Book publisher hosting meet-and-greet July 13

Local book publisher Pen It! Publications, which also acts as a promoter and encourager of area writers in general, will host a free meet-and-greet pitch-in lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 at the Bartholomew County Public Library Red Room and the Conference Room, 536 Fifth St. in downtown Columbus. The gathering is

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County approves audit of TIF districts

The Bartholomew County Commissioners have hired an Indianapolis-based civil engineering and consulting firm to perform a state-mandated audit of the county’s tax-increment financing (TIF) districts in German Township. SEH of Indiana, which stands for Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc., had its bid for the work approved Monday night. The county is required to have an outside

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Mayor tabs veteran officer as next police chief

The city’s deputy police chief will succeed the police chief at the start of next year. Michael Richardson, who has been with Columbus Police Department for about 25 years, was selected by Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop to replace Chief Jon Rohde. Richardson, 50, will assume the role Jan. 1. Rohde announced his intention to step

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Quieter times: Complaints about Brighter Days tail off after year

The complaints by residents and business owners about the Brighter Days emergency housing shelter have quieted over a year’s time. Last summer, about 200 residents and business owners signed a petition asking that Brighter Days, located at 421 Mapleton St., be moved out from their neighborhood. During an October public meeting attended by more than

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Notable designer’s exhibit again a link with Noblitt

The downtown Columbus gallery known as w/ — meaning “with” — returns with its second exhibition that honors five years of collaboration between designer Jonathan Nesci and the local Noblitt Fabricating business. As a formative example of the inspiration for the w/ space — born from the legacy of production across Nesci’s career and the

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Police seeking man involved in gunfire exchange

Staff Reports Jennings County authorities are searching for a suspect in an incident that involved an exchange of gunfire with a homeowner. Jennings County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an address on County Road 1000W in Spencer Township at about 1:12 a.m. Tuesday in reference to shots being fired and a suspicious vehicle. When deputies

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Lilly Scholarship applications available

Staff Reports Online applications are available for the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, which is administered by Heritage Fund — The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County and Independent Colleges of Indiana. The Lilly Scholarship provides full tuition, required fees and an allocation of up to $900 annually for required books and equipment for four years

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Local man arrested on meth-related charges

A Columbus man was arrested on felony drug charges after he was seen speeding in a vehicle in a Columbus alleyway. A Columbus Police Department officer observed Trey A. Smith, 24, of 1520 Sycamore St., driving at a high rate of speed in an alley near the 1500 block of 19th Street early Tuesday morning,

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Argument involving stolen gun leads to local man’s arrest

Columbus police officers arrested a Columbus man after he reportedly pointed a stolen gun at another person during an argument over the weekend. Columbus Police Department officers responded to a reported disturbance in the 1700 block of 17th Street at about 2:35 a.m. Sunday. It was later determined that prior to the officer’ arrival an argument

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Speeding in an alley leads to arrest of local man on drug charges

Trey A Smith; photo courtesy of Columbus Police Dept.
A local man was arrested early Tuesday morning on felony drug charges. Columbus Police say that an officer observed 24-year-old Trey A. Smith, of Columbus, speeding in an alley near the 1500 block of 19th Street. Police say that Smith exited the car and appeared to throw something to the ground near the vehicle. Officers confirmed that Smith had a suspended driver’s license and he was taken into custody. A search of Smith’s car allegedly uncovered over 1/8th of a pound of methamphetamine, a digital scale with drug residue and several plastic bags. Smith is being held on a 48-hour hold. He’s facing preliminary charges of:
– Dealing in Methamphetamine (Level 2 Felony)
– Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 3 Felony)
– Driving While Suspended (Class A Misdemeanor)

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