Firefighters warn of dangers of thin ice

Jan 22, 2016 393

Columbus firefighters are warning about the danger of thin ice. Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the Columbus Fire Department, said that especially in light of the death earlier this week of a Greenwood man, people should be wary before venturing out onto ice for recreation or to rescue a pet or person. Authorities say that 43-year-old Brian Persinger died in a pond on his Greenwood property Tuesday night, likely after trying to rescue his family’s dogs from the water. Wilson said you should never try to go out on the ice to make a rescue yourself. Instead call 911 for help and reach from shore with a rope, pole, ladder, tree branch, jumper cables or similar object. You can also throw something to keep them afloat such as a life preserver or boat seat cushion. Wilson that the Columbus Fire Department is equipped with ice water rescue equipment and can safely carry out a rescue. Among other ice safety tips, Wilson suggested: Take Precautions Never leave a child or pet dog unattended... ...

Architecture talk set for February

Jan 22, 2016 332

The Landmark Columbus organization will be presenting a talk called “Columbus is Not a Museum.” The free event will be Tuesday, February 2nd and will feature Professor Michelangelo Sabatino. Sabatino is director of the PhD program in Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology. The talk will focus on the city’s contributions to modern architecture and how that architecture is actually meant to be used as part of everyday life here, not as standalone objects just to be admired. The session will be at 5:30 pm February 2nd at the Columbus Area Visitors Center on 5th Street. ...

Veterans clinic set to open at Camp Atterbury

Jan 21, 2016 474

Military veterans in Bartholomew and surrounding counties should have an easier time getting quality medical care after a new clinic opens in March near Camp Atterbury. Tom Crawford is the Bartholomew County Veterans Services Officer. He says that while the clinic will provide many services to area veterans, it won’t be a full-service hospital, at least not yet. He says the clinic will be staffed by doctors and nurses and will be utilized as a “staging area” where veterans can go for minor issues and illnesses. Crawford says that for major medical issues, including x-rays and CAT-scans, vets will still need to visit a full-service VA medical center. Crawford says that this clinic has been years in the making and something area veterans are constantly asking about. He adds that this clinic is special, as it marks the first time that the Veterans Administration has joined with the National Guard to embark on such a project. Crawford adds that both sides agreed that Camp Atterbury was the perfect spot for... ...

Once child hurt in school bus crash in Brownstown

Jan 21, 2016 379

One child was injured after a school bus was struck nearly head-on by a pickup truck in Jackson County. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department says that at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, deputies, as well as officers with the Brownstown Police Department, responded to the crash on U.S. 50 near County Road 790 West. Investigators say that the driver of the pickup, Larry J. Pate, of Vallonia, told officers that he dozed off.  Investigators say that Pate’s truck crossed the center line, then smashed into the front of the bus being driven by Connie Sue Prarie, of Heltonville. Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Henley says there were 21 children on the bus at the time of the crash. One child, who was unidentified, complained of pain. He was taken to Schneck Medical Center. His condition is unknown. ...

Former Jennings County official arrested on 46 Felony counts

Jan 21, 2016 394

Indiana State Police (ISP) arrested a former Jennings County Deputy Clerk and Auditor Thursday on 37 counts of Thefts and nine counts of Forgery, all Felonies. ISP Versailles Spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wheeles says the investigation that led to the arrest of 40-year-old Cathy Jo Robertson, of North Vernon, began in 2013 when an audit of the Jennings County Clerk and Auditor’s Offices determined funds were missing. He says that audit also determined that unauthorized checks were issued when she worked for both offices. Investigators say that between January 2009 and April 2011, when Robertson was employed as a deputy clerk in the Jennings County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, she allegedly diverted over $61,000 from that office into her possession. The investigation also alleges that, between July 2013 and October 2013, Robertson allegedly forged checks in the amount of over $3,500 when she worked for the Jennings County Auditor’s Office. Wheeles says that after the investigation was concluded by Detective Tim Denby, it was turned over to the Jennings County Prosecutor’s... ...

Congressman Messer files for re-election

Jan 21, 2016 372

Congressman Luke Messer filed for re-election on Thursday to continue serving in Indiana’s 6th Congressional District. “It’s an honor to serve Hoosiers in east-central and southeastern Indiana, and I am grateful for the trust they have placed in me to represent them in Washington,” Messer stated after his filing. “These are challenging times for our nation, but I believe our priorities are clear: we must protect our national security, defeat Islamic extremist terrorists and get our economy moving again,” Messer continued. “That’s what I’ve been working on in Congress, and I look forward to earning the votes of Hoosiers across this district so that work can continue.” “Despite our difficulties, I know America’s best days are ahead of us,” Messer said. “We can ensure our kids and grand-kids have a brighter future if we just return to our founding principles. It won’t be easy. But, we need to make the tough decisions necessary to defeat our enemies like ISIS, balance budgets and get government out of the way so individuals,... ...

One lane of I-65 to close near Greenwood

Jan 21, 2016 316

The Indiana Department of Transportation will close lanes on southbound Interstate 65 Friday evening between County Line Road and Main Street at Greenwood to replace a 260-foot section of pavement which is failing. INDOT Spokesman Harry Maginity says that southbound I-65’s right lane, extending from the on-ramp from County Line Road near mile marker 101 to just north of the off-ramp to Main Street at mile marker 99.6, will close tomorrow at 7 p.m. He adds that this lane will not reopen until mid-day Saturday. In addition, County Line Road’s ramp will close while the Main Street ramp will remain open, Maginity says. ...

Hope firefighters, town continue without contract

Jan 21, 2016 376

Edited: Further details have been added to the story. Hope volunteer firefighters will go at least another month without a formal contract. The department went 10 months last year without an agreement with the town and ended up receiving about half of what they normally require to operate. The Town Council members received the contract earlier this month and decided this week to have it looked over by the town’s emergency services committee before signing off on it, likely at next month’s council meeting. Town Council President Clyde Compton explains some of his concerns. 01-21 clyde compton-1 Compton also said he is concerned that the fire department is asking for the same amount of money as in previous years, even though they ended their ambulance service last year. He said that as a town council member he wants to best represent the interest of taxpayers. Town officials originally held off on an agreement last year because the fire department was being sued over a new fire station under construction on... ...

Scammers pretend to be IRS collectors

Jan 21, 2016 361

Deputies are warning of more scammers targeting victims by claiming to be with the IRS. Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said there have been four cases in recent days where automated callers pretended to be with the federal agency and demanded unpaid taxes be immediately paid or face being sued. Authorities suggest that you should always be skeptical if someone you don’t know calls demanding immediate payment over the phone of any bill, especially if they want you to use a pre-paid credit card or to wire money to settle the supposed debt. Lt. Matt Harris, with the Columbus Police Department, said scammers have also learned how to fool your Caller ID, making it appear that they are calling from a local number or a legitimate business. He said that those calls frequently originate from outside of the country. He suggested that you always end a phone call demanding money, and call the company back directly at a number you know to be correct, to talk about your supposed debt. ...

Program to honor iGrad volunteers set

Jan 20, 2016 350

The iGrad program will host a volunteer appreciation lunch at Ivy Tech in celebration of the 15th annual National Mentoring Month. Columbus campus Spokesman Chris Schilling says that the lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 26 at the Columbus Learning Center. He says that the event will bring together iGrad volunteer mentors and tutors. iGrad is also encouraging volunteers to bring a friend or co-worker who might be interested in volunteering with the program. “There is a powerful mentoring effect demonstrated by research and the experiences of young people who are connected to a mentor in real life,” said Laurie Dickerson, Director of the iGrad Program. “Mentoring is linked to improved academic, social, and economic prospects for young adults, and that ultimately strengthens our community,” she added. Schilling explains that iGrad was started as an initiative three years ago through a partnership of Bartholomew County School Corp., Flatrock-Hawcreek School Corp., the Community Education Coalition, Cummins Inc., and Ivy Tech. He says the goal of iGrad is to raise the... ...