Schneck announces scholarship opportunities

Jan 13, 2016 307

The Schneck Foundation Scholarship Committee has announced that scholarship applications for allied health care fields will be available on Friday. Stephanie Furlow, Schneck’s Director of Marketing, says that candidates who are interested in pursuing a course of study in a technical/professional allied health career are welcome to apply for consideration. She says that acceptance for enrollment at a school and program of study in a technical/professional field is required for the scholarship to be officially awarded. Furlow explains that it is the desire of the Foundation to interest individuals in healthcare fields. She says that this scholarship program was started in 1992 and, since that time, has awarded over $385,300 in scholarships. A scholarship application may be obtained online at www.schneckfoundation.org, www.schneckmed.org or from the Schneck Medical Center Foundation/Development Office. Applications will also be available from counselors at local high schools. Applications must be completed and returned to the Foundation/Development Office no later than March 15, 2016. Questions should be directed to Cora Laymon in the Foundation/Development Office. She can... ...

Greensburg man hurt in Jennings County crash

Jan 13, 2016 361

A Decatur County man was badly hurt in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday in Jennings County. Officials with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department say that Deputies were dispatched to the 7000 Block North on State Road 3. There, they reportedly found 33-year-old Matthew Whiton, of Greensburg, who was traveling south on State Road 3. Investigators say that Whiton’s car went off the west side of the road, striking a concrete bridge barrier. Whiton was flown to St. Vincent in Indianapolis for treatment. As of Wednesday morning, Jennings County officials report that his condition is considered critical, but stable. Investigators say that road conditions are not believed to have caused the crash. They say that the investigation is ongoing, but Deputies believe alcohol might have been a factor. ...

Columbus man arrested after crash

Jan 13, 2016 315

A Columbus man was arrested early Wednesday morning after crashing his vehicle. Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that at approximately 12:51 a.m., Deputy Leah Burton was dispatched to the scene of the crash, at the 74 mile marker of I-65. Deputy Burton reported arriving at the scene to find the driver, 31-year-old Michael D. Wattjes, standing beside the vehicle. Wattjes reportedly told the Deputy that he was traveling north on I-65 when he ran off the road and went through a barrier cable. Jackson says that Wattjes was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence of Drugs. He was booked in the Bartholomew county Jail on $2,500 bond. ...

Columbus contracts with four attorneys for city duties

Jan 13, 2016 395

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information. The reorganization of Columbus city government continues under new Mayor Jim Lienhoop as the administration agreed earlier this week to contract with four attorneys for city attorney duties. But city officials say the four contracts are comparable in price to the single-attorney arrangement under the previous administration. Lienhoop and the Board of Public Works and Safety earlier this week approved the part-time contracts with Alan Whitted for $60,000, his son Alex for $35,000, Michael DeArmitt for $30,000 and Mary Stroh for $21,000.  As contractors, none of the attorneys will receive city employee benefits, but all of them would be reimbursed for office equipment and expenditures.  Alan Whitted served previously as a part-time city attorney during Mayor Fred Armstrong’s administration. Previous Mayor Kristen Brown created an in-house. full-time city attorney position, which was later combined under a director of administration title. Jeff Logston filled that role for most of Brown’s administration and was paid $80,375 in 2014, not counting benefits, according to... ...

Southwestern Water issues boil advisory

Jan 13, 2016 521

Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corp. has issued a boil water advisory for some customers after a water main break last night in the Stoney Lonesome area. According to the company, customers may experience air in their water lines or dirty water today. You should boil any water you will be using for food preparation or consumption for five minutes. The advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. Friday.   Customers affected include: State Road 46 west of the Stoney Lonesome area into Brown County Nelson Ridge Road, Dobbs Cemetery Road Georgetown Road, Lost Lake Baker Hollow Road Four Mile Ridge Road All of Henderson Ridge and Henderson Heights Hoover Road Lucas Hollow Road Harrison Ridge Road Mt. Liberty Road Bethany Road Youth Camp Road Bethany area Whitehorse Road 850 West Bethany area, all other roads in the Bethany area ...

Hauser app idea earns top honors in state contest

Jan 13, 2016 382

A group of eigth grade students from Hauser Junior-Senior High School have been named a Best in State winner in the fourth annual Verizon Innovative App Challenge for their mobile app concept called “Speak Bot Pro.” Verizon officials say that students focused on creating an app to help others speak through it. Those who cannot speak for medical reasons or due to language barriers would be able to use icons to communicate verbally. The team was selected from more than 1,200 submissions nationwide and will receive a $5,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation and tablets for each of the students on the team. The Hauser team, and a team from Zionsville, have a chance to become a national winner. Both Indiana teams are competing for the Best in Nation award and for a Fan Favorite award. From now until Jan. 31, anyone can vote to help the Bartholomew County team win the Fan Favorite award by texting SPEAKBOT2 to 22333. The Fan Favorite award winner will receive an additional $15,000... ...

Columbus up for Greatest Midwest Town award

Jan 13, 2016 417

Columbus is being considered for the honor of being the Greatest Town in the Midwest in a reader poll organized by Midwest Living Magazine. Columbus is one of 12 towns up for the award and the link to vote on the poll is spreading on Social Media. As of this morning, Columbus had 487 votes compared to the leading town, Decorah, Iowa with 2,414 votes. Other cities on the list include Duluth, Minn., Lawrence, Kansas and Traverse City, Mich. Voting is open until February 29th at midwestliving.com/vote. ...

County Council takes steps to keep better tabs on healthcare costs

Jan 12, 2016 351

The Bartholomew County Council took steps during its meeting Tuesday night to insure the county’s health insurance trust is on solid ground. The council voted to approve a $5.9 million appropriation that essentially moves county funds in a way to better keep track of health care expenses and the money that has been earmarked for these expenses. County Auditor Barb Hackman explained to council members that $1.2 million had already been transferred from the county’s “Rainy Day Fund” to the Employee Trust Account (ETA). In addition, $3.3 million will be transferred from the County Adjusted Gross Income Tax (CAGIT) Fund, while another approximately $1.4 million in department contributions will go towards shoring up the trust. Hackman explained that her office, in conjunction with Dunn & Associates will be able to keep a better tab on available funds and healthcare claims with this change. Dunn & Associates are the third-party benefit administrators hired by the county to help get county employees the most for their healthcare dollar. Hackman says that each... ...

Two area residents arrested on drug charges in Madison

Jan 12, 2016 551

Police in Madison arrested two area residents over the weekend on drug charges. Madison Police Chief Dan Thurston says that on Saturday, Madison Police were dispatched to the 700 block of Jefferson Court on a call that people were using drugs in a parking lot. When officers approached the vehicle, 29-year-old Jordan L. Laswell, of North Vernon, and 20-year-old Sheanna R. Bowling, 20, of Seymour, reportedly got out of the vehicle. Officers reported seeing an orange colored syringe, containing a brown liquid, lying on the ground near the passenger side door. Thurston says that when his officers asked both suspects to empty their pockets, Laswell allegedly produced another, similar, syringe from his pants pocket. Laswell also reportedly had a folded piece of foil that contained a brown, granular substance that field tested positive as heroin. While officers were talking with the pair, they learned there was an active arrest warrant out of Ripley County for Laswell’s arrest. During an interview, Laswell allegedly told investigators that the syringe that was found... ...

Icy roads lead to crash

Jan 12, 2016 325

Two Hope women were involved in a single-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on I-65 in Bartholomew County. Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that at 2:39 p.m., Deputy Andrew Dougan responded to County Road 1000 North, just east of I-65. When he arrived, Deputy Dougan found an SUN sitting upside-down in a nearby field. The driver, 31-year-old Victoria Hagan, and her passenger, 32-year-old Samantha Thompson, were out of the vehicle when first-responders arrived, said Jackson. Thompson told Deputy Dougan that they were traveling westbound on County Road 1000 North when Hagan lost control of the SUV due to icy road conditions. The vehicle then ran off the roadway and slid down an embankment before coming to rest in the field. Both Hagan and Thompson were wearing seat belts, which first-responders say likely saved the pair from severe injuries. Both women were transported to Columbus Regional Hospital to be checked out. ...