Columbus to look at options for East Fork White River dam Wednesday

Sep 26, 2016 119

The Columbus Riverfront Redevelopment Project is turning its attention to the crumbling dam on East Fork White River between the 2nd and 3rd street bridges downtown. And they are looking for your thoughts and to update you on the condition of the dam. Mayor Jim Lienhoop recently explained the dam is around 90-years-old and began as a pile of rubble. Later, that rubble was encased in a concrete shell. Lienhoop says that to him that means the dam could be removed fairly easily. Lienhoop says that the city wants to find out what would happen if the dam were to be removed, then what would need to be done to replace it, if necessary. He explains that one thing the city doesn’t want is for the water levels to go down in Mill Race Park, which is just upstream fromthe dam. The public information session and open house will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the meeting room at Columbus City Hall. ...

Another Long Goodbye in the Works, This Time for Monty Python’s Terry Jones.

Sep 26, 2016 283

The first time I had an awareness of the Monty Python comedy troupe, I was young, watching as one member or another would host Saturday Night Live.  Not long after, I discovered episodes of Flying Circus playing on PBS, and was blown away by the comedic sensibility.  Each show was like a concept album, with sketches linking and segueing into each other, sometimes paying off multiple times in a show, sometimes a joke playing out over multiple shows (the hedgehog Spiny Norman calling for “Dinsdale!” comes to mind here; this clip also backreferences, from the same episode, the famed “Ministry of Silly Walks” sketch). It was a short step to seeing the movies, like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, in college (it wasn’t possible to do earlier, since renting VHS tapes was a charming and faraway novelty in the small town where I grew up).  The genius of Terry Jones, even surrounded by his fellow writer/performers in Monty Python, stood out even more as a director of that film, and subsequent... ...

Hope posthumously honors residents with clock plaques

Sep 26, 2016 172

The town of Hope recognized four former members of the community who will be remembered with plaques on the town’s new clock on the northwest side of the Town Square. A recognition ceremony was held Sunday before the parade on the last day of Hope Heritage Days. The plaques will recognize the contributions of Buck Meek, Lowell Miller, John Baute and John Norman. Organizers with Heritage of Hope Inc. also recognized this year’s grand marshal Mike Deckard. And they presented a special award for John and Vi Beeker, who, since the mid 1980s, have been constructing the reviewing stand early on Sunday mornings. ...

Trooper hit by car during marathon

Sep 25, 2016 124

An Indiana State Police trooper directing traffic during Saturday’s Mill Race Marathon in Columbus was hit by a car and slightly injured. The accident happened at 8:19 a.m. at State and Mapleton streets, when a car driven by 64-year-old Sherry S. Waggoner struck 1st Sgt. Perry Hewitt when she tried to turn north onto Mapleton. Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, spokesman for the state police, says that Hewitt’s legs were injured in the accident and he was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital where he was treated and released. Investigators believe that Waggoner’s view may have been obstructed by the sunlight. Hewitt, a 36-year-veteran of the agency, works out the headquarters division in Indianapolis and was one of the troopers from around the state assisting in Saturday’s marathon. ...

Street and road closures for Mill Race Marathon

Sep 24, 2016 128

  Downtown Section No Parking on 6th St between Jackson St and Washington St from 12:00 pm (noon) Friday 9/23 until 4:00 pm Saturday 9/24. No Parking on Washington St between 5th St and 7th St from 6:00 am Friday 9/23 until 4:00 pm Saturday 9/24. 6th St will be closed between Washington St to the alley west of Franklin St from 8:00 am Friday 9/23 until 4:00 pm Saturday 9/24. 4th St will be closed between Jackson St and Franklin St from 12:00 pm (noon) Friday 9/23 until 9:00 pm Saturday 9/24. No Parking on Washington St between 3rd St and 5th St from 4:00 pm Friday 9/23 until 9:00 pm Saturday 9/24. Washington St will be closed between 3rd St to 5th St from 6:00 pm Friday 9/23 until 9:00 pm Saturday 9/24.  Intersection at 4th Street will be closed. Washington St will be closed from 5th St to 7th St between 6:00 pm Friday 9/23 until 4:00 pm Saturday 9/24.  Intersection at 6th Street will be closed.... ...

No ColumBUS service until 3 p.m.

Sep 24, 2016 342

Due to the Mill Race Marathon, there will be no bus service available from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Sept. 24th. Routes will resume at 3 p.m. and will run until 6 p.m. ...

More homes sold, at lower prices, in Bartholomew County

Sep 23, 2016 131

Bartholomew County’s housing market for August saw an increase in pending sales. F.C. Tucker says that, compared to August 2015, pending sales were up 14.4 percent. Jim Litten, F.C. Tucker CEO, says that he believes 2016 is shaping up to be “the best year since the housing market started its recovery.” According to a report from the company, Bartholomew County was the only county to note a positive change in listings, up 74 homes at the end of August 2016. The report also noted a drop in home prices from this time last year. F.C. Tucker says that the average price of homes sold in Bartholomew County dropped over the same period. The average home price in August of 2016 was $193,072, compared to $195,970 in August of 2015. That’s a drop of 1.5-percent. ...

CFD announces poster contest

Sep 23, 2016 136

The Columbus Fire Department has announced an opportunity for young artists to create a fire prevention poster to coincide with year’s “Fire Prevention Week.” Capt. Mike Wilson, CFD spokesman, says that the department’s 2016 Poster Contest is an opportunity for area youth to create a fire prevention message through their artistic creativity. The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “Don’t Wait- Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” The 2016 Fire Prevention week is October 9-15. Wilson says that posters should be on 8½ X 11 paper and highlight the fire prevention theme for 2016. He explains that posters may be created using pen, pencil, colored pencil, crayon or paint. Children must include their name, age and telephone number on the back of their poster, as those without this information will not be eligible as a winning submission. Posters may be dropped at the Columbus Fire Department Administration Office at 1101 Jackson Street during regular business hours. The deadline for submitting a poster is 4 p.m.... ...

I-65 traffic-shift to begin Monday near Edinburgh

Sep 23, 2016 151

The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to shift traffic Monday on State Road 252 at Interstate 65’s overpass near Edinburgh. Officials say that the eastbound and westbound lanes will be shifted to the right approaching I-65 ramps. This will void State Road 252’s center section to accommodate construction operations. The traffic pattern is expected to continue for approximately two weeks. Milestone is INDOT’s contractor for this two-year $12 million rehabilitation project to widen and reconstruct or resurface State Road 252 between I-65 and Flat Rock. INDOT says that this year’s work concentrates on replacing concrete pavement at I-65. ...

Two arrested on warrants on Lafayette Avenue

Sep 23, 2016 128

A suspect wanted on a warrant tried to hide behind a refrigerator, according to Columbus police. Police attempting to serve an arrest warrant at an apartment in the 900 block of Lafayette Avenue at about 4:20 p.m. Thursday saw a fugitive, 25-year-old Jacob A. Burch, trying to hide inside the residence, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department. 27-year-old Shawna M. Gibson came to the door and she was also wanted on a warrant. After getting permission to enter, officers found Burch allegedly trying to hide between the kitchen wall and refrigerator. During searches before arrest, Gibson was allegedly found to be carrying syringes and Burch allegedly had methamphetamine and muscle relaxants in his pocket. In addition to the Bartholomew County warrant, Burch was arrested on preliminary charges of:   Possession of Methamphetamine Possession of a Legend Drug Smoking Device Possession of a Legend Drug Gibson was arrested on a Jackson County warrant and a preliminary charge of possession of a legend drug injection device. ...