Jackson County United Way to begin 2016-2017 campaign

Aug 25, 2016 197

The Jackson County United Way (JCUW) will be kicking off its 2016-2017 campaign next week. Sean Hildreth, JCUW Resource Development Director, says the campaign is entitled: “Growing Together: From Roots to Results Campaign.” He says that a kickoff celebration will be held Wednesday, August 31, at the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce. Hildreth adds that the JCUW is has JCB Vice President, Mary Ellen Jaynes, serving as Campaign Chair, while Rick and Jennifer Meyer serves as Campaign Vice-Chairs. Officials say that they look to reach a goal of $810,000, which is five-percent higher than the goal for the 2015-16 campaign. “JCUW fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our county. We can’t do this alone, this work is challenging, all encompassing, and weaved together. We need collective impact where all organizations and individuals are working to create a stronger community,” said Jaynes. Hildreth says that there are avenues available to help make the most out of community donations. They include: – All new gifts of... ...

Two arrested on heroin, other charges, in Jackson County

Aug 25, 2016 254

A Wednesday afternoon traffic stop by the Indiana State Police in Jackson County led to the discovery of heroin and drug paraphernalia, as well as the arrests of two Seymour residents. Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, ISP spokesman, says that the investigation began when Trooper Randel Miller stopped a car heading south on I-65 near the 51 mile marker, just north of the Seymour exit. During the traffic stop, Miller reportd seeing “indicators of criminal activity.” The Trooper’s K-9, “Jinx,” reportedly alerted to the odor of an illegal substance coming from the vehicle. During a search of the car, Trp. Miller and Trp. Jimmy Wells allegedly found a syringe and other drug paraphernalia. The driver, 26-year-old Clinton Johnson and his passenger, 24-year-old Sara Biggs, were subsequently arrested. While at the jail, officers there allegedly found that Biggs was concealing two bags of suspected heroin on her body. Trp. Miller also reported that Johnson had originally provided a false name during the traffic stop. Both Johnson and Biggs were charged with felony charges... ...

Aisin USA announces expansion plans in Seymour: Report

Aug 25, 2016 297

Aisin USA Manufacturing, a Japanese-owned manufacturer of automotive parts, announced plans to expand its operations in Seymour, creating up to 100 new jobs by the end of 2018. WBIW radio is reporting that the company will invest nearly $100-million to expand its manufacturing operations on Fourth Street. Aisin USA manufactures automotive components and systems, supplying parts for vehicle makers Honda, Chevrolet, Toyota and Lexus. WBIW reports that expansion work will begin later this year. The report states that Aisin USA employs more than 1,700 at its Seymour facility and plans to begin hiring for new manufacturing positions in 2017. Interested applicants can apply by emailing a resume to hr@aisinusa.com or by completing an application on-site. WBIW says that the Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Aisin USA up to $500,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. The city of Seymour approved tax abatement for the first phase of the project earlier this week, says the report. ...

Ivy Tech students work toward white-belt certification

Aug 25, 2016 227

Ivy Tech students will be able to work toward their Six Sigma White Belt certification under a program from Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus. Chris Schilling, spokesman for the school says that the white belt training gives students strategies for continuous improvement in quality assurance, problem solving, customer relations, project team work and waste elimination. The skills are used and are demand in industries such as healthcare and manufacturing. Schilling said 16 students have enrolled in the Associate Accelerated Program this fall, where the white belt training is being conducted. Students in the Associate Accelerated Program can earn their associate’s degree in a year and take that on to a four-year college. After finishing the white-belt training, students can earn the white belt certification through testing. For more information you can go to www.ivytech.edu ...

Deadline nears for school board races

Aug 25, 2016 220

There is still time to get your name on the ballot for the Bartholomew Consolidated or Flat Rock-Hawcreek School board races in the November election. Bartholomew County Clerk Jay Phelps says you have until noon tomorrow to apply. You can pick up the documents you need at the voter registration office in the county courthouse. Phelps said you must have a completed petition with 10 signatures to get on the ballot. Phelps said that the incumbents for the three open seats on the BCSC board have filed for re-election, as have most of the incumbents on the Flat Rock-Hawcreek board. There are also challengers in several of the BCSC races. ...

BCSC teacher to receive presidential award

Aug 25, 2016 204

A Bartholomew Consolidated Schools teacher has been chosen as a statewide recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science teaching. Mike Spock, with Columbus North High School, was chosen for this year’s award says BCSC Superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts. Roberts said Spock is one of three Indiana recipients. Spock has taught mathematics, physics and computer science at North for 17 years. He currently teaches pre-calculus, advanced placement statistics, and advanced placement computer science to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. For more information, click here. ...

Hope church partnering with nursing home for Saturday health fair

Aug 25, 2016 182

Hope United Methodist Church and Miller’s Merry Manor will be holding a health fair at the church on Saturday. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church. It will feature more than 15 vendors providing health information. Kristin Car, with Miller’s Merry Manor, explains: 08-25 Kristin Carr-1 They will be having a drawing for a television set and those who give blood will receive extra entries in the drawing for the set. Pastor Warren Kirk explains the need: 08-25 Warren Kirk-1 Kirk  also says that there will also be a presentation by a representative of the Indiana Attorney General’s office on how to avoid various scams. ...

Columbus and Bartholomew County receive INDOT grants

Aug 24, 2016 225

The Indiana Department of Transportation is announcing the recipients of the their Community Crossings Grants. Dave Hayward, Columbus City Engineer, talks about what the city received… Specifically, Hayward says that money will cover 50-percent of the costs to improve the following areas… Danny Hollander, Bartholomew County Highway Engineer, talks about what the county received… Hollander says the grants will help fund the following bridge projects… Hayward and Hollander say that these awards are dollar-for-dollar grants covering 50-percent of the cost of the projects. ...

Brown County shooting leads to arrest of Nashville man

Aug 24, 2016 236

Two women were shot in rural Brown County Tuesday afternoon. Network Indiana News is reporting that 30-year-old Joshua Asher, of Nashville, shot his ex-girlfriend and another woman at a house in the 1700 block of Lucas Hollow Road, east of Gnaw Bone, at about 4:15 p.m. The report says that one of the victims was taken to IU Health in Indianapolis. The other woman went to Columbus Regional Hospital. They are both reported in stable condition. Investigators say Asher was served a protective order the night before the alleged shooting. Network Indiana is reporting that Asher surrendered to deputies. He faces two counts of Attempted Murder, Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon, Battery with Serious Bodily Injury, Domestic Battery and Invasion of Privacy. ...

Wanted North Vernon resident arrested

Aug 24, 2016 207

A Jennings County resident was arrested early Tuesday morning on a number of charges. The North Vernon Police Department says that officers responded to an active alarm in the area of North State Street at 3:58 a.m. When they arrived, officers reported seeing Mica Manning, 41, of North Vernon, fleeing the scene. The NVPD says that Manning was arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement by Fleeing, Theft, Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct and Possession of Paraphernalia. In addition to these charges, police say that Manning was also wanted on a pair of warrants. ...