Pictured from left to right are: Andrea Schwartz, Ivy Tech Community College; Dr. Todd Roswarski, Ivy Tech Community College; Tyler Wilson, Bane-Welker; Greg Morrison, Davis Morrison Realty; Brad Monts, Hoosier Heartland State Bank; Dr. David Bathe, Ivy Tech Community College; Stephanie Merrill, Ivy Tech Community College; Jeff Griffeth, Co-Alliance; Dr. Colleen Moran, North Montgomery Schools; Kraig Bowers, Ivy Tech Community College.
Pictured from left to right are: Andrea Schwartz, Ivy Tech Community College; Dr. Todd Roswarski, Ivy Tech Community College; Tyler Wilson, Bane-Welker; Greg Morrison, Davis Morrison Realty; Brad Monts, Hoosier Heartland State Bank; Dr. David Bathe, Ivy Tech Community College; Stephanie Merrill, Ivy Tech Community College; Jeff Griffeth, Co-Alliance; Dr. Colleen Moran, North Montgomery Schools; Kraig Bowers, Ivy Tech Community College.
Members from IWA, Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette, Bane-Welker and Co-Alliance and Indigo Ag have been awarded $38,292 for a planning grant through the WHIN Regional Cultivation Fund. There is an ever-growing need for highly-skilled precision agriculture technicians and specialists that are workforce ready. While Ivy Tech currently offers an associate of applied science degree and technical certificates in agriculture, there is not a degree or certificate specifically focused on precision agriculture technology at the Lafayette campus. The goal of the project is to expand the current educational programs to include precision agriculture technology.

Tri-County Bank was glad to donate $6,000 and help the Montgomery County DAV Chapter 103 achieve their goal of raising enough money to outfit 2 vans. The vans will be used to transport our local heroes to appointments and fulfill a variety of other needs. Everyone at Tri-County Bank is extremely honored to be involved.

Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton and Fire Chief Scott Busenbark were asked to present information on their award-wining Mobile Integrated Health program at a paramedicine conference last week in Valparaiso. Crawfordsville’s MIH program continues to receive state and national attention as a best practice model for community health programs.
“Collaboration is the key to our success,” Barton said. “All of the pertinent stakeholders are at the table working together. Other cities may claim a community paramedicine program, but they do not compare to the level of innovation and collaboration of our program.”
The state, through the Department of Family & Social Services, continues to partner with Crawfordsville. As part of that relationship, CFD provides guidance to other departments around the state who want to implement such a program.


Wabash College moved up three spots in the Top Tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges ranked by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Colleges rankings, which were released Monday. More than 1,600 colleges and universities were graded in the report.
“We are proud to be recognized by U.S. News as a top liberal arts college,” said Wabash President Gregory Hess. “Wabash College has long provided its students with an outstanding and transformative education in an innovative environment that enhances their ability to flourish both in the classroom and in the real world. Our students and recent graduates are proof that Wabash works; rankings like this are a chance to celebrate our good work.”
Wabash’s rise in the rankings to No. 53 continues a solid climb, as it has improved 12 spots in the U.S. News rankings of National Liberal Arts Colleges in the last two years.
The College was ranked No. 21 nationally by U.S. News as a Best Value School, a measure of both academic quality and cost.

The VFW is collecting coats to help out U.S. military veterans for the upcoming cold months. According to Jason Shofner, the coat drive started at the Danville (Ill.) VA facility, but that the idea got picked up here in Crawfordsville. Shofner said new or gently used coats can be dropped off at the VFW (corner of Water and Market) anytime during business hours. The VFW opens at noon on Wednesday through Saturday. Shofner also said that he is available to pick up coats if needed. He can be reached by e-mail at sgt_shofner@yahoo.com


Blue Star Mothers is sponsoring a Chicken and Noodle Dinner Friday at the Crawfordsville V.F.W. Post from 5 to 8 p.m. The meal consists of chicken and Noodles, mashed potatoes, country-style green beans, a roll and iced tea, coffee, or water for only $8 a meal! Other beverages will be available through the VFW. Blue Star Mothers will also have a Bake Sale available, including some delicious home-made noodles ready to cook or put in your freezer. Blue Star Hoosier Mothers is an organization formed to support, with pride our sons and daughters serving in the United States Military and their families, to assist our Veterans of the US Military, to support our sister members, associates, and Blue Star Dads, and to promote patriotism to our country. They put much effort toward earning money to fill and ship "Freedom Boxes" to our troops, and to support our Veterans. Any questions regarding how to join, submit an address to receive a package, or how to donate to our efforts, contact Gayle Sosbe, Chapter President at (765) 362-5713, or (765) 366-2009, or mail to P.O. Box 801, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.