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Sunday, April 19, 2015
  • The engineering of the extension project of County Road 200 South has been put in the hands of the plan’s original designer, USI Consultants.

    Montgomery County Commissioners met at a special meeting Friday morning to discuss who should handle the project. There were two proposals for the commissioners to examine, one from USI and one from Professionals Creating Solutions (PCS). PCS carried an estimate of $105,000 and USI came in at $103,600, Commissioner Terry Hockersmith said.

    Commissioner Jim Fulwider made the motion to accept USI’s proposal. The motion was passed unanimously.

    “It didn’t turn into anything contentious. We’ll have some more of those meetings coming up,” Hockersmith joked.

    “The design doesn’t include inspection,” Executive Assistant Lori Dossett explained.

    Hockersmith said that PCS was being looked at to provide outside inspection.

  • Hospital gives back to givers

    Donations are a wonderful thing – what could possibly be more fulfilling? Donating . . . yourself.

    The annual National Volunteer Week appreciation Luncheon was held Friday at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health-Crawfordsville. In all, nearly 50 of the community’s best were in attendance.

    Terry Klein, vice president and chief operating officer at Franciscan St. Elizabeth-Crawfordsville, said the purpose of the luncheon was “to celebrate our volunteers” and to “really show the appreciation we have for them.” Klein has been volunteering in the Crawfordsville and Lafayette area(s) for the last 14 years.

    “They spend the entire year here,” Klein said. “They’re dedicated, they show up every day and always have a smile on their face. They can be a volunteer for one day or 15 years and they’re all coming to the luncheon.”

    This year’s volunteer list boasts eight more bodies than last year. That’s a nice feature when you consider a hospital’s potential scenarios. Helper stations within the hospital include two greeters who can answer tough questions, as well as volunteers who handle emergency room, radiology and outpatient needs.

  • Chamber finds windfall too late

    If you have ever found an expired gift card that you forgot about, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce knows how you feel.

    “I got a notice several weeks ago that the rent was due on our Chase safety deposit box, and I had no clue,” Chamber Executive Director Steve House said. His curiosity was piqued, and he decided to try to find the key to unlock the box.

    House started his search by looking at names affiliated with the box. He explained that friends, family and neighbors tried but could not come up with the key. The Chamber board chose to have the box drilled open to make sure nothing of value was left inside. Chase Bank contracted Diebold Corporation for these types of cases.

    House, board member Ned Swanson and administrative assistant Amy Davis gathered around the box to find “several thousands of dollars in chamber bucks,” according to House. The signature on the vouchers read “Sandy Tanselle,” former Chamber director. The name placed the bucks at 25 years old, well past their expiration date.

  • Students dig Ag Days

    Farming plays a central role in the lives of every American, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear. This week, fourth graders from all across the county got to learn some of the ins and outs of the world of agriculture.

    Purdue Extension Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Farm Bureau and the Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District teamed up to present their annual Ag Days event. The event, held on Wednesday and Thursday, allowed fourth graders from all three county school districts to visit the 4-H fairgrounds and learn about agriculture from some local farming professionals.

    Over the two days, presenters and topics for the students were herding with Tim Curts, horses with Makhalea and Sherry Legg Young, beef with the South Montgomery FFA Chapter, careers with the North Montgomery FFA Chapter, ag trivia with Renee Wiatt, health and ag with Monica Wilhoite and Kelsie Batz, beekeeping with Royce Foster, master gardeners with a group of master gardeners and land measuring with Sina Parks and Adam Beck.

    “We’ve had this for a long time. I’m not sure how long,” Sherry Legg Young with the Extension Office said. “Probably since ’97 or so.”

  • HHSB collecting for Addi Leslie

    Hoosier Heartland State Bank is collecting donations for Addi Leslie from April 20 to 24.  Addi is 5 years old and suffers from a rare pediatric brain tumor.

    Donations will be used to help the Leslie family with the large medical bills.

    Addi went to the hospital in August of 2014 suffering from severe headaches and vomiting.  Medical tests later revealed a tumor.  Addi started chemotherapy in September of 2014, and will continue the treatments for 60 weeks. Doctors hope to control the tumor with chemotherapy until she is old enough to undergo radiation.

    “Please consider donating to help this special family,” stated Brad Monts of HHSB.  “They are going through a very stressful time and medical bills should be the last of their worries.  Addi is a very brave little girl and we consider it an honor to help her.”

    In addition to donations, t-shirts and hoodies will be available at HHSB locations to order for $10 and $25 respectively.  The money will be donated to Addi’s family for medical bills.  

  • On Thursday, the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum kicks off its latest series of Civil War Lectures with a lecture entitled "Horror! Horror! Most Dreadful News: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln."

    Four years of grueling Civil War pitting American brother against American brother had just ended. The National Capital of Washington, DC had been in a state of almost perpetual celebration since Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865. Then, on the morning of April 15, 1865, came shocking news: The President was dead, shot at Ford’s Theatre the night before. A single bullet had sent shockwaves through the fabric of the nation. The United States of America had been subjected to its first presidential assassination.

    It has been called a seminal event in American history and is one that continues to grip the collective imagination of people all over the world, 150 years after the fact. New questions and theories are generated and old questions and theories continue to resurface. This presentation examines the assassination of America’s 16th President in addition to some of the relevant people, places, and events. Further, it discusses some of the various assassination theories that have been posited over the years.

  • Linden Carnegie Public Library is making it easy for users to provide title recommendations for their digital collection. Library card holders can check out and enjoy eBooks, audiobooks, music and video in the library’s collection anytime, anywhere by visiting

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    Visit the today to browse the collection and borrow or recommend titles with a valid library card. Borrowed titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees! The Linden Carnegie Public Library digital collection, powered by OverDrive, is free for patrons with their library card. To get started enjoying eBooks, audiobooks, music and video, visit

  • The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is sponsoring a fundraiser and is collecting donations of gently used purses, totes and scarves in all shapes and sizes for ladies and little girls. All contributions may be dropped off at the sites listed below.

    The donations will go toward the “Smart Chicks & Old Bags” event on May 2 at 2 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Church in Crawfordsville. They will be on sale for no more than $20. New Dooney & Bourke and Vera Bradley purses will be auctioned off. Admission is free and there will be light refreshments.

    All proceeds support WRC, the pro-life ministry at the Crawfordsville and Covington Pregnancy Centers that provides supplies and services for expectant ladies.

    Donation sites:

    - Covington WRC

    - Crawfordsville WRC

    - Amy Hay, CPA, 2553 W. US 136, Covington

    - Curves in Crawfordsville

    - Sunoco, 2501 Lafayette Rd, Crawfordsville

    - Hillsboro Nazarene Church

  • Hoover to run 5K event

    As the weather continues to improve, what better way is there for children to spend their time than outside running?

    The Hoover 5K run was a central focus at Thursday evening’s Crawfordsville Community School Corporation Board meeting at Hoover School. Five students from the school came before the board to speak in favor of the event. Hoover physical education teacher Kristy Reese introduced Hadley Broadwater, Olivia Reed, Aidan Mason, Tristan Callejas and Ian Hensley, all members of the running club at Hoover.

    “I really like the 5K because, as Olivia said, it’s just a great finish to what we’ve been training for all year, and it’s really fun to just run, and that’s my favorite part about it,” Hensley said.

    School Board President Dale Petrie presented the students with certificates for their dedication to the club and the 5K.

    The 5K is scheduled for May 16 at 8 a.m. at Crawfordsville High School. Entry is $20 per person and includes a t-shirt, snacks and medals for youth participants and trophies for division winners. The run is sponsored by Hoover School and the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program. For questions, call (765) 362-2691 or email Kim Nixon at or Sharen Linn at


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