,” White stated. 
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