Two children die in State Road 7 crash

Oct 23, 2017 34

Two Scipio children died Friday afternoon in a crash in Jennings County. 36-year-old Mary F. Bailey of Columbus was driving on State Road 7 at about 1:10 Friday afternoon and making a turn onto County Road 900N when her vehicle was struck from behind by a pickup pulling a horse trailer being driven by 24-year-old Nicholas A. Fischvogt of North Vernon, says Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, with the Indiana State Police. Two backseat passengers in Bailey’s vehicle, 4-year-old Kaylee Creamer and 22-month-old Allison Creamer died. Bailey was flown by helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis with serious injuries. A passenger in Fischvogt’s vehicle, 63-year-old Nancy Palmer of Scipio, suffered serious injuries in the crash. She was first taken to Columbus Regional Hospital and then to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Indiana State Police were assisted b the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, Scipio-Geneva Fire Department, Jennings County EMS, Stat Flight Medical Helicopter, the Jennings County Coroner’s Office, and the Indiana Department of Transportation. ...

Workshops to tackle Columbus Central Neighborhood Plan

Oct 20, 2017 33

The Columbus / Bartholomew County Planning Commission is hosting a three-day public workshop to help in the development of the Columbus Central Neighborhood Plan. Emilie Pinkston is a senior planner with the planning department. Pinkston says that one area that will be discussed extensively is the site of the former Golden Castings Foundry. Pinkston says these changes has resulted in a number of questions that need to be answered. Workshops will be held inside the Doug Otto United Way Center Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night, beginning at 6 p.m. For more information on these workshops, visit columbus.in.gov/planning. ...

Mayor’s office announces presser with Japanese representative

Oct 20, 2017 34

Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop’s office has announced that he will be holding a joint press conference with Naoki Ito, the Consul-General of Japan in Chicago. The event is being held in conjunction with Ito’s first visit to Columbus. The main purposes of the Consulate are to serve Japanese nationals, to represent the Japanese government and to provide travel services and cultural information about Japan to non-Japanese residents. Lienhoop’s office says that Ito’s visit to the city is an important one. He noted that there are over two-dozen local companies that have a Japanese parent company. This press event is set for Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. in council chambers inside of city hall. ...

Former pastor sentenced to prison

Oct 20, 2017 51

A former Columbus pastor has been sentenced to three-years in prison as part of guilty pleas on two felony counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Our news-gathering partners at “The Republic” are reporting that 38-year-old Justin White, who was the senior pastor at First Christian Church, received a three year prison sentence on one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and a four year sentence on the second count, which was suspended. The paper says that Judge Kelly Benjamin ruled that White would be on probation for that four-year sentence, to be served after he is released from prison. In addition, White is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with juveniles during that time. The paper is reporting that White pleaded guilty in August to two counts of aiding or inducing a juvenile to commit an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult. He also reportedly admitted to aiding and inducing a juvenile to deal in narcotics. For more on... ...

ASAP program to launch new website for drug epidemic info

Oct 20, 2017 37

The Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County has found that a critical component missing in our community’s fight against the opioid addiction epidemic is a good, reliable source of information. When the group presents its six month report to the community on Tuesday, it plans to correct that shortfall. Jeff Jones is executive lead of the ASAP team: The group plans to launch a website that will serve as a central clearinghouse for resources and information related to the drug epidemic. Jones said that the information resource will be separate from the programs and facilities that will be discussed Tuesday. The public forum and report to the community will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening at The Commons. The eventual website will be located at ASAPBC.org. ...

Cummins announces new VP of North American Sales and Service

Oct 19, 2017 42

Cummins announced Thursday that Jenny Bush has been promoted to Vice President, Cummins Sales and Service – North America, effective immediately. The Columbus-based manufacturer says that Bush’s responsibilities include leading eight wholly owned distribution regions across U.S. and Canada, which consist of over 9,000 employees, and contribute $4.6 billion in sales. “Whether it’s through mentoring and coaching employees, or her engagement with customers and suppliers, Jenny seeks to make people’s lives better through the power of diversity and inclusion. Her authentic leadership style has had a profound impact on productivity, learning, teamwork, and the innovation and dependability we bring to our customers,” says Tony Satterthwaite, Vice President Cummins and President, Cummins Distribution Business. Company officials say that Bush joined Cummins as a parts writer after completing a technician apprenticeship with Shell Oil, where she was the first female technician in a traditionally male environment. After joining Cummins in the United Kingdom, she developed and tested gas engines and led field service engineering for the Europe, Middle East and African markets.... ...

Monty Python Didn’t Like Spam. I Don’t Like Eggs.

Oct 19, 2017 60

So, needless to say, I feel a little put upon that practically every place that serves breakfast insists on serving eggs with almost everything. I really just want a couple of pieces of bacon, and some fried potatoes – why should I have to go a la carte all the dang time? This is an old article, but the fine folks at Buzzfeed have compiled a selection of eggless breakfast items that sound tasty and wonderful. Even if you don’t hate eggs, there are some nice possibilities here. Take a look. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 Savoring the Flavoring of Pork ...

Columbus leaf and street sweeping schedule released

Oct 19, 2017 31

The City of Columbus Department of Public Works has released the Fall Leaf and Street Sweeping Schedule for the city. Residents are invited to view the schedule and make note of times when no parking restrictions may be in place in their areas of residence and employment. Leaf sweeping runs from Oct. 25th through Nov. 9th. Street Sweeping is scheduled to begin Nov. 13th on 25th Street from Washington Street to Central Avenue. Sweeping will then move to other city roads every week day, except for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, lasting through Dec. 12th. City officials say that there will be “No Parking” signs posted on streets the day of an area’s street sweeping. Any vehicles still in the area will be towed. Inclement weather will postpone sweeping work by one day. You can view the full schedule on the city’s website at columbus.in.gov. ...

VP’s brother expected to run for Congress: AP

Oct 18, 2017 35

Greg Pence, one of Mike Pence’s older brothers, has filed a tax document indicating he will seek the eastern Indiana congressional seat that the vice president and former governor represented for 12 years. The Associated Press is reporting that he formed the Greg Pence for Congress Committee on Monday. Greg Pence, a Columbus resident previously said he had been courted to run for the Sixth District seat, which covers a broad swath of central and southeastern Indiana, including Muncie and Columbus. Republican power brokers say that, as the vice president’s brother, Pence is likely the hands-down favorite to win in the overwhelmingly Republican district ...

Amber Alert ended for missing child in Auburn, Ind.

Oct 18, 2017 40

Update: the Amber Alert has been canceled. State police report that the child has been found safe and a suspect is in custody.  Original story: The Auburn Police Department is investigating the abduction of a child from Auburn, IN. Auburn is approximately 146 miles north east of Indianapolis, IN. Kevin “Chub” Wayne Craig is a 2 year old white male, 3 feet tall, 35 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark blue shirt and diaper. Kevin was last seen today Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 3:04 am in Auburn, IN and is believed to be in extreme danger. The Auburn Police Department believes he was likely abducted by Dale Curtis Craig. Dale is a 28 year old white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 162 pounds, with a shaved head and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, blue jeans, and black converse. The suspect vehicle is a Tan 1998 Toyota Avalon with Indiana license plate XKZ630. If you have any... ...