North Vernon officials to study the city pool issue

Oct 25, 2016 181

Officials in North Vernon will need to make a decision soon on what to do about the city’s aging pool. Chad Speer, the city’s parks director, explained to the city council this week what was found with pool’s liner… Speer says the cost of a new liner would be around $30,000. However, that may not be the answer, due to the condition of the concrete underneath… The city pool has been at Shields Park for over 50 years, said Speer. He noted that a new pool and bath house would cost around $2 million. Council members agreed to study the issue. ...

Bridge replacement work near Uniontown set to begin in March

Oct 25, 2016 143

The Indiana Department of Transportation met with its contractor on Monday to discuss the bridge replacement project on State Road 250, just west of Uniontown in Jennings County. INDOT says that Dave O’Mara contractors will be removing and replacing the bridge at Crooked Creek in Marion Township. A 24-foot, three-sided concrete box culvert with wing-walls is set to be installed sometime after May 1st. This will require closing State Road 250 for 45 days. INDOT says that crews are expected to be onsite in March to stake and clear. The total cost of the project is listed at $542,408. ...

Sheriff’s Department seeking fugitive

Oct 25, 2016 177

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is asking for your help finding it’s most-wanted fugitive this week. Judy Jackson, department spokeswoman, says that deputies are searching for 23-year-old Anthony Michael Brown, of Columbus. She says that his last known address was in the 2000 block of Newton Street. Brown is described as a white male, standing 5’6″ tall and weighing 125 pounds. Authorities add that he has multiple tattoos. If you have any information on Brown’s whereabouts, you are asked to contact Capt. Dave Steinkoenig at (812) 565-5940. You may also use the Sheriff’s Department Tip Line at (812) 379-1712 or email sheriff@bartholomew.in.gov. Authorities stress that tips and information can be left anonymously. ...

North Vernon to see break in employee’s healthcare costs

Oct 25, 2016 152

North Vernon city employees will not have to worry about an increase in health insurance costs for 2017. The city was initially looking at a potential 14-percent increase in premiums with SIHO when the city council agreed if that increase couldn’t be lowered, it would look into other options for city employees. The council received notification during its meeting Monday evening that SIHO has agreed to a rate hold for the coming year after reassessing the city’s needs. The organization credited the city’s efforts to address employee wellness for its decision to eliminate the cost increase. ...

Ivy Tech offering professional clothing for $1

Oct 25, 2016 160

Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus will be helping people build up their wardrobe of professional clothing, Wednesday and Thursday. The campus will be having its Ivy Republic sale, which school officials call an upscale garage sale that offers buyers low cost prices on gently used professional clothing. Clothing and accessories are being sold for $1 per item. Money raised goes to benefit a scholarship fund. The Ivy Republic sale will be going on from 9 to 4 tomorrow and Thursday in the student commons area of Poling Hall on the Ivy Tech Columbus campus on Central Avenue. Organizers say the event is open to all Ivy Tech students, staff, faculty, and you are also invited to take part. ...

Man arrested after suspicious behavior in park

Oct 25, 2016 171

An Edinburgh man was arrested early this morning after Columbus police noticed him behaving suspiciously in Lincoln Park. According to police reports, an officer saw the man in the park at about 2:30 a.m. and when the officer approached, the man allegedly ran away. After a chase, the man was captured by police and then allegedly gave a fake name to officers, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department. He was eventually identified as 27-year-old Jesse A. Murphy. Murphy had an outstanding warrant out of Johnson County. He is also now facing preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and false informing. ...

Two candidates running for District 3 commissioners seat in Bartholomew

Oct 25, 2016 249

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: The budget negotiations for 2017 were especially harsh this year between the County Council and Commissioners. What needs to happen to improve that relationship? Flohr said the relationship isn’t as bad as it may have seemed. 10-25-election-rick-flohr-q2-full Woodcock said... ...

Mote named Ivy Tech Interim Chancellor

Oct 24, 2016 186

Ivy Tech Community College has selected Kathleen Mote as Interim Chancellor of its Columbus/Southeast Region. Christopher Schilling, spokesman for the Columbus campus, says that Mote fills the vacancy created when former Chancellor Chris Lowery was named the College’s Senior Vice President of Workforce Alignment. Ivy Tech’s Columbus/Southeast Region has campuses in Batesville, Columbus, Lawrenceburg and Madison with an enrollment of nearly 5,000 students. “It is truly a blessing to work side by side with so many dedicated colleagues who help change the lives of our students and their families,” Mote said. “I am humbled to have been selected to help lead these talented professionals in our region.” Schilling says that Mote began her career with Ivy Tech as an Adjunct Professor of general education in 2009. In 2011, she became Assistant Professor and Chair of the regional Criminal Justice program. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014 and in November of that year was named President of the Madison Campus. Prior to Ivy Tech, Mote practiced criminal law as... ...

Franklin police officer, wife, arrested after domestic dispute

Oct 24, 2016 143

A Franklin Police Officer and his wife were arrested Sunday night after an alleged domestic disturbance. Franklin Police Chief Tim O’Sullivan says that officers from his department responded to a home in the 1000 block of Spring Meadow Court on an incident involving Officer Bryan Burton. The chief says that once it was learned that an FPD officer was involved, he requested that the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department take over the investigation. Johnson County authorities say that when deputies arrived they spoke with Jordan Burton, the officer’s wife. She allegedly told officers that her husband had grabbed her by the arm when she tried to leave with their 7-month-old baby. She also alleges that Officer Burton took her keys, and then began removing the battery from her car. Another witness, a teenage male son of Officer Burton, reportedly told police that his father was trying to keep Jordan Burton from leaving with the baby because there was no car seat in the vehicle and that she was handling the baby... ...

Hope mother arrested after allegedly overdosing with baby in car

Oct 24, 2016 160

Hope police likely saved a woman’s life over the weekend, according to HSJ Online. According to the report from the Hope news website, 25-year-old Erika Hurt, of Hope, allegedly overdosed in a store parking lot with her baby in the car. Marshall Matt Tallent told the site that the incident happened Saturday afternoon in the Dollar General Store parking lot. “When officers arrived, she actually had the needle in her hand,” Tallent is quoted as saying. The report says that officers used two doses of Narcan to revive Hurt, who was then taken to Columbus Regional Hospital. She was arrested at the hospital that evening and is facing preliminary charges of Possession of Paraphernalia, Neglect of a Dependent and a Probation Violation. The site says that Hurt’s 10-month-old son was released to the custody of her mother. For more on this story, visit www.hsjonline.org. ...