“Most Wanted” suspect captured in E-Town

Dec 2, 2015 739

Bartholomew County’s most wanted suspect for this week was picked up quickly after the department informed local media about the warrant out for his arrest. Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that 38-year-old Steven R. Burton was apprehended by Sheriff’s Deputies Wednesday afternoon in Elizabethtown after the department received a tip as to where he was located. When they arrived, deputies reportedly found Burton sitting inside a car. Jackson says that when Burton saw law enforcement approaching, he fled the car on foot, but was captured in short order by Capt. Brandon Slate and Deputy Chad Swank. Burton was wanted on a warrant for Petition to Revoke Probation. He was booked in the Bartholomew County Jail. ...

Man accused of domestic battery at mall

Dec 2, 2015 538

A Seymour man is under arrest after being accused of battering his girlfriend and their 2-month old child in a Columbus shopping mall Monday night. Sgt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says that officers were called to the mall at 7:15 p.m. Monday after a witness reported hearing a woman screaming for help in the parking lot and saw a man striking a woman while the woman held a baby. Harris said the victim told police that 27-year-old Dustin M. Keefer had been drinking all day and that the two got into an argument in the vehicle during which Keefer allegedly threw a cigarette lighter that struck the baby in the head. Harris said that she also accused Keefer of dragging the baby from the car by the child’s leg. When police tried to speak with the suspect, Keefer allegedly ran away. After he was caught he was allegedly found to have a blood alcohol level of .324 percent, which would be four times the legal limit for driving.... ...

BCSC superintendent survey live on website

Dec 2, 2015 458

Bartholomew Consolidated School officials want to remind you of a survey going on about the public’s expectations for a new superintendent. Current Superintendent Dr. John Quick is retiring at the end of this school year after 13 years. The survey is avaialable at www.bcsc.k12.in.us ...

Hope homeowners to show off Christmas decor

Dec 2, 2015 444

Homeowners in the Hope area will be hosting a Christmas homes tour Friday evening. The event, organized by the Yellow Trail Museum, will feature six homes decorated for the holidays. The museum itself will be open throughout the evening for refreshments and a rest stop. The self-guided tours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the museum, on the west side of the town square, starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday. You can also pick up tickets in adavance at WiLLoW LeaVes of Hope, Reflections hair salon, and the Hope Visitors Center. For information you can call 812-371-7969. During the homes tour, the Hauser FFA chapter will be selling cupcakes at the Larry Simpson building, which is the former Hope Star-Journal building on the east side of the square. ...

Teachers chosen for Reams awards

Dec 2, 2015 757

Two local educators have been chosen for this year’s Reams Family Awards for Teaching Excellence by the Heritage Fund, Bartholomew County’s Community Foundation. Amy Laker, scholarship manager for the organization, says that Terry Hileman at ABC-Stewart and Lindsay Paluch at White Creek Lutheran were this year’s recipients. Each receved a $4,000 dollar award. Hileman is in his 14th year of teaching at ABC-Stewart. He teaches science to second through sixth graders. Paluch is a fourth grade teacher and serves as the school’s technology coordinator. She has been there for three years. The award is in its 10th year and has granted more than $90,000 to area private school teachers. ...

Part-time county workers to see no raises

Dec 2, 2015 365

Part-time workers for the Bartholomew County government won’t see any raises or even a one-time stipend this year, under a plan agreed to by the Bartholomew County Council. The council decided last month to grant all full-time employees, who are eligible for health care, a one-time stipend of $750 to be paid at the start of the year. However, they did not decide then on how to handle the part-time workers. At a work session Monday night, the council agreed that the stipend was meant to offset rising health care costs. And since part-time employees don’t receive health care, they would not be eligible. Council attorney Chris Monroe said that since the council would not be amending its already approved salary ordinance, no formal vote on the part-time employees pay would be required. Bartholomew County has 379 full time and 64 part-time employees, according to the auditor’s office. ...

Plans for Second & Lafayette remain sealed

Dec 1, 2015 366

The city of Columbus has received responses from companies to purchase and develop city-owned property at Second and Lafayette streets. The specifics of the proposals, as well as the identities of the companies making them, remain sealed. The reason for this lack of information has to do with a lack of a quorum during Tuesday afternoon’s meeting of the Columbus Redevelopment Commission. Only three of the commission’s six members, Dave Wright, Russ Poling Jr. and Bob Abrams, made the meeting. Since there wasn’t a majority in attendance, the responses could not legally be opened. This morning, Mayor Kristen Brown has called for another special meeting of the commission to be held at 5 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at Columbus City Hall. ...

Owner of pump house receives tax abatement

Dec 1, 2015 738

The owner of the pump house property in Columbus will receive some tax breaks in the years to come, but not as many as he asked for. Tony Moravec, representing Moravec Realty, purchased the property from the city this past summer for $285,000. Moravec is spending approximately $2.5 million to renovate the site. The company had requested a property tax abatement that would have covered 100 percent of the real property for 10 years. The Columbus City Council considered that request during its meeting Tuesday evening. Councilman Frank Jerome expressed concern with the potential loss of tax revenue to the city that a full abatement may cause. He asked for, and received, an amendment to the resolution that reduced the abatement to a “standard” 10-year deal that sees the abatement drop an equal percentage over the period of the abatement. That measure passed. A second abatement request for personal property inside the building failed for lack of a motion. The proposal would have given tax breaks to Upland Brewing Company,... ...

Seymour woman hospitalized after one-vehicle crash

Dec 1, 2015 809

A Jackson County woman was hospitalized after a one-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Bartholomew County. Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that just before 8 a.m., Deputy Nick Martoccia was dispatched to the scene in the 9000 block of County Road 850 South. When he arrived, the Deputy reported finding a car off the road and the driver, 58-year-old Debra Posey, of Seymour, trapped inside. Jackson says that Columbus Fire Department responded to the scene and extricated Posey from the vehicle. She says that initial indications are that Posey had been traveling east on CR 850 S, just east of CR 450 E, when she ran off the roadway. Jackson reports that this caused Posey to crossover into the westbound lane of CR 850 S. She then apparently over-corrected and crossed back into the eastbound lane before running off the road and crashing in to a tree. The Sheriff’s Department is reporting that Posey was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital by ambulance, then later transferred to Methodist Hospital due to... ...

Free kids’ holiday show featured Friday at The Commons

Dec 1, 2015 361

Musician Dave Rudolph’s holiday show will be featured Friday at The Commons as part of the Columbus Area Arts Council’s First Fridays for Families series. Rudolf’s holiday show will feature Yuletide spoofs and activities for kids including twisting to the “Candy Cane Twist,” hula hooping to “Santa’s Got a Zoot Suit” and parodies such as “Frosty the SLOW Man.” The show starts at 6 p.m. and admission is free. First Fridays for Families programs are sponsored by Old National Bank and focuses on enriching the lives of young children by highlighting the performing arts. Additional support comes from the Custer, Nugent and Teegarden Foundations. For more information you can go to www.artsincolumbus.org or call 812-376-2539. ...