State and Ivy Tech partner to teach cloud-computing skills

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is partnering with Ivy Tech Community College to provide training in tech skills to 5,000 Hoosiers.

The agencies announced that the statewide initiative, which includes Amazon Web Services, will allow access to cloud computing education courses and certifications to students in high school and community college. The goal is to train and certify Hoosiers over the next two years to take cloud computing jobs in their communities.

Amazon Web Services will provide free professional development, technical training, and certification exams for educators who will begin teaching cloud computing courses to their students starting next fall.

To learn more about cloud training offerings at local education institutions and how to enroll, you can go to

Deadline Saturday to sign up for Vials & Vitals through Schneck

The deadline is coming up on Saturday to sign up for free and low-cost testing through Schneck Medical Center affiliates.

Schneck Foundation, Schneck Primary Care and Schneck Family Care are holding upcoming Vitals & Vials screenings. Participants can have their blood pressure, pulse, oxygen level, and height and weight checked free. Other tests will include a metabolic profile test for $40, thyroid-stimulating hormone and prostate specific antigens tests for $30 each.

Tests will be offered in our area from 8 to 10 a.m. on August 7th at Schneck Family Care Jennings County on N. State Highway 3 in North Vernon and at Schneck Professional Building in Seymour, from 8 to 10 a.m. on August 21st . There will also be tests in Scott and Washington county Schneck facilities.

You can register by July 31st by calling 812-524-4244.

Red Cross still trying to fill urgent need for blood donations

The American Red Cross is looking for your help as the agency is reporting a severe blood shortage.

The next Bartholomew County Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday at Hope Moravian Church, 202 Main Street in Hope.

Other upcoming area donation events include:

  • Aug. 10th: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., YMCA Greensburg, 1 YMCA Way
  • Aug. 12th: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Tea Creek Baptist Church, 5280 S. Co Rd 300 W., North Vernon

You can schedule an appointment to give blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS

Space still available for Moonlight Loop bike ride

Organizers of this weekend’s Moonlight Loop bike ride say there are still spaces available for bicycle riders and volunteers. Moonlight Loop is an an evening fundraising ride to benefit Friends of Animal Care Services in Columbus.

The ride will start at 9 p.m. Saturday night. Modeled after the Indy N.I.T.E. ride cyclists will make a loop around the City of Columbus, passing several architectural landmarks along the way. This is the seventh year for the ride. Since its inception, the event has netted more than $73,000 to care for the animals at Columbus Animal Care Services.

Registration and additional information about the event is available online at Registration is $30 through Friday and $35 on the night of the ride.

If you want to volunteer you can call (812) 376-2505.

Hope event to honor long-time educators at one-room schoolhouse

An event this weekend in Hope will honor two long-time area educators.

There will be festivities as well as a dedication of the The Glen S. Keller and Barbara S. Johnson Memorial Garden at the Simmons School – One Room Schoolhouse, from 2 to 3:30 on Sunday.

Susan Thayer-Fye, Johnson’s sister, explains.

She says that the pair worked to rebuild the schoolhouse and to provide programming for it.

The afternoon will include games, music and treats including an ice cream social and strawberry shortcake. The memorial garden includes a section of strawberries started by Johnson as a way to provide the dessert to the students who visited the historic, restored school building. That’s according to HSJ Online, the Hope news website.

The schoolhouse is behind Hope Elementary School on State Road 9.

Photo courtesy of Columbus Area Visitors Center.

Attempted murder charge filed in police shooting incident

Jacob Rice. Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police

A man who was shot by Columbus police last month is now facing an attempted murder charge for firing a shot at an officer, according to Indiana State Police.

The incident happened early on the morning of June 27th, when an out-of-town homeowner was alerted through remote security video that an unknown man was on his property. The homeowner called 911 and Columbus police were called to the home in the 3300 block of Woodland Parkway at about 4:12 a.m.

38-year-old Jacob D. Rice allegedly refused to comply with police commands and fired a shot at police, before he was shot once. Rice was taken to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment.

According to Indiana State Police, Rice was released from the hospital on July 19th and arrested on a warrant from an unrelated case. Rice is now being charged with attempted murder, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, theft of a firearm and theft of property over $750.

Jackson County Chamber seeks award nominees

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominees for awards to be given at the upcoming 90th Annual Awards Dinner.

You can make a nomination for the Business Hall of Fame in the small, medium and large categories, for Young Professional of the Year and Spirit of the Chamber Awards.

Nominations are being accepted until August 13th. You can pick up a nomination form at the Jackson County Chamber offices or online at Jackson CO Chamber dot com (

The dinner will be held September 16th at Pewter Hall.

Indianapolis Road area customers of Eastern Bartholomew Water under boil water advisory

Eastern Bartholomew Water Corp. says some customers in the area of Indianapolis Road are under a boil water advisory after a water main was hit and damaged yesterday.

While repairing the damages yesterday, some customers were without water. Once water is restored, those customers are under a boil water advisory for two days.

You should boil any water for three to five minutes before drinking it or using it for cooking.

If you have any questions, you can call the water utility at 812-526-9777.

Camp Atterbury welcomes new commanding officer

Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center have a new commanding officer.

The base held a change of command ceremony on Friday, with Col. Michael Grundman taking over the duties. Grundman is a native of Vincennes, and was commissioned as an infantry officer through the Indiana University Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1995. Grundman deployed in support of combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Resolute Support. Most recently he served as the state’s director of strategic initiatives.

Grundman succeeded Col. Felicia Brokaw, who is now assigned as the special projects officer for the Indiana National Guard in Indianapolis.

Grundman is the 39th garrison commander since Camp Atterbury was activated in 1942. Since its inception, the installation has deployed more than 475,000 soldiers and de-mobilized more than 600,000 soldiers

Photo: Indiana National Guard Col. Michael Grundman, right, receives the Camp Atterbury colors from Brig. Gen. Daniel A. Degelow, assistant adjutant general for the Indiana Army National Guard during a change of command ceremony at Camp Atterbury, Friday, July 23, 2021.  Photo by National Guard Sgt. Joshua Syberg

High ozone could endanger vulnerable residents today

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has declared an Ozone Action Day for counties in our area including Bartholomew, Brown and Shelby counties.

An Ozone Action Day means that a combination of high temperatures, light winds, and other factors, produce conditions where high levels of ozone emissions may exceed federally mandated standards.

High ozone near the ground acts a lung irritant. It can cause coughing and breathing difficulties for sensitive populations. Children, the elderly, and anyone with heart or lung conditions should reduce or avoid exertion and heavy work outdoors today.

IDEM recommends that you take actions to lower ozone levels, including walking, biking, carpooling or using public transportation; avoid going through drive-throughs; if your vehicle is going to be idling for more than 30 seconds, shut it off; combine your errands into one trip; avoid refueling your vehicle or using gas-powered lawn equipment until after 7 tonight.

The alert is in effect until midnight.

You can get more information at