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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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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Jennings County High School honors scholars

NORTH VERNON, Ind. – At the annual Academic Honors Dinner on Wednesday evening, Jennings County High School acknowledged its scholars for the 2018/2019 school year. The event recognizes the top ten students in the freshman, sophomore and junior classes, plus the top twenty seniors. Each senior was introduced by the person they chose as their most influential teacher. The Academic Honors Dinner is made possible by donations from Decatur Mold Tool & Engineering and the Coffee Creek Conservation Club.

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Indy Welcomes POTUS, VP to NRA Convention this weekend

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – This years’ NRA Convention is expected to attract more than 80,000 people in support of the second ammendment, that will include President Trump and Vice President Pence. Attorney General Curtis Hill welcomes them to the 148th edition of the convention. Hill, a huge supporter of the second ammendment, says “As Attorney General, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution and protect the citizens of Indiana,” he went on to further say, “Supporting the Second Amendment aligns with that oath, and I am happy to support and attend the NRA leadership convention here in Indianapolis.” The NRA convention is expected to bring in roughly $55 million in city revenue, taking place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, at the Indianapolis Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium. The NRA convention was last held in Indianpolis in 2014, and will return in 2023 for the third time in a decade.

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Saturday is ‘Drug Take Back Day’

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Hoosiers have an opportunity to participate in the 17th nationwide "Prescription Drug Take Back Day,” this Saturday, April 27, by visiting Indiana State Police (ISP) posts and other locations sponsored by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency and the Indiana Board of Pharmacy. In partnership with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the "Prescription Drug Take Back" initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs. Collection sites are available for residents to conveniently and safely drop off any unused, expired, or unwanted prescription medications, both liquids and pills. Syringes are not accepted. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Medication will be properly disposed of without threat to the environment. Over the years, Hoosiers have disposed of over five tons of potentially dangerous prescriptions during Drug Take Back Days. Besides ISP posts, south-central Indiana has two other drop-off locations. In Johnson County, go to Sam’s Club at 1101 Windhorst Way, in Greenwood, and in Jennings County, visit the North Vernon Fire Department, 2000 North Madison Ave., in North Vernon.

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Telephone scam infects Bartholomew Co.

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Authorities at the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) are warning residents that a telephone scam going around that involves names of Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office deputies and leadership personnel. These phone calls include threats of tracking the victims cell phone and false accusations of criminal charges if the victim does not comply with the caller’s requests.
BCSO reminds citizens to not give any personal information if you receive a phone call like this. It is fruadulent activity. You should hang up and immediately call your local law enforcement authorities.

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Local Ball State student working to fight poverty

MUNCIE, Ind. -Ball State University sophomore Bobbie Burton, of Columbus, is part of a project to found Beneficence Family Scholars, a nonprofit focused on breaking the cycle of generational poverty in single-parent households. The purpose is to provide all the resources, including finances, housing, food security, and health insurance, for single parents to earn a four-year college degree with minimal obstacles. A team of 16 students is working on the project. Beneficence Family Scholars is modeled after and affiliated with Family Scholar House in Louisville, Kentucky, the only nonprofit of its kind that uses the same comprehensive approach to fighting poverty. Burton, a graduate of Columbus North High School, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychological science, and has worked as a developer, researcher, and promotions coordinator for the nonprofit. "I chose to participate in this project because I understand some of the challenges these families face, and I wanted to be a part of the initiative that creates a positive change in their lives," said Burton.

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UPDATE: Silver Alert has been cancelled

UPDATE COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Silver Alert for Stephanie Ann Hudak has been cancelled. CPD detectives, following up on a tip from the public, located Stephanie Hudak at a rural Bartholomew County residence. COLUMBUS, Ind. – Investigators from the Columbus Police Department (CPD) are asking for the public's assistance in locating a local woman who is considered a missing/endangered adult. Officers are seeking information on the whereabouts of Stephanie A. Hudak, 36, who was last seen at her residence in the 200 block of S. Brooks Street on Tuesday night. Hudak is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a dark colored t-shirt and dark colored sweatpants. A Silver Alert has been issued statewide for Hudak, who is believed to be in the company of 41-year-old Steven R. Burton. He is described as being 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds. They may be traveling together in a red, 1990’s Dodge Durango that has chrome taillights and black wheels. Anyone with information in regards to Hudak's or Burton's whereabouts is urged to call CPD dispatch at 812-379-1689. Information and tips can be left anonymously.

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CYP membership party is Friday

COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Columbus Young Professionals (CYP) annual membership party, “Peers and Beers,” is this Friday, April 26, at 6 p.m., at the Upland Pump House, on Lindsay Street, in Columbus. You are invited to come meet new people, mingle with friends, enjoy great beer, savor hors d’oeuvres, and learn how your CYP membership helps you stay connected in Columbus. The cost is $5 for CYP members and $10 for non-members. Your first beer is free. Entering their 5th year, Columbus Young Professionals is forging ahead with a membership of more than 100 young professionals of diverse professional and personal backgrounds looking to meet new people and grow their professional network.

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