Columbus officials head to Europe to sell city

Jun 16, 2017 121

Gov. Eric Holcomb left for Paris yesterday for the second leg of a European trade mission. Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop and Jason Hester, director of the Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation, are also taking part in the trip, but separate from the governor’s entourage. Mayor Lienhoop: Mayor Lienhoop said that the Columbus contingent would be joining the governor in France for the Paris Air Show. Lienhoop said the goal is to help diversify the Columbus economy, adding aeronautics tech companies to the mix of auto part manufacturers. After the Paris Air Show, they are slated to attend an automotive show in Stuttgart, Germany. ...

County 4-H offering pork drive-through lunch Thursday

Jun 16, 2017 131

The Bartholomew County 4-H Council will be holding its 12th annual Drive Through Lunch next week. That will be on Thursday, June 22nd, from 11 to 1 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church School parking lot. You can get a $6 lunch that includes the county pork producers sandwich. You can  call ahead for orders, if you do that before Wednesday. That number is 812-379-1656. The event funds the 4-H summer internship position. ...

Six arrested in raid on Columbus home

Jun 16, 2017 172

Bartholomew County’s Joint Narcotics Enforcement team made six arrests on drug-related charges while serving a search warrant at a home on the east side of Columbus yesterday evening. Because subjects at the home were believed to be armed, the Columbus police SWAT team was called in to serve a search warrant at 1945 Dawnshire Drive Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation. The Greensburg Police Department was also involved in the raid. A search of the home revealed 50 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin and two handguns, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus police. 43-year-old David M. Hardin of Columbus is facing the most serious charges. He was arrested on preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine and possession of meth and drug paraphernalia, as well as maintaining a common nuisance. Others arrested include: Donald R. Shirley, 53, of Clifford: obstruction of justice. Colten D. Shirley, 24, of Mooresville: visiting a common nuisance Robert W. Goodin, 46, of Seymour: visiting a common nuisance, possession of heroin and a legend drug... ...

Sheriff talks about need for additional resources to fight drugs

Jun 15, 2017 107

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers held another town hall forum Thursday evening at Grace Lutheran Church in Columbus. Myers says this was one of the best attended of his forums. Much of the discussion was focused on the drug issue. With that as a backdrop, the Sheriff talked about public-safety needs. 06-16 MATT MYERS-1 Myers says that increase is directly attributable to the meth, heroin and opiate scourge in the county. He also took aim at state legislators, who implemented a plan this year sending low-level felons back to county jails to serve their sentences. Myers says that he needs seven new staff members to improve conditions at the jail and help addicts have a better chance at rehabilitation. He’s asking county residents to talk to their elected officials to help him better serve them. 06-16 MATT MYERS-4 The Sheriff says that he’ll be going before the county council next week to ask for that overtime money, noting that his overtime budget for this year has already been spent. He... ...

Area roads flooded; flood warning in effect

Jun 15, 2017 89

8 a.m. update A flood warning for our area has been extended until 3 this afternoon. The National Weather Service says up to four inches of rain fell in parts of our area. You can expect rapid lowland flooding this morning along rivers including East Fork White and Muscatatuck rivers, along with Clifty and Haw Creeks. That area includes Central Bartholomew, Southwestern Decatur, Northeastern Jackson and Northern Jennings Counties. 7 a.m. update The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for central Bartholomew, northern Jennings, northeastern Jackson and southwestern Decatur counties. That’s after up to three inches of rain fell overnight and up to another inch is expected this morning. That will be in effect until 9 this morning. Bartholomew County officials say that they are seeing high water near State Road 7 and U.S. 31. County Road 400S is currently impassable due to the high water. Decatur County authorities are reporting high water and several road closures. That includes : 400 block of  West Main Street in Greensburg... ...

Cummins announces new focus on electric

Jun 14, 2017 124

Cummins has announced plans to adjust its business to focus less on diesel-powered engines, and more on electrification and other technologies in the years to come. During a Wednesday evening conference call with the media, Tom Linebarger, Cummins Chairman and CEO, emphatically stated that the Columbus-based corporation is more than diesel engines. Linebarger says that in addition to designing and manufacturing diesel engines, Cummins is on the forefront of designing and manufacturing electrified drive-trains. He noted that environmental regulations and growing demand for cleaner power sources is fueling the move… Julie Furber, executive director of Cummins’ Electrification Business Development, says that the company has been working on the development of electrified drive-trains and alternative power generation equipment for some time. She adds that the fruit of that labor will be available in the near future. When asked how this shift will affect existing Cummins facilities and employees, Linebarger, said that diesel power will continue to be an important part of Cummins’ business in the years to come. Cummins officials added... ...

Johnson County IT professional sentenced to prison

Jun 14, 2017 160

A Johnson County man who worked as an information technology administrator for a stainless steel fabrication company in Brown County is facing prison time. Josh J. Minkler, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana announced Wednesday that 34-year-old Benjamin Levi Cox, of Nineveh, pleaded guilty to one count of Wire Fraud and one count of Interception of Electronic Communications and sentenced to eight months in prison. In addition to his prison term, Cox was ordered to serve seven months of home confinement, two years of supervised release and ordered to pay $27,490 in restitution. He was also ordered to perform a further six months of unpaid community service. Federal prosecutors say that Cox was formerly employed by Electric Metal Fab, Inc., a stainless steel fabrication company in Nashville. Cox worked as the company’s IT system administrator and a designer for its computer-aided drafting system, which is used to custom design products. Around March of 2013, authorities say that Cox began covertly copying the company’s entire computer system to an... ...

Sheriff plans more neighborhood meetings

Jun 14, 2017 106

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers is planning two more community meetings in the coming days. The sheriff said that he will be meeting with residents at Grace Lutheran Church tomorrow night starting at 6 in the evening. That is at 3201 Central Avenue in Columbus. There will be a neighborhood meeting in Hartsville on Tuesday, June 27th, also at 6 in the evening. That wll be at the Hartsville Volunteer Fire Department on Jackson Street. The sheriff’s department says that the meetings will then be put on hold until after the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair. ...

State forest road in Brown County to close for 120 days

Jun 14, 2017 90

The Indiana Department of Transportation will close Yellowwood Road on Monday, June 19th, between State Road 46 and Yellowwood Lake Road. That is part of a $4.5 million dollar road and bridge project through Yellowwood State Forest west of Nashville. The road will be closed for about four months. During the 120-day closure, crews will build a 3-span 300-foot bridge over Salt Creek, Milestone is the state’s prime contractor for this South Access Project which extends 3.6 miles from State Road 46 to the north-end boat dock. According to INDOT, the project is designed to mitigate flooding, improve erosion control, replace structures and fords, and rebuild or resurface state forest roadways. ...

Woman arrested after running from police

Jun 14, 2017 98

Columbus police say that they arrested a local woman on drug charges after she allegedly fled from officers. Officers report that they saw drug activity going on in the 700 block of California Street at about 9:10 last night and when the officer tried to stop one of the suspects, she took off running. The woman, 25-year-old Jesse E. Wade, was arrested in the 700 block of Union Street. As officers searched her, they allegedly discovered six syringes, drugs and and other drug paraphernalia in her purse, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police. She was also wanted on two Bartholomew County warrants. She is facing new charges of resisting law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, legend drug injection devices and drug paraphernalia. ...