Rumpke will continue to operate Bartholomew County’s landfill

Jun 24, 2016 192

Bartholomew County will be sticking with Rumpke as the operator of the county landfill, for three more years, a contract that pays about $1.2 million dollars annually. However, the new proposal would give the county the option of exiting the arrangement with a 60-day notice. Columbus City Councilman Frank Miller, who also heads the county’s Solid Waste Management District Board, has been pushing to look for proposals from other vendors, to see if they could offer the county a better deal or more savings. The board voted at last months’ meeting to let that process move forward and to only agree to a one year extension with Rumpke. However, on Thursday, the board decided to continue doing business with Rumpke, at the rates established in 1998 when the landfill first opened. County Commissioner Larry Kleinhenz made that recommendation, pending the approval of attorneys. Kleinhenz added that he, and other board members, were also concerned that the rates could go up if the contract was rebid. Miller was the lone vote... ...

Barbecue to help veterans visit nation’s capital

Jun 24, 2016 225

You have a chance today to enjoy a pulled pork lunch or dinner, and to help aging veterans visit Washington D.C. The American Legion Post, on 25th Street in Columbus, will be hosting the cookout from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to benefit Honor Flight. Susan Thayer-Fye is one of the organizers of the local Honor Flight fundraising. The organization takes veterans to DC to visit the memorials associated with their service. Each flight costs about $450 per veteran, Thayer-Fye said. She adds that the meal will cost you $8 and that there will also be raffles and door prizes. ...

Sheriff Myers says deputies took proper action when suspect collapsed, died

Jun 23, 2016 236

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers is extending his condolences to the family of an Edinburgh man who collapsed, and died, during a chase involving his deputies. He is also crediting those deputies for their actions that night. The Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle call around 8:30 p.m. on Monday night. While following the vehicle, authorities say that it came to an abrupt stop and a backseat passenger, 44-year-old Robert A. Quick, jumped out and fled on foot. According to deputies, Quick entered the Driftwood River and swam across. They say that once he reached the other side, he collapsed. An autopsy report states that Quick died of natural causes and that no foul play is suspected. “First, I want to express my condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Quick during their time of loss”, said Sheriff Matthew A. Myers. He went on to say that Deputies Andrew Dougan, Andrew Whipker, and Terry Holderness were at the scene and immediately began medical care, maintaining... ...

State Police Trooper promoted

Jun 23, 2016 259

An Indiana State Police Trooper residing in Bartholomew County has been promoted. Superintendent Douglas Carter has announced the promotion of Trooper Andrew Mitchell to the rank of Trooper Detective. Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, spokesman for the State Police Post in Versailles, says that Detective Mitchell is a 2003 graduate of Bethesda Christian High School in Brownsburg. He attended the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where he studied youth ministry. In 2008, Mitchell was hired as a jail deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. In 2012 Wheeles says that Mitchell was hired as an Indiana State Trooper and attended the Indiana State Police Academy in Plainfield. During his three year career with the Indiana State Police, Detective Mitchell has primarily patrolled the roads in Bartholomew, Jackson, Ripley, and Franklin Counties, says Wheeles. He says that during that time, Mitchell has worked numerous criminal investigations, investigated crashes, and conducted criminal and traffic patrols on Indiana roads. State Police officials says that Detective Mitchell was promoted after going through a rigorous promotion process... ...

Columbus ArtFest is this weekend

Jun 23, 2016 236

The Seventh Annual Columbus ArtFest is this weekend. This year’s installment is being held at Mill Race Park on Saturday and Sunday. The event is described as a “high quality juried fine art festival.” Bob Anderson, a spokesman for the event, says that ArtFest fulfills a need in the community, both for artists, as well as those who enjoy quality, original art. To help fulfill this need, Anderson says that there will be a Plein Air Paintout. This is the second consecutive year for this part of ArtFest. Anderson says that a number of artists will be set up throughout Columbus on Friday and Saturday, painting scenes of the city. He adds that these scenes will be judged Sunday morning, then put on display before available for sale that afternoon. Other aspects of this year’s ArtFest include lessons with Justin, The Artistic Horse, a children’s booth and more. The festival takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can get... ...

See a movie; learn about bicycle safety Friday night

Jun 23, 2016 239

You can enjoy a movie in a park and learn about bicycle safety at an event tomorrow night at Morningside Park on the east side of Columbus. Free bike helmets will be available and the movie Minions will be shown at this summer’s first Friday Night Flicks and Race2Bicycle Safety. April Williams, with the Columbus Park Foundation, says that this is a free event for the public and it is intended to encourage families to appreciate their neighborhood parks as a great resource for being active and for having fun. Kiwanis will be on hand to provide the helmets as well as a bicycle obstacle course to teach bicycle safety. The park foundation will even be offering free popcorn. Events start at 7:30 p.m. You can find more information at columbuspark foundation.org ...

City Council passes change to animal-control ordinance

Jun 22, 2016 243

Animals commonly referred to as “livestock” or “farm animals” will no longer be welcome in Columbus under an amendment to the city’s Animal Control Ordinance. The city council voted five-to-two Tuesday night to limit what animals are acceptable as pets within city limits. The amendment came about after concern was raised last year about some city residents maintaining chicken coops on their property. A committee, led by Councilman Frank Miller, investigated the issue. He said during Tuesday night’s council meeting that most city residents choose to live in the city in order to get away from things like livestock, and other aspects associated more with life in a rural setting. Councilwoman Elaine Wagner, who was also on the committee, seemed surprised by Miller’s statements, stating that she was under the impression that the committee came away with another suggestion that would allow chickens to be kept under certain guidelines. Wagner, a Democrat, said that she favors letting people do as they please on, and with, their private property. Tuesday night’s... ...

Industry insiders report that Cummins will recall nearly 5,500 engines

Jun 22, 2016 220

Cummins is recalling nearly 5,500 ISX12 and ISX15 heavy-duty diesel engines manufactured between March 7, 2016, and April 12, 2016, because of a faulty engine control module. The website overdriveonline.com says it is citing a recall notice reporting that the module may short out and blow a fuse, possibly causing the engine to stall without warning. The website is reporting that Cummins is blaming the problem on water that got into the modules during the wash process after assembly. The report states that the recall is expected to begin July 7th. It also says that Cummins will notify owners and dealers and replace the engine control module for free. Cummins officials have not responded to our request for comment. ...

New Columbus police officer sworn in

Jun 22, 2016 234

The newest police officer in Columbus was sworn in yesterday by Mayor Jim Lienhoop. 26-year-old Marcus Clark, is a graduate of Columbus North High School and attended Ball State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology. Clark previously worked as a probation officer with the Marion County Probation Department. He is scheduled to attend the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy next month. ...

Pearl Street fire sparked by cigarette

Jun 22, 2016 239

Columbus firefighters say a house fire yesterday afternoon on Pearl Street was sparked by a discarded cigarette. Firefighters found a front porch and a home’s siding on fire when they were called to the 900 block of Pearl Street at about 5:25 p.m. yesterday afternoon, says Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the fire department. As firefighters arrived, a neighbor extinguished the blaze with a fire extinguisher. Fire inspector Matt Noblitt discovered that the blaze was sparked by a cigarette discarded near combustible materials on the porch. After discussing the situation with the tenant, it was determined to have been accidental. The porch and siding received about $2,000 in damages in the blaze, Wilson said. ...