City Council gives final approval to proposed 2018 budget

Oct 17, 2017 22

The Columbus City Council gave its final approval Tuesday night for the $57.8 million proposed budget for 2018. Jamie Brinegar, the city’s director of finance, says that the overall proposed budget is down 1.9 percent from 2017. He talks about how some funds will be spent. 10-18 JAMIE BRINEGAR-1 Brinegar explained that these so-called “empty” positions will help the police and fire departments to fill positions created by officer retirements much quicker. He also stressed that the actual budget and certified tax rate won’t be known until the state’s department of local government finance releases its final figures early next year. Brinegar was asked how the county’s recent vote to increase the income-tax rate will effect city coffers. 10-18 JAMIE BRINEGAR-2 Mayor Jim Lienhoop added that, while the amount of money the city will bring from the tax increase is unknown, he anticipates that some of it will be used to help fund efforts to fight the opioid epidemic. When the Bartholomew County Council passed the tax increase, members of... ...

Columbus North football coaches suspended

Oct 17, 2017 32

Two football coaches at Columbus North have been suspended for one game after an incident that took place at a recent contest. The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation announced the suspensions are the result of a “verbal and physical altercation” that took place between Head Coach Tim Bless and Assistant Coach Aaron Karrer on the sideline of the Bulldogs game against Southport. As a result, BCSC says that both coaches will miss the next football game. BCSC released the following statement: “BCSC has high expectations for staff and students, and Columbus North encourages a positive atmosphere set by coaches, officials, fans, and other athletes. While winning is a natural goal in the pursuit of excellence, the principles of good sportsmanship and enjoyment of competition take precedence at all times and enhance the educational value of all contests.” ...

CRH honored by Indiana Historical Society

Oct 17, 2017 21

The Indiana Historical Society is honoring a Columbus Regional Health with its 2017 Centennial Business Award. Founded as Bartholomew County Hospital on Feb. 6, 1917, Columbus Regional Health has been providing for the welfare of residents in and around Columbus for more than 100 years. CRH has been celebrating its centennial anniversary throughout the year. The hospital will be recognized with its Centennial Business Award during IHS’s annual Founders Day dinner on Monday, Nov. 6, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in downtown Indianapolis. Columbus Regional Health will also be added to IHS’s Historic Business Register. For more information on the Historic Business Register, Founders Day or other IHS programs, visit www.indianahistory.org. ...

Nope. This Time it’s the OTHER Selena…

Oct 17, 2017 25

(image: screen capture from Google.com) Nope. This Time it’s the OTHER Selena…as in, not Gomez. It comes down to history about one of the musical superstars that almost opened up the culture across the board, before her life was tragically cut short. Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was a star on the ascendancy, and then it was all over before it began. Today, Google has decided to remember her with an animation about her life, for starters…but it’s not her birthday, or the day we lost her, so why TODAY? The answer is right here. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 Wanders Off, Singing “God’s Child” Under His Breath ...

Theater group seeking young actors for Christmas show

Oct 17, 2017 22

The Mill  Race Theatre Company is holding auditions tonight and Wednesday for the December production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The company is looking for children in first through sixth grades to take on roles in the performance, such as Linus, Lucy, Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Auditions are 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17th and 18th at Factory 12 Event Loft, 1235 Jackson St., in Columbus. No experience or audition preparation is necessary. Actors will learn a song as a group and may be asked to read scenes from the show. Columbus local, Caitlin Smith, who directed the MRTC 2014 summer production of Wind in the WIllows, will be directing. The show will be Dec. 8th and 9th at Columbus East High School. For more information you can go to www.millracetheatre.org ...

Local history professor to talk at Johnny Cash Festival

Oct 17, 2017 23

Ivy Tech says that one of the Community College’s professors will be giving a presentation at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival this weekend. The festival, running Thursday through Saturday in Dyess, Ark., will include a talk by Professor Aaron Miller as part of the panel, “Delta Themes in the Music of Johnny Cash.” on Friday. That will look at how Cash’s life growing up among the cotton fields along the Mississippi Delta influenced Cash’s music. Miller, who teaches at the Columbus campus, has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a masters in history from Purdue, and a doctorate from Miami University. The festival ends Saturday night next to the Cash Home, with a concert featuring Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson. ...

Driver killed in Jennings County crash

Oct 17, 2017 30

A head-on crash yesterday morning in Jennings County killed a woman from St. Paul. 49-year-old Angela M. Abston died in the crash on State Road 750 near County Road 200N at about 8:45 a.m. yesterday morning. Investigators say that a van driven by 51-year-old Christean M. Price of Seymour crossed the centerline into the path of Abston’s vehicle, says Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, spokesman for the Indiana State Police. Abston was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jennings County Coroner’s Office. Price sustained serious injuries in the crash. She was flown by helicopter to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Four passengers in Price’s vehicle sustained minor injuries. They were all taken to St. Vincent’s-Jennings Hospital. ...

Taser used on man fleeing from traffic stop

Oct 17, 2017 14

Columbus police used a Taser to subdue a man they say tried to walk away from a traffic stop last night. 35-year-old Melvin G. Foree of Columbus is facing charges of resisting law enforcement as well as possession of both methamphetamine and a legend drug injection device. He was also wanted on a parole warrant. The incident happened at just before midnight, when a Columbus police officer noticed that a car was driving with another vehicle’s license plate near Sycamore and 12th Streets. While the officer spoke to the vehicle’s occupants, Foree, who was in the back seat, tried to leave the scene, first walking away and then running between houses, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police. Police say Foree would not stop and was shocked with the Taser to take him into custody. A search of the vehicle allegedly found a syringe with methamphetamine in the vehicle where he had been sitting. ...

Columbus officials continue work on overpass project

Oct 16, 2017 20

Movement continues on the project to construct an overpass taking vehicles over the railroad tracks at State Road 11 and Jonathan Moore Pike. During Monday’s meeting of the Columbus Redevelopment Commission, city engineer Dave Hayward says that the city had negotiated a contract with Strand and Associates to serve as project manager for the city. 10-17 DAVE HAYWARD-1 The redevelopment commission voted unanimously to approve the resolution to hire Strand and Associates. The body also considered a resolution to contribute a considerable sum to the overpass project out of the downtown Cummins Tax-Increment Financing District. Stan Gamso, attorney for the redevelopment commission, explains that Columbus officials began looking for possible avenues to help cover the city’s estimated $15 million contribution. 10-17 STAN GAMSO-1 That resolution, recommending that the city council approve the contribution, was approved. Gamso says that, in addition to the Cummins TIF District contribution, the fund contains $4 million from the redevelopment commission, with a $1.5 million contribution from the county still pending. ...

City committed to improving tunnel at Jackson Street garage

Oct 16, 2017 22

Columbus officials are making an effort to improve the safety and functionality of the pedestrian tunnel through the parking garage on Jackson Street. Heather Pope is the city’s director of redevelopment. 10-17 HEATHER POPE-1 Pope talks about the goal of the project. 10-17 HEATHER POPE-2 Louis Joyner, the architect on the project, says the design will also add drainage, as well as bicycle stands, among other improvements. He told the redevelopment commission that he still has a few minor issues to complete before the project can be put out for bid. The city’s redevelopment commission took no official action during its meeting on Monday afternoon, but the body did indicate that the call for bids is expected to go out soon. ...