Man accused of trying to rundown opponent with car

Jul 28, 2016 187

A North Vernon man was arrested Tuesday morning after authorities say that he tried to run over another man with his car. North Vernon Police report that just before 10 a.m., officers arrested 21-year-old Terrell Hall after he allegedly ran over several mailboxes while trying to run-down an unidentified man after the pair allegedly had a fight on South Gum Street. Hall is facing preliminary charges of battery, criminal recklessness, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. ...

Garage fire causes over $100,000 in damage

Jul 27, 2016 223

A garage fire forced four family members to flee their Crump Estate home on Tuesday evening. Capt. Mike Wilson, Columbus Fire Department spokesman, says that firefighters were called to the 3200 block of Heritage Road at approximately 9 p.m. after receiving the call. Wilson says that as firefighters arrived, Columbus Police Officers reported that they had accounted for everyone who had been inside the home. However, a pet cat was missing. One of the occupants, an adult man, was taken to Columbus Regional Health with injuries described as “non-life threatening.” The cat was eventually found, safe, hiding under a bed and returned to the family. After learning that the residents were out of the house, Wilson says that firefighters began to attack the fire. He added that the fire was under control within 20 minutes. The owner of the home reportedly told investigators that her kitchen was in the process of being remodeled and that the home’s cooking stove had been moved to the garage. She reportedly said that her... ...

Boil Water Advisory in effect for Elizabethtown

Jul 27, 2016 182

Eastern Bartholomew Water Corp. has issued a boil water advisory for customers on Railroad Street, extending to County Road 600 South in Elizabethtown. Utility officials say that the advisory is in effect due to a water main break. Affected customers should boil all cooking and drinking water prior to consumption. The advisory is in effect until noon on Saturday. Customers with questions should contact Eastern Bartholomew Water Corp. at (812) 526-9777. The utility can also be reached by visiting its website at www.ebwonline.net. ...

Water main repairs to close portion of Fifth Street

Jul 27, 2016 158

Work to repair a leaking water main may cause some traffic headaches in downtown Columbus as we close out the work week. Aimee Morris, with the city’s Engineering Department, says that, beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, the westbound lane of Fifth Street, between Jackson Street and Brown Street will be closed. Officials expect the repairs to be finished, and traffic restored, by 4 p.m. on Friday. Morris says that Columbus City Utilities will be continuing repairs to the water main that began last week. City officials are asking you to avoid this area and to use an alternate route. ...

Deputies searching for Herring as most-wanted

Jul 27, 2016 209

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for 27-year-old Kevin Michael Herring as their most wanted fugitive this week. Herring is a white man, 6 feet tall and weighing about 180 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes and tattoos on both his left and right shoulders. He is wanted on two warrants for failing to appear in court. If you have any information on Kevin Michael Herring, you can contact  Capt. Dave Steinkoenig, at 812-565-5940, or you can call the sheriff’s department tip line at 812-379-1712 ...

City urges residents to keep grass clippings out of street

Jul 27, 2016 156

The City of Columbus is asking for your help keeping grass clippings out of the street. The city public works department reports that the grass clippings, leaves and other debris that are left in the street flow into the storm sewer grates when it rains. And the materials often clump up, causing flooding or ponding water in the street. Even if the grass makes it down the drain, the grass, fertilizer and other materials will contaminate creeks and rivers. Instead, you can collect your clippings and they will be picked up as yard waste. Or you can save them to use as compost on a garden. You can look for more information on the city’s Web site. ...

Columbus Township considering cuts to firefighters

Jul 27, 2016 204

Columbus Township and Bartholomew County rural residents would see the loss or reduction of many of the community’s paid firefighters under plans being discussed by the township’s financial body. Columbus Township Advisory Board members Jimmy Green and Michael Shireman are the only current board members, and they say their priority is cutting taxes. Green explains: 07-27 Jimmy Green-1 Although the board members have suggested eliminating the township’s paid firefighters altogether, Green said he also would be in favor of making them part-time, which would save the township on benefits and retirement. Green said other townships, including Harrison Township on the west side of Columbus, provide paid staff more cheaply by using part-time firefighters. 07-26 Jimmy Green-2 Township Trustee Ben Jackson and the firefighters are against the proposal. Jackson said the firefighting tax rate will already fall by a third in the next year because, among other reductions, a loan will finally be paid off.  Jackson explains the cuts that have already been proposed: 07-27 Ben Jackson-1 However, Green estimated that cutting... ...

Residents to provide input in long-range transportation plan

Jul 26, 2016 138

The Columbus Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is holding a special event Wednesday evening. Laura Thayer, the Metro Planning Director, says that there will be an open house to discuss potential improvements to the long-range transportation plan. Thayer says that those scenarios include: Thayer says that improvements to the bus routes have been a consistent request… Thayer says that attendees will get four votes as to what they would like to see worked on… Wednesday night’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Columbus Municipal Airport. It is expected to last about two hours. You are invited. ...

Mural designer chosen for downtown Columbus

Jul 26, 2016 200

The city of Columbus has named the winner of the Ivy Tech Community College Columbus student competition to design a bicentennial mural for the side of the Jackson Street Parking Garage. Christina Tuttle’s Kaleidoscopic View was selected. It will include many design and architectural details and look at the nature of Mill Race Park. The mural project has been accepted by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission as a bicentennial legacy project. The city’s goal is to brighten up the parking garage wall, which is at the end of Friendship Alley. ...

Windstream looks to city’s help, rehiring employees

Jul 26, 2016 210

An alternative energy company in North Vernon hopes to have most of its workers back on the job over the next several weeks. Dan Bates, CEO and founder of Windstream Technologies, told members of the North Vernon City Council his hopes and plans during the council’s meeting Monday night. The company, which manufactures wind turbines, opened its plant in the city in 2011. Part of that plan, Bates explained, is the acquisition of additional capital through new investment. He added that the lack of investment, along with decreased demand for the company’s products, has resulted in much of the Windstream workforce being laid-off. When City Councilman Jack Kelley pressed Bates for numbers, the CEO said that eight to 10 employees are on the job now, down from the 35 recently working. As part of the move to North Vernon, the company received a 10-year, $1.4 million loan from the city, through its Redevelopment Commission and Tax-Increment Financing funds. Since the loan was issued, repayments to the city have been irregular.... ...