Good morning Columbus. What you need to know: Slick roads, no hair no problem for East athlete with a remarkable attitude, Columbus heroes, what exhibits are staying

Good morning Columbus —

Unexpected icy drizzle made this morning’s commute long and slow. Black-ice conditions are causing slide-offs all across Bartholomew County and Indiana.

Southbound lanes of Interstate 65 in Johnson County were closed due to crashes and that pushed traffic onto U.S. 31, and it was especially heavy this morning heading into Columbus.

Southbound traffic was traveling no more than 40 mph on U.S. 31 near Taylorsville. Those speeds decreased to less than 20 mph at the Columbus city limits, where roads were especially slippery.

I slid coming to a stop at this Columbus intersection, but was able to take this photo. You can see the shiny black ice.

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State Road 46 in Brown County has been closed, and Flat Rock-Hawcreek classes have been canceled. Get all the latest weather news about our area here.

Here’s what else you need to know today —

Columbus East's Syd Kimbler during a game against New Albany at Columbus East High School, Columbus, IN, Monday, January 22, 2017. Tim Sorrells|For The Republic

No hair, no problem.
I am crazy about the attitude of Columbus East sophomore Syd Kimbler and her parents. She has no hair because of an auto-immune disease, and we all need to tap into her incredible attitude. About those strange looks she sometimes gets? Read Kimbler’s response and how her mom gives her the best message ever:┬áMy mom always tells me just to be me. Click here.

Exhibit Columbus: What’s staying.
Four of the 18 pieces that were part of our grand exploration of architecture, art and design are staying. Can you guess which ones? We’re telling you in Thursday’s Republic. All righty then, I’ll reveal one now. Photo below.

Exhibit: "Window to Columbus," professional installation Designer: Formatantasma (Amsterdam), selected by Dzek gallery (London) Location: Franklin Street, between Fifth and Sixth Streets

Looking for a hero or two? They are right here in Columbus
They saved lives and more. Meet the police officers who, without hesitation, just did the right thing. The story is here.

Courage: Confronting the man who molested them.
From The Associated Press: The scenes from the Michigan courtroom have been heart-wrenching. Today, a forrmer sports doctor who parlayed his reputation and personal charm into years of sexual abuse of Olympic gymnasts and other young women is set to be sentenced following the riveting statements of more than 150 victims. Story here.

Be careful out there and have a great day!

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