Driver arrested after pedestrian struck

Dec 29, 2015 380

A Columbus man is under arrest after allegedly striking a pedestrian with his vehicle and then fleeing the scene of the accident Monday night. Sgt. Matt Harris with the Columbus Police Department said officers were called to the 1200 block of 13th Street on a report of a man hit by a vehicle at about 9:17 p.m. Witnesses said a vehicle was speeding in the area and the victim, 27-year-old Benjamin Taylor, stepped into the street to try to slow the vehicle down. Instead he was struck and the driver fled the scene, Harris said. Taylor was unconscious when police arrived. He was flown by medical helicopter to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with serious injuries. About an hour later a family member of 31-year-old Benjamin “Seaun” Anderson reported that Anderson may have struck someone with his vehicle. Anderson was arrested on a preliminary charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving serious bodily injury. ...

New emergency management director selected

Dec 29, 2015 331

Shannan Hinton has been chosen as the new director of emergency management for Bartholomew County. Hinton previously served as the deputy director of emergency management in Bartholomew County for six years, but has spent the past several years with the state Department of Homeland Security as emergency management coordinator for the seven-county region that includes Bartholomew County. 12-29 shannan hinton-1 She will take office in January after the retirement of Dennis Moats who has spent 24 years with the county. Although Moats retires on Thursday, he has accumulated vacation time and Hinton will not be able to officially take office until about Jan. 19th, she said. Hinton said Moats is leaving the county in good shape as he retires. 12-29 shannan hinton-2 Hinton said she has gone on to earn a four-year degree in emergency management. ...

Jennings man arrested after hiding from deputies

Dec 29, 2015 398

A Jennings County man was arrested Monday afternoon on felony warrants for delinquent child support after allegedly hiding from deputies in the woods. Lt. Mike Mowery, spokesman for the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, says that deputies were trying to serve a warrant on Damien J. Tolman on County Road 1000W, when he allegedly ran from deputies into a nearby woods. Deputies and an Indiana State Police Trooper blocked off the woods and Tolman was arrested after about a half hour hiding. He is also now facing a misdemeanor charge of resisting law enforcement. ...

Former mayor to seek Democratic party leadership

Dec 29, 2015 345

Former Columbus mayor and county treasurer Nancy Ann Brown would like to be the next chairwoman of the Bartholomew County Democratic Party. In a letter sent to local Democrats on Christmas Eve, Brown announced that she would seek the position when the party meets on Jan. 18th, to fill the vacant chair. Priscilla Scalf has announced that she will be stepping down from the position in January. Brown worked in the private sector at Home Federal Savings Bank as an assistant vice president, as administrator at Larry Nunn and Associates, and as office manager at Bartholomew County REMC. Since leaving the mayor’s office in 1983, she has also served on many local boards and commissions including with the Columbus-area Visitors Center, the Bartholomew County Senior Center and the United Way. She was elected as Columbus’ first female mayor in 1980. From 1971 through 1978 she served as Bartholomew County treasurer. ...

Oh, Those New Year’s Resolutions! This May Help You Keep a Couple of Them.

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As Garfield used to put it, “diet is die with a T,” but here are a few ideas to help you get through that opening of the new year…and maybe keep things going well beyond. You could eat healthy with a Jamie Oliver recipe for blueberry smoothie pancakes… Or make a nice seafood stew for cold weather… Or finally unlock the mystery of stir-frying, AND get good advice about which oil might be the best to use for your cooking overall. Take a gander over here.  And good luck on those promises to yourself this year. 🙂 – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 Maybe a New Lunchbox Will Brighten My Mood ...

Flood warnings continue through Thursday

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Flood warnings continue for rivers in our area including East Fork White, Flatrock, Driftwood and Muscatatuck rivers. According the the National Weather Service, two to five inches of rain fell between Saturday and Monday across parts of southern Indiana flooding many rivers and streams. Among the affected rivers in our area: East Fork White River at Columbus was at just over 10 feet as of 8 a.m. this morning, about a foot above the 9-foot minor flood stage. The river is expected to crest at 11.3 feet by this evening, possibly closing State Road 11 at Garden City. The river is under a flood warning until Thursday morning. Link to National Weather Service river gauge East Fork White River at Seymour was at 17.7 feet at 7:15 a.m. today, about half a foot above the 17-foot moderate flood stage. It was expected to crest at 17.6 feet tonight, acording to river predictions. The river is not expected to dip below flood stage again before Saturday. Link to National Weather Service river... ...

New CFD Board of Chiefs announced

Dec 28, 2015 314

Incoming Columbus Fire Chief Mike Compton announced his selection of chief officers that will serve on the department’s Board of Chiefs. Compton has been chosen by Mayor-elect Jim Lienhoop to serve as fire chief when Lienhoop takes office on Friday. Fire Department Spokesman Capt. Mike Wilson says the Board of Chiefs serve as the administrative and operational leadership of the department. He explains that the board is comprised of six chief officers: Fire Chief, Deputy Chief of Operations, Deputy Chief of Emergency Medical Services and three Battalion Chiefs that serve as commanding officers for the departments three shift rotations. Wilson adds that Battalion Chiefs work a 24-hour tour of duty on their respective shift. Three chief officers presently serving on the board will remain in place under Chief Compton. Wilson says that EMS Deputy Chief Mike Kutsko, Battalion Chief Mark Ziegler and Battalion Chief Dan Cleland all serve under current Fire Chief Dave Allmon. Two additional reassignments were also announced Monday. Wilson says that Captain Andy Lay, an 18-year CFD veteran... ...

Woman suffers minor burns in house fire

Dec 28, 2015 306

A Columbus woman escaped a house fire Saturday afternoon with minor injuries. The Columbus Fire Department (CFD) is crediting a working smoke detector with possibly saving the woman’s life. CFD Spokesman Capt. Mike Wilson says the fire happened late Saturday morning inside of a home in the Wehmeier Addition. At 11:47 a.m., Wilson says firefighters were called to 701 Glendale Dr. for a reported structure fire. As firefighters arrived on the scene, they reportedly found the sole occupant of the residence, a 73-year-old woman, inside the home of a neighbor. The woman reportedly told firefighters she had turned on her gas oven, then walked to another room in the home. A few minutes later, the she reportedly told investigators that she could hear a smoke alarm sounding inside the home. When she returned to the kitchen, the resident reportedly found the oven on fire, with flames burning up to the ceiling. The woman told investigators that she escaped through a rear door located near the kitchen as debris began to... ...

Commissioners find cheaper salt barn bidder

Dec 28, 2015 301

Bartholomew County Commissioners have found a company that they hope can build the new salt barn for the county highway garage on State Street. And at a cost the county can afford. The commissioners tentatively awarded a bid this morning for $399,154 to Davies County Metal Sales to construct the building. The only other bidder was Dunlap and Co. with a bid of $523,000. Previous bids, opened last month, came in at more than half a million dollars, well over the County Commissioners budget for the project. But county officials were able to trim the cost of the project by allowing contractors more freedom in constructing the roof and designing other aspects of the building, said Commissioner Rick Flohr. The commissioners approved the low bidder, assuming the proposal met the required specifications. Commissioners President Larry Kleinhenz said that county had about $350,000 set aside in the highway garage budget to pay for most of the project and the commissioners could draw from other funds if needed. Commissioners also agreed to encumber those... ...

Flash flood watch in effect until tonight; flooding expected through mid-week

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The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a flash flood watch for our area through tonight. Flood warnings are also being issued for most rivers in our area through Thursday. Heavy rain is expected today, leading to the flash flood danger. According to the agency, a flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that could lead to flash flooding. You should monitor weather forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued. The flood warnings are in effect from this afternoon through Thursday afternoon on rivers including East Fork White River, Flatrock, Driftwood and Muscatatuck rivers. East Fork White River at Columbus is expected to rise above the 9 foot flood stage by early afternoon Tuesday and continue to rise to 11.3 feet by early Tuesday afternoon. The river is expected to fall below flood stage by Thursday. Links to the National Weather Service river gauges and forecasts for East Fork White river and Driftwood River: East Fork White River at Columbus East Fork White... ...