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Chamber at the Ironman
Representatives from the Crawfordsville / Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Tom’s Marine and other dignitaries helped cut the ribbon on the new covered bridge the Shaver family put in on their property as a great entry to the Ironman Raceway. Of course the bridge will get a lot of action this weekend with the last race of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Nationals. More than 12,000 visitors are expected to attend! Pictured (from left) are Kat Burkhart, Justin Miller, Ned Swanson, Chamber-IWA Executive Director Tom Utley, Ken Shaver, Tom Shaver, Lori Shaver, County Commissioner Phil Bane, Tim Cotter and Steve Zachary. The Paper Photo by Stacey Baschwit
  • Friday, August 26, 2016 4:00 AM
    The Linden Depot Museum is preparing for a brand new event: “Depot Under the Stars” which will be held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4.
    Come see the Depot as you have never seen it before! Under the cover of darkness, visitors will enjoy seeing the two cabooses and the museum grounds lighted. In the HO attraction building, visitors will be able to enjoy the lights on the animated carnival and circus and on the new monorail. In addition, there will be S’Mores and more! Seeing the museum lighted at night is a brand new experience, one that is usually only seen by the volunteers who often work late at night maintaining the museum and its displays.
    Admission that night will be the regular amount of $4 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. Current Linden Depot Museum members may come for free. Anyone who visits the museum anytime on Labor Day Weekend during the regular hours of noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will receive a ticket good for a free return visit to the “Depot Under the Stars” special event.
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  • Cheer camp set for Sept. 10
    Friday, August 26, 2016 4:00 AM
    The annual camp for present and future cheerleaders is set for Saturday, Sept. 10.
    Campers will be working with the Crawfordsville Cheerleaders to improve their cheer skills for the years to come.
    Each camper will receive a Mighty Athenian Cheer Camp T-Shirt, learn cheers and chants and perform during the second quarter and at halftime of the varsity game against Southmont.
    The youngest group (K-2nd grade) will perform at halftime only.
    The third through eighth graders will perform at the second quarter and halftime.
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  • Clean up in full force
    Friday, August 26, 2016 4:00 AM

    Clean up was in full force Thursday in the aftermath of what meteorologists are calling an EF-2 tornado that ripped through southeastern Montgomery County Wednesday.

    According to information the National Weather Service updated at noon Thursday, the tornado that hit Montgomery County was rated as an EF-2. EF-2 tornadoes are estimated to have consisted of wind speeds ranging from 111 mph-135 mph.

    Amid the sweat and work going on, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb took time to talk with storm victims and the volunteers helping them.

    Pence took time away from his current campaign trail as Donald Trump’s running mate when he saw what residents of Montgomery County and Kokomo were going through. He flew in a helicopter to Kokomo first and then came to Montgomery County afterward.

    One of those victims he talked to was Jerri Strom. She lives in the Mace / Linnsburg area. Her house suffered heavy damage.

    “Did you receive an alert or was it the violence of the storm outside that made you aware,” Pence asked Storm.

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  • Friday, August 26, 2016 4:00 AM

    Lynn Ringis, the director of the Montgomery County Leadership Academy, said she’s eager for another year of students to begin their experience.

    “We’ve done a lot of recruiting,” Ringis said. “This means calling and e-mailing a good number of human resource people informing them of the program.”

    While the event may have a smaller enrollment than it did last year, Ringis said she believes the 15 people enrolled currently is the optimal amount.

    “Last year we had 24 students, our largest class ever,” she explained. “While it was great to have a large turnout, we started to notice that the larger the group got the more people just socialized with the same people every day during the program. We want them to associate with everyone to make sure they are networking.”

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  • Nucor comes up big for Cancer Society
    Friday, August 26, 2016 4:00 AM

    After raising $55,000 as a result of their various fundraisers, the Nucor Relay for Life team presented a check to the American Cancer Society Wednesday afternoon.

    Ron Barnett, the Team Captain at Nucor, said he was very proud of his team of colleagues for being able to call their campaign such a success. He also said he was happy to present the check to ACS representative Hannah Cook.

    “It’s a family you wish you weren’t a part of, but it makes you feel good to know you’re there in support of someone in need,” Barnett said. “We appreciate the amount of things the American Cancer Society does to educate everyone about the disease.”

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  • Friday, August 26, 2016 4:00 AM
    LADOGA — Who doesn’t enjoy cake and ice cream? Even if you don’t, you surely enjoy a good car show, right?
    Well, if you enjoy either of those things or all of them together, you are invited to attend the 11th Annual Car Show and Ice Cream Social at Old Normal in Ladgoa Sunday.
    The event was started by Claude Barker, a board member of Historic Ladgoa, to help keep up with the costs of maintain the location.
    “We were struggling with utilities and other bills,” Barker said. “I am interested in cars and have a car, so I decided we should do a car show to help fundraise.”
    After 11 years, the event continues to be a hit with the locals.
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  • Got your TASTE buds ready?
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:00 AM
    The Ironman National isn’t the only thing happening in Crawfordsville this weekend.
    The Taste of Montgomery County, a popular event that is held at the Lew Wallace Study every year, will feature just under two dozen food vendor options as well as four live bands.
    “We have two new food options in Maxine’s on Green and Valentino Italian Cuisine,” Stephanie Cain, a member of visitor services at the Lew Wallace Study said. “We also have three stages with bands playing, as well as Balhinch Bunch, who will play some bluegrass, Irish folk and Canadian folk music on the lawn.”
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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:00 AM
    This weekend marks the third annual Ironman National at Ironman Raceway. 
    Since the Ironman began, three years ago, the Finish Line Festival has accompanied it. The festival takes place Friday from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., in downtown Crawfordsville on Main and Green streets. 
    Some of the activities taking place during the event will be a fun run for kids, a beer garden, a car show and live music. This event has drawn large crowds since its inception, and this year should be no different.
    The sponsor, Main Street, has built a strong following.
    "We've worked hard to build cohesion between the race and this event," Main Street President Sue Lucas said. She also hinted at something else.
    "Be on the lookout for a surprise announcement over the weekend."
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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:00 AM
    As most residents know by now, the third annual Ironman National begins tomorrow. 
    There will be visitors from not only all over the state of Indiana, but from all over the country, because this event is the finale of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season.
    Although the event expects to bring upward of 12,000 people to town, Sheriff Mark Casteel said not to expect any major issues with traffic on the county roads or State Road 47.
    “Traffic should be pretty normal,” he said. “Cooperation has been pretty good the first two years.”
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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:00 AM
    The Board of Public Works and Safety filed an unsafe building order for 412 W. Market St. on Aug. 11. Wednesday they met to discuss it further.
    According to the city, the building is owned by Larry Tracy. It suffered damage from a fire in December. Crawfordsville Code Enforcement Officer Barry Lewis said the building had not been touched, until recently.
    “The building burnt in December, and was not up to the degree we wanted,” Lewis said. 
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  • Reina Hite celebrating five years at HHSB
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:00 AM
    Reina Hite is celebrating five years at HHSB, where she serves as head teller at the Ladoga branch.
    Hite is a 2002 Southmont High School graduate, and earned her associate degree in Paralegal Studies in 2014 from International Business College. She has six years of experience in banking.
    “Reina is a very conscientious employee,” HHSB’s Sandy Webb said. “She’s terrific with customers and really cares about making sure to meet their needs.”
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  • Jamie McCumber celebrated 25 years with HHSB
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:00 AM
    Jamie McCumber celebrated 25 years with HHSB on Aug. 18. She serves as VP of Operations. To observe the event, HHSB has an open house on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Linden Branch.
    “Jamie is a pretty amazing employee,” Brad Monts, president of HHSB said. “She’s got such a positive demeanor and is very committed to her job and the community. Twenty-five years is an impressive milestone. We congratulate her and look forward to 25 more.”
    McCumber attended North Montgomery High School and received her banking degree at Vincennes University in 1988. She and husband Brad have two daughters, Jessica and Brandi. They have lived in the Linden area for the past 23 years.
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  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:00 AM
    Annual Phelps reunion set
    An invitation is extended to all sectors of the Phelps families no matter the origin to attend the annual Phelps reunion.
    If you are a Phelps or related to someone named Phelps, you are invited.
    The reunion is always the second Sunday in September. This year that falls on Sept. 11. It will be held at the Redbud Hill Reception Hall in Rockville from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A meal will be served about 1 p.m.
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  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:00 AM
    The Paper
    Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton issued a press release Tuesday afternoon to local media concerning street resurfacing and related items. The following is the release in its entirety.

    The City of Crawfordsville has been notified by Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) that we will receive a matching grant of $687,744.75 as part of the Community Crossings Program. 
    This local road and bridge matching grant fund was created by the Indiana General Assembly and signed into law in March 2016. The grant program provides approximately $160 million in funding this year available to all Indiana cities, towns and counties on a 50/50 matching basis.
    Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, resurfacing, and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations are also eligible for funds.
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  • Legion looking for a few good men and women
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:00 AM

    The American Legion Byron Cox Post 72 in Crawfordsville is looking for a few good men . . . and women . . . and image.

    “We want to change the perspective of the Legion out in the community,” Legion Commander Dale Wilson said. “A lot of people think that we drink and gamble and party here. No, that’s not what we do. We are doing a lot of good things in the community that not many people know about.”

    A perfect example was Tuesday afternoon when the Legion presented four checks to four different groups. One was Caleb Hope, a Boy Scout in Troop 323 who received $200 to complete his project at Camp Rotary in order to obtain his Eagle Scout status. His father, Arnold, was present to accept. Brandon Oertle of Trinity Life Ministry accepted the donation of $300 for the ministry to buy supplies for their members. The third group was the Montgomery County Free Clinic. The clinic was given a $1,000 donation for their care center. Their check was accepted by former president, and current board member, Candy Royer. The fourth was the Boys and Girls Club. Executive Director Craig Reeves was the person on-site to accept the donation from the Legion. The Legion donated $2,000 to help with any need the club has.

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