Purdue Polytechnic Columbus receives scholarship endowment

Nov 30, 2016 117

Purdue Polytechnic Columbus recently received a $50,000 gift to endow a scholarship for students pursuing a degree at the school. City officials say the gift was given to endow a scholarship in memory of Helen and Adrian Minnick, who were active in promoting both educational and community initiatives during their lives. The Helen and Adrian Minnick Scholarship will award a scholarship of approximately $2,500 each year, beginning in the fall of 2018 to a student pursuing a degree at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus, say city officials. They add that the initial gift of $50,000 will be used to endow the scholarship for perpetuity, allowing the Minnick’s to assist students for decades to come. “This extraordinary gift will immediately impact our students,” said Dr. Joe Fuehne, Director of Purdue Polytechnic Columbus. “We are excited to offer this scholarship opportunity to our students and we are humbled by the generosity of the gift. This will allow a student to pursue a Purdue degree who may not have had the means to do so... ...

Local grandmothers work to raise HIV/AIDS awareness

Nov 30, 2016 113

A local group has wrapped knitted scarves around trees and signposts in downtown Columbus as a way to draw attention to the fight against HIV/AIDS. The Granny Connection encourages awareness of Africa’s grandmothers and their struggle in the fight against the deadly disease by building support through grandmothers in Columbus. Volunteers walked up and down Washington Street Wednesday evening, placing scarves for those who need or want them. The scarves contain a message of encouragement to remember those battling HIV/AIDS. The Granny Connection says that it supports the Power of Love Foundation by strengthening affected communities in Matero, Zambia financially. The organization says that is done by “empowering women and grandmothers to become self-reliant.” These women are provided with resources such as micro-loans, business training, food, medicines and healthcare services for their HIV-positive grandchildren. Thursday, Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. To mark this day, “A Conversation with Bryan C. Jones” will be held at the Columbus Learning Center from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jones is described as a... ...

Bartholomew County part of offender pilot-program

Nov 30, 2016 102

Bartholomew County is in its second month of a pilot-program aimed, in part, at reducing the local jail population. Joe Meek, Magistrate of Superior Court II, explains… Meek says that the gist of the program is to keep those at low-risk of offending again, out of jail, at least until their cases are resolved. He says that there is a list of criteria that helps to determine if an offender can be released… As for who makes the decision on who is released and who isn’t… Meek adds that at the end of this three-year pilot program, which is sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court, action may be taken to expand it statewide. ...

Pastors aim to help students deal with harassment

Nov 30, 2016 87

Students of ethnic and minority groups in the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation have expressed concerns over being the target of harassment. Recently, BCSC officials say that there were incidents of Latino students being taunted after the election of Donald Trump. A group of local pastors are putting on an event this Saturday afternoon aimed at helping students in grade 6 through grade 12 who are, or may be, the recipients of unwelcome behavior. Tony McClendon is a member of the Columbus Human Rights Commission. He says that it’s not enough to tell students not to respond physically… Saturday’s event, scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Calvary Community Church, is sponsored by the African-American Pastors’ Alliance. The church is located at 1031 Chestnut Street in Columbus. Organizers say that pizza will be provided. ...

Supporters to cleanse church of hateful graffiti

Nov 30, 2016 95

Supporters of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Brown County will be gathering tonight to help remove hateful graffiti spray-painted on the side of the chapel earlier this month. When parishioners came into the Bean Blossom church the morning of Nov. 13th, they found the graffiti including a swastika, an anti-gay slur and “Heil Trump.” The church will be hosting a service called Replacing Darkness with Light: Overcoming Hate with Love from 5 to 7:30 tonight to remove the graffiti. That will be followed by a healing service and church supper. The church is at the corner of State Road 135 and 45. For more information, you can call the church at 812-988-10 38 or go online to stdavidsbb.org. ...

Health department offers needle disposal

Nov 30, 2016 100

The Bartholomew County Health Department is offering a program to help you dispose of needles, lancets and other sharp medical waste. Next week is the start of Sharps Recycle Weeks. If you bring your used needles in their current container to the health department offices at 2675 Foxpointe Drive, you can trade them for a red sharps disposal container. When you fill that container you will be able to trade it in for a new container. You must have a valid prescription that requires needle use to receive the new sharps container. The promotion runs from Dec. 5th through the 16th. For more information you can call the health department at 812-379-1555 and hit option 1. The Bartholomew County Health Department is open Monday through Friday, from 8 to 4. ...

Still time to Grant-A-Wish for local not-for-profit group

Nov 30, 2016 82

There is still time to make a big impact on a local not-for-profit group. The Grant-A-Wish program through Heritage Fund: The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County will be matching, dollar-for-dollar, donations made through the program. That is through the backing of Elwood Staffing and Mainsource Bank. Local not-for-profits have put together wish lists of projects they need help with and suggested donation amounts. The program limits each organization to $3,000 total, with a cap of $500 per individual donation or $1,000 per family. The program runs through Dec. 19th. For more information you can call the Heritage Fund at 812-376-7772. Heritage Fund Grant A Wish program ...

Toyota to add 71 new headquarters jobs

Nov 30, 2016 133

The governor’s office is announcing this morning that  Toyota Material Handling USA is planning to add 71 new jobs in Columbus by 2019. According to the announcement, the new jobs are tied with the company’s relocation of its corporate headquarters from Irvine, Calif. to Columbus several years ago. The new jobs will be salaried, professional positions and will offer an average salary of more than double the state’s average wage. The state press release: Toyota Forklifts Adding High-Wage Jobs in Indiana Columbus – Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU), a full-line material handling solutions provider of forklifts and related equipment, announced plans to strengthen its workforce in Columbus, creating up to 71 new high-wage jobs by 2019. “Indiana’s economy is built for growing companies like TMHU,” said Governor Mike Pence. “TMHU chose to bring its headquarters here as our state was developing one of the nation’s top climates for job creation, putting Hoosiers at the helm of one of the top businesses in the heavy equipment industry. Today, as TMHU... ...

Lowe’s – Win 104.9 Holiday Food Drive

Nov 29, 2016 307

It’s just about here… The Columbus Festival of Lights Parade! And, Your Hit Music Win 104.9 is teaming up with Lowe’s Home Improvement to make sure no one goes hungry this Christmas and Holiday Season. ...

‘Smart Choice’ health insurance program begins Wednesday morning

Nov 29, 2016 84

The Purdue Extension Office wants to help you better understand your health insurance options. Harriet Armstrong explains… Armstrong says that these events are called “Smart Choice Health Insurance.” The first event is being held Tuesday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Bartholomew County Library. In addition, Armstrong says that a second, evening event, is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will also be held at the library. If you would like to attend either of these sessions, you are asked to register in advance by calling the library at (812) 379-1255. ...