LOCAL NEWS

CPD Discovers Meth Lab

November 28, 2014

 

Two Crawfordsville men were arrested Sunday after local police officers discovered a methamphetamine lab in the 100 block of West Jefferson Street.

Crawfordsville police arrested Daniel L. Rose, 50, and Thomas A. Newlin, 48, to conclude a drug investigation that spanned over several months.

Crawfordsville Police Chief Mike Norman said his department became aware of a possible methamphetamine lab at the West Jefferson Street residence after receiving multiple reports.

“Several people informed us of activity in that area,” Norman said. “All those reports led us to further investigating the claims and discovering a meth lab.”

Crawfordsville police officers investigated activity tied to the residence with assistance from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police. During the investigation, police officers secured evidence of methamphetamine production.

Norman said officers then obtained a search warrant and discovered precursors indicative of manufacturing methamphetamine at the residence. Police officers also located finished product in Newlin’s possession.

The Crawfordsville Police Department will send the confiscated items to the Indiana State Police Lab in Indianapolis for further testing.

Rose was charged with possession of precursors with intent to manufacture and dealing methamphetamine. He was incarcerated into the Montgomery County Jail on a $15,000 surety/cash bond. He posted bail Sunday evening.

Newlin was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia. He was released from the jail Wednesday morning on a $1,000 cash-only bond.

Norman praised all the officers involved in the extended investigation.

“Law enforcement worked hard to clear a dangerous meth lab out of the community,” Norman said. “All the officers involved were diligent in discovering the lab, obtaining evidence and conducting the arrests.”

Cheer Cirtificate Campaign Begins Today

November 28, 2014

 

For 103 years, the Crawfordsville High School Sunshine Society Cheer Certificate campaign has been helping make the holidays a bit brighter for area families in need.

The annual effort, which is a collaboration between the high school service club and Tri Kappa sorority, kicks off today. This year, Tri Kappa has agreed to match donations up to $2,500.

Financial donations from community members are collected and then awarded to local families in need in the form of cheer certificates. These certificates may be redeemed for grocery items at County Market and both Kroger locations in Crawfordsville. The value of each certificate ranges according to family size.

This year’s goal is to raise $20,000. Last year, the campaign raised $15,240.

“For 103 years the Montgomery County community has come together during the holiday season to support one another through the Cheer Certificate campaign,” said Nicolle Rockenbaugh, faculty co-sponsor. “It is a wonderful opportunity for community members to focus on others during the holiday season, either through referring individuals and families in need or making financial donations.”

The annual campaign is made up of two phases, both of which begin today. The referral phase lasts one week, while the donation phase continues through mid-January.

During the referral phase residents can nominate an individual or family to receive a cheer certificate. All referrals must be on an official form or a form that contains all of the same information. The official form appears in today’s edition of the Journal Review. The form will be published regularly throughout the referral phase, which ends Dec. 5.

All of the information included on the form should be printed or typed clearly and correctly. A person may submit up to four referrals. Completed referral forms may be mailed to P.O. Box 368, Crawfordsville, IN 47933, and must be postmarked by Dec. 5.

Referral forms also will be available online at www.journalreview.com or may be picked up at the Journal Review office, 119 N. Green St.

At the conclusion of the referral phase, Tri Kappa sorority members will then sort the referrals and generate a list of eligible recipients. This process usually takes two working days as all of the names are entered into a database to make certain that no one is missed and that no family or individual gets more than one certificate. Tri Kappa also accepts referrals from the Family Nutrition program, local schools and other agencies.

Once a list of eligible recipients is generated the second phase of the project begins — raising the donations and issuing the certificates.

Donation forms also will appear regularly in the Journal Review and are available online and at the newspaper office. Donations may be made in honor of or in memory of family or friends, or donations may be made anonymously. All donor names will be printed in the newspaper. Donations should be mailed to the Sunshine Society, P.O. Box 243, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. “On Thanksgiving, we give thanks for what we have,” said Emily Race, faculty co-sponsor. “Then we have the opportunity to share out of that abundance with those who do not have enough.”

All donations remain in the community. Donations are accepted through mid-January as the cheer certificates are valid until February.

Downtown Party Night

November 28, 2014

 

Local shoppers can enjoy holiday shopping specials and family activities 6-11 p.m. Saturday during Crawfordsville’s annual Downtown Party Night. This year’s theme is “ReKindle the Holidays.” The event is sponsored by Crawfordsville Main Street.

Several merchants and eateries will extend their operating hours to offer special sales and serve refreshments. The evening includes live entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus.

“We want to try to rekindle the spirit and memories of shopping downtown Crawfordsville,” Main Street member Becky Hurt said. “There is going to be a lot going on and the weather looks to be no problem.”

The event will kickoff at 6 p.m. with a special lighting of the courthouse Christmas tree followed by the lighting of 500 luminaries lining the downtown streets. Lighting the tree will be Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton and local resident Marlene Simonds, who is credited for starting Downtown Party Night in her store more than 30 years ago.

Santa Clause will receive visitors from 6-9 p.m. at Davis Photography, 105 E. Main St., and carriage rides will be available at the corner of West Main and Washington streets.

The Sugar Creek Players will entertain party-goers at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Vanity Theater. The concert feature entertainers from 5 to 16 years old who will sing popular Christmas tunes. Admission is free.

Party-goers also can stroll the three-block area with a group of carolers singing Christmas favorites. Live instrumental music provided by Crawfordsville High School band members and band boosters will be played at the Marie Canine Plaza at the corner of East Main and North Green streets.

Twelve artisan booths can be found at 111 N. Washington St.

“We rented the former Homestead building so we would have a place for the arts booths,” Hurt said. “The local artists will be displaying their artwork and shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase items.”

Two young artisans will display homemade jewelery at the PKRD Building, 103 E. Main St. Liddy McCarty and Olivia Biddle, who are both Hoover Elementary School students, have been making bracelets, rings and necklaces for the past nine months. The young entrepreneurs are looking toward the party night as their first attempt to sell their wares.

“I am excited about our booth,” McCarty said. “I am looking forward to meeting the people and I think our jewelery will make great presents for all occasions. My mom is very crafty and she has helped us get started.”

McCarty is the daughter of Matt and Misty McCarty and Biddle is the daughter of Ellen Biddle.

Healing Arts Center owner Becca Arrick is bringing a new twist to downtown party night. She will accept $20 donations for the Home for Friendless Animals and/or the FISH Food Pantry. Donors will receive a 20-minute chair massage or a gift certificate for one massage. Anyone donating at least $100 will receive a full-body massage gift certificate. Arrick will have a silent auction for a lighthouse painting by local artist Judith Lynn Smith. Smith’s work is on display at the Healing Arts Center. Silent auction proceeds will go toward the winner’s choice of the two charities.

“I wanted to help pack our pantries for people and animals,” Arrick said.

Crawfordsville resident Faith Gooding, who is a student at Purdue University, is the reigning Miss Indianapolis. She will be available for photos for a fee. Net proceeds from the photos will be given to the REINdear program organized by the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau.

Communities offer free Thanksgiving dinners

Crawfordsville to serve traditional meal

The 2014 Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 212 E. Wabash Ave. 

Organizers plan to begin the day with a Community Worship Service from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Home deliveries will begin at 11 a.m.; transportation services will begin at 11 a.m. Seating begins at 11:15 a.m. for the worship service with dinner being served from noon to 3 p.m.

The free menu will include a traditional meal of turkey, noodles, mashed potatoes, seasoned green beans, homemade dressing, applesauce, cranberry sauce, rolls, butter and an assortment of desserts and beverages.

The dinner was established many years ago for no particular group or individuals, but instead to provide a time for community members to come together and share in the day. 

“We invite Wabash men who are unable to travel home for the holidays, parents who have children visiting from a distance and are unable to accommodate the visiting families, brothers and sisters who are together after periods of separation and would enjoy time to catch-up without the hassle of food preparation and clean-up, and those who would otherwise be spending the holidays alone or those who are without the means of preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal,” co-organizer Sheila Zachary said.

Last year more than 900 meals were served, and organizers anticipate they will see an increase in numbers due to the current economic crises facing the country.

For more information on how to volunteer or make a donation, contact Mark or Sheila Zachary at 376-4365 or 376-9624 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. If time is at the premium, financial support is as important. Contributions can be mailed to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, P.O. Box 23, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. Make all checks payable to “Community Thanksgiving Dinner.”

Waynetown

welcomes all

to the table

Turkey with all the trimmings will be served at the annual Waynetown Christian Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday. 

The menu includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, noodles, corn casserole, green beans and rolls. A variety of homemade pies also will be available. The meal is free.

Last year the church served nearly 600 meals. Organizers are preparing for an increase this year as more people take advantage of the free meal.

“We know the need is increasing out in our community for food as our requests for our food pantry increases,” organizer Linda Ballard said. “But, we also have people who do not want to cook a big meal so they come eat and then they go home for their family time.”

The church started serving the dinner 12 years ago. At that time the main reason was, and continues to be, so people can have somewhere to go on Thanksgiving.

“No one needs to be alone on Thanksgiving,” Ballard said. “We started this to give people a place to go for good fellowship and a good meal. It has grown and now we have people who bring their families as part of their family tradition.”

To schedule a meal delivery, call the church at 765-234-2554.

Ladoga serves

holiday helpings

Organizers for Ladoga Christian Church’s community Thanksgiving meal are preparing for a bigger event the second time around.

Last year was the first time the church offered a free turkey meal on the holiday, and several lessons were learned, said Danielle Burkholder.

“We are much better prepared this year,” Burkholder said. “Also, the church and community seems to be more excited about it this year.”

The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ladoga Christian Church. The event is planned by the church, but Burkholder said it has quickly turned into a community activity.

“We had a lot of people help from the church last year, but this year we have the church members and others from the community,” Burkholder said. “I am able to delegate a lot of the jobs this year.”

One new addition to the event should make those who love desserts happy. 

“This year we are having the Southmont High School home economic classes prepare all the desserts,” Burkholder said. “We are giving them the money and they are making pumpkin pies, brownies and an assortment of cookies. I think it is a great way to get more young people involved and we will make sure they take home notices about the dinner so more people will know.”

Last year the church served 161 meals. Burkholder said the church plans to serve 275 meals this Thanksgiving, which includes roasting nine large turkeys. All food this year will be homemade, including the noodles.

Burkholder said there has been a larger effort this year to get the word out about the free meal.

“We have reached out to more people this year,” Burkholder said. “We have contacted the schools to let families know, and we even have fliers in New Ross and Roachdale. We just do not want anyone to go without a Thanksgiving dinner this year.”

For those who are shut-in or cannot make it to the meal, volunteers will make deliveries. To order a meal, contact Burkholder at 765-401-1254.

Burkholder said anyone wishing to volunteer, provide food or even make a cash donation, should contact her.

Pie run kicks off holiday

Why not get in a work out before you over-indulge at the Thanksgiving table? Join several running and walking enthusiasts in another local holiday tradition — the Thanksgiving Day Pie Run and Walk. 

The annual event is sponsored by the Crawfordsville Park and Recreation Department.

Not only can runners or walkers participate in a competitive 5K course, there also will be a 2-mile run/walk and a free 200-yard Kid’s Run on Thursday morning. The event takes place along the Sugar Creek Trail and will begin and finish at Rock River Ridge Trailhead.

“We try to offer something for all ages and ability levels,” event organizer Katie Linn said. “We have a good time and then people disperse to their other Thanksgiving Day activities.”

Registration is being accepted online and at the Park and Rec Department until noon today. Race day registration begins at 8 a.m. The 5K is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. The 200-yard Free Kid’s Run will start at 9:05 a.m. and the 2-mile walk/run will begin at 9:20 a.m. Registration fee is $25.

Cash awards will be presented to the top finishers in the 5K race. The top male and female 5K runners receive $100, and the second place male and female participants receive $50. Third place male and female participants will receive $25.

As participants finish the races, tickets to claim a pie and a Jimmy John’s sandwich are randomly distributed. Each participant receives a T-shirt.

Strollers and leashed pets are welcome.

Proceeds from the event go to the upkeep of the Sugar Creek Trail. Anyone wanting to make a donation to the trail may do so by making a check out to Crawfordsville Park and Recreation Department at 922 E. South Blvd., Crawfordsville, IN 47933.