LOCAL NEWS

Schulz named Turkey Run principal

July 31, 2015

Scott Schulz has been named as principal for Turkey Run Jr.-Sr. High School. He replaces Mike Schimpf who accepted the principal’s position at South Putnam High School.

“I feel extremely blessed to be serving the students, staff and families of Turkey Run Jr/Sr High School,” Schulz said. “I look forward to a great year as North Central Parke forges onward to spectacular heights.”

Schulz comes to Turkey Run from Rossville, where he served as principal. He also has administration experience at Random Lake High School, Random Lake, Wisc. His teaching experience includes band at Munster High School; band and calculus at Culver Community Schools; and band at West Bend East High School, West Bend, Wisc. and Brown Deer High School, Brown Deer, Wisc.

A native of Wisconsin, Schulz attended high school at Hartford Union High School in Hartford, Wisc. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and a bachelor of science degree from Valparaiso University and master of science degree in educational administration degree from Concordia University-Wisconsin, Mequon Wisc.

He and his wife, Lori, along with their children, Clara and Cohen, reside in West Lafayette.

MUFFY ready to hit new heights

July 31, 2015

The annual Montgomery United Fund For You campaign is gearing up for another season. The campaign, now in its 45th year, raises funds for 18 agencies that all have one thing in common — helping people.

On Wednesday, MUFFY conducted coordinator training for individuals who will help raise finds inside large and small industries. The breakfast meeting at Wabash College was labeled as the Community Campaign and Pacesetter Kickoff.

MUFFY Executive Director David Johnson welcomed attendees and gave a brief overview of what has been happening with MUFFY and what is planned in the near future. Johnson announced the campaign goal for 2015 is $425,000, but he also made it clear MUFFY is about more than money.

“MUFFY is about the people of our community,” Johnson said. “Whether the people are helping raise funds or are the benefactors from one of the agencies, we continue to be all about people.”

LaCinda Stephens, who is a co-founder of New Beginnings Childcare, described how MUFFY helped her and other parents in the community when additional childcare was needed.

“MUFFY was the seed that helped us get New Beginnings started,” she said. “Our proposed budget was $16,000 short and Dave Johnson called us to talk to us about our idea of a new childcare facility. When he asked how we were going to make up the budget shortfall we did not have an answer. Dave than told us that MUFFY would give us the $16,000 and that was such a marvelous relief.”

The 2015 MUFFY chairman is Hoosier Heartland State Bank president Brad Monts. The South Montgomery School Corporation School Board president hopes to get more first-time donors involved.

“I would love to get 100 percent participation, even if the most anyone gives is $1,” Monts said. “We need great participation to see how it can impact a community. I know one thing, if we don’t ask, we won’t get anything.”

A $50,000 matching grant from the Indiana Association of United Way and Eli Lilly Endowment is available for first time. The grant will match funds from any new donor, or to any group that raises funds that exceed that group’s last year’s total. 

“The grant is going to allow new donors to double their gifts,” Johnson said. “We believe the grant money will go fast and it is on a first-come first-served basis.”

This year’s campaign team leadership also includes: Tracey Barr, Industrial; Zach Hockersmith, Commercial; Jim Brown, Residential; Steve Akers, Special Gifts; Terry Cline, Public Service; and Jill Pursell, Small business.

Ride for Addi Saturday

July 31, 2015

Addi Leslie, a six-year-old Linden girl, is proving to be a quite a warrior. Her fight against cancer has caught the attention of Crawfordsville firefighters, and they have named her the beneficiary of their Sixth Annual Cancer Benefit Ride. 

Saturday’s motorcycle ride is sponsored by the Local IAFF #4143. Seth Nichols, Crawfordsville firefighter and event organizer, first heard about Addi’s plight from a fellow firefighter who knows the Leslie family.

“Brian McCoy suggested Addi and the union members decided that is who we wanted to help,” Nichols said.

Addi’s family will split the proceeds with the firefighters union’s Cancer Relief Fund. The firefighter relief fund was started to help one of their own six years ago — Joe Mitton, who succumbed to cancer Feb. 7, 2012.

“When Joe was fighting cancer we started the bike ride to help his family with the medical expenses,” Nichols said. “Joe passed away a couple of years later and we have been putting the funds into the relief fund. We have built the fund up and feel it is time to split the proceeds with a local child who is fighting cancer.”

“We want to put money into the hands of Addi’s family to help pay for expenses that insurance will not cover,” Nichols added.

Addi is the daughter of Tim and Andrea Leslie. She also has four siblings, Chelsey, 15, Kinley, 6, Braden, 2, and Grayson, six months.

Addi first went to the hospital Aug. 24, 2014, because she was suffering from severe headaches and vomiting. Medical test showed she actually had a rare pediatric brain tumor.

“We went from having a normal life to having a very hectic one in a matter of one day,” Andrea said.

Addi started chemotherapy Sept. 11, 2014, Doctors hope to control the tumor with chemotherapy so that it does not grow until she is old enough to undergo radiation.

The Leslie family continues to face large medical bills. Hoosier Heartland State Bank is accepting donations for the family in the name of Pray for Addi. There also is a Pray for Addi Facebook account that Andrea updates regularly. 

Registration for the benefit ride will be 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crawfordsville Municipal Building, 300 E. Pike St. Riders will travel to the 36 Saloon in Rockville before heading back to Mitton’s grave site at the Waynetown Masonic Cemetery. Two Waynetown Firefighters, Charlie Melvin and Joe Crain, will stand guard at the graveyard site in memory of Mitton.

Riders will then leave for Crawfordsville and arrive at the Creekside Lodge for dinner. At the restaurant the public is invited to donate to the cause. T-shirts also will be for sale. Creekside is participating by donating 10 percent of its proceeds from 5 p.m. until close. 

Registration fees are $20 per motorcycle and $5 for each additional rider and is open to the public.

For more information, contact Nichols at 376-3486; or go online at www.IAFF414.org.

Crawfordsville begins street work Thursday

July 22, 2015

The city will be milling and repaving the following city streets starting on Thursday:

• Wabash Avenue (Grace Ave to US 136)

• Englewood Drive (US 136 to SR 32)

• Pine Street (Binford to Market St)

• Elm Street (South Blvd to South entrance to Whitlock Place)

• Spring Street (Walnut St to Green St)

• Pine Stine (Wabash Ave to Pike St)

• Glenn Street (Wabash Ave to Bridge)

“To do this we will require all vehicles be removed from the above mentioned streets prior to 6 a.m. on Thursday,” Street Commissioner Scott Hesler said. “Any vehicles not removed by this time will be towed at the owner’s expense. Please keep all vehicles off of the streets until the project is complete.” 

Weather delays are possible.

“We will mill all streets prior to paving,” Hesler said. “Meaning there might be a few days gap between when your street is milled and when it is repaved. The contractor determines this schedule.”

Should you have any questions you can contact Hesler at 364-5166 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.