Parade route for moving Vietnam Wall announced

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Map courtesy of American Legion Post #24

The Vietnam Moving Wall arrives in Columbus on Thursday. Organizers say that a parade will be held taking the wall throughout the city prior to it being set up at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds. Susan Thayer Fye, spokeswoman for the Moving Vietnam Wall Committee, says that the parade group is meeting at Sam’s Club on the west side of Columbus at 8 a.m. with the parade to begin at 9 a.m.

The parade is scheduled to take the following route:
East on State Road 46, following Second Street north on Central Avenue to 10th Street;
Right turn on 10th Street to National Road;
The parade will head left on National Road, turning left onto 25th Street;
At Washington Street, the processional will turn left and travel through downtown Columbus;
At Third Street, turn right and follow to the fairgrounds.

The Moving Vietnam Wall goes on display at noon and will remain at the fairgrounds through 10 a.m. on July 31st.

Cummins announces promotions

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Cummins announced Monday that two executives have been promoted within its components business. Jon Mills, company spokesman, says that Mahesh Narang has been named Vice President, Cummins Emission Solutions, and Shon Wright has been named Executive Director and General Manager of Cummins Turbo Technologies, succeeding Narang.

The positions are effective August 1 and Narang and Wright will report directly to Tracy Embree, the president of Cummins’ components segment.

“Mahesh is perfectly suited for this role,” said Embree. “Over his career, Mahesh has consistently delivered terrific results and exemplified strong operational capabilities while ensuring we provide increased value to our customers. CES is at an exciting, pivotal moment and Mahesh’s capabilities are uniquely suited to lead CES during this period.”

“I am equally pleased that Shon will lead the Turbo Technologies organization,” Embree continued. “Shon has significant experience in building relationships with customers and understanding which products are needed in the market. I am confident that CTT will continue to excel as a strong organization under Shon’s leadership.”

Local man arrested after allegedly fleeing from police

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Derek Woodson; photo courtesy of Columbus Police

A Columbus man was arrested after he allegedly ran from police over the weekend. Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman, says that at approximately 8:50 p.m. on Saturday, Officer Skylar Berry attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle near Eighth and Pearl Streets. Moments later, he says the car’s passenger door opened as the vehicle slowed down and a man exited the vehicle and began running on foot. Officer Tony Kummer began chasing the man on foot. The suspect continued running between houses in the 700 block of Pearl Street where he was finally taken into custody.

Police identified the man as 39-year-old Derek B. Woodson. A short time later, Harris says that the officers were able to confirm that Woodson had two outstanding Bartholomew County warrants. Along with those warrants, Woodson is facing new preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Possession of Marijuana.

Woman dies in northern Bartholomew County crash

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A Flat Rock woman died last night in an accident in northern Bartholomew County.

The sheriff’s department reports that 51-year-old Venessia Emerick died in the accident at County Roads 350E and 900N. The accident happened at abut 6:52 p.m. Sunday when a vehicle driven by 29-year-old Max Dyer of Hope struck Emerick’s vehicle in the intersection.

Emerick was a passenger in her husband’s vehicle. She was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The accident remains under investigation.

Utility room fire causes $5k in damages

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Columbus firefighters battled a blaze at a home on the north side of the city yesterday. The utility room fire caused about $5,000 in damage to the home in the 4100 block of North Riverside Drive.

Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the fire department,said crews were called to the home, which was under remodelling. at about 5:10 p.m. yesterday afternoon. The homeowner said he and a family member were trying to start a vent-less fireplace at the home and thought that might be the source of the fire. Instead, they  found that the smoke was coming from the basement.

Firefighters discovered the fire had started near a dehumidifier and it was quickly extinguished before spreading. The basement suffered smoke damage, Wilson said.

Little library takes off in downtown Columbus

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Jessica Murnane and Stephan Jilbert set up a Little Free Library on Sycamore Street in downtown Columbus recently. White River Broadcasting photo.

Little Free Library in the 1100 block of Sycamore Street. White River Broadcasting photo

Itty bitty libraries are popping up around Columbus. The newest is in the 1100 block of Sycamore Street. The libraries are small bookshelves mounted in a box in front of homes and stuffed with books that people can borrow.

Jessica Murnane, organizer of the Sycamore St. Little Free Library, says that the idea is to spread the love of reading and to share good books. She is providing books for the library out of her own collection:

Murnane said she will also accept donations to help supplement her own donations. She tries to keep a rotation of a variety of books in the little library.

Murnane and her husband, Stephan Jilbert, set up their library earlier this month. He said they have had a good response so far.

Murnane said they can’t take credit for the idea as they saw many when they lived in Chicago.

Other local little libraries are on 25th Street near North High School and across from the Ninth Street Park.

You can find more information on the Sycamore Street little library on Facebook, including the newest books available on the tiny shelf. Search for Sycamore Street Little Free LIbrary.

North Vernon’s move to solar to include cost savings

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North Vernon’s efforts to switch city facilities from conventional electric to solar-power will result in more cost savings than originally anticipated. Months ago, the city council authorized Mayor Mike Ochs to execute the documents allowing the change if financing was able to be established. The city has been working with Johnson-Melloh Solutions, an energy service company, to formulate a proposal. City officials say that Johnson-Melloh was a driving force in getting the Jennings County Public Library switched over to solar years ago.

Shawn Gerkin, clerk-treasurer for North Vernon, explains that the city had to walk a tight-rope to obtain funding. He says that the language of the contract for financing had to be specific in order to be in compliance with a state statute that allows municipalities to enter into an “energy savings contract” without it being considered debt for the city. Gerkin gives high praise to Kevin Gabbard, his team at MainSource Bank and their attorney’s from Barnes & Thornburg for their help in obtaining financing for the project. While Gerkin says the entire ordeal has been a lot of work for him and other city officials, he called the end result “historic,” so far as it comes with Indiana banks getting involved with projects such as these.

Gerkin explains that under the deal, no more than $5.399 million will be financed at a rate of 2.45 percent. The term of the loan is 16.5 years with the first payment from the city due 18 months after closing the loan. City officials are hopeful that the loan will be closed on Aug. 1. Gerkin stresses that these loan payments will be paid for completely out of money already set aside and appropriated for conventional electricity costs. In addition, he says that the city was anticipating an interest rate of approximately 3.65 percent. Thanks to MainSource officials and the work of the city, Gerkin says that the city will save over $600,000 over the length of the loan on interest alone.

City official say that once the loan is secured, work on switching over to solar power can begin shortly thereafter.

CRH warns of phishing scam

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Columbus Regional Health is warning area residents about a phishing scam. Kelsey DeClue, hospital spokeswoman, says that a scam phone call may come from a number masked as a Columbus Regional Health telephone number under the guise of discussing financial or service related inquires. The caller then attempts to get personal information.

DeClue says that when official representatives of Columbus Regional Health contact patients, they first identify themselves, then provides the pertinent patient information on file directly for verification. She stresses that CRH representatives do not ask for or discuss personal information over the phone without first verifying the reason for the call by stating the date-of-service in question.

If you have questions or suspicions regarding a recent contact for information from Columbus Regional Health, DeClue urges you to call (800) 841-4938 or local law enforcement.

CRH officials talk about plans for Clarion site

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Columbus Regional Health officials are opening up a bit on plans for the former Clarion Hotel and Conference Center on Jonathan Moore Pike on the city’s west side. Kelsey DeClue is public relations coordinator for the hospital. She says that Columbus’ west side has been growing.

DeClue says the site is a great fit for CRH.

DeClue says that the entire structure will need to be torn down and a new facility built in its place.

While a structure will be rebuilt, DeClue says that CRH is not prepared at this time to divulge its plans for the site.

DeClue says that CRH is reaching out to former Clarion employees about possible employment opportunities.

For more on potential employment opportunities, visit

Southern Shelby County roadwork increases

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More road work will be happening on State Road 252 through southern Shelby County starting on Saturday, weather permitting. State Road 252 is already closed between Interstate 65 and Flat Rock while they repair bridges and culverts.

INDOT will be digging up and repaving the highway between the town of Flat Rock and the Flat Rock River’s Lewis Creek bridge.

Milestone is the state’s contractor for INDOT’s $12 million rehabilitation project that is widening and reconstructing or resurfacing seven miles of State Road 252 between Interstate 65 and Flat Rock.