“UnCommon Cause” set for October 21st

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The Columbus Area Arts Council’s annual fundraiser is set for Saturday, October 21st. With a nod to the event’s tagline: “Designing the Future,” spokeswoman Kathryn Armstrong explains that this year’s event will be held at the Columbus Learning Center. Armstrong says the Columbus Learning Center represents the future of arts and design in the community. Tickets go on sale soon. For more information on UnCommon Cause, visit artsincolumbus.org. ...

Library receives grant to digitize Irwin-Sweeney-Miller docs

Aug 23, 2017 61

The Bartholomew County Public Library has received an $11,000 grant digitize historic materials related to the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller family and 301 Washington Street, the former site of Irwin’s Bank and of Irwin Management Company. The project, titled “301 Washington Street: Cornerstone of Columbus, Indiana,” is a partnership between Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives and Bartholomew County Historical Society. Jason Hatton, director of the Bartholomew County Public Library, considers this project an important first step in making the County’s history available online. “Receiving this grant is an opportunity to bring together materials held by three different cultural institutions: the Library, Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives, and Bartholomew County Historical Society. Bartholomew County has such a rich history, and this digitization project will bring a small but significant collection of materials spanning a century to the public’s eye.” According to Tricia Gilson, CIAA archivist and curator, 301 Washington Street collection is of interest to researchers locally, nationally, and internationally. “Noted architect Alexander Girard designed the interiors at 301 Washington Street for... ...

Work on S.R. 135 continues in Johnson County

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Work continues on State Road 135 in Johnson County. The Indiana Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that it will relocate milling and paving operations next week to the nearly 5.5 mile-long section between Bargersville and Stones Crossing. This work is part of an ongoing $6.1 million pavement preservation project in Johnson County that includes U.S. Highway 31, between County Line Road and Stop 18, and State Road 135 between County Line Road and Curry Road. INDOT says that crews are scheduled to begin milling the asphalt pavement in State Road 135’s southbound lane near Smokey Row Road at 7 a.m. Monday. Next Wednesday, paving should begin along the same route. INDOT officials anticipate paving could continue for up to ten days. They add that all of this work is scheduled to take place during daylight hours. No work is scheduled over the Labor Day weekend, including Friday, Sept. 1. INDOT stresses that all of this work is dependent on the weather. INDOT officials note that while paving operations on that... ...

CFD thanks Lowe’s for smoke alarm donation

Aug 23, 2017 29

The Columbus Fire Department is thanking a local business for its donation of smoke alarms. Capt. Mike Wilson, department spokesman, says that CFD received 30 battery powered smoke alarms from the Columbus Lowe’s Store on Monday. He says these smoke alarms will be provided to families who are currently without working smoke alarms in the department’s ongoing efforts to save lives, homes and property. Columbus Firefighters met with store management and employees to thank them for the contribution. “We are happy to do it,” said Chris Johnson, manager of the Lowe’s location in Columbus. “For a project like this, we have the opportunity to do the right thing for the right people,” Johnson said. He said that his team is always eager to be involved in the community. Wilson adds that Lowe’s has partnered with the Columbus Police and Fire Departments the past two years in providing a venue for the annual City of Columbus Public safety Family Fun Day event. This event, held in the Lowe’s parking lot, is... ...

Baseball bat attack leads to arrest on 17th Street

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Columbus police say that a social media spat turned into fight with a ball bat Tuesday afternoon. Police were called to Marr and North National roads at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday after a man ran across the street and whacked another man in the back of the legs with a ball bat. The victim wrestled the bat away from his attacker before he could be hit again, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department. Witnesses said the attacker, 22-year-old John M. Pheral ran into a residence in the 3100 block of 17th Street. He was arrested at the home on preliminary charges of battery with a deadly weapon, intimidation against a law-enforcement officer, intimidation with threats to commit a forcible felony and disorderly conduct. ...

Town Hall to go on, with or without Congressmen

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A non-partisan group in Columbus is hoping Republicans representing the community in Congress will come to a town hall meeting tomorrow night. But as of yet, there are no takers. Terry Whittaker is an organizer of the event with Bartholomew County Indivisible. He said invitations went out to Rep. Luke Messer and Sen. Todd Young. The group has put together 20 questions for the congressmen. Topics include health care, gun control, North Korea, election integrity and national parks. Without either member of Congress attending, or sending a representative, the town hall will go on with fill-ins for the Congressmen, Whittaker said. An Earlham College professor will fill in for Rep. Messer, while local resident Bud Herron will take the positions preferred by Sen. Young, Whittaker said. Whittaker said that a later event is being organized to feature a staff member from Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly’s office or the senator himself, however this week’s event was created for a conversation with Republican leaders. The town hall is from 7 to 9 p.m.  tomorrow... ...

Downtown Art Walk offered Thursday

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The Columbus Area Arts Council is hosting a self-guided walking tour of downtown Columbus art and architecture. The Art Walk will be Thursday night, ahead of this weekend’s Exhibit Columbus kickoff events. From 5:30 to 9 p.m. tomorrow night you can stop by one of nine downtown locations to pick up a map and start collecting stamps. After you collect five you can stop by Hotel Indigo at 8:15 p.m. for a reception and you will also be entered in a drawing to win tickets to the Columbus Movie. The downtown locations and the artwork include: Bartholomew County Public Library Gallery, Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, 536 5th St.  — Avenue of the Architects by Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives Columbus Area Visitors Center, 506 5th St.  — Charley Harper Exhibition Hotel Indigo, 400 Brown St. — Graphic Design Celebration kidscommons, 309 Washington St. Mural by Andy J. Miller also Live, Laugh, Love, Laugh Until You Cry by Tré Reising Viewpoint Books,  548 Washington St. — Nomad Arts, art, spoken word and music by Dresden. Former Brad’s Furniture,  538... ...

Fallen soldier honored by his hometown

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The body of a fallen soldier has returned to his hometown. The remains of U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathon Hunter arrived in Columbus yesterday and were transferred to a downtown funeral home by a police-led procession accompanied by motorcyclists. About 500 people turned out at the airport to pay their respects, including local and state officials. A missing-man flyover preceded the procession as it passed through the city. Residents lined the route to Barkes, Weaver and Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street to honor the seven-minute long processional as it drove slowly through the city. Sgt. Hunter was killed Aug. 2nd by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Services for 23-year-old Hunter will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Columbus East High School gymnasium. Those services will be with full military honors by the Indiana Army National Guard Honor Guard. Calling will be start at 10 a.m. until the time of services. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says that the family will hold a private service... ...

Nashville Boil Order in effect

Aug 22, 2017 22

The Town of Nashville/Nashville Utilities has issued a Boil Order for a number of their customers. Officials with the utility say that the relocation of a water line is affecting the following addresses: 4106 Yellowwood Road to 4127 Yellowwood Road; 3505 Mockingbird Lane to 3601 Mockingbird Lane; 3479 Somerset Lake Road to 4294 Somerset Lake Road; 2100 Bambi Lane to 2260 Bambi Lane; 3664 Cardinal Drive to 3691 Cardinal Drive. Residents and businesses in the affected areas should boil all cooking and drinking water through 4 p.m. Wednesday. ...

Columbus Fire Dept. welcomes three new firefighters

Aug 22, 2017 23

The Columbus Fire Department is fully staffed after the hiring of three new firefighters. Capt. Mike Wilson, department spokesman, says that Firefighters Chris Baker, Monty Ball and Ryan Hirtzel were sworn in by Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop during Tuesday’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting. Baker is a 33-year-old Batesville resident. CFD says that he is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, Rope Rescue Technician, Hazardous Materials Technician and Vehicle and Machinery Extrication Technician. He also holds a State of Indiana Firefighter I & II certification. Baker has served 12 years with the Batesville Volunteer Fire Department and four years as a full time firefighter with the Greensburg Fire Department. Ball is a 40-year-old resident of Waldron. CFD says that he is a certified Paramedic Technician, Rope Rescue Technician, Hazardous Materials Technician, Vehicle and Machinery Extrication Technician, and holds a State of Indiana Firefighter I & II certification. Ball has worked for the Greenfield Fire Department for the past 10 years. He has also served as a part time... ...