The Jackson County Recorder’s Office is warning of a scam being mailed to area residents.
Some people are reporting receiving letters that offer a copy of your home or property deed for the price of $89. However, county recorder Amanda Lowery says that deeds are available through her office for the cost of $1 per page.
She urges you to disregard the letters if you receive them.
An IUPUC professor is being recognized as an outstanding woman leader by the university system.
Aimee Zoeller was chosen for the honor in the veteran faculty category of IUPUI’s National Women’s History Month Leadership Awards.
Among other accomplishments, Zoeller was recognized for providing training to professors across the school’s campuses last year as classes shifted to online courses. The curriculum she helped to create became the standard for universities statewide this past year.
Zoeller has been teaching sociology at IUPUC for 15 years and is the director of the Sociology Program. She is the founding coordinator of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor at IUPUC.
United Way of Bartholomew County is looking for home projects that volunteers can complete during May’s Day of Caring event.
Volunteers are available to go to homes of senior citizens or physically challenged residents to complete projects such as debris clean up, landscaping, painting, power washing and ramp building. Volunteers will follow health protocols to ensure the safety of every person at each site.
This year’s Day of Caring is May 21. The deadline to apply for help is April 15th.
A woman wanted on four outstanding Bartholomew County warrants is in even more trouble after she allegedly spit on a Columbus officer early yesterday morning.
Officers located 36-year-old Heather D. Combs at a home in the 1200 block of 8th Street at just after 1 Tuesday morning. She was detained and when an officer escorted her to a patrol vehicle, that’s when she allegedly spit on the police.
In addition to the four warrants, she is now facing a new charge of battery by bodily waste on a public safety officer
Doug Leonard, the head of the Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County, is announcing his plans to retire this summer.
Leonard took on the role as executive director of the agency in July of 2019, following interim director Jeff Jones. Leonard previously served as president and CEO of Columbus Regional Health and as president of the Indiana Hospital Association.
Leonard said that working with ASAP has been one of the most rewarding experiences of his career. He said ASAP meets people with Substance Use Disorder in their most desperate conditions and it is a privilege to play a part in helping them on the road to recovery.
A search for the next executive director will begin in late April.
There are plots available in the Columbus Community Gardens.
Robin Hilber, with the city office of Community Development, says that registration for previous gardeners has now ended and there are spots available now for new gardeners. A total of 25 large plots are available at $25 each and 6 small plots at $15 each.
To take part, gardeners must live in the city. Water, compost, and mulch are provided free of charge. To rent a plot for vegetables, herbs or flowers, you can contact Community Development at (812) 376-2520.
Contractors will begin work patching, milling and paving along State Road 135 between Bargersville and Nashville.
E&B Paving will begin preliminary work this week according to INDOT. Traffic restrictions will be minimal to start, but once patching gets underway in mid-April you will see lane closures and flaggers in place.
The work will be done in two sections: Between Ridgeway Drive in Nashville and Indian Creek in Morgantown and between State Road 252 in Trafalgar and State Road 144 in Bargersville. The work on the $4.8 million dollar contract is expected to be completed by late August.
INDOT reminds you to slow down, to use extra caution and to drive without distractions in and near all work zones.
Columbus police arrested a wanted Jackson County woman on additional drug-related charges after an incident at a local store.
Police say that they were called to the Walmart on Whitfield Drive at about 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon to remove a woman that employees said was trespassing at the store. Police discovered that 28-year-old Natasha L. Owens of Freetown was also wanted on a warrant out of Jennings County.
She was searched as she was taken into custody and officers discovered fentanyl in her purse. She was arrested on the outstanding warrant and on a new charge for possessing the narcotics.