Sheriff announces crime prevention poster contest

Sep 22, 2017 2

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is inviting county students, in grades K through six, to take part in a poster contest marking Crime Prevention Month in October. Sheriff Matt Myers says that posters should be on 8 ½ X 11 paper and reflect a crime prevention theme. Entries can be made in pen, pencil, colored pencil, crayon, paint and felt pen. However, department officials are asking that students not submit computer generated works. Students should include their name, school, grade and telephone number on the back of their poster. Posters may be dropped off during regular business hours, October 2nd through the 31st, at the Bartholomew County Jail. Posters may also be mailed to the jail, located at 543 Second Street in Columbus. The deadline for submitting a poster is 5 p.m., October 31st. Students may submit more than one poster. Winners will be selected by the department’s command staff and the winner, or winners, will be announced on or before November 9th. The winning students will have their photograph... ...

Expect traffic delays on SR 46 Monday and Tuesday

Sep 22, 2017 2

The Indiana Department of Transportation says that maintenance personnel have been scheduled to begin work placing a high-friction wearing surface on State Road 46, between Bloomington and Nashville, on Monday. INDOT says the installation of the surface is taking place “as an extra measure of safety at select curve sites along the scenic highway.” INDOT Bloomington Subdistrict crews are scheduled to begin work at 8:30 a.m. on Monday and wrap-up around 6 p.m. the same day. Work is scheduled to continue through daytime hours on Tuesday. In all, seven curves will be treated. INDOT says that drivers should expect delays, as traffic will be reduced to a single lane in affected areas. This work is dependent on the weather and may be rescheduled if needed. ...

One person seriously hurt in crash with school bus

Sep 22, 2017 4

One person was hurt after a Friday afternoon crash involving a school bus and another vehicle. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says that the crash occurred at about 3:45 p.m. near 15th Street and Gladstone Avenue. He says the driver of the vehicle, an unidentified female, suffered serious head injuries when her vehicle slammed into the bus and became lodged underneath it. She was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis via Lifeline helicopter. Harris says that there were eight children on the bus at the time of the crash. Neither they, nor the bus driver, were hurt. Columbus Police say that Gladstone Avenue, from 10th Street to 17th Street, remain closed as investigators reconstruct the accident and crews clean up the site. We’ll have more information, including the identity of the driver, as it is released by the Columbus Police Department. ...

Columbus man facing attempted murder charge

Sep 22, 2017 8

A Columbus man is facing an attempted murder charge following an incident last month where he allegedly attacked a Decatur County Sheriff’s Department inmate transport officer. “The Greensburg Daily News” is reporting that 26-year-old Joshua B. Stam attacked the officer as they arrived at the Miami County Correctional Facility on Aug. 30th. According to the report, Stam had made a pre-trial court appearance on a local burglary charge Aug. 28 and was set to be returned to prison ahead of another local appearance scheduled for Oct. 17 in Superior Court. But as the transport vehicle arrived at the prison, Stam, having freed one hand from his handcuffs, climbed across the police car’s center console, punched the officer in the face and strangled him to the point of unconsciousness with a piece of cloth, police say. The report says that Stam also tried to take the officer’s gun, but was unsuccessful. The officer said he awoke to find Stam attempting to put the transport car into gear to potentially drive away,... ...

Pioneer Village features hands-on history at Heritage Days

Sep 22, 2017 9

The popular Pioneer Village at Hope Heritage Days will be open two days this festival, Saturday and Sunday. The Pioneer Village is put on by the Yellow Trail Museum and features hands-on activities for the young, and the young at heart, says Barb Johnson, director of the museum: Those activities include everything from blacksmiths to knitters, cooking over an open fire to learning to play the autoharp. Johnson said that the events are all hands-on and are meant to help stimulate an interest in and appreciation for history. The Pioneer Village will be going on both Saturday and Sunday on the north side of the Hope Town Square in the empty lot. The village will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Yellow Trail Museum will be holding an open house tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.  tonight at the museum on the northwest side of the Town Square to welcome the Indiana Bicentennial Barn Quilty and a new... ...

Legislators announce road and bridge grant funds

Sep 22, 2017 8

Indiana legislators are announcing the disbursement of funds for the Community Crossing Grant program, which matched up to $1 million from local governments for work on roads and bridges. Republican Sen. Greg Walker of Columbus announced this morning that his district will receive $3.9 million in this extra road funding. Of that, the largest part will go to Bartholomew County, which will receive $836,011. Other Bartholomew County communities receiving funding include: Columbus — $349,816 Hope — $211,504 Elizabethtown — $59,325 Hartsville — $36,946 Smaller counties and towns have to put up 25 percent of the matching funds, while larger communities provide 50 percent to be matched. Other area communities receiving funds include: Nashville — $181,082 Decatur County — $730,569 Greensburg — $701,715 Westport — $139,860 Seymour — $706,731 Crothersville — $423,406 Jennings County — $731,636 North Vernon — $753,838 Vernon — $72,801 Johnson County — $337,013 Franklin — $602,894 Greenwood — $512,396.36 Shelby County — $564,388 The Community Crossing Grant program was started by the General Assembly in 2016. For more information,... ...

Kids Fun Run kicks off Mill Race Marathon weekend

Sep 22, 2017 19

The Mill Race Marathon weekend kicks off tonight with the Kids Fun Run at Mill Race Park. Organizer Randy Stafford says organizers expect more than 1,000 kids to take part. You can register for the kids run run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Commons today and from 4:45 to 5:45 tonight at the park. Stafford says this is a way for kids to learn to enjoy healthy activities. Public safety officials remind you that there will be road closures downtown today and all around the city tomorrow for the full marathon. They are asking for your patience and for you to be extra observant for runners in the area. The Saturday public activities start with opening ceremonies at 7 a.m. and the marathon start at 7:30 a.m.. For more on this weekend’s events, including maps of the street closings, you can go to millracemarathon.com. ...

Chair thrower sentenced to five-years

Sep 21, 2017 17

A Columbus man will spend five years behind bars for throwing chairs across a courtroom in February. One of the chairs hit a Bartholomew County prosecutor on the leg. Network Indiana is reporting that 21-year-old Jordan Rhoades, who admitted to the judge that he has used meth and heroin, has also been ordered to go through a drug treatment program. Rhodes is facing additional charges for an incident earlier this month where he allegedly damaged a cell door at the Bartholomew County Jail and used metal rods from it to attack Jail staff. That incident was followed by other inmates flooding their cell blocks. Sheriff Matt Myers says the incidents caused thousands of dollars in damages. ...

Ribbon-cutting held for solar array in Ogilville

Sep 21, 2017 22

Officials from Bartholomew County REMC and Jackson County REMC dedicated a new solar array Thursday in Ogilville. Jim Turner, CEO of the Bartholomew County REMC, says that the solar array is the product of work done by Hoosier Energy, the electric cooperatives’ power supplier. Turner explains the goal of the array. Officials say that additional solar and wind projects are needed to reach the 10-percent renewable energy mark. Turner says that one mega-watt is capable of producing enough electricity to power about 150 homes annually. Turner says the site is visible from the Interstate, just south of Columbus. Turner notes that the array is very efficient. While the official ribbon-cutting ceremony was Thursday, Turner says the site has been producing electricity for the last few weeks. He added that everything is working smoothly. ...

Next cleanup day set for Columbus City Cemetery

Sep 21, 2017 19

The Columbus City Cemetery will be holding one of its semi-annual cleanup events on Monday, Oct. 2nd. The cemetery is located just south of Donner Park. City officials say that you should remove any graveside items that you would like to save by Sunday, Oct. 1st. The city parks department will be removing worn and out of season decorations. The next cleanup is set for April. If you have any questions you can call 812-376-2599. ...