Government offices closing Monday for holiday, trash pickups delayed

Government offices will be closing on Monday in celebration of the Independence Day holiday

In Columbus, city trash, recycling and yard waste routes will be running a day late all week, with normal Monday routes running on Tuesday. Normal Friday routes will be running on Saturday. You should have your trash to the curb by the normal 7 in the morning.

Columbus City Utilities offices will also be closed Monday. If you have a problem with your water or sewer service, you can call 812-372-8861 and follow the prompts.

Storms, dangerous heat possible this afternoon, evening

The National Weather Service says central and southern Indiana are now under a marginal threat of severe weather tonight.

Scattered showers and storms are expected to develop this afternoon and evening. A few isolated thunderstorms could produce damaging winds and large hail. Forecasters say lightning is a threat in any thunderstorm.

Heat index values near 100 are possible this afternoon.

Conservation officers urge you to practice sober, safe boating

Indiana Conservation Officers are urging you not to be out boating if you are under the influence. They will be out in force cracking down on impaired boating Saturday through the 4th of July for Operation Dry Water.

Operation Dry Water is a campaign to heighten awareness and enforcement of safe and sober boating practices. The goal is to lower the number of boating incidents and fatalities that happen over the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Conservation officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are working in partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard on the campaign.

Because alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in recreational boater deaths, Indiana Conservation Officers will be working to increase public awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If you are on the water this weekend, you will notice more officer patrols on the water and at recreational boating checkpoints.

Operating a vessel under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal on all bodies of water and can lead to serious injuries, death, property damage and legal consequences. Indiana Conservation Officers reminds boaters to always boat sober and to wear a life jacket when on or around the water.

You can get more information at operationdrywater.org.

Medora woman arrested after thefts from Seymour stores

Kennedie P. Miller. Photo courtesy of Jackson County Jail.

A Medora woman has been arrested in Seymour after being caught with items stolen from several area stores.

According to reports from the Seymour police Department, officers were called to the Seymour Wal-Mart Thursday after a woman was seen on video footage taking electronics from the store. Police say that the video showed her obtaining keys and a security tag removing device, then unlocking a cabinet taking electronic devices.

An officer found the woman at a store Thursday and police took 29-year-old Kennedie P. Miller into custody. A search revealed she was carrying other people’s identification and credit cards as well as clothing from other stores with the price tags still attached. Police say that Miller had used two of the credit cards for transactions at the Wal-Mart.

After obtaining a search warrant for a purse that Miller did not have in her immediate possession when arrested, police discovered the keys, the security removal tool and the electronic devices, along with cell phone SIM cards.

She was arrested on preliminary charges of theft, criminal trespass and fraud. More charges are expected for the stolen clothing items.

Trash routes delayed, offices closed for July 4th holiday

Government offices will be closing on Monday in celebration of the Independence Day holiday

In Columbus, city trash, recycling and yard waste routes will be running a day late all week, with normal Monday routes running on Tuesday. Normal Friday routes will be running on Saturday. You should have your trash to the curb by the normal 7 a.m. in the morning.

Columbus City Utilities offices will also be closed Monday. If you have a problem with your water or sewer service, you can call 812-372-8861 and follow the prompts.

Early Independence Day celebrations tonight in Hope

The Town of Hope is bringing back its Old-Fashioned Independence Day celebration this evening.

The Yellow Trail Museum and Main Street of Hope are partnering for a combined holiday celebration and the monthly car Cruise-in on the Hope Town Square.

The Cruise-in will start at 5 p.m.. Old-fashioned Independence Day events will start at 6 p.m. and fireworks will start at dark.

Showmanship, livestock awards at Bartholomew faigrounds tonight

The Bartholomew County 4-H fair continues today with Athens Animal Clinic Day at the fair.

Tonight’s entertainment includes The 4-H Supreme Showmanship and Livestock Awards at the pavilion starting at 6:30 and the Indiana Pulling League starting at 7 p.m. at the grandstands. Midnight Madness on the Midway with $20 wristbands starts at 8 p.m.

The fair ends Saturday.

You can get more information at bartholomewcountyfair.com.

Ivy Tech offering look at entrepreneur, public service programs Tuesday

Ivy Tech Community College will be holding events Tuesday at its Columbus and Franklin campuses to give more information to students interested in the school’s entrepreneurship and public service programs.

The school spotlight will feature the School of Public Affairs and Social Services and the Garatoni School of Entrepreneurship, allowing prospective students to explore academic programs and potential career options.

There will be a morning session from 9 a.m. to noon, and an afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m., at both campuses Tuesday. The sessions will include tours of the campuses, presentations on academic programming, and one-on-one meetings with Ivy Tech staff. The Columbus event will focus on the college’s human services and entrepreneurship programs, while the Franklin day will be looking at criminal justice program.

No registration is required.

Columbus firefighters offer fireworks safety tips

Columbus firefighters are reminding you to be safe if you are planning to use fireworks this holiday weekend.

Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the fire department, explains that all fireworks can be dangerous if used incorrectly.

About 11,500 fireworks related injuries were reported nationwide last year. And about half of those happened to children.

Wilson says you should never smoke or consume alcohol while setting off fireworks. You should not attempt to make or alter fireworks. While setting off fireworks, you should have a fire extinguisher, hose or bucket of water nearby.

If a lit firework did not go off, you should let it sit for 20 minutes before trying to move it. And then soak it in a bucket of water.

 

Under city ordinances, between now and Sunday, fireworks are allowed in the city between 5 p.m. in the afternoon and up to 2 hours past sunset. On July 4th itself, fireworks are allowed from 10 a.m. to midnight. The hours go back to 5 p.m. through two hours past sunset on July 5th through the 9th.

NexusPark site brings visit from Holcomb for READI kickoff

Local, state and regional officials celebrated at NexusPark, the former Fair Oaks Mall, in Columbus this morning as the state recognized the kickoff of its READI grants initiative. The project is receiving $6 million dollars from the state program.

The joint project between the city of Columbus and Columbus Regional Health is transforming the former mall, into a center for health, wellness and recreation. The event took place in the west side of the former mall, near where Carson’s once operated. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers, Mayor Jim Lienhoop, Hospital CEO Jim Bickel and dignitaries from neighboring communities were on hand to celebrate the project.

Mayor Lienhoop explains:

Lienhoop said the state money will allow for additional parks and trails amenities, as well as child care facilities.

The READI program, or Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative, will be announcing how it will distribute the first $200 million dollars by the end of July, and the rest of the $500 million by the end of the year.

Columbus Regional Health is putting more than $40 million dollars into its side of the project, while the city expects to spend a similar amount on the east side of the former mall, including the construction of a fieldhouse.

Gov. Eric Holcomb, Mayor Jim Lienhoop, Commerce Secretary Brad Chambers and Mary Ferdon, the city’s director of administration and community development at Thursday’s NexusPark event. White River Broadcasting photo