Emergency officials warn of dangers of driving into floodwaters

As Severe Weather Preparedness Week wraps up emergency officials say that the biggest danger of death from natural disasters in the U.S.  is drowning and half of those deaths come from people driving or walking into floodwaters. According to the National Weather Service, it doesn’t take much fast-moving water to sweep you away. Six inches of water can knock an adult off their feet, 12 inches can carry off a small car and if you have two feet of swift water, vans, pickups and SUVs will be swept downstream. They are urging you that if you encounter high water over the roadway, turn around and don’t drown. Even if you think you know the area, when you come across high water on the road, you don’t know what is happening underneath. The road could be swept away. Severe Weather Preparedness Week wraps up Saturday.

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Public update set for Interstate 65 widening project

INDOT’s contractor will be holding a public meeting on Thursday to update you on the road project adding more travel lanes on Interstate 65. The purpose of the public meeting is to give an update on the progress of the project to increase the interstate to six lanes between Seymour and Columbus. The three year, $143 million project recently entered its second phase, INDOT says. The expansion, part of the Next Level Roads initiative, will be between U.S. 50 and Indiana 58 at Walesboro. The project also provides for a repair/resurfacing project between Walesboro and the Columbus exits. A separate project will increase the width of the interstate between those exits also. The work so far has included adding traffic signals at State Road 58 exits and a caution light at the U.S. 31 and State Road 250 intersection. Thursday’s meeting will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Seymour. That is at 247 N. Sandy Creek Dr.

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GalaTech heads to robotics competition this weekend

A group of Columbus students will compete against some of Indiana’s best robotics teams this weekend. In its fifth competition season, GalacTech Team 4926 is on a space odyssey to the FIRST Robotics World Championship, called “First Destination: Deep Space.” To get there, each team must build an alliance and escape a space station, according

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City amends program to help elderly and disabled homeowners

Columbus has amended a city housing improvement program to offer a range of services to certain eligible elderly and disabled homeowners. The expansion allows the city to issue forgivable, three-year, interest-free loans to low-to-middle-income city homeowners who are at least 55 years old to make their homes more accessible and allow them to stay in

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Library session to provide updates for Pleasant Grove Pollinator Park

Organizers working on a planned pollinator park near the Cummins Technical Center say they are hoping to find folks who might be interested in getting their hands dirty this spring with some planting. It will be a few months before work actually begins, but organizers are planning a volunteer call out to find nature enthusiasts

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Jennings Co. Council to further discuss jail funding

JENNINGS COUNTY, Ind. –The Jennings County Council will hold a special meeting for the third time in a month on Wednesday, March 27 to discuss the county jail. The council has more questions on a proposed work release center in Seymour before counselors can approve funding. The Board of Commissioners agrees that the original contract calls for a financial commitment of $150,000 a year for 20 years, from Jennings County. The post Jennings Co. Council to further discuss jail funding appeared first on Local News Digital.

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Commissioners have full agenda for Monday meeting

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. – Bartholomew County Commissioners will meet Monday morning. Commissioners will hear weekly reports on new permits and new highways. They are also going to consider a notice to bidders for liquid asphalt, a grant application annual renewal for the Information Services Department and a Sheriff Sale Program between the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department and SRI Inc. Finally, Commissioners will hear monthly reports from Animal Control and Veteran’s Department. The post Commissioners have full agenda for Monday meeting appeared first on Local News Digital.

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Regional Hospital, Police – March 22

Region Police JENNINGS COUNTY Arrests Tuesday Travis J. Groce, 37, North Vernon, four warrants, 2 a.m., by the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, no bond. Matthew S. Mowery, 22, North Vernon, warrant for failure to comply with treatment program as previously ordered for offense of unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia, 9:50 a.m.,

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Muscatatuck River cleanup planned in April

Local News Muscatatuck River cleanup planned VERNON — The Friends of Muscatatuck River Society are hosting the 18th annual Spring River Cleanup in memory of Kevin Jayne on April 27. Volunteers will canoe a section of the river or walk along the bank while collecting trash to benefit the environment and the community. All small

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Local Police, Fire – March 22

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following information is summarized from the records of city, county and state police, fire and hospital agencies. Arrests Monday Timothy E. Lawson, 51, of 725 Pearl St. – A, Columbus, Bartholomew County warrant, 6:52 p.m., by the Columbus Police Department, held in lieu of $60,000 bond. Frank E. Griffin, 39, Indianapolis, Bartholomew

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