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General John Tipton bought the land now known as the city of Columbus, and named the town Tiptonia. When residents changed the town name to Columbus a year later, Tipton was so upset he moved. When he became the Highway Commissioner of Indiana and was given the task of building a highway from Indianapolis, IN to Louisville, KY, he constructed the first ever bypass road. Notable residents of Columbus have included Jamie Hyneman (Mythbusters host), shoe designer Chuck Taylor, author Ryan Nerz (Eat This Book), and producer Herbert Wright (StarTrek: The Next Generation).

Population: 40434
Local Newspapers: Republic Indianapolis Star
Local Sports Teams: Indianapolis Colts (NFL) Indiana Fever (WNBA) Indiana Firebirds (AFL) Indiana Pacers (NBA)
Local Colleges:

Zip Codes associated with columbus, indiana: 47201 47203
Towns/Cities near columbus, indiana : Edinburgh Taylorsville Elizabethtown Seymour

Columbus News
State street statement: First phase of bridgework nearing completion

What once was a ho-hum, slightly worse-for-wear bridge over Hawcreek is about to be unveiled as a stylish gateway to the east side of Columbus. Motorists can catch a glimpse of improvements in the State Street Revitalization Project this morning when all four lanes of traffic open at State Street and Central Avenue, signifying completion of the first of a multi-phase improvement project.

Columbus welfare check leads to multiple drug charges

A sheriff's deputies' check on the welfare of a person lead to the discovery of syringes and what police believe to be illegal drugs. Bartholomew County Sheriff's Deputy Dane Duke made the check in the 700 block of Jonesville Road, south of State Road 46 on State Road 11. Duke said he saw Shawn Scott Sanford, 40, who lives in the 100 block of Schaefer Drive in Hope, Indiana, sleeping in his vehicle.

I-65 widening will start in Columbus, then move south to Seymour

Beginning this fall, it will take about three years to complete a $143 million modernization project that will widen Interstate 65 to three lanes in each direction between Seymour and Columbus. That's according to preliminary documents submitted for the I-65 Southeast Indiana Project by E&B Paving Inc., of Anderson and United Consulting Engineers Inc., of Indianapolis.

Bariatric session scheduled at center

The Bariatric Center at Columbus Regional Health will conduct a free information session at Southern Indiana Surgery, 2325 18th St., Suite 220, Columbus. Those wanting to learn about obesity and bariatric surgery can attend the session, led by Dr. David J. Lee and nurse practitioner Samantha Grider, at 5:30 p.m. June 13. Another session will be June 27 at the same time and place.

Local Police, Fire a " May 26

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following information was summarized from the records of city, county and state police, fire and hospital agencies. Jennifer L. Pitts, 31, Indianapolis, Bartholomew County warrant, 3:35 p.m., by the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department, held in lieu of $7,500 bond.

Pence expected to return for Indy 500

Vice President and Columbus native Mike Pence is expected to return to Indianapolis to attend Sunday's Indianapolis 500, according to media reports. Pence attended last year's race as governor of Indiana, using his Twitter account to send out a photo of himself with wife Karen and other Pence family members, and this message: "Beautiful day at @IMS to enjoy this race day tradition with family and friends!" Attending the 500 will provide the vice president an opportunity to see some family members - many of whom live in Columbus.

I-65 lanes slow south of Columbus after truck accident

An accident north of the Seymour/Jonesville exit has closed the passing lanes of Interstate 65 both northbound and southbound, police report. The southbound passing lane of Interstate 65 is closed at the 58-mile-marker as crews chip away at removing a load of potatoes from a semitrailer, police report.

Snappy salute: Grammy-winning singer preps patriotic tunes

Two-time Grammy winning vocalist Sylvia McNair listens to only one kind of music when she relaxes on the back deck hammock of her Bloomington home: Mother Nature. "When the breeze starts moving through these big, old, tall trees, and the birds are singing - I tell you, I don't know any music more beautiful," she said.

BCSC seeks substance-abuse grant

Reinhold Hill, left, vice chancellor of IUPUC, and Therese Copeland, executive director of Resource Development at Ivy Tech, listen as Jim Roberts, superintendent of the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp., addresses members of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce during a meeting at the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. Administration Building in Columbus, Ind., Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Roberts recapped his first year as superintendent as he addressed members of the chamber during the meeting.

Salute! concert: Cannons offer sonic Memorial Day tribute

If you need an loud shot of adrenaline to celebrate the arrival of summer, listen to the "1812 Overture" during the finale of the annual Salute! concert. The 135-year-old composition - complete with actual military cannon Howitzer blasts for the 15th consecutive year - returns Friday when the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic performs its annual Memorial Day weekend tribute to the armed forces.

Arts council looks ahead: Group starts in new direction with rebrand

Leaders of a rebranded Columbus Area Arts Council have unveiled a new logo, new website design and content and reiterated a new direction highlighted earlier this year. The arts group has narrowed its focus to smaller, family-friendly events and away from financially risky big-concert and multi-act, weather-dependent outdoor gatherings.

Learn about brain health: Leading expert coming to Mill Race, teach classes about memory

An eight-week program on brain health from one of the nation's leading experts on the topic will begin with a class Tuesday at Mill Race Center in Columbus. Dr. Cynthia Green's offering is coordinated through the Summerville Fellowship with the Pitman Institute for Aging Well at Mill Race Center.

One last mission: Veteran's spirits soar after trip to Washington

It took a bit of encouragement for a retired Columbus city planner now under Hospice care to commit to taking the Indy Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C. But as a result, C. Dean Smith is no longer counting the days. Instead, the Korean War-era Air Force veteran now prefers to make the days count.

Bicyclist arrested on multiple drug-related charges

A Hope woman was arrested on multiple drug-related charges after Columbus police stopped her for an equipment violation while she was riding a bicycle. Columbus Police Officer Skylar Berry stopped Lacey N. Hoeltke, 35, near Pennsylvania and 19th streets at 4:40 a.m. Wednesday after he saw her riding a bike without a working front light, said Officer Alyson Rech, department spokeswoman.

Local man arrested after giving false name to police

Columbus police arrested a local man after he gave a false name to officers who later determined he was wanted on three warrants. Sgt. Oscar Olmeda was sent to a local hotel in the 2400 block of Jonathan Moore Pike at 9 a.m. Tuesday about a man walking around and acting suspiciously.

Fritz Kiel

Born Sept. 27, 1938, in Columbus, he was the son of Herbert and Julana Kiel, both of whom preceded him in death.

Local Police, Fire a " May 24

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following information was summarized from the records of city, county and state police, fire and hospital agencies. Geoffrey T. Jones, 25, 429 Mill St., Hope, Bartholomew County warrant, 5:21 p.m., by the Columbus Police Department, held with no bond.

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