New recycling fee goes into effect Saturday

Jun 29, 2017 67

Bartholomew County residents still have a few days left get rid of old computer monitors and TV sets for free at the  Columbus/Bartholomew County Recycling Center or the Bartholomew County Landfill. Starting on Saturday, July 1st, the Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District will begin charging a $20 recycling fee for those items. But until then, they can be disposed of for free. ...

Two arrested on drug charges after trespassing accusation

Jun 29, 2017 69

Two Columbus residents were arrested on drug charges Monday after they were caught in a store where they had already been banned. Columbus police report that 34-year-old Franklin E. Byars and 29-year-old Brandy L. Jenkins were accused of trespassing at the store on Carr Hill Road at about 1:50 ten till two that afternoon. While searching Jenkins, officers allegedly discovered methamphetamine in a metal tin and a glass smoking pipe. Byars also allegedly was carrying meth in his pants pockets. They are both facing preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine and criminal trespassing. Jenkins is also facing a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. ...

Update: “Armed and dangerous” suspect caught in Bartholomew County

Jun 29, 2017 115

Bartholomew County officials say that a wanted man out of Iowa is under arrest after an incident last night, where residents were warned to lock their doors and to be on the lookout for an armed and dangerous fugitive. And the sheriff’s department is crediting employees at Rightway Fasteners for their help corralling the suspect. The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department reports that they were notified at about 6:20 p.m. last night that 35-year-old Aaron L. Gillespie was believed to be in Bartholomew County. Gillespie was wanted on several felony warrants from Iowa and for questioning by another Indiana law enforcement agency. They were told that Gillespie was staying with a woman at a campground  in the 8800 block of County Road 300 W and that he was believed to be armed. A deputy went to the campground and while waiting for backup, saw Gillespie’s vehicle leave the campground, driven by a woman. When deputies pulled the vehicle over, the woman allegedly ran away. A gun, ammunition and drug paraphernalia were... ...

Produce vendors sought for Hope Farmer’s Markets

Jun 29, 2017 52

Organizers of the monthly Hope Farmer’s Market say they are looking for more vendors to sell produce or other wares on the Town Square. That could even be gardeners with extra vegetables from their home garden. There is no cost to participate in the event, which runs on the first Friday of the month through October. The next farmer’s market is Friday, July 7th from 5 to 8 p.m. If you are interested in signing up you can contact the Hope Clerk-Treasurer’s office at 812-546- 0423 ...

Thirty-three people arrested in Jennings County sweep

Jun 28, 2017 93

Authorities in Jennings County arrested more than 30 people during a sweep last week. Sgt. Andrew Richmond, spokesman for the North Vernon Police Department, says that on Friday, June 23rd, officers of the North Vernon Police Department joined Jennings County Sheriff’s Deputies, Jennings County Circuit Probation Officers, Indiana State Parole Officers and corrections officers from Jackson and Jennings counties for a “special enforcement operation.” Sgt. Richmond says that authorities joined to conduct compliance searches on offenders currently on probation, parole and house arrest. He says that these compliance searches uncovered a variety of both violations, as well as new criminal activity. In addition, Richmond says that deputies and officers engaged in “proactive criminal patrols.” Sgt. Richmond says that 33 people were arrested on new charges during the operation. These charges range from outstanding warrants, driving while suspended, possession of paraphernalia and possession of controlled substances. “This is the second time in recent months that all local departments have joined forces to seek out criminal activity in the county and the... ...

Elevator at City Hall still out of service

Jun 28, 2017 71

The elevator at Columbus City Hall remains out of service. City officials say they expect it to be up and running again sometime next week. They were originally hoping the elevator would be back in service by the end of this week. In an effort to ensure that all public meetings are accessible to everyone, city officials have moved the following meetings to Hamilton Center, located at 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, next week: Wednesday, July 5 – Columbus Board of Public Works & Safety at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 5 – City Council at 6 p.m. Those with accessibility needs who have business at City Hall over the next week should to call (812) 376-2500 for assistance. City officials also remind you that city offices will be closed Tuesday, July 4th for Independence Day. ...

Silver Alert issued for Beech Grove woman

Jun 28, 2017 66

The Beech Grove Police Department is investigating the disappearance of an adult from Beech Grove, Indiana. Beech Grove is located approximately six miles southeast of Indianapolis. Miracle Nevills is a 22 year old black female, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 115 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes. Miracle Nevills was last seen Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in Indianapolis and is believed to be in danger. She was last seen wearing a black head scarf and an olive green shirt. Miracle Nevills may be disoriented and require medical assistance. If you have any information on Miracle Nevills, contact the Beech Grove Police Department by calling (317) 782-4950 or 911 or by email at crimetips@beechgrove.com. ...

Seymour military vet pushes for shelter

Jun 28, 2017 67

A Seymour restaurant owner and military veteran is pushing for a shelter for homeless veterans to be established in that city. Robert Liter owns D’s Diner at Freeman Field. He recently approached the Freeman Field Airport Board Authority for help in making this a reality. While citing statistics about homeless vets and suicide rates, Liter says that he has a more personal reason for wanting to help his military brethren… a cousin named Darren Potter who was killed in the line of duty after being sent to Iraq as a member of the Kentucky National Guard. Liter says that no one can deny the need. As for what happens next… While there is no timeline for the project, Liter is adamant that this is a dream that he will not give-up on. ...

Downtown Dairy Queen celebrates 50 years

Jun 28, 2017 83

The downtown Columbus Dairy Queen is celebrating a half-century in business. Julie Franke is the manager and daughter of owners Bob and the late Noel Franke. She says that menu items will be half-off, all day on Thursday… She says that the location has always been owned and operated by her parents… The downtown Dairy Queen, located in the 600 block of Third Street, is open from 6 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. You are invited to take part in Thursday’s celebration. ...

ATV helmet law for children goes into effect Saturday

Jun 28, 2017 79

Indiana Conservation Officers want to remind you about a new state law going into effect on Saturday. Starting then any children riding or driving an ATV will be required to wear a helmet. They say that the law applies on both public and private lands, however it does not include golf carts. Conservation officers say the goal is to protect Hoosier children from preventable brain injuries, serious bodily injuries or fatalities caused while operating or riding on off road vehicles. They also report that a commonly asked question is what to do if you child is too small to wear a helmet. They suggest that if your child is too small to safely ride on an off-road vehicle with a helmet that you should keep your child off of those vehicles. ...