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Braving the cold for family
Jim and Pam Jeffers and Sandy Williams recently took a trip to Alaska to visit their grandson Tech Sergeant Craig Peacock and family. Craig is stationed at the Elmendorf Air Force Base. (Pictured) Sandy, Jen, Jim, Pam, Craig, Cassandra and Camryn took the opportunity to take a boat trip to the Portage Glacier.
  • Splashing beats the heat
    Sunday, July 24, 2016 11:04 PM

    These kids had the right idea this weekend. They were found having fun and keeping cool and refreshed at the splash pad waterpark located at Milligan Park. According to the highest temperatures recorded in Crawfordsville so far this year occurred over the weekend. Temps climbed to 91.9 on Saturday and 92.1 on Sunday with a heat index that pushed those temperatures into triple digits each day prompting heat advisories. With the forecast this week still in the high eighties residents are still urged to take precautions against heat exhaustion. Postpone outdoor activities, drink plenty of water, wear lightweight and light colored loose-fitting clothes, spend the hottest part of the day in air-conditioned locations and check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and live alone.  

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  • Three Wabash Students Earn Gilman Scholarships
    Sunday, July 24, 2016 10:17 PM

    Three Wabash College students have earned Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad during the Fall 2016 semester. The awards will take this trio to Central America and Europe.

    Immanuel Mitchell-Sodipe ’18, a philosophy major who will study in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Nicaragua; Dominick Rivers ’19, an art major who will study in Prague, Czech Republic; and Rodolfo Solis ’18, a political science and Spanish double major who will study in Valencia, Spain, each received the Gilman Scholarship, an award up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. A fourth Wabash student, Jason VanMeter ’18, also was awarded a Gilman Scholarship this year, but declined in order to pursue other opportunities.

    “I am certainly proud of the Wabash students who earned these highly competitive awards from the Gilman International Scholarship Program,” said Dr. Scott E. Feller, Dean of the College. “Their success reflects both their own achievements as young scholars and the quality of our Wabash College study abroad program.”

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  • Sunday, July 24, 2016 10:12 PM

    Dear Editor,

    On Thursday, July 14, Indiana Blood Center notified the Indiana State Department of Health that our blood supply had fallen to critically low levels—less than a one-day supply of units on our shelves. It was a position no blood center ever wants to be in.

    We put out the call and saw nearly 2,000 donors over the three days that followed. Thanks to those organizations that hosted blood drives with us during that time and the individual donors who visited our donor centers, the inventory of transfusion-ready units is again stable.

    Our community was at risk on July 14.

    The blood supply is the people’s asset. We are vulnerable — the blood supply is vulnerable – if  it is top-of-mind only in a crisis. What’s more, we fail on our responsibility to our hospitals – and on our responsibility to each other – when the greatest turnout of blood donors occurs when we are in such a dire position that patients are at risk.

    Success is convincing 500 Hoosiers, one donor at a time, today is a good day to step up and donate blood. Each night, that measure of success resets.

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  • Sunday, July 24, 2016 10:09 PM

    State Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) will serve as the Vice Chairman of the Interim Study Committee on Employment and Labor and the Interim Study Committee on Pension Management Oversight during the summer and fall months to help prepare for the 2017 session of the General Assembly. He will also serve on the following study committee, commission and council: Interim Study Committee on Government.

    “Interim study committees offer legislators an opportunity to look into the important issues facing our state,” Boots said. “In the coming months, we will hear testimony from a variety of stakeholders discussing ways to maintain Indiana’s business-friendly climate and keep hardworking Hoosiers employed.”

    Some of the other topics that are being studied this year include replacing the ISTEP test, developing a long-term funding plan for Indiana’s road infrastructure, annexation laws, school safety, and treatment and recovery options for drug abuse and opioid addiction. 

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  • Sunday, July 24, 2016 10:06 PM

    The next Hoosier Author Book Club meeting will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum. Readers will discuss George Barr McCutcheon's novel Prince of Graustark.

    George B. McCutcheon was raised in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and later moved to Chicago. His first romantic novel set in the imaginary kingdom of Graustark was Graustark: The Story of a Love Behind a Throne. It sold 150,000 in the first nine months and was made into a play and later a silent film. McCutcheon wrote romantic escape literature for the rest of his life, including Prince of Graustark and four other Graustark novels.

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  • Friday, July 22, 2016 9:39 PM

    Tarter’s Insurance held their grand re-opening open house at 2203 Indianapolis Rd. in Crawfordsville. They had hourly drawings, cakes and cookies, and a ribbon cutting ceremony. (From L) Tom Utley, Chamber of Commerce, Amanda Calhoun, Lucas Calhoun, Ned Swanson, Charlie Alsip, Rodney Tarter, Robert Tarter, Melody Tarter, Alexis Calhoun, Lilly Tarter, Debi Tarter and Jonathan Tarter. 

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  • Poke'n around town
    Friday, July 22, 2016 9:34 PM

    By Cindy Tomlinson
    Chances are someone in your life is playing Pokémon Go. It’s the newest game craze. And, it has kids and adults alike off the couch, away from their computers and gaming consoles, and glued to their mobile devices. 

    “Summer, when kids are off of school, is usually when families have peak internet use at home,” says DeAnne Boegli, National Public Relations Manager for TDS. “But this year, with so many people outside playing Pokémon Go, we’re betting the network usage numbers are going to be lower.”

    If you’d like to know what the Pokémon fuss is all about (and why there are people hanging out in your neighborhood park), TDS explains the basics.

    What is it?

    Think of it like a treasure hunt—only the treasure is Pokémon monsters. Players “find” them in the real world by using a cell phone and essentially play the “hot or cold” game. The mobile app visually shows players whether they’re hot/close to the Pokémon or cold/further away.

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  • Friday, July 22, 2016 9:33 PM

    NRG Agricultural Services & Supply, an agricultural company that specializes in seeds and agronomy services, has stocked up on a wide variety of cover crops to prepare for the cash crop off-season.

    “Now is about the time when farmers should start preparing for what comes after harvest. Their fields will be bare and exposed to dangers like soil erosion, pests and weeds,” said Craig “Butch” Nichols, owner of NRG.

    USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) found in the 2015 Cover Crop Survey Analysis that cover crop usage increased cash crop yields significantly across the country, with a mean increase of 3.66 bushels per acre for corn and an average increase of 2.19 bushels per acre for soybeans.  

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  • Friday, July 22, 2016 9:32 PM

    It is going to be a very hot weekend. Heat advisory hot. Temperatures are forecasted for high eighties to low nineties and heat indexes are forecasted for 100 to 110 degrees both today and Sunday according to Take caution and stay safe when the weather gets hot by following these guidelines

     stay safe during extreme heat

    • Postpone outdoor games and activities and limit exposure to the sun.
    • Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine; limit alcoholic beverage intake.
    • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
    • Spend the warmest part of the day in temperature-controlled buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, or community facilities.
    • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.

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  • Friday, July 22, 2016 9:31 PM

    Montgomery County Community Foundation reminds local nonprofit organizations that the deadline for the second unrestricted grant cycle is August 8.   Grants are awarded in the areas of:  Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education, Health, History, Human Services, Youth.  Eligible organizations are those whose purposes are described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.  Grant applications will also be accepted from local governmental entities, including schools, for charitable purposes.  The full listing of guidelines, polices as well as the application, can be found at or call 362-1267.   First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to call and make an appointment to meet with the Grants Coordinator before applying.  Since 1992, MCCF has awarded more than $17 in grants and scholarships here in Montgomery County.  

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  • First Lady Karen Pence Awards Grant to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry
    Friday, July 22, 2016 9:24 PM

    Indianapolis – First Lady Karen Pence hosted the seventh award reception for grant recipients of the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation at the Governor’s Residence on Tuesday, where she awarded $52,500 to 57 organizations and charities that serve Hoosier families and children across the state. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry was represented by Executive Director Debra Treesh, who were on hand to receive the award.

    “When Mike was elected Governor, I was overwhelmed with requests from so many worthy organizations to get involved in their efforts. However, it quickly became clear that I couldn’t be at every event, nor could I champion every cause. That is why I, along with a team of dedicated board members, started the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation as a way to shine a light on the organizations across Indiana who lift up our communities and make our state strong,” First Lady Karen Pence stated. 

    “The Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry is one of those organizations that is doing great work for our Hoosier children and families, and it is an honor to recognize them today,” said First Lady Karen Pence.

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  • Thursday, July 21, 2016 10:59 PM

    Washington – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging residents across the nation to take steps now to prepare their families and communities for extreme heat, by reviewing important safety information and downloading the FEMA smartphone app. 

    The National Weather Service announced today that “dangerously hot and humid conditions are expected this week across a large portion of the nation.” Additionally, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center’s latest outlook notes that most of the continental United States is facing elevated chances of well-above-average summer temperatures. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, heat kills more people than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods.

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  • Thursday, July 21, 2016 10:57 PM

    Higher temperatures and higher electric bills go hand-in-hand. While you can’t control the weather, there are steps you can take to better manage your electricity use and its costs.

    “The forecast for the rest of the week – calling for temperatures in the nineties throughout Indiana – is a call for everyone to use electricity more carefully,” said Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor David Stippler. “There are many low-cost and no-cost steps that can help add up to savings for the consumer, while also helping to ease the electric grid’s workload at its busiest time.”

    To help keep your energy expenses in check, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) recommends that you:

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  • Summer Science Enrichment Program
    Thursday, July 21, 2016 10:55 PM
    Thirty students enrolled in the South Montgomery Community Schools took part in a Science Enrichment Program from Tuesday May 31- Monday June 6. The Program focused on the Physical Sciences. On Monday June 6, the participants traveled to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

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