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CDC Guidelines for Schools to Reopen

The CDC has released new guidelines on how schools can plan to reopen for the upcoming school year while also being mindful of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The agency is broad in its guidelines separating them into low-risk, moderate-risk, and high-risk recommendations for reopening schools. Within these guidelines they talk about promoting “behaviors that reduce spread” from how to serve food to students, keeping classrooms clean, teachers wearing personal protective equipment, etc. They also give recommendations on what to do in the event a student or teacher contracts Coronavirus during the school year.

Dr. Sarah Stelzner, a pediatrician, told Dan Dakich on 107.5 The Fan she feels schools should be able to open to in-person classes later this year. She recommends starting earlier in the summer than schools normally do.

Stelzner also said that closing at Thanksgiving would make sense due to that being the time when we know, there are lots of flu and that there are fears that COVID could possibly have a second wave.

The CDC is careful to clarify in their recommendations that their guidelines DO NOT replace state and county mandates on reopening schools. They say schools must comply with whatever state education leaders and local governments say.

Preview: Lucas Brothers could reopen in Fair Oaks Mall

An iconic Columbus restaurant could be returning to operations as early as next month.

The Lucas Bros. Sandwich Shop, operated by the son of the most recent owner, plans a revival of the diner in Fair Oaks Mall. William Broaddus says that he still has the original grill used for years by his grandmother Donna Cannon, and his mother Cheri Perkins. He is even planning to use the same recipes for community favorite dishes such as the onion hamburgers and chili.

The restaurant operated in Columbus for more than 75 years, opening in the 1930s and closing in 2013 at its final location on State Street. Broaddus said he has a lease at Fair Oaks Mall though the end of the year. The restaurant will open in the space formerly occupied by Special Dogs & More in the mall.

He hopes to have the restaurant open again by early March. You can hear more from Broaddus about his plans tomorrow morning.

Clothes available Saturday in east Columbus for those in need

An effort to provide clothing for those in need will cap off that project with an event on Saturday at the America and Robie Anderson Community Center on McClure Road.

The Love Campaign clothing drive will hold a “Come Fill a Bag event” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the eastside center, where those in need can come and pick up clothing for their whole family.

Cristina Villani, organizer of the project,  said she started the project after meeting a family in need through her job at a rock climbing gym. She said this is her first time organizing such an event.

After the project began to gain momentum, she said other organizations jumped in to help. Those included the United Way of Bartholomew County, Sans Souci and Ivy Republic at Ivy Tech Community College Columbus.

Ultimately, more than 500 pieces of clothing were donated, she said. Families will be able to take up to 10 items of gently used clothing on Saturday.

 

 

Sheriff’s department mourning corrections officer

Sgt. Grover Crouch, with the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department corrections division, helps children climb aboard the department’s rescue boat during this year’s Community Easter Egg Hunt in March.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department staff are mourning the loss of one of their corrections officers.

Sgt. Grover Crouch has died unexpectedly. Sheriff Matt Myers posted on social media about the officer, calling Crouch one of the department’s best employees who was patient. kind and always had a smile on his face.

Crouch had been with the sheriff’s department for 9 years and was frequently seen at community events including the Ethnic Expo parade, the Community Easter Egg Hunt and the Youth Academy.

Funeral arrangements are not yet available.

Canstruction story

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CANstruction is coming up this weekend. The annual event is a food gathering effort to help local food pantries. Eight teams will be building elaborate canned food sculptures in Fair Oaks Mall on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Gary Parker with the Starving Artists team, says this will be their 10th year participating.

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The plans for this year’s construction by the Starving Artists team are still under wraps. You can vote for your favorites by donating cans of food over the next week. After the voting is done, all of the structures will be dismantled and both the donations and the building materials will be donated to local food pantries.

You can hear more from Gary Parker with the Starving artist’s team, later this morning on AM Columbus.

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CANstruction is coming up this weekend. The annual event is a food gathering effort to help local food pantries. Eight teams will be building elaborate canned food sculptures in Fair Oaks Mall on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Gary Parker with the Starving Artists team, says this will be their 10th year participating.

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You can vote for your favorites by donating cans of food over the next week.

You can hear more from Gary Parker with the Starving artist’s team, later this morning on AM Columbus.

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CANstruction is coming up this weekend. The annual event is a food gathering effort to help local food pantries. Eight teams will be building elaborate canned food sculptures in Fair Oaks Mall on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Gary Parker with the Starving Artists team, says this will be their 10th year participating.

You can vote for your favorites by donating cans of food over the next week. The food used in the constructions and the food donated by those voting will all go to area food banks, including the Salvation Army, Love Chapel, the Hope COmmunity Center food pantry and, new this year, food pantries at Columbus North and Columbus East High Schools.

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CANstruction is coming up this weekend. The annual event is a food gathering effort to help local food pantries. Eight teams will be building elaborate canned food sculptures in Fair Oaks Mall on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Gary Parker with the Starving Artists team, says this will be their 10th year participating.

You can vote for your favorites by donating cans of food over the next week. Parker explains where the food that is donated and the food

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CANstruction has donated more than 240,000 cans to local food banks sicne it started 10 years ago.

Family to hold vigil for son killed in police chase

A community vigil will be held Sunday afternoon in memory of Xavier Scrogham, a teen who died in a motorcycle crash on a country road near Hope after a police chase last year.

Scrogham was driving his motorcycle on U.S. 31 north of Columbus in August of 2016, when he passed a patrol car driven by an off-duty, Nashville reserve officer. After fleeing from the officer, Scrogham crashed and died in eastern Bartholomew County not far from his home.

Scrogham’s mother, Carleen, says that the vigil Sunday is meant to raise questions she has about her son’s death and to bring awareness to problems in our judicial system.

One of her concerns is about the dashboard camera footage from the police cruiser. At first the video was believed to be corrupted, but Bartholomew County deputies had to serve a subpoena to get the video after it was recovered. It has the wrong date and time and is split in half, omitting the actual crash and the recovery of Scrogham’s body.

The driver of the police car pled guilty to false informing in August. As part of the plea deal, charges of reckless driving were dropped. He admitted to lying about the speed Scrogham was driving, when he began the chase. He was given a 180 day suspended sentence and placed on probation for 180 days.

The vigil will be at 2 p.m. Sunday on the steps of Columbus City Hall.

Scrogham said friends and family members will share their memories of her 18-year-old son.

The vigil is being organized by the local chapter of Black Lives Matter.

 

Sheriff to make case for increase in jail staff

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers will be making the case today for more jail staff. The County Council will hear the sheriff’s 2018 budget request at 1:45 p.m. this afternoon.

He said yesterday on Facebook that he wants enough staff to provide for drug treatment in the jail:

My goal before I leave the Sheriff’s Office is to have evidence based treatment options for inmates serving and or awaiting sentencing in our jail. I would like to see the old part of the jail partially used to treat inmates with heroin and Methamphetamine addiction. I’m not sure what the treatment would look like at this point, but I truly feel it would change lives and help the heroin and Methamphetamine epidemic we currently face in our community.

The current problem is that I don’t have enough staff to operate the jail we currently have opened. The treatment options we have right now in the jail are not ideal for a successful outcome.

The bottom line is, If the community member want treatment for heroin addiction in a jail setting, We must have increased jail staffing, i.e. corrections officers for it to happen.

I leave you with this thought, Do we just want the inmates to do their time, or use their time in the jail. I’ve talked with most of the inmates and they tell me they want to USE THEIR TIME do beat addiction.

At the County Council’s request, the sheriff’s department went through a Six Sigma evaluation process recently that revealed the immediate need for more staffing. That study showed the sheriff needed 11 more staff in the jail just to meet state minimum staffing guidelines.

The county budget hearings are ongoing this week and next at the County Governmental Office building on Third Street in Columbus.

Public opinions sought on riverfront features

The city of Columbus wants to know what you would like to see along the East Fork White River in downtown.

Jayne Farber, a consultant hired by the city’s redevelopment commission, said officials will be holding a public workshop called “Reimagine the Riverfront” on Wednesday, April 5th, to gather ideas from residents on what should be done to make best use of the area between the Second and Third Street bridges.

She said that this is the former kickoff event on the eventual decision on how to proceed with the riverfront project. Eventually, the city plans to have two sections of the People Trail meet up in that area, finally tying together the city in an entire loop of trails.

The city’s consultants on the project would first meet with more than 30 stakeholders throughout the day to gather their ideas. Then open it up to the public later in a workshop, Farber said.

Farber said part of the discussion will have to be what to do with the low-head dam on the river. The dam is deteriorating and needs work, whether it is to be retained or removed. She said that people might like to see it restored but with a stone face put on it.

Farber has her own views on what might be enjoyable in the area. She said that she might like to see a small public beach with an jetty aimed at young children so they would have a protected place to play in the river.

But ultimately, city officials want to know what you would like to see in the area, Farber says.

The public session will be from 6 to 8 p.m. the night of April 5th in the Cal Brand meeting room at Columbus City Hall.

State Street Closed

State Street, between County Roads 100 East and 250 South in Columbus, is closed due to a traffic crash. Local dispatchers say that an accident reconstruction team has been called to the scene, so the closure is expected to be in effect for some time. You should avoid the area.