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Grants available to battle substance abuse
The Bartholomew County Substance Abuse Council is accepting grant applications through Nov. 14 for projects to help fight substance abuse.
Grants that historically have averaged about $4,500 are available in the areas of justice/law enforcement, treatment and intervention, and prevention/education/community awareness.
Contact Larry Perkinson, secretary of the Substance Abuse Council, at 376-4449 or email@example.com for more information.
Bariatric surgery topic of free information session
Three free information sessions about obesity and bariatric surgery are planned in November at Southern Indiana Surgery, 2325 18th St. Suite 220, Columbus.
The sessions will be 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 14 and 26. Bariatric medical director Dr. David J. Lee and the bariatric center providers at Southern Indiana Surgery will participate.
To register or for more information: Online at columbusbariatrics.com or call the Bariatric Center, 418-3512.
Indianapolis pastor will speak at banquet
Tickets are available for the Columbus/Bartholomew County Area NAACP’s 23rd annual Freedom Fund Banquet, which will be Nov. 1 at Columbus City Hall’s Cal Brand Meeting Hall.
Charles T. Tripp Sr., a senior pastor of Great Light Church in Indianapolis and a narrative artist, will speak and show some of his drawings.
Tickets cost $25 for adults and $15 for children younger than 17 years.
Jackson at 603-8366, Gwen Wiggins at 376-6498 or the local chapter of the NAACP office at 314-2708.
Gala to raise money for medically uninsured
The Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation’s annual gala to benefit the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic will be 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus.
This year’s theme is “It Takes a Community.” The event includes cocktails, dinner, music by Sounds of Dreams and a reverse raffle for a $10,000 grand prize.
Tickets cost $170 for individuals or $240 for couples; the cost includes a raffle ticket. Individual raffle tickets cost $100, and only 500 will be sold.
Volunteers in Medicine serves the medically uninsured in Bartholomew County. The event funds one-fourth of the clinic’s operating budget.
For tickets or information, call 376-5100 or go to support.foundation.crh.org/2012ReverseRaffle.
Fourth Street construction project moving along
Rain slowed Fourth Street construction last week, but city officials maintain they’re on schedule to meet the Nov. 7 completion date.
“We’re on track,” City Engineer Dave Hayward said Monday.
The $1.7 million initiative to create a multifunctional urban street, capable of holding citywide festivities such as the Biggest Block Party Ever, reached a notable milestone Thursday with re-opening of the intersection at Fourth and Washington streets. Primary contractor Rieth-Riley Construction plans to have the sidewalks finished by today or Wednesday.
“After that it will be putting the trench drain down the middle of the road,” Hayward said. “They’ll be working on that this week.”
Porous pavement, intended to help the street drain, also will be installed this week.
Columbus North marching band garners top award
The Columbus North High School “Sound of North” marching band was named the best in its class Saturday at the Bands of America Super Regional Championships in Indianapolis.
North, which was among 52 bands to compete at Lucas Oil Stadium, also won its class for outstanding music and general effect, according to Bill Stultz, the North band director.
All North band members received medallions for their accomplishment.
Stickers can help protect kids during house fires
The Columbus Fire Department is continuing its campaign to keep children safe during house fires.
For the second year, the CFD will give away sets of reflective stickers, intended for the bedrooms of children, to be placed on the lower portion of doors and door frames.
The stickers can be obtained from the six local fire stations. They come with instructions, describing exactly where to place the reflective items.
For more information, contact public information officer Matt Noblitt at 376-2584.
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