Columbus officials to take action on railroad overpass

Nov 20, 2017 5

The Columbus City Council is scheduled to take the first step Tuesday night to pay $10 million to the Indiana Department of Transportation for the railroad overpass project. Jamie Brinegar, the city’s director of finance, says that construction is slated to begin in 2019, much sooner than a typical project of this size. Brinegar adds that preliminary work has already begun. The overpass project is estimated to cost $30 million with the city picking up half of the tab, with help from Bartholomew County, Cummins and the railroad. If approved, the second reading of this ordinance is scheduled for early December. Tuesday night’s meeting is at 6 p.m. inside council chambers at city hall. You are invited. ...

City leaf collection running behind schedule

Nov 20, 2017 7

The city of Columbus is running about a day and a half behind on its loose leaf pickup schedule. The city’s Department of Public Works reports that so many leaves falling all at once, as well as the Veterans Day holiday, led to the delay in the schedule. They ask that you rake your loose leaves to the curb, but not into the street so as not to block storm drains. And they thank residents for their patience as they work through the backlog of leaves. ...

Silver Alert declared for missing Elwood man

Nov 20, 2017 7

A Statewide Silver Alert has been declared. The Elwood Police Department is investigating the disappearance of an adult from Elwood, Indiana. Elwood, Indiana is 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Clint Davidson is an 37 year old white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 350 pounds, light brown hair, and green eyes. He was last seen on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at noon in Elwood, Indiana and is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.   He was last seen driving a burgundy 1998 Chevrolet Cheyenne extended cab Indiana plate TK852LJQ   If you have any information on Clint Davidson, contact the Elwood Police Department at 765-642-0221 or 911. ...

State Road 58 bridge work finishes Wednesday

Nov 20, 2017 5

It will be easier to travel on State Road 58, starting this week. The Indiana Department of Transportation is reporting that the new bridge at Bee Creek is scheduled to open on Wednesday. The bridge in western Jackson County is between Kurtz and Norman Stration and was rebuilt as part of a $954,355 two-bridge project. Another bridge on State Road 58, this one at Buck Creek in northeastern Jackson County, opened on Friday.  That bridge was part of a separate $1.1. million project. ...

Deadline today for First Christian Church dinner deliveries

Nov 20, 2017 5

The annual community Thanksgiving dinner at First Christian Church will be on Thursday but the last day to sign up for home delivery is today. Diane Doup with Lincoln Central Neighborhood Family Center says that Doup says that serving time will be from from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. The dinner is free and you are invited. Doup said that community support has already filled all of the needs for the annual dinner. The event is organized by the church and Lincoln Central Neighborhood Family Center and sponsored by Fed Ex. Doup says that about 600 meals were served last year. She talks about the atmosphere. The deadline to sign up for home delivery is 4 p.m. this afternoon If you need home delivery you can call the church at 812-379-4491 ...

Hope launches holiday light show tonight

Nov 20, 2017 7

The town of Hope will be lighting up the Town Square again this year, starting tonight, with a light show choreographed to music. The performance is being organized by Heritage of Hope. The show, which was first held last year, features lights around the bandstand and music played over the speaker system and over an FM transmitter. The show will also be expanding this year, as the town adds lights on the shelterhouse for the first time. Those are expected to be active by this weekend. The half-hour long shows will run from 6  to 9 p.m. every night through the end of the year. ...

Exhibit Columbus displays wrap up this weekend

Nov 20, 2017 6

There are still a few days left if you haven’t had a chance to check out the art and architecture installations that are part of the first Exhibit Columbus show. This is the final week for the exhibition which started in August. The exhibition will end on Sunday, Nov. 26th. Although all of the installations won’t disappear overnight, they will begin being dismantled. Many of the works are along Fifth Street in Columbus, including those chosen for the first J. Irwin and Xenia Miller prizes. The Miller prize installations are at the Bartholomew County Public Library, First Christian Church, Cummins headquarters, the Cummins conference center and in Mill Race Park. There are also college-designed installations at Central Middle School and North Christian Church, as well as other displays downtown along Washington Street. Organizers say that they are working to find permanent homes for many of the works. You can get more information at exhibitcolumbus.org. ...

Legal Aid offering free attorney sessions Nov. 27th

Nov 20, 2017 5

Legal Aid will be providing a free clinic for low-income residents on Monday, Nov. 27th at its offices in the Doug Otto United Way Center. Volunteer local attorneys will be providing legal consultations on a first-come, first serve basis. Each consultation will be about 10 minutes long. The clinic will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 27th. The United Way center is on 13th Street in Columbus. ...

Four families to be recognized tonight as “Family of the Year”

Nov 17, 2017 28

Four area families will be recognized as family of the year at an event tonight at St. Peters Lutheran Church on Fifth Street. Judy Lifferth is local organizer for the National Family Week activities. Liffeth said the four families will be recognized for working together, playing together and overcoming obstacles and grief with grace and dignity. The four families are: The Humes-Gilberts: Molly Hume and Megan Gilbert. The Poueriets: Pablo, Jennifer, Oliver and Lucas/ The McCauleys: Michael, Marci and Cierra The Lancasters: Doug and Laura That event will be from 7 to 8:15 p.m. tonight in the church sanctuary. ...

Three arrested after truck stolen from Jennings home

Nov 17, 2017 24

Jennings County deputies arrested three men, accused of stealing a truck from a home on Tuesday morning. A homeowner heard the sound of a vehicle in his driveway near County Road 850W and 350S at about 6:45 a.m. that morning and realized that it was his own truck being taken. He followed in another vehicle and eventually two men jumped out of the stolen truck and ran away. A third suspect was in a parked truck down the road and also ran away. Deputies arrived and cordoned off the area, eventually catching two men running in a field about a mile away, according to the sheriff’s department. The third man was arrested later in the day without incident. Both of the vehicles had been reported stolen and one was found to have about $2,500 in stolen tools and scrap metal in the bed of the truck. 21-year-old John Meisberger II of Butlerville and 20-year-old Christopher Carf Junior of Holton are facing preliminary charges of auto theft, burglary, theft and criminal trespass. 26-year-old... ...