Our Hospice concert slated for Labor Day weekend

Poster courtesy of Our Hospice of South Central Indiana

A reminder that the annual Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Labor Day weekend concert, is going virtual this year. Th show will feature Yacht Rock Revue, a band playing smooth songs from the 70s and 80s, formed by Columbus natives Nicholas Niespodziani and Peter Olson.

The concert will start at 7 in the evening on Saturday Sept. 5th and will stream live on the hospice Facebook page.

The event will include a raffle for a chance to win $10,000. Tickets are $10 and are available online at crh.org/hospice-donate.

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana is a not-for-profit hospice providing care to patients and families in 16 counties, with offices in Columbus, North Vernon and Greensburg.


Coronavirus update: Indiana tops 74k cases, nears 2,900 deaths

Indiana has had more than 74 thousand positive tests for COVID-19, out of more than a million tests administered.

According to statistics from the Indiana State Department of Health released Sunday there were 1,048 new positive test results, the second highest number reported since the pandemic testing started in March.

There was one new death in the state since Saturday’s report. That brings the total number of deaths in Indiana to 2,835.

The state reports that 841,125 individuals have been tested so far, with just over 1 million total tests administered.

In area counties, Bartholomew County has had 793 positive tests results and 47 deaths, Decatur has had 337 cases and 32 deaths, Jennings 225 cases and 12 deaths, Jackson 586 cases and 5 deaths, Brown 73 cases and 1 death, Johnson 1757 cases and 118 deaths, and Shelby 553 cases and 27 deaths.

According to state statistics, the largest percentage of those positive cases, or 16.6 percent, came from those 40 to 49 years old and 52 percent were female. However, the deaths were concentrated in the older population, with 93 percent of the deaths in those 60 or older.

The most recent death in the local area was July 28th in Jackson County.

CRH announces new executive in charge of nursing

Columbus Regional Health
Staci Glick. Photo courtesy of CRH

Columbus Regional Health is announcing the promotion of a new vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. Staci Glick will be taking on the executive role after being with the health system for 20 years in various clinical and leadership roles.

Glick has completed her bachelors in nursing and her masters in nursing leadership in healthcare systems.

Glick will oversee nursing practice for the health system, nursing leadership development, staff engagement, patient experience and clinical quality. She lives with her family in Elizabethtown.

Jennings deputies searching for drunk, impaired drivers during Drive Sober event

Jennings County Sheriff Kenny Freeman. Photo courtesy of sheriff’s department.

Jennings County Sheriff’s Department is warning that deputies will be taking part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign and Click it or Ticket though mid September.

The department announced last week that it will be running extra enforcement patrols looking for those driving under the influence. Sheriff Kenny Freeman says that if you are drinking alcohol, you need to use a designated driver or make arrangements to stay where you are are drinking. You should also always make sure that you and your passengers are all wearing seat-belts.

BCSC to switch to eLearning if COVID-19 spread spikes

Most Bartholomew Consolidated School students will be headed back to the classroom today for a delayed start to the school year.

But school officials will be keeping a close look on the various COVID-19 indicators to determine if they should shut down the buildings and go back to an e-learning model.

School officials said that they are working with local medical officials to chart seven indicators of the spread of COVID-19. If those indicate that the community has risen to a “Substantial Community Spread” level, BCSC will transition into an all eLearning model.

According to the eLearning plan released last week, if the school must shift to online instruction, the next day will be called off altogether and will count against the district’s snow days. Two days later eLearning will start and most students will stay at home for virtual classes. Some students will return to school for specialized cases, such as C4 students or disabled students in need of services. Extra-curricular and co-curricular activities may be suspended unless they can be conducted virtually.

The eLearning shift will happen for three weeks at a time, according to the plan, with evaluation ongoing and an announcement of any changes by the end of the Tuesday before the three-week period expires.

As of the most recent update last week, BCSC’s indicator dashboard was showing a moderate spread, with two measures actually improving in recent days.

One of the seven factors will be calculated as students return back to school by the percentage of students and staff who are complying with the district’s mask mandate. Under an internal audit process, if less than 90 percent of the personnel are complying, that would be a sign of substantial spread. However, if more than 95 percent are wearing masks, that would be a sign of minimal or no spread.

For more information, go to bcscschools.org

INDOT: All lanes of new overpass exchange opening Saturday

New State Road 46/State Road 11 overpass. Photo courtesy of INDOT

The new entrance into downtown Columbus of of State Road 46 will be fully open to traffic starting tomorrow morning. INDOT announced today that all lanes of the new interchange and overpass will be opening Saturday.

Drivers on their way out of Columbus heading out State Road 46 westbound for the first time, need to be aware that the left two lanes will lead you that direction, while the right lane will take you to State Road 11 and Garden City. That is a reverse of the previous lane choices.

INDOT says that final paving is scheduled to begin overnights on Monday Aug. 17th, from 6 in the evening to 6 in the morning, with intermittent lane closures. That is expected to be finished by the end of the month, weather permitting.

You will also see other work continuing around the overpass through next spring, including the removal of the old State Road 46 lanes, seeding sodding and project clean-up.

INDOT asks that you slow down, use extra caution and drive without distractions through all work zones.

Pedestrian killed in State Road 46 accident

One pedestrian is dead and another critically injured after a crash yesterday afternoon on Jonathan Moore Pike.

35-year-old Stacy Hardy, of Columbus was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead according to Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting. He said the cause of death was massive head and chest trauma.

Columbus police say that at shortly before 1:30 p.m. yesterday Hardy and 28-year-old Jackson Coe of Columbus were crossing State Road 46 near Two Mile House Road, when they were struck by an SUV driven by 49-year-old Amanda Caldwell of Columbus.

Coe was flown by IU Health Lifeline to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and remains in critical condition.

The accident remains under investigation.

Seymour police, federal marshals arrest Kentucky fugitive

Seymour police are reporting that they assisted U.S. Marshals in arrested a wanted suspect out of Henderson County, Kentucky.

25-year-old Nelson J. Sauceda-Nunez was arrested at about 7:25 Wednesday night in the 2000 block of East Tipton Street. He is wanted on charges of burglary, criminal mischief and wanton endangerment.

Sauceda-Nunez is being held in the Jackson County Jail pending extradition back to Kentucky.

Summer Cruise-ins return to Hope Town Square tonight

The Town of Hope is planning to restart its Cruise-ins to the Hope Town Square, with the first one this afternoon.

The events have been canceled so far this summer due to the pandemic. Owners will be able to display their cars and trucks on the town square and win prizes for oldest vehicle, most unique vehicle and people’s choice.

The Top Hat Blues Review will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on the east side of the Town Square.

Donations will be accepted to help the Hope Food Bank.

Construction on the Town Square is ongoing and changes are possible.

The Cruise-ins are organized by Main Street of Hope. They are held on the first Fridays of the month from 5 to 8 p.m.