The full-sized replica of the 1837 Norris 4-2-0 steam engine will be illuminated by one vintage lights seen in the photo.
Photo provided
The full-sized replica of the 1837 Norris 4-2-0 steam engine will be illuminated by one vintage lights seen in the photo. Photo provided
We’re getting towards the middle of September, and this month sure is getting eventful. It was another busy week in Montgomery County.
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A NEW ADMINISTRATOR has come to the county.
After former sheriff Mark Casteel turned in his resignation on July 22, the county today hired Tom Klein, the former town manager for Avon.
“Tom has an exceptional amount of experience, has a positive attitude, and a willingness to be a part of our community,” County Commissioners President Jim Fulwider said. “He knows how government works and how to make improvements in efficiencies and vision. This is an exciting time as we fill this position with a very experienced and talented person.”
“I want to thank the county commissioners and county council for this opportunity to work with them in order to implement their vision for the county,” Klein said. “My family is excited to move to Montgomery County and make new friends and be active in the community.”
As county administrator, Klein will manage the day-to-day operations of the county government and will administer county policies and plans.
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ON SATURDAY NIGHT, Sept. 19, 2020 from 8 to 10 p.m., Linden Depot Museum will host a very special “Depot Under the Stars” event featuring two guest speakers, the formal dedication of the now-complete 1837 Norris 4-2-0 Steam Engine, live music, and free refreshments!
The first of the two speakers will be the Honorable Todd Barton, a graduate of Wabash College who has been the mayor of Crawfordsville since 2012. The second speaker will be Mr. Nicholas Schenkel who has been the Director of the West Lafayette Public Library since 1981.
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THE INDIANA SENATE Republican Caucus is offering paid spring-semester internships in our communications, information technology, legal, legislative and policy offices during the 2021 session of the Indiana General Assembly.
Qualified candidates may be of any major and must be at least a college sophomore. Recent college graduates as well as graduate and law school students are also encouraged to apply. Positions are open to Indiana residents as well as nonresidents who attend a college or university in Indiana.
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WABASH COLLEGE once again finds itself in the Top Tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges as ranked by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Colleges rankings, which were released Monday. Data was collected on more than 1,900 colleges and universities in the report.
Wabash is ranked 54th among National Liberal Arts Colleges. The College improved 12 spots in the U.S. News rankings in that category over the previous 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, which was the highest value ranking for any school in the state. Further, Wabash was ranked 23rd among all National Liberal Arts Colleges for Best Undergraduate Teaching.
U.S. News also honored Wabash as an A+ School for B Students, an institution “where spirit and hard work could make all the difference to admissions,” according to the publication’s criteria.
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THE INDIANA STATE Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) announced their endorsement of Governor Eric Holcomb for a second term. This is the organization’s first endorsement of a Republican in a governor’s race since 2008. The Indiana FOP represents more than 13,000 law enforcement professionals serving communities across Indiana. The organization’s mission is to protect and serve Indiana law enforcement professionals as they in turn work to serve Hoosiers and keep Indiana communities safe.
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YOUTH AS RESOURCES (YAR), a program of the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau is following their motto of “Giving, Serving, Leading,” and have once again awarded a $500 grant to North Montgomery’s FFA chapter. The grant is to fund a project where 50-60 students will make over 70 medium sized fleece blankets for children at Riley Hospital! The FFA chapter plans to bring 5-6 other student groups at North Montgomery into the project by having them assist with making the blankets, and having fun while doing so! Their hope is that they will get this project done in the course of an hour and a half one evening, after school.
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UP NEXT IN Myers Dinner Theatre’s 24th Anniversary season will be the exciting Off-Broadway musical, The Ark, opening Sept. 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., and running through Oct. 11, 2020 at 5 p.m. Featuring an intimate cast, and a beautiful score, MDT audiences will board Noah’s Ark, where they will meet the beloved prophet, and his cherished family, all floating toward an unknown fate.
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THE CRAWFORDSVILLE-MONTGOMERY County Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor Tri-County Bank & Trust are unveiling exciting changes in the long-running Chamber Buck$ program.
According to Chamber Director Cassie Hagan, the community gift certificate program has kept more than $77,000 in the community over the last year. More than 40 local businesses currently participate in the program, and with the update to a digital program, Hagan said the Chamber expects to grow the program through the end of 2020 and forward. The new program launched this week.
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MUFFY distributed the September allocation to their 15 partner agencies on Thursday, September 3rd. Agency representatives were unable to attend the quarterly meeting due to the current COVID-19 restrictions. However, the partner agencies and amounts given are as follows:
Boys & Girls Club $13,125.00
Camp Rotary $1,000.00
Crawfordsville Adult Resource Academy $4,500.00
Community Chest $600.00
Family Crisis Shelter $14,625.00
Fuzzy Bear Preschool $1,562.50
4 Anchors Women’s Ministries $7,875.00
New Beginnings Child Care $5,000.00
Pam’s Promise Transitional Housing $5,750.00
Recovery Coalition $2,405.70
Sunshine Vans $7,200.00
Trinity Life Ministries $5,000.00
Volunteers for Mental Health $313.00
Willson Family Literacy Preschool $4,000.00
Youth Service Bureau $15,750.00
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STATE SEN. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) announced that he will retire from the Senate in November. First elected to the Senate in 1990, Merritt is the longest-serving current Republican state senator. He is also the longest-serving Caucus Chairman in the history of the Indiana General Assembly, having served in that leadership role for the Senate Majority Caucus since 2004.
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INDOT announces State Road 75 in Jamestown will close just north of the intersection of State Road 234. The closure will begin on Sept. 15, 2020 at 7 a.m. and reopen by 7 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. This is for the town of Jamestown to install a storm sewer under S.R. 75 to prevent annual flooding on Elm Street.
The official detour follows U.S. 136 to S.R. 39 to I-74 and back.