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  • Price Excavating digs into hearts
    Friday, September 20, 2019 4:00 AM
    Life Skills and Special Education teacher Cyndi Cooper and Transition and Special Education teacher Molly Warren, were excited to share the special education class getting 10 iPads from Price Excavating this week. A celebration was held at Hose Elementary in the Life Skills classroom. The tone in the room was that of pure joy and excitement. Excitement of each child having fun learning and interacting on their new I-pad as well as joy in each teacher, visiting adult and the folks from Price excavating.
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  • Bits-n-Pieces 9-18-19
    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:06 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    TWO ASTEROIDS passed harmlessly by the earth last weekend. Asteroids 2010 CO1 and 2000 QW7 were about 14 lunar distances (more than 3 million miles) away from our planet, but they were watched closely nonetheless. The government that handles VA benefits, insurance and is the home of really expensive hammers is keeping an eye out for all of us. There, now don’t you feel much safer!
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    HERE’S A TIP OF the seed corn cap to the League of Women Voters in Montgomery County. The League caught some flak over a position they took on eliminating the Electoral College. Lost in the debate and the criticism is the huge amount of good the League does. Political and social activism is not a bad thing and whether anyone agrees or disagrees with a position taken, the very fact that one was taken at all makes our country better – because it spurs the exact kind of conversations we need to have. Somehow, that seems to have been forgotten.
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  • Local church celebrating upgrades
    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:05 AM
    Since ground was first broken for the Christ Lutheran church in 1962, the church’s physical building has transformed and evolved to meet the changing spiritual needs of Montgomery County church goers. 
    On September 29, Christ Lutheran Church invites the community to join it in celebrating its Renewed to Welcome and Serve program and to experience the latest changes to the church’s sanctuary. During this past summer, congregational volunteers worked with local contractors to make the church’s sanctuary more contemporary, welcoming, and accessible, and they would like to share the results of the love and hard work put into the project with the community at large.
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  • Support was strong for slain Glenn Rightsell.
Photo courtesy Lindy Thompson
    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:04 AM

    Dr. Scott Bowling, superintendent of Crawfordsville Community School Corporation, was named 2020 Superintendent of the Year for District IV by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents. Winners are selected by other superintendents in their district who consider the qualifications and accomplishments of area colleagues and their instructional leadership in a time of limited resources. District IV includes, Montgomery County, as well as enton, Clay, Fountain, Greene, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Vermillion, Vigo and Warren counties.
    Bowling has been an administrator in Crawfordsville Community School Corp. since 2002, serving as an assistant principal, principal, business manager and assistant superintendent before becoming superintendent in 2014.
    Like many rural school districts, Crawfordsville Community School Corp. has faced many difficult obstacles due to limited resources.
    Bowling earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a post-graduate degree in secondary math education from Indiana University and three educational administration degrees from Ball State University. He is currently the president of the Indiana Association of School Business Officials. Bowling also serves on the Mayor’s Countywide Workforce Roundtable, and he is a past board member of Character Counts of Montgomery County.

     

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  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:03 AM
    The Paper of Montgomery County came home with five journalism awards from the Hoosier State Press Association annual competition.
    The Paper was honored with two first places, one second and two thirds.
    “It’s both humbling and gratifying to once again see the work we do for our readers in Montgomery County recognized as the best in the state,” Paper publisher Tim Timmons said.
    Ginger Claremohr and John Marlowe, two columnists whose work appeared in The Paper during the contest period, won top spots in the state of Indiana for general commentary (column writing) and sports commentary respectively.
    Claremohr was honored nationally last year for her column writing through the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. 
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  • Biking community steps up
    Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:59 PM
    Dozens of bikers took part in a benefit right for the Rightsell family of Montgomery County. Glenn Rightsell, a 56-year-old Linden man was fatally shot by an Indiana State Policeman last year when he was working on his daughter’s stalled vehicle along the side of U.S. 231. The Rightsell family also endured more troubles when his widow suffered serious medical issues.
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  • United Fund gives generously
    Monday, September 16, 2019 3:52 AM
    Montgomery County United Fund was thrilled to give $73,762.03 in donations to their 14 partner agencies to continue helping the people of Montgomery County. Agency representatives attended a quarterly meeting and received their September installment of the funds that were raised during the 2018 Campaign. Pictured, left to right: (Back row) Rob Hughes, Trinity Life Ministry; Kathy Tobias, Crawfordsville Adult Resource Center; Dr. Richard Walker, Camp Rotary; Dana Cook and Jill Pastore, Half Way Home; Luke Walker, Volunteers for Mental Health; Craig Reeves, Boys & Girls Club; Karen Largent, Community Chest; Lori Holt, Board Member; and Nancy Outcalt, Board Secretary. (Front row) Heather Shirk, Board President; Vicky Sullivan, New Beginnings Child Care; Gina Williams, Youth Service Bureau; Kim Clark, Sunshine Vans; and Anita Byers, Family Crisis Shelter.
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  • Shining progress
    Monday, September 16, 2019 3:50 AM
    Crawfordsville Commerce Park is coming to life. Top: CEL&P's solar park #3. It will be capable of producing 4.73 megawatts once completed and operational. Center: Construction crews have begun to work on what will be American Flow Control's research and development facility, slated to open Spring of 2020. Bottom: Signage of what we can expect the new American Flow Control building to look like. 
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  • September month to prepare
    Sunday, September 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    September is National Preparedness Month, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) encourages Hoosier families to take the necessary steps to make sure households are prepared for all types of disasters.
    “Preparation can help mitigate the effects and stress caused by any disaster or emergency,” said David Hosick, communications director for IDHS. “Indiana is prone to many different types of severe weather all throughout the year. Taking the time to learn how to prepare for an emergency can greatly increase your chances of staying safe.”
    National Preparedness Month is the perfect opportunity for Hoosiers to learn lifesaving skills, such as CPR and first aid, how to check insurance policies for common hazards and how to make and practice a household emergency plan. Tornadoes, fires, snow and severe flooding are common occurrences to Hoosiers. Knowing how to stay prepared for these types of situations will not only minimize the effects, but also save lives.
    Some helpful safety tips to consider are:
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  • Sunday, September 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    The 2019 tornado season got off to a deadly start, ramped up to a record-setting May then settled down for a stretch producing fewer tornadoes than usual from June through August so far.
    And while September through November are not peak tornado months, AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok says that things aren’t over yet.
    According to AccuWeather’s Late-Season Tornado Outlook forecasts, based on AccuWeather research, there will be roughly 50-60 tornadoes in September, roughly 40-50 in October and approximately 65-75 in November, with the prime area of activity taking place in Gulf Coast and Tornado Alley states.
    The 25-year average number of United States tornadoes for September, October and November is 66, 58 and 56, respectively, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Storm Prediction Center.
    AccuWeather now estimates the total number of tornadoes for 2019 will be between 1,350 and 1,425.
    “The Gulf Coast states will see activity early in September, and it could be tornadoes or heavy rainfall,” Pastelok said. “We have seen many times that tropical systems can contribute to the total count in September.
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  • Saturday, September 14, 2019 4:00 AM

    This week’s question for MAC, your Montgomery Answer Connection, came from a frequent guesser on Bits’n’Pieces, Mark Russell. Like a lot of us, Mark is ready to stop taking different routes around the detour on State Road 32.

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  • Saturday, September 14, 2019 4:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, DC -- There are no more criminals living in San Francisco. In a decision that some would consider an extreme example of political correctness the city’s Board of Supervisors has proclaimed that “convicted felons” will now be known as “justice involved persons.”

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  • Service dogs
    Friday, September 13, 2019 7:25 AM
    If you live in Montgomery County you've more than likely heard of this week’s special guest, Marc Robinson aka “Farmer Marc.”
    Robinson can be caught on any given day out and about entertaining folks with his best buddies, his very well-trained dogs. The Paper caught up with Robinson as he regaled an audience of onlookers with what is quite a performance, as if something you'd see in a circus act or on a television talent show. However, Robinson's dogs are much more than just a stellar dog act. These dogs are highly trained service dogs.
    Robinson is the owner of Rooster's Revenge, LLC. He trains dogs to help people with disabilities build a better life by assisting with daily challenges and alerting someone if there is a medical problem. Robinson's dogs must pass very rigorous testing and strict guidelines by the federal Americans Disabilities Act (ADA). Virtually all state laws including Indiana, state that a service animal is an animal that has been trained to perform work tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability.
    Robinson explained how he began this adventure. “It was a God inspired mission.”
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  • Friday, September 13, 2019 7:24 AM
    INDIANAPOLIS –Dr. Scott Bowling, superintendent of Crawfordsville Community School Corporation, has been named 2020 Superintendent of the Year for District IV by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS).
    Winners are selected by other superintendents in their district who consider the qualifications and accomplishments of area colleagues and their instructional leadership in a time of limited resources. District IV includes, Benton, Clay, Fountain, Greene, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Vermillion, Vigo and Warren counties.
    Bowling has been an administrator in Crawfordsville Community School Corp. since 2002, serving as an assistant principal, principal, business manager and assistant superintendent before becoming superintendent in 2014.
    Like many rural school districts, Crawfordsville Community School Corp. has faced many difficult obstacles due to limited resources.
    “We focused on one key principle: maintaining excellence in our instructional programming,” said Bowling. “While other rural schools had to cut back on art and music, we set a goal to maintain support for these programs. In a time when many schools were forced to scale back honors and Advanced Placement courses, career and technical programs 
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  • Friday, September 13, 2019 7:23 AM
    Montgomery County...Past and Present.....
    Well, another school year has begun, and the children are back in the classroom. As the school year approached, I began asking kids who came to the library if they were looking forward to the start of school. It seems that most of the kids who read on a regular basis were eager for school to start, while the kids who normally check out movies . . . weren't so thrilled. Draw your own conclusions from that.
    In my opinion, some of the teachers are not quite so eager as they have been in the past, as they are now "graded" by the state with a new set of standards and rubrics which tie evaluations to student performance. I think it would be fair to turn it around and let the teachers grade the state bureaucrats who think up these new ideas and tests.
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