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Friday, October 21, 2016

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016 4:00 AM
    Our History-Mystery Tour started back in 2007. It hasn’t been produced every single year (we give it a rest every few years), so this isn’t the 10th time your favorite little Montgomery County daily has brought forth the tales of the macabre to downtown C’ville.
    However, it is our seventh time and seven’s supposed to be a lucky number. Since Halloween is certainly the season for superstition, we’ll go with that and predict that this will be our best year ever.
    No idea what I’m talking about? Where have you been since 2007? The History-Mystery Tour is an entirely original work produced by the little elves and gnomes who hide in the rafters of our worldwide HQ in beautiful downtown Crawfordsville. Yup, back in 2006 and 2007, they were hard at work in our wonderful local library researching those spooky and eerie events from Montgomery County’s wonderful past (and they got a HUGE amount of help from the librarians!). 
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  • Are you man or woman enough . . .
    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 4:00 AM
    Catchy headline, huh? But maybe the more appropriate question is, are you tired of being maybe a little more than enough?
    Do you get tired just thinking about exercising? Does the scales snicker when you step out of the shower? Or worse, does it cringe when you approach? Do the waiters at the all-you-can-eat-buffet give you dirty looks when you walk in? Do your clothes all have elastic in the waistbands?
    Trust me, I know how it feels. Been there, done that . . . and outgrew my T-shirts.
    So friends, have we got a deal for you!
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  •  Answers are simple, but not easy
    Tuesday, October 04, 2016 4:00 AM
    In 1970, The Temptations released a record (remember those?) that rose to No. 3 on the charts. The title was Ball of Confusion. The first words went like this . . . 
    “People moving out
    People moving in
    Why, because of the color of their skin.”
    It went on to talk about segregation, humiliation, cities on fire, gun control, politicians asking for more taxes, fear, suicides, tension everywhere . . . 
    Sound familiar? Hard to believe those lyrics are 46 years old.
    And how about 140 years?
    Just down the street from the world-wide HQ of our little media empire, Gen. Lew Wallace penned one of the top selling books of all time, Ben-Hur. Near the beginning of the story Gen. Ben has the three wise men sitting around talking before they head off in search of baby Jesus. 
    “The enemy of man is man, my brother,” one said to the other two.
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  • How long can race be an issue?
    Tuesday, September 27, 2016 4:00 AM
    (EDITOR’S NOTE: This column first appeared in The Paper in July of 2010. It is being reprinted today in its entirety. Mr. Timmons will have a follow-up column next week on the subject as well. This is in connection to a column written by Paper Sports Editor David K. Jones last week.)

    How long can it possibly be an issue?
    From the inane statements that one idiot’s actions should bring an end to Indianapolis’ Black Expo to the idea that a USDA employee had to resign because of the fallout over a racially motivated act she said she did 24 years ago, race is in the news
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  • JUMP into mentor project
    Wednesday, September 21, 2016 4:00 AM
    A few months ago, The Paper of Montgomery County and the Youth Service Bureau began working on an idea to help promote the Juvenile Mentoring Program. JUMP pairs adult mentors with at-risk youth to give kids positive role models.
    Who could argue with that?
    Local media have been highlighting the kids, individually, for some time. The idea with this new project was to create a special edition that shows these great kids as a group, page by page.
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  • Helping Legion a real honor
    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dale Wilson is the Commander of our local American Legion, Post 72. I’ve had the privilege to work a little with Dale on a couple of things recently. So when I saw an e-mail from him the other day, it wasn’t a big surprise.
    What was a surprise was that he asked if The Paper would be willing to help publicize something. 
    I can’t really imagine much of anything the Legion would ask that we wouldn’t be willing to help with. Then I read the e-mail thread he had forwarded.
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  • Our community needs a strong MUFFY
    Tuesday, September 13, 2016 4:00 AM
    MUFFY needs you.
    And you need MUFFY.
    Wait, you say. You’ve never relied on charity in your life. That’s fine, and good for you. But that doesn’t change the fact that you need Montgomery United Fund For You. Because MUFFY makes this community better. A strong MUFFY makes for a stronger Montgomery County.
    Why? The reasons are numerous.
    MUFFY raises money, a lot of it, that goes to all sorts of different places. Some goes to help victims of domestic violence and abuse. Some helps kids learn that there are options other than what they might see in a broken home. Some goes to help the fight against drugs in our community. Some lends a hand to a person in need. Some might help keep a good person from going bad.
    Sure, you say, but how does that make our community better?
    Think of it this way. In every scenario above, what happens if that help is missing?
    In every single case, there is a price to pay. Things can always get worse. That could mean involving law enforcement and courts. It could mean the schools have more problem students to deal with – or worse, more hungry students in the building.
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  • The Little Newspaper That Could . . . Can!
    Tuesday, September 06, 2016 4:00 AM
    If you’ve read the story above about our delivery options changing, then I’d be obliged if you would bear with me a little longer for . . . as we professionals like to say, the rest of the story. OK, maybe Paul Harvey said that and not us professionals. And maybe some of us just want to think we are professionals, or hope to be when we grow up. OK, maybe some of our better halves would say, if we grow up.
    But I digress.
    It really is a pretty exciting time in the newspaper world. While everyone is comparing us to 8-track tapes, pop-top cans and rotary phones, we are serving a larger audience than at any time in our company’s 12-year-history.
    Wait, let me say that again.
    We have more readers today, around 33,000, than we have ever had in the history of our company. Are we bigger than the Journal-Review? I suspect when it comes to inside Montgomery County and not Fountain County or anywhere else we are.
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  • Chamber going places in C'ville
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 4:00 AM

    Notes scribbled on the back of a Dave Brubeck concert ticket . . .

    Someone asked me what I would do if I wasn’t in newspapers. Since the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t want me to play first base, I truly don’t know. Truth is, I love newspapers. I even love newspapers as we evolve into newslasers or wherever it is we’re heading at light speed to a fiber optic cable near you.
    (By the way, stay tuned in the next few weeks for a revolutionary announcement from your favorite Montgomery County daily on what at least one of our next steps is going to be!)

    I digress. Sorry.

    If Mrs. Timmons had not instilled a huge love of reading and writing in her young son, I’m not sure what I would’ve turned out to be.

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  • Paper debuts new column
    Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:00 AM

    Millennials. Entrepreneurs.

    It seems like every meeting I go to that involves anything to do with economic development – which is a two-dollar word for ‘bidness’ – those two words come up.

    I’ve never claimed to be the smartest guy in the room, so no one will be surprised when I confess that the first time I heard someone mention millennials I thought it was something Hans Solo flew in a Star Wars movie. Then I found out it really meant someone who was born between the early 1980s and late 1990s.

    Smack me in the forehead and give me a V8 – low-cal, of course.

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  • Charlie Herron lived life right way
    Tuesday, August 16, 2016 4:00 AM

    Charles A. Herron wouldn’t agree, or like, much of what follows . . . starting with the first three words, Charles A. Herron.

    I found that out the first time I met him at Boots Bros. Oil Co. Phil Boots introduced me to “Charles Herron” and I made the mistake of shaking his hand and addressing him as Mr. Herron.

    He frowned.


    “Just call me Charlie,” he said. “That’s what most people do.”

    It was the first time he told me what to do. Wasn’t the last. Not by a long shot.

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  • Monday, August 08, 2016 9:53 PM

    Dale Petrie has had a bunch of titles, past and present.

    When he was in high school he was student body president. At Wabash College he continued his involvement in student government. Elder at his church, elected member of the school board, board member of more organizations than you can shake a stick at . . . he’s been there, done that and sweated through a lot of T-shirts.

    The true measure of the man though is when he talks about the titles that clearly matter the most to him, husband, father and grandfather.

    “I’m going to get choked up,” he said during a recent interview when the subject turned to family. “I’m so proud of my son and who’s decided to live here.”

    Over the next few minutes, Dale talked about son Daniel and his wife Emily and their two children Graham and Fletcher. He was just as quick to tell about daughter Erin who lives on the east coast and manages an HH Gregg store. Not to be left out is wife of 41 years, Linda.

    No matter the subject, Dale Petrie has enthusiasm, but passion comes out for family.

    That tells you a lot about the man.

    Two of his current titles, Deputy Mayor of Crawfordsville and Director of Operations are just that, titles. What he really does is manage efforts that are under way with Crawfordsville’s Stellar designation.

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  • Tuesday, August 02, 2016 12:00 AM


    Do you hear it?

    Listen close.

    It’s a buzzing.

    Listen again.

    Hear it now?

    I attended a Chamber Breakfast Before Business event yesterday. If you’ve never been, you’re missing a chance to feed body and mind. First off, the food is always excellent and second, the chance to hear from a lot of business-minded people from around Montgomery County is highly educational. For example, there were a couple different mentions about a buzz going on with several businesses.

    Don’t know about you, but a “buzz” – when you run a business – is almost always a good thing.

    The big question for me was why.

    The answer? Stellar.

    From ribbon cuttings to people looking to do business, things are picking up in Crawfordsville and Montgomery County. And while I believe that we as a community need to be very smart in how we allocate resources and invest money in stellar programs, there’s no doubt that things are happening because of it.

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  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016 12:00 AM

    We’ve had a lot of fun celebrating what we’ve called Founders’ Month. Just in case there are more than the regular eight or nine of regulars reading this week, the little newspaper company that could is celebrating its 12th anniversary.

    Throughout the month we’ve shared a little news about the folks who have invested a significant amount of money to give Crawfordsville and Montgomery County a true locally owned newspaper.

    Today, let me share with you those who have invested their talents.

    These are the people who work here, or in Ol’ Roughrider’s words, the people who are “in the arena; whose face(s) are marred by dust and sweat and blood . . .” These are the people who make The Paper and The Weekly a reality.

    It begins with Kim VanMatre. Kim has done a little bit of everything here. She started almost 10 years ago selling ads. She quickly was promoted to retail director. Later she became advertising director and is now our corporate vice president of sales with The Paper, The Weekly, The Noblesville Times, Sheridan News and Hamilton County Sports Daily. Truth to tell, I’ve worked with some awfully talented sales people over almost 40 years but I’m not sure I’ve ever worked with anyone who can sell better than Kim. What sets her apart is how much she cares about both her customer and her company. She has that rare combination of brains and talent that makes her an unstoppable force.

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  • Monday, July 11, 2016 10:53 PM

    Clearly, I love newspapers. I love almost every single thing about them. I love the idea that we give you the news of the day. I love that we tell you who came into this world as well as respectfully share who left. I love the smell of ink and paper dust – even as that fades away through outsourced printing and readers migrating online. I love the fact that while lots of folks like to say newspapers are dying, the fact of the matter is that we have more people reading us than ever before.

    Think about that for a second, if you would. If this were a Broadway play the critics would be predicting the curtain falling on the show while the theater was packed with a waiting line out the door.

    Ah, but I digress.

    Here at your little Newspaper Company That Could, we’ve turned July into what we call Founders Month – a month-long celebration of our 12th anniversary. As such, I’ve had my nose buried in Montgomery County newspaper history books and it’s been a joy for a geek like me. For example, did you know that the first newspaper in Montgomery County was the Crawfordsville Record? It rolled off a press – brought all the way from Cincinnati by freight wagons – on Oct. 18, 1831. The subscription cost a whopping $2 per year if paid in advance.

    Next came the Examiner, a weekly Democratic newspaper that began in 1837. Two more papers opened and closed their doors – the Record and the Western Reporter – before the cousin to the current version of the Journal-Review, entitled simply the Review, opened in 1841. A competitor, the Journal, came along seven years later and fought tooth and nail (sound familiar) until 1929 when the two came together to form a new newspaper.

    However, as Paul Harvey would say, here’s the rest of the story.

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