Culvert collapse endangers NTN traffic flow

Oct 31, 2016 152

A collapsing culvert is endangering traffic into the NTN Driveshaft plant in Walesboro. Mayor Jim Lienhoop said that the culvert is under the only way in, or out of the property. Until a few weeks ago, the 6-foot deep culvert had been full of water, but it recently dried out. And when someone checked underneath, they found that the pipe had corroded away : Lienhoop says the city has the money on hand, but the spending must be approved by City Council.  Columbus City Council will be asked to make an emergency appropriation of about $88,000 to fix the failing structure. Columbus City Council meets at 6 p.m.Tuesday in the City Council chambers at City Hall. ...

Commissioner candidates look to partnerships

Oct 31, 2016 130

Bartholomew County voters will be choosing next month between two candidates for County Commissioner District 3 — incumbent Republican Rick Flohr and Democratic challenger Brad Woodcock. Flohr, 66, is finishing his first term as county commissioner. He is part owner of a tool and die business in town and has been in that business for 38 years. He is also a part-time farmer. He is married to Debra and they have four married daughters and 11 grandchildren. He graduated from Columbus North High School and attended Indiana University. He is a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Waymansville. Woodcock, 48, is a small business owner. He is married to Ellen, and they have a son, Ryan, daughter, Kristin, and a granddaughter. He graduated from Columbus East High School. We asked Flohr and Woodcock what qualities they bring to the job of county commissioner: Flohr said that he has had the opportunity to learn from his experiences as a commissioner for the last four years and the people he was... ...

Duke and Toyota plant trees at Clifty Park

Oct 29, 2016 142

Duke Energy workers and volunteers from Toyota planted 50 trees in Clifty Park in Columbus Friday morning. According to Duke representatives, the effort was part of the company’s Indiana Care4Environment projects. The group removed diseased ash trees from the park and added tulip poplars, bald cypress, yellow buckeyes and northern pecans. Chip Orben, Duke’s Columbus community relations manager, said the company wanted to add something to the city that would have a lasting impact. Duke Energy Indiana President Melody Birmingham-Byrd was on hand to lead the group tree planting. ...

Moonlight Loop ride set for Saturday night

Oct 29, 2016 143

A nighttime bike ride to benefit Columbus Animal Care Services has been rescheduled for tonight. The Moonlight Loop bike ride was originally set for August but was rained out. Nicohl Birdwell Goodin, manager of the city shelter, says that the money goes to benefit the shelters adoption medical fund. 07-28-nicohl-birdwell-goodin-moonlight-1 The 19-mile night-time ride will start at the Bartholomew County Public Library plaza on Fifth Street at 9 p.m. You can get more information by calling Animal Care Services at 812-376-2505. ...

Fake $20 bills at restaurants lead to arrests of four

Oct 28, 2016 168

Three adults and a juvenile were arrested yesterday after restaurants on the west side of Columbus were hit by counterfeit bills. Columbus police officers were called to a restaurant on Jonathan Moore Pike at about 2 yesterday afternoon. Workers said they accepted three $20 bills to pay for food and gave back change to the scammer, according to Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department. Police also received two other tips and located the suspects driving on Interstate 65. The 16-year-old, two women from Indianapolis and a third from Speedway were arrested on preliminary charges of counterfeiting. Those arrested included: Kiara D. Ingram, 20, of Indianapolis; Reveonna L. Barner, 18, of Indianapolis; Jayla M. Keys, 20, of Speedway. The teen was taken to Bartholomew County Youth Services Center . ...

Early voting expands to Saturday in Bartholomew County

Oct 28, 2016 323

Tomorrow is the first Saturday for early voting at the Bartholomew County courthouse. You can cast your ballot this Saturday and next at the courthouse from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Next week, more early voting locations open up, with early voting being offered at Main Source Bank on the west side of Columbus, at Donner Center and at Flintwood Wesleyan Church. Early voting will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at those locations Monday through Friday. They will also be open from 8 to 3 on Saturday Nov. 5th. ...

Police urge safety during Monday trick-or-treating

Oct 28, 2016 159

Police are urging you to be safe when you are driving area streets on Monday night. Hordes of families will be out trick-or-treating with young children. Lt. Matt Harris spokesman for the Columbus Police Department said excited children are sometimes not paying attention when they are in and around the streets. “We do want those persons driving to take extra care, make sure that you are traveling at or even better below the speed limit on the streets,” Harris said. “Try to limit your distractions, put those electronic devices down. He also suggested parents look for reflective items for their children to wear and to carry LED lights. And he suggested that parents make sure that costumes are the correct size so there is no danger of tripping over an overlarge costume. He said there have been no recent local concerns about candy given out while trick-or-treating, but nonetheless, he urged parents to check out their children’s haul before allowing them to begin eating. Trick or treating hours Monday night... ...

East Columbus to hold Halloween hot dog cookout

Oct 28, 2016 168

East Columbus neighborhood trick or treaters and their families can take part in a trunk or treat and hot dog cookout Monday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 at the America and Roby Anderson Community Center on McClure Road. The former Eastside Community Center will be hosting the event organized by the State Street Area Association. There will be a puppet show and emergency vehicles on hand. The Safe Kids Coalition will be providing the first 100 children with a reflective bag for their trick or treating. ...

Two arrested in daytime burglary investigation

Oct 28, 2016 152

Bartholomew County deputies arrested two people suspected in a daytime burglary Wednesday. Deputies were called the 9100 block of E. County Road 700N at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, says Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department. A vehicle fled the area through Lowell Addition and then Princeton Park. Deputies arrested 28-year-old Keith Cherry and 29-year-old Ashley Spachtholz, both of Columbus, after they abandoned the vehicle and ran away. They were both arrested on a preliminary charge of burglary. ...

Council candidates consider architectural program

Oct 28, 2016 158

Bartholomew County commissioners had planned for a new county annex building on State Street to be designed by Minneapolis architectural firm Snow Kreilich with architectural fees paid by Cummins Foundation. And while the County Council reluctantly went along with the plan at first, eventually the council pulled the plug on funding deciding that the county could not afford the new building. We asked the seven candidates running for Bartholomew County Council if they thought that the county has an obligation to build architecturally significant buildings to maintain the Columbus tradition. Republican incumbent Bill Lentz said the costs have to be considered first. 10-28-election-bill-lentz-q3-full Democrat Diane Hawes said she thinks the council made the right decision. 10-28-election-diane-hawes-q3-full Libertarian Josh Brown said that he would have to see the numbers for a future project. 10-28-election-josh-brown-q3-full Republican Matt Miller said that he supports the architectural heritage: 10-28-election-matt-miller-q3-full Democrat Lynne Fleming said there is no obligation to build with world-class architects, but it is a benefit if the county can. 10-28-election-lynne-fleming-q3-full Democrat Pam Clark... ...