Hunter Education Classes

August 27, 2014

Indiana Conservation Officers, along with volunteer instructors, are offering several Hunter Education classes throughout Operational District 3. Operational District 3 includes the counties of Benton, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren, and White.

Anyone born after 12/31/1986 is required to complete an approved Hunter Education course to legally hunt in Indiana, with some exceptions. These courses are offered at no cost to the public. Students are required to pre-register for the classes. There may be limited seating in some of these classes, so sign up today. For more information on any of these courses or to pre-register, please go to www.inhea.com or contact the District 3 Headquarters at (765) 567-7859 ext. 3.

Frankfort Wal-Mart – September 2-3
Fountain County 4-H Fairgrounds – September 5-6
Crawfordsville Big R Store – September 13-14
Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds – September 20-21
Williamsport Library – September 20-21
Prophetstown State Park – September 21
Frankfort Rural King – September 27-28
Twin Lakes Fish & Game – October 4
Arrows III & Tackle Too – October 5

Solid success

August 27, 2014

Nucor Steel celebrated 25 years of operation in Montgomery County on Tuesday. 

Nearly 600 people attended the milestone event, including local politicians, Nucor Steel executives, present and former Nucor Steel team members and community and civic leaders. The celebration was held under a massive tent on the company’s grounds.

Nucor Steel General Manager Ron Dickerson has been at the local plant since it began. He told those in attendance the reasons Nucor came to Crawfordsville in 1988 is all around them.

“The reasons Nucor located in Crawfordsville are all around us,” Dickerson said. “A solid infrastructure of energy and transportation, but more importantly, it was because of the right people and the right workforce and the right community.”

Since Nucor first started producing the revolutionary thin-slab steel, the company has been pro-active in the Montgomery County community. The local chapter of the American Red Cross was a recipient of the company’s goodwill during the celebration. Nucor’s Chris Cox invited Denise Maxwell, the local ARC executive director, to the podium and presented her with a check for $25,000.

Craig Reeves, director of the Boys & Girls Club of Montgomery County, also spoke at the celebration. He said it was Nucor’s generous gift of $250,000 that helped spearhead the community’s effort to build a new facility to house the organization.

“In 1988 Nucor donated $250,000 to help fund a new building and they continue today to support our operations,” Reeves said. “Nucor Steel has been a valuable asset to the Boys & Girls Club and to the community.”

Kelly Taylor, executive director of the Montgomery County Community Foundation, also praised Nucor for being a leader in the community.

“Nucor leads our community as an employer and as a leader in environmental management,” she said. “Nucor is a leader in gifts to non-profits. Nucor strengthens our community.”

Taylor also announced a new fund, the Nucor Fund, is now available through MCCF that will distribute funds to local non-profits.

Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton also spoke at the event. Barton, who was a member of the Crawfordsville Fire Department in 1988, complimented Nucor Steel and its teammates.

“Nucor has become synonymous with doing things the right way,” Barton said. “Nucor has set the standard for being a good corporate citizen.”

John Ferriola, Nucor chairman, CEO and president, talked about the risk the company took when it introduced the new thin-slab technology at Crawfordsville.

“The initial investment of $260 million was a bet-the-company investment,” Ferriola said. “It took incredible vision.”

Ferriola said the Crawfordsville Division of Nucor Steel has been successful. The company has made $1.8 billion in profits. A total of $1.3 billion has been paid out in payroll and $78 million has been paid in taxes.

In closing, Ferriola made a commitment.

“I want to look to the future,” he said. “I promise there will be a Nucor Steel in Crawfordsville, Ind., 25 years from now.”

Each attendee was presented with a book created by the Journal Review in a partnership with the Nucor staff.

City to honor officer’s sacrifice

August 27, 2014

An evening of special events will take place today on the 40th anniversary of the death of Crawfordsville Police Officer Lieutenant Russell Baldwin.

Baldwin was shot and killed at 9:07 p.m. Aug. 27, 1974, while responding to an armed robbery at the Grab It Here grocery store. Baldwin, a 12-year member of the Crawfordsville Police Department, was 44 when he was gunned down by William “Billy” Gaddis of Indianapolis.

A private memorial ceremony will take place at Lt. Baldwin’s grave. Following the ceremony, a police escort will travel through the streets of Crawfordsville and will end up at the Baldwin Memorial site at Milligan Park. Residents are encouraged to line the street as a way to show appreciation for Lt. Baldwin and his family.

The escort will leave Oak Hill Cemetery at approximately 6:15 p.m. and travel to Lafayette Avenue, driving by the location where Lt. Baldwin was gunned down. The procession will continue onward to Market Street, turn onto South Washington Street, then travel south and turn onto South Boulevard. The procession will then turn onto Mill Street and arrive at Milligan Park at approximately 6:30 p.m.

There will be a short memorial service starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Lt. Baldwin Memorial, which is next to the baseball field. Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton, Crawfordsville Police Chief Mike Norman and others will speak.

Immediately following the ceremony there will be a softball game at the Baldwin Memorial Baseball Field. The Crawfordsville Police Department and the family of Lt. Baldwin encourage anyone and everyone to participate in the game. 

The evening’s activities will conclude at 9:07 p.m. when members of the public are invited to participate in a candlelight vigil.

Linden Depot Museum hosting the Purdue Boilermaker Train

August 26, 2014

The Linden Depot Museum announces that the Purdue Boilermaker Train will be at the museum on Sunday, August 31 from 2 to 4 pm.  Narrated tours through Linden will be offered every 15 minutes during that time.  Rides are free for museum members, and for the general public upon payment of the regular museum admission.

Annual memberships are $10 for singles, and $25 for families.  General admission is $4 for adults, and $1 for children age 12 and under.

Linden Depot Museum is located at 520 North Main Street (US Highway 231) in Linden, Indiana.  For further information call 765-427-3630.

U.S. 231 Bridge Closing

August 26, 2014

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces U.S. 231 will close on or after Tuesday, September 2 for a new bridge project.  The U.S. 231 Bridge will be replaced over a branch of Offield Creek located between County Roads 300 and 400 South.

Jack Isom Construction Co., Inc. was awarded the $956,880 contract.  The roadway is scheduled to reopen on October 17 of this year. 

The detour follows U.S. 231 north to State Road 234 west to State Road 47 north and then back to U.S. 231.  Traffic traveling in the opposite direction will use the same detour in reverse. 

For the latest news and information about INDOT, please visit www.in.gov/indot or www.trafficwise.IN.gov .