Firefighters offer Thanksgiving safety tips

Nov 26, 2015 425

The Columbus Fire Department  is hoping you will be safe today but also wants you to be aware that the greatest danger of a kitchen fire comes today. Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the fire department, says that statistics shows that the chances for a home fire doubles on Thanksgiving Day. Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires, and locally, the fire department has had three Thanksgiving day home cooking fires since 2006. Two were fires on a stovetop and the third involved a turkey fryer, Wilson said. He suggested some safety tips for home cooking including: Establishing a kid-free zone in the kitchen, by not allowing children within three feet of appliances. Never leave food cooking on a stove top unattended Turn pot handles inward to avoid an accidental spill. Also keep the pot lid nearby in the event of a grease fire. Never put water on a grease fire. Keep combustible materials such as dish towels and aprons away from burners.  Keep an ABC type... ...

The Big Parade on TV Thursday, and What It Takes To Do It All.

Nov 25, 2015 421

Did you know that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade people know how to reuse helium? Or that all the balloons have to fit through a narrow tunnel, or they can’t be used in the parade? Or that, back in the day, they used to release all the balloons at parade’s end, until someone nearly crashed a plane as a result? More interesting behind-the-scenes facts about the parade, that you might not know about, can be found by looking over here… – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 ...

Police still seeking escaped prisoner

Nov 25, 2015 476

Area police are asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect who escaped from police custody in Columbus. Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said the department is hoping to upset any Thanksgiving plans being made by 26-year-old Dustin Allen Evans. Evans is wanted on warrants from Johnson, Bartholomew and Scott counties. About a week ago, he escaped from an Edinburgh officer near 8th Street and Central Avenue in Columbus while on his way to the Bartholomew County Jail. Cox says that Evans is five feet, four inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes. But his most distinctive feature is a tattoo on his left temple that says “misunderstood.” Police believe Evans is still in the central Indiana area. If you have any information on Evans whereabouts, you can call the Edinburgh Police Department at 812-526-3501. ...

Trash collections delayed for holiday

Nov 25, 2015 394

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday most government offices and services are unavailable Thursday and Friday. Columbus City Garage is announcing that trash/composting/recycling and brush collections will run one day behind with Friday’s collections on Saturday. Loose leaf collection will resume on Monday, November 30th. The Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management district offices, the recycling center and the landfill will all be closed tomorrow. On Friday, the recycling center and offices will remain closed but the landfill will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ...

Reminder: Community Thanksgiving meals available

Nov 25, 2015 399

There are several opportunities for you to find a community Thanksgiving meal on Thursday. First Christian Church and Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center will be serving at the church on Fourth Street from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.. Columbus Baptist Church is hosting a meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  at the church, which is at 4821 N. US Hwy 31. ...

Tree-lighting ceremonies set for Friday

Nov 25, 2015 429

The official lighting ceremony for the Christmas trees at Columbus City Hall and at The Commons has been set for 6 p.m. Friday. Mike Nolting, spokesman for the city, says the families who donated the trees will be on hand to push the switch. The 22-foot blue spruce at City Hall is being donated by Lee Ann Mitchell of Yellowood Court. She said she is donating the tree in memory of her late husband Greg, who died unexpectedly this fall from liver cancer. Shelley and Jerry Coomer of North Gladsone Avenue donated a 15-foot tall blue spruce on display at The Christmas Village at The Commons. Nolting said the family has decorated the tree for many years, but it finally got too big for the family to decorate. Nolting said that the ceremony won’t have the cookies and hot chocolate it has in the past, but the city suggests you can come downtown, enjoy shopping at local merchants and the holiday spirit. ...

Deadline today for cooperative extension classes

Nov 25, 2015 405

Today is the last day to sign up for three agriculture related classes being organized by the Purdue Cooperative Extension Office in Bartholomew County for Dec. 1st. To sign up for classes on Crop Diversification, Code Red planning and Applicator Training you can call 812-379-1665. The classes will all be held at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds. The Crop Diversification class will teach about crops to consider for small acreages in southern Indiana. It will be from 9:30 to 2 p.m. on Dec. 1st. The cost is $15 and includes a box lunch. The Code Red class will help farm families and businesses continue to operate should something happen to a key member of the team. It will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 1st. The cost is $10 and will include refreshments and a flash drive. The Private Applicator Recertification Program will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Private applicators should bring their license and $10 for the credit.   A local-beef chili dinner will be served at 5 p.m.... ...

Firefighters save downtown garage from vehicle blaze

Nov 25, 2015 385

Columbus firefighters say that they stopped a burning vehicle from destroying a garage last night. The call came in at 10:37 p.m. that a sports utility vehicle was burning in a narrow alley behind the 1600 block of Washington Street. According to Capt. Mike Wilson with the fire department, to fight the fire in the alley, firefighters had to unreel more than 250 feet of hose. Firefighters sprayed about 100 gallons of water on the burning vehicle to extinguish the fire, which consumed the engine compartment and passenger area. The garage was undamaged but a basketball goal was burned. The damages were estimated at about $1,000. The owner of the vehicle said he had bought the SUV a few days before and had noticed a few mechanical problems. After he parked it in the alley, a family member noticed it was on fire.   ...

Website picks Columbus for small-town architecture

Nov 24, 2015 441

A website has chosen Columbus as the most architecturally impressive small town in America. The website, www.windowsandsiding.net, ranked small cities of fewer than 100,000 residents. Each had to have at least one notable architectural attraction and they were chosen and ranked based upon their overall appeal to the average person with an interest in architecture. Columbus ranked just above Santa Barbara and Palm Springs, California and St. Augustine, Florida. The website lists its role as educating consumers about their options as they consider new and replacement windows and siding. ...

IRS scam surfaces again

Nov 24, 2015 471

Deputies are reminding people about an ongoing scam that claims to be related to the Internal Revenue Service. Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox says that a deputy took a report yesterday from a person who had received a call from a scammer who claimed to be from the IRS and also claimed that the would-be victim owed back taxes. If those taxes weren’t paid immediately, the victim would have been arrested, the caller warned. But the resident realized the call was a scam and hung up. Deputies say the caller appeared to be calling from the 317 area code. ...