Old jail to offer fresh seafood

Jan 4, 2013

A Crawfordsville facility that once housed inmates will now house White Pacific shrimp.

The Montgomery County jail is being converted into a fresh seafood business.

James Leaming and his family now own the property.

He plans to use it for raising and selling the shrimp.

"It is very suitable for raising fish, because of the walls being cement block stand well to humidity, which there is a lot of humidity in raising fish," said Leaming.  "There are a lot of drains, so, I decided that it would make sense."

Ivy Tech is ready to open up one of its campuses.

The community college plans to start hosting classes at its new Crawfordsville facility in January.

The City’s Director of Planning and Community Development Brandy Allen says the site is much needed for students in the area.

“We have several students from Montgomery County that were driving to Lafayette to Ivy Tech," she said, "so, because of the number of students we had that we were sending further away and making that less affordable for them, it was determined that that was a  good investment.”

Two area cities are on the list of finalists for the state’s “Stellar Communities” initiative.

Delphi and Crawfordsville are competing with five other of Indiana’s smaller cities and towns for grant money to fund comprehensive community development projects.

The Lieutenant Governor’s spokesperson Jay Kenworthy says the state selection committee will visit all seven finalists before making a decision.

Each finalist community will receive ten-thousand-dollars to prepare an in-depth Strategic Investment Plan proposal.

Crawfordsville voters will decide the future of one of the school district’s older structures.

Administrators say Tuttle Middle School is deteriorating and in need of repairs.

They say it will cost as much as $35-million to rebuild and are asking tax payers to help.

The Crawfordsville Community School Corporation is putting the project to a referendum on the November ballot.

It’s not expected to cost residents anymore because the High School construction debt is going off of the tax rate this year.

Metal processing plant coming to Montgomery County

Jan 11, 2012

A metal processing company is building a new factory in Crawfordsville.

Herr-Voss Stamco will construct the 20,000 square-foot facility in the Nucor Road Industrial Corridor, southeast of the city.

The company is expecting to employ 25 people in high-wage positions at the location by 2014.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is offering Herr-Voss Stamco up to 225-thousand dollars in conditional tax credits based on the job creation plans.

Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin this year.