Removal of REMC line to affect traffic on I-65 in Bartholomew County

Oct 11, 2017 104

Drivers traveling Interstate 65 in Bartholomew County during the overnight hours of Monday, Oct. 16 through the 17th should be aware that the Indiana Department of Transportation has scheduled rolling roadblocks during that time. INDOT says that the first roadblocks are set for Tuesday morning at 1 a.m. approaching mile marker 69 as the Bartholomew County REMC plans to remove a retired overhead communications line located approximately 60 feet south of County Road 100 North. Officials say that a southbound traffic slowdown will begin at Exit 76. The northbound I-65 slowdown will begin at Exit 64. Indiana State Police will be on the scene to provide pilot cars as well as chase vehicles. INDOT says that these rolling roadblocks are intended to void all I-65 lanes of traffic at the mile marker 69.0 work site for approximately 20 minutes, giving REMC crews time to lower the overhead line and pull it off the roadway. Northbound I-65’s Exit 68 will be closed, as well as the southbound rest area exit at... ...

Tickets available for ‘Uncommon Cause’

Oct 11, 2017 100

Uncommon Cause is Saturday, October 21st. Kathryn Armstrong is the executive director of the Columbus Area Arts Council, the organization that puts on the annual event. She explains that this year’s event, being held at the Columbus Learning Center, is going to be different from past offerings. Armstrong talks about what you can expect at this year’s event. Armstrong explains that Uncommon Cause is critical to the mission of the Arts Council. The Arts Council says that tickets are $100 and members of the Columbus Young Professionals group receive a 40-percent discount. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit artsincolumbus.org and click on the “Uncommon Cause” tab. ...

County approves increase in income tax rate

Oct 11, 2017 84

Income taxes will be going up in Bartholomew County. The County Council gave its final approval for the tax hike last night, with members saying that the county has cut all that can be cut from the county budget and that there is a desperate need to reopen the old section of the county jail. The tax increase passed with a vote of 4-3. It is expected to bring in about $4.8 million dollars to the county government, with $6 million going to the city of Columbus. The council approved an increase in the income tax rate from 1.25 to 1.75 percent. Of that 1.75 percent, point two five would go to public safety, another point two five would go to economic development while the rest would be divided between the county, city and other taxing units. A large crowd packed the meeting room. But only a handful of audience members opted to speak, limited to a 3-minute time limit. Columbus resident Russell Poling spoke against the increase: Resident Joe... ...

North Vernon Police arrest three after search warrant

Oct 10, 2017 97

Three people were arrested Monday night in North Vernon after police served a search warrant at a home in the 300 block of Laurel Street. Sgt. Andrew Richmond, spokesman for the North Vernon Police Department, says that the warrant was executed at about 8:15 p.m. after he, Officer Anthony Bagby and Officer Shane Trepanier received detailed information of a recent drug transaction at the home. Richmond says that a search of the home resulted in officers seizing about five grams of heroin, about one-half gram of meth, multiple syringes, several glass smoking pipes, three sets of digital scales, multiple small plastic bags, multiple medication bottles containing controlled medications not matching the labels and $448 cash. Arrested were: Shey M. Richardson, 25, of North Vernon 1. Dealing in a controlled substance Level 4 felony 2. Possession of a controlled substance Level 6 felony 3. Possession of methamphetamine Level 6 felony 4. Maintaining a common nuisance Level 6 felony 5. Possession of a syringe Level 6 felony 6. Legend drug violation Level... ...

Two new Columbus police officers sworn in

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Two new officers joined the Columbus Police Department when they were sworn in Tuesday morning during the Board of Public Works and Safety Meeting. Lt. Matt Harris, department spokesman, says that Officer Trenton Browning is a 24-year-old native of Bartholomew County and a graduate of Edinburgh Community High School. Browning attended Purdue University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science with a minor in Military Science and Leadership. Browning also serves in the Army National Guard. Officer Reid Thayer is a 23-year-old native of Hope and graduate of Hauser High School. Thayer attended Vincennes University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security and Public Safety. Harris says that both officers will undergo training at the Columbus Police Department before they start at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy later this month. ...

4 adults injured in crash; car seat protects infant

Oct 10, 2017 313

Four adults were injured in a crash Sunday evening on State Road 46 near Hartsville, but an infant in a car seat escaped unharmed. The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department reports that the accident happened at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday evening, when a vehicle driven by 29-year-old Lauren Norris of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.,  spun out of control into the path of an eastbound vehicle in the 14000 block of East State Road 46. Norris was first taken to Columbus Regional Hospital and then transferred to IU Methodist Hospital for treatment. Her 1-year-old son was in a car seat in the vehicle and escaped unharmed. Norris’ passenger 33-year-old Cody Minatra of Smyrna, Tenn., was taken to CRH for treatment, along with those in the second vehicle, 30-year-old Tyler Hadley and 32-year-old Jessica Hadley,  both of Hope. “This incident should serve as a reminder of the importance to always buckling up ,and make sure your small children are properly in a child restraint seat, they work when used,” said Sheriff Matt Myers, in a Facebook post... ...

Forum to look at Columbus of the past

Oct 10, 2017 144

A new discussion series at the Columbus Learning Center will take a look at the past of Columbus next week. Bethany Messersmith, director of the Ivy Tech Community College Columbus Library, explains the Columbus Past panel discussion, set for 7 p.m. on Oct. 19th. Messersmith said the event is meant to raise raise community involvement in programs at the Columbus Learning Center. On the panel will be Greg Lewis, talking about famous generals, Adam Rediker discussing the Reeves Pulley Company, Dr. Tamara Iorio displaying historic photography and David Sechrest exploring the historic downtown pumphouse. The events are organized by the University Library of Columbus and Phi Theta Kappa at Ivy Tech. Desserts will be served afterward from Zaharakos. A panel featuring the present of Columbus will be Jan. 25th and a discussion of the future will be March 29th. All of the discussions start at 7 p.m. in the evening at the lecture hall in the Columbus Learning Center. ...

Hope firefighters holding Saturday open house

Oct 10, 2017 95

The Hope Volunteer Fire Department will be having an open house on Saturday to show off their new fire station on Aiken Street and their newest fire truck. The department took possession of the pumper truck this summer, after getting funding for the vehicle from a grant. The new fire station is being named in honor of the department’s long-time chief, Merrill Clouse. Clouse died in April. He was a founding member of the department and served as chief for 26 years. The event will be at 6 p.m. Saturday night and refreshments will be served afterwards. ...

Sheriff seeks to fill a patrol car with food for Love Chapel

Oct 10, 2017 99

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department will be trying to pack a patrol car with canned goods and other nonperishable food to help the Love Chapel food bank. Those efforts will start with Saturday’s Ethnic Expo parade in downtown Columbus. Sheriff Matt Myers is asking everyone who attends the parade to bring a canned food item to donate to the sheriff’s department as its float passes in the parade. The department will also be setting up containers for donations in the lobby of the sheriff’s office on Second Street. And deputies will be taking donations during their regular neighborhood patrols. The food drive will end on Nov. 14th when the sheriff’s department loads up a patrol car to deliver the goods to the pantry. Love Chapel is a program of the Ecumenical Assembly of Bartholomew County churches. ...

Cummins touts partnership with GILLIG

Oct 9, 2017 113

Cummins and GILLIG LLC announced a new electrified power partnership at the APTA public transportation show in Atlanta on Monday. Officials with the Columbus-based engine manufacturer says the work is a collaboration that “focuses on integrating and optimizing new battery electric technology offered by Cummins that will soon power GILLIG zero-emissions transit buses.” “GILLIG has a very strong business relationship with Cummins, and now, with our new technical partnership, we have been able to share our respective technology roadmaps and jointly develop a vision to deliver the most comprehensive, advanced technology battery electric bus in the market for our customers,” said Derek Maunus, President of GILLIG. “We have leveraged our companies’ decades of heavy duty transit experience in the design of the system, and will integrate this advanced technology into GILLIG’s industry leading proven platform,” added Maunus. Amy Boerger, Cummins Vice President of Sales North America, says, “The Cummins electrified powertrain displayed here represents a major leap forward for the industry, and we are delighted that GILLIG will have first... ...