BCSC touts improvements at facilities

Aug 31, 2017 38

Officials with the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation are celebrating recently completed projects at facilities throughout the district. Jim Funk, a principal at CSO Architects, shared an update on these projects, as well as others planned for this school year. They include: Columbus North High School – Construction of a new ADA stage access walkway in the auditorium. Officials say this work was done in conjunction with repair work after a fire in the auditorium last year that was caused by a blown light-bulb and melting plastic. BCSC says that improvements are 85 percent complete, as they are waiting on the delivery of 836 new seats that are expected to arrive this month. Additional proposed work for this year at Columbus North being bid includes gymnasium mechanical work to rebuild an air handler, replacement of an electrical switchgear, replacement of an emergency generator and other improvements to building controls. Columbus East High School – Upper-level reverse folding bleachers and glass guard railings were installed at the school. Lower-level bleachers are expected... ...

Former Nashville reserve officer pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Aug 31, 2017 37

A former reserve Nashville police officer has pleaded guilty in to a misdemeanor charge of False Informing. Our news-gathering partners at “The Republic” are reporting that 25-year-old Leonard Burch, of Indianapolis, entered the guilty plea in Bartholomew Superior Court 2 as part of a plea bargain agreement that called for a charge of reckless driving to be dismissed. The case revolved around the August 29, 2016 pursuit of 18-year-old Xavier Scrogham, of Hope, which ended in Scrogham’s death after he crashed his motorcycle. According to the paper, Burch admitted that he initiated the pursuit of Scrogham near U.S. 31 and Lowell Road and called 911 on a cell phone, telling dispatchers that the motorcycle had passed Burch going 120 mph, a statement he knew to be false. The report says that Burch was given a 180 day suspended sentence and placed on probation for 180 days. For more on this story, visit therepublic.com. ...

INDOT plans for SR 46 work in Brown County

Aug 30, 2017 42

Indiana Department of Transportation officials met with its contractor on Wednesday to discuss a recently awarded $1,153,832 bridge rehabilitation contract for structures on State Road 46 in Brown County. INDOT says that Ragle Inc., of Newburgh, plans to mobilize next spring for work that will impact motorists at three locations on State Road 46. They are: State Road 46 culvert at tributary to Lower Schooner Creek – INDOT says that the existing single-span slab-top structure adjacent to the intersection with Bond Cemetery Road/Shipley Hollow Road, just east of State Road 446, will be removed and replaced. Drivers will be restricted to a single 10-foot lane with alternating directions controlled by temporary signals at either end of the work zone. State Road 46 three-span bridge over Salt Creek – INDOT says that the bridge, just west of State Road 135 South, will receive a new bridge deck overlay to protect the structure and renew its driving surface. Removal of existing materials and installation of the new latex deck overlay will be... ...

Elizabethtown man arrested on heroin charges near church

Aug 30, 2017 41

An Elizabethtown man was arrested Monday night on drug charges. Judy Jackson, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, says that at about 7:18 p.m., Deputy Leah Burton responded to Bethel Baptist Church on West Deaver Road on a report of a suspicious person and vehicle. When the deputy arrived and approached the vehicle, she reported seeing the driver, 22-year-old Bryce Conner Love, slumped over in the driver’s seat with a straw in his right hand and a lighter in his left. Authorities say that Love’s breathing was slowed and he was sweating profusely. When Deputy Burton woke Love, he denied being under the influence. In the passenger’s seat, the deputy reported seeing aluminum foil with burn marks. Jackson says that Deputy Matt Bush and K9 Diesel arrived to assist when the dog was alerted to narcotics inside the vehicle. After exiting the car, Love allegedly admitted that heroin had been in the aluminum foil. Love was taken to Columbus Regional Health to be checked out. Once he was released, Love was... ...

Did You See P!nk’s Speech at the VMAs the Other Night?

Aug 30, 2017 58

Maybe you should take a look, if you haven’t. This is one of the most powerful acceptance speeches for an award I’ve ever seen. It’s a combination of P!nk encouraging her daughter, but also encouraging young women around the world, telling them: you’re alright. It’s a story that takes a shot at body shaming, bad behavior and many other things, and it’s well worth a view here. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9   ...

IU adds “Architecture” to School of Art & Design name

Aug 30, 2017 38

Indiana University is changing the name of its School of Art and Design. The new name inserts architecture, making it the School of Art, Architecture + Design. The school says that the change is part of its bicentennial plan which calls for a culture of building and making at the university. One of the biggest new components for the Art, Architecture + Design program is the master’s degree in architecture, which launches in the fall of 2018 and will have its primary focus here in Columbus. The school estimates that the need for architects in Indiana will grow by more than 20 percent through 2022. Peg Faimon, dean of the School of Art, Architecture + Design says that the change will enable the school to “maximize the university’s potential for developing its inventions and innovations for the economic benefit of all Hoosiers.” The university also changed the name of its former School of Informatics and Computing to the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering. The changes, approved by the IU... ...

BCSC recognized for school bus safety efforts

Aug 30, 2017 38

The Bartholomew Consolidated Schools transportation department is being recognized for its efforts to install seatbelts in school buses. The Indiana Mills and Manufacturing organization recognized the district for installing lap-shoulder belts in about half of the district’s school buses. That effort started in 2008. Of 142 buses in the district, 62 general buses and 11 special needs buses have been outfitted. About 8,300 students ride buses in BCSC daily and those buses travel more than 4,300 miles each day. ...

Hope museum hosting historic program for kids Saturday

Aug 30, 2017 31

This Saturday, the Yellow Trail Museum in Hope will host the first of a series of new programs for kids presented by the Bartholomew County Historical Society. “Chores on the Farm” starts at 10 a.m. This free, one-hour program will include a short history lesson, some hands-on activities, and a snack. It will last about an hour. Each month, a new program will be presented at the museum on the first Saturday of the month. The Yellow Trail Museum is at 644 Main Street, on the northwest side of the Hope Town Square. ...

How You Can Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

Aug 30, 2017 108

As Hurricane Harvey continues to drop rain over Texas, here are some ways you can get involved and help. Google will match your donations, dollar for dollar The American Red Cross has a donation page set up The Greater Houston Community Foundation has been set up by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner And, for the pets, the SPCA of Texas and Austin Pets Alive are both helping out and in need of donations ...

North Vernon approves plan to extend sewer services

Aug 29, 2017 36

The North Vernon City Council voted this week to affirm an agreement between the city’s redevelopment commission and the Jennings County Redevelopment Commission that will help to extend sewer service to a recently annexed area to the north. Greg Hicks is the president of the North Vernon Redevelopment Commission. 08-30 NV SEWER-1 Hicks says that agreement facilitates the extension of sewer services to the area of State Road 7 and State Road 750. Under the agreement, the city would install up to $610,000 of wastewater equipment to the area, allowing the construction of a Casey’s General Store to be completed. In return, the Jennings County Redevelopment Commission will return all tax-increment financing dollars collected from that are to be returned to the city redevelopment commission until the entire $610,000 is recouped. ...