Car bursts into flames after hitting deer

Nov 15, 2017 33

A car hit a deer this morning on Becks Grove Road. Then the vehicle burst into flames. No one was injured in the crash at just before 7:30 a.m. this morning, according to the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department. But the road was shut down while firefighter battled the vehicle fire in the 13,000 block of Becks Grove Road. ...

Deputies donate ton and a half of food to pantries

Nov 15, 2017 26

A 9-year-old girl will get to be sheriff for a day in Bartholomew County. Kyria Rodriguez was the winner of the contest after donating 1,100 items to the Pack-a-Patrol-Car drive to benefit Love Chapel and Salvation Army food banks. The sheriff’s department delivered almost a ton and a half of food this morning to Love Chapel at the end of the food drive, which began during the Ethnic Expo parade last month. Kyria will be able to follow the sheriff during his normal duties including a tour of the jail, introductions to department staff members, attending meetings and having lunch with Sheriff Matt Myers. The food drive, organized by Tammy Johnson and Jessica Niese, concluded yesterday at the end of normal business hours. This was the third annual Pack-a-Patrol-Car effort and it generated 2,934 pounds of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items. ...

State police holding sobriety checkpoint in Jackson County

Nov 15, 2017 24

Indiana State Police will have a sobriety checkpoint set up at an undisclosed location in Jackson County this weekend. The Versailles District Post reports that they will be asking drivers who pass through the checkpoint to present their license and vehicle registration to the troopers and you may be detained while they determine if they need to investigate you further. State police say that the purpose of the checkpoint on Saturday and Sunday will be to remove drivers from roads who are impaired by alcohol or drugs. State police suggest that if you are drinking over the weekend that you should plan ahead, use a designated driver and do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle yourself. If you are driving and see a vehicle that you suspect has a drunk or drug-impaired driver you can call 911. Information can be left anonymously. ...

Firefighters urge you to be safe while cooking holiday meal

Nov 15, 2017 21

With Thanksgiving just over a week away, Columbus firefighters are warning you to be extra careful and aware of the dangers of cooking fires. Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the Columbus Fire Department, said that the winter months see a big increase in home fires. And while part of that increase is due to improper heating of homes, the larger part is due to kitchen fires. He urges you to be cautious and attentive if you are cooking. He says to not let yourself be distracted from the potential dangers by the television, phone calls or other family members, even children. Wilson suggested taking a wooden spoon or pot holder with you when you leave the kitchen as a way to remind you that there is still food on the stove, cooking. ...

Purdue offering session for family farm planning

Nov 15, 2017 17

Family farmers can learn more about how to make plans to pass their farms down to the next generation at an educational session being organized by the Purdue Extension office in Bartholomew County later this month. Bartholomew County’s Purdue Extension will host a talk on farm succession by agricultural economist Dr. Maria Marshall on Tuesday, Nov. 28th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the evening at Hauser High School. According to the USDA, more than 70 percent of U.S. farmland will change hands in the next 20 years. The event is free, but registration is necessary. To register, contact the Purdue Extension Bartholomew County office by Nov. 20th at 812-379-1665. ...

Two arrested after stabbing during domestic dispute

Nov 15, 2017 22

Two people were arrested Monday after a domestic dispute ended with a stabbing. Bartholomew County deputies were called to the 6000 block of East State Street at about 6 p.m. Monday evening. That’s where 40-year-old Elijuah B. Nail of Bloomington approached police and told them that he had been stabbed in the lower back side. He said an argument with his girlfriend turned violent when she stabbed him. But when police found Nail’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Kristen A. Wise of Bloomington at a nearby convenience store with their RV, she also appeared injured. She said that Neil had been strangling her, so she pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed him to defend herself, says Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department. Police searched the RV the couple was using and and found the knife as well as drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to police reports. They both were arrested. Wise on charges of possession of a controlled substance, and Nail on preliminary charges of strangulation, domestic battery and interfering with... ...

Duke warns of scams targeting utility customers

Nov 14, 2017 20

Duke Energy is warning its customers to be wary of scammers who misrepresent the company and prey on utility customers. Wednesday is Utility Scam Awareness Day and electric and natural gas companies across the country are warning customers about scams. According to one survey, the number of attempted phone scams have more than doubled in the past year. Duke officials report that the most common scams targeted at utility customers include scammers demanding that you pay a large bill immediately, or face cut-off of your power. Scammers will frequently tell you that you have to buy prepaid debit cards and give that information over the phone in order to settle the fake debt, usually within a matter of hours. They could also request that you wire money. And you should be cautious even if you have caller ID because scammers can now fake the information, so a call appears to be coming from a legitimate utility company. Duke says to hang up immediately if you suspect a scam, don’t pay... ...

Tickets now available for Bourbonfest orchestra fundraiser

Nov 14, 2017 19

Tickets are now on sale for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s Bourbonfest fundraiser, coming up in February. Representatives from the orchestra say that this year’s event sold out in three weeks, but there will be almost 200 more tickets available for the 2018 event. The event features bourbon samples from national distributors as well as small area distilleries such as Bear Wallow Distillery, Hotel Tango, Old 55 Distillery, and Starlight Distillery. Musical entertainment will be provided by members of the Philharmonic. Bourbonfest will be on Saturday, February 17th from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Commons. VIP entry will begin at 2 p.m. that afternoon. Tickets start at $15 for a designated driver. $30 for general admission and go up to $50 for advance purchase of VIP tickets. You can buy tickets now at the Philharmonic offices at 315 Franklin Street, online at www.thecip.org, or by calling 812-376-2638 ...

BCSC to spend $1 million more than budgeted

Nov 14, 2017 17

Bartholomew Consolidated schools will be spending just over a million dollars more this year than previously budgeted. That’s under a new appropriation the school board passed last night. Superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts explains the additional spending was caused in part by an increase in teacher’s pay under the new contract. Originally the district budgeted for a 2 percent raise, but the negotiations led to a three point two percent increase. The district also had higher than budgeted health insurance premiums. The increased spending is being offset by increased revenue this year. That is coming from a higher than anticipated student enrollment and from higher interest payments. Roberts said that the September enrollment count, which was up by almost 60 students over last year, would mean more money going to the district, retroactively to this summer. Looking forward to next year, Roberts said that the increases have already been built into the 2018 budget. ...

Deputies seeking info on smashed mailboxes

Nov 14, 2017 16

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers is looking for information on who is smashing mailboxes and running over traffic signs in the county. The sheriff said that there were nearly 20 incidents of mailboxes being destroyed Saturday night and Sunday morning, with most being concentrated on Sprague Road, Deaver Road and County Road 300S. It appears as if the mailboxes and road signs had been run over or sideswiped by a vehicle. The sheriff warned that damaging a mailbox is a federal offense. He said that could carry a penalty of a $250,000 fine and three years in prison, for each act of vandalism to a mailbox. If you have any information you should contact Lt. Chad Swank at 812-565-5928. You can also call the sheriff’s department tip line at 812-379-1712. Tips and information can be left anonymously. ...