News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 19, 2013

Noteworthy in the news: A major gift from ‘Miracle’

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Miracle on 7th Street, a downtown Terre Haute Christmas season street party that in five short years has become one of the community’s most valued events, is much more than a holiday festival. It is becoming a major fundraising mechanism to help the less fortunate among us.

The Miracle committee on Thursday showed why that is, awarding thousands of dollars in gifts to various local charities. Among those was its largest donation of $2,000 to the Tribune-Star Christmas Basket Fund, which delivers well-filled food baskets to local families on Christmas Eve. The Miracle donation stands to be the largest single contribution this year to the Basket Fund effort.

There were several fundraising elements to the Dec. 6 Miracle on 7th Street, including gingerbread-house and tree-decorating contests. What a wonderful side story. While everyone was having fun and enjoying themselves at the festival, they were helping make the holidays brighter and more comfortable for their needy neighbors.

We once again applaud Miracle on 7th Street for its inspiring contributions to downtown Terre Haute and our community at large.

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— President Barack Obama in a statement issued after the Senate vote

approving the bipartisan budget compromise

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Recently, the Reader Poll at asked:

What would be the best outcome for the vacant twin towers on the northeast side of ISU's campus?

Results: 200 votes were cast.

• Reuse for either public or private purposes — 138 votes, 69 percent

• Demolition of buildings — 54 votes, 27 percent

• Undecided — 8 votes, 4 percent