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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WELCOME TO ALL of you in town for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Swimming & Diving Championships! We love sharing our impressive aquatic center with everyone and we love sharing our own version of Hoosier Hospitality, Crawfordsville Cordiality! So to all the visitors from Bellarmine, Drury, Indianapolis, Lewis, Maryville, McKendree, Missouri-St. Louis, Truman State, Missouri S&T and William Jewell, enjoy yourselves! We love having visitors and we hope you get a chance to spend some time away from the pool enjoying our little corner of paradise!
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HERE’S A TOP of the seed corn cap to Montgomery County’s own Dan Hampton! Dan the Man was recently honored for serving 16 years on the Darlington Library Board of Trustees. Hampton was president of the library board for 13 of those years, and was instrumental in the planning and completion of the handicapped accessible addition. Anyone who knows Dan won’t be surprised! If this world had more Dan Hamptons, this world would have fewer problems.
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US FOLKS AT the little paper that could never cease to be amazed at the response to our annual Readers’ Choice contest. We are watching the votes skyrocket and are now over 100,000! Some of the highly contested topics include accountants (go figure), attorneys (go figure even more), bands, dentists hair salons, police departments and of course a lot of food topics. That’s not to say that other categories aren’t being voted on, those are just some of the ones where the races are too close to call. We kid around a lot about this being just like Chicago politics (vote early and vote often), but in all seriousness . . . vote early and vote often! This isn’t scientific, just a fun and easy way to promote local businesses and people in Montgomery County! Have fun with it! A lot of your friends surely are!
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THANK YOU to so many of you who asked about one of our colleagues who has been under the weather lately. You all are what make Montgomery County so special!
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OUR JIM SHELTON reported first on social media and then in The Paper that frost quakes have been heard here. Some of us not only have not heard them yet, we hadn’t ever heard of them. Turns out, they are more common than we thought and several readers have chimed in with confirmations. All we know is this, it’ll sure be nice when the ground and air are not cold enough to initiate frost quakes!
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A LOT OF YOU have weighed in on our poll this week about government notices in the newspaper. As reported earlier, the Indiana House voted to eliminate them from newspapers of record and just put them on government websites. If our poll is any indication, that won’t be a popular move. Around 85 percent of respondents say to leave them in newspapers. Of course Indiana House Rep. Tim Brown and Rep. Sharon Negele did not respond when contacted by The Paper. Maybe they’ll think twice when it comes to voters speaking out in those kinds of numbers?
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OK, NOW THAT the groundhog has come and gone, we can start planning ahead of St. Patrick’s Day. In that light, does anyone know the origin of the dance called the Irish jig? Too many drinks. Not enough bathrooms.
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SPEAKING OF the groundhog, he may have predicted an early spring, but Hoosiers know that we can expect snow around the last few days of February to the first few days of March. Why? That’s when boys sectionals are.
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OK, ONE MORE . . . why do leprechauns like to recycle? They like to go green! OK, we lied. One more . . . and this really is the last one. What do you call a leprechaun who recycles? A wee-cycler!
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STAY TUNED FOR a special Two Cents column from our own Tim Timmons that profiles a local girl who’s done quite well for herself. She’s not a basketball star, but the court is indeed where she shines!
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OUR MYSTERY Guest last week was Crawfordsville’s own Indianapolis 500 legend Howdy Wilcox! Offering correct guesses were: Dawn Frye, John E. Frye, Martha Purcell, Lou Ann Neff, Mark Russell, Ron Carmony, Gordon Farley and Anna Miller. Our random drawing saw Ron Carmony’s name drawn. Ron, you don’t have to drive up from Florida to pick up your check, but we would like a picture of you with our Honest Hoosier!
You Should Be able to identify our Mystery Guest this week. Yes She Belongs at the head of a local youth organization that does great work here. You’ve Surely Been exposed to some of their wonderful programs that JUMP all over Montgomery County and Dance among the stars. Yule Season Brings a great way to see some reindeer Reaching Every-one In Need at the organization she runs. Got it yet? (Here’s a hint – it’s all about being bold and capitalizing on the right words!) Now do you know? E-mail us at bits@thepaper24-7.com or give us a call at (765) 361-0100, ext. 22!
Know who it is? E-mail us who it is at bits@thepaper24-7.com or give us a call at (765) 361-0100, ext. 22!