Adult prom voting continues through Saturday

Though Saturday’s Seventh Annual Child Abuse Prevention Adult Prom has been sold out since February, people without tickets still can help the fundraising cause and vote via monetary donations online for the prom court at capprom.com through 5 p.m. Saturday, according to organizers. Money raised at the gathering that attracts more than 600 people at

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Democrat seeking council seat, but hasn’t filed

A local Democrat is seeking the District 1 seat on the Columbus City Council, but he has not yet officially filed for the seat or been placed on the ballot. In a social media post in early April, Jerone B. Wood, 30, Columbus, announced his candidacy was “official.” While he has filed an exploratory campaign

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Comic ‘Farce of Nature’ opens at Willow Leaves of Hope

Noami Fleetwood-Pyle promises that laughter will rise like the Ozarks when Actors Studio of Hope presents its latest Southern comedy “Farce of Nature” opening this weekend. The show unfolds at Willow Leaves of Hope. The slapstick-style presentation, another in a long line of shows the troupe has presented from the national Jones Hope Wooten playwright

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Portion of veterans memorial evaluated for damage

The Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans is cordoned off as work continues to determine why the limestone pillars and granite pavers are deteriorating. A number of lower panels have been removed from the pillars which stand on the Bartholomew County Courthouse lawn. Some strips of stone flooring have been taken up, and caution rope has

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Appreciating the past: Display of early Cummins engines at anniversary event to highlight company’s roots

Columbus-based Cummins Inc. is a global power company that netted $23.8 billion in profits last year, and is known for producing diesel engines capable of producing horsepower for semis, pickup trucks, trains, boats and mining equipment. But a century ago, the company’s founder, Clessie Cummins, was an entrepreneur offering single-cylinder, kerosene engines of 1½, 3,

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County sends out assessment notices

Staff Reports Notices of assessment values (Form 11s) for Bartholomew County taxpayers are going in the mail on Friday, said Bartholomew County Assessor Ginny Whipple. These 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

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Police seek tips about missing woman

Staff Reports Columbus police said they found a missing woman unharmed after an intensive search and following the Indiana State Police issuing a Silver Alert. A tip from the public led to police finding Stephanie A. Hudak, 36, Columbus, at a rural Bartholomew County residence on Wednesday afternoon, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department

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Columbus Area Visitors Center holds annual meeting

2018 was a busy and productive year for the Columbus Area Visitors Center. That was the message during Wednesday’s annual meeting. Justin Booth, president of the visitors center board, says that 2.2 million people visit Bartholomew County each year, spending $283 million to local businesses and supporting 4,500 local jobs. He explains how the visitors center gets its data. Booth says that good marketing is vital. That marketing included a partnership between the visitors center and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development on a campaign that delivered 17 million impressions. This included online, television, radio and print. Officials say 2018 was a strong year for the visitors center’s sports program. Sports tourism visitors spent $12.5 million at area businesses in 2018. The area hosted its first regional pickleball tournament and won the bid to host the “Tough Mudder” obstacle course event for five years. This endurance competition is expected to draw 4,000 to 6,000 people each year. Other 2018 highlights from the meeting included: – The Visitors Center conducted 1,018 tours for 11,109 visitors.
– Columbus featured on the cover of the 2018 Indiana Travel Guide. A half-million copies were distributed.
– The installation of public art in the neighborhood of Interstate Exit 76 as part of the “Destination Neighborhoods” initiative.
– Sponsorship of the WTIU documentary “Clessie Cummins, Hoosier Inventor” and hosted a screening at YES Cinema.
– The Visitors Center helped direct $116,800 of innkeepers tax collected to local organizations.
– The Visitors Center cosigned approximately $16,000 worth of merchandise for local artists.
– Underwriting the publication of “Xenia Miller, Prairie Modernist.”
– Partnering with the Columbus Redevelopment Commission on a feasibility study for a downtown hotel and conference center.
– Annual revenue totaled $1,989,490. The Inkeeper’s Tax accounted for $1.35 million of that amount.
– Expenses were $1,884,252. Promotions and hosting accounted for approximately two-thirds of annual expenses.
– Two new shuttles were put into service for the tour program.
– Seven successful exhibits in Gallery 506.
– The Visitors Center provided $260,734 to more than 40 community partners.

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Sheriff’s department warns of phone scam

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is alerting residents about a telephone scam that uses the names of sheriff’s deputies and department leadership. The phone calls include threats of tracking the victims’ cellphones and false accusations of criminal charges if the victim does not comply, the sheriff’s department said. Residents are advised to

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