News From Terre Haute, Indiana


December 30, 2012

LOOKING BACK: 2002: Teams compete in the third Pizza Hut Classic


• Sixteen boys basketball teams competed in the third Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic. Northview defeated host Terre Haute South Vigo 73-66 in the championship game.

• Art Stadler gave 400 free haircuts to his long-time customers in celebration of his 40 years as a barber. His son, John, was now operating the shop at 1919 Maple Ave.

• The Greater Terre Haute Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples (NAACP) inducted these officers for a second two-year term:  Theressa Bynum, Allegra Allen, the Rev. Thomas Wood, Oscar Session, Nancy Dunn, Martha Jordan, Mae White and Terri McGee.

• Judith Anderson was elected president of the Vigo County Board of Commissioners, thus becoming the first woman president of the board. She also had been the first woman elected as a commissioner in 2000, assuming the office in 2001.

• Money raised through the Tribune-Star annual Christmas Basket Fund drive exceeded the goal of $16,000 by more than $3,000. Food baskets were delivered to 500 families in need.


• Ashlee Stephens, born to James and Alice Stephens at Union Hospital, was the first baby born in the Wabash Valley in 1988.  James was an emergency medical technician with the Terre Haute Fire Department.

• The new $11.3 million addition to the Indiana State University Arena was ready to open for the new semester. Howard D. Richardson was the dean of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

• After more than three years of litigation, Sullivan Circuit Judge George E. Taylor ruled that the Indiana-American Water Co. must add fluoride within six months to the water it sells in Terre Haute and Seelyville. The fluoride controversy in Terre Haute had spanned more than three decades.

• Cary Laxer and Georgia Marcotte were honored as Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year in Vigo County.

• Rally’s Hamburgers, specializing in carry-out food, opened at Third and Walnut streets, Terre Haute. Tim Walker of Terre Haute and Michael Powell of Troy, Mich., planned to add three new Rally’s restaurants in Terre Haute and one in Brazil.


• The election upset of three-term Sen. Homer E. Capehart by 34-year-old Birch E. Bayh was the standout news event of 1962.

• The sale of the Deming Hotel, the 80-car garage, and the 100-car parking lot on Cherry Street to Hulman & Co. was announced by Demas Waterman, secretary-treasurer of the Deming Hotel Corp.  The 200-room hotel was built in 1915 by Waterman’s grandfather, Demas Deming.

• Mrs. Don Pendergast chaired the "Confetti Capers" dinner dance staged by the League of Terre Haute to provide funding for the Dental Trailer. Pre-dance activities were held in the Butterfly Room, and the Leon Baxter Orchestra played music for dancing in the Mayflower Room of the Terre Haute House.

• The halls of the emergency room at St. Anthony’s Hospital were quiet as victims of the Home Packing Co. explosion at First and Chestnut streets were brought in on the morning of Jan. 2, 1963. Sixteen men were killed in the blast at this meat processing firm; 52 more were hospitalized of whom six were in critical condition.

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