Columbus officers praise Oklahoma counterparts

Nov 20, 2015 477

The Columbus Police Department is thanking their counterparts in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for helping a local family in need. Last summer, a Columbus family had their mini-van break down near Clinton, Oklahoma and found that it would take three days to get it repaired and there were no car rental places that could help them. State police took the family to a hotel, set them up with a free room, meals and tickets to a nearby water park. One trooper’s aunt let the family use an extra car while the family was stuck in town. Local police sent the Oklahoma officers a letter commending them and uniform patches from Columbus Police Department. The letter states: “During a time when the actions of all law enforcement officials under scrutiny, these men and support personnel have demonstrated their true values of police officers to the public. Further, the acts of kindness from the citizens and business community of Clinton, Oklahoma are a true example for all communities across the country.” ...

Just About Time For Wine-A-Ree!

Nov 20, 2015 546

It’s the event we’ve been waiting all year for. It’s got a good nose, subtle hints of grapes and cherries, and we can sample all we want. It’s the 2015 Wine-A-Ree! ...

City considers work on Walesboro project

Nov 19, 2015 520

The Columbus Redevelopment Commission held a special joint meeting Thursday afternoon with the city’s Board of Aviation Commissioners to discuss the city’s plans for the proposed research & development / industrial park in Walesboro. The city and the Aviation Board are working together to develop and sell approximately 470 acres of the former airport site. The Aviation Board currently controls use of the property. No official action was taken during Thursday’s meeting. Airport Board Chairman Caleb Tennis says the purpose of the meeting was to share with the public the work being done by HWC Engineering to perform engineering work, as well as an economic impact analysis on the site. He adds that the meeting also was meant for HWC to provide an update on the project, to get feedback from residents and make sure that those involved were “on the same page.” As for what happens next with the project, Tennis says that they expect final deliverables to be ready by the end of the year. Then, he says... ...

Schneck recognized for performance

Nov 19, 2015 479

Schneck Medical Center announced Thursday that it has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Stephanie L. Furlow, Schneck’s Director of Marketing & Public Relations, says the hospital was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for pneumonia, surgical care, and immunization. She says that Schneck is one of only 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States to achieve the Top Performer distinction. Furlow says the Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions. She adds that this is the second year Schneck has been recognized as a Top Performer, as the hospital was recognized in 2014 for its performance on accountability measure data for pneumonia and surgical care. “Delivering the right treatment... ...

INDOT reopens bridge east of Columbus

Nov 19, 2015 456

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) says it has reopened State Road 46 bridge at Fishers Fork, on Thursday. The bridge, located east of Columbus, needed repairs and the installation of a bridge deck overlay, said officials. INDOT Spokesman Harry Maginity says that Milestone, the state’s contractor, has fitted the bridge deck, located about a mile east of U.S. 31, with a modified latex overlay. He says that other work included coping repairs, joint replacements, guardrail installation and new pavement at the State Road 46 bridge approaches. The bridge was closed to traffic on August 31. INDOT officials say this project will extend service life and reduce maintenance cost of the three-span, 102-foot-long structure. Maginity says that a second State Road 46 Fishers Fork bridge, located several miles east of this location, is under contract for superstructure replacement next year. ...

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Man arrested on multiple felony charges

Nov 19, 2015 451

A Columbus man is being accused of felony changes ranging from auto theft to forgery after an investigation by Columbus police. Sgt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department, says officers had several reports of crimes that implicated 25-year-old Brian K. George. Police arrested George last week in connection with a local auto theft case, Harris said. While a hold was placed on George, officers in the city’s SWAT team served a search warrant on his home in the 700 block of Cottage Avenue, finding more evidence. George is facing charges of auto theft, credit card fraud, forgery, check forgery, burglary and theft. Sgt. Tom Foust, a police detective, said that the department tracks repeat offenders and the public’s tips helped make the case against George. ...

Hope sees price break in water main project

Nov 19, 2015 510

A multi-million dollar water project in the town of Hope will be a bit cheaper than expected. Although initial estimates put the project cost at $2.3 million, the low bid has come in at about $1.8 million. Even including an option that will make it possible to do the work without calling for frequent boil-water advisories, the cost would still be about $2 million, town officials were told this week. The project would replace and improve many of the town’s water mains, most of which are about 80 years old. The town and its advisers are scheduled to take part in a pre-loan meeting today and to close on the loan from the state revolving fund in early December. After that, the Town Council can award the bids for the project. ...

Hamilton to receive White House honor

Nov 19, 2015 433

Former local congressman Lee Hamilton will be receiving a prestigious honor from the president next week. He will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony Nov. 24. Hamilton, who had an attorney’s office in Columbus when he first took office, represented our area in Congress for 34 years. Hamilton is a distinguished scholar in the Indiana University School of Global and International Studies and a professor of practice in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He served for 16 years as director of IU’s Center on Congress at Indiana University,  which he founded in 1999. A White House statement called Hamilton “one of the most influential voices on international relations and American national security over the course of his more than 40 year career.” Hamilton will be one of 17 people receiving the award next week. The wards are the highest civilian award given by the country and were founded in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy. ...