Monthly Archives: January 2016

PromptMed receives certification

Columbus Regional Health’s (CRH) PromptMed received the Certified Urgent Care designation from the Urgent Care Association of America.

CRH Spokesperson Kelsey DeClue says this designation distinguishes PromptMed as a true urgent care center, according to the Urgent Care Association of America’s established criteria. She explains that this includes providing patients with walk-in, extended-hour medical attention with licensed providers for a large scope of medical conditions, along with providing both X-ray and laboratory services.

DeClue explains that PromptMed accepts unscheduled, walk-in patients to treat cuts, burns, sprains, fractures and to perform minor procedures.

Ivy Tech expands agriculture program with popcorn

A partnership between Ivy Tech Community College and the Columbus Municipal Airport will expand Ivy Tech’s agriculture program with a new, hands-on opportunity for students to grow and retail popcorn.

Ivy Tech Spokesman Chris Schilling says that the city’s Board of Aviation Commissioners has agreed to rent two-acres of airport-owned farmland at a minimum cost to grow the crop this spring.

Schilling says that the two-acre site is located west of the LHP Corporation building at Central Avenue and Poshard Drive in Columbus. Ivy Tech students, along with faculty, will be responsible for all phases of the project.

Schneck receives accreditation

Schneck Medical Center announced that its Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program recently received accreditation in Breast MRI from the American College of Radiology.

“This is a more specific accreditation as compared to our regular MRI accreditation,” stated Rita Baker, Director of Diagnostic Imaging. “The Breast MRI Accreditation testifies to the high standards we maintain in our signature service line of breast imaging.”

Stephanie L. Furlow, spokesperson for the Seymour hospital, says that in order to receive accreditation, a facility must demonstrate that the physician and technical staff possess the qualification and credentials needed.

“The staff and radiologists in the Diagnostic Imaging department are dedicated in their commitment to excellence in radiology. This accreditation is a testament to their hard work and we are all very proud,” said Baker. “Our department is now accredited in every modality we offer including Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy, Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, CT, and MRI. In fact, with the four accreditations in breast imaging, the Women’s Imaging Center is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence ensuring our patients receive the highest quality breast healthcare.”

Sheriff’s Department seeks help in finding suspect

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is asking for your help in locating its most-wanted suspect this week.

Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that Detectives are looking for 36-year-old Ricky E. Mathews, Jr. Mathews is described as a MATHEWS RICKY E JRwhite male, 5’7” tall and weighing 130 pounds. Authorities say he has red hair and blue eyes.  Jackson explains that Mathews is wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant.

Anyone with information on Mathews whereabouts are asked to contact Detective Jason Williams at (812)565-5928. You can also call the Sheriff’s Department Tip-Line at (812) 379-1712. Tips can be left anonymously.

Wanted Columbus resident arrested Wednesday

A Columbus man, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant, was arrested Wednesday. Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department Keith Joe HornSpokesperson Judy Jackson says that Detective Jason Williams arrested 30-year-old Keith Joe Horn on a warrant for Forgery and Theft.

Jackson says that two people recently reported that a check had been taken from their checkbook and written to a male subject. The subject to whom the checks were written told Bartholomew County Detectives that Horn had written the checks.

Horn was booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on $20,000 bond.

Sheriff’s Deputies rescue calf stranded on icy pond

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Dean Johnson responded to a call regarding a three-day old calf that had gotten onto an icy pond at a farm. Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that the department received the call just after 11:30 on Wednesday morning.

When Sgt. Johnson arrived at the farm, in the area of County Roads calf on ice15000 East and 400 North, he observed the calf about 25-feet away from the bank. It was unable to get off the ice on its own. Friends and family members of the owners were reportedly trying to get a rope around the calf to pull it back to shore, but were unsuccessful.

Jackson says that Detective Capt. Chris Roberts arrived moments later with a 300-foot rope. She says that deputies were able to get the rope behind the calf, sliding it to the edge of the pond. The calf was rescued and taken inside the house to warm up.

Dogs rescued from house fire on 23rd Street

Columbus Firefighters rescued two dogs from Wednesday afternoon house fire.

CFD Spokesman Capt. Mike Wilson says that at 2:28 p.m., firefighters were called to a home in the 2100 block of 23rd Street after a passerby noticed smoke coming from the home and called 911. He says that firefighters arrived moments later to find a single story house with a dog cratelarge amount of white smoke coming from the roof and eaves and two vehicles parked in home’s driveway. According to the incident commander, Battalion Chief Terry Whitis, crews were preparing to make entry to search the home when they received information from a neighbor that the residents were not at the residence. Unable to confirm the home was vacant, firefighters attempted to open the front entry door. Wilson says that attempt to enter was unsuccessful, as the door was locked from the inside. Using an ax and a halligan bar, firefighters breached the front entry door of the residence. As the firefighters prepared to enter the home, a pit-bull exited from the open door.

Wilson says that firefighters entered the home and immediately found flames in the living room and a dog crate nearby that it contained a dog. The search crew immediately moved the crate outside. Both dogs were checked out and determined to be in good health.

Firefighters say that a resident of the home arrived and told investigators that he had left for work before 5 a.m. with wood burning IMG_0744in the stove. Wilson says that the home did not have electric, gas, or water service. He adds that back in March of 2014, firefighters responded to the same location for a house fire. Wilson says the cause of that fire was determined to be accidental due to a space heater. During that incident investigators reportedly determined that the gas service to the home had been disconnected since 2009. A Columbus Police Officer was injured during the 2014 incident after receiving a dog bite while attempting to assist the occupants to safety. scene.

CFD investigators examined the wood burning stove and reports that the operating condition of the stove was a contributing factor in the fire and have ruled the cause as “accidental.” They add that the home did not have working smoke alarms. Wilson says that the family was displaced due to the fire and are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

No injuries were reported at the scene.

C4 program hosting open house tonight at Columbus North

The Columbus Area Career Connection, or C4, program will have an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Columbus North. The event was postponed due to snow earlier this month.

C4 offers career and technical education programs to 9th through 12th grade students in Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson and Decatur counties.

If you are interested in learning about the program, including meeting teachers and students and touring classrooms and labs, you can enter through Door 12 on the 25th Street side of the school.

For more information, you can call 812-376-4240

Bartholomew County homeless to be counted Thursday

Local advocates for the homeless will be conducting their annual count of the community’s homeless population tomorrow.

Alicia McCreary, director of Bartholomew County United Way’s 211 Center said that representatives from the agencies will be asking where people slept tonight.

McCreary said that agencies throughout the state and country are required to do the “point in time count” in January, which means a snapshot of what each community’s homeless population looks like on a given day. Bartholomew County agencies have chosen to do their counts on the last Thursday of the month.

To be counted, homeless people can come to the United Way offices on 13th Street, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. or can call 812-376-6666 or 211 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to be counted. She said those stopping in the office will also receive a CARE package of supplies.

County new owner of abandoned river home

Bartholomew County is the new owner of a property along the Flatrock River after an online bargain turned into a bust.

County Commissioner Larry Kleinhenz said that a family from Texas bought an abandoned property on County Road 325 West in a tax sale based on photos they saw online. Kleinhenz said the property, at 3775 N. County Road 325W, didn’t look too bad in the photos. But what the family didn’t know was that the property sits right against the river on a small sliver of land and the home was damaged and abandoned after the 2008 flood.

County officials have been considering what to do about several long-derelict and condemend homes in that area.

Ultimately the long-distance owners decided that the property would be too expensive to try to rehabilitate and offered to just give it to the county. Commissioners accepted the reluctant donation this week.

Commissioners President Rick Flohr said the county would tear down the house and leave the property empty. Much of the property already falls within the right-of-way of the county road.