County continues remodeling work on Marr Road property

Sep 20, 2017 29

Work continues on the former Premiere Ag property at 785 South Marr Road. The Columbus City Council approved a rezoning request from the Bartholomew County Commissioners for the site, which had been zoned “Heavy Industrial” to “Light Industrial.” Commissioners President Carl Lienhoop explains that the county bought the property to house some government offices after a plan to replace the former county annex on State Street fell through. 09-21 CARL LIENHOOP-1 Lienhoop says that additional work at the site is ongoing. 09-21 CARL LIENHOOP-2 Lienhoop says that a remnant of Premiere Ag staff remains at the Marr Road location as a new company headquarters is being built in Seymour. 09-21 CARL LIENHOOP-3 Lienhoop notes that Premiere Ag is paying rent to the county for the portion of the building that the company is still using. ...

Town of Hope puts trash service plans on hold

Sep 20, 2017 28

The town of Hope is holding off on a plan to start a town-wide trash service. The Town Council voted last night to puts its prior approval on hold to get some questions answered. The Town Council was scheduled to consider a new town ordinance after approving a bid from CGS Services of Morristown last month. But Councilman Ed Johnson, who voted for last month’s approval, instead proposed rescinding that approval. Johnson cited Robert’s Rules of Order, saying that his prior positive vote gave him the leeway to seek to rescind that approval. Fellow council members Nellie Meek, Jerry Bragg and Ohmer Miller also voted to rescind the approval. Johnson said he did not want to specify the questions he had, because he didn’t want to start rumors. Johnson said that he was not going back on the idea of a town-wide trash service altogether and hoped to have the answers to his questions in place by the next council meeting in October. He also said he had nothing against... ...

City council approves pay increase for employees and elected officials

Sep 19, 2017 46

Employees and elected officials in Columbus will receive a two-percent raise next year. The city council gave its final approval to the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) proposals Tuesday night. The first ordinance, proposing only with city employees, passed unanimously. The second ordinance, dealing with a proposed increase for the mayor, clerk-treasurer and member of the city council, encompassed much more discussion. During the first reading two weeks ago, Councilman Tim Shuffett proposed an amendment to the ordinance, exempting members of the city council from receiving a COLA. He cited an ongoing salary study encompassing all city positions that won’t be ready until later this year. Shuffett argued that council members shouldn’t see a pay increase until the study is finished, meaning that members likely wouldn’t see a pay raise until 2019. That amendment ultimately passed on a vote of 5 to 2. During Tuesday night’s meeting, Councilman Tom Dell proposed an amendment, reintroducing the COLA for council members. He argued that it is important for city pay adjustments to be consistent.... ...

Semi collides with vehicle on State Road 46

Sep 19, 2017 149

Two people were hospitalized after a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on State Road 46 East near County Road 300 North. Sheriff Matt Myers says that Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the crash, involving a car and a semi, at 9:20 a.m. While deputies were in route, they learned that one of the drivers was trapped in their vehicle. Myers says that she was ultimately pulled to safety by a passing driver before authorities arrived. Sheriff Myers says that the investigation revealed that 33-year-old Brandon Murphy, of Dayton, OH, was eastbound on State Road 46 when he lost control of his semi on wet pavement and crossed into the westbound lane. He says that Murphy’s semi jack-knifed and went off the road. This reportedly caused 42-year-old April Johnson, of Greensburg, to crash into a ditch. Johnson was headed west on State Road 46 when the incident occurred. Myers says that both vehicles collided in the ditch, causing the semi’s trailer to become unhitched. The trailer then caught fire. Authorities... ...

Six children removed from Jennings County home

Sep 19, 2017 106

Two Jennings County parents are facing charges after police investigated suspected drug activity over the weekend. A Jennings County Sheriff’s Department spokesman says that on Sunday, Deputy Tom Mellencamp was dispatched to a home on South State Road 7. Deputy Mellencamp says that he spoke to the homeowner and was invited inside to look around. After looking in and around the residence, the deputy says that he was unable to find any drug related items. However, he did report seeing six children, between the ages of six-months and 15-years-old, in “extremely filthy living conditions with trash everywhere.” In addition, authorities say that there was no edible food in the home and one “very young” child was allowed to play near the highway. Deputy Mellencamp says that he retrieved the child because the parents refused to do so. During the investigation, Deputy Mellencamp reported that one of the children told him that she was looking forward to going to school the next day so she could have a good meal. The... ...

50 Years’ Worth of Celebrating Small Town America…

Sep 19, 2017 67

…at this year’s Hope Heritage Days! The town itself has been in existence as Hope since 1834, around the time a post office was established (although the area was settled four years earlier). In fact, were it not for another town in existence, Hope might have been Goshen instead. For four days, Hope Heritage Days finds the town’s population expanding to 15 times its normal size…but even with the sprawl, it still feels down-home, small-town friendly. If you’ve never been, you ought to go. And if you HAVE, you know what you’ll be missing. See you there! (And find out more about this year’s anniversary event here.) –Todd Berryman Middays at WIN 104.9 And Heaven Help You If You Get Between Me and My Elephant Ears and My Grilled Corn… ...

Columbus Fire seeks poster contest entries from kids

Sep 19, 2017 43

The Columbus Fire Department is looking for young artists to create a poster for next month’s Fire Prevention Week. Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the department, explains the theme of this year’s contest is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” . Wilson said that they will be stressing during Fire Prevention Week that every family should have an escape plan and it should be practiced. The contest winner will receive tickets to Holiday World and Splashin Safari courtesy of White River Broadcasting. 2017 Fire Prevention week is Oct. 8-14. Posters must be on 8 1/2 by 11 paper and may be created using pen, pencil, colored pencil, crayon or paint. Children must include their name, age and telephone number on the back of their poster. The contest is open to children 12 and younger. Posters should be dropped off at the fire department’s administrative offices at 11th and Jackson Streets before October 4th. The offices are open 7-4 Monday through Friday. ...

Hope’s Yellow Trail Museum to unveil Indiana Bicentennial Barn Quilt

Sep 19, 2017 47

The Yellow Trail Museum in Hope will have two new displays in time for this weekend’s Hope Heritage Days. The museum, on the northwest corner of the Hope Town Square will be holding an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday to launch the new veterans display and to show the Indiana Bicentennial Barn Quilt. Barb Johnson, director of the museum, says that the quilt started in 2015 with artists creating quilt blocks representing old barns in their communities. Each of the state’s 92 counties are represented, including the Bartholomew County quilt block by Peggy Sanqunetti. The quilt is on loan from the new owner Melba Shilling of Knox, Ind. who won it at the end of last year’s bicentennial activies in an online auction. The Yellow Trail Museum will be offering a book about the quilt for sale for $10. That is a fundraiser for the Indiana Barn Foundation. In addition to Friday’s open house, the Yellow Trail museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.... ...

Seymour driver dies after weekend crash

Sep 19, 2017 56

A Seymour man died Monday as a result of a weekend crash. 57-year-old James S. Hinton died at an Indianapolis hospital from his injuries in the Saturday afternoon crash, says Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, spokesman for the state police. 19-year-old Justin L. Gudgel was in an SUV, turning left at the intersection of U.S. 50 and U.S. 31, just east of Seymour, at about 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, when he crossed into the path of Hinton’s vehicle, sending that car down an embankment, Wheeles says. Gudgel was uninjured. Hinton was flown by medical helicopter to the Indianapolis hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. ...

Phase 1 of State Street project nears completion

Sep 18, 2017 35

Work continues on Columbus’ State Street Revitalization Project. Heather Pope, the city’s redevelopment director, says that work on the bridge over Haw Creek is nearly finished… 09-19 HEATHER POPE-1 Phase 1 also includes tying the gateway nodes to the people trail connection along Haw Creek. Pope says that Phase 2A is “coming along nicely,” noting that all of the right-of-ways on the south side of the street are in place… 09-19 HEATHER POPE-3 Pope says that work on lighting, landscaping and other architectural elements on the north side of State Street likely won’t get underway until this winter. ...