Capt. Craig Hawes resumed his position as Columbus City Council’s District 5 representative after a year in Iraq with his National Guard company, and presented a Columbus flag that flew over the Golby Troop Medical Clinic in Baghdad to Mayor Fred Armstrong.


Area residents were treated not only to holiday musical fireworks but also to a dazzling display of the northern lights, include the aurora borealis.


Republicans won a sweeping victory in Bartholomew County, but U.S. Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, a Columbus Democrat, bucked a nationwide trend to win re-election by some 12,000 votes to return to Congress from the 9th District.