Area farm families honored at Statehouse

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A few area families were honored at the Indiana Statehouse Monday for their family farms. Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb and Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) Director Ted McKinney presented 46 families with a Hoosier Homestead Award in recognition of their commitment to Indiana agriculture. To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for more than 100 consecutive years, and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year. The award distinctions recognized are Centennial (100 years), Sesquicentennial (150 years) and Bicentennial (200 years). Those honored include: Bartholomew County: The Schulz family received the Sesquicentennial Award. Decatur County: The Fletcher and Fischmer families received the Centennial Award. Johnson County: The Long family received the Centennial Award. State officials say these families are among the more than 5,000 Hoosier Homestead farms. ...

Cummins announces Middle-East partnership

Mar 29, 2016 279

Cummins has announced a joint-venture in the Middle East. Jon Mills, Cummins’ director of External Communications, says that the Columbus-based diesel engine manufacturer is joining with the Olayan Group in the formation of Cummins Arabia. He says this new venture “a fifty-fifty, three-country distribution joint venture company in the Middle East.” Mills says that this joint venture consolidates the distribution of Cummins products in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Those products are currently distributed by Cummins’ wholly-owned UAE distributor and Olayan-owned independent distributors, General Contracting Company (GCC) in Saudi Arabia and General Transportation and Equipment (GTE) in Kuwait. He explains that these three countries represent some of the largest markets for Cummins in that region. Mills says that the partnership allows Cummins to greatly expand access to the Saudi and Kuwaiti markets and operate closer to its customer base. At the same time, he says that it will provide for the training and employment of nationals in each country. “Cummins is pleased to partner with Olayan,... ...

Traffic stop leads to arrest of two in North Vernon

Mar 29, 2016 270

Two North Vernon residents, one of them wanted by authorities, were arrested Monday night. A spokesperson for the North Vernon Police Department (NVPD) says that the arrests were the result of a traffic stop at 9:04 p.m. in near a gas station on South State State street. Authorities say that the driver, 20-year-old Dugan J. Carter, and his passenger, 20-year-old Brandi M. Long, were both apprehended. The NVPD says that Carter was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Jennings County. They say that Long was arrested on a Misdemeanor charge of Possession of Paraphernalia. Authorities say that Carter and Long were booked in the Jennings County Jail. Bond information was not available. ...

Two arrested on meth charges after traffic stops

Mar 29, 2016 201

Two Columbus residents were arrested Monday on methamphetamine related charges after traffic stops. According to reports from Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department: 25-year-old Nadia Brown was stopped at about 5:30 near Seventh and Washington streets for having an expired tag on a license plate that allegedly belonged on another vehicle. During a search of the vehicle officers allegedly found syringes including one containing methamphetamine. She was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of a legend drug injection device and possession of methamphetamine. 54-year-old Eloy Salinas was arrested after a stop at about 7 p.m. near Seventh Street and Pleasant Grove. A search of his vehicle allegedly revealed a bag of methamphetamine. He is facing preliminary charges of driving while suspended, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and a Bartholomew Superior Court II warrant ...

Deputies offer help with home valuables inventory

Mar 29, 2016 200

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department wants to encourage you to take an inventory of your valuable items, to record any serial numbers and to store that inventory in a safe place. While that inventory won’t help you keep from being robbed or keep your belongings from getting destroyed in a disaster, it will make it easier to recover your belongings, to help document the crime, if police find a stash of stolen items and to file insurance claims. Detective Sgt. Chad Swank explains the importance of recording the serial numbers of items that have them. “Any item that you may have, whether it is a TV or a laptop computer, there are hundreds of thousands of those made,” Swank said. “So, we have got to be able to distinguish theirs from all the others out there. So, having that serial number is the really the only way we can do that. Having that serial number allows us enter the item into the nationwide computer database. So if any officer anywhere in... ...

Philharmonic finds permanent home with building gift

Mar 29, 2016 214

The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic will have a permanent home on Franklin Street in downtown Columbus. The Philharmonic is announcing that the Haddad family foundation has donated the building that has housed the orchestra’s offices since 2003. The 5,000 square foot building at 315 Franklin Street houses staff offices, a music library and storage space, in addition to space for private and group music lessons, youth ensemble rehearsals and other activities. Bob and Helen Haddad have been big supporters of the Philharmonic since 1987 with the founding of the Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. In the 1990s, they headed the push for the orchestra’s endowment, including a $500,000 challenge gift. The couple have also funded the orchestra’s education director staff position with an annual grant for many years. The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic moved out of The Commons in 2003. ...

Early voting kicks off next week

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It’s almost time to start early voting for the May primary election. Primary voters will be choosing their party’s candidates for president, but also voting for candidates for Bartholomew Circuit Court judge, county commissioner and at-large county council members, among others. Bartholomew County Clerk Jay Phelps said early voting at the courthouse begins on April 5th and ends on May 2nd. Phelps says that there will be early-voting opportunities aside from the courthouse. Those locations will be at Donner Center, Main Source Bank on the west side of Columbus and Flintwood Wesleyan Church. These new locations are scheduled to be open April 25 through the 30th. Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. that Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 30th. Phelps says that he, and his office, are looking forward to this election. He notes that this will be the first county-wide election to use vote centers instead of traditional precincts. Last year’s Columbus municipal elections also used voter centers, but only... ...

Crooners for CASA 2016

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It’s back… The big 3rd annual “Crooners For CASA!” Win 104.9 was proud to be a part of it last year, and super excited to do it again! ...

Ivy Tech invites you to take part in twice-yearly sale

Mar 28, 2016 247

Ivy Tech Community College is inviting you to shop at what is being called an “upscale garage sale” that offers gently used professional attire, casual clothing, and other items for very low cost. Randy Proffitt, Ivy Tech’s executive director of marketing and recruitment, says the two-day event, called “Ivy Republic,” will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7 and 8. He says is will be held in Room 200 of Poling Hall on the Ivy Tech Columbus campus. Proffitt says that this event is open to Ivy Tech students, staff, faculty, as well as the public. Ivy Republic provides “clothing that works for you” — gently used professional and casual clothing and accessories that are sold for only $1 per item. All funds raised provide a scholarship each year for Ivy Tech students. “Ivy Republic helps Ivy Tech students and community members find the professional clothing they need as they start or advance their careers,” said Nina Loesch, Ivy Tech Assistant Director of Financial Aid and chairwoman... ...

You are invited to support “The Thin Blue Line”

Mar 28, 2016 241

Local law enforcement chaplains and a group of police spouses will host a “Thin Blue Prayer Line” on the steps of Columbus City Hall on Friday. Columbus Police Department Spokesman Lt. Matt Harris says the event is being held in light of recent law enforcement deaths, including Howard County Deputy Sheriff Carl Koontz, who was killed on March 20th. “We are excited about having the community come together to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and to pray for the well- being for everyone in public safety,” said Harris. He went on to say that the event will feature remarks by local clergy and spouses of law-enforcement officers. Patrick Galligar, director of Pastoral Care at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Columbus, says that “there are so many of these type of events in the news that we can become numb to them.” He went on to say that, “this prayer event can be a place where we stand and acknowledge we are better together, and none of us... ...