Arts Council announces First Fridays for Families schedule

Nov 14, 2017 14

The Columbus Area Arts Council is announcing this year’s slate of shows for its First Fridays for Families program held at the Commons. The first show is “A Dickens Tale” to be held Dec. 1st. The arts council says that the show will feature Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, the ghostly visitors and a hilarious beggar woman. Other scheduled shows: Dr. Seuss’s The Cat In The Hat, Jan. 5 Adzooks Puppets: Circus of Imagination, Feb. 2 Beethoven’s Wig, March 2 Peter & The Wolf, April 6 The family-friendly shows are held on the First Friday of the month, December through April, starting at 6 in the evening at The Commons. The shows are free to the public through the support of Old National Bank. For more information, go to artsincolumbus.org ...

Hope holding Christmas of Yesteryear Friday

Nov 14, 2017 23

The Yellow Trail Museum in Hope will be holding its annual Christmas of Yesteryear on the Hope Town Square, starting at 5 p.m. Friday evening. Barb Johnson, with the museum, says that this is the 15th year for the annual event. The festivities will feature strolling carolers, carriage rides and Santa Claus at the Sweet Chiropractic Office. There will also be a live nativity on the square put on by Hope First Baptist Church. Johnson said there will be crafts, a bake sale and cookie decorating at the Yellow Trail Museum itself, on the northwest corner of the Town Square. Hauser students will also be talking about the Moravian Church traditions carried on by the town. For the first time, this year’s event will include fireworks starting at 8:45 p.m.  Friday night. Those fireworks were held over from Hope Heritage Days, in September, when the fireworks were canceled due to the hot dry weather. ...

Truck chase leads to arrest on drug charges Friday

Nov 13, 2017 26

A car chase by Columbus police Friday night led to a man’s arrest on drug related charges. Police noticed a truck without a license plate near 10th Street and Whitfield Drive at about 6:30 p.m. Friday evening and attempted to pull the pickup over. However the driver took off south on U.S. 31 at speeds of up to 80 mph. Eventually the driver lost control and crashed into a fence in the 200 block of Patterson Drive, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus police. The driver, 41-year-old Shawn J. Tatman was found hiding under a bush. After he refused to show his hands, he was hit with a Taser. Police allegedly found methamphetamine on the ground where he had been laying, Harris says. He is facing preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and an outstanding warrant from another county. ...

Take a break from smoking on Thursday

Nov 13, 2017 18

This Thursday is the Great American Smokeout. Local anti-smoking efforts are being organized by Healthy Communities at Columbus Regional Hospital. Kylee Jones, tobacco awareness coordinator for Healthy Communities explains that she will be leading a class from St. Peters Lutheran School on an anti-smoking project on Thursday. The sixth graders will be picking up cigarette butts from the street, starting at The Commons and then up Washington Street to about Fifth Street. She said the goal is to help show the chlidren how nasty smoking can be. Jones said that the American Cancer Society encourages tobacco users to quit cold turkey during the Great American Smokeout, whether it is a minute, hour or the whole day as a way to feel what it is like to be smoke-free. Jones said that Columbus Regional Hospital will be picking up its smoking cessation classes again in January. The classes are held five times a year in eight-week sessions. The classes cost $35, which covers the cost of the books and other materials.... ...

Cheer Fund volunteer packing efforts start tonight

Nov 13, 2017 21

Tonight is the first night that you can help firefighters make a child’s Christmas brighter. The Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund’s toy boxing sessions start tonight. They will be held in the Doug Otto United Way Center on 13th Street from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Volunteers are needed to sort toys, clean used toys, stock donations on shelves, replace batteries and package gift boxes. The Cheer Fund is also still accepting toy donations. You can drop those off at the United Way Center or at any Columbus fire station. The delivery day for the packages is Saturday, Dec. 16th. Volunteers are also needed that morning to make deliveries across Bartholomew County. For more information or to make a monetary donation you can go to www.cheerfund.com ...

Last chance to be Sheriff for a Day

Nov 13, 2017 21

Today is the last day for you to get a chance to be Sheriff for a Day by helping Pack a Patrol car with canned food for local food pantries. The sheriff’s department will be taking food donations until 5 today for the contest. The person who donates the most food will get to shadow Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers for a day including touring the jail, meeting the staff, attending meetings and following the sheriff on his other duties. All items donated to the sheriff’s department through 5 p.m. today will be tracked for the contest and every $1 donation will count as two canned food items. You can drop off items in the lobby at the sheriff’s department on Second Street. The sheriff’s department will be taking donations for the Pack-A-Patrol car efforts through tomorrow. Donated items will be delivered to Love Chapel and the Salvation Army. ...

Fugitive arrested after fight with officers

Nov 13, 2017 20

A Columbus man was taken into custody last week, accused of scuffling with officers who tried to arrest him for outstanding warrants. 38-year-old Donald L. Estes, was arrested Thursday afternoon after an officer saw him acting suspiciously outside of a residence in the 900 block of California Street. Police recognized that Estes was wanted and as they approached, he fled into the home says Lt Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus police. When police entered the home, Estes refused to take his hands out of his coat pockets, Harris says. After a struggle, police used a Taser to subdue Estes and take him into custody. He was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on the outstanding warrants charging him with conversion, as well as a new charge of resisting law enforcement. ...

North Vernon company plans to add jobs

Nov 9, 2017 26

Decatur Plastic Products, a manufacturer of custom injection-molded plastic parts and components, plans to expand its operations in North Vernon. The website, areadevelopment.com is reporting that the company plans to create up to 40 new jobs by 2019. According to the report, the company will invest more than $3 million to update its equipment and provide training opportunities for employees at its facility located near Highway 7 in Jennings County. Decatur Plastic will also offer its employees training, as well as leadership and career development courses. The website is reporting that the Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered the company up to $75,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning that until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. For more on this story, visit areadevelopment.com. ...

Jennings County to target impaired drivers

Nov 9, 2017 22

The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department says that it has joined an enforcement drive aimed at helping to keep drivers and passengers safe. Sheriff Gary Driver says that his department is joining over 230 law-enforcement agencies across Indiana that will have assets aimed specifically at targeting seat belt violators and impaired drivers through the weekend after Thanksgiving. During this time, Sheriff Driver says that you can expect to see increased patrols and checkpoints. The overtime for officers to participate in this drive is being paid for by funds provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Sheriff Driver says that the department is publicizing this blitz to give drivers a fair warning that violators will face penalties. In all states, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent of higher. In addition, drivers under the age of 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and license suspensions. ...