Bartholomew Co. Solid Waste board extends Rumpke contract

COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District board met Thursday morning and approved the extension of its contract with Rumpke for trash handling. The terms of the extension are that it would be for a maximum of five years, and that any Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustments would be half of what the federal government declares as a CPI increase. In other business, the board granted the town of Hartsville a landfill gate fee waiver for June 8, when the town conducts its annual cleanup. Also approved were new guidelines, recently drafted by district staff, for volunteer participation on the Citizens Advisory Committee.

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Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District sponsors Earth Day activities Saturday

Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District will have a variety of Earth Day activities at the Columbus/Bartholomew Recycling Center, 720 S. Mapleton St., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It will be Amnesty Day for hard-to-dipose-wastes at the event for Bartholomew County residents only who may recycle up to two refrigerant-containing appliances, two outdated

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Drug Take-Back Day set for Saturday

Hoosiers may participate in the 17th annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, at participating Indiana State Police posts and other locations. Area locations that are drop-off sites are the Indiana State Police Versailles Post, 902 S. Adams St., Versailles, and all other state police posts except for the Toll Road post. Also accepting drop-offs

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Mayoral candidates see value in city’s partnerships

The city of Columbus is involved in several partnerships with other local governments to
tackle large projects such as the opiod epidemic, drug trafficking and even encouraging
entrepreneurship. We asked Republican mayoral candidates Jim Lienhoop and Glenn Petri what their thoughts are on encouraging local partnerships and if there are others they would like to pursue. Mayor Lienhoop has touted his administration’s efforts to find and to build new partnerships. Petri said he is in favor of partnerships that make sense for the community. The primary election is May 7th and the contested mayoral race is on the Republican
ballot. There have been no Democrats file to run for the mayor’s office in the November general election.

About the candidates

Jim Lienhoop, 65, is currently serving as mayor and formerly worked in accounting. His wife is Pam and they have two adult children and a son in law. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business with an accounting concentration from Indiana University in Bloomington. The mayor previously served on the City Council both winning office as an at-large council member and filling in for former councilman Craig Hawes, when Hawes was serving overseas. The mayor is a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church. In his official role as mayor he says he is involved in many community organizations but also is proud to have been a co-founder of the Olympian Quarterback Club. He also served on the board of the United Way and of the Heritage Fund. Glenn Petri, 69, is retired although he says he still keeps a couple of customers as more of a hobby than a job. His wife has passed away. He has a son and daughter, and two grand children. He has a degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in natural sciences with a specialization in urban planning. He has run for city and Bartholomew County Council before but not been elected.

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‘Daffodil Dale’ continues sharing blooms each spring

Some folks in Sandcreek Township only know him as the “Daffodil Man” or “Daffodil Dale.” At least that’s how Dale Fleetwood, 72, of County Road 600S said he’s been occasionally identified when people write into the Republic’s “Orchids and Onions” column. For more than 15 years, Fleetwood — a retired Cummins Inc. employee — has

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State Street group rounding up hygiene items for those in need

The State Street Area Association is gathering essential hygiene products to help those in need in the community, calling it the Love Campaign. Organizers say they are in need of soap, shampoo, deodorant, tissues and similar items. If you want to contribute, you can find collection boxes at Lucabe Coffee, Dancing Goat Cafe in the Columbus Learning Center, Ivy Tech Community College Columbus, Guitar City and Rock Gym. There will be a giveaway event for those products on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Robie and America Anderson Community Center on McClure Road.

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Missing persons case leads to arrest of Columbus man

Steven Burton. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.
Columbus police say a local man was taken into custody after a search for a missing woman yesterday afternoon. Authorities issued a Silver Alert for the woman who was believed to be missing and in danger. She was believed to be in the company of her boyfriend, 41-year-old Steven “Bobby” Burton. A tip from the public led police to a Bartholomew County mobile home park on Legal Tender Road where she was found uninjured. Burton, who was wanted on a local warrant as well as an Indiana parole warrant, was believed to be in the house but would not surrender to law enforcement. Columbus police dog Bane was sent into the home and Burton was found under a mattress in a bedroom. He was arrested on the outstanding warrants, police report.

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DNR says bobcat, not a mountain lion, killed a pet in Brown County

NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP) — State wildlife officials say an animal that killed a southern Indiana family’s pet cat in March was a bobcat, not a mountain lion. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources received a report March 11 that an animal, possibly a mountain lion, had killed a domestic cat in Brown County. DNR staff

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IUPUC students, faculty, staff recognized

COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Vice Chancellor's Academic Honors Convocation at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) was held Monday night at the Columbus Learning Center. The annual event provides IUPUC the opportunity to reflect on the outstanding work and achievements of selected individuals throughout the academic year. Over fifty top students, in a wide range of disciplines, were recognized for accomplishments during the 2018-19 academic year. Two staff members and six faculty members were also honored. Selected by their peers for recognition, these award winners demonstrated significant service and contributions to IUPUC students, the campus, and the south-central Indiana region. Megan Mills, of North Vernon, was named the Chancellor’s Scholar and Haylee Siegel, of Columbus, was given the Campus Award for Undergraduate Service Leadership. For the complete list of award winners, click here.

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Columbus Man Arrested After Missing Woman is Located

A local man who was connected to a case involving a woman reported missing by her family was arrested after a short standoff at a Bartholomew County mobile home park on Wednesday afternoon. Investigators from the Columbus Police Department were searching Wednesday for Stephanie Hudak and her boyfriend Steven "Bobby" Burton, 41, of Columbus and asked for the public's assistance in locating them due to concerns of the nature of her disappearance. Hudak was entered as a missing person and a Silver Alert was issued in an attempt to locate Hudak who was last seen on Tuesday night by her family. Investigators followed up on a tip from the public on Wednesday afternoon and located Hudak, who was uninjured, at a mobile home in the 10000 block of Legal Tender Road. The officers determined that Burton was also inside the mobile home, however, he refused to surrender to law enforcement. A search warrant to enter the home was obtained and officers utilized a police canine to search for Burton. With the assistance of Columbus Police K-9 Bane, officers located Burton hiding under a mattress inside a bedroom in the mobile home. He was taken into custody without further incident and later remanded to the Bartholomew County Jail on a Bartholomew County Warrant as well as an Indiana Parole Warrant. The incident remains under investigation.

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