Child molestation / abduction case delayed

Jul 27, 2017 4

The trial of a man wanted for abducting and molesting a girl in Jackson County more than 18 years ago has been continued. “The Seymour Tribune” is reporting that 61-year-old Charley Hollin, of Salem, Oregon, had been set to stand trial Aug. 22nd in Jackson Circuit Court. The newspaper is reporting that Jackson Circuit Court Judge Richard W. Poynter agreed to Hollin’s request to push the trial back to Feb. 6th. Hollin was arrested and charged in January in connection with the 1999 incident where a 10-year-old girl was abducted at knife-point from outside Girls Inc. on West Second Street in Seymour. The girl was taken to a secluded area, molested and released naked on a country road near Cortland. Her abductor threw her clothing out of the vehicle before she was found and rescued by a passing motorist. According to the report, Hollin is facing three counts of Child Molesting and two counts of Criminal Confinement. He was initially was charged in 2000 by the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office... ...

Ceremony held to mark opening of Moving Wall

Jul 27, 2017 4

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall exhibit arrived in Columbus yesterday. The half-sized replica followed a parade route through the city before being assembled by staff and veterans at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds. A welcoming ceremony was held last night, where a proclamation was read by Mayor Jim Lienhoop. The mayor reflected on veterans and the price of freedom. 07-28 WALL CEREMONY-1 Mayor Lienhoop says that it’s important for all of us to remember and appreciate the sacrifices made by veterans and active military personnel. 07-28 WALL CEREMONY-2 Lienhoop read a proclamation proclaiming July 27 through July 31 as “The Moving Wall Week” in the city of Columbus. Organizers say that special programs, including music, an invocation and a speaker, will be held through Sunday at noon and 6 p.m. In addition, a mobile vet center is located at the fairgrounds to help provide veterans with information on their medical benefits and assist with medical referrals. Everyone, veterans and civilians are encouraged to visit the display. ...

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall arrives in Columbus

Jul 27, 2017 9

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall exhibit has arrived in Columbus. After a parade through the city Thursday morning, organizers assembled the half-sized replica at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds for a five-day stay. Organizers say that the exhibit will be open, and guarded 24-hours a day. It is free to visit, though good-will donations are being accepted. A special welcoming ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. That will include remarks from Mayor Jim Lienhoop, special music from Southern Indiana Pipes & Drums, as well as a three volley salute and the playing of “Taps” by the American Legion Post #24 Color Guard. You are invited. ...

Hope museum expanding military veteran displays

Jul 27, 2017 31

The Yellow Trail Museum in Hope is expanding its section on military veterans and their service. Erin Anderson, a member of the museum board, is organizing the new section and is hoping for donations or loans of more modern military gear. Anderson said that they have artifacts from the Civil War and both World Wars, but more recent wars and peacetime service are missing from their displays. Anderson said she has the Desert Storm era largely covered, because of her father’s service. The museum would also like to hear stories from the veterans about their service. The new military exhibit is scheduled to open in the fall and be up for six to eight months. You can drop off military artifacts starting on August. 1st. To make a donation or to get more information, you can contact the museum at 812-546-8020. The museum is also available on the web or on Facebook. ...

Messer set to announce U.S. Senate run

Jul 26, 2017 26

Congressman Luke Messer, a Republican representing Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District, is set to formally announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Messer’s campaign announced Wednesday that the announcement will come during a family barbecue next month. “The Senate has struggled in recent weeks, and Hoosiers are tired of it. We need a proven conservative leader in the U.S. Senate to work alongside Senator Todd Young and get things done,” says Messer Statewide Finance Chairman Greg Pence. Messer will campaign to replace incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly. The Republican National Committee has identified Donnelly as a vulnerable candidate and is expected to pour money into the state in an effort to expand the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate. Rep. Messer is set to make his candidacy official on Aug. 12th at 1 p.m. ...

Southwestern Bartholomew Water announces Boil Water Advisory

Jul 26, 2017 23

The Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corp. has announced a boil water advisory for a number of its customers. The utility says that a contractor cut into a water main on Georgetown Road Wednesday afternoon, which left customers in the area of Baker Hollow Road and Georgetown Road, including those on County Roads 850 West, 700 West and 600 West, without water. The same customers are under a boil water advisory until noon on Saturday. Utility officials say that these customers should bring water to a full boil for five minutes before consumption or use in cooking and food preparation. Customers with questions should call the Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corp. at (812) 342-4421. ...

Motorcyclist, passenger injured in Columbus crash

Jul 26, 2017 42

Columbus police are accusing a woman of driving while she was intoxicated in an accident yesterday afternoon that injured a motorcyclist and passenger. 39-year-old Elizabeth A. Blair of Columbus was arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury in the crash at about 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon at the intersection of 25th Street and Wedgewood Drive. Blair was driving a pickup truck eastbound on 2th Street and was attempting to turn north onto Wedgewood Drive when she struck the motorcycle driven by 60-year-old Jeffrey Welker of Anderson with 56-year-old Jennifer Welker as a passenger on the bike. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the city police, says that Blair showed signs of impairment at the scene. She was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital with minor injuries before being arrested. Jeffrey Welker was flown by Lifeline helicopter to IU Methodist Hospital with arm and leg fractures. Jennifer Welker was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for her injuries. The crash remains under investigation. ...

Roadwork to narrow U.S. 31 over Flat Rock River

Jul 26, 2017 18

The Indiana Department of Transportation will be taking U.S. 31 down to a single lane in each direction between Washington and Market Streets in Columbus for up two months. That work will start as soon as Friday, weather permitting. INDOT says that contractors will be putting a new deck on the bridge over the Flat Rock River on the northwest side of the city. This is a quarter of a million dollar project with RAM Construction as the main contractor. The state says the new bridge surface material will allow for better maneuverability and stopping distances, as well as sealing the bridge surface so it lasts longer. The completion date of the project is September 29th. ...

Main Source and First Financial to merge, move HQ

Jul 26, 2017 24

Main Source Financial Group is merging with First Financial Bancorp and the new company, to be called First Financial Bank, will be moving its headquarters to Cincinnati. The companies made the announcement yesterday. The merger will create a $13 billion dollar institution and it will be the sixth largest bank operating in Indiana and the fourth biggest in the Cincinnati area. The transaction is expected to close early next year and has to be approved by shareholders of both companies. As part of the merger, the companies have announced a new community development plan for Greensburg, where Main Source has been based. That includes a commitment of 100 jobs and $1 million in community support over the next five years. Click for more on the merger. ...

Driver arrested after car stuck on railroad tracks

Jul 26, 2017 26

Bartholomew County deputies averted a train-car collision Tuesday night after an allegedly drunk driver got their car stuck on the railroad tracks near Taylorsville. The incident happened at almost 10:30 p.m. that night when the car slid sideways off of the tracks and was stuck near County Road 550N and U.S. 31. That was with a southbound train on the way. Authorities say that they got the train stopped by contacting the railroad. That was in time to avoid the crash and the vehicle was removed. But the driver, 39-year-old Jennifer P. Grimes of Franklin, was allegedly driving under the influence. She tested at .166 percent blood alcohol content, deputies report, and was arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence. ...