FRANKLIN, IN – Franklin Community Schools announced Wednesday that EnviroForensics, an Indianapolis-based environmental engineering firm, has been hired to conduct more tests for toxins at two of its schools. The company will conduct sub-slab vapor and indoor air sampling at Needham Elementary and Webb Elementary schools.
Franklin Mayor Barnett supports the actions taken by the school system and has taken the step of ordering additional testing for the city. The mayor announced Wednesday that EnviroForensics will also conduct a focused study of vapors in the sewer backfill and sewer pipe in the city right-of-way west of Eastview Drive and in the vicinity of the schools.
EnviroForensics anticipates completing the sampling sometime next week. Results will be released when they are available.
VERNON, Ind. -The Jennings County Council will hold a special meeting for the third time in a month on Wednesday, March 27, to discuss the county jail. The council has more questions on a proposed work release center in Seymour before counselors can approve funding.
The Board of Commissioners agrees that the original contract calls for a financial commitment of $150,000 a year for 20 years, from Jennings County.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ind. - State and local arson investigators are asking for community support in finding the person or persons responsible for starting six fires in Bedford and Springville in Lawrence County.
The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department received reports of multiple fires on March 19. The blazes involved two occupied houses, one vacant mobile home, a church, plus two wildland fires. Investigators with the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s detective division determined they were intentionally set.
Anyone with information about the fires is encouraged to call the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department at 812-275-3316 or the Indiana Arson Hotline at 1-800-382-4628. Callers may receive a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
COLUMBUS, Ind. - Our Hospice and Zen Fitness are collaborating this month for the March Gladness Campaign. Zen Fitness is giving back to the community by making a $25 donation to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana for every introductory offer sold this month.
The offer includes one month of unlimited classes including Yoga, Pilates, and Barre. “If you have wanted to try Zen Fitness classes, now is a great time to join as you will benefit from improved health and reduced stress, plus Our Hospice patients and families will benefit from the donation,” said, Laura Leonard, Our Hospice President.
You can register for and get more information about the March Gladness campaign by clicking here.
COLUMBUS, Ind. - IUPUC has scheduled its annual spring service project, The Big Event, for Saturday, April 13, and is looking for Columbus-area homeowners who need help. If your yard requires raking, weeding, and mulching, or if you need indoor chores performed such as washing and window cleaning, there are IUPUC student volunteers who will work for you free of charge.
Now in its fifth year, The Big Event is a way for IUPUC and its students to give back to the community. “We are excited to continue the tradition this year,” said Bailey Moss, Coordinator of Leadership and Community for the Office of Student Affairs at IUPUC.
Columbus-area residents interested in volunteers coming to their homes on April 13 may go to www.iupuc.edu/events/thebigevent to download and submit an application form, which must be received by April 6.
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COLUMBUS, Ind. - The Gallery of Media, Art & Design at Ivy Tech Community College Columbus will present an artist workshop and reception April 2 for artist Glen Fuller’s “An Exploration of Composites and Lamination.” The workshop will be held from 1-4:30 p.m. April 2, at Ivy Tech, 4475 Central Ave., in Columbus. A reception will follow from 5 to 8 p.m.
Fuller has been described as an artist, designer, and dreamer
Fuller’s exhibit will be on display and open to the public from March 18 to April 15.
COLUMBUS, Ind. - The Bartholomew County Commissioners will meet Monday morning and they have numerous items to discuss.
The board will hear weekly reports on new permits and new highways. They will consider a notice to bidders for liquid asphalt, a grant application annual renewal for the Information Services Department and a Sheriff Sale Program between the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department and SRI Inc.
And finally, the Commissioners will hear monthly reports from Animal Control and the Veteran's Department.
FRANKLIN, Ind. - Two elementary schools in Johnson County are closed today due to high levels of suspected toxins.
The doors at Webb and Needham Elementary Schools in Franklin will not be open and students will experience an E-Learning day on Thursday, March 21, after a new round of testing uncovered high levels of toxins.
Here is the official statement from Franklin Community Schools:
As recommended by EnviroForensics, Franklin Community Schools requested a second round of sampling be conducted during the winter. Samples of air were taken from below the concrete floor at Needham Elementary and Webb Elementary and sent to a lab for analysis. FCS received preliminary results today. The results in three out of seven samples at Webb Elementary and two out of 10 samples at Needham Elementary were above the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM) screening levels.
Student and staff safety is our number one priority. Out of an abundance of caution, FCS will be implementing an E-Learning Day March 21, for Needham Elementary and Webb Elementary. During spring break, EnviroForensics will be conducting additional sampling. FCS will provide an update on Thursday, March 28.
WHITELAND, Ind. - Residents in the Whiteland area living near the railroad crossing at Tracy Road and Emerson Avenue say the train/vehicle intersection is a problem area and has been for years.
They complain that the crossing is poorly marked, and now just hours after a young woman was killed at the crossing, neighbors want a resolution. The railroad crossing has no stop arms, no guard rails, and no flashing lights. The only warning signal is a stop sign.
Multiple towns in Johnson County have applied for and received a $1.5 million grant that would increase rail safety. The grant goes into effect in 2021.
PRINCETON, New Jersey - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is out with its annual rankings of the health of each county in the United States.
RWJF Program Officer Katrina Badger says to compile the rankings, the company looked at more than 30 factors. She added, "We do look at health behaviors like smoking and obesity rates, as well as clinical care, access to primary care physicians and dentists."
Bartholomew County ranks 35th in health outcomes and 12th in health factors in Indiana, while Johnson County placed 9th in health outcomes and 7th in health factors. View t