YIR December

1

Dustin A. Evans, the 26-year-old who escaped from an Edinburgh police officer Nov. 17 in Columbus, was caught in Indianapolis.

2

Bartholomew County Historical Society Executive Director Julie Hughes submitted her resignation to the 94-year-old organization.

3

San Bernardino, California, was on the minds of Americans after reports of another deadly shooting — at least 14 dead and more seriously injured.

4

Adam J. Helton, 22, of Columbus, who admitted posting the faces, names and addresses of two young Bartholomew County women on adult websites without their knowledge, was been given a suspended five-year sentence.

5

A coalition of Indiana businesses known as Indiana Competes — which includes Cummins Inc. — launched efforts to encourage lawmakers to pass legislation this session designating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers as a protected class in the state’s civil rights code.

6

Thousands of people gathered in downtown Columbus for the Festival of Lights parade. The 25th edition of the event which marked its Silver Anniversary this year.

7

Samuel E. Sallee, the man found guilty of the 2013 slaying of four people in Waynesville, appealed his murder convictions to the Indiana Supreme Court.

8

The National Guard Armory in Columbus indefinitely suspended rental of the facility to the public as crews worked to reduce levels of lead dust in the building.

9

City officials planned to reject both responses to a request for proposals to buy and develop the city-owned Second and Lafayette property after neither contained a purchase offer.

10

Bartholomew County Emergency Management Director Dennis Moats announced that he would retire at the end of the year after almost 25 years.

11

Cummins Inc. announced that it was restructuring its engine business, consolidating and streamlining some functions into its global organization.

12

The African American Pastors Alliance in Columbus conducted “Quarterly Conversation: A Dynamic Discussion on Race,” its first in a series of public conversations about improving race relations.

13

Cummins said it would skip the remaining four years on its lease of the former Sears store downtown and instead buy the former retail space by the end of the month.

14

Columbus Mayor-elect Jim Lienhoop announced his changes to the structure of city government’s chain of command when he takes office Jan. 1, and the list of department heads.

15

About 150 friends of Alana Cook and her family gathered at Northside Middle School cafeteria for a chili and baked goods fundraiser to help the Northside seventh-grader, who is battling brain cancer.

16

The Annex of Columbus, a new student housing complex near the Columbus Learning Center that gives commuter students a chance to experience a residential college environment, was about half full in its first semester in operation.

17

The $6.2 million Indiana Avenue expansion and renovation, the first major city-sponsored public improvement project in more than 65 years in the area long referred to as East Columbus, was completed.

18

In the wake of a string of threats to schools in Indiana, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. officials said they would take any threat seriously until an investigation determined it was not credible and student safety was not in jeopardy.

19

Columbus residents filled local movie theaters for the premier of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the seventh movie in the franchise.

20

Hope Town Marshal Matt Tallent delivered an official warning Nov. 18 to Hope resident and chicken owner Tim Saylor, who was not aware of the ban on the animals in town.

21

Mayor-elect Jim Lienhoop selected a 28-year Columbus Fire Department veteran, Battalion Chief Mike Compton, to serve as the city’s next fire chief.

22

After a lengthy investigation into the sale of cocaine and methamphetamine, four suspected high profile drug dealers were arrested and held in the Bartholomew County Jail on bonds of $1 million or more.

23

City officials heard a presentation from HWC Engineering about full development of the former Walesboro Airport, a project that would cost the city about $45 million and could open up more than 500 acres of land for industrial development and use.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at kevener@therepublic.com or 812-379-5633.