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Two people of interest identified in gun theft

Columbus Police Department has identified two people of interest sought in the burglary of a local gun shop.

But department spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said, “At this point, we have not linked them to the crime, and they are not suspects.”

Thieves made off with seven firearms, including several assault rifles, from Peddler Firearms on Monday night or Tuesday morning.

Myers said tips from the community helped police identify the people of interest. Myers would not name them.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information can call Detective Tom Foust at 812-376-2642. Callers can remain anonymous.

Nominations for Family  

of the Year needed

Nominations are being accepted for the annual Family of the Year recognition event planned for 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Donner Center.

Organizers are looking for families who “have overcome adversity in their lives with grace and dignity and families who work and play together,” according to a news release.

State Sen. Greg Walker, R-Columbus, will read a proclamation about the family from Gov. Mitch Daniels. Mayor Kristen Brown also will read a proclamation from the city of Columbus. Additionally, the Smith Elementary School Band will perform.

National Family Week, celebrated this year from Nov. 18-24, has been marked by these awards in Columbus since the late 1980s.

Nominations can be sent to or by calling Judy Lifferth at

342-1552. Deadline is Nov. 10.

Teen leadership group

hosting Halloween event

Leaders of Teens for the Betterment of Bartholomew County have advice for local youth printed on posted sheets as Halloween approaches: “Forget about not being able to trick-or-treat anymore.”

They promise to help area young people do precisely that with Saturday Night Fun for Teens from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. this weekend at Foundation for Youth, 405 Hope Ave. The event, with an admission cost of $3, will include a haunted house, games, food, gymnastics center activities, and what organizers are calling “a dive-in movie” — a showing of “Ghostbusters” in the pool area.

The event is for teens only, but the haunted house is open to the public for $2 per person.

Information: 348-4558,

ext. 207.

Pence campaign making hometown stop Saturday

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence, his wife, Karen, and lieutenant governor candidate Sue Ellspermann will come to his hometown of Columbus on Saturday to campaign.

The 6:30 p.m. event is at Hackman’s Farm Market, 6040 E. State St., and will involve a meal of ham and beans and cornbread, and entertainment.

The Columbus event is Pence’s last stop on his “Big Red Truck Tour.”

To RSVP: Ted Ogle at or 343-2073. There is no deadline to RSVP.

Emergency disaster

training set for today

The Bartholomew County Local Emergency Planning Committee will sponsor a countywide disaster exercise from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Columbus Municipal Airport.

The event satisfies annual training requirements set by the Indiana Emergency Response Commission.

The emergency simulations will include aaspects to test the Columbus Hazardous Materials and SWAT teams, as well as components from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department and Columbus Regional Hospital.

County officials urge anyone who will be in the area of the Columbus Municipal Airport today to be cautious.

SAT prep at Columbus Signature Academy

Columbus Signature Academy-New Tech will host preparatory sessions for high school students intending to take the SAT exam.

Session dates leading up to the Dec. 1 test will be Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Session dates leading up to the March 9 test will be Feb. 9, 16, 23 and March 2.

English sessions will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Math sessions will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost is $200.

CSA-New Tech is at 2205 25th St.

— Staff reports

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