Nurse acts quickly, saves student’s life after allergic reaction

Quick action by a school nurse saved the life of a student.

The Crawfordsville School Board of Education honored Amy Bales, who is the nurse at Crawfordsville Middle School, Thursday.


Between three and four weeks ago, a sixth grade female student with a soy food allergy was taken to the hospital after eating pepperoni pizza at school.

Bales said that a few hours after lunch the girl visited the nurse’s office complaining of a rash and trouble with her throat. Bales injected the student with an epi pen before the student was taken to the hospital.

“She was there for a few hours,” Bales said. “She was alright.”

Bales would not identify the student.

“It is amazing what our nurses do,” Crawfordsville School Superintendent

Scott Bowling said.

Bowling said that Crawfordsville Schools has a school nurse in each school building.

School Board President Dale Petrie presented Bales with a certificate.

“A certificate is in no way thanks enough,” he said.

“I am glad the child knew enough to come down,” school board member Susan Albrecht said.

Bales said that the student was aware of her allergy and the school had documentation from a doctor about it. 

Bales said that allergies among students is a common occurrence now. She said the most common allergy at the middle school is a peanut allergy. Crawfordsville schools is equipt with epi pens that nurses are able to use in case of an emergency, Bales said. She added that when the nurse injects a student it is usually one of the school’s pens and not the student’s.

“It has made a huge, huge difference,” she said.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the 2016 budget.

• Approved the hiring of the following aides: Whitney Rice, Hose; Leslie Oaks, Hose; Joyce Musselman, Hoover; Susan McCormick, high school; April Stewart, middle school.

• Learned that the Nicholson roof project is coming along and is almost complete.

• Learned that Roger Tribbett has resigned his position as a maintenance worker. He will continue to coach for the Athenians.

Red Cross workers deployed to South Carolina

Two Montgomery County Red Cross volunteers are seeing first-hand the flooding caused by Hurricane Joaquin. 

Becky Shelton and Jerry Gorrell, along with Terre Haute resident Laura Long, are from the local Red Cross district. The volunteers are presently based in Charleston, S.C., giving assistance to thousands of displaced South Carolinians as they battle flood waters from several major rivers.

Shelton was originally assigned to two rural shelters, but before she could travel to the area she was called back to the Red Cross headquarters in Charleston, S.C. Shelton discovered traveling is difficult and dangerous.

“We tried to get to Florence and then to Orangeburg County but the roads were closed,” Shelton said. “The only way those people are getting out is by helicopter.”

Flood waters are continually changing in the eastern part of South Carolina because of the river system. Areas flooded earlier in the week are starting to see the water recede. However, as the water travels downhill, other areas are turning into serious and dangerous flooded territory. That water movement is getting closer to Charleston.

“The Red Cross has moved me to the Charleston headquarters and I am in charge of all the shelters on the eastern part of the state,” Shelton said Thursday morning. “We are expecting a wall of water to hit Charleston tonight and we are trying to assess which of our shelters are in safe areas. We might have to move some of our shelters to other areas. We feel we only have a few hours to get this right.”

Shelton said the Charleston shelters are in places such as warehouses and churches. The Red Cross also is distributing supplies to those stranded in outer areas with supplies such as water and bedding.

“Most people who come to our shelter want a towel and blanket,” Shelton said. “We also provide water and food.”

Shelton, who assisted in the Colorado floods of 2013, said the amount of damage she is seeing in South Carolina is similar to Colorado. 

“People have lost everything they own,” Shelton said. “But the worst part is the fact it is going to get worse. As the flood waters approach the Charleston area, more people are going to suffer losses.”

She expects to be in the Charleston area for another two weeks.

Shelton said being a volunteer in the local Red Cross district is rewarding, and she wants it to be known there are still local volunteers responding to disasters and will answer any Montgomery County calls for assistance. She hopes local residents will continue to support the Red Cross despite the agency’s recent reorganization efforts.

“People in Montgomery County need to know there are still hard-working Red Cross Montgomery County volunteers trained to assist those in need,” Shelton said. “We will go where we are needed in Montgomery County. I just ask people back home to keep giving to this great relief organization so we can just help people.”

Family grateful for giving neighbors

A New Ross farm family is grateful for the generosity of neighbors this fall.

Larry Baumgardner underwent a lung transplant at the end of May. His recovery was expected to take eight weeks, plenty of time before his crops needed harvested. However, complications following the surgery have kept him hospitalized, and his family were worried about his recovery and about how to get the crops in.

Last week, Kyle Cline and Bart Eads, a Cline Farms employee, stepped up and have been harvesting the Baumgardner family’s bean crop. 

Larry and Sandy’s children, Tyler Baumgardner and Dwanae Benge, usually help on the farm, which was established in 1975. However, between working full-time jobs and visiting their seriously ill father, they’ve been stretched to the limit.

Seeing the Cline family’s John Deere combine cutting their soybeans a week ago, was overwhelming for Larry’s wife Sandy and the other Baumgardner family members.

“The generosity of the Cline family is unbelievable and we thank them very much,” Tyler said. “It has humbled us all. There have been many days we have thought we could not put one more foot in front of the other. The offers of help have been overwhelming.”

Tyler said the family has learned a valuable lesson from allowing others to help with the farming duties, which includes taking care of nearly 40 head of cattle.

“We learned we had to take a step back from our family pride,” Tyler said. “We had to put our pride in our back pocket and allow the community to embrace us and help us.”

Helping a neighbor was an easy choice for Terri Cline. The two families have known each other for a long time and farm near one another. Their children have gone to school together and the Baumgardner family is a customer of Cline Farms.

“Helping each other is what farmers do,” Terri said. “It is the right thing to do. We don’t want any praise for what we did. We just wanted to be the Baumgardner family’s safety net.”

The Baumgardner corn crop is not quite ready to harvest, but more neighbors are already planning to gather that crop

when it is time.

Neighbors Fred Zimmerman and David McClaskey told the Baumgardners not to worry. 

“We are in the middle of some bad circumstances,” Tyler said. “Dad was

supposed to be home eight weeks after surgery and now it has been nearly 140 days. We will never forget what our neighbors are doing for us. We are blessed to be a part of the New Ross community.”

Athenians outlast Mounties

No matter what sport, sectional play against a county rival always produces the best from both teams. Crawfordsville’s boys soccer team outlasted Southmont 1-0 in tournament play in a hard fought game that was determined only by a lone first-half goal.

The game winner was scored by Athenian senior Isaac Lopez with 16:45 on the first half clock. Mountie freshman goalkeeper Ryan Stanley came out of the net to stop a ball but Lopez was able to score on the rebound.

“It was a tough and hard fought match,” Athenian coach Marcus Hale said. “It seems anytime you play a county team it is going to be a tough match because the teams know each other so well.”

At the end of the day, Hale said it was his team’s defense that won the game.

“The second half could have gone either way, but the defense held up and had more scoring opportunities than they did.”

In the game Crawfordsville out shot the Mounties 11 to 6 count. The Mounties struggled to get the ball up the field for the majority of the game. Hale said the game plan was to keep pressure on the ball.

“We want our defense to stay up on their players,” Hale said. “The idea is to not give them much time to make decisions on moving the ball.”

Southmont coach Brandon Rash complimented his young team for their play. The 2-13 Mounties do not have a senior on the squad.

“The biggest thing I told my guys was if we had played like that the whole season we would have been at least a .500 ball club,” Rash said. “I don’t know why the word sectional brings out the best of a team, but it

always does.”

Rash said the defensive effort by his team was a season’ s best. He said defense had been a focal point in recent practices.

“I told our defenders in the back that they had to be patient,” Rash said. “All year long our guys would come up to the ball and it would end up behind them. Tonight they played it correctly.”

Rash said the close sectional loss makes him optimistic for the future.

“To see our young guys come together and play as well as they did makes me believe we will be a lot better next year,” Rash said.

The Athenians will move on to the 2 p.m. championship game on Saturday against Western Boone who defeated North Montgomery in the second game Wednesday. The Stars defeated Crawfordsville 4-0 in the first game of the season. Hale expects his squad to perform better on Saturday.

“I will be anxious to see how much we have improved from the first game to now,” Hale said. “I am expecting a tough game against whoever we play.”

Food truck set to roll into downtown Crawfordsville

A new restaurant in front of the Marie Canine Plaza is getting ready to roll onto Main Street — literally.

On Wednesday, the Board of Public Works and Safety approved Marilyn Goebel’s request of two parking spaces for her food truck. Goebel plans to be out by the plaza every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. until the end of the year. She hopes to open as early as next week.


After discussion, the board decided that Goebel’s best option for the two parking spaces would be to rent them when she needs them either for a full day or a half day. Goebel will work with the Crawfordsville Police Department to figure out the best way to make the reserved spaces are visible to drivers.

The board also accepted a bid from Pavement Solutions for the sub-contracting of street crack sealing.

Street Commissioner Scott Hesler hopes that by sub-contracting out this work, the city will be able to “get ahead on some of our streets.”

The Street Department, as well as the Park and Recreation Department, were given permission to declare some of their departments’ equipment as surplus and put them up for auction including a truck, a non-functioning plow and two old Sunshine vans.

At the end of the meeting, Code Enforcement Officer Barry Lewis told the board that four different properties in the city have been notified about the trash on their property. The board gave approval for street department employees to go in if the properties are not cleaned up by Monday. The four properties are located at 403 S. Walnut St., 1004 Tuttle Ave., 207 W. Main St. and 302 W. Market St.