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  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    The Paper of Montgomery County took home two first-place awards at Saturday’s Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Sports writer and columnist John O. Marlowe was awarded first place for his Sports Commentary and photographer Sherri Madison took first for Spot News Photo. These awards were given for Division 3, which consists of small daily newspapers. Madison was also one of six finalists statewide for Photo of The Year. These finalists spanned all divisions from small non-dailies to the state’s largest newspapers. 
    Marlowe’s work included sports columns that touched on his experiences observing people and communities coming together around sports. Madison won for a photo she took during a residential fire in New Market. 
    “Our team at The Paper is very close knit and we all push to make one another better. I am extremely proud of John and Sherri’s work on a daily basis and it’s wonderful for them to be honored and recognized for the effort they consistently put forth,” said Editor Neil Burk. “John and Sherri have passions for capturing the spirit of local news and sports and their achievements deserve to be recognized.”
    The Paper has been consistently recognized for its news and advertising and this year is no different. No other newspaper in Montgomery County received an award in this year’s Better Newspaper contest.
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  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    The General Lew Wallace Study & Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday, Sept. 22 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day—a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.
    The museum will be offering free half-hour tours of the General’s private study, as well as a 15-minute orientation video. All tours begin at the yellow Carriage House near the parking lot.
    Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity, and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museumgoers than ever before.
    “While we do offer a lot of free programming throughout the year, this is the only day we offer free tours,” said Museum Director Larry Paarlberg. “But it’s important for us to remember that there are some people in our community for whom a five dollar admission fee is a barrier. That’s why we participate every year in Museum Day.”
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  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    Franciscan Physician Network Crawfordsville Family Medicine will be relocating to a new office on the south side of Crawfordsville in October 2018. The new location will be at 1640 Crawfordsville Square Drive, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 in the Crawfordsville Square Shopping Center. The office will be located between The Breakfast Company and Kroger. 
    The new office location will offer 18 exam rooms, two procedure rooms, three registration areas, four check-out spaces throughout 10,000 square feet. The office will have more comfortable and efficient space for providers, be more handicapped accessible. The phone number – (765) 362-5789 – and fax number – (765) 362-2453 – will stay the same.
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  • Hudson visits Rotary
    Monday, September 17, 2018 10:15 PM
    Shannon Hudson spoke to the Crawfordsville Rotary Club last week about Bethel AME church and the underground railroad’s Crawfordsville connection.
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  • Monday, September 17, 2018 10:14 PM
    Over a 24-day period, the Crawfordsville Police Department issued 22 traffic citations and made 5 OWI arrests during the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization. There were also a total of 132 warnings issued for various traffic violations. 
    About 230 Indiana law-enforcement agencies joined thousands nationwide to increase roving patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
    “Highly visible, data-driven traffic enforcement such as this has been proven to deter impaired driving,” said Chief Michael T. Norman “Our commitment to enforcing the law and saving lives continues throughout the year.”
    In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year. Since 2017, more than 2,600 portable breath tests have been purchased for state and local law-enforcement agencies across Indiana.
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  • Williams celebrating 80th
    Monday, September 17, 2018 10:13 PM
    There will be an open house on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lake Holiday Club House in celebration of Sandra Ann Williams 80th birthday. 
    Sandy has five children, Paula Boots, Pam (Jim) Jeffers, Mike (Connie), Rusty (Antoinette) and Steve Williams. Sandy enjoys spending time with her family including 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. 
    She is a 1956 graduate of New Market High School. She is also a graduate of Indiana Business College. She has held various jobs, including working at Cerro Copper for 18 years in New Ross. In 1986 she moved to Sanford, Fla. for 18 years where she worked for the Seminole County Health Department. After retirement Sandy moved back to the Crawfordsville are, where she worked as a Southmont cook for 10 years. 
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  • Monday, September 17, 2018 10:12 PM
    The Sugar Creek Players are creating a buzz about their new season. The six show line-up includes adult musicals and comedies, family shows and youth musicals. Tickets are on sale now for all shows and can be obtained from the box office or from the website,
    The first show, “Sweeney Todd”, opens on Friday 21 with John P. Blair directing and playing the piano, and Stefanie Deaton choreographing the 1979 Tony Award winning show. It is sponsored by Angie Williams, Realtor, FC Tucker. The Stephen Sondheim music is probably one of the more difficult scores for SCP to undertake. The show contains mature themes with sex and violence, thus making it not suitable for children. 
    Auditions for the Christmas show, “The Santa Diaries” will take place Oct. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. with Keith Strain as the director and Kym Bushong as the producer of this family event. Hoosier Heartland State Bank is sponsoring the show. In this production, a Hollywood actor finds himself in his hometown and somehow in charge of the community holiday show. This comedy celebrates the culture of small towns and is perfect for all ages. The director is hoping for new faces (as well as experienced ones) on stage and says this show is perfect for “first timers”. Check out the Vanity Theater’s website for instructions about the auditions. The show opens November 30 and runs for two weekends.
    Disney’s Aladdin, Jr is a very popular show and it is suggested to order tickets for this one right now. Arni’s is the business sponsor of this youth musical. Auditions will most likely be right before Christmas so the rehearsals can start in early January. It will be performed six times during Feb 8-9 and Feb. 14-17, 2019. The delightful musical has the favorite characters from the movie and will be directed by Jennie (Fights) Swick.
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  • Monday, September 17, 2018 10:12 PM
    Indiana American Water today filed a petition with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to adjust its rates for water service in the communities it serves across the state.
    Indiana American Water’s ongoing infrastructure investments are the primary driver behind the request. The company is including more than $542 million of water infrastructure investments in its request. The investments are necessary to maintain and enhance service, water quality, system reliability, and fire protection capabilities for customers while keeping the cost of water service for most households their most affordable utility bill, at about a penny per gallon.
    The company last filed for new rates through a general rate filing in January 2014 and received an order from the IURC in January 2015.
    “Indiana American Water has made significant investments in aging infrastructure and its treatment and distribution facilities to ensure service reliability, water quality and fire protection for the more than 1.3 million people who depend on us every day,” said
    Indiana American Water President Deborah Dewey. “We are proud of our record of success in providing affordable water. These investments are critical to the public’s health and safety and the economic health of the communities we serve and will also contribute to the creation of nearly 9,000 jobs across the state.
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  • Crawfordsville Paramedic honored at conference
    Monday, September 17, 2018 10:11 PM
    Crawfordsville was the recipient of two notable awards at the annual Indiana Emergency Response Conference (IERC) held in Indianapolis.
    Darren Forman, was selected as the 2018 Paramedic of the Year out of a total of 19 candidates from throughout Indiana.
    “While it’s a team effort, I’m honored to be recognized by my peers,” said Forman, “It’s also humbling because the bar was set very high by those who came before me and who created a culture of excellence in the Crawfordsville Fire Department.” 
    Dr. Scott Sinnott, OB-GYN with Franciscan Physician Network was selected as 2018 Medical Director of the Year. He was selected from a total of six candidates from across Indiana for his contributions to Crawfordsville Fire Department’s Community Paramedicine Program Project Swaddle which delivers unique and one-of-a-kind high-quality care to medically high-risk pregnant women. 
    “We are so very proud of our program and its staff and partners,” said Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton, “Both continue to be recognized not only in Indiana, but nationally and internationally for our contributions to improving overall community wellness through innovative programming.” 
    These sentiments were echoed by Crawfordsville Fire Chief, Scott Busenbark.
    “I’m very proud these two men were recognized for their hard work. Our Project Swaddle Program is successful due in large part to their passion and efforts. The awards are well deserved,” he said.
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  • Charger royalty to be crowned
    Monday, September 17, 2018 10:10 PM
    The Fall Homecoming Court at North Montgomery High School includes from left, front row, Carlie DeSmet (freshmen), Marley Dyson (senior), Kendall Humphreys (senior), Grace Runyan (sophomore), Mary Jackman (senior), Samantha Karle (senior), Sarah Brown (junior); and back row Maxwell Verduin (freshmen), Jaxon Plant (senior), Seth Johnson (senior), Drew Runyan (sophomore), Matthew Jackman (senior), Conner Cain (senior), and Preston Shaw (junior). Court members will be recognized along with the announcement of king and queen at half time at this Friday's football game at North Montgomery.
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  • Neighborhood Notebook 9-17-18
    Monday, September 17, 2018 4:00 AM
    Ron R. Keedy
    ** The Waveland Brown Township Public Library is, currently, undergoing a face-lift; or, perhaps, we should say a foot lift. The entrance is being widened with new steps down to the sidewalk level. Now, it will be easier than ever to check out your favorite books or the more than 1600 DVDs and attend all the fun activities that librarian Rick Payne and his staff have to offer.
    ** Fall is right around the corner and Shades State Park will soon be showing off with a colorful explosion of fall foliage of every kind. The myriad of colors, rustling leaves, fall smells and wildlife along the trails is calling everyone to take some time away from the everyday hustle and bustle and enjoy one of Montgomery County’s best (and most colorful) attractions.
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  • Duke Energy Foundation Grant Helps Conner Prairie
    Monday, September 17, 2018 4:00 AM
    Conner Prairie announced that the museum is the recipient of a $70,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to help support Conner Prairie’s goal of bringing interdisciplinary education directly to elementary-age students in Indiana .
    The grant will allow Conner Prairie to bring its unique approach of integrating history and STEM to classrooms through education programs inspired by its Create.Connect exhibit, which blends stories of Indiana history with science experimentation, problem-solving, and critical thinking. The new Prairie Mobile will travel to elementary schools in Duke Energy’s Indiana service area with the aim of inspiring curiosity and fostering learning through history and STEM-related education and hands-on activities.
    The Prairie Mobile outreach program is also made possible through the generous support of several individual contributors, and will feature Conner Prairie historical interpreters and storytelling that will help students discover how science, technology, engineering and math fit into Indiana’s rich past.
    “STEM education helps nurture critical thinkers, increases interest in science, and most importantly, engages future innovators,” said Conner Prairie President and CEO Norman O. Burns. “Through our longstanding partnership with Duke Energy, we are excited to deliver innovative STEM education that provides opportunities for students in unique and engaging ways.”
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  • Sunday, September 16, 2018 9:56 PM
    The August 14, 2018 Montgomery County Council Meeting was held at 9:00 am at the Montgomery County Courthouse in the Council Room. In attendance were Council President Terry Hockersmith, Councilmen Gary Booth, Don Mills, Mark Smith, Mark Davidson, Greg Morrison and Richard Chastain. Auditor Jennifer Andel and Attorney Rob Reimondo were present, as well as Commissioner President Jim Fulwider, Commissioners John Frey and Phil Bane and Attorney Dan Taylor.
    I. CALL TO ORDER: Council President Hockersmith called the meeting to order. This was followed by the
    Pledge of Allegiance, then a Prayer given by Councilman Mills.
    II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion to approve the July 10, 2018 minutes as made by Councilman Mills, seconded by Councilman Chastain. Motion carried 7-0.
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  • Sunday, September 16, 2018 9:55 PM
    The Montgomery County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 8:00 am at the Montgomery County Courthouse, 100 E. Main Street – Room 103, Crawfordsville, Indiana.
    Present were Board members Commissioner James Fulwider, Commissioner Phil Bane and Commissioner John Frey. Also present Board Attorney Dan Taylor; Auditor Jennifer Andel; Building Administrator Marc Bonwell; County Engineer Jim Peck; Treasurer Janet Johnson; E911 Director Beth Sessions; Chief Probation Officer Andria Giegle and Commissioners Executive Assistant Lori Dossett. 
    I. Call to Order:
    Commissioner Board President James Fulwider called the meeting to order @ 8:00 am and led the Pledge of Allegiance and Jim Capehart led the prayer. 
    II. Public Comment:
    No one came forward with a public comment. 
    III. Open Construction Bids-Erosion Control Measures for the Fomer Montgomery County Landfill @ 8:00 am
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  • Saturday, September 15, 2018 4:00 PM
    The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, presented by Eli Lilly & Company, statewide presenting sponsor; Trilogy Health Services, statewide major sponsor; Westminster Village, local presenting sponsor; and American Senior Communities, major sponsor, will take place Sept. 29, at Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette. Nearly 1,100 people from Tippecanoe and surrounding counties are expected at this year’s event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease.
    Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer's participants will complete a one or three-mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants will also join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease.
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