Almost All Your Thanksgiving Needs, Right Here. :)

Nov 23, 2016 418

– photo credit: D. Sharon Pruitt, from Wikimedia – So, to make your Thanksgiving joys/horrors pass a little bit easier, we thought we’d put all this in one place, so you don’t have to search around a whole lot. 🙂 For starters, some elaborate cooking help here, with good ideas and things to avoid overall. Take this example: if you’ve already got mashed potatoes, why would you also mash your sweet potatoes? The textures are all the difference. Or: have at least one relatively fat- or butter-free green vegetable as a palate cleanser. More here. And for turkey-specific advice, this old reliable standby. Maybe you just need to know which stores are open during the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday, and more specifically, WHEN. Here you go. Or maybe, you’re just done thinking about all of the above, and need some comic relief, like this unusual cooking prep method. Or some music for the holiday, like this longtime favorite. Or this more recent one. Or this bittersweet but funny song,... ...

Columbus Police stress preparedness ahead of Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2016 170

Some big travel days are ahead as Thanksgiving draws near. Law enforcement across the country, including in Columbus, are urging you to be safe. Lt. Matt Harris is the public information officer for the Columbus Police Department… Harris says that safety should be a concern for everyone on Thursday night and Friday as attention turns to holiday shoppers looking for bargains… Thieves won’t just be targeting vehicles, says Harris… With holiday shopping moving beyond traditional brick-and-mortar stores, Harris says that those taking part in “Cyber Monday” shopping also need to be careful. He urges you to take care when shopping online and to be wary of any deal that looks “too good to be true”… Lt. Harris ads that theft is always one of the biggest issues this time of year. He stresses that a few moments of prevention can save you from a big financial loss. ...

Jennings County Schools looking for substitute teachers

Nov 22, 2016 173

The Jennings County School Corporation is looking for substitute teachers for the remainder of this school year. If you are interested in learning more, the school corporation is inviting you to an orientation meeting on Wednesday, Dec 7. It will be held at the JCSC Central Office on 34 Main Street in North Vernon, beginning at 9 a.m. This meeting will provide information through an in-service activity for those wishing to apply for placement on the school district’s approved list of substitute teachers. The JCSC says that substitute teacher rates for this school year are as follows: LEVEL I: $60.00/day – High School Diploma/Transcripts; LEVEL II: $65.00/day – Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree or Passing of the Parapro Praxis Test; LEVEL III: $70.00/day – Hold a Valid Indiana Teacher’s License; LEVEL IV: $80.00/day – Retired Teacher (verification required). School officials say that they have modified requirements to include those who have graduated from an accredited high school and have documented educational experiences.In addition to attendance at this meeting, those attending are... ...

Sheriff’s Department looking for Huddleston

Nov 22, 2016 242

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is asking for your help locating its most-wanted fugitive this week. Judy Jackson, department spokeswoman, says that detectives are looking for 45-year-old Steven Jewell Huddleston. He is described as a white male, standing 5’8″ tall and weighing 195 pounds. Huddleston has brown hair and brown eyes and is wanted on an outstanding warrant. If you have any information on Huddleston’s whereabouts, you are asked to contact Capt. Dave Steinkoenig at (812) 565-5940. Authorities say that you may also call the Tip Line at (812) 379-1712 or send an email to sheriff@bartholomew.in.gov. Tips and information can be left anonymously. ...

Columbus’ Christmas tree to be lit-up this weekend

Nov 22, 2016 187

The city of Columbus will have a Christmas tree at City Hall, but there won’t be an official lighting ceremony. City officials say that there are several reasons for this change. Mary Ferdon, the city’s executive director of administration, explains that, in the past, the lighting ceremony was held after the Festival of Lights Parade. She says that this year’s parade isn’t until December 3rd and that the city wants people to enjoy the lights this weekend as a number of holiday shoppers will be out and about through Columbus. Ferdon says that other aspects of the parade has led to the decision to not have an official tree-lighting ceremony. She notes that the parade route is different from in years past, making it difficult for people to come to City Hall following the parade. Ferdon adds that there has been a diminishing crowd for the tree-lighting ceremony in recent years. The city says all holiday lights in the city, including the Christmas tree, will be lit-up on Friday. ...

U.S. 31 between Columbus and Seymour to open Wednesday

Nov 22, 2016 177

The Indiana Department of Transportation’s multifaceted $8.5 million project on U.S. Highway 31 between Columbus and Seymour opens to traffic Wednesday, three weeks ahead of schedule. “A safer, smoother U.S. 31 opens to welcome Thanksgiving travelers between Columbus and Seymour,” said INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson. “Construction begins late next year to modernize nearby I-65 as part of INDOT’s record-setting investments in its roads and bridges.” INDOT’s contract allowed Milestone Contractors to close U.S. 31 for 240 days to build a new 382-foot bridge over Sand Creek at the Bartholomew-Jackson County line. During the closure, U.S. 31 approaches to the bridge were raised five feet and ditches were cut on all sides. In addition, a culvert was replaced north of Sand Creek and an arch structure was built south of Sand Creek at Quade Ditch. INDOT says that slope work, seeding and minor repair operations will continue into next year. ...

Hope Christmas Homes Tour set for Dec. 2nd

Nov 22, 2016 194

You can take a tour of some of the most decorated homes in the Hope area, next week. The Yellow Trail Museum’s annual Christmas Homes Tour will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 2nd. Tour goers will be able to visit five decorated homes and one business on the self-guided tour. Tickets and driving instructions are available at WILLow LeaVes of Hope, Reflections, and the Hope Visitors Center for $10 each. The night of the tour, tickets may be purchased at the Yellow Trail Museum starting at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 812-371-7969. ...

Overdose victim found in running SUV; still in Drive

Nov 22, 2016 163

Passerby’s assisted a man who passed out while driving yesterday morning, likely due to an overdose, say Bartholomew County officials. The incident happened at about 5:48 a.m. yesterday morning at a gas station on North U.S. 31, when witnesses saw an SUV in the driving lane of the gas station with the driver slumped over the wheel and the vehicle still in drive, says Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department. After repeated attempts to wake the driver, the rescuers broke out the rear window and allegedly saw a syringe in the driver’s hand. The driver, 25-year-old Garrett Mack of Greenwood, regained consciousness and deputies arrived. They reportedly saw Mack moving the syringe, which was then on the ground by his foot. Mack was first treated by Columbus Regional Hospital paramedics, and then arrested on a preliminary charge of possession or use of a legend drug injection device. ...

Hope water tower to benefit from project savings

Nov 22, 2016 178

Officials in the town of Hope believe they have saved enough money on the nearly-complete water system improvement project, that they can get work done on the town’s water tower. J.T. Doane, the town manager, told the Town Council last night that the town is due to have its water tower inspected in 2018. Before then, the town needs to treat the inside of the tank and repaint the tower, inside and out. But the town has about $331,000 left over from a state revolving loan fund for its water system improvement project that could be put toward the water tower. The town would have to give back about $70,000 from a state grant that has still gone unspent. The grant money couldn’t be spent for the water tower and to use if for other projects, such as installing water meters, would require spending almost all of the rest of the remaining money to qualify as matching funds. Strand Associates estimated about a two-month window would be needed to do the work... ...

Redevelopment Commission hears proposals to deal with train traffic

Nov 21, 2016 145

The Columbus Redevelopment Commission heard from its consultant Monday night on the possible steps the city could take to ease the coming traffic delays associated with a marked increase in train traffic. John Dorenbush, a member of the Redevelopment Commission who also serves on the Railroad Community Committee, says work on the rail line to accommodate this increased traffic continues. He explains that a bridge will need to be replaced before the full impact of the increased train traffic will be felt… The good news for drivers, says Dorenbush, is that the replacement of bridge that would allow double-stacked cars won’t be finished until late 2018. He explains that means the full impact of the increased train-traffic won’t be felt until then. As for addressing the traffic problems that will accompany the increased train traffic, Jason O’Neal, with Policy Analytics, explained that there are two options likely to be looked favorable upon by INDOT for it to provide possible help with the project. The first one… The other possibility… The... ...