Bicentennial torchbearers announced

Jun 29, 2016 352

Editor’s note: Due to a state error, Juanita Harden’s name was omitted from the list of official torchbearers for Bartholomew County. The state of Indiana has released the names of the torchbearers for the bicentennial torch relay. Among the 31 announced for Bartholomew County are WCSI’s own John Foster and Sam Simmermaker. There are four posthumous torchbearers on the list including former Columbus Mayor Bob Stewart, Hope newspaper publisher Larry Simpson, Susanna Jones and Vickie Lowney. You can find a complete list below. The torch will come through Bartholomew County on Sept. 18th, stopping for events at Hartsville, Simmons Winery and in Columbus at the library plaza. Bartholomew County (* indicates posthumous award) Paul Ashbrook Susan Baute Richard (Rick) Caldwell Sarah Cannon Merrill Clouse Fred Darling John Foster Eugene Gurthet Siddha Hall Solomon Hall Juanita Harden Carrie Harris Lucy”Dody” Harvey Don Harvey Jason Hatton Susanna Jones* Vickie Lowney* John Martoccia Cierra McCauley Mary McGuire Gregory Pence Larry Perkinson Ilya Schwartzman Sam Simmermaker Larry Simpson* Robert Stewart* Don Strietelmeier William Stultz Chuck Wells... ...

Every State in the Union Has Some Weirdness. Here’s a Taste.

Jun 29, 2016 409

Todd talked about this a little bit on the radio today. For example, there are only TWO escalators in Wyoming. Or the light bulb on the west coast that hasn’t burned out, in a CENTURY. Or the Pennsylvania theme park that is ALL ABOUT pasta sauce. Take a look, and plan your vacations accordingly, by going right over here. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 I Used To Love Pinball as a Kid, But South Carolina Evidently Wouldn’t Have Let Me Play It… ...

New gas station plans move forward on 25th Street

Jun 29, 2016 305

A new gas station and convenience store is moving ahead on 25th Street in Columbus. The developer for the new Ricker’s station at 25th Street and Cherry Street was approved for two variances at last night’s meeting of the Columbus Board of Zoning Appeals. The station would be built at the site of the former laundry and rental car business on 25th Street and would take up the entire block. Melissa Begley, with the city planning department, says that the developers were seeking permission to place entrances on Cherry Street and Cottage Avenue, as well as on 24th Street. There will be no entrance directly off of 25th Street. Normally, the 24th Street entrance would be too close to the side street entrances, which is why a variance was needed. The developer also wanted permission to put a dumpster in the front of the building behind a privacy fence and other screening. Those variances have been approved. The developer must get their site plan approved by the city before construction can start,... ...

Holiday hours take effect for fireworks displays

Jun 29, 2016 582

Tonight is the first night of changes to state-mandated hours that fireworks can be fired off around the Fourth of July holiday, according to the Indiana fire marshall. On June 29th through July 3rd and then on July 5th through July 9th, fireworks are only allowed between 5 p.m. and two hours after sunset. That would be 11:14 tonight. On holidays, including the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day, fireworks are allowed from 10 a.m. until midnight. Outside of the holidays and the surrounding days, fireworks are allowed from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. While municipalities are not allowed to alter the hours around and on holidays, cities and towns can choose to limit these hours. The fire marshal’s office says that fireworks are only allowed on your own property, on property where you have permission to fire off fireworks, or on specially designated fireworks spaces in the community. Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the Columbus Fire Department, urges caution with fireworks and says the safest place to watch fireworks is at a... ...

Jackson County United Way to hold ‘community conversation’

Jun 28, 2016 223

The Jackson County United Way and Jackson County Public Library are partnering throughout the county to participate in what is being called a community conversation initiative. The organizations have hosted nearly 20 conversations in the last three months and will host another 10 in the next month. The next conversation is scheduled for Thursday at the Jackson County Public Library in Seymour from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Tonja Couch, executive director of the Jackson County United Way, says that each conversation is a better chance for the organization to understand people’s aspirations, concerns, and what actions they believe might make a difference in strengthening the community. Thursday’s conversation, she says, is specifically focused on “learning more about aspirations, concerns, and actions regarding a safe and drug free community. These structured dialogues ask very specific questions to learn more about our county resident’s values and thoughts about the future of Jackson County.” If you are interested in attending Thursday’s event, which is focused on a safe and drug free community,... ...

Bartholomew County Democrats dine Thursday

Jun 28, 2016 239

The Bartholomew County Democrat Party is having it’s next quarterly dinner on Thursday evening. Former party chairwoman Priscilla Scalf says it will be held at 6 p.m. at the Donner Shelter House. The guest speaker for the event Robin Winston, a business owner and political advisor from Indianapolis. A former advisor to Governor Frank O’Bannon, Scalf says that Winston was the first African-American to become the Chair of a major political party in Indiana. Scalf says that Winston recently completed a capital campaign for the Levi Coffin House, a project with the Indiana State Museum commemorating a major component of Indiana’s underground railroad. The project was listed by Smithsonian Magazine in its international list of places to see in 2016. Scalf notes that Winston also helped to produce the film “Indiana Trailblazers.” She explains that the movie is an Emmy-nominated film which highlights the role of Indiana leaders of the Civil Rights movement. Scalf says that tickets to Thursday’s dinner remain. They are $15 and can be purchased in advance... ...

Former Cummins executive to be honored by EPA

Jun 28, 2016 261

A former Cummins executive is set to be honored by the Environmental Protection Agency. Cummins officials say that Dr. John C. Wall, former Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Cummins, will receive the Thomas W. Zosel Individual Achievement Award from the EPA during a ceremony for the 2016 Clean Air Excellence Awards. “It’s hard to overstate John’s impact on our company, our industry and the environment. In addition to shaping emissions technology, he also helped shape emissions policy around the world,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Cummins. “John was a mentor to me and so many others at Cummins, and his work continues to inspire countless engineers and their future innovations.” Cummins officials say that Dr. Wall played a key role in advancing the landmark 2010 emissions standards, as well as the first commercial vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel consumption standards. Dr. Wall retired as Chief Technical Officer for Cummins in 2015. ...

Former Seymour Middle School teacher sentenced

Jun 28, 2016 271

A former Seymour Middle School teacher who pleaded guilty to molesting a child younger than 14 was sentenced to 27-years in prison on Tuesday. Television station WLKY says that Aaron Murray pleaded guilty to three counts of child molesting last month. He was the then-12-year-old’s math teacher, but also tutored her and spent time with her outside of school, according to the report. The investigation into Murray began last July, when a parent reported the alleged molestation to the Seymour Police Department. The station cited court documents, in which Murray admitted to police that he kissed and fondled the girl. The judge suspended six-years of Murray’s sentence. For more on this story, click this link: http://bit.ly/292Vlse. ...

RV destroyed by fire in Brown County

Jun 28, 2016 242

A Florida man’s RV was destroyed Tuesday afternoon in Brown County. Curt Durnil, spokesman for the Indiana State Police, says that just before 4 p.m., the Brown County 911 Center received numerous calls about an RV traveling east on State Road 46 near Green Valley Road. Those calls noted smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Mark Laffoon, of Davenport, FL, reportedly told troopers that the vehicle lost power while driving, but he was able to pull into an empty parking lot. Once Laffoon exited the RV, he noticed flames coming from near the engine area. Durnil says that no injuries were reported, but the RV is a total loss. There has been no indication as to what led to the fire. ...

Franklin Police investigate battery, gun robbery

Jun 28, 2016 250

Police in Franklin are investigating an alleged battery and robbery that took place Monday evening at a fast-food restaurant on King Street. A department spokesperson says that officers responded to the scene at 6:50 p.m. to find a man bleeding from a head injury. The man told officers that he had recently set up the sale of a firearm on a website. The alleged victim explained that he had agreed to meet with a prospective buyer at the scene to conduct the sale. The man reportedly told officers that the would-be buyer, along with another man who accompanied him, attacked him, took the firearm as well as another gun in the victim’s vehicle. The suspects also stole the man’s wallet, according to the report. Police say that the alleged victim declined medical treatment. The victim was able to provide a description of the men, along with a license plate number for the vehicle they were in. Franklin Police say that they have spoken with a person of interest, but the... ...