Sande Hummel, left, and Becky Church helped other volunteers weed and clean gardens and sidewalks in downtown Columbus in preparation for the Columbus in Bloom international contest in 2007. Hummel and Church worked in the garden behind The Columbus Inn. From The Republic archives


One hundred and thirty-nine animals raised $139,495 in the livestock auction held at the close of Bartholomew County 4-H Fair.


Trees and power lines in the Columbus area were gobbled up by a severe thunderstorm that deflated temperatures by 20 degrees in a matter of minutes.


Assessed valuation of property in Columbus was estimated to increase by $8.5 million over the previous year.