The Exhibit Columbus 2020 Symposium is heading into its second week of events with a focus on Resiliency and Climate Adaptation.
The first session next will be at 2 Tuesday afternoon and will feature a discussion of landscape architecture and research as a response to climate crises with designer Iñaki Alday and landscape architect Kate Orff, moderated by Iker Gil.
Thursday will be a Columbus Conversation at noon featuring Miller Prize recipients Belinda Tato and Jose Luis Vallejo of Ecosistema Urbano along with Rachel Kavathe, Heather Pope, Jason Larrison, and Randy Royer talking about ecological initiatives in our community.
All of this year’s Symposium conversations are happening virtually and they will be going every other week through the last week of October. You are encouraged to take part and the conversations are all free.
A Louisville man is accused of leading police on a chase through Jackson and Bartholomew counties yesterday.
Indiana State Police are reporting that a trooper noticed a car with no license plates speeding just north of Seymour on Interstate 65 at about 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. The trooper tried to stop the vehicle near the Jonesville exit but instead the driver took off.
Other police agencies joined the chase, which ended when the car hit two state police vehicles north of the Columbus exit.
The driver, 29 year old Derek Smith was taken into custody and found to be carrying two handguns, one of which had been reported stolen out of Louisville. Smith was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital to be checked out before being taken to the Jackson County Jail on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement in a Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property, Reckless Driving, and Possession of a Handgun without a Permit.He was also wanted on a warrant out of Lafayette.
The Bartholomew County 911 center is making plans to go mobile in case of an emergency that wipes out service at the center.
Todd Noblitt, director of the 911 center, told the county commissioners this week that as part of the ongoing upgrades to the 911 phone system, the county now has the opportunity to use mobile command units. Noblitt said that the portable equipment will give the county the ability to operate 911 services from alternate locations. It will replicate all the center’s capabilities all the way down to the location detection technology that allows dispatchers to locate the caller’s exact spot.
The equipment will also allow the center to increase its capacity by four fully-functioning consoles, Noblitt said. That would come in handy during major emergencies or crisis situations such as during a flood or other disaster.
Noblitt said he would like to find a location that could be used as a secondary dispatch center and permanently store the consoles there but until then, they would be stored at the dispatch center. However, commissioners said they would prefer them to be stored at a 24-hour facility such as the county jail. But they agreed that the units needed a permanent home.
The four mobile command units will cost just over $104,000 and Noblitt said it would be paid for out of federal funds from the CARES act allotted for COVID-19 expenses.
Commissioners approved the addendum to the 911 center’s contract with AT&T.
The Columbus City Cemetery is slated for a cleanup next week. The parks and recreation department says that the cemetery, next to Donner Park is slated for its fall cleanup on Thursday, October 1st.
If you have a family plot in the cemetery, you are asked to pick up any items that you wish to save by Monday. Parks Department personnel will be removing and discarding worn and out-of-season decorations that remain on the ground on October 1st.
Legal Aid will be holding a free Legal Aid Clinic by phone for residents of the agency’s eight-county district on Tuesday, Oct. 6th. That district includes Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Rush, and Shelby Counties.
The Legal Aid Clinic uses local volunteer attorneys, to offer free legal consultations to low-income individuals. You can expect to receive a brief consultation over the phone to answer general questions, offer legal information, or to receive other assistance or advice.
Although the clinic will be from 3 to 5:30, you must first register between noon and 1:30 on Tuesday, Oct. 6th.
You can register by calling Legal Aid at 812-378-0358.
Ivy Tech Community College will be having an information session next week in Jackson County where you can learn about the school’s programs and how to prepare for college and a career.
The session will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on September 29th at the Jackson County Learning Center. You will be able to meet with staff from the Ivy Tech Columbus campus and learn about courses being held in Jackson County. You will also be able to find out more about how to pay for college, including how to apply for scholarships, grants and financial aid.
Vice President Mike Pence is safe after Air Force Two hit a bird
Our news-gathering partners at TTWN Media Networks report that, it happened as the vice president was leaving New Hampshire. Air Force Two returned to the airport out of an abundance of caution and landed safely.
No one on board was hurt. Pence had to take a cargo plane back to Washington, D.C.
A community vaccination clinic is being planned for later this week in Columbus.
The clinic, being organized by the Bartholomew County Health Department, the Indiana Department of Health and the Indiana Immunization Coalition will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Columbus East High School.
The clinic will be for those 2 years old and older. Those with private insurance, Medicaid and even the uninsured are invited to attend. Most vaccines will be available including the flu vaccine.
You will need to wear a mask to participate. If you have any questions call 317-628-7116
IUPUC’s Center for Business and Economic Development will be hosting an interactive conversation about the importance of diversity in economic development next month.
The discussion, called Lead By Design: Unveiling the Bias, will discuss how equity and inclusion is vital to achieving economic development..
The session is scheduled from 8 until 9:45 a.m. the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 13 and it will be held by Zoom app. Nichole Pence Becker will be the moderator for the event and the keynote speaker will be Mark Stewart, president of the United Way of Bartholomew County.