LOCAL NEWS

Boy’s memory lives on through fundraiser

Waynetown’s Tremaine Park will be the site for the “Slugging and Swimming for Superman” event Saturday to raise funds for the Kale Galloway family.

9-year-old Kale lost his battle against cancer in June. Close family friend Shadon Brown is organizing the event with an outpouring of volunteers and donors.

The event was to originally was planned as a way to help pay for an experimental drug that cancer doctors wanted to try with Kale. The Galloway’s insurance provider had denied to pay for the drug.

However, Kale’s condition deteriorated quickly and he soon passed.

Brown knew she still wanted to do the fundraiser, but waited to discuss the matter with the Galloway family. After a visit at the Galloway home, the decision was made to go ahead.

After the initial announcement was made, there was an outpouring of people contacting Brown to offer help. By Wednesday, people were still providing auction items and offering to work the event.

Besides the softball tourney, there will be a free will donation yard sale and bake sale. The community room at the Waynetown Aquatic Center will house the raffle items with the silent auction beginning at 5 p.m. Raffle items include one-half a pig and one-quarter of a beef cow.

Auction items include a smart TV, Colts and Cubs tickets, woodwork and handmade items.

“I am amazed at the way people are responding and the amount of wonderful items that have been donated,” Brown said. “We definitely have a full day planned and I am looking forward to seeing people share their love for this special family.”

A car show will begin at 4 p.m. with a free will registration fee.

At 5 p.m., musician Cap Quirk will entertain at the Rusk Shelter along with the start of dinner. The menu is pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, pies, chips and a drink for $5.

There will be kiddie games including bounce houses, a dunk tank, cake walk memorial rock painting and other activities, all at no charge.

The aquatic center will be open from 8 p.m. to midnight for swimmers making a $5 donation.

A family-friendly movie will be shown at the softball field for $1 per person, with concession items offered for a dollar.

For more information, visit the Slugging and Swimming for Superman Facebook page, where photos of some of the more than 100 auction and raffle items are posted. To make a donate, call Brown at 765-918-3610.

Raffle tickets are on sale now at the South Crawfordsville branch of Heartland State Bank and at the Fountain Trust Waynetown branch.

City reports Stellar projects are on schedule

The City of Crawfordsville’s Stellar Communities projects are on schedule, local officials said during a recent progress meeting.

Program partners are required to meet quarterly with state agencies to give a status report on their projects.

Crawfordsville’s six projects include Fusion 54; Trailhead Park; Pike Place Pocket Park; Big Four Trail; Historic Whitlock Neighborhood Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation; and Downtown Trail. The city received Stellar Communities status in 2015.

“Because these plans are so comprehensive and require such a large investment, it can be difficult for some designees to see all projects to fruition,” Mayor Todd Barton said in a news release. “But I’m happy to report our update to the State team showed all projects are on schedule and in some cases, ahead of the originally proposed schedule.

“While I am well aware the downtown renovation at times can be an inconvenience, long-term we are transforming our community to make it a destination to live, work, play and learn,” Barton added. “Our goal is that Crawfordsville becomes top of mind as a great location for businesses, young professionals, and those folks looking for a safe and friendly environment to raise a family.”

Curtis, Warren take top goat honors

Montgomery County 4-H’s Goat Show had something new and something old on Tuesday.

Something new was a first-time winner, Nicholas Curtis, who claimed grand champion doe. 

Something old was Tori Warren claiming her third consecutive grand champion wether title.

Curtis, a seventh-grader at Southmont Junior High, was excited to be chosen grand champion. When the judge shook his hand to signify his Saanen Doe was chosen the champion, he was extremely pleased and liked the feeling of being a champion.

“I was surprised because there were a lot of good goats in the show,” Curtis said. “When the judge chose me I was excited, but going into the show I had no idea I would be showing the champion.”

A member of Walnut Helping Hands 4-H Club, Curtis said the judge appreciated how his doe was put together, including the correct bone structure. He also said the judge complimented his goat was smooth throughout her body.

The family is not making plans to enter the champion into the state fair.

Curtis thanked his family and friends who helped him show all seven of the 11 goats his family brought to the show.

Curtis is the son of Holly and Jeff Curtis. 

Winning is nothing new for Warren. She has now won three straight wether grand championships and was reserve grand champion once.

The North Montgomery sophomore said the judge was impressed with her goat’s extended body.

The champion said she worked consistently with her wether.

“I would walk my goat a half-mile every day, and then we would run the half-mile back,” Warren said.

Warren plans to take her wether to the state fair and to the national show in the fall.

After the show, Warren thanked her parents, and the two men who helped buy her champion — Cooper Bounds and Patrick Mills.

Warren is the daughter of Bill Warren and Olivia Warren.

Put on your dance shoes for CDPL, Carnegie

Angela White has a love for ballroom dance.

As Crawfordsville District Public Library’s new digital initiatives librarian, White was looking for ways that dancing could raise money for the library. She didn’t know that Dancing Raine Studios had already reached out about running a fundraiser.

“It was just very serendipitous,” White said.

CDPL and the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County are teaming up with the studio Saturday for “A Night of Dance” in the museum’s main gallery.

All proceeds go to CDPL and the museum for programming.

“We want to be able to offer the community more, so this presented itself as a way to do that,” White said.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. At 7, Dancing Raine instructors are donating their time for an hour-long lesson. Open dance follows from 8 to

10 p.m.

No dance partner or experience is required, but a good pair of shoes will come in handy. White recommends ballroom dance shoes or any leather-bottomed or felt-bottomed footwear.

Business casual dress is recommended.

Light refreshments are being served. Champagne will be available for guests 21 and older.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and can be purchased at the CDPL circulation desk, museum gift shop or Dancing Raine’s new studios, 119 S. Washington St., Suite 200.

For more information, call CDPL’s reference department at 765-362-2242, ext. 117.

Local cattle take top honors

Cattle born and raised in Montgomery County took top honors in both the heifer and steer beef shows at the Montgomery County 4-H Fair on Monday.

Mitchell Shepherd’s Hereford was chosen as the champion heifer and Ellie Sennett claimed the top steer.

The heifer show was enhanced by some sibling rivalry as Mitchell edged out his sister, Mackenzie, whose commercial heifer was named runner-up.

Mitchell was too excited to listen to the reason the judge chose his heifer. But, he does remember the feeling when he saw the judge slap the rear of his Hereford.

“I was in shock,” Mitchell said. “Coming into the night I thought I had a pretty good chance. My heifer has a lot of muscle and is deep bellied.”

Mackenzie was happy for her brother and that the family placed well at the show. But, she did admit, there is a lot of sibling rivalry in the show ring.

Mitchell, who is in his second year of showing cattle, will be a fifth-grader at Pleasant Hill Elementary. Mackenzie will be an eighth-grader at Northridge Middle School. They are the children of Michael and Jennifer Shepherd.

Sennett, who drove home Saturday from the Angus Junior National show in Iowa, claimed the top steer with her crossbred. The steer was born and bred on the family farm near Waynetown.

Sennett said the judge liked her steer because it handles well and moves around the ring well. The fact the steer has eye-appeal from the side was another positive factor with the judge.

The Sennett family has won beef championships for three generations. Sennett, a senior at North Montgomery High School, said she is proud to carry on her family tradition and showing cattle is in her blood.

“I love showing cattle and it is what I do,” Sennett said. “I want to make a living at it someday. Some kids ask me why I do this, but all I can say is that it is my passion.”

Sennett is the daughter of Lance and Margaret Sennett.