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Welcome to Columbus, a unique city that prides itself on being “unexpected and unforgettable.” Columbus is the county seat of Bartholomew County, where Midwest farming traditions have merged with modern manufacturing and service industries. Though located squarely in America’s heartland, Columbus is truly an international city. People from all over the world call Columbus home. Currently 44 different native languages are spoken by students within the public school system. Much of the area’s ethnic diversity stems from the business community. More than 30 international companies from countries such as Japan, China, India, Germany, Korea and Canada have facilities here. Cummins Inc., headquartered in Columbus, is a global company that brings many international employees to the community. We think the information on these pages will prove invaluable to newcomers as they settle in to life in Columbus. Our hope is that newcomers will learn just how much Columbus has to offer. This has never been a city to settle for “good enough.” Columbus is still guided by the vision expressed in 1964 by the late J. Irwin Miller, former Cummins chairman and philanthropist. “We would like to see the community come to be not the cheapest in America, but the very best community of its size in the country. We would like to see it become the city in which the smartest, the ablest, the best young families anywhere would like to live … a community that is open to every race, color and opinion; that makes them feel welcome and at home here … a community which will offer their children the best education available anywhere … a community of strong, outspoken churches, of genuine cultural interests, exciting opportunities for recreation. No such community can be built without citizens determined to make their community best.” Forty-nine years later the city has come a long way toward fulfilling Miller’s vision. Columbus is ranked sixth in the nation for Innovative Architecture Design by the American Institute of Architects. It has also been recognized as one of the 100 Best Small Art Towns in America, one of the Safest Metropolitan Areas (America’s Safest Cities), one of the Best Places to Live and Launch a Business (Fortune Small Business magazine) and one of the top Historical Places in the World (National Geographic Traveler magazine). So welcome! Make yourself at home. We hope this publication will smooth your path and help you take full advantage of all that life in Columbus has to offer.


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28 IU Center for Art & Design

10 Getting started

30 Libraries

14 Connections

32 Government

18 Newcomers Club

34 Business

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35 Health Care

22 Housing

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NUMBERS Square miles of land area: 406.9 Total population: 76,794 Under 5 years old: 6.8% Under 18 years old: 25.2% 65 years and older: 14% Diversity: 6.2% Hispanic or Latino 3.4% Asian

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1.8% Black

87% White, Non-Hispanic

education: Percentage of those 25 and older with:

High school diploma: 88.4%

There’s a popular saying that goes, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” While things really aren’t quite that unpredictable, Columbus definitely has four distinct seasons. Over the course of a year, wardrobe requirements will range from shorts and T-shirts to snow boots and parkas. The average high temperature for the year is 62 degrees Fahrenheit, though hot summer days frequently register in the 90s. The average low temperature is 43 degrees. While temperatures below zero are fairly rare, they do occur.

Bachelor’s degree or higher: 25.8%

The coldest month is January, with an average low temperature of 18.5 degrees and an average high of 34.5.


The warmest month is July, with an average high of 85.6 degrees and an average low of 65.2.

31,749 Housing units Home ownership rate: 75.2% Median household income: $52,545 — Source: U.S. Census Bureau

The most significant severe weather threat in this area comes in the form of springtime thunderstorms that can pack high winds, hail and even tornadoes. The city is equipped with storm warning sirens that public safety officials sound when severe weather threatens. *Note: Severe weather warning sirens are tested at noon on the first Friday of every month.


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Getting Started

getting started Moving here is relatively easy. Information about the basics is usually a phone call or a mouse click away.

Driver’s license

There are two Bartholomew County branches of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. • 745 Schnier Drive, Columbus, 379-9323. 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sundays and Mondays. • 611½ Harrison, Hope, 546-5416. 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. When you become a resident of Indiana, you have 60 days to obtain a new Indiana driver’s license if you hold a valid driver’s license from another state. You must also transfer the titles and registrations of any vehicles you own from your previous state to Indiana. When you apply for an Indiana driver’s license, you must surrender any valid driver’s licenses that you hold from other states. If you do not hold a valid driver’s license from another state, you 10

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must hold an Indiana learner’s permit for 180 days before you may obtain an Indiana driver’s license. You may not drive in Indiana with an out-of-state learner’s permit. The United States signed an agreement with many other countries to honor a foreign driver’s license for visitors to the United States for at least one year from the date of arrival. An out-of-country driver’s license cannot be used for identification purposes. You do not have to surrender an out-of-country license if you are issued an Indiana driver’s license, permit or identification card. If you have an out-of-country driver’s license and intend to become a resident of Indiana or meet Indiana residency requirements, you must pass the vision screening test, written knowledge test and driving skills test to obtain an Indiana driver’s license. All documents proving your identity, Social Security number, lawful status and Indiana residency will be verified through a central verification process. The BMV will issue an interim license, valid for 30 days, authorizing the holder to drive pending authentication of documents submitted to BMV. When your documents are verified, the BMV will mail the license, permit or identification card to you. If the documents cannot be verified, you will receive a letter explaining the determination and your rights to request an administrative hearing to review the determination. No refunds will be issued in the case of documents that cannot be verified.

When registering your vehicle for the first time and renewing your registration/license plate annually, you will pay an excise tax fee. Passenger vehicles and recreational vehicles have separate excise tax rates. For more information, visit


Electric power is provided by either Duke Energy or Bartholomew County REMC. Duke’s online center for starting, stopping or transferring service or reporting an outage is duke-energy. com/indiana.asp. If you’d rather call, the Moving Center’s number is 800-521-2232, and the number for reporting outages or other problems is 800-343-3525. Bartholomew County REMC is located at 1697 Deaver Road. The office number is 372-2546. The outage/ emergency number is 372-5333. After office hours (which are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday), call 800-927-5672. Information:

Other energy

Natural gas is supplied by Vectren. To sign up, visit or If you choose the latter, under “Moving?” click on “Order Service.” You can also call 800-227-1376 to sign up or to report outages. The two major suppliers of propane and oil in the county are Columbus Silgas, at 1864 W. Road 550N, 372-4469, and Premier Energy, 785 S. Marr Road, 373-5555.


To start water and sewage service, contact Columbus City Utilities, 1111 McClure Road, 372-8861. If you are a homeowner, there is no deposit. Go to the office or send a fax to 376-2427 with your address and a date specifying when you’d like the service to begin. If you are a renter, you will need to visit the office and bring a copy of your lease, as well as a $75 deposit. In case of a problem, a call to the office will route you to the proper function within the agency.


If you are a Columbus resident, your garbage and yard waste are handled by the Columbus Sanitation Department. Each Columbus household is equipped with a brown trash Toter. These are to be set out by 7 a.m. on collection day. To obtain your Toter or get additional information, contact the department at 376-2509. Green Toter brand carts available at Lowe’s Home Improvement in either 64-gallon or 96-gallon sizes must be used for city yard waste. Residents elsewhere in the county can take their trash to the landfill at 811 E. Road 450S or to one of the two transfer stations at 11110 25th St. (east of Petersville) or 10293 W. Old Nashville Road. They can take their yard waste to the county yard waste site at 720 S. Mapleton St. Information: 342-2756.


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Getting Started Mapleton Street location as well. Drive-thru recycling is available Monday through Saturday. Hazardous waste is accepted on Wednesdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The office at the Mapleton site provides a booklet called “Talkin’ Trash” that goes into useful detail about both city and county programs for all these services. Information: 3762614 or County residents can also contact Rumpke of Indiana, 1950 W. Tellman Road, 372-1225, about recycling and waste disposal.


Telephone service for those desiring land lines is provided by AT&T, with two offices located at 2615 Central Ave and 2075 Jonathan Moore Pike. Getting hooked up, reaching customer service and bill inquiries are handled by calling 800-288-2020. For repairs, call 800-8689696. AT&T also provides cellular service, as do Sprint (800-877-4646) and Verizon (800-922-0204). Comcast also offers land line service.


vote at Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ license branches. The two Bartholomew County branches are at 745 Schnier Drive, Columbus, 379-9323, and 611½ Harrison, Hope, 546-5416.


The taxes paid by Bartholomew County residents are real property, personal property (such as equipment used for a business), inheritance and an innkeepers’ tax for hotel owners. The taxing units are the state of Indiana, Bartholomew County, all townships, the school corporations within the county’s boundaries, the county library and the city of Columbus and all other incorporated small towns in Bartholomew County. Taxes are due and payable in two equal installments on or before May 10 and Nov. 10. Payments may be made at the treasurer’s office in the county governmental office building, at various area banks, by phone at 800-272-9829 or online at treasurer/property.php#pay.

Cable TV is offered locally by Comcast, 1470 Jackson St. To establish service, go to the office or call 877-237-0576. Provide your name, address and the level of service you desire. (There are cable packages ranging from basic to comprehensive, as well as Internet access and telephone.) Report problems at the office or the above phone number.

Finding help

Newspaper subscriptions

Volunteer opportunities

The Republic is published seven days a week, with print and online subscriptions available. You can subscribe at or by calling 379-5601.

For those unsure about how to get the help they need, United Way 211 is a division of United Way of Bartholomew County providing information and referral services to the people of Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings and Scott counties. In Columbus dial 211 or 376-6666.

Perhaps you want to give back to the community and volunteer. Volunteer information and placement are available at the Volunteer Action Center, 314-2706, or by visiting

Post offices

There are several post offices in Bartholomew County. The two Columbus locations and their hours are: • 450 Jackson St. Windows hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. • 1637 N. National Road (inside Columbus Pawn Inc.). 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Visitors Center

The Columbus Visitors Center has valuable information for newcomers as well as tourists. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from March through November, from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The center offers guided tours of the city’s architecture, displays, photographs and storyboards, an informative movie about the city and a gift shop. For information and reservations, call 378-2622 or visit

Voter registration

Voter registration is a function of the county clerk’s office. You’ll find the voter registration office on the first floor of the courthouse at 234 Washington St., across from the Security Station. The phone number is 379-1604. You can also register to The recycling center. The Republic file photo


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Finding Columbus

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Columbus is conveniently located along Interstate 65 in southern Indiana. Many major cities and their attractions are within two hours’ drive. Popular places to visit using Columbus as headquarters include: Indianapolis: One hour Home to the Indianapolis 500 in May and the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race in July. The Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Children’s Museum and Eiteljorg Museum are major attractions. Louisville, Ky.: 90 minutes Its main claim to fame is the legendary Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Cincinnati: 90 minutes It hosts one of the finest and largest history repositories in the country, the Museum Center, located in a beautiful railroad terminal. Madison: One hour Host of the Madison Regatta and historic site of numerous 19th-century mansions. Corydon: 90 minutes The first state capital of the Indiana territory is also near Marengo Caves. Bardstown, Ky.: Two hours The setting for Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home” and the bourbon capital of the world.

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connections Columbus is a city proud of its ever-expanding ethnic diversity. One way the community celebrates this diversity is with the annual Ethnic Expo festival, held on the second weekend of October. But the efforts to make Columbus’ increasingly diverse population feel at home go far beyond one weekend of celebration. Through a recently formed partnership, Columbus Area Multi-Ethnic Organization, Leadership Bartholomew County and Columbus Young Professionals are working together to:

Promote diversity in the Columbus community Support economic growth by creating an attractive business climate Help develop future leaders Connect businesses and organizations to new customers Attract and retain talent to the Columbus community Help build a more welcoming community Help newcomers get connected Support the development of programs that benefit employees, businesses and the community

“The city of Columbus is committed to building an economically vibrant and welcoming community where all people are valued by utilizing their differences and where every resident is respected and has an opportunity to participate in all facets of community life. The CAMEO, CYP and LBC partnership is key to making sure that happens.” —Mayor Kristen Brown


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Columbus Area Multi-Ethnic Organization (CAMEO)

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Mission: Provide a forum for ethnic associations to: develop and coordinate programs and activities that encourage everyone to recognize and appreciate the traditions of all ethnic cultures, and help people feel welcomed in the community. Get involved: • Attend a membership meeting, 6-7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Chamber of Commerce • Join CAMEO as an individual member or partner organization (no financial obligation) • Encourage involvement of employees, colleagues and friends CAMEO’s member organizations are: African American Association Contact information: Tom Harmon, president, Columbus Chinese Association Contact information:; Kai Wang, president, Columbus Japanese Business Association Contact information: Yusuke Kawashima,; Makoto Torisu,; Shigeo Misuda, Columbus Korean Association Contact information: Kris (Youhyun) Kim, 344-5317; Seungkwan Chon, 378-0178; HeaKyung Kang, 342-6388. Columbus Latin American Association Contact information: President Rocio Rodriguez,; Vice President Juan Carlos Ramirez, Indian Association of Columbus Contact information: President Shashi Singh, Middle Eastern Association Contact Information: Pakistan Association Contact Information: Trinbago Association Contact information: Rawle Douglas,; Wayne De Freitas, Information: columbus Welcome Guide



Columbus Young Professionals (CYP) Mission: To enhance life, community and careers of young professionals in the Columbus area. Get involved: • Become a member (annual membership is $45 or $25 for students). • Attend an event-monthly opportunities to volunteer, socialize and attend professional development sessions • Third Thursday-Networking event 7 p.m. at a different local restaurant. • Join a committee to help coordinate events and activities for young professionals in Columbus. • Promote CYP to employees, colleagues and friends. Information:,

“Not only has CYP helped me to build my business and reputation, but it has also played a huge role in forming friendships with other young professionals. I greatly value both the patients and friends I have acquired through this organization. At each CYP event, I meet new people, and my name as a local small business owner spreads!” — Dr. Mandy Wyant, Owner/Chiropractor, Family Chiropractic & Wellness, CYP member 

“Participating in the LBC class really shrank the community for me. Now I know people and they know me.”

—Erin Brunette, Larry Nunn & Associates, LBC Graduate

Leadership Bartholomew County (LBC) Mission: To champion a diverse leadership throughout Bartholomew County by assisting and empowering leaders for community enrichment and civic engagement. Get involved: • Class recruitment begins in June for the 2013-2014 class. • Promote LBC to employees, colleagues, and friends. Information:

“As we all know, people are the focus for any community and company alike. In order to be successful, we must be able to bring different people together — to work, to grow, to progress and to learn from one another. At the same time, we need to nurture and grow leaders that will take us into the future. CAMEO, CYP and LBC provide the platform that will allow us to achieve our goal of creating a truly welcoming community and at the same time ensure a successful future.” —Ryan Hou, Owner, LHP Software


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Students from the 2013 Leadership Bartholomew County class. Photo courtesy of LBC.

Other connections

There are many other groups and organizations in the community to help newcomers become acclimated to their new home. Here are a few. The Columbus Newcomers Club Open to anyone interested in making new friends. Meetings: 9 a.m. the third Thursday of every month at North Christian Church. Activities include bunco, ladies night out, breakfast with friends, culinary group, book club and luncheon out. Information:; or Michele LaPointe, 373-0185 or, or on Facebook. Inclusive Community Coalition Mission: Fostering dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity. Website: Contact: Pride Alliance Columbus Mission: To build a community of inclusiveness, equality and justice for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Meetings: 7 p.m., fourth Thursday of each month, conference room at Bartholomew County Public Library Website: Contact:

Columbus Human Rights Commission Mission: To lead Columbus in building and maintaining an inclusive community by: — Enforcing the Human Rights Ordinance — Educating the public — Challenging attitudes and systems that create barriers to equality — Empowering community members to advance this mission Website: Contact: 376-2532 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) United Way Center 1531 13th St., Suite 1310 314-2708, Cummins Inc. also has many diversity affinity groups. Contact Cummins Human Resources for more information.

Lorraine Smith, director of Columbus Human Rights Commission, talks to Gwen Wiggins of the local NAACP. Photos courtesy of CAMEO

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Newcomers Club By Jenni L. Muncie-Sujan

“We gave the kids their dad back,” Kelly Smit says, referring to her four sons, Andrew, 20, Aaron, 19, McLaren, 8, and Kinley, 4, who instantly got more time with their father, Willem (Wim) Smit, after he accepted a new position with significantly reduced travel time. While the two oldest are going to college in Calgary, Alberta, the two younger boys made the move to Columbus from Canada with their parents for Wim’s new job in power generation at Cummins Inc. Even before they moved in September 2012, the couple came to Columbus for a week of exploration and to get an idea about their next steps in relocating. During that week, a Cummins employee, one of Wim’s colleagues, suggested the couple check out the Newcomers Club, which offers information about Columbus and initiates social interaction among those who are seeking their bearings in the community. While the couple had received a general tour of Columbus, Kelly followed the advice that was shared and visited the club. “That was when I felt better,” she said. “Everyone, in some degree or another, had been in the shoes that I was in.” The uncertainties she shared about transitional steps in housing and banking and other common necessities were eagerly met with name-specific referrals from the


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other members of the club. “It all really started through Newcomers,” Kelly says. “The first day [in Columbus] was such a catastrophe,” she said, that when she went to the meeting on the second day, and they invited her to lunch afterward, “to me, at that point, it was extraordinary kindness.” While Wim and Kelly are quick to admit that everyone’s experience is different, they are certain about a primary factor. “The first thing that we would say is: Be prepared to be patient.” Beyond the excitement of a new adventure and the vision of settling in a new environment, the Smits family found it was the unexpected bumps in the road that made the transition most difficult. No longer regarded by banks as an income-earning spouse, Kelly found it emotionally exhausting to be without credit, without a Social Security number, and unable to apply for home loans or be in good standing with utility companies. Although the couple has 20 years of billpaying history in Canada, in the U.S., they started from ground zero. “Before you know it, you have spent $1,000 on deposits,” Kelly says. “If you don’t find the support you’re looking for, there are other avenues you can go down,” Wim says. “Relocation people are here to show you what is here,” says Kelly, “but they are not your advocate, the ones to develop that personal connection.” She says the Newcomers Club gave her immediate membership. “The people who are my best connections right now, or best buddies, are all from Newcomers,” Kelly says. “If you’re having a bad day, you can call up any one of them, and they will help you work it out.” She believes that getting involved in the community is how a person survives and eventually thrives after relocation. And she should know. Through a friend’s recommendation at an IUPUC career fair, Kelly found a job as museum manager at kidscommons and has become a board member of the Newcomers Club, jumping into the heart of Columbus activity. Calie Amini understands the momentous adjustment that the Smits have made. Although she is an American citizen, she has lived internationally with her French husband, Dahmane Amini. “I needed to find everything,” she says of her overwhelming experience. “Somebody mentioned this club in the community to me, and I

just showed up one day. It gave me an outlet socially to meet women.” Men are not excluded from the club, but throughout the years, the members have been women, most of them transplanted as they followed their husbands’ careers. Shortly after Amini’s move to Columbus, she became the president of the Newcomers Club. Comfortable with the leadership role because she had been part of a similar club for four years while in Germany, she has been in the role for two years. The Newcomers Club has been around for more than 20 years, offering a social outlet to people who want to familiarize themselves with the Columbus community. Amini says 70 percent of the people in Newcomers are foreign, and most of the 30 percent who are Americans have been to another country. “We have a very international atmosphere in the club. The nice thing about new people coming in is that we usually have people who are from that country or have been to that country to help them acclimate.” Each month, the Newcomers Club has a special speaker from a small business or some entity of the community. During a coffee time, attendees can chat and get the answers they need to make their next step. During the month, the club also offers culinary and gaming events, book clubs, home meetings and opportunities to eat out. Members also participate in volunteer activities, such as Book Buddies and helping at Foundation for Youth. “I like to see when new people come in how they are welcomed and their needs are taken care of,” Amini says. “Most of these expatriates are only going to be here for two to four years.”

Amini is a stay-at-home mom, but she is also an oil, watercolor and mixed media artist. Like her, most women in the Newcomers Club are highly educated and do not work outside the home because they have come to the area for their husbands’ jobs. Even though men do not attend the regular meetings, Wim says the husbands usually end up becoming acquainted through the Newcomers Club holiday parties that are family-centered. “I think what is amazing about coming to Columbus is that it is such a microcosm of the world,” says Kelly. “To see all the different nationalities here ... and all of the different stuff there is to do here, there is always something going on in the community that is really remarkable for a city of this size. And it’s all there available at your fingertips for you to experience.” Amini also recommends the club to people who may not be internationally relocating — such as a new retiree, a new mom or someone who has recently moved to the community. “If you’re doing something new in life, then come see us.” “There is a whole process that is involved that will be unique for each person,” Kelly says, getting a nod of agreement from her husband. “Be prepared to hit snags that you’re not expecting and have to work through them. You are your own best advocate in any situation, so never be shy to ask questions, and if you don’t understand, keep asking questions.” The Newcomers Club meets at 9 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month at North Christian Church, 850 Tipton Lane.

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hashi Singh loves challenges. “That is what drives me and motivates me. Anything that challenges me, I grab it with both hands.” After finishing his first master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Hawaii at Minoa, Singh moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., where he completed his second master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Michigan because he was “interested in controls and more technical things.” Immediately after graduation in 2011, he accepted a position at Cummins Inc. and moved to Columbus. “Initially, when I came here, my impression of this town was kind of a quiet town.” He notes that the average age in Columbus is higher than in Ann Arbor, but he still felt a lot of energy in his new environment. “There were a lot of opportunities here in town, a couple of towns that are not far away from here, Indianapolis, Louisville and Chicago, that you can go to on long weekends. Eventually, I started liking this town because it gives you a quiet time to relax.” As a Hindu, Singh occasionally visits the temples in Indianapolis; otherwise, he says people can find anything they want in Columbus. By his description, Singh does not have a short-term relationship with his goals. “I stay there and take my time to understand it and get it done. That’s what keeps me ticking all the time.” While this enthusiasm refers to his work with engines at Cummins, it is easy to see where the same pattern of dedication repeats itself in the other areas of his life. Now, as a senior controls application engineer, Singh has acclimated to the quieter town and has found a new rhythm of career and social activities. One new venture has been involvement with the nonprofit Indian Association of Columbus. The IAC serves as a tool to bring the Columbus community together by shar-

ing the Eastern Indian culture through various activities, including social and athletic events. A native of India, he is the current president of the IAC, in a position that is elected annually. Singh wants to make a mark that helps many. “I’m just trying to add my special spice on that to make the events much better — make people more aware and

mingle with them and understand them.” Uniqueness and diversity are traits he appreciates about Columbus. “We bring all different cultures. Living in tandem with diversity is what we propagate. “I want to be a part of the community and help the community in whatever way I can.” He does this through his service to IAC and a planning committee with United Way of Bartholomew County. “We

“We bring all different cultures. Living in tandem with diversity is what we propagate.” —SHASHI SINGH encourage everyone to be involved. “We want everyone to play. It’s open to all,” Singh says of the IAC. “Anyone can come and enjoy the activities that we do.” Bindi Mohan serves as the vice president of the IAC and works alongside Singh. She notices two distinct traits about him: He doesn’t panic, even in the face of a looming deadline, and he is always in a jovial mood. Mohan says that the people around Singh can be working through a problem, and he will lighten the mood by cracking a joke, calmly resolving issues and making people laugh. Mohan sees in Singh a leader who has furthered the goals of the organization: attracting more people, creating more volunteer opportunities and new events, and engaging the community. “Every year, the president has this vision,” Mohan says. “He is meeting that vision.” While eager to share his own culture, Singh is similarly enthusiastic about gathering knowledge of other cultures. “On a Columbus level, Ethnic Expo is the best way for different cultures to come to one place,” Singh says. “Unless you know how other cultures are, you won’t be able to

are passionate to serve the community ... to make life richer.” When he is not at work or serving in a volunteer role, he describes his free time as quite typical. “I like to go places, to visit places,” says Singh, who spent time last summer traveling from the southern-most part of California to the northern-most part. He is currently reading leadership books and autobiographies of historical figures. “I love to watch movies, do the normal things that people do: listen to music, spend time with friends.” And he is engaged to be married next year. Singh seems to bring the same pressing purpose from his career to the other endeavors he pursues. He participates in badminton, cricket, volleyball, tennis and table tennis tournaments, along with local activities such as Summerfest and a culture program that celebrates the Holi festival. During these community-based events, other people have the opportunity to learn about Indian culture, and Singh thinks they enjoy the diversity. “We see a lot of involvement, a lot of people who enjoy the shows we do.” columbus Welcome Guide


Housing Charleston Square 2410 Charleston Place, 372-2661

housing The Columbus area offers choices in a place to live that suit nearly any circumstance. Whether one is here for the long term or for a fixed period, single or part of a family, or at any particular point on the income scale, options abound.

The Cole 200 Jackson St., 800-737-3980 Columbus Village 1560 28th St., 379-2043 Eastlake Woods 1020 Thicket Court, 342-2310 Fairington 2351 Fairington Court, 376-8836 Fox Pointe Apartments 4740 Fox Trail Lane, 378-2178 LHP Professional Housing 703 Washington St., 812-390-8085 Lincoln Village Cooperative 5135 N. Lincoln Village Drive, 376-0338 Monarch Crossing 420 Wint Lane, 372-8100 Parkview Townhomes 3393 N. Country Brook Court, 373-0711 Quail Run 1182 Quail Run Drive, 376-9266

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Home prices have remained fairly stable in the area compared with the volatility seen on the national scale due to economic developments of the last few years. Columbus has a variety of housing available, from historic homes to subdivision properties to custom-designed structures on rugged landscape with scenic views.


Apartment complexes in the Columbus area are located in a variety of environments, from densely populated parts of town near commercial centers to settings with a more natural ambience. The major complexes are listed here.


River Stone 3440 Riverstone Way, 372-5399 Spruce Ridge 3770 Blue Court, 375-0047 Steinhurst Manor 133 Salzburg Blvd., 376-9933 Stonegate 1001 Stonegate Drive, 376-3478 The Villas 4101 Waycross Drive, 379-1225

Arbors at Waters Edge 4060 N. Road 150W, 669-1076

Wedgewood Commons Flintwood North Housing Addition (office: 5540 25th St.) 376-6810

Briarwood 2350 Thornybrook Drive, 376-9727

Westwood Pines 4745 Pine Ridge Drive, 342-1100

Cambridge Square 3301 McKinley Ave., 372-8562

Williamsburg Way 3838 Williamsburg Way, 376-3718

Canterbury House 3501 Nicholas Lane, 379-4299

Willowwood Apartments 3549 Cardinal Court, 376-9160

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buy a house Someone moving to Columbus from another locale — perhaps even another country — is going to find a real estate market that favorably compares with any in the nation. Resources for selecting houses to consider for purchase, including The Republic and the Multiple Listing Service, a database of properties for sale through licensed real estate agents, are readily available. So a person who has taken a job in Columbus wants to buy a home here. How does the process work? The basic steps involved are determining what you want, getting pre-qualified, settling on a property, making an offer, negotiation, inspection, appraisal and closing. Today’s young professionals confer with their peers throughout the home-buying process. “They tend to start their searches online, contacting colleagues who have moved here for suggestions about desirable areas of the city,” says Prudential Indiana Realty’s Steven Glasgow. Annette Donica Blythe of RE/MAX Real Estate Professionals says that the step of winnowing the features one desires to a list of essentials is something today’s shoppers conduct rather efficiently. “Often they ask to look at two or three houses and no others.”  Scott Taskey, a real estate agent with Century 21 Breeden Realtors, says home shoppers, particularly in recent years, given the influx of international residents and those returning after residencies abroad, “are pretty savvy about the pre-qualification process. Most of the time, the internationals have sound finances. These are people who are moving here because they are sharp enough to get hired here.” Glasgow says that this smoothes the way for the remainder of the process. “We like to have a pre-qualification letter pretty quickly.” Pre-qualification is the determination by a lender, based on examining someone’s credit

history and financial picture, of how much the person can comfortably borrow. “I rarely suggest that people spend up to that pre-qualification limit,” he adds. Blythe says that “with the way the banking system has been the last few years, the lending process is a little more complicated. The pre-approval letter enhances the credibility of an offer.” Along with banks, other types of lending institutions include credit unions and mortgage companies. Cummins Inc. has a relocation package for transferees, an arrangement handled by Brookfield Global Relocation. The package handles various fees incurred during the process. Taskey also notes that shoppers from other countries place a high priority on prospects for children receiving a quality education. “I’ve had two or three couples recently who didn’t even have kids yet, but were interested in getting in the right school district.”  According to Blythe, they are “sometimes shocked by the size of a house here compared to one with the same number of bedrooms in, say, Brazil or France.” Glasgow notes that “a few years back, older ‘fixer-upper’ homes were hot, but now, new houses that don’t require a lot of maintenance are more preferred.”  For the general home-buyer, the next step is generally an inspection by an independent company in that business. The inspection report details the condition of such aspects of the house as electricity, roofing, paint, plumbing and caulking. The real estate agent then often submits an inspection response, the basis for negotiating which

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party will pay for any repairs or upgrades. Then the lender will have the property appraised. The appraiser is a state-licensed person randomly selected to give an independent assessment of the home’s value. If the appraisal is equal to or greater than the agreed-upon price, the parties move to the closing phase. If not, further negotiations occur. There are costs associated with closing. These include lender’s fees, a title work fee and sometimes the first few months’ taxes and insurance costs. “Sometimes people coming here have to set up an account, and that can lead to a Catch-22,” says Blythe. “It can involve obtaining a driver’s license, and sometimes the BMV wants to see a utility bill to issue one.” The local real estate market, known for its stability even through the economic disruptions of recent times, is actually stronger now than it was a couple of years ago, as evidenced by a rise in multiple offers on given properties. “Occasionally, out-of-town appraisers are bringing with them knowledge of their own markets, thinking ours is the same,” says Blythe. “Markets only 30 miles away from each other can vary significantly.”


education Options abound for the education of the K-12 set in Bartholomew County. There are two public school corporations, as well as myriad private institutions. Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. administrative offices are at 1200 Central Ave. The phone number is 376-4234. Elementary Schools (Grades K-6) Clifty Creek 4625 E. Road 50N, 376-4342 Columbus Signature Academy – Fodrea Campus 2775 Illinois Ave., 376-4321 Columbus Signature Academy – Lincoln Campus 750 Fifth St., 376-4447 Mount Healthy 12150 S. Indiana 58, 342-2463 Parkside 1400 Parkside Drive, 376-4314 W.D. Richards 3311 Fairlawn Drive, 376-4311 Rockcreek 13000 E. Road 200S, 579-5221 Lillian Schmitt 2675 California St., 376-4307 L.F. Smith 4505 Waycross Drive, 376-4317 Southside 1320 W. Road 200S, 376-4423 Taylorsville 9711 S. Walnut St., Taylorsville, 526-5448 Middle Schools (Grades 7-8) Central 725 Seventh St., 376-4286 Northside 1400 27th St., 376-4403 High Schools (Grades 9-12) 24

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Columbus East 230 S. Marr Road, 376-4369 Columbus North 1400 25th St., 376-4431 Columbus Signature Academy New Tech High School, 2205 25th St., 376-4595 McDowell Education Center 2700 McKinley Ave., 376-4451 McDowell offers English as a Second language classes designed to help adults who want to learn English or improve their understanding and use of the English language. Students can work on all skills or focus on a particular skill such as listening, speaking, writing, vocabulary, or grammar. Other opportunities include learning American culture, life and pre-employment skills, and citizenship requirements. To Enroll into ESL class, students must attend orientation to assess their academic levels and decide the best educational plan for them. The program is designed for students who can commit to attend class for six months or longer. Information: 376-4451, or Flat Rock–Hawcreek School Corp. Flat Rock–Hawcreek School Corp. administrative offices are at 9423 N. Indiana 9 in Hope. The phone number is 546-4922.

Schools Hope Elementary School 9575 N. Indiana 9, Hope, 546-5001 Hauser Junior-Senior High School 9273 N. Indiana 9, Hope, 546-4421 Other schools Bartholomew County is also home to the following private and parochial schools. ABC-Stewart School 6691 W. Indiana 46, 342-3029 Bethel Holiness Christian School 6060 U.S. 31, 376-0210 Columbus Christian School 3170 Indiana Ave., 372-3780 North Star Montessori School 2320 Midway, 379-4180 St. Bartholomew Catholic School 1306 27th St., 379-9353 St. Peter’s Lutheran School 719 Fifth St., 372-5266 White Creek Lutheran School 16270 S. Road 300W, 342-6832 Ethnic-focused schools Columbus Chinese Language School Information: A nonprofit organization teaching Chinese language and culture. Part of the Columbus Chinese Association, CCLS is open to the public and provides a nurturing environment for those who want to learn the Chinese language and culture. CCLS has eight classes for students from preschool age up to seventh grade.

Classes meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays at Central Middle School, 725 Seventh St. Indiana Japanese Language School Information: 317-255-1631, A nonprofit organization teaching Japanese language and culture at The Orchard School in Indianapolis. IJLS offers courses for everyone from preschool students to adults. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday. IJLS operates a commuting bus for students from Columbus. Gurukul (Indian School) Information: 378-4684 or 373-7626. Meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Sunday at North Star Montessori School, 2320 Midway. The program is designed to provide opportunities for children ages 5 and older to learn about Hindu knowledge and Indian heritage. Spanish Language School Information: Su Casa at 375-9370 or Sponsored by Su Casa Columbus and The Columbus Latin American Association, the school offers sessions for students from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays at Northside Middle School. Instructors help students work on improving their social skills with an emphasis on learning the cultural aspect of the Spanish-speaking world, mainly Latin America.

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The college and university campuses in Columbus are each part of statewide systems. Students enjoy the benefit of resources from throughout those systems, yet the Columbus campuses are closely tied to the community and its particular economic and cultural makeup. Given that many of these schools’ students are commuters with busy lives, these institutions make flexibility and attention to individuals’ needs a priority. With the exception of Indiana Wesleyan, which is located on the west side, all these campuses are on the city’s north side, near Columbus Municipal Airport. The Columbus Learning Center includes classroom space, laboratories, a bookstore, an auditorium and a library used by IUPUC, Purdue University College of Technology and Ivy Tech. IUPUC 4601 Central Ave., 348-7311, Indiana University–Purdue University Columbus is part of a statewide network, but it is a school with a distinct identity and a robust and multifaceted campus life. Student organizations have proliferated in recent years, and various faculty members have distinguished themselves in their fields, earning recognition from peers and publishing important research findings. IUPUC is at the north end of the complex that includes the Columbus Learning Center, the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence and Ivy Tech. The Learning Center’s University Library of Columbus serves these institutions, as well as the Purdue University College of Technology. IUPUC students can pursue degrees or enhance their understanding of the world in academic areas ranging from the humanities to science to preparation for a profession. Ivy Tech Community College 4475 Central Ave., 372-9925, Ivy Tech specializes in an affordable education specifically designed to meet the needs of the student. One can earn an associate degree or certificate, or transfer credits to an Indiana four-year institution for further study. Along with several schools offering courses in an array of vocational fields, the college has a strong liberal arts school and a fine arts school that has turned out generations of creative painters, photojournalists, illustrators and designers. Its Workforce and Economic Development department tailors programs and services to meet the needs of area businesses, so that a student planning on participating in the Columbus economy will be prepared for the opportunity. The department’s Accelerating Indiana’s Workforce initiative can custom-design courses, seminars, workshops and certificate programs to facilitate the matching of worker skills and business needs. Ivy Tech also offers an array of personal enrichment courses, ranging from beekeeping to wine tasting to creative writing. Columbus Learning Center 4555 Central Ave., 314-8500, The dramatic curving lines of the 130,000-square-foot Learning Center building ensure its place among Columbus’ architectural jewels. Inside, the building’s technology and space qualify it for uses 26

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ranging from college-level study to art exhibits to an array of community services. It houses a bookstore, 20 classrooms, a 205-seat auditorium, the College and Career Exploration Center, the Assessment and Certification Center, and the Center for Teaching and Learning, under the purview of which the University Library of Columbus operates. The Columbus

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Purdue College of Technology 4444 Kelly Street, 348-2025, Purdue College of Technology describes itself as a “unique partnership between education, business, industry and government leaders formed to meet Indiana’s need for trained technologists and technicians.” Its Columbus operation is located within IUPUC. Academic standards and class environments are the same as those on Purdue’s main campus. There are several programs in which a student can complete a bachelor’s degree in Columbus. Upon completion of an associate degree, a student may apply those credits toward higher degrees at other Purdue campuses.

Harrison College 2222 Poshard Drive, 379-9000, Campuses/Columbus-in Originally known as Indiana Business College, this statewide system of 12 campuses has served those aspiring to careers in business for 108 years. The Harrison network now includes a School of Health Sciences, and Columbus students can prepare for jobs in various areas of medical work. Among Harrison’s advantages are oneon-one financial assistance, small class sizes, scheduling flexibility, its Tuition Freeze program and lifelong employment assistance.

Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence 4444 Kelly St., 348-2025 This new 43,000-square-foot facility, designed by famed architect Cesar Pelli, sits just east of Columbus Learning Center. The facility is shared by IUPUC, Ivy Tech Community College Columbus and Purdue College of Technology. An education facility for training in advanced manufacturing and technology related careers, the center offers two- and four-year technology and engineering-related degrees, certifications, executive education, on-site and virtual training, business and research support, prototyping

Indiana Wesleyan 3449 W. Jonathan Moore Pike, 376-7346, Indiana Wesleyan University’s Columbus Education and Conference Center is located at Exit 68 off Interstate 65, just five minutes from downtown. The 8,500-square-foot facility houses  six state-of-the-art classrooms, three study rooms, a computer lab, a chapel, and break and lounge areas. IWU is a private Christian university serving the adult student with graduate and undergraduate degree programs in business, nursing and education with classes available on-site in Columbus or online.

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While IUCA+D is not in itself a school, it operates as an off-site extension for other schools. With Columbus as a living laboratory, those who want to study various design disciplines are drawn to the offerings of IUCA+D. Located downtown at the northwest corner of Jackson and Third streets, this 7,000-square-foot facility holds a studio, a classroom and exhibition gallery. The gallery houses the work of three to five different artists each year and is available for public viewing. Director and professor Kelly Wilson said the essence of IUCA+D is a recognition that all forms of design share common ingredients. The purpose is to bring a connection between the design forms in a “radical program that makes no

distinction between artist and designer.” With hopes to “relocate design from the periphery to the center of human experience,” IUCA+D strives also to embrace civic consciousness. This partnership between the community and design is a welcome union in a city that celebrates art in many forms and is recognized nationwide for its architectural significance. Funding for IUCA+D came as $2.3 million in public and private funds over the first five years as the facility began, and operational expenses are paid by Indiana University. Both accredited classes and non-accredited courses are available, including introductory classes for high school students.


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Rebecca McKinney looks for library books with her children, Beau and Ruby, at the Bartholomew County Public Library in Hope. The Republic file photo


County residents enjoy easy access to library services for all ages through the county library system’s main library in Columbus, Hope Branch and Bookmobile service. The library’s goal is “providing resources for lifelong learning and enjoyment.”


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The main library is Cleo Rogers Memorial Library at 536 Fifth St. in downtown Columbus. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours (1 to 4 p.m.) are offered September through May. The phone number is 812-379-1255. Circulating items include books, magazines, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, large print books, a teen collection, and a children’s collection. Downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMusic are available via the library website (www/barth.lib. A number of databases on the website provide alwaysavailable reference services. Other services include in-person reference help, public computers for all ages, wireless Internet access, Indiana Room, meeting rooms, programming for all ages, reading clubs for all ages, and interlibrary loan. The main library also has growing collections of books in Spanish and Chinese. All services are free to Bartholomew County residents. The 1969 main library building was designed by I.M. Pei, whose other works include the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City and the Louvre Pyramid in Paris. An addition designed by Columbus architect James K. Paris was completed in 1987. A spacious plaza is situated in front of the building, and its focal point is “Large Arch,” a bronze Henry Moore sculpture in the shape of an irregular arch. The Hope Branch Library is at 635 Harrison St. on the Hope town square. The phone number is 812-546-5310. Hours are 9

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a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The Bookmobile operates during daytime hours Monday to Friday. A schedule for stops can be found on the library’s website ( The Bookmobile carries books for all ages as well as magazines and audiobooks. Titles not in the Bookmobile collection can be requested from the main library. The Talking Books service for people with visual and physical challenges handles 16 counties of southeast Indiana from the Columbus subregional office at the main library. People qualifying for this federally funded program receive recorded books and magazines via mail or through computer download. Talking Books services (including the mailings) are free of charge for users. The phone number is 812-379-1277.


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government Columbus city government is headed by a mayor and a seven-member city council. Current Mayor Kristen Brown took office Jan. 1, 2012. Call 376-2500 or email her at The City Council meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at City Hall. Call 376-2500.

County government

Bartholomew County Council serves as the county’s fiscal body. It has seven members, four elected by district and three at-large members. Council members serve four-year terms. The County Council meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month in the Government Office Building.


Bartholomew County government consists of a Board of Commissioners and a County Council, plus a three-court justice system.

Bartholomew County’s justice system consists of three courts: Circuit Court, Superior Court No. 1 and Superior Court No. 2.


Voter registration

Bartholomew County has three commissioners who are the administrative arm of county government. The terms of office for county commissioners are four years on a staggered basis. The county commissioners are empowered to set county policy, adopt laws, implement them and, except for the responsibilities of other elected officials, carry out day-to-day operations of the county. The county commissioners meet at 10 a.m. every Monday in the Commissioners’ Chambers, Government Office Building, 440 Third St. Information: 379-1515. 32

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The Bartholomew County voter registration office is in the courthouse, at the corner of Third and Washington streets. Forms also will be mailed on request. Information: 379-1604. Residents also may register at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branches in Columbus and Hope, or at WorkOne Columbus, 4555 Central Ave., Suite 1300.

Public Safety

Law enforcement Columbus Police Department is at 123 Washington St.

Call 376-2600 or email Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is at 543 Second St. Administrative calls to the sheriff’s department may be made at 379-1650. Fire protection Columbus Fire Department is headquartered at Station 1 at 1101 Jackson St. The department has six stations. Administrative calls can be made to 376-2679 or email For emergency service, dial 911. Ten station houses manned by volunteers provide fire protection in the county’s rural areas. They are at equal distances throughout the county. For emergency service, dial 911. Emergency medical services Columbus Regional Health provides ambulance service for the county. For emergency service, dial 911. For nonemergency ambulance service, call 376-5700. Emergency 911 In case of a life-threatening emergency, dial 911 from any telephone. This will connect you to Bartholomew County 911 operators who can get assistance to you as quickly as possible. 911 should only be used for real emergencies. For all other purposes use the administrative phone numbers for the various public safety agencies. Top: Columbus Police and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department officers. Bottom: Columbus firefighters work to cool a blazing gas line. The Republic file photos

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Columbus is becoming increasingly cosmopolitan due to the global span of the markets and supplier bases for many of the companies located here.

The Economic Development Board and the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Attraction System, with its Columbus Young Professionals Ambassador’s Program, are an important part of the outreach effort that ensures that this will continue to be the case. Leadership Bartholomew County is an organization with a long history of training local citizens, many from area businesses, to take a leadership role in creating a community that works for everyone. Manufacturing comprises the largest occupational talent cluster in Columbus, accounting for 20.32 percent of the workforce. Office and administrative support occupations run second at 12.79 percent. Management occupations make up 5.17 percent. Construction and extraction occupations represent 3.58 percent, and business and financial services comprise 2.93 percent. A total of 9,576 workers commute into Bartholomew County. Jennings County contributes the largest share of these, with Jackson and Johnson following. Also, 3,681 Bartholomew County workers commute to other areas, with Marion and Johnson counties being the top two. The main product of Cummins Inc. is still diesel engines, but it now characterizes itself as an array of business units focused on power generation. The firm, founded in 1919 in Columbus by auto mechanic Clessie Cummins, is international in scope, with plants and projects in countries such as India, Brazil, Britain and China. Its commitment to Columbus is strong, and its headquarters remain here.

A Cummins turbo diesel engine. The Republic file photo

Top 10 Employers Columbus’ top 10 private employers (by number of employees). 1. Cummins: 7,386 2. Columbus Regional Health: 1,628 3. Faurecia: 1,600 4. NTN Driveshaft: 1,363 5. Enkei America: 839 6. Dorel Juvenile Group: 807 7. Walmart: 748 8. Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg.: 618 9. Columbus Container: 270 10. Rightway Fasteners: 259 Sources: Columbus Economic Development Board survey from June 2012; Faurecia.


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Health care The Columbus area offers a comprehensive array of health care services.

Columbus Regional Hospital 2400 E. 17th St., Switchboard: (800) 841-4938, CRH, a facility of Columbus Regional Health, is a 225-bed facility that has won numerous awards and forms of recognition, including being named one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana. Along with the general services one expects to find in a regional hospital, CRH houses several specialty centers, including the Lung Institute, the Joint & Spine Center, the Heart & Vascular Center, the Stroke Center and the Breast Health Center. A new Innovation Center allows staff to explore the frontiers of the practice of medicine and share research and training methods.


Columbus Regional Hospital has been a leader in promoting recognition, identification, awareness and advocacy of diverse populations of patients, and providing services and care that match their needs. The hospital also seeks to have its staff and volunteers reflect the diverse community it serves. At the beginning of 2011 CRH employed natives of 18 nations.

Language needs are identified at registration or even before that, through the referral process from the physicians’ offices. CRH has an internal network of employees bilingual in Spanish who can provide short-term assistance through a special arrangement with their home department. Special assistance for longer term needs, or other languages, is arranged as needed by appointment with employees or volunteers. If an interpreter is not available, a contracted service of telephone interpretation is readily available in almost any language needed. For sign language CRH has a limited number of volunteer and professional interpreters who can be called in, but currently this service is provided with the use of a contracted video-conferencing service that uses a laptop computer equipped with a camera.

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Columbus Regional Health offers assistance in finding a physician, whether you are looking for a family doctor or a specialist. Look for the “Find a doctor” search online at CRH’s home page at

AT TOP: Columbus Regional Hospital. BELOW: Rita Dillingham explains the workings of one of the interactive training mannequins at Columbus Regional Hospital’s Innovation Center.

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Above: St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. Top right: Pastor Mike Harris gives a sermon at the Faith Hope and Love Church of God in Christ. The Republic file photos. Bottom right: As part of National Day of Prayer, 380 students at St. Peter’s Lutheran School gathered to form a cross, complete with a halo of kindergartners. Photo by Joe Harpring


The Columbus area is home to more than 80 places of worship that reflect the community’s diversity. Lutherans, Methodists and Catholics make up the largest denominations in the area. The following is a partial list of churches in the county:

Predominantly African-American churches Calvary Community Church 1031 Chestnut St. Dayspring Church of God Apostolic 2127 Doctors Park Drive Faith Hope and Love Church of God in Christ 11401 Indiana 7, Elizabethtown 36

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Faith Ministries Church 5103 W. Indiana 46 God’s House Missionary Baptist Church 423 Eighth St.

Corner Stone Baptist Church 1425 Jonesville Road First Baptist Church 3300 Fairlawn Drive

Second Baptist Church 1325 10th St.

First Baptist Church of Hope 455 Jackson St., Hope


First Baptist Church of Taylorsville 9118 Main St., Taylorsville

Bethel Baptist Church 142 Deaver Road Columbus Baptist Church 4812 N. Road 150W

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church 5520 E. Base Line Road

Memorial Baptist Church 2320 Seventh St. Open Bible Baptist Church 2222 Ohio Ave. Parkside Baptist Church 1780 Rocky Ford Road Shiloh Baptist Church 11988 E. Indiana 46

Catholic St. Bartholomew Catholic Church 1306 27th St. (offers Spanish language Mass)

Christian East Columbus Christian Church 3170 Indiana Ave. First Christian Church 531 Fifth St. Garden City Church of Christ 3245 Jonesville Road Jonesville Christian Off Indiana 11 in Jonesville New Hope Christian Church 1404 W. Road 400N North Christian Church 850 Tipton Lane

Lutheran Faith Lutheran Church 6000 W. Indiana 46 First Lutheran Church 3600 25th St. Grace Lutheran Church 3201 Central Ave. St. John’s Lutheran Church 16270 S. Road 300W St. Paul Lutheran Church 6045 E. State St. (offers Spanish language services) St. Peter’s Lutheran Church 719 Fifth St.

Episcopal St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 2651 California St.

Other Hindu Hindu Temple of Central Indiana 3350 N. German Church Road, Indianapolis Hindu Temple of Kentucky 4213 Accomack Drive, Louisville, Ky.

25th Street Church of Christ 5620 25th St. Apostolic Hope Tabernacle 1525 19th St. Apostolic Revival Tabernacle 2264 Illinois Ave.


Bible Church of Columbus 3010 10th St.

Sha’arei Shalom Columbus Hebrew Congregation 7850 W. Goeller Road

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 3330 30th St.


Columbus Alliance Church 933 13th St.

Asbury United Methodist Church 1751 27th St. Columbus Free Methodist Church 22nd and Maple streets East Columbus United Methodist Church 2439 Indiana Ave.

Community Church of Columbus 3850 N. Marr Road Crossroads Community Church 9550 N. Road 700W, Elizabethtown Flintwood Wesleyan Church 5300 25th St.

First United Methodist Church 618 Eighth St.

Faith Victory Church 1703 Home Ave.

Rocky Ford Free Methodist Church 3990 Rocky Ford Road

Lakeview Church of Christ 4040 N. Road 150W

Sandy Hook United Methodist Church 1610 Taylor Road

Milestone Ministries 910 S. Marr Road

White Creek United Methodist Church 6730 W. Road 930S

First Church of the Nazarene 1245 McClure Road


Hope Moravian Church 202 Main St., Hope

The Islamic Center of Columbus 2310 Chestnut St.

Pentecostal Calvary Pentecostal Church 1031 Chestnut St. The World of Pentecost 3939 Central Ave.

Presbyterian Fairlawn Presbyterian Church 2611 Fairlawn Drive First Presbyterian Church 512 Seventh St. Reformed Presbyterian Church of Columbus 550 N. National Road

Seventh Street Church of God 2005 Seventh St. Strong Tower Ministries 5053 N. U.S. 31 Terrace Lake Community Church 4260 W. Road 200S Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus 7850 W. Goeller Road Westside Community Church 4286 W. Jonathan Moore Pike Wilson Chapel Church 9435 N. Indiana 7, Elizabethtown Seventh Day Adventist Church 2809 Talley Road columbus Welcome Guide




The Columbus area offers a wide variety of dining options, ranging from major chains to small diners and locally owned gems.

Family Dining Amazing Joe’s Grill 2607 Central Ave. Steaks, chicken, seafood. Dinner Monday-Friday; lunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday. 378-2130.

The American Grill Hilton Garden Inn, U.S. 31 and I-65 Offers freshly prepared breakfast and dinner. 812-526-8600.

Bubba Blues Bar-B-Q 1641 N. National Road Southern grill-pit barbecue including ribs, brisket, chicken, beef and pork. Lunch and dinner. 379-2229.

Bistro 310 310 Fourth St. Fine dining featuring cuisine prepared by owner/chef Jeff Maiani. Lunch and dinner. 418-8212.

Bob Evans Indiana 46 and I-65 Homestyle food with country-style breakfasts and dinner items such as meatloaf, turkey and dressing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 378-0442.

Cracker Barrel U.S. 31 at Edinburgh Country cooking including made-from-scratch chicken and dumplings. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 526-7968.

Golden Corral 1250 N. National Road Buffet dining with changing entrees for lunch and dinner. Breakfast on weekends only. 375-1065. 38

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Pho Shiki sushi chef Kevin Pham. Photo by Dario Impini

Barb’s baklava cheesecake at Bistro 310


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4770 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus Municipal Airport Open for breakfast and lunch every day. 378-4070.

2000 25th St. Known for Cheddar Bay Biscuits and seafood. Casual dining, lunch and dinner. 375-1733.

Olde Columbus Restaurant 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike Decorated with antiques. All you can eat prime rib buffet Friday and Saturday night. Open for breakfast, Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner. 372-1541.

Ruby Tuesday 3715 W. Market Place, Edinburgh Simple, fresh American dining with signature New Orleans seafood, ribs and hamburgers. Casual fine dining, lunch and dinner. 526-5311.

IHOP Restaurant

Sadie’s Family Dining

54 Johnson Blvd. Pancakes, omelets, burgers, chicken and steak. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 348-2690.

Sirloin Stockade

Lincoln Square 2315 Jonathan Moore Pike A varied menu including Greek dishes, steak, sandwiches, pasta, chicken, fish and salads. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 657-7420.

Max & Erma’s 12105 Executive Drive, Edinburgh Sandwiches and sides in a casual atmosphere, lunch and dinner. 526-6250.

Montana Mike’s Steakhouse 3720 W. Market Place, Edinburgh Known for T-bone steaks, burgers, seafood and chicken in Western atmosphere. Lunch and dinner. 526-6600.

The Mulligan Grille 4664 Ray Boll Blvd. (in the Elks Lodge) Serving fresh seafood, hand cut steaks, salads and more. Open for lunch weekdays, Sunday lunch and brunch, and dinner Monday through Saturday. No membership required. 344-8088.

963 25th St. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 372-1404. 3114 N. National Road Steakhouse with buffet. Lunch and dinner. 378-3867.

Skooter’s 1602 State St. Home cooking in a relaxed atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 376-6386.

Smith’s Row 418 Fourth St. Fine dining with daily specials. Known for steaks and fresh fish from Hawaii. Lunch and dinner. 373-9382.

Texas Roadhouse 2508 25th St. Known for steak entrees in Western atmosphere. Dinner only Monday-Thursday, lunch and dinner Friday-Sunday. Call ahead for timely seating. 378-4632.

Zaharakos 329 Washington St. Sandwiches, ice cream and drinks. 378-1900.

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Ethnic Dining Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant 3932 25th St., Holiday Center Mexican dishes. Lunch and dinner. 376-0783.

Johnny Carino’s

Puccini’s Smiling Teeth 318 Washington St. Pizza, pasta, beer and wine. 348-7600.

Qdoba Mexican Grill 1665 N. National Road. Lunch and dinner. 376-1005

Riviera Maya

870 Creekview Drive Italian dining. Lunch and dinner. 372-2266.

2326 25th St., Fair Oaks Mall Authentic Mexican cuisine served in a Mayan resort atmosphere. Lunch and dinner. 372-6576.

Casa del Sol

Ru Yi Asian Cuisine

3541 Two Mile House Road Mexican cuisine for lunch and dinner. 378-3737.

2125 W. Jonathan Moore Pike Menu includes sushi and sashimi. Lunch and dinner. 378-8888.

China Buffet

Satuma Japanese Restaurant

2638 Eastbrook Plaza Lunch and dinner. 376-8888.

2790 Brentwood Drive Lunch and dinner. 375-1117.

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Tre Bicchieri

2530 N. Central Ave. Lunch and dinner. 378-5888.

Chipotle Mexican Grill 2260 National Road Lunch and dinner. 375-0785.

El Nopal 3300 W. Jonathan Moore Pike Lunch and dinner. 314-8991.

El Toreo 10020 N. U.S. 31, Taylorsville Lunch and dinner. 526-5850.

Marco’s Pizza

425 Washington St. Homemade soups and sauces, fresh pasta, wine selection for casual Italian dining. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 372-1962.

Yats 325 Fourth St. Cajun/Creole sauces and stews over white rice. Fast casual lunch and dinner. 372-1533.

Zwanzigz Pizza 1038 Lafayette Ave. Pizza, salads, calzones, sandwiches. Dine-in or carry-out. Beer and wine. Lunch and dinner. 376-0200 Zwanzigz Pizza

3532 W. Two Mile House Road Authentic Italian pizza, Cheezy Bread, chicken wings, fresh-baked subs, salads, soft drinks and more. Lunch and dinner. 342-9082

Mark Pi’s China Gate Fair Oaks Mall Lunch and dinner. 376-3388.

Mexico Viejo 2520 Central Ave. Lunch and dinner. 372-7144.

New Japan 3820 25th St. Lunch and dinner. 372-1128.

Noodles & Company 3200 Columbus Center Noodles, pasta and sandwiches. Lunch and dinner. 307-4664.

Pho Shiki 2991 25th St. Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine and sushi bar. Lunch and dinner. 375-9999.

Priyanka Indian Restaurant 1629 N. National Road Indian cuisine. Catering available. 372-5711. 40

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Zaharakos’ Green River milkshake.

Tavern/Bar & Grill Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill 1900 25th St. Steaks, seafood, chicken, sandwiches, sides. Lunch and dinner. 372-4381.

The Brew Pub 2761 Central Ave. Sandwiches, salads, wings, pizza, daily home-cooked specials. Lunch and dinner. 379-4653.

Buffalo Wild Wings 2035 Jonathan Moore Pike Wings and other dishes. Lunch and dinner. 375-1776.

Chili’s Bar and Grill 1079 N. National Road Known for fajitas, baby back ribs and hamburgers. Family dining in Southwestern décor. Lunch and dinner. 348-7596.

Phi Bar & Grill Hotel Indigo, 400 Brown St. Lunch and dinner. 375-9100.

Powerhouse Brewing Co.’s Columbus Bar 322 Fourth St. Specialties include sandwiches, Reuben, lunch and dinner specials and 20 beers on tap. 375-8800.

450 North Brewing Co. 8111 E. Road 450N Brick-oven pizza, salads, appetizers. Beer brewed daily and wine. 546-0091.

4th Street Bar & Grill 433 Fourth St. Famous for the 4th Street burger, Letterman sandwich, pizza and crab cakes. Lunch and dinner. 376-7063.

The Garage Pub and Grill Fourth and Jackson streets Appetizers, salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, pasta, 14 draft beers. Lunch and dinner. 418-8918.

Joe Willy’s Burger Bar 1034 Washington Street Traditional American, wide selection of gourmet burgers. Lunch and dinner. 379-4559.

Jonesville Tavern “The Brick” 309 Walnut St., Jonesville Lunch and dinner. 522-8636.

Pacheco Winery on Third

Papa’s Grill 3780 W. Jonathan Moore Pike Burgers, fries, wings, etc., lunch and dinner. 342-9736.

Scores Sports Bar & Grill 3539 Two Mile House Road Sandwiches, wraps, appetizers, soups and salads. Lunch and dinner. 372-6999.

Ziggie’s 3029 National Road Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Full service menu of tenderloins, biscuits and gravy. Serves fried chicken on Thursday, prime rib on Friday and steaks, chops and pasta on Saturday. Lunch and dinner. 372-0898.

Sandwiches/ice cream/coffee Culver’s 90 Johnson Blvd. Burgers, fries, sandwiches, entrees and ice cream. 799-0035.

DAGS Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts/ Bertie Jean’s Foods West Hill Shopping Center Gourmet ice cream & desserts; take-out entrees, salads and side dishes. 341-3130.

Mancino’s Pizza and Grinders 1301 N. National Road Pizza and grinders. Lunch and dinner. 375-1000.

Panera Bread 3056 Columbus Center Handcrafted, freshly baked artisan bread. Free wi-fi. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 375-9421.

Papa’s Deli 228 Chestnut St. Breakfast and lunch. 378-5755.

Soups by Design 424 Washington St. Homemade soups, salads and sandwiches. Lunch and dinner. 3727687.

Starbucks Coffee Co. — 1585 N. National Road. 314-0934. — 2355 Jonathan Moore Pike. 376-6530. — Target, 1865 N. National Road. 888-796-5282.

Yo MaMa Frozen Yogurt and More 3780 W. Jonathan Moore Pike Frozen yogurt, coffee. Free Wi-Fi. 799-0560.

602 Third St., Columbus Wines, beer, Italian sandwiches, soups and desserts. Lunch and dinner. 812-799-0683.

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Recreation Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bartholomew County’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser at Columbus Bowling Center. Photo by Andrew Laker

recreation The Columbus area offers a wide variety of recreational activities and programs that are available year-round. Summer and fall are the perfect times to get out in the parks, golf courses or public pool; however indoor facilities provide ample winter activity opportunities such as roller and ice skating and bowling. Columbus has more than 20 parks and over 18 miles of walking and biking trails. There are numerous golf courses, and five of Indiana’s 20 state parks are within 45 miles or less of Columbus city limits.

nis, volleyball, tennis, soccer and shuttle badminton tournaments each year, weather permitting. Information:

League sports


Foundation for Youth, 405 Hope Ave., provides adult and youth leagues in basketball and volleyball. Information: 348-4558,


Columbus Parks and Recreation Department provides numerous youth and adult recreation leagues, ranging from soccer and softball to co-ed kickball. Information: 376-2680, parks-recreation

Columbus’ Indian community organizes four cricket tournaments a year. The Indian Association of Columbus also conducts table ten-


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Columbus Rugby Football Club consists of a coed “Rookie Rugby” elementary school team, a boys’ high school team, a girls’ high school team and a men’s team. Information: Liga 5 de Mayo is an adult soccer league in Columbus. Games are played from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays from April to October at Blackwell Park.

Columbus Parks and Recreation 22nd and Sycamore streets, 376-2680, The department is responsible for the maintenance and improvement of over 600 acres of park land and over 19 miles of People Trails.

Donner Aquatic Center, 22nd and Sycamore streets, is open from the end of May through August and boasts an eight-lane, 50-meter lap pool, 11-foot-4-inch diving well with two diving boards, a

20-foot high, 160-foot long waterslide, a leisure pool with a play structure and fountains and 22,000 square feet of cement deck space surrounding the pools. The aquatic center is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Free public swim takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. daily.

Indoor fun

ICE SKATING—Hamilton Center 25th Street at Lincoln Park, 376-2686, Open year-round. ROLLER SKATING—Columbus Skateland 2660 Talley Road, 372-6677, BOWLING—Columbus Bowling Center 3010 State St., 372-7857 LASER TAG—Red Zone Laser Tag 746 Greenway Drive, 372-9663,

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Foundation for Youth 405 Hope Ave., 348-4558, FFY offers swimming and other recreation opportunities. For $3 a visit nonmembers can enjoy a wide variety of choices at the 25-yard lap pool, including adult, senior and family swims and water aerobics. FFY is also home to Columbus Gymnastics Center and the Boys and Girls Club.

Get fit

812 Crossfit, 812-657-7093 Anytime Fitness, 372-3488. Ceraland Sports and Fitness Center, 377-5849. Columbus Fit, 343-3634. Curves for Women, 375-0529. Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping, 375-9920 Fifth Street Yoga, 374-7536. (Opening in June) One Body, One Soul, 344-4941. Studio Fit by Nancy, 375-5896. Tipton Lakes Athletic Club, 342-4495. Total Fitness, 373-9992. Wellness Program, 376-5033. Zen Fitness, 350-5200.

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Within Bartholomew County, you can choose from a spectrum of culture, from casual entertainment to the most refined forms of artistic expression. Movie Theaters

AMC Showplace Columbus 12

555 Creekview Court, 372-1166 or 888-262-4386,

First-run films on 12 screens Yes Cinema

328 Jackson St. 378-0377,

A variety of film fare, plus live comedy

The Arts

Columbus Area Arts Council The Commons on Fourth St. 376-2539,

CAAC serves as an umbrella organization for arts groups and sponsors several events throughout the year, such as Biggest Block Party Ever, the monthly downtown Neighborfest concerts, Iron Pour, Rock the Park and First Fridays for Families.


Columbus Indiana Philharmonic 376-2638,

Presents a full season of concerts, often hosting prestigious guests. It also invests heavily in education programs, such as a children’s choir and a strings camp. Columbus Symphony Orchestra

The CSO is the oldest orchestra in the state, having given its first concert at the Crump Theatre in May 1923. Columbus City Band

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People watch Neighborfest from The Commons lobby

a long history and a repertoire of classical fare and pops material. The band welcomes new members of all ages and experience, with no audition is required. The Crump Theatre


Dancers Studio

211 Washington St. 376-8080,

Ballet, modern dance and others

425 Third St., 376-8429,

Christie’s Dance Studio

An old-school movie palace turned live-performance venue, the Crump hosts shows ranging from local metal acts to bluegrass bands to the occasional national performer, such as John Mellencamp. Several bars in town also offer live music, everything from singer-songwriters to old time rock ‘n’ roll. Check the Zone section in the Thursday edition of The Republic for the latest.

Tap, jazz, ballet and lyrical

2785 Central Ave. 372-0714,

Beth’s Dance Center 527 Washington St. 372-3287

Tap, jazz, hip-hop, jazz funk, lyrical, ballet Sonya’s Dance Zone

3136 N. National Road 372-7000,

Tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and hip-hop

year-round activities Museums

Bartholomew County Historical Society

524 Third St., 372-3541, Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and by appointment.

Among the permanent exhibits is a collection of 19th-century tools used by farmers, builders and machinists of the period. Children’s art classes are also offered. Henry Breeding Farm

One easy way to find out what’s going on at any particular time is to check the community calendar on The Republic’s website, or the weekly Zone section published each Thursday in The Republic. Here’s a quick look at just some of the year’s big events.


Festival of Lights Parade: This downtown parade, traditionally held the first Saturday in December, is a great way to kick off the holiday season. The parade is followed by the lighting of the city Christmas tree at City Hall. The Republic’s Bridal Fair: Held each January, this fair is where prospective brides can find everything they need to create their dream weddings.


Easter egg hunt: One sure sign that spring has arrived is Columbus’ annual Easter egg hunt at Donner Park.

13730 N. Road 100W, Edinburgh 372-3541, Open by appointment

The Republic’s Home, Health and Garden Show: This two-day event at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds features demonstrations and vendor booths to help you turn your ideas into reality.

An 1860 farmhouse and surrounding land and buildings, which also has a 3,500-squarefoot barn available for events.

Salute concert: Every Memorial Day weekend, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic presents its free Salute concert on the courthouse lawn next to Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans.

The Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum

4742 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus Municipal Airport. Currrently closed for expansion/renovations; scheduled to reopen in spring 2014

Displays from World War II, the Korean War, the Cuban crisis and the Vietnam War as they affected the lives of local residents and military personnel stationed in the area. Simmons School

9575 N. Indiana 9, Hope, 546-4877 Open by appointment

A restored one-room schoolhouse behind Hope Elementary School. Yellow Trail Museum

Northwest corner of Hope’s town square, 546-4877, Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday and by appointment

A museum chronicling Hope’s Moravian past.


Bartholomew County 4-H Fair: Good food, demolition derbies, plenty of free musical entertainment, lots of livestock, hundreds of 4-H projects and a lively midway. What’s not to like? Columbus Farmers Market: Fans of fresh produce and local arts and crafts flock to the market every Saturday morning from June through September. It is held in the Cummins Inc. parking lot between Brown and Lindsey streets. Neighborfest: This series, held the first Thursday of the month, offers musical entertainment to help residents beat the heat. Biggest Block Party Ever: Music is also a big part of this annual community party, held in late summer in downtown Columbus. Rock The Park: This concert at Mill Race Park is an August highlight, bringing nationally known acts to Columbus. Hospice Concert: The annual free concert held the Saturday of Labor Day weekend at Mill Race Park to benefit Our Hospice of South Central Indiana is a perfect way to end the summer.


Scottish Festival: Held every September at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds. Hope Heritage Days: A September weekend of fun on the town square in Hope, with food, crafts, concerts, merchandise booths and a parade. Ethnic Expo: The second weekend in October brings the biggest festival of the year. The streets around City Hall are lined with food booths as Columbus’ diverse ethnic population struts its culinary stuff. Expo features a variety of musical performers, also representing many different cultures, merchandise booths and a Saturday morning parade. columbus Welcome Guide



First Christian Church, framed through Henry Moore’s “Large Arch” in front of Bartholomew County Public Library. Photo by Joe Harpring


Columbus’ stature as one of the world’s architectural showcases draws visitors from around the world


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In 1942, a new building for First Christian Church at Fifth and Franklin streets, designed by Eliel Saarinen, was completed. The idea to have a renowned modernist architect undertake the project came from J. Irwin Miller, then the CEO of Cummins Engine Co., already America’s premier diesel engine maker (a status it still enjoys). Miller’s family was also the major shareholder in a prominent bank of the day, and in the early 1950s, Miller enlisted Saarinen’s son, Eero, to design its main branch at Fifth and Washington streets. From there, the Cummins Foundation became involved in financing architect’s fees for public buildings such as schools, the post office and the library. More churches and other private institutions got on board with the community’s modernist zeal. Other top-tier architects such as Harry Weese, I.M. Pei, Kevin Roche and Cesar Pelli created works here. Large-scale sculptures also found a home in Columbus public spaces, including works by the likes of Henry Moore and Dale Chihuly. Since the 1970s, architecture students from around the world roaming the city with clipboards and cameras have been a staple of community life.

Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans

visitors center


The Columbus Visitors Center, at 506 Fifth St. (at the corner of Fifth and Franklin streets), offers a wide variety of tour options, including City Architecture, Miller House and Garden, Guide by Cell and Downtown Walking tours. Knowledgeable staff is on hand to answer questions about all Columbus has to offer. Stop by to watch a free video about the city or Miller House. For information and tour reservations, call 378-2622 or visit Left: The Miller House. Photos by Tad Fruits, courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Right: The glass atrium of Cummins’ Irwin Office Building on Washington Street. The Republic file photo

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Attractions The Commons Washington Street between Third and Fourth streets, 376-2681, This multifunctional civic center is experiencing a second incarnation. The original Commons, designed by Cesar Pelli and completed in 1973, served as the shell for the new structure, which opened in 2011. The Boston-based planning and design firm Koetter Kim & Associates and Indianapolis-based CSO Architects designed the new Commons, as well as the new Cummins Inc. office building connected to it. The Commons includes restaurants, a performance space, conference center, garden, meeting rooms, and a children’s play area. It was designed with a significant amount of space between the façade and the street, so as to encourage people to linger and interact, in keeping with the atmosphere of the overall riverfront district now evolving. It also holds the offices for the Columbus Area Arts Council and spaces are available for community rental and private functions. Nashville/Brown County 18 miles west of Columbus on Indiana 46,

Above: The James A. Henderson Playground at The Commons. Photo by Andrew Laker.

Other attractions

Kidscommons Children’s Museum 309 Washington St. 378-3046, General admission: $6. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed on major holidays. This three-floor interactive children’s museum has multimedia exhibits which entice the visitor at every turn. These include Our House, where children learn the ins and outs of a house and explore the giant toilet, the climbing wall, the Robotic Arm and the new Gateway Bridge Laser Harp to investigate the science of optics and music. Kidscommons offers educational programs for children of all ages and is available for events and parties. Zaharakos 329 Washington St. 378-1900, Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Zaharakos is characterized as an “ice cream parlor and museum,” which is true enough, but it would be hard to overstate its status for over 100 years as a Columbus institution. That is what makes its painstakingly historically accurate 2009 renovation, so apparent in every detail, such a labor of love. The original marble and onyx countertop and soda fountain, mahogany woodwork and Welte Orchestrion, a giant music box that has entertained generations of patrons, are all back and in full everyday use. The menu features several old favorites plus some additions. The museum side is a treasure trove of Zaharako family photographs, artifacts from the heyday of the great American ice cream parlor and even another Orchestrion. 48

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Brown County is especially popular in the fall as one of the best places in Indiana to view the colorful fall foliage. Brown County State Park has something for everyone, including a mountain-bike trail system that Bike magazine named one of the “33 Best Rides in North America.” Nashville, the county seat, is a shopper’s paradise tucked into a quaint village, with more than 300 shops and restaurants, as well as several hotels. Anderson Falls Road 1140E, about 10 miles east of Columbus Information: 379-1515 Directions: Turn south off Indiana 46 onto Road 925E, which becomes Road 200N. Follow this east until you come to Road 1140E, at which point you will turn left. This junction is marked with an Anderson Falls sign. You can hear its roar as you approach by car. The falls and surrounding nature preserve are part of the county park system. Facilities include a parking lot, restrooms, a shelter with a grill, trails and a plaque providing information about the area’s native fauna and flora. The water comes over a ledge slightly higher than 10 feet in the Fall Fork of Clifty Creek. The park is an ideal place to experience the unique natural appeal of each season in south central Indiana, as well as to hike or picnic. Bloomington 35 miles west of Columbus on Indiana 46, Bloomington is home to the main campus of Indiana University, boasts an array of restaurants that is global in scope, as well as night clubs, art exhibit spaces, museums and sports facilities. The university’s world-renowned Jacobs School of Music turns out a plethora of top-tier opera singers and jazz musicians on a yearly basis, ensuring that there is no shortage of cultural enrichment available. Near Bloomington is Lake Monroe, a 15-mile-long reservoir nestled in the hills south of the city, which features public beaches, marinas and the Four Winds resort.

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