CFD fully staffed after new firefighters sworn-in

May 30, 2017 50

The Columbus Fire Department is fully staffed after two firefighters were sworn in on Tuesday. Alan Whitted, the city’s attorney, administered the oath to 26-year-old Nathan Barnett and 28-year-old Samantha Smith during Tuesday morning’s Board of Public Works and Safety Meeting. These new hires brings the fire department’s staffing to a full level of 95 sworn firefighters. Barnett is a 2009 graduate of Edinburgh Community High School. CFD says that he graduated from Huntington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. Barnett is a state certified Emergency Medical Technician and has a Firefighter I and II certification. Smith is a 2008 graduate of Culver Community High School. She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. City officials say that Smith is a member of the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department and a certified Emergency Medical Technician. In addition, she holds a Basic Mandatory Firefighter training certification. The fire department says that these firefighters will under-go a department familiarization program as part of their on the job training.... ...

Commiskey man killed in Sunday crash

May 30, 2017 54

A Jennings County man was killed in a weekend crash in Jefferson County. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department says that at 9:42 Sunday morning, their deputies responded to the one-vehicle crash near the intersection of State Road 7 and Main Street in Dupont. Authorities say that a pick-up driven by 22-year-old Kyle Feiles, of Commiskey, was traveling north on Highway 7 when it left the road, struck a guard rail of the Camp Creek Bridge, went airborne, and landed on the north side of the creek where it came to rest on its roof. Feiles was pronounced dead at the scene by Jefferson County Coroner Rodney Nay. Authorities don’t know what led to the crash, but the investigation is ongoing. ...

Bartholomew County honors sacrifices with ceremony

May 30, 2017 46

Bartholomew County and Columbus honored those who gave their lives for freedom with a ceremony yesterday morning at the veteran’s memorial on the courthouse lawn. The featured speaker was John C. Walter, a World War II B-17 bomber pilot who flew 35 missions over Germany. He talked about learning from his father about the hidden wounds some veterans suffered. That was after seeing a local man in his hometown who would would act erratically, after being affected by poison gas during World War I. Walter remembered going through air cadet school and making fast friends with a man named Bill Nolan. His friend’s plane had been in a mid-air collision, killing Nolan and two instructors. Further, Walter remembered his first mission over Germany. Where bursting artillery shells decimated his crew. His co-pilot died and a flight engineer was incapacitated by shell-shock. On his third mission his navigator died after his oxygen supply hose came undone. ...

Four arrested after Lafayette Ave. assaults

May 30, 2017 54

Columbus police say four people kicked in the door of a home on Lafayette Avenue yesterday and beat up the residents, possibly with brass knuckles. That was all part of an argument over money. Police were called to the home in the 1400 block of Lafayette Avenue at about 3:15 p.m. The victims said they didn’t need medical treatment. Police found the four suspects in a home in the 1500 block of Chestnut Street and arrested them on preliminary charges of residential entry and battery with bodily injuries, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus police. They arrested 29-year-old Donald F. Thompson, 48-year-old Susan G. Young, 21-year-old Ashley Shuffitt and 20-year-old Cody L. Johnson, Harris says. ...

Brownstown man arrested with explosive devices

May 30, 2017 44

Brownstown police arrested a man found with two explosive devices, who was threatening violence at his former employer’s restaurant. The police department reported over the weekend that 39-year-old Marcus Graham of Brownstown was allegedly threatening to burn down the Dairy Queen, where he had recently been fired. A search of his car allegedly found two Molotov cocktails. Graham was arrested on preliminary charges of intimidation, arson and possession of explosive substances. He was booked into the Jackson County Jail at just after midnight Saturday morning. ...

Deadline extended for Eastern Bartholomew rate hike comments

May 30, 2017 46

Now, you have a little more time to make comments about the proposed water rate hike that will affect some customers in eastern Bartholomew, Jennings and Decatur counties. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has moved back several deadlines for a proposed rate hike by the Eastern Bartholomew Water Corp. The not-for-profit water company serves about 5,200 customers in Bartholomew, Decatur and Jennings counties, including providing water for the town of Hope. . The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, which represents the consumer in rate hikes, has announced that the deadline to submit testimony has been extended until June 6th. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission evidentiary hearing, originally scheduled for June 28th, has now been rescheduled for Aug. 3rd. Consumers who wish to submit written comments for the case record may do so via the OUCC’s Website at www.in.gov/oucc/2361.htm, or by mail, email or fax: • Mail: Consumer Services Staff Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor 115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South Indianapolis, IN 46204 • email: uccinfo@oucc.IN.gov •... ...

Two arrested after vehicle bursts into flames

May 30, 2017 61

An early Sunday morning car chase in Bartholomew and Brown counties ended when the vehicle burst into flames. A Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputy noticed a vehicle with a faulty brake light driving near Jonathan Moore Pike at just before 5 a.m. Sunday morning and attempted to pull the vehicle over, according to police reports. But rather than stop, the driver took off out State Road 46, eventually going into Brown County where Brown County deputies joined the chase. The vehicle came back into Bartholomew County on Whitehorse Road and drove over tire deflation devices dropped by deputies. After running on the rims, the sparks ignited the vehicle before it came to a stop at County Road 50S, deputies report. With all four tires flat, the car on fire and stopped, the driver continued to pump on the gas and both the driver and passenger stayed in the burning vehicle. They eventually surrendered. The passenger, 37-year-old Douglas Houchens was wanted on several warrants and was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for... ...

Services this morning on Bartholomew County courthouse lawn

May 29, 2017 66

Memorial Day services will be held at the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans on the courthouse lawn at 11 a.m. Monday morning. The event will feature a speech by John C. Walter, a World War II B-17 bomber pilot who flew 35 missions over Germany. There will also be patriotic music, the laying of wreaths and a rifle volley. News Talk 1010 WCSI’s own John Foster will be the master of ceremonies. The event will also feature vocalist Pam Robertson Bolton, retired Col. Richard Yeaton as chaplain and taps played by the Rev. William Weaver. For information you can call Foster at (812) 372-4448 or (812) 374-9467. ...

Photos of Air Force 2 in Columbus for Pence’s visit to Indy 500

May 28, 2017 93

Vice President and Columbus native Mike Pence arrived at Columbus Municipal Airport this morning aboard Air Force 2, to attend the Indianapolis 500. The trip included two C-5 Galaxy cargo planes, which were loaded with Secret Service vehicles for the vice president’s stay in the city.  After meeting local visitors at the airport, including his mother Nancy Pence Fritsch, Bartholomew County Republican Party Chairwoman Barb Hackman and State Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, Pence boarded a helicopter to head to the race. Booth Goltra was eating her morning oatmeal at the Hanger 5 Restaurant Sunday morning when Vice President Pence landed at the airport. Here are several photos she took of his arrival: ...

Area schools receive ‘Four-Star’ designation

May 26, 2017 66

A number of area schools have been named Four-Star School Honorees for the 2015-16 school year by the Indiana Department of Education. They include: St. Bartholomew School – Columbus Trinity Lutheran High School – Seymour North Decatur Elementary School – Greensburg Center Grove Middle School Central – Greenwood Maple Grove Elementary School – Bargersville Clark Pleasant Middle School – Greenwood Greenwood Community High School – Greenwood Westwood Elementary School – Greenwood Binford Elementary School – Bloomington Bloomington High School South – Bloomington Childs Elementary School – Bloomington Lora L Batchelor Middle School – Bloomington The Acad of Sci & Entrepreneurship – Bloomington The Bloomington Project School – Bloomington The Indiana Department of Education says that criteria to be included on this list are: A school must have received an “A” grade for the 2015-16 school year Grade 3-8: 85% of all students passing English/Language Arts ISTEP+ (minimum of 10 students); Grade 3-8: 85% of all students passing Math ISTEP+ (minimum of 10 students); Grade 3-8: 80% of all ethnic subgroups... ...