Vandals tear up whimsical pathway known as Friendship Alley

A colorful and whimsical garden tucked away on a path called Friendship Alley was torn apart by vandals just before members of a local garden club had hoped to showcase its beauty to visitors attending Exhibit Columbus. Members of the Let’s Grow Garden Club began calling each other early Monday morning after being notified by

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City settles with former mayor on public access lawsuit for $32,000

The Columbus Police Department and the city of Columbus have reached a settlement with former mayor Kristen Brown, agreeing to pay her $32,000 for attorneys fees, court costs and other expenses Brown incurred in a public access lawsuit. The settlement agreement was announced today, along with the city and Brown’s request that the court dismiss

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A Waymansville classic gets an upgrade –Mel’s Country Market opens

Live bait, ice, beer and wine. For decades, a weather-worn sign outside the former Waymansville Grocery Store in southwest Bartholomew County promised those items – especially for those heading off to swim or fish at nearby Lutheran Lake. The store had been closed for about five years when it was purchased in October 2017, by

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Commissioners vote down proposed increased fine for driving around flooding barricades

A proposed ordinance that would have significantly increased the fine for driving around barricades warning motorists of roads closed due to flooding was voted down Monday. Bartholomew County Commissioners Rick Flohr and Larry Kleinhenz said they did not believe that raising the fine from the state-imposed $140 to $500 would be effective. In addition, the

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‘Soft Civic’

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories highlighting the five Miller Prize winning installations for the Exhibit Columbus exhibition opening Friday and Saturday downtown. Perhaps when architect Bryony Roberts completes her work for the upcoming Exhibit Columbus exhibition by late next week, her temporary installation can provide her a respite from

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Wiikiaami now gone from downtown

What had seemed almost like an old friend — one celebrating a part of Hoosier heritage — has left Columbus in pieces. The 30-foot-high Wiikiaami, the 2017 Exhibit Columbus creation of designer Chris Cornelius of Studio:Indigenous of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was recently dismantled on the grounds of First Christian Church on Fifth Street. Its parts went

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A place for problem-solving

A new Bartholomew Court is emphasizing problem-solving instead of punishment, and assistance instead of one-size fits all incarceration, for those seeking addiction recovery. The Bartholomew County Adult Drug Recovery Court is the newest of the county’s three-problem solving courts, designed to help and provide skills to high risk and high need nonviolent criminal offenders who

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Commons working on playground upgrade plans

City officials and community leaders have said they are in the process of tweaking plans unveiled last year to upgrade the Commons playground. The initial plans to upgrade the 5,000-square-foot playground, released in October, included new roller slides, music and sensory features, a tunnel for toddlers to complement the Luckey Climber, among other upgrades. “We’re

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Because of a calling

“I have a good friend who says people feel called,” 66-year-old Larry Perkinson said. It’s a calling, he says, that led him to enter a career in education 45 years ago. “A calling is often that you meet people whose lifestyle you like or who is influential in some respect,” Perkinson said. The student assistance

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