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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AND ANOTHER tip of that cap to CHS football coach Kurt Schlicher. The Athenians are 0-4 and have back-to-back county games with South and North this week and next (and OH NO we are not taking sides in those!). But Kurt is a former North Montgomery standout from back in the day and has been coaching them up real well before this year at McCutcheon. So it’s good to get him back home again. And we just hope he remembers that the CHS football program didn’t get broken overnight, and it’s not going to get fixed overnight either.
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ONE MORE TIP and then we’re done – the concerts and events at Pike Place have certainly been a joy and treat for beautiful downtown Crawfordsville. A lot of credit to city leaders and volunteers for making a vision into a reality that is benefitting a lot of people AND making our fair city even fairer.
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HALLOWEEN IS JUST around the corner (hey, if stores are pushing Christmas than Halloween has to be close). Are you interested in another History-Mystery Tour in that aforementioned beautiful downtown Crawfordsville. The Paper is making a final decision on whether or not to offer the History-Mystery Tour again this year. For those not familiar, it’s about an hour-long walk around downtown as a moderator shares some of the spooky, macabre and true stories from Montgomery County’s ghostly past! No one jumps out and tries to scare you. This is simply a fun and entertaining evening around Halloween to enjoy. If you are interested, let our bossman know at ttimmons@thepaper24-7.com.
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SO BETTING IS legal in Indiana? Shucks, that’s nothing new to anyone who used to frequent the Bank Cigar Store decades ago. Remember those tip sheets?
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NO RIDDLE THIS week. That OK? If not, let the aforementioned bossman know.
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SORRY IF WE are bragging on ourselves a bit today. If you didn’t see the story on our front page, three of our folks – John Marlowe, Kenny Thompson and Ginger Claremohr – were honored over the weekend by the Hoosier State Press Association! All the details are with the story, but let us just say that we’re so proud of these fine folks we have the pleasure of working with. They are not simply talented writers, they are really good people.
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AND YEAH, we are more than a little pleased that we were the ONLY newspaper in Montgomery County to win any awards from the largest press association in the state of Indiana!
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OUR MYSTERY Guest last week was Crawfordsville Schools Superintendent Scott Bowling. Once again it appears it wasn’t a big mystery. He was correctly identified by Eric Brewer, Sheila Chadd, Danny Fisher, Carlie Scott, Gary Coffenberry, Sherry Harris, Mark Russell, Kristi Tesmer, Joyce Brown (who was really smart and sent in two guesses, covering both of Montgomery County’s male superintendents), Mike Smith, Dale Kruzan, Sheila Kunkel, Mabel Sturgis, Jeff Miller, John Brown, Dale Blunt and Judi Kleine. As usual, we did a random drawing and Judi Kleine’s name popped out. Actually, Judi won three times early in the year but hasn’t won since May 1, despite often having a correct guess. Congratulations Judi! Stop by our offices during normal Monday to Friday business hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and pick up your check – and get your picture taken with our stand-up guy, Honest Hoosier!
This week, we have someone who just started gracing the pages of your favorite Montgomery County daily – although he has been writing in and around Montgomery County for a looooong time. In fact, he went to Purdue in the 1960s to study journalism. In 1966 you could have found him roaming the halls of Darlington High School. A couple of decades later he was roaming the halls of the Darlington Library and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. He and wife Connie already celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary and have four children and eight grandchildren. And we have to tell you, even though he just started showing up in The Paper, he’s already one of our most popular reads!
Know who it is? E-mail us with your guess at bits@thepaper24-7.com or give us a call at (765) 361-0100, ext. 22! If you are right, you will win $25 – not enough to retire on, but better than a sharp poke in the eye!