Welcome to Bits'n'Pieces, a weekly column devoted to some of the little oddities we find in everyday life around Montgomery County. Bits'n'Pieces appears each Friday in your favorite Montgomery County daily. We're always looking for reader tips and stories, as well as "Mystery Guests." Please e-mail us at montgomerytoday@thepaper24-7.com or call us at 361-0100.

Well, the MidStates properties tax certificates sold. Sure that sounds like a good thing. The county had not received any tax money on the property for a number of years. As it turns out, the person who bought the certificates owes the county more than $53,000 in back taxes. His new LLC paid $100,000 for the two certificates. Time will tell if the, as commissioner Bill McCormick called it, "albatross" is really gone, or if there is a new one.

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The governor gave his State of the State address earlier this week. There sure was a lot of talk about property taxes. Now let's see if that talk will turn into action. It is an election year after all.

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Rebate checks are making their way into mailboxes all around the county. Many have already arrived. You know, for all the anticipation local residents have had over these checks, isn't it sad that many of these checks will barely fill the gas tank?

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January is slipping away. Can you even remember your New Year's Resolution?

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Rex Ryker knew exactly who last weeks guest was. It's no surprise. He probably felt like he was looking in the mirror. Angie Hayes, Doug Hudson, Jessica McKinney and Diane German correctly identified last week's Mystery Guest as Ryker. Ryker is currently the head football coach at Crawfordsville High School. He played basketball as a seventh grade student for The Paper's very own Bob Cox when he attended Northridge Middle School.

This week's Mystery Guest is a long time resident of Montgomery County. He was born in Kentucky and moved to Indiana as a young child.

Know who it is? Give us a call at 361-0100 or e-mail your guess along with your name and address to: montgomerytoday@thepaper24-7.com. We'll share the correct guesses next week.

Do you have any old pictures of folks from around Montgomery County? We'd love to use them for a Mystery Guest appearance. You can send them to us or drop them off at 101 W. Main St. in beautiful downtown Crawfordsville, or you can e-mail them to montgomerytoday@thepaper24-7.com.

Thanks!