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Slow Down on the Roads During Harvest Season

With harvest season arriving, Hoosiers can expect to see more slow-moving agricultural equipment on the roadways. As the roads become more crowded, Indiana State Police (ISP) troopers are asking drivers to be cautious, and share the road this autumn.

Lt. Governor Susanne Crouch encouraged drivers in a statement to slow down and be patient with tractors and combines during the harvest season.Slow Down on the Roads

ISP says the agricultural vehicles are not only wide, but can take up most of the road while traveling at speeds no greater than 25 mph. Drivers are asked to be patient to avoid any unsafe or serious accidents.

Disappearance of Local Man Still Unclear

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) says a local man has been missing for about three months and there is still not a lot of information as to his whereabouts or why he disappeared.

Andrew W. Albert, of Bartholomew County, was reported as a missing person on August 30th.

He was last seen by his family on June 22nd, in southwestern Bartholomew County.

A tent with some of his belongings was located in Hoosier National Forest, in Brown County, on July 19th.

If you have seen or had contact with Andrew Albert, call BCSO detective Will Kinman at 812-565-5926.

BCSC to Switch to Virtual Meetings

The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC) Board of Trustees will be switching to virtual meetings due to threatening behavior at past meetings.

The Board released a statement late Wednesday afternoon about its upcoming meeting on Monday, at 6:30 p.m.

The statement read, “Due to a number of unfortunate factors, the BCSC Board will conduct its next meeting and public hearing on the proposed 2022 budget, virtually. This change is driven by episodes of threatening behavior at prior meetings including, profanities, personal attacks, non-compliance to meeting protocols such as physical distancing, wearing masks, etc., and interference with the ability to conduct necessary business.”

The meeting will be live-streamed and you can view it by subscribing to the BCSC YouTube channel.

BCSC will continue to offer an opportunity for public comment for its regular meeting.

Drive Thru Vaccine Clinics in Columbus

Franciscan Health Immunization Services is offering a couple of drive-thru flu clinics in Columbus in the near future.

Clinics will be held at Franciscan Physician Network Columbus Primary and Specialty Care, 123 Second St., Columbus, TODAY from 3 to 6 p.m. and again on Monday, Oct. 18th, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Multiple types of vaccines will be available including: Flu, Covid-19, and shingles.

Participants should bring their insurance cards to avoid other charges and dress appropriately to ease administration of the vaccines.

Only patients 6 months and older can be seen.

For additional dates or to ask questions, call the Franciscan Health Immunization Clinic at (317) 528-6374.

Latest Statewide Covid-19 Numbers

The Indiana State Department of Health said Tuesday that 3,936 Hoosiers have contracted Covid-19 and the state has now documented 937,221 cases of the disease since March 6, 2020.

According to ISDH, 81 additional deaths occurred between August 30 and September 20, and now 14,836 Hoosiers have died from COVID-19 over the last 19 months.

Bartholomew County is reporting 10,542 positive cases (up by 35 current cases) with 168 deaths (up by one).

Hope Heritage Days This Weekend

The 53rd Hope Heritage Days will be held this weekend, starting on Friday.

The multi-day festival is Bartholomew County’s oldest and largest.

The weekend features live music all three days, vendor booths, food, a pioneer village, a Gospel sing on Friday night, “Turtleman” Ernie Brown from Animal Planet TV on Saturday and Sunday, a classic car show all day Saturday, fireworks on Saturday night at 9:30, followed by a big parade on Sunday afternoon.

During Hope Heritage Days, the small city expands from the normal 2200 residents to around 30,000 people.

For more information and the schedule for the Hope Heritage Days you can visit them on their website.

Local Man Arrested After Possible Overdose

Bartholomew County Sheriff deputies have arrested a local man after a possible overdose where a search warrant was served on the residence.

A deputy was at a business establishment in Taylorsville when he saw an unconscious person behind the wheel of a vehicle.

After the deputy arrived on scene, the individual, later identified as Bradley McRae, 25, Columbus, awoke and was cleared by ambulance personnel.  Deputies detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.  Cooper and Sgt. Jason Williams retrieved the marijuana and logged it into evidence, deputies said.

Deputies spoke with the individual about “getting his life back on track” and advised him of area locations where he could seek assistance.

The next morning (September 18th), deputies were called to the same individual’s residence in reference to a possible overdose.   The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team responded and executed a search warrant on the residence.  After McRae was cleared by Columbus Regional Hospital, he was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of dealing marijuana and several possession charges.

McRae remains in the county jail.

Threat of Gun at Seymour High School Made on Social Media

The Seymour Police Department says it received information, at about 2:30 AM on Tuesday, that a threat of bringing a gun to Seymour High School had been made through social media.

SPD, school administration officials, and school resource officers were immediately notified.  The information was investigated through the morning hours and authorities say they found no credibility to the threat.

The investigation is ongoing.

Juvenile in Custody After Alleged Threat at Columbus North H.S.

A 15-year-old juvenile was taken into custody after an alleged threat of violence at Columbus North on Monday.

The Columbus Police Department and school staff were informed of a threat directed at Columbus North High School at around 2:20 PM.

A decision was made a short time later to evacuate students and staff from the school.  An investigation involving local law enforcement officers followed and a juvenile who is a student at Columbus North High School was located off of school property and arrested about 90 minutes after the threat was first discovered.

The investigation is ongoing.

Mill Race Marathon This Saturday

The annual Mill Race Marathon, scheduled for this Saturday, is in its final stages of preparation.

Marathon Organizers announced last month that because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic that they had canceled the full marathon for 2021, in favor of an in-person half-marathon, 5K, and Kids Fun Run.

The Kids Fun Run is Friday, at 6 p.m., in Mill Race Park.

Friday is also packet pick-up day for all races.

Race day for the half-marathon and 5K is on Saturday and starts at 7:30 a.m.

The music, food, and fun of the 4th Street After Party begin at 9 a.m., followed by awards ceremonies and the Cummins Ram 2500 pickup truck giveaway.