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King and his court
Justin Monger, right, plant manager from Cargill won the title of 2016 Pie King during Valero’s recent United Way and MUFFY campaign drive. . I will let you guess which one he is in the picture. Mark Brown, left, Valero plant manager, also took part. The contest helped Valero surpass its goal of $27,000 by raising $29,102! With the company match, that makes the grand total $43,653. Employees were able to designate where they would like their donation to go.
  • Bit 'n' Pieces 1-14-2017
    Saturday, January 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    Did you survive Friday the 13th? The good news, if you’re superstitious, is that it’s only one of two this calendar year. The bad news? The next one is in October, just a couple of weeks before Halloween!
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    MORE FRIDAY the 13th news? People who are inordinately fearful of the event may have Paraskevidekatriaphobia. People who simply have phobias about the number 13 have Triskaidekaphobia . . . every year has at least one Friday the 13th, but none have more than three.
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  • Saturday, January 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.”
    Those words rang through Washington, D.C. in 1963 as part of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, but they still ring true today.
    That is why, on Monday, Wabash College will host two different discussions focused on the issue of civil rights, how far we as a society have come, and how far we have to go. Both events will be open to the public.
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  • Friday, January 13, 2017 9:52 AM
    Weather reports are predicting the potential for a variety of weather conditions across the state, including freezing rain and ice. Some of the main risks are downed power lines and potentially unsafe travel conditions. State authorities – The Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Transportation and the National Weather Service – are advising Hoosiers to be ready to keep a close eye on weather and road conditions, and make some basic preparations.
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  • Friday, January 13, 2017 4:10 AM
    Former pro wrestling superstar Raven is bringing his unique brand of comedy to Crawfordsville. He will perform at Crawfordsville Eagles Aerie # 1005 Saturday with the show to begin at 9 p.m. The event is being promoted by Neil Snyder presents Comedy in Crawfordsville in conjunction with Mad Hatter Shows and is sponsored by iFix Crawfordsville. 
    The Paper spoke with Raven earlier this week and despite being under the weather with the flu, he was upbeat about the show.
    “I like Indiana. I like cities and older architecture and Indiana has great architecture – I think. I might have the wrong state. I have taken a lot of chair shots over the years,” he quipped. Raven started his wrestling career 30 years ago and has seen all 50 states and been around the world. He’s worked many promotions, including ECW, WCW, WWF and TNA. 
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  • A true people person . . .
    Friday, January 13, 2017 4:10 AM
    If you’ve ever come across Ned Swanson you’ve probably had at least a short conversation with him. That’s because he loves people and seems to be out and around Crawfordsville and Montgomery County nearly everywhere. Swanson works at Haley’s Lock, Safe and Key in Crawfordsville and, though he lives on the south end of Lafayette, spends a good part of his week in Crawfordsville. He’s worked at Haley’s for more than three years. 
    “I like the people in Montgomery County. I like the rural environment,” he said. “I find people to be a lot friendlier here, even compared to the surrounding communities. People are really friendly down here. It’s a good place to do business and a good place to expand our business.”
    Swanson is also the treasurer for the Crawfordsville / Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
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  • Friday, January 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    A new show is set to open at the Wabash College Eric Dean Art Gallery. 
    Refrain, by Giang Pham and Binod Shrestha will be on display in the Fine Arts Center from Jan. 23 to April 8. There is a reception planned for Monday, Jan. 23 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the gallery. 
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  • Friday, January 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    A former Crawfordsville Community School Corporation teacher, Dr. Charity Flores, was recently appointed to serve as the Director of Assessment for the Indiana Department of Education under Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick. Flores has spent most of her career supporting assessment development, both in Indiana and with national organizations. Most recently, Flores was the Deputy Director of Content for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium following her time with McGraw Hill Education.
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  • Friday, January 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    Thursday Jan. 12 Open Stage @ American Legion, Crawfordsville 7-11 p.m. 1301 S. Washington St. (US 231) 765-362-9921 Smoking Venue. Open to the public.
    Every Thursday Full Band Open Stage @ The Swizzle Stick, Greencastle 8:45-10:45 p.m. 17 W. Franklin St. 765-653-5788 with host Steve St. Pierre. www.almosthomerestaurant.com/swizzle-stick-bar.
    Every Friday Danny Weiss Duo @ Red Seven Bar & Grill, Lafayette 6-8:30 p.m. 200 Main St. 765-742-7337 Indoors. Danny/clarinet, Jeff Wimble/guitar. www.dannyweissjazz.com
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  • Friday, January 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    The future of Indiana West Advantage is uncertain, even following the first executive board meeting of the year. The meeting fell just days after Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton announced that the city would neither renew its partnership with, nor continue funding IWA. 
    “We still have some things to work out,” IWA board president Ron Dickerson said. “We met with the executive board and several more questions came up, but no really solid plans that I can share at this point.
    “This was the first meeting of the year and was scheduled before the news came out,” Dickerson said. “As we met, some of the board members had questions that we didn’t have answers for.”
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  • Friday, January 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    Grade 8 – High Honor Roll: Noelle Baer, Emma Balaz, Allyson Barton, Emily Bost, Marian Esquivel Funes, Frances Fuller, Lauren Hale, Oscar Jacome Huesca, Hannah McLean, Kaleb Meadows, Bailey Mittal, Evelyn Redding, Gwyneth Redding, Eli Reeves, Pitchaya Ruby, Hallee Smith, Ariel Spencer
    Grade 8 –Honor Roll: Keegan Abney, Jaiden Barber, Kevin Barrera Chinchilla, Cassidy Bell-Wooden, Savannah Bogart, Kiera Brock, Mekenzy Brooks, Megan Buser, Giselle Calleja, Amanda Callejas, Benjamin Casica-Patton, Nayeli Castro Murillo, Jaden Clark, Jocelyn Clements, Hunter Conrad, David Cuevas-Portilla, Donald Dawson, Alicia Deck, Samuel Decker, Xyrine DeJesus, Dayanara Diaz, Isabella Fowler,, Mary Go, Karina Landa-Hernandez, Annabelle Laskowski, Grace Leonard, Andrew Martin, Alexus McCaskill, Ahava McFall, Trey McLemore, Leslye Mesino, Briana Morley, Jack Pendleton, Zoe Pettit, Karlie Pfledderer, Kenneth Reed, Collin Rusk, Nathan Schroeter, Olivia Surber, Henry Taylor, Sophia Walters
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  • Thursday, January 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    Six students from Northridge Middle School will have the opportunity to put their singing talents on display this weekend. The students, under the direction of Northridge choir teacher Megan Birk, are traveling to Fort Wayne today to participate in the Indiana All State Honor Choir, organized by the ISSMA.
    “It’s really prestigious,” Birk said. “They only select 150 kids from the entire state and each school can only submit eight auditions. The audition process is very rigorous.”
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  • Thursday, January 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    In preparation for its upcoming concert, the Crawfordsville Community Chorus will hold weekly rehearsals Jan. 17 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Whitlock Room of St. John’s Episcopal Church on South Green Street in Crawfordsville. New members are invited and there are no auditions. Since 1951 schedules have included secular and sacred programs, and participation in community events.
    The next concert is planned for Sunday, May 7 at the Wabash College Chapel. 
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  • Thursday, January 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Crawfordsville Kiwanis Club is once again offering the Pat Cline Service Scholarships for graduating seniors. As in past years, the Kiwanis award a $1,000 service scholarship to one graduating senior from each of the three Montgomery County High Schools.
    The Pat Cline Service Scholarships are named for Pat Cline, who was a journalist, editor and Viet Nam war correspondent from Crawfordsville. Ms. Cline was the winner of numerous awards including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, Sagamore of the Wabash and Paul Harris Fellow. Ms. Cline was very active in the community, providing service and leadership to the Visitor’s Bureau, Order of the Eastern Star, Woodland Heights Christian Church, Montgomery County Cultural Foundation, Montgomery County Historical Society, Indiana Women’s Press Club, Friends of the Library and the Strawberry Festival. Admired for her service and high standards of integrity as a journalist and person, she is honored by the Crawfordsville Kiwanis Club by providing these scholarships to graduating seniors who exemplify the Kiwanis ideal of service to the community.
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  • Wabash baseball coach speaks at Rotary
    Thursday, January 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    Jake Martin, the new Wabash College baseball coach spoke to the Crawfordsville Rotary Club on Wednesday. Martin is a Wabash graduate and previously coached at DePauw. He spoke to the club about his time in college and previous coaching experience. He said he is glad to be back with the Little Giants and is looking forward to seeing members of the Crawfordsville community at baseball games. 
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  • Thursday, January 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    Jeff Troike has been named President and CEO of the newly formed agribusiness known as Ceres Solutions Cooperative. Ceres Solutions Cooperative is the organization created as a result of the recent merger decision between two large regional agricultural cooperatives, Ceres Solutions LLP and North Central Co-op.
    The company’s 12-member board of directors, which is representative of farmers from across the geography served by both prior organizations, is tasked with the responsibility of hiring a manager, and voted in favor of offering Troike the leadership role last night at their first director meeting. Troike accepted. The 12 board members are experienced leaders and producers within the cooperative system, and were themselves elected into leadership earlier this week with the full support of their cooperative peers who served on the prior co-ops’ boards.
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