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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Deputy completes railroad safety program

andrew whipker 2 COLUMBUS, Ind. – Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Whipker recently completed training for a train/railroad safety program called “Operation Lifesaver.” Deputy Whipker is now available to give presentations to community residents of all ages, businesses, organizations, groups, schools, social clubs, etc. Anyone who would like to schedule a presentation may contact the sheriff’s office, at 812-379-1650, or by emailing: sheriff@bartholomew.in.gov. Whipker has served the citizens of Bartholomew County since January 2015. Prior to that, he served as a probation officer in Johnson County. He is a graduate of Columbus East High School and received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis in 2006. The post Deputy completes railroad safety program appeared first on Local News Digital.

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Columbus Rotary hosts documentary producer, film-screening

franklin-rotary COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Columbus Sunrise Rotary Club is inviting the public to attend a showing of “Indiana Trailblazers,” a documentary film about the history of civil rights in Indiana, and meet the movie’s producer, Robin Winston. Winston joined Andrea Morehead and her husband Archie Allen to produce this documentary which captures the history of those who blazed the trails that made civil rights part of Indiana laws at the local and state levels.  The production was nominated for a regional Emmy Award and sponsors included Heritage Fund, the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County. The film will be shown at Faith Ministries Church, 5103 W. State Road 46, in Columbus, on February 27, at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 and refreshments will be available for the free movie.   The post Columbus Rotary hosts documentary producer, film-screening appeared first on Local News Digital.

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Franklin students craft Blessing Bags for homeless

Blessing Bags FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Blessings Bag Initiative is alive and strong at Creekside Elementary School, where students spent Valentine’s Day stuffing cardboard boxes for the homeless in Johnson County. The kids filled the boxes with over 500 baggies containing shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, socks, water, and snacks. Each of the students penned messages on cards like “Happy Valentine’s Day,” “Smile,” and “Have a Great Day,” for insertion into each bag. The homeless around Franklin will be receiving their Blessing Bags soon from the Creekside students. The post Franklin students craft Blessing Bags for homeless appeared first on Local News Digital.

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ISP makes child pornography arrest in Martinsville

Shandy C. Freeman BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sgt. Curt Durnil, public information officer for the Bloomington District of the Indiana State Police (ISP), says that the ISP Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, Cyber Crimes Unit, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant Thursday morning at a residence in Martinsville. The execution of the search warrant resulted in the arrest of the suspect, Shandy C. Freeman, 40, who was transported to the Morgan County Jail. He was charged with four counts of possession of child pornography, one count of possession of methamphetamine, and one count of possession of marijuana. Task Force members included lead investigator Detective Kevin Getz, Martinsville Police Department Deputy Chief Lachelle Maurer, and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Detective Kurt Spivey. Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to call the Indiana State Police at 812-332-4411. Your tips will remain anonymous and you could save a life. The post ISP makes child pornography arrest in Martinsville appeared first on Local News Digital.

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