Trooper injured in Jackson County wreck

Aug 28, 2016 192

An Indiana State Police trooper was seriously injured in a crash Friday night on Interstate 65 near Crothersville. Trooper Michael Thiron  was responding to a crash  at about 9 p.m. where a vehicle had struck the cable barrier in the median of the highway. As he switched lanes, with his emergency lights activated, Thiron’s police car was hit by a semi-trailer driven by 30-year-old Patrick Gregory of Indianapolis, according to reports from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, ISP spokesman. The police car was spun about and pushed into the cable barrier. Thiron was taken to Schneck Medical Center with possible head injuries and was released Friday night. Gregory was uninjured. Traffic was slowed in the area for about two hours. The crash remains under investigation.   ...

Jennings authorities search for missing kayakers

Aug 28, 2016 172

Update: Both kayakers were found safe at about 8:15 a.m. Sunday. Jennings County authorities are searching for two kayakers, missing on the Muscatatuck River since Saturday evening. The sheriff’s department reports that it is searching for 25-year-old Levi M. Easler of Butlerville and 25-year-old Audrey M. Adams of North Vernon. Rescuers suspended the search at about 4:16 a.m. and were scheduled to begin searching again at 7 a.m. According to police reports, four kayakers entered the Muscatatuck River near Butlerville at about 5 p.m. But two of them became separated near Vernon. The remaining two got out of the river near Vernon Cemetery and called for help at about 10:52 p.m. An incident command post was set up at the Vernon Commons just after 1 a.m. and members of all Jennings County fire departments joined in the search. Teams searched east and west of Vernon for about three hours. Also assisting in the search were Indiana DNR Conservation Officers, and Bartholomew County’s Swift Water Rescue Team who provided an air-boat. Six teams... ...

Bartholomew County Council considering reduced work week

Aug 26, 2016 172

The Bartholomew County Council continues its work on next year’s budget. Councilman Jorge Morales compares last year’s budget sessions to this year’s… Morales, and other council members, say that its important to “take care” of county employees, especially after the hit they took last year on increased healthcare costs… One of the measures being considered is reducing the work week for county employees from 40 hours to 37.5, while keeping their weekly pay the same. Council members say that employees working in public safety would stay at 40 hours. Morales says that he isn’t sure that this is fair to the employees… In addition to the reduced hours, the council is also considering a pay-raise of up to 2.5-percent for all county employees. Morales says that, while he wants employees to receive a raise, it would essentially be doubled for those whose work weeks are reduced. Council members say that if employees need to work more than 37.5 hours, they will receive straight-time up to 40 hours, then time-and-a-half after... ...

Paver repairs set to begin Monday

Aug 26, 2016 192

Paver repairs are set to begin Monday along Fourth Street in Columbus. The Columbus City Engineer’s Office says that Decorative Paving Company will be doing the work. These repairs are set to take place along the sidewalk and center drain areas, say officials. They say that the repairs should minimize the tripping hazards that have developed due to settling. The Engineer’s Office says that the contractor anticipates each block taking one week to complete. However, they have until September 16th to complete the work in the event of poor weather. Officials say that the work will begin on the east block, from Washington Street to Franklin Street, on Monday. From there, the work will move to the west block, from Jackson Street to Washington Street, beginning the week of September 6th. ...

Candidates set for fall school board races

Aug 26, 2016 284

The slate of candidates are set for November’s school board elections in Bartholomew County. After a noon deadline today, all three incumbents in the Bartholomew Consolidated school board races will see opponents, while the voters in Flat Rock-Hawcreek school district will see only familiar names on the ballot. In Bartholomew Consolidated schools District 3, incumbent Polly Verbanic will face Jim Persinger. In District 5, board member Pat Bryant will face Tim Woods and in District 7, Jeff Caldwell will face Dennis White.. In Flat Rock-Hawcreek schools Steve Wilson will run unopposed for re-election in the Hawcreek District and Brian Rose faces no opposition in the Flat Rock District. ...

March of Dimes hosting Saturday baby event

Aug 26, 2016 211

March of Dimes will be holding a community baby shower for mothers and families in South Central Indiana at Fair Oaks Mall, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event will be just inside the mall’s main entrance and attendees will be able to take classes in breastfeeding, safe sleep, smoking cessation, nutrition, baby wearing and more. Participants will also receive an Infant Survival Kit which includes a Graco Pack-n-Play, a wearable blanket, pacifier and recommendations to take home. ...

Battery arrest made after bicycle theft attempt

Aug 26, 2016 197

An attempted bicycle theft on Thursday morning led to the arrest of a Columbus man on battery charges. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus police, says officers were called to the incident in the 1300 block of Central Avenue at about 9:55 a.m. Thursday to see the victim jump into the back of a moving truck to avoid an attack by two men. Officers caught and arrested one of the alleged attackers, 22 year-old Kwayshar M. Booker. The victim said he ws riding his bike when Booker allegedly threatened to steal it, knocked the victim off the bike and then started a fight. Booker was arrested on a preliminary charge of battery with bodily injury. The second suspect ran away and has not yet been caught, Harris said. ...

Election complicated by new at-large voting rules

Aug 26, 2016 199

If you are used to voting a straight party ticket in the November election, you will need to take extra steps this November. A new state law requires that straight party votes will not be applied to at-large races such as those for Bartholomew County Council. County Clerk Jay Phelps explains that the county’s election officials will be trying to get the word out before Election Day that you must vote individually for each of the at-large races. He said that will include signs at the voting centers and on the voting machine ballots themselves. 08-26 Jay Phelps Election-1 ...

Free dental care offered at Saturday event

Aug 26, 2016 193

If you need dental care, but can’t afford it, White River Dental on Jonathan Moore Pike will be offering free dental care to at least the first 50 patients who show up tomorrow morning. The third annual Dentistry from the Heart event will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m., and the first patients seen at 8 a.m. Although many people will arrive earlier. Jerry Strickland, spokesman for the dental clinic, says that in previous years people have begun lining up as early as midnight. He cautions that you should dress appropriately for the weather, bring a lawn chair and make sure you have drinks or snacks, if you need them. Strickland says the clinic will be performing limited services on a first-come first serve basis — either fillings, extractions or cleanings. The clinic is at 2459 W. Jonathan Moore PIke. For more information go to www.WRDental.com. ...

Jennings man arrested in drug overdose investigation

Aug 26, 2016 187

Jennings County deputies have made another arrest in relation to the slew of drug overdoses Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Lt. Mike Mowery, spokesman for the sheriff’s department, says that officers were investigating the overdoses and gathered enough information to serve a search warrant on a home on West Mark Drive. While searching the home at about 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, deputies allegedly found a small amount of drugs, stolen handguns and drug paraphernalia. They arrested 18-year-old Jordan McCarty on preliminary charges including altering the serial number on a handgun, possession of stolen property, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. ...