Fair Oaks Corporation establishes vendor selection process

Columbus C   COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Fair Oaks design committee met Friday afternoon and established a timeline for selecting a firm to plan the design that will transform the former shopping mall into a vibrant community asset. A request for proposal was approved and it will be sent to six candidate design planning firms next week. The six companies will have a March 20 deadline to submit their proposals. The design committee’s timetable of events continues with a walk-through of the facility for candidate firms on March 8. Two to three companies will be approved for interviews on April 17 and 18. The committee will then make its recommendation for a design planning vendor to the Fair Oaks Community Development Corporation. All candidates need to be open to the involvement of students from the Columbus Signature Academy, which emphasizes project-based learning, as well as students at the J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program at Indiana University. The post Fair Oaks Corporation establishes vendor selection process appeared first on Local News Digital.

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House supports Lauer’s bill targeting identity theft

ryanlauer   INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Ryan Lauer’s (R-Columbus) legislation helping Hoosiers protect themselves against synthetic identity theft. Synthetic identity theft occurs when a person uses a combination of false information and stolen data, such as a Social Security number and a fake name, to open fraudulent accounts. “Most people do not know about synthetic identity theft or that they could unknowingly be a victim,” Lauer said. “This legislation would give Hoosiers more tools to protect themselves.” He said Hoosiers could submit requests to credit reporting agencies in order to find out if they or their children are victims of synthetic identity theft. If a fraudulent account is discovered, the victim could take legal action against the identity thief and work to safeguard their information. Children are the most vulnerable to identity theft. Studies have found identity theft rates for children were more than 50 times that of adults. House Bill 1668 now moves to the Senate for consideration. To learn more, visit iga.in.gov.   The post House supports Lauer’s bill targeting identity theft appeared first on Local News Digital.

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Seymour Chamber hosts Annual Awards Dinner

Seymourlogo_mediumthumb SEYMOUR, Ind. – The Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce will host its 88th Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 7 at Celebrations Banquet Hall. Highlights of the evening include a Year-in-Review, a Look-Ahead for the Chamber, and presentation of the 2019 Community Awards. The Rising Star Award will be presented to Mindy Roeder. The recipient of the Small Business of the Year Award is B.Loved. There are three Teacher of the Year honors with the Elementary School award going to Martha Bloch, Jennifer Miller receives the Middle School accolade, and Kelly Reasoner is the winner on the High School level. The Corporate Citizen Award recipient is Rose Acres and the Citizenship Award nod goes to Marshall Royalty. Reservations for the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner are available by visiting www.seymourchamber.com, emailing info@seymourchamber.com, or by phoning 812-522-3681. Tickets are $40 per person. A cocktail reception kicks off the event at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m., and then the program and award presentations. The post Seymour Chamber hosts Annual Awards Dinner appeared first on Local News Digital.

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YES Cinema screens IU/Purdue game

yes cinema COLUMBUS, Ind. – Does your family support the “cream and crimson” or are you fans of the “black and gold?” Show your colors as YES Cinema in downtown Columbus screens the biggest rivalry game in the state this Tuesday evening, February 19. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6:30. The Indiana-Purdue Basketball Family Game Watch will be a fun night for everyone. See the players as you never have before on the giant screen at YES Cinema. Refreshments and adult beverages will be available for purchase at the event. The game between the Boilermakers and the Hoosiers is being sponsored by Chevrolet of Columbus and all proceeds will benefit the Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center. The post YES Cinema screens IU/Purdue game appeared first on Local News Digital.

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Improvements coming to Edinburgh outlet mall

Edinburgh Premium Outlets is upgrading several areas of the 30-year-old mall. The upgrades, which have been in the planning stages for more than two years, were unanimously approved Thursday by the Edinburgh/Bartholomew/Columbus Joint District Plan Commission. Simon Premium Malls, which owns the property, has been working with Ben Houle, owner of Landworx Engineering of Indianapolis,

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State Rep. Lauer visits with DSI clients, staff

Staff Reports State Rep. Ryan Lauer, R-Columbus, visited with staff and clients at Developmental Services Inc. recently after the nonprofit agency invited the legislator to see its program operations. DSI serves more than 250 adults with disabilities in Bartholomew County, and about 2,000 individuals in central and southern Indiana. The former Bartholomew County Council president

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Quick Takes editorial

Heed warnings An unfortunate pattern continued during the most recent round of heavy rain, high water and road closures. Barricades would be set out to indicate areas of concern or roads that were closed, but motorists still continued to ignore them. Why that happens is mind boggling. The barriers are erected for a reason: to

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Area residents among photo contest finalists

Staff Reports Several amateur photographers with local connections are among the finalists in the third annual Farm & Nature Photo Contest, hosted by the Oak Heritage Conservancy and George Rogers Clark Land Trust. The prompt for the contest was, “What’s the Indiana that you imagine when you close your eyes?” Amateur photographers submitted more than

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Few contaminants found at Jackson St. property

An environmental report examining a Jackson Street property the Columbus parks department wants to purchase for storage showed little contamination and ruled out the presence of asbestos. The parks department sought a Phase II environmental assessment from Indianapolis-based Ark Engineering Services late last year after local resident Ken Fudge expressed concern that the building might

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