Oct. 4News around Columbus and the surrounding area as reported on or about this date in the pages of The Evening Republican and The Republic 10, 25 and 50 years ago.2005
In a program designed to keep specially trained police officers at the local department and to entice specially trained civilians to apply, the Columbus City County approved an annual bonus of up to $1,424 for every police officer with military experience. Sixteen out of about 70 officers already on the department had military experience.
Bartholomew County Hospital’s helicopter pad awaited approval for use after problems cited by the FAA were corrected. Columbus Municipal Airport had been used by medical helicopters since July 6 when the FAA declared the helipad unsafe and recommended a list of changes to bring it into compliance.
Agriculture Agent A.V. Keesling predicted Bartholomew County farmers should expect record corn yields. Other observers agreed, saying it looked like “the best in 50 years.” The record at the time was 212 bushels an acre.