“Ivy Republic” aims to help students and residents

Oct 20, 2015 903

Ivy Tech is holding a special event Thursday at the Columbus campus. Nina Loesch (Lush), Ivy Tech’s Assistant Director of Financial Aid, explains “The Ivy Republic” is an upscale garage sale aimed at helping students, and others, be successful in their professional lives. “The Ivy Republic” will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, in Room 200, of Poling Hall. Loesch says this event is open to all Ivy Tech students, staff, faculty, as well as the public. She adds that gently used professional and casual clothing and accessories, which are donated by Ivy Tech faculty and staff, are sold for only one-dollar per item. In addition, there will be silent auctions for a number of items, including “theme baskets” and a pair of one-night stays at a local hotel. Loesch says proceeds from this event fund a continuing education scholarship for a current Ivy Tech student. ...

Suspended driver arrested on drug charges

Oct 20, 2015 1350

A driver on the road with a suspended license was arrested early yesterday morning on drug charges after he was stopped by an observant Bartholomew County deputy. Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department, said Sgt. Kris Weisner recognized he was patrolling behind a vehicle being driven by 26-year-old Seth Chelf of Edinburgh at just after 12:30 yesterday morning. Weisner knew Chelf had a suspended license. When the deputy pulled the car over, he had his police dog Bolt smell around the vehicle, and Bolt signalled the smell of narcotics. Weisner allegedly found a set of digital scales and a glasses case that contained three used needles and a spoon with drug residue, along with a baggie containing a powdered substance. Chelf was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of heroin, syringes and drug paraphernalia. ...

Hope hosting Halloween Haunted Hallows

Oct 20, 2015 830

The Bartholomew County Historical Society will be holding a Halloween celebration, Hope’s Haunted Hallows, from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday on the Hope Town Square. Activities will include a Wizard of Oz puppet show, mad scientist demonstrations, historic fortune telling games, a cabinet of curiosities, Night at the Yellow Trail Museum tours, fall-themed games and crafts. There will be a trick-or-treating parade at 6 p.m. Food will be for sale and all proceeds will benefit the Historical Society’s educational programming. For more information, www.bartholomewhistory.org ...

Vandalism report turns into Taser incident

Oct 20, 2015 669

Columbus police had to use a Taser to subdue a North Vernon man allegedly caught spray painting a bench. Officer Maren Crabtree spotted a man spray painting a bench near a home in the 2700 block of 19th Street Friday evening about 6:45 p.m. When she confronted the man, he appeared nervous, admitted he didn’t live at the address and then allegedly ran away. Officers tracked him down to a bush where he was trying to hide. After allegedly refusing to show his hands, he was hit with the Taser. 40-year-old Keith J. Gilbert of North Vernon was arrested on preliminary charges of criminal mischief and resisting law enforcement. He was also wanted on two warrants for failing to appear in court on charges of resisting law enforcement. ...

Deputy chosen as new county IT director

Oct 20, 2015 1815

Bartholomew County is turning to a sheriff’s deputy as the new head of its information technology department. County Commissioners approved Deputy Jeff Wehmiller as the new head of the IT department Monday morning. Wehmiller has been with the county for about 13 years, including time as a jail officer and 11 years as a deputy. Commissioners said that Wehmiller has acted almost as a sixth IT person for the county, and has unofficially been keeping the sheriff’s department computers running for several years. The IT department is shrinking from five people to four in the face of budget cuts. Finding IT workers for the county has been challenging commissioners said because it is hard to compete with pay and benefits in the private sector. Previous director Jim Hartsook left last month to take a position with Columbus Regional Hospital with better pay and benefits, commissioners said. A second employee left shortly after Hartsook and that position will not be filled. ...

Hope reaches agreement with fire department

Oct 20, 2015 600

The Hope Town Council and the town’s volunteer firefighters quietly ended a months-long dispute last night, as the town signed an agreement to allow the fire department to be paid up to $69,000 this year. The fire department has gone without payment from the town for its expenses since the start of the year. The town leadership refused to sign a contract with the fire department this year because they did not want any of the town money to go to a legal fight between the fire department and its contractor over payments for a new fire station on the east side of the town. Firefighters voted 9-1 last week to approve a new agreement offered by the town that blocks funding for the new station. ...

Man accused of fleeing one crash, crashing again

Oct 20, 2015 599

A Columbus man was arrested after allegedly leaving the scene of one car crash and then trying to leave the scene of a second. Sgt. Matt Harris with the Columbus Police Department said officers were called to State and Mapleton streets at about 2:38 p.m. Friday on a report that a Ford Explorer had been involved in a crash and left the scene. On their way to that crash site, officers received word of another crash involving the same vehicle a few blocks away at Illinois and Gladstone avenues. Witnesses at the scene of that crash kept the driver from leaving. 46-year-old Raul R. Jimenez was arrested on preliminary charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving an injury and operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license. The driver of a car in the second crash was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital with minor injuries. ...

Bridge inspections starts today in downtown Columbus

Oct 20, 2015 569

Indiana Department of Transportation’s bi-annual bridge inspection of the Robert Stewart bridge on State Road 46 at Second Street over East Fork White River in Columbus begins this morning. Various lanes will be closed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and again tomorrow. INDOT says that today, the right lane and right turn lane will be closed, while the center and left lanes remain open. On Wednesday, the center and left lanes will be closed There will be construction barrels and arrow boards in the area to direct traffic. ...

Discussions continue on former Walesboro airport site

Oct 19, 2015 1070

An engineering firm working with the city of Columbus needs to sit down and talk with shareholders about the test track at the former site of the Walesboro Airport. The Columbus Redevelopment Commission met Monday night to discuss the development of that site. Doug Pacheco, who serves as a consultant for the city through the end of this year, says that HWC Engineering, based in Indianapolis, needs to talk to representatives of Cummins, Faurecia and others, who utilize the track for various reasons. He says that the discussions will help the city determine how the area should be marketed and how critical the track is to the site. Redevelopment Commission member Russ Poling, who works at Cummins, explained that the track is very important to the diesel engine manufacturer. He explained that the track, an oval with a straightaway in the middle, allows Cummins to test engines a variety of ways and in a variety of conditions. Poling also told the body that Cummins had recently went to considerable expense... ...

County awards bid for destruction of old annex

Oct 19, 2015 631

Bartholomew County is going ahead with plans to tear down the former county annex and State Street school building in the former East Columbus. The County Commissioners approved a bid of $99,870 this morning to pay Demolition Excavating Inc. of Illinois to demolish the building. Charlie Day, who is advising the county on the issue, said that the company’s bid seemed to be in order but the county needed to get some documentation in place such as a performance bond before the company could get underway. He estimated the work would start in a few weeks and the contract called for it to be finished in 60 days after it starts. ...