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Seeing Double: Southmont's Cody brothers are twin linemen

Opposing teams aren’t seeing double when they look across at Southmont’s offensive line. Instead, they’re only seeing Corey and Mason Cody, the twin brothers — both linemen in their junior season — on the Mounties’ varsity football team.

The Cody brothers. The Cody twins. Cody squared. Many times, it’s just Cody.

“There’s probably 10 different nicknames,” Mason said. “Whatever works for whoever it is.”

No, there’s no need for teams to do a double take. Though in middle school some opponents may have been a bit confused when the twins swapped places on the line in an attempt to throw teams off.

It never really worked anyway.

“I feel like it helped us more,” Corey said. “It gave us the mental aspect of, ‘Oh man, we’re throwing them a curve ball.’”

They like to have fun with it when they can, even when they were younger. It was several years ago, when they were 3 or 4 years old, when they got into some trouble. Their dad, Sean, put them in timeout where they had to stand, facing each other, with their backs against opposite walls.

“Dad said we weren’t allowed to move,” Corey said. “So instead of moving, we took our clothes off and switched them.”

When their dad returned he was furious until they told him they only swapped their clothes.

“He got to laughing so hard that we weren’t in trouble anymore,” Corey said.

It can be amusing. Even Desson Hannum, Southmont’s head football coach, is confused at times.

“It’s not intentional,” Mason said. “But it’s funny when it happens.”

With both playing guard on the offensive line, it can be easy to do. 

“If I mess up a block, he’ll say, ‘Mason!’” Corey said. “And I’ll just look back and say, ‘It’s Corey, Coach.’”

Hannum remembers the recent mix-up, but says it doesn’t happen often. He’s known the Cody’s for years and have watched them grow up through the football program. 

For others, though, it happens regularly.

“It depends on who the people are, but it can usually happen on a daily basis,” Mason said. “Once or twice a day.”

Mainly it’s new students, new teachers and substitute teachers, they say.

There are differences between the two boys though. The biggest is in size. Both are 5-foot-8, but Mason is listed at 215 pounds and Corey is listed at 190. The size gap happened last spring. Mason spent more time in the weight room and also competed in the discus throw event for the track and field team while Corey played baseball. 

They both wrestle at Southmont, too.

As for football, both are exactly the kind of players Hannum wants involved in his program.

“Those two boys have been some of our hardest workers,” Hannum said. “You know that they’re going to be there, that you can count on them and that they’re going to do what they need to do. And they’re just good kids.”

Residents recall the rumbling

MACE — Residents only had about 15 minutes to take cover before the rumbling hit and the tornadoes began to do their damage.

“The TV was out of control!” exclaimed 3-year-old Zachary.

The young boy was staying with his grandmother in Linnsburg when the warnings were sent. She gave Zachary a Popsicle and a pillow, and the two of them took cover in the hallway.

Many residents in Mace and Linnsburg, some who suffered severe storm and tornado damage to their properties, were also able to get to safety. But they had to do it quickly.

“It went from totally calm to ‘Run,’” said Brian Amick of Linnsburg with a snap of his fingers. “It pretty much shook the entire house.”

No injuries are being reported, but several homes and barns sustained severe storm damage. Some barns and corn fields were destroyed.

Julie Davis of Mace was supposed to be celebrating her daughter’s birthday, but instead found herself outside assessing the damage done to her property. Her large front yard tree — destroyed. Her yard was a complete mess of debris, both of trees and her porch. Power lines were done on the property her family had just bought last week. 

Across the street from Davis, Jeanne Day and Diana McCormick stood outside in disbelief that a tornado had ripped through their town once again.

“This is the third time since I’ve lived here that we’ve had a tornado,” Day said. “This was closer. We’ve never had it go right in here before.”

This one was the worst I’ve felt since I’ve been here,” McCormick agreed. “The rumbling was a lot louder.”

Day explained it began with wind. The wind picked up, the thunder moved in and then a rumble like a freight train could be heard right outside of her home.

However, Day, McCormick and Amick all agreed they were lucky. Their towns were lucky. It could have been worse.

For Gary Anderson of Mace, who walked around his property looking at three destroyed barns, another one severely damaged and at least a million dollars worth of antique tractors among the debris, he was lucky for another reason.

Anderson had several friends come out to help him with the rubble, and they all understood the disbelief he was feeling. One of them actually lost his brother in the tornado that ripped through the same area in May 1995.

Anderson’s friend E.J. Dixon sold him the crops that also fell victim to the storm’s destruction.

“This is when you find out who your friends are,” Dixon said.

Two tornadoes believed to have caused damage

LINNSBURG — Two EF-1 tornadoes are believed to have ripped through parts of southeast Montgomery County on Wednesday, causing significant damage to as many as 30 homes and barns and several acres of crops. 

Many power lines also were reported down. Duke Energy reported 300 people were affected by the outages. Crews were still assessing the damage.

At approximately 2:45 p.m., a tornado reportedly touched down near C.R. 200S, just northeast of Nucor Steel. Trees there were reportedly snapped in two. The funnel cloud continued eastward, destroying crops and trees in its path.

Joe Frey said he lost complete fields of corn as the stalks were either snapped off or were flattened on the ground.

The storm continued toward Linnsburg, where it destroyed barns and damaged homes and crops.

Immediately following the first report, Montgomery County Sheriff Mark Casteel responded to Linnsburg. While driving in the area he witnessed a second funnel cloud.

“There had to be two tornadoes,” Casteel said. “I was out here responding to the first reported funnel and as I was driving the second one went right over me.”

Several homes and outbuildings were damaged in Linnsburg. A grain bin was thrown into the middle of

C.R. 550E.

The storm then ripped its way further east causing more damage. A farm owned by Merideth Manges sustained damage to two barns and his residence.

New Ross Volunteer Firefighters responded to an electrical transformer fire in their town and quickly extinguished it.

American Red Cross responders reported to a command post at Mace to serve emergency responders with drinks and food. They also were available to help residents in need of emergency assistance.

“We will be here as long as we are needed,” Casteel said. “Linnsburg Road will be closed for a while because a large silo fell into the middle of the road.”

All three county school corporations delayed dismissing students until the sheriff’s department reported it was safe to do so. Some Crawfordsville school buses were pulled off the road and students were ushered into school facilities until the threat passed.

The tornadoes in Montgomery County were the first of several reported in the state. 

Indiana State Police reported about a dozen people were injured, none seriously, in Howard County, where an EF-3 tornado struck Kokomo. A 5-month-old child suffered a laceration in Montgomery County. 

Gov. Mike Pence returned to his home state Wednesday evening. The Republican vice presidential candidate was campaigning in North Carolina when the twisters touched down across Indiana. 

Pence, as well as officials with the National Weather Service are expected to visit Montgomery County today to assess the damage.

‘Fill the Boot’ and help the MDA

Members of the Crawfordsville Fire Department Local #4143 are set to kick off  the fire fighter’s annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association find urgently needed treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility.

More than 40 fire fighters from Local #4143 will fan out across the city with boots in hand for this year’s drive Thursday through Saturday. The Crawfordsville community will be able to find their local firefighters collecting throughout the Ironman National Pro Racing event.

“For more than 60 years, firefighters have stood on the front lines with MDA in the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of these life-threatening muscle diseases,” said Fundraising Coordinator Haley Morris. “Each year, Crawfordsville firefighters dedicate countless hours of their time participating in Fill the Boot drives and at MDA Summer Camp. We’re grateful for their steadfast drive and uncommon caring toward the kids and adults we serve and look forward to working together once again to make this Fill the Boot season a huge success.”

MDA’s spirited Fill the Boot campaign is an honored tradition in which thousands of dedicated firefighters in hometowns across America hit the streets or storefronts asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA, using their collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger.

Funds raised through 2016 Crawfordsville Fill the Boot events empower families with life-enhancing resources and support that open new possibilities and maximize independence so they can experience the world without any limits. 

Contributions also help MDA’s efforts to fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Centers at Riley Children’s Hospital and IU Health’s Neuroscience Center in Downtown Indianapolis. They also help send more than 70 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at no cost to their families at Bradford Woods in Martinsville.

As MDA’s largest national partner, the IAFF fuels MDA’s mission to find research breakthroughs across diseases; care for kids and adults from day one; and provide families with services and support. 

IAFF support for MDA began in 1954 when the organization committed by proclamation to support MDA until a cure is found, and the organization’s unwavering commitment to MDA has remained strong to this day. The IAFF raised $100,000 for MDA in 1955, and $1 million in 1970, and fire fighters continue to raise the bar in their fundraising efforts. In 2015, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $25.5 million. To date the IAFF has raised $583 million for MDA.

The International Association of Firefighters represents more than 300,000 professional firefighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the nation’s population. More than 3,200 affiliates and their members protect communities in every state in the United States and in Canada.

MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

Learn how you can fund cures, find care and champion the cause at www.mda.org.

South is planning on being proactive

NEW MARKET — The South Montgomery Community School Corporation has been discussing the best way to handle its multi-million dollar renovation and campus improvement plan for several months.

At a work session in a packed New Market cafeteria Tuesday night, many board members and some in the audience felt the money should be spent proactively now, rather than reactively down the road.

“Maybe we need to be a little more proactive and promote our schools and maybe our ADM (average daily membership) numbers will hang in there better,” school board member Kyle Blaydes said. “Everything is a risk because this is a lot of money here and we’re making decisions for other people. But maybe ... we can take the thought of being scared of closing another school and get that off the table by doing some things in our corporation to better them for every location.”

The corporation is currently looking at renovations and upgrades at each of the three elementary schools, the junior high, the high school and the athletic facilities. 

The cost of the project is projected to be around $34 million. However, some of that cost is rolling off as the board removes unnecessary projects.

Taxes are projected to possibly lower with this plan, but ideas such as installing a synthetic turf and putting money into a school that might close are causing some hesitancy.

If the school board, and the corporation as a whole, takes on a proactive mindset, Southmont teacher and coach Jon Sparks said the project gives the district’s schools a chance to stand out rather than fit in.

“What are we doing that’s not just keeping up with the Jones’?” Sparks asked the school board. “What are we doing that’s going to be pushing us out in front?”

There is a good amount of money that will go toward fixing problems that already exist, such as roof replacements that are overdue and upgrades to schools’ HVAC systems. In fact, South Montgomery had an issue with their air conditioning units not working properly just this past week. But if

millions of dollars are going to be spent, taxpayers, teachers and the board are wanting to spend it wisely. 

One of the projects the school is taking a proactive approach to is upgrades to bathroom facilities. Though the board is unsure whether it will build an outdoor locker room facility, it would be built with gender inclusive options. The corporation is also looking to provide these options within the high school.

“We want to make sure that we’re prepared,” school board President Brad Monts said. “There are some improvements that need to be made, so we want to make sure we’re looking at that now.”