State offers fireworks locations at Indiana parks

Jun 28, 2017 82

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says that you can celebrate Independence Day with fireworks at several state parks, starting tomorrow night at the Indiana Dunes and concluding with festivities at Monroe Lake’s Fairfax Recreation Area on Monday night. The schedule of fireworks shows: Indiana Dunes State Park, June 29 Clifty Falls State Park, July 1 Patoka Lake, July 1 Pokagon State Park, July 1 Raccoon SRA (Cecil M. Harden Lake), July 1 Versailles State Park, July 1 Monroe Lake, Fairfax SRA, July 3 For more information, visit the IDNR website. ...

One hospitalized after Johnson County shooting

Jun 27, 2017 80

One person was hospitalized after a shooting Tuesday in Johnson County. Sheriff Doug Cox says that deputies were called to a home on Campbell Road (County Road 550 East), just north of County Road 700 North at about 3:45 p.m. When they arrived, they found 59-year-old Jeff Weigle on the floor of the kitchen, bleeding from a gunshot wound. According to the responding deputy’s report, Weigle told police that he was shot by a neighbor. Weigle’s roommate reported that there has been an ongoing dispute with these neighbors for years. That reportedly led to an argument between one of the neighbors and Weigle on Monday. When deputies cordoned off the scene, they reported finding Weigle’s revolver and a spent shell casing near a lawnmower in the yard where he had been working. They also reported finding a trail off blood from the lawnmower to the kitchen floor where Weigle collapsed. The neighbor, 49-year-old Dean Keller, reportedly told deputies that Weigle shot at him Tuesday afternoon, which resulted in Keller returning... ...

‘Moonlight Loop’ registration open / needs volunteers

Jun 27, 2017 53

Registration is underway for the Fourth Annual Moonlight Loop Evening Bicycle Ride. The event is a police-led, evening bicycle ride of 19 miles around Columbus to benefit Columbus Animal Care Services. The ride will take place Saturday, August 5th at 9 p.m. Organizers say the ride starts, and ends, at the Bartholomew County Library Plaza. Organizers say that volunteers are needed. They will receive a t-shirt. If you would like to help, you are asked to call (812) 376-2505. Ride organizers say that money raised from this event are used to support the agency’s Adoption Medical Fund. The fund covers spaying and neutering costs, pet care services, veterinarian treatment for pets housed at the facility, medical requirements for transports, and pet food, as well as promotion of adoptions and educational programs. Officials say that funds generated from this event have allowed the agency to achieve their highest save rates to date for both dogs and cats. Entry fees are $25 through July 22, $30 through Thursday, August 3 and $35... ...

Panel discussion on Columbus landmarks set for July 20th

Jun 27, 2017 65

The Columbus Area Arts Council is inviting you to “National Historic Landmarks of Columbus,” a panel discussion on Thursday, July 20th at 7 p.m. in the Bartholomew County Public Library Gallery and Red Room. Tricia Gilson, archivist and curator at the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives, is set to moderate the discussion between local architect Louis Joyner and Ball State University architectural historian Kristin Barry. Gilson, Joyner, and Barry will discuss how and why seven modern buildings in Columbus have been designated National Historic Landmarks. This free program has been made possible through a Historic Preservation Education Grant from Indiana Humanities, Indiana Landmarks, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information on this and other Arts Council events, visit www.artsincolumbus.org. ...

Cummins releases sustainability report

Jun 27, 2017 59

Cummins released it’s 2016 Sustainability Progress Report on Tuesday. Company officials say that this marks the 14th year for the annual report. “I truly believe that a company is only sustainable when it achieves economic success while acting as social and environmental stewards,” Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger says in the introduction of the report. Highlights of the report include: • A 13 million gallon reduction in absolute water use compared to 2015 and a 42 percent drop in water use intensity adjusted by labor hours compared to the company’s baseline year of 2010. Cummins increased its goal to a 50 percent drop in water use intensity by 2020. • An 80 percent participation rate for a second year in a row in the “Every Employee Every Community” program, an initiative to build stronger communities. • A 20 percent increase in health and safety training hours and a 26 percent improvement in Restricted Work Day cases. • A third consecutive year of greater than $1 billion in spending with... ...

Cummins recognized for diversity

Jun 27, 2017 80

Cummins, Inc. has been recognized for its diverse workplaces. On Tuesday, DiversityInc named Cummins one of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity for the eleventh consecutive year. Cummins ranked No. 21 on the 2017 annual list, which company officials say included more than 1,000 participating companies. “The more we grow and expand globally, the more important it is that we attract and develop employees from around the world who have the knowledge and skills to work effectively in the markets in which we do business,” said Executive Director, Global Diversity and Right Environment, Kelley Bertoux Creveling. “We’re at our best when we fully include those unique perspectives, experiences and languages – truly leveraging the power of diversity and inclusion.” The DiversityInc Top 50 list, issued yearly since 2001, recognizes the nation’s top companies for diversity and inclusion management. The companies on the list excel in areas such as hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT and veterans. In addition to making the Top 50 list, Cummins also... ...

Jennings County Schools announce fees for coming year

Jun 27, 2017 64

The Jennings County School Corporation has announced the textbook rental and school lunch prices for the 2017-2018 school year. The school corporation says that textbook rental prices include textbook rental amounts, consumable materials, and supplies used by students. Elementary Student Rates: Kindergarten Students – $73.33 First Grade Students – $94.35 Second Grade Students – $81.81 Third Grade Students – $87.33 Fourth Grade Students – $79.32 Grade Students – $79.53 Sixth Grade Students – $82.90 JCSC officials say that middle school and high school student rates will vary according to students and their schedules. School Lunch Prices: Elementary Students – $2.50 Middle School Students – $2.50 High School Students – $2.50 Breakfast – $1.50 Adult Meal – $3.50 Adult Breakfast – $1.75 Milk – $0.50 ...

Traffic stop leads to arrest of Columbus woman on drug charges

Jun 27, 2017 54

A Columbus woman was arrested last night on drug charges after running a stop sign on the east side of the city. Police report that the saw a vehicle disregard a stop sign near McKinley Avenue and Parkway Drive at about 9:45 p.m. last night. A Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department police dog was brought in and alerted to the odor of narcotics in the vehicle. Officers allegedly found a marijuana cigarette in the ashtray and a syringe on the floorboard. They arrested 35-year-old Kelly R. Herron and allegedly found a burnt spoon in her purse. She is facing preliminary charges of possession of marijuana, a legacy drug injection device and drug paraphernalia. ...

Applications available for 2018 Lilly scholarships

Jun 27, 2017 99

Applications are available online for students interested in applying for next year’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. The scholarships are administered by Heritage Fund: The Bartholomew County Community Foundation and Independent Colleges of Indiana. They provide full tuition, fees and an allowance of up to $900 per year for required books and equipment. That is for students enrolled full-time in a four-year bachelor’s degree program at any accredited Indiana college or university. Two Lilly Scholarships will be awarded to Bartholomew County students for 2018. Complete application eligibility rules and instructions are available at heritagefundbc.org. Applications are due by Sept. 1st. ...

Update: Victim identified in fatal I-65 crash near Seymour

Jun 27, 2017 114

Updated: 10:45 a.m. A Kentucky semi driver died early this morning after crashing into an INDOT dump truck on Interstate-65 just north of Seymour. 65-year-old James H. Foster of Louisville was driving the semi with a load of frozen food when he came upon the dump truck in the southbound right lane of Interstate 65 near the 50-mile-marker overpass at about 12:30 a.m. The unoccupied dump truck had flashing lights on and a flashing arrow lit and was being used to provide protection to a crew working on the overpass, says Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, spokesman for the state police. Police don’t know why Foster didn’t change lanes, but after crashing into the back of the dump truck, his semi overturned and came to rest partly in the roadway. Foster was pronounced dead at the scene by Jackson County Coroner Michael Bobb. There were no other injuries in the crash. The southbound lanes of I-65 were closed for about six hours to investigate the crash and to cleanup. Crews had to offload the... ...