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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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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Assessment values mailed this Friday

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Bartholomew County Assessor Ginny Whipple says that notices of assessment values (Form 11s) are going in the mail this Friday, April 26. Notices are mailed every year to property owners to inform them of the new assessed values on which they will be paying taxes in 2020. The assessed value on Form 11 is the starting point for calculating annual property tax payments. The actual tax bill is calculated using the tax rate set by the County Council later in the year. The county assessor sends notices to taxpayers so they know whether their values are increasing or decreasing, which can be caused by changes to the property such as new construction, remodeling or demolition of buildings, or by fluctuations in the market. If you have questions about your assessment, call Assessor Whipple for an appointment at 812-379-1505. The Bartholomew County Assessor’s Office is at 440 Third St., in Columbus. State guidelines call for an appeal process and the deadline to appeal is June 17.

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Columbus zoning board approves two variances

COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Columbus Board of Zoning Appeals approved two requests at its Tuesday evening meeting. Ted Piehl was granted the ability to create a lot from his property at 8942 S. County Road 400W, even though the parent tract remainder will be 2.27 acres, substantially less than the 10 acres required by the pertinent ordinance. Piehl told the board he wants to build a home. Another home on the property is occupied by his son. The board approved, with the provision that the right of ways on County Roads 400W and 550S be dedicated to the city plan. Shane Rocker’s request to put a chain link fence on his rental property at 809 Fairview Drive was also given a thumbs-up. The ordinance in question prohibits, unless variance criteria are met, such fences. Rocker explained to the board that his tenants expressed concern for the safety of their pets.  

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