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  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:51 PM
    State Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) earned a 100 percent on the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Vote Analysis for his pro-economy, pro-jobs voting record.
    Brown’s score is based on his performance during the 2018 session of the Indiana General Assembly and his votes cast in agreement with the Indiana Chamber’s position on 28 bills. Legislation included requiring computer science courses in schools, workforce-related provisions and establishing a water infrastructure task force.
    “Employers and citizens alike should seek to have a clear, objective understanding of how their legislators vote on vital issues and in turn, how that impacts their individual prosperity,” said Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “We applaud Representative Brown for helping to ensure that a number of positive policies were passed to aid working Hoosiers and their families, and employers in their efforts to fill and grow jobs.”
    According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indiana’s statewide unemployment rate as of April stood at 3.2 percent, which is lower than the national average of 3.8 percent. The Nonpartisan Tax Foundation reported Indiana has the No. 1 business climate in the Midwest and has the fourth lowest property taxes nationwide.
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  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:51 PM
    Launching a GoFundMe campaign. Designing a new website. Managing Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts. Students from Ball State University and Indiana State University are this summer busily using their communications skills to help raise funds to develop the new Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch for future law enforcement officers, at-risk kids, young witnesses, victims and survivors of crime – including sons and daughters of fallen public safety officials. 
    “Our new not-for-profit’s mission is perhaps the boldest of its kind ever undertaken in Indiana history,” says Marion County Sheriff John Layton, who volunteers as board president. “To conserve resources and provide the energy and talent our project requires, we have turned to in-state universities’ best and brightest undergraduates.” 
    Cat Anagnos, 21, is a senior public communication studies major at Ball State University. On campus, she served as the chief of staff for the BSU Student Government Association as well as the vice president of communications for BSU’s Alpha Omicron Pi sorority chapter. Anagnos graduated from Elkhart Central High School in 2015. Her parents are Dean and Natalie Anagnos from Elkhart. 
    Carl (C.J.) Johantges, 22, is a senior at Indiana State University, studying communications with a focus in public relations. Johantges is a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and serves as the ISU chapter’s historian and head of alumni affairs. On campus, he is active in theater and intermural sports. Johantges graduated from Bishop Chatard High School in 2014. His parents are Carl and Eileen Johantges of Indianapolis.
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  • Summer recital this Sunday
    Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:50 PM
    Music on Grant Studios will present a free recital on the beautiful grounds of the Lane Place Mansion, at the Gazebo, Pike and Water Streets, at 2 p.m. Students of all ages will perform on Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, Oboe, Drum Set, Trumpet, Voice and Contra Bass Violin. The recital will open with a popular, mostly adult string group featuring Molly Day, Amanra Walbert, Lilly Klingbeil, and Miss Barb on Violins; Amy Hathaway on Viola: Miss Pam on Cello and Mia Myers on Piano. (Pictured) The group will play 2 traditional Scottish tunes, “Will Ye No Come Back Again” and the ever popular, “Scotland the Brave.” Piano, Violin and Guitar Duets, and Solos on various instruments and voice will be iintersperced throughout the program. All are welcome! Please bring lawn chairs or blankets. In case of rain, the recital will be moved to Wabash Ave Presbyterian Church. Instructors are Barb Wilson and Pam Myers. Please call 765-364-8926 for more information.
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  • Local business owner visits Rotary Club
    Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:49 PM
    Josh Miller, owner of Backstep Brewing Company, spoke to the Crawfordsville Rotary Club Wednesday as to how he got into the beer brewing business and how the process works. The club meets Wednesdays at noon at the Crawfordsville District Library.
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  • CPD conducts active shooter training
    Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:00 AM
    On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Crawfordville Police Department conducted active shooter training at Northridge Middle School.
    Police Chief Mike Norman said the CPD has mandatory active shooter training every year even though it’s not required by the state.
    Norman said the goal was to prepare officers for any situation they may face.
    “It’s the reason for training in anything else in any area that you train in,” he said. “You want to be as proficient as possible to protect as many people as you can and stop the situation from happening.”
    Officers were given instruction on how to respond to an active shooter event taking place in a school. Officers went through room clearing, simunitions training and how to operate a tourniquet.
    “They’ll be put through some scenarios where a bad guy will be put in a room somewhere or he could be roaming around the hall and then they’re told, ‘Hey, there’s an active shooter going on here, and you have to use your tactics to go through the school, clear the rooms, meet up with this bad guy and if they present a threat, neutralize them,’” said Sergeant Joshua Hoagland.
    Roaming through the halls, a group of four officers practiced clearing rooms in the middle school while receiving tips and talking through the best way to approach the situation.
    The training was led by Hoagland, Corporal Todd Huckstep and Ryan Teeter.
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  • Hockersmiths return to Montgomery United Fund
    Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:00 AM
    Zach and Casey Hockersmith believe in the mission of the Montgomery United Fund so much that they have agreed to volunteer again for this year’s campaign team and will be serving as the Small Business Captains. Zach attended North Montgomery and graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is currently the AVP of Retail Services at HHSB. He enjoys being with family, anything outdoors, and working on the house. “Helping with the Montgomery United Fund has been an eye-opening experience for me. The agencies in this county do amazing things in every area of need and they are operated by incredible & selfless individuals. The fundraising support the Montgomery United Fund generates during this stretch gives these agencies the ability to make an even greater impact. There are a lot of people with big hearts in this community who are truly making a difference” shares Zach. 
    Casey graduated from Southmont High School in 2008 and from Indiana University in 2011. She is currently a Real Estate Agent at FC Tucker West Central. She enjoys working out, golfing, watching baseball and college basketball, and trying Pinterest recipes. She says, “I want this community to thrive, and we need organizations like those that the United Fund supports to make that happen. There is a lot of good here in this county and the Montgomery United Fund is a great contributor to it. I am honored to be a part of this effort and give my time and resources to a local cause that is directly impacting the community around me!”
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  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:00 AM
    Boots to serve as Vice Chair of Interim Study Committee on Pension Management Oversight
    State Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) will serve as Vice Chair of the Interim Study Committee on Pension Management during the summer and fall to help prepare lawmakers for the 2019 legislative session. He will also serve as a member on the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact Commission and Interstate Rail Passenger Advisory Council.
    “In the Interim Study Committee on Pension Management Oversight, we will hear testimony from a variety of stakeholders and take a closer look into the personal benefits and spousal benefits that 1977 Fund members receive,” Boots said. “I look forward to having conversations about this issue and many others our state is facing over the next few months. Interim study committees give us the chance to listen and review information to better craft legislation for the upcoming legislative session.”
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  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:00 AM
    On Wednesday morning, the Montgomery County Regional Sewer Board met to discuss expanding the sewer district and a RFQ for the wastewater treatment plant expansion.
    Astbury Water Technology gave report that they found the average daily flow for the wastewater treatment plant for April was 51,000 gallons. There was a daily low of 21,000 gallons in April.
    VS Engineering reported that they are holding a pre-bid meeting today at 10 a.m. at the Crawfordsville District Public Library for construction along SR 32. 
    The board approved a resolution that expanded the Montgomery County Regional Sewer District to the west.
    They also approved to expand the scope and purpose of the district to provide a water supply for domestic, industrial and public use to users inside and outside the district. 
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  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, representing the Indiana NAACP and the Indiana League of Women Voters, recently won a court case to temporarily halt an Indiana law that would have ignored required federal safeguards for voters, and would have illegally removed individuals from voter rolls in the state. The law was feared to be implemented before the November elections, but now will be on hold in light of the decision by the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.
    "This is a big victory for voters in Indiana, and a strong statement against officials who want to use a notoriously error-prone system to hastily and irresponsibly purge people from the rolls," said Myrna Pérez, director of the Voting Rights and Elections Project at the Brennan Center and the organization’s lead attorney on the case.
    "We are pleased with the Court’s decision, which will protect Hoosiers against discrimination and disenfranchisement," said Barbara Bolling-Williams, President of the Indiana State Conference of the NAACP. "We commend our attorneys for their work defending the rights of voters in Indiana."
    "Today’s ruling helps ensure that eligible voters will be able to cast ballots in November," said Patsy Hoyer and Oscar Anderson, Co-presidents of the Indiana League of Women Voters. "Maintaining voter lists is important, but it must be done in a responsible way and in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act."
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  • Avid reader in the making
    Wednesday, June 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    Iistin Swick, 5, completed the Crawfordsville District Public Library program for the fourth time. Together with her mom and grandparents she has read 4,000 books. She is the daughter of Joanie Swick and granddaughter of Brian and Ella Swick. Iistin's favorite book is Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow. Mom said, Iistin is an avid reader. She brings stacks of books to read. She enjoys so many of the books in the library and the crafts that Story Time has for her to do."
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  • Democrat running against Rep. Brown
    Wednesday, June 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    Brock Ervin, a Crawfordsville resident, recently announced his candidacy for Indiana House of Representatives District 41. The Indiana House District 41 Democratic Party caucus chose Ervin to fill the vacancy on the November ballot created when the primary-nominated candidate had to withdraw for work-related reasons. Ervin is a Purdue graduate, public school science and math educator, and most recently an environmental manager in the transportation industry.
    Ervin, originally from the Fort Wayne area, moved to Crawfordsville with his wife Summer, a Montgomery County native, in 2007. Summer works in the medical industry. They have three children (14 year-old twins, Chloe and Kaden, and 10 year-old son Kiefer). 
    Ervin said he stepped forward to fill the ballot vacancy because he feels deeply that the people of Indiana House District 41, which includes parts of Boone, Montgomery, and Tippecanoe counties, deserve a real choice. 
    “More than just a choice between two candidates, I offer a set of principles and ideals that are very different from the incumbent, Tim Brown. I differ from him fundamentally on a number policies in which he has played a key role as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee,” Mr. Ervin said in announcing his candidacy. 
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  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    Senior Education Ministries, Inc. has scheduled Dine with a Doc®- Greencastle: the 4th Monday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon to take place at the Putnam County Hospital located at 1542 S. Bloomington St. in Greencastle. 
    Dine with a Doc® is a FREE community based program that welcomes the local senior public to getting to hear an educational topic while enjoying a complimentary lunch. No need to bring any money! Just bring a questioning mind, an appetite and perhaps a friend. 
    This program is a community effort of a doctor, a lunch sponsor, the senior citizens, local churches and area businesses coming together for the good of all to serve the senior citizens.
    Each doctor has donated this time in effort to listen, hear, and answer your medical questions while sharing a meal with you. Various community businesses also participate by donating door prizes or providing complimentary lunch for you to enjoy and learn about ways they may help you as well.
    The Dine with a Doc® program was designed to allow the seniors to get out of their homes, fellowship with their peers, extend their available financial resources, promote enhanced living, and educate them (from a preventative standpoint) with the goal of improving their quality of life and providing them with the resources and information to make an informed choice about their healthcare.
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  • Fundraising chefs sharing favorite recipes
    Wednesday, June 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    Dining with the Chefs is an annual event benefiting the Montgomery County Free Clinic. The event will take place Saturday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. in Knowling Field House on the Wabash College Campus. Funds raised support the Clinic, which helps meet the health-care needs of Montgomery County’s most needy residents. 
    Chefs Jason Anderson, Tim Murray, Rick Warner, Lali Hess and Jared Sloven will work their magic live under the DWTC cameras and reveal some of their most delicious tricks, while diners enjoy a multi-course meal paired with wines and convivial conversation. Will you encounter a new favorite dish? Will you be surprised by a mystery chef? Will food magically disappear from your plate? Attend and find out!
    Each chef participating in the event will provide a favorite recipe. The first recipe comes from Doctor Richard Warner, who worked as a chef before becoming a history professor. Here is Rick’s recipe for “Apple Incredible Cake”:
    This recipe comes from my first restaurant job in 1974 at the Fresh Ground Coffee House in Burlington, Vermont (now defunct like most every place I worked). Despite its dowdy brown appearance, it really is quite moist and delicious. One of the first customers explained, “that’s incredible!” a name which stuck.
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  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    8th Grade High Honor Roll
    Elizabeth Bowling, Thristan Callejas, Taedyn Cook, Cadence Crane, Chania Darby, Kelsey Donovan, Tully Fenters, Dylan Fullenwider, Cameron Griggs, Ian Hensely, Marshall Horton, Ella Hudson, Lily Klingbeil, Aidan Mason, Lily McDorman, Cathleen McGrady, Prachi Patel, Ethan Powell, Eliana Salas Olvera, Marilyn Salas Olvera, Harmony Taylor, Shilo Toney
    7th Grade High Honor Roll
    Cassi Bacon, Olivia Biddle, Alison Brown, Jacob Burke, Nancy Castro-Mrurillo, Olivia Fichter, Kazziah Hayes, Vidushi Kiran, Abigail Lain, Maggie Latona, Brooklyn Mills, Adelyn Morgan, Jacqueline Palacios, Maria Richardson, Kaysen Schloemer, Lorelei Schmitzer-Torbert, Tan Tan Yeung
    6th Grade High Honor Roll
    Taylor Abston, Emma Adair, Thomas Bowling, Kaydence Brost, Alisha Draper, Madison Hedrick, Whitman Horton, Elizabeth Jeffries, Hayden Jeffries, Aleyah Jones, Campbell Mason, Ryan Miller, Jada Moore, Jaycie Myers, Emily Rivera, Kennady Sanders, Nichole Spurr, Kristen Thompson, Brenden Warren, Nivek Witt
    8th Grade Regular Honor Roll
    Victoria Abston, John Baird, Alyxandra Bannon, Nathaniel Bowman, Benjamin Brown, Richie Cooper, Kierstyn Cram, Ja'Marion Cummins, Hannah Demoret, Hannah Dolph, Thatcher Gambrel, Lauren Gellenbeck, Edwin Gil Herrera, Marla Gutierrez, Logan Hall, Sydney Hodges, Joseph Hollinger, Landon Hurt, Kearston Hutchens, Alex Kellerman, Gavin Kenny, Liddy McCarty, Reese Minnette, Amaya Moore, Ziair Morgan, Austin Motz, Dirk Oshel, Stella Patton, Emma Richardson, Ashlyn Risley, Arthur Ruano, James Rush, Joseph Sanchez Huesca, Danna Schu, Destiny Scruggs, Hailey Snow, Brianna Snyder, Jaala Springer, Selena Starks, Landon Timmons, John Westphal, Kayleigh Willhite, Shea Williamson, Katie Xolta, Maycee York, Jonathon Young
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  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 4:11 PM
    In response to the announcement regarding U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports, the American Soybean Association (ASA), the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and the United Soybean Board (USB) release the following statements.
    “Nobody is a winner today,” says ASA Vice President Davie Stephens, a Kentucky soybean grower. “In the midst of a down farm economy and down farm prices, this uncertainty has led to a drop of market prices. Adding additional export market uncertainty through an expected 25 percent retaliatory tariff on U.S. soybeans into China ensures that soy growers and the rural communities that depend on them will see the effects of this for years to come. As the largest importer of U.S. soybeans, China is a vital and robust market we cannot afford to lose.”
    “We know our U.S. farmers are great at producing soybeans and so do our customers, globally consumers are demanding soy products in record volume,” says USSEC Chair Derek Haigwood, a soybean farmer from Newport, Ark.. “USSEC is actively working to minimize the impact of this action on U.S. farmers and the U.S. soy industry by ensuring customers around the world understand the value that U.S. Soy provides.”
    “The soy checkoff continues to focus on market diversification for U.S. soybeans to improve profit potential for all U.S. soybean farmers,” says USB Chair Lewis Bainbridge, a soybean farmer from Ethan, S. D. “In times like these we need to keep current and potential soy users informed about the benefits of U.S. soy.”
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