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Free income tax assistance coming to an end
Thursday, January 12, 2017 4:00 AM
I would like to announce the free assistance for individual income tax, VITA, will come to an end after 25 years of service to the taxpayers of Montgomery and surrounding counties. I would like to thank the Crawfordsville Parks and Recreation Department for being our partner all these years furnishing a place for us to do the taxes, providing internet service and all the other service extras. We couldn’t have done it without your assistance. A big thank you to Fawn and all her employees and to my many volunteers.
Stephens bids adieu to drainage board spot
Thursday, January 12, 2017 4:00 AM
I want to thank the citizens and taxpayers of Montgomery County for allowing me to serve them on the Montgomery County Drainage Board. Until recently, I was privileged to sit on that board for several years. It was an enjoyable experience and I sincerely hope that I helped do some good.
The Indiana Drainage Code mandates that each county have a drainage board. The work on drainage in our state goes back to 1816 when the state allowed for the county supervisor to drain highways. In fact, in 1832 an act by the state allowed the draining of marshes in Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Clinton and Warren counties.
HHSB exceeded expectations at year-end blood drive
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 4:00 AM
Hoosier Heartland State Bank would like to thank the community for coming out and supporting the year-end blood drive last December.
Our goal was to get 24 participants and we got 37. That gave us 35 units of life-saving blood. We were thrilled.
According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds, someone needs blood and more than 41,000 donations are needed daily.
“We can’t thank the HHSB team enough for all the help they provide in holding these events,” stated Sarah Moss of the American Red Cross. “They always do a great job getting people involved and to have that many participants right before the holidays is pretty impressive!”
Local artist discovers popular articles online
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 4:00 AM
Recently a computer savvy person mentioned something that really amazed me. She said that six of the top ten most popular articles at Purdue University were about me and my artwork!
Does the Republican Party represent fiscal conservatives anymore?
Thursday, January 05, 2017 4:00 AM
As the Indiana General Assembly begins their 2017 session this week, one would assume the Republican-dominated state government would be pushing legislation for a more limited and fiscally responsible government (and one that protects individual liberty, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, and the sanctity of life). After all, that’s what their 2016 state convention said they stood for. However, that would be a bad assumption. The Republican leadership actually intends to increase taxes.
Coroner thanks community as service ends
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 4:00 AM
I have had the honor to serve the people of Montgomery County as Coroner for 16 of the last 20 years. As my time as Coroner comes to an end I wanted to say thank you. Thank you first and foremost to my wife and kids for so many years of understanding and support. To my dad and brother for dealing with business matters while I was busy with the office.
Main Street says thank you
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 4:00 AM
Crawfordsville Main Street would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in downtown holiday decorating this year. So, who actually makes this long list of tasks happen? It’s a big team of folks who love their town! Scott Hesler and the fellows at the Crawfordsville Street Department (CSD) make a huge contribution. They hang the frosty snowflake fixtures from street lights, and on some of the poles, start artificial garland to be received by smiling Garden Club volunteers who anchor the garland in place. Snowflakes and garland received funding assistance from our friends at MCCF a few years ago and seeing them up is always a reminder of the foundation’s generosity. CSD also sets the vintage snowflake fixtures along the back of the pergola at the Marie Canine Plaza. Did you like the new “Fountain of Lights” decoration on the fountain this year? Main Street is very grateful to the City of Crawfordsville for contributing a portion of that purchase, made of energy-saving LEDs and long-lasting commercial grade materials so that it may be enjoyed by the community year after year. CSD constructed the fixture’s sturdy platform and also did the initial set up
READER: Give Chuck Pagano a real chance at coaching the Colts, fire meddling Ryan Grigson
Monday, December 19, 2016 4:00 AM
While the North Montgomery, Southmont and Crawfordsville High School football seasons have been over for many weeks now, the Indianapolis Colts still have a few games left to salvage a broken season. Consequently, after this season, much like last season, there is some change needed, but this time we should look more inward at the administration. Phillip Wilson, in an article on Scout.com calls for Chuck Pagano to be fired, but I argue the opposite. The Indianapolis Colts should fire Ryan Grigson because of his meddling in personal issues, and his inability to let Pagano handle the day to day business of the team and its players.
Reader talks Trump stock market rally
Monday, December 19, 2016 4:00 AM
As I’m writing this the stock market is breaking above 19,900. That’s a 1,000-point increase since Donald Trump was elected. So this must be proof that people believe Trump will generate a healthy economy, right? After all, if people are willing to buy stock in American companies it must mean they’re confident those companies will see improving profits in the next four years.
4-H says thanks to supporters
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 10:08 PM
The Montgomery 4-H Inc. board and Montgomery County 4-H program would like to thank all of the many individuals and companies that help with the crop plot through various donations throughout the year. We would like to thank Mark McClamroch, Co-Alliance, Helena, Ceres Solutions, Cain Farms, Wade Bennett, and Gavilon Grain. Your contributions and donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your continued support of the Montgomery County 4-H program.
Chairs thank community for dinner
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 4:00 AM
To the community, thank you! For your time . . . your donation . . . any way you might have helped! We are very grateful.
The Community Thanksgiving dinner had another successful year and we served around 900 Thanksgiving meals. God continues to bless us every year with the right people to help us in every way possible.
It is so great to see everything come together, with all the volunteers that donate their time in getting it ready and all the food coming in throughout the days to prepare and serve. We served around 218 meals inside and around 683 meals between take out and deliveries. It was great to see all the people fill the room and have a great time with fellowship, good music & good food.
Blowback of U.S. Foreign Policy: Iran, Iraq, and 9/11
Monday, December 12, 2016 4:00 AM
The Central Intelligence Agency defines “Blowback” as the unintended consequences of foreign operations that were deliberately kept secret from the American public. Chalmers Johnson, a CIA consultant from 1967 to 1973, explained that because these operations are kept secret, when the retaliation against America finally happens the American public doesn’t have the information to put the cause and effect together. They’re simply left asking the question, “Why do they hate us?”
Beware of utility scams as holidays approach
Friday, December 09, 2016 4:00 AM
It’s the busiest time of the year for most of us. While retailers enjoy the extra business and we enjoy the holidays with family and friends, it’s also a time that can bring out the worst in scammers and con artists. In particular, all consumers should keep their guard up about scams involving their utility services.
Help out mail carriers by displaying house number
Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:00 AM
I work for the United States Postal Service at the Crawfordsville Post Office. Crawfordsville is responsible for 15 rural routes in and around Montgomery County. We cover 10 rural routes out of Crawfordsville and routes out of Darlington, Ladoga, Linden, New Ross, Romney and Waveland. Our routes also take us into Fountain, Parke, Putnam and Tippecanoe counties.
It's now the "most wonderful time of the year". It's been said that we deliver more parcels than Santa. One thing Santa has that we don't is Rudolph's red nose to guide him to the right house. Although we do have driving instructions, we don't always find numbers on the houses, (sometimes not even on the mailboxes!). That makes it hard on us as carriers to make sure the parcel gets to the correct address. In Montgomery County we know that in MOST places the even numbers are on the east and north sides of the streets, but that's not always the case in the small towns, or even in some sub-divisions. (It's the opposite sides of the roads in Tippecanoe county.)
Reader: What “The Economy” means to me
Monday, December 05, 2016 4:00 AM
We see it in the headlines all the time. “The economy.”
“The economy is slowing.”
“Our economic situation is improving.”
“It’s the economy, stupid.”
But what does any of that really mean to you or me? If you ask one person, he says it’s how much stuff he can buy with his paycheck. Another person says it’s statistics on inflation, unemployment and Gross Domestic Product. But this doesn’t give us the big-picture on why we should care about economics. Luckily it’s pretty simple. Because it’s up to us.
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