Columbus residents injured in Brownstown crash

Jul 22, 2016 244

Two Columbus residents were seriously injured in a crash yesterday near Brownstown. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department reports that 52-year-old Rick Walker of Columbus was driving east on U.S. 50 at about 4:40 p.m. when he came upon traffic slowed due to construction and hit the rear of a pickup truck. Walker was trapped inside his truck and received head and leg injuries. A passenger, 63-year-old Chester Sidwell of Columbus, received head and chest injuries. Walker was flown to IU Methodist Hospital and Sidwell was first taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour before being flown to University of Louisville Hospital. The crash caused a chain reaction involving three other vehicles. A passenger in the first vehicle struck, 26-year-old Sarah Cravens of Brownstown, had neck pain and was taken to Schneck Medical Center. ...

Local GOP has Trump/Pence yard signs

Jul 22, 2016 366

The Bartholomew County Republican Party has received a limited supply of Donald Trump and Mike Pence yard signs. If you are interested in having signs, you can pick them up at the Republican Party headquarters at Pearl and 7th Streets on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The signs are free but a donation to the county party would be appreciated. A maximum of two signs will be given to each person. ...

Health Department offers extended hours for immunizations

Jul 21, 2016 195

Parents of children needing their immunizations before the start of school will have some extra time to get that issue taken care of. A spokesperson with the Bartholomew County Health Department says that it will be extending its hours on Monday, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. for that very issue. The health department says that an appointment must be scheduled in advance and that immunizations will be administered at their new location, 2675 Foxpointe Drive, Suite B. For more information, call the health department at (812) 379-1555, option 1, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ...

School supply drive aims to help local and WV students

Jul 21, 2016 255

The Bartholomew County School Supply Assistance Program is asking for your help in providing school supplies to over 2,000 children in Bartholomew County. In addition, the BCSSAP is working with local residents and West Virginia natives, Tina O’Dell and Rob Smith, to collect contributions for areas severely affected by the recent disastrous flooding in West Virginia. All contributions will support both efforts. Diane Doup, the community outreach coordinator for the Lincoln-Central Nighborhood Family Center, says that financial donations are preferred, as they enable the committee to make bulk purchases. She explains that tax-deductible cash, check or money order donations can be made payable and sent to Sans Souci, 1526 13th Street, Columbus, IN 47201. You are asked to please list “School Supplies” in the memo area. You may also donate online at www.bcssap.org. Doup, who says that Bartholomew County residents know the pain and devastation caused by flood waters. She says that West Virginia is grappling with wide-spread destruction. With that, Doup says that contributions to BCSSAP will help schools... ...

Energy providers urge conservation as heat wave approaches

Jul 21, 2016 166

Energy companies are urging you to manage your energy use in anticipation of this heat wave. Officials with Duke Energy, the state’s largest power supplier, says that the hot weather can lead to higher energy bills, while others say that energy conservation is needed to avoid possible blackouts. Tips include: – Setting your AC to the highest comfortable setting. Duke says that Energy Star says a 78-degree setting is the most efficient. – Don’t cool an empty house. If you’ll be out and about, program your thermostat to work around your schedule. – Close the blinds. Shutting drapes and shades during the hottest part of the day can keep the sun’s rays from heating your house. – Grill outdoors. Cooking in the oven and on the stove-top creates a lot of indoor heat. – Use fans in occupied rooms. Make sure they are set to operate in a counterclockwise direction. – Turn off unnecessary lights. And use energy-efficient light bulbs. – Seal air leaks with caulking and weather stripping. And... ...

North Vernon police seek leads on Eagles burglary

Jul 21, 2016 217

The North Vernon Police Department is looking for your help finding suspects in a burglary of the town’s Eagles Lodge earlier this week. The police department is circulating photos on social media showing a partial view of a suspect and of a maroon colored truck that police say was involved in the incident on Tuesday. If you have any information, you can contact the North Vernon Police Department at 812-346-1466, through the department’s Facebook page or through the department web site at NVPD.Org   ...

Columbus police taking applications for officers

Jul 21, 2016 196

The Columbus Police Department is now taking applications for new officers. If you want to apply, you must be at least 21 years old and less than 35 years old when you are sworn in. You must have a high school diploma and successfully complete all of the department’s training program. Applications are available in the personnel office in City Hall and they will be accepted until August 31st. For more information:  http://www.columbus.in.gov/police/employment/ ...

Red Cross offers tips for upcoming extreme heat

Jul 21, 2016 186

A Heat Advisory will be effect for our area from Friday morning until Saturday night. Temperatures will be in the mid 90s with extremely high humidity, making for possibly dangerous conditions. The American Red Cross is offering several tips to avoid heat-related illnesses and injuries. Those include:  Never leave children or pets in a vehicle – even for a few minutes. The inside temperature of a car can quickly reach 120 degrees. Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water and shade.  Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine. Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays. Use a buddy system if required to work outdoors and take frequent breaks. ...

Deputies seek Ransom as most-wanted fugitive

Jul 21, 2016 261

Bartholomew County deputies are looking for a new most-wanted fugitive this week. 45-year-old Robin Lee Ranson is wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in court. He is a black man, five feet 10 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has multiple tattoos. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Robin Lee Ransom, you should contact Capt. Dave Steinkoenig at 812-565-5940, or you can call the sheriff’s department tip line at 812-379-1712. Tips can be left anonymously. ...