Fire damages Columbus home; no one injured
A fire early Wednesday morning caused about $2,000 in damages to a bedroom of a north Columbus home.
Columbus police officers used fire extinguishers to put out the fire at 1:38 a.m. Wednesday before firefighters arrived at 2910 Griffa Ave. No one was injured.
The fire started in a bedroom of the house owned by Cory Fox.
Columbus firefighters removed a burnt mattress and box springs that were involved in the fire and used a thermal imaging camera to check for any extension of the fire around a wall receptacle.
They also used fans to remove smoke from the home.
Auto parts manufacturer to receive tax break
Columbus City Council pledged a property tax break Tuesday to auto parts manufacturer Itsuwa USA to enlarge its building.
The company, at 1349 Acadia Drive, wants to add 14,800 square feet to accommodate installation of a new spray-painting line, which will require 12 additional employees.
Itsuwa USA, which has 30 employees, plans to start construction in January and finish its work by May 2014.
The tax break will phase for property taxes on the building addition over 10 years until full taxes are paid in Year 11.
City officials use the breaks as an incentive for companies to build and expand their businesses in Columbus.
Jack Young to be honored at retirement reception
Veteran Bartholomew County educator Jack Young will be the guest of honor at an open house Aug. 12 at Asbury United Methodist Church.
The 1 to 5 p.m. event is being staged by friends and former students of Young, a long time teacher at Columbus East High School who has devoted the last five years to IUPUC, where he has been a full-time adjunct lecturer.
He has received several recognitions in recent years, the most recent bestowed on him by members of the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. Board, which named the newly remodeled science lab at East High School in his honor.
He was the 2005 recipient of the Edna Folger Teacher of the Year award and in 1999 was selected by USA Today as a member of the All-USA Teacher team.
Workshop helps ease transition to smaller home
A local retirement center will offer a program on making the transition to a smaller home.
The two-hour workshop begins at 10 a.m. July 25 at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road.
The program, to be followed by lunch, is free but reservations can be made by calling Heidi Ahrmann at 372-8481.
Four professionals will talk about preparing to successfully transition to a smaller home. They are:
Jan Brinkman, from Century 21 Breeden Realtors, will address the challenging housing market and offer ways to more effectively market homes.
Juli Suverkrup, from Juli Suverkrup Design, will talk about methods for organizing homes and reducing the number of unwanted items.
Charlie Deweese, a certified property appraiser from Mensendiek Auction and Real Estate, will speak about appraising and selling valuable items through auctions and estate sales.
Chris Kane, of Just for You Senior Services, will discuss choosing a professional mover and preparing for the move.
Heidi Arhmann, Four Seasons director of marketing, said the workshop was planned in response to needs expressed by visitors to the healthcare facility.
“A great number of people tell us that they really would like to downsize, but they don’t know where to begin,” she said.
“We created this workshop to help them get started on simplifying their lives.”
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