Signature Chefs Auction to benefit March of Dimes Thursday

Oct 16, 2017 43

The March of Dimes is holding its “Signature Chefs Auction” this week in downtown Columbus. Derek Richey, a spokesman for the March of Dimes, says  that Thursday night’s event begins at 6 p.m. at the Commons. Richey explains that Thursday night’s event includes a speech from Mayor Jim Lienhoop talking about the good work done by Columbus Regional Health and the March of Dimes to help lower premature births. The evening includes a 90-minute session where you can taste creations from all of the chefs. After that, there will be a live auction with proceeds going to benefit the mission of the March of Dimes. Richey says the live auction includes a number of intriguing items: The featured chefs will include Jeff Karr, Catering by Karr Gethin Thomas, Henry’s Social Club  Alexa Lemley, 240Sweet Rosa Kelly, Silver Oaks Health Center Aubrey Smith, Ashlynn Leigh Cakes Carrie Douglas, C4 Instructor  Stephen Manning, Rails Craft Brew and Eatery  Ric Camu, Saladmaster For more information, you can visit the March of Dimes website. ...

Traffic stop leads to packaged meth, drug-dealing arrest

Oct 16, 2017 58

A traffic stop in North Vernon led to an arrest on drug-dealing charges Sunday. That’s after police dog Heros alerted to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle. Police say they recovered five grams of methamphetamine, broken up into five separate bags They also recovered digital scales, extra bags, a smoking pipe, snorting tube and other paraphernalia, says Sgt. Andrew Richmond, spokesman for the North Vernon Police Department. 24-year-old Jarod H. Schwacke, of North Vernon is facing preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine and possession of both methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. ...

Columbus leaf pickup starts today

Oct 16, 2017 34

The city of Columbus is starting its fall leaf pickup program today. Leaves will be picked up curbside for residents. That will be on the same day as your normal trash pickup. The city garage asks that you have the leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. But also do not rake your leaves into the street, as that can clog storm drains causing flooding. The city does not collect bagged leaves. If you want to bag your leaves, you will need to bring those to the compost site at 720 S. Mapleton next door to the city garage. You will have to dump the bags yourself. Leaf collection will run through December 15th If you need any more information you can go to the Department of Public Works link on the city’s website  or call (812) 376-2508. ...

BCSC preparing for new mental health initiative

Oct 13, 2017 74

The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation is preparing to strengthen its effort to address mental wellness. BCSC Superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts explains that the school corporation has received notice that it will receive $1.1 million from the Lilly Endowment as part of the it’s comprehensive counseling initiative for students in kindergarten through grade 12… Dr. Roberts says that BCSC is not looking at adding additional counselors, but rather in developing a holistic approach to mental health that will benefit all students and help them achieve academic and career success. He notes that the role of the school counselor has changed drastically over the years… Roberts says that BCSC is not looking at adding additional counselors, but will instead concentrate on developing a holistic approach to mental health that will benefit all students. Roberts says this gift would not have been possible without the help of community partners… Roberts adds that this grant will fund the BCSC initiative for four years. ...

Sleepy driver arrested on drug-related charges

Oct 13, 2017 143

A Columbus man was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop last night by Columbus police. 44-year-old Kevin D. Calvert is facing preliminary charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence, as well as possession of methamphetamine, a controlled substance, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. That’s on top of warrants from Decatur and Bartholomew counties for failing to show up for court. Officers stopped the vehicle at about 5:40 near 10th and Pearl streets. Calvert appeared to be falling asleep while talking to the officer and was taken into custody for the outstanding warrants says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus police. Officers allegedly found the drugs inside Calvert’s vehicle, Harris said. ...

Ethnic Expo underway this morning around City Hall

Oct 13, 2017 114

Ethnic Expo kicks off this morning in downtown Columbus. Events get underway in the streets around City Hall at 11 a.m. and are scheduled to run until about 10 p.m. tonight and Saturday. Mayor Jim Lienhoop talks about why this long-running event is important: First Financial Bank is the title sponsor for this year’s Ethnic Expo, the eighth year that the bank has assumed that role. Zac Nelson with First Financial Bank explains why the bank supports this event. Tonight’s entertainment includes Celtica on the City Hall plaza from 7 to 8 p.m., the Jay Fox Band from 8-9 p.m. on the First Street stage and Colin Matthews playing in the Biergarten starting at 9 p.m. Velvet Caravan will be the headline act at City Hall from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday with fireworks at 9 p.m. Germany is this year’s host country. The Ethnic Expo parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday. The mayor talks about his  highlights for the parade: The parade route will be: East on Eighth Street South... ...

Columbus offers program to rid owners of inoperable vehicles

Oct 12, 2017 98

The City of Columbus will begin marketing the Inoperable Vehicle Abatement Program next week. Robin Hilber, with the city’s Office of Community Development, says that the city has already successfully piloted this program. She explains that Columbus paid the towing fee for two vehicles while the vehicle owner received the full scrap metal value of the vehicle, each about $200. Columbus residents who are interested should call the Office of Community Development at (812) 376-2520. Those wishing to take part must have a clear title on the vehicle they wish to have scrapped. While there is no obligation to participate, city officials are reminding residents that the city council recently passed an Inoperable Vehicle Ordinance, which can result in fines for having unsightly, inoperable vehicles on private property. ...

Thrive Alliance addresses misconceptions about proposed homeless housing effort

Oct 12, 2017 95

The Thrive Alliance and city officials want to set the record straight about a proposed project aimed at addressing Columbus’ homeless problem. Mark Lindenlaub with Thrive Alliance took part in Thursday night’s forum at the Roby and America Anderson Community Center on the city’s east side. He says that there have been false reports in the media that mis-characterize the proposed project, which would likely be housed at the Victory Church at 17th Street and Home Avenue. Lindenlaub explains that the “Housing First” model allows people to have a place to live, which would then enable residents to address other issues. He says that currently, most renters require to you have any personal issues resolved before they will consider renting to you. Lindenlaub talks about the focus of the proposed project. Area residents turned out to express concerns about the proposal. Many argued that, while there needs to be a solution, the location under consideration isn’t a good fit. Lindenlaub says that an in-depth presentation will be presented to the... ...

Two Columbus residents arrested after traffic stop

Oct 12, 2017 90

Two Columbus residents were arrested on drug charges Wednesday after a traffic stop. Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, says that a deputy stopped a vehicle after he observed it speeding on southbound US 31 near County Road 550 North at 2:46 a.m. While speaking with the driver, 22-year-old Ashley Shuffitt, and her passenger, 25-year-old Levi Underwood, the deputy says he detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Jackson says that a search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of drugs and drug-related items. In addition, she says that additional drugs and drug-related items were found on Shuffitt after she was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail. Shuffitt is facing preliminary charges of: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated, Driving while Suspended with a Prior Conviction; Shuffitt is being held of $68,500 bond. Authorities say that a small bag containing a white, crystal substance, consistent with the look of methamphetamine, was found in Underwood’s wallet. He was... ...

Deputies seeking Franklin E. Byars as most wanted

Oct 12, 2017 112

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is looking for your help finding this week’s most wanted fugitive. Deputies are searching for 34-year-old Franklin Earl Byars. The is a white man, six feet three inches tall and about 165 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Byars is wanted on three Bartholomew County warrants, charging possession of methamphetamine and of paraphernalia and conversion. If you have any information on his whereabouts, you can contact Detective Sg. William Kinman at 812-565-5926. Or you can call the sheriff’s department tip line at 812-379-1712. Information can be left anonymously. ...