With an extremely light turnout, Crawfordsville, Ladoga and Darlington voted this week. Out of 10,172 registered voters, only 1,433 voted – a total of 14 percent. And there were very few surprises. Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton won a historic third term as he ran unopposed. One surprise did come on the city council when Ethan Hollander, a Wabash College professor running as an independent, beat incumbent Scott Molin, 54.7 percent to 45.2. Molin is a former county GOP Chair.
Other than that, Republicans dominated the city, winning eight of the 10 slots. Besides Hollander, incumbent Mike Reidy was the other Democrat winning a city council seat.
Darlington followed suit. Republicans won all seven races. But in Ladoga, no Republicans were even on the ballot. Independent Amy Holladay ran unopposed for clerk-treasurer and three independents and one Democrat ran for three spots on the town council. The three winners were independents Lester Miles and Mike Hubble and Democrat Beth Flohr.

The Crawfordsville Police Department received a report of one piece of candy that had a foreign object in it from Thursday night’s trick-or-treating.
According to Crawfordsville Police Chief Mike Norman, this is the first report he’s seen in recent memory.
The piece of candy reportedly was collected on West Main Street.
City officials did not report what the object was. A later check with Norman found that police were not ready to report any other information. They did ask that anyone who knows anything about the case to call Det. Sgt. Aaron Mattingly at 362-3762.

Southmont alum Emily Tricker received the American Degree, the highest degree the FFA offers. The honor came at the 92nd FFA National Convention last weekend.
The requirements to earn the American FFA Degree are set forth in the National FFA Constitution. To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree, members must meet qualifications such as receiving a State FFA Degree, holding active membership for the past three years, completing secondary instruction in an agricultural education program and operating an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program. Community service, leadership abilities and outstanding scholastic achievement are also required.
All applications are submitted to the National FFA Organization after approval of a member’s state association. After review by national staff, the National FFA Board of Directors approve qualified candidates to receive the American FFA Degree at the National FFA Convention & Expo.
Swine entrepreneurship was Emily’s supervised agricultural experience. For this, she managed a show pig operation, raising and selling show pigs to other 4-Hers. Emily is currently a sophomore at Purdue University, where she is double-majoring in Agronomy and Agricultural Education.
The Volunteers for Mental Health in Montgomery County, an agency of Montgomery County United Fund, announced their plans and work for this year. The group is busy working toward making the holidays brighter for those in need. Through the generosity of the Montgomery County community, more than 200 individuals received bags of gifts last year! VMHMC needs your help again this year! Mens and Ladies clothing are needed for adults in local nursing facilities, group homes, Halfway Home, Trinity Mission and the Crisis Shelter. Last year, gifts were also given to Homeless Veterans, Blue Star Mothers, Generations in St. Clare Hospital and the Lafayette Veteran's Home.
In great demand are sweat tops and bottoms, especially in sizes M through XXXL. Additional adult clothing for men and women (cardigans, socks, underwear) are welcome. Coloring books, colored pencils, cards, and stationery items are given as well. If in doubt about an item you may have to share, feel free to place it in one of the containers around the community. If it cannot be used by VMHMC, they will share it with someone who can use it.
VMHMC will collect unwrapped gifts until Monday, Dec. 2. If you can help, please contact Kym Bushong (765) 225-9599 or (765) 866-1468 or Mindy Like