Good morning Columbus. What you need to know today — it’s slick out there, weather updates, MLK Day, legislator retiring

Good morning Columbus:

You know it is not good when the forecast is for “ice pellets.”

Ice pellets

We are getting reacquainted with lots of weather and travel terminology today, and we’ve got that color thing going on.

Bartholomew County is orange this morning. Sorry Columbus North.

Orange means we are under a travel watch.

During a “watch” local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.

The ice pellets are expected to give way to snow in the next few hours.

Another consequence of the nasty weather is that parents across the county have had to do the child care shuffle as Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp., Flat Rock-Hawcreek and other area schools districts have canceled classes today. Bartholomew County government offices are also closed today.

We’ve got reporters out and about monitoring the conditions. You’ll find all the latest information here: Bartholomew County weather updates.

Here’s what else you need to know —

Leaving the state legislature.
Republican State Rep. Milo Smith, recently in the news for proposing the NFL kneeling-refund bill, is saying so long to the General Assembly. Click here for story.

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
The events Columbus leaders and groups organize to honor the civil rights leader are always inspiring.  All the details are here. One King quote you’ll hear on Monday if you go to the 21st annual CommUNITY Breakfast is a powerful one:

“Time is neutral … We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”

Soccer moms and dads: You’ll want to read this.
The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. is exploring the possibility of building a new soccer complex on the Columbus AirPark campus that would be shared by Columbus North and Columbus East high schools. All the details about cost, location and timeline here.

One final thing: A hint of blue sky in today’s instapic from thehoneysuckletree —


Be safe out there and have a good weekend! Click here to send us your story ideas.

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