Columbus resident hurt in motorcycle wreck

Apr 28, 2016 333

A Columbus man was flown to an Indianapolis hospital after a motorcycle crash Thursday evening in Jackson County. A spokesperson for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department says that emergency personnel were called to the one-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Road 58 and County Road 810 at approximately 6 p.m. A preliminary investigation indicated that a motorcycle, driven by 30-year-old Robert Fox, was traveling west on State Road 58 when he approached a curve too fast. Authorities say that Fox locked the motorcycle’s brakes, causing him to lose control. They say that the motorcycle fell onto it’s side, traveling some 50 yards in the grass along the road. The Sheriff’s Department says that Fox was taken, via ambulance, to the Hamilton Fire Department. A medical helicopter met the ambulance there and flew Fox to St. Vincent Hospital. The spokesperson says that Fox suffered a compound fracture to his ankle, as well as other, undisclosed, injuries. His condition has not been updated. ...

Wafas named recipients of the Laws Human Rights Award

Apr 28, 2016 293

The Columbus Human Rights Commission has announced that the recipients of the 2016 William R. Laws Human Rights Award are Dr. Marwan Wafa and Ala’a Wafa. Aida Ramirez, director of the Columbus Human Rights Commission, says that the pair will be honored during the commission’s annual dinner meeting on May 19 at The Commons. Ramirez says that the commission selected the pair for the honor for their, “joint contribution in making Columbus a more inclusive community through dialogue, education and strong advocacy.” The Laws Nominating Committee says that the Wafas have been active in raising cultural awareness and educating different groups about religions and cultures. Dr. Wafa is a former vice-chancellor and dean at IUPUC. He left the school last summer to take the position of chancellor of Pennsylvania State University’s Worthington Scranton campus. Ala’a Wafa is an Associate Counsel at Cummins. She is also the daughter of Dr. Wafa. Ramirez says that the commission’s May 19th meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and will include the honoring of the student... ...

High water closing parts of People Trail

Apr 28, 2016 305

The Columbus Parks Department is reporting that parts of the People Trail system are closed due to high water especially in the Northbrook area near the airport. So far there have been no reports of water over the trails in usual locations such as Mill Race or Noblitt parks. The trails will be reopened after the mud and debris is removed. For more information you can call (812) 376-2599. ...

Arts Council to hold annual meeting this afternoon

Apr 28, 2016 274

The Columbus Area Arts Council makes its annual report to the community this afternoon at YES Cinema in downtown Columbus Refreshments will be served at 4:30 p.m. with the formal program starting at 5:30 p.m. Keynote speaker Richard McCoy will give a presentation about “Public Art and Why it Matters for Cities.” In addition to the keynote talk, four retiring members of the Arts Council’s Board of Directors will be recognized for their service: Bryan Brunner, Erin Hawkins, Umar Farooq, and Ebony Williams. Replacing them on the board will be Quazi Fawad, Tricia Gilson, Roy Ice, and McCoy. You can get more information online at www.artsincolumbus.org ...

Lightning sparks fire on north side of Columbus

Apr 28, 2016 310

Columbus firefighters were called to a chaotic scene this morning on the north side of the city when lightning hit a tree and ruptured a natural gas line, causing a fire at about 7:18 a.m. Capt. Mike Wilson, with the fire department, explains that the fire hit a tree throwing debris into the street, passed under the road and then hit a gas line igniting a tree on the other side. 04-28 Mike Wilson-1 Wilson said that firefighters asked nearby residents to leave their homes so they could be check for gas fumes. Vectren arrived to cap the gas line and to begin repairs. ...

Coroner candidates consider Owsley case

Apr 28, 2016 360

The most controversial issue to affect the Bartholomew County coroner’s office in recent years was the handling of the April 2013 shooting death of Cary Owsley. Owsley died from a gunshot wound but the handling of the crime scene by the sheriff’s department and the county coroner led to deputies being disciplined, Owsley’s body being exhumed for autopsies and a federal lawsuit. Two Republicans, Clayton Nolting and Ron Shadley, are vying for the coroner’s office after long-time coroner Larry Fisher chose not to seek re-election. We asked the candidates about what lessons they took away from the Owsley case. Nolting says he is not familiar with the case. 04-28 clayton nolting question 5-1 Shadley said that he would review the department’s procedures if elected 04-28 ron shadley question 5-1 Democrat Paula Rothrock is also seeking the coroner’s office but she is unopposed in next week’s primary. ...

North Vernon shelter asks city for help with renovation

Apr 27, 2016 326

A shelter that provides emergency housing, food and clothing to those in need in, and around, North Vernon is reaching out to local government for help. Representatives from Wayside Inn approached the North Vernon City Council Monday night to ask for a donation to help bring the building it operates out of up to code. The building, located at 304 Hoosier Street, needs renovations to bring it up to date with fire regulations, says Coleen Malone, who is the head of the shelter. She explained that the shelter has received estimates for work to install a sprinkler system, as well as update fire alarms. Documentation provided to the council put the cost of the sprinkler work at $16,194, while the updated alarm system would run $8,042. Councilman Jack Kelley asked Malone if the request for funds was time-sensitive. She explained that the building was already technically in violation, but state officials granted a waiver to allow the charity to continue operation. Malone says that waiver runs out in August. She... ...

Bartholomew County, Columbus and townships to share LOIT cash

Apr 27, 2016 308

State Rep. Milo Smith delivered good news to Bartholomew County and Columbus Wednesday afternoon via an over-sized check for more that $6.7 million. Smith co-sponsored a bill that lowered the percentage of Local Option Income Taxes (LOIT) held in reserve by the state from 50-percent, to 15-percent. When the bill was passed, Smith says that meant that local communities throughout Indiana would see a windfall totaling approximately $434 million. Along with the infusion of cash, Smith said that the distributions represent good-paying jobs rebuilding the state’s infrastructure. Smith delivered the check to the Bartholomew County Auditor’s Office, where County Auditor Barb Hackman and Columbus Clerk-Treasurer Luann Welmer were waiting. Hackman said that the county’s portion of the distribution totals nearly $2.5 million. She went on to say that the city of Columbus will get nearly $3.4 million, while the various townships across the county will be sharing just over $900 thousand. We asked Welmer what the city will use the money for. While she expressed a preference for putting some... ...

Ever Wonder What a Sinking Ship Might Look Like? Here Ya Go.

Apr 27, 2016 514

Sometimes, it’s as simple as expanding too quickly.  Sometimes, it’s not making the move toward the future, out of fear.  And occasionally, it’s sheer unadulterated stubborn bullishness. This article is a fascinating exploration of what can make a particular business head south, with stories from the inside, from people who saw everything come apart. It may be instructive…and possibly informative, in terms of the warning signs you might want to watch for, in the world of JOB. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 Off To the Basement, To See if That VHS Double Tape Copy of Titanic Might Still Be Laying Around Somewhere ...

Mother arrested after sons allegedly bring drug paraphernalia to school

Apr 27, 2016 256

A Columbus mother is facing charges after her three sons allegedly took a plate with methamphetamine residue and drug paraphernalia to school. The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department says that the boys found the items in their mother’s bathroom. Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that at approximately 8:36 a.m. on Tuesday, Detective Will Kinman was contacted after the brothers, ages 12, 11 and 9, brought the items to school. The boys’ mother, 31-year-old of Teresa Christine Maxey, was arrested on preliminary charges of Neglect of a Dependent. She was booked in the Bartholomew County Jail, where the Sheriff’s Department says she remains in lieu of $7,500.00 bond. Jackson adds that the Department of Child Services was contacted by school officials. ...