LOCAL NEWS

State Treasurer Richard Mourdock Submits Resignation

Septmeber 2, 2014
State Treasurer Richard Mourdock today submitted a letter of resignation to Governor Mike Pence. The treasurer’s resignation is effective at the close of business today, August 29, 2014.
In the letter to the Governor, Treasurer Mourdock noted that he is leaving the office early -- his term would have expired at the end of the year -- to pursue other professional interests, particularly those relative to helping Americans save for retirement and for post-high school education.
In a meeting with the Treasurer’s Office staff to inform them of his resignation, Treasurer Mourdock noted the accomplishments of the past seven and one half years, specifically noting that:
All audits performed on the office and the quasi-governmental agencies under the treasurer were issued as “clean” and unconditional.
Despite historically low interest rates the states investments have done well, with Major Moves monies earning more than 5%.
Enrollment in college savings plans increased by 1200% and almost $3 billion is now being saving by Hoosiers for post high school education.
Indiana’s wireless 9-1-1 system remains one of the best in the world, and one of the few to have already adopted “text to 9-1-1”, receiving three times more emergency text messages than all the other states’ systems combined.
Public money is safer than ever due to the collateralization program implemented two years ago by the Indiana Board for Depositories.
More than 200 units of local government are now saving money in TrustINdiana, the state’s local government pool created during Mourdock’s tenure.
“But all of us know those are not solely my accomplishments but your accomplishments as well, and I’m proud to have been a part of all that was required to achieve so much,” Treasurer Mourdock told his staff.

Richmond Music Festival

September 2, 2014
Music lovers will find nirvana in Richmond, Indiana September 12-14. Two world famed groups with ties to Richmond are
scheduled to perform on consecutive evenings. The Jeff Hamilton Trio, Friday night (Sept. 12) and the Deacon Jones Blues Band, Saturday
night (Sept. 13). Hamilton and Jones are both Richmond Indiana natives and graduates of Richmond High School.
Jeff Hamilton has been named Best Jazz Drummer by Modern Drummer magazine for seven years in a row. He regularly records or
performs with Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Michael Buble, Queen Latifah, Willie Nelson, Gladys Knight, Ella
Fitzgerald, Barry Manilow and many others.
Deacon Jones has recorded with Curtis Mayfield, Freddie King, Elvin Bishop, Eddie Money, Dr. John, Gregg Allman, Buddy Miles, jammed
with such noteworthy artists as Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan among others and spent 18
years playing with famed American blues singer, songwriter & guitarist, John Lee Hooker.
The concerts are part of the annual weekend that celebrates music and the Starr-Gennett company’s Richmond history and Gennett
Records impact on the recording industry. This year the celebration of recorded Jazz and Blues music has virtually exploded across the
community into a Richmond Music Festival. Richmond’s Main Street ties the weekend’s events together from the Earlham College campus
on the west to the Glen Miller Park on the east. The three day fest of music, arts and fun runs from early morning Friday through to the
evening on Sunday. Making it a weekend that can’t be missed.

History Beneath Us returns to Study

September 2, 2014

The History Beneath Us archaeology program returns to the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to continue the excavation of the reflecting pool in General Wallace’s backyard.

Dr. Chris Moore from the University of Indianapolis will return with archaeology students to continue excavating two different areas of the property. One unit, near the Carriage House, is nearing completion. Some evidence of building materials and a burned area were previously found there. Multiple units are open near the reflecting pool, so there will be plenty of opportunities to help dig and, hopefully, find the wall of the reflecting pool.

Visitors to the grounds will be able to observe the archaeologists at work, examine the findings as they are uncovered and participate in parts of the process by scraping dirt with trowels and screening for artifacts alongside the excavation crew. For families with smaller children, the Archaeologist Training area offers them the chance to dig in a separate area where they will be sure to find “artifacts.”

The “History Beneath Us” program is free and open to the public.

For further information on History Beneath Us and other upcoming events, contact the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum at 362-5769 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Park and Rec hosts Doggie Pool Party

September 2, 2014

Dogs had their day as pet owners celebrated Saturday at Milligan Park Pool.

The Crawfordsville Park and Recreation Department hosted its annual Doggie Pool Party to raise funds for the Animal Welfare League. Pet owners were recommended to give a $3 donation, but some gave more.

“I think this is the best idea Crawfordsville has had,” pet owner Rich Corp said. “Dogs usually do not get a chance to play in the water or with other dogs. The Park and Rec Department had a great idea here.”

Corp brought his two golden retrievers, Ginger and Ishka. The mother-daughter pair enjoyed retrieving toys from the pool’s deep end.

The Park and Recreation Department drained the pool the weekend before the pool party. Water mostly stood in the deep end of the pool.

“We had this set up so that it was one last hurrah for the dogs,” Park and Recreation Director Fawn Johnson said. “This may be one of the few times during the year that dogs can run around off their leashes. The focus was on them.”

Animal Welfare League board members also attended the pool party and were pleased with the fundraiser.

“We survive mostly on donations,” AWL board member Kathleen Kyle said. “Every little bit helps. The Park and Rec Department did this free of charge, and we greatly appreciate it.”

Wabash Freshman Visit ASI

August 29, 2014

Consumers from Abilities Services Inc.’s day program are riding high following a visit from a group of Wabash College men.

Several members of the Class of ’18 volunteered Wednesday at the local organization that provides services to people with developmental disabilities and their families. Their visit was part of the college’s annual Community Service Day. Sixteen groups of students, each led by a faculty member, fanned out throughout Crawfordsville to assist in a variety of service projects.

The young men assigned to Dr. Michael Burch’s group helped at ASI, where they assembled two three-wheeled bicycles for the consumers. They also helped consumers in the cooking lab prepare a brunch of pancakes and sausage.

“The partnership with Wabash College is real important for ASI,” said Robert Cook, executive director. “Equally, it is important for our consumers to interact with these top quality men and see the examples that they are setting for our community ... The laughter and enthusiasm we witnessed was priceless.”

The bicycles (Wabash red, of course), helmets and other gear were purchased with funds from a grant ASI received from Montgomery United Fund For You. 

“We would like to give a big thanks for the young men who volunteered their time to join us,” said Beth Smith, assistant programming coordinator.

The group did much more than ASI staff had originally planned.

“Each of them took it upon themselves to find their own way to interact consumers in a unique way,” Smith said.

Michelle Leonard-Smith, director of administration, said the college was well represented with a tremendous group of young men who were more than willing to jump in and help out.

“Community integration is a large part of what we do, and by having these young men join our programming we were able to give some consumers an opportunity to interact that they might not get otherwise,” she said.

ASI is already looking forward to next fall and the Class of 2019 joining them for another successful affair. 

“We were able to forge new friendships today, and for most of our consumers, these are memories that will last a lifetime.”