News From Terre Haute, Indiana


May 24, 2014

Looking back: In 1989, ISU beat Wichita State in MVC baseball

TERRE HAUTE — Dorothy Jerse looks back at local history from 10, 25 and 50 years ago as reported in the Tribune and Tribune-Star.


• Thompson Thrift purchased Towne South Plaza for $6.22 million in a sheriff’s sale. The 30-year old shopping plaza at 3600 U.S. 41 South was the former location of Service Merchandise and Kroger, but now it was nearly 90 percent vacant.

• Aegis Communications Group, located on the lower level of The Meadows, announced it was closing. About 100 employees would be affected at this call center.

• Basketball Coach Pat Rady would be leaving Terre Haute South Vigo High School and coaching his 40th season at Cloverdale High School. He had coached 24 years at South and ranked seventh on Indiana’s all-time coaching win list with 618 career wins.

• Terre Haute drivers Kenny “The King” James, Jake Orman and Jeff Vaughn were three of the five winners of Walley trophies in the National Dragster Challenge action at the Wabash Valley Dragway at the fairgrounds.

• The Ballyhoo Tavern was expanding to the east side of its building at 900 Chestnut St. Jay Knott was the general manager.


• Many local sycamore trees were showing the effects of 12 years of the sycamore anthracnose disease. Extension Agent Max Miller suggested fertilizing and weekly watering.

• Jack Meany left the Tribune-Star to become general manager of a newspaper in Galesburg, Ill.

• The Terre Haute South Vigo Braves, coached by Sue McDowell, won 9-7 over the Terre Haute North Vigo Patriots for the Sullivan Sectional high school softball championship.

• Kris Harroll, Terre Haute North High School junior, was named the Most Outstanding Y-Teen for Volunteer Service. Her sister, Nikki, received this YWCA award two years before.

• Chicago Pizza and Ricardo’s Frozen Yogurt, 303 S. Seventh St., was now open for business. Don Garvin, Richard Lidster and Ted Shanks were the owners.

• The Indiana State University Sycamores won 12-7 over Wichita State for the Missouri Valley Conference baseball championship. Larry Russell of Terre Haute was named the outstanding player.

• Charles Clark, interim superintendent, was appointed superintendent of the Vigo County School Corp. He had been with the VCSC since its inception in 1961.


• Local American Legion Auxiliary posts launched their annual poppy drive. “Honor the dead and aid war’s living victims” was the theme of this effort since its beginning in 1919.

• William E. Cobb, Garfield High school sophomore, won top honors in a statewide oratorical contest sponsored by Optimist International.

• The Florence Crittenton Home, 1923 Poplar St., hosted its 10th annual May breakfast and style show. It was the only such institution in the state of Indiana and one of 46 throughout the nation. Mrs. Alex Weisberger was president of the local board.

• Leon Carter, Joe Chamness and Terry Eberle led Indiana State College in winning its first 15-school Little State track and field championship at Rose-Polytechnic Institute. Bob Meyne was the coach.

• The 900-member Vigo County Teachers Association disapproved the $250 a year raise for teachers offered by the board, but decided to accept the offer under protest. Starting pay for teachers with bachelor degrees was $4,750 and $4.925 for those with master degrees. The experience progression increased salaries to $5,800 and $7,775 respectively.


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