News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 25, 2014

LOOKING BACK: 1989: Board approves AIDS curriculum

Dorothy Jerse
Special to the Tribune-Star

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


• WalkAmerica 2004, the March of Dimes’ largest single fund-raising event, was launched in the Wabash Valley with a corporate leadership breakfast at the Idle Creek Country Club. The local event, scheduled for April, was the second largest WalkAmerica out of 49 in Indiana. Nikki Simpson was the local director.

• Ruby Tuesday planned to raze the former Ponderosa building in the Honey Creek Mall area and construct a new restaurant seating 176 diners.

• The Fannie May candy store at Honey Creek Mall was closing as part of Archibald Candy Co. closing all of its 228 retail stores.

• Ann Chi, Terre Haute South Vigo High School senior, was one of the 40 national finalists competing in the Intel Science Talent Search. This event to be be held in Washington D.C. had been described as competition for the “junior Nobel prize.”

• Coca-Cola took the team championship at the Greater Terre Haute Women’s City Tournament at Vigo Bowl. Team members were Pat Stewart, Virginia Anderson, Dee Patrick, Margi Kehrt and Sue Chandler. Marti Taylor was the overall individual winner.


• The Vigo County School Board approved an AIDS curriculum for grades kindergarten through 12 to help prevent the spread of the disease. In-service sessions were to be scheduled for classroom teachers.

• The Wabash Valley Habitat for Humanity became a chapter of International Habitat for Humanity with 53 charter members and Matthew Hulbert as president.

• It was a winning weekend for Vigo County high school basketball fans. South Braves over Ben Davis, 71-64 in two overtimes; North Patriots over Indianapolis Washington, 70-57; and West Vigo Vikings over North Vermillion, 88-52.

• A total of 147 Vigo County fifth and sixth graders competed in the annual Woodrow Wilson Mathematics Contest. Kevin Couch, West Vigo Middle School, and Matthew DeBergalis, Dixie Bee Elementary School, were the first-place winners.

• Werner Loewenstein, M.D., was recognized for his 50 years of medical service to the Terre Haute community with a proclamation of “Dr. Werner Loewenstein Day” by Mayor P. Pete Chalos and a reception at the Holiday Inn.

• T. J. “Turk” Tergliafera succeeded Joe Zlomek as publisher of the Tribune-Star.


• The 48-year-old Wabash Valley Basketball Tourney was the biggest high school competition event outside of the state tourneys. Loogootee-St. John won 61-47 over Attica for its first Wabash Valley Tournament championship before a capacity crowd at the Indiana State College arena. Two afternoon games were played by Loogootee-St. John and Shakamak and by Attica and Honey Creek.

• The third anniversary dinner of Housewives Effort for Local Progress (HELP) was a sell-out in the Mayflower Room at the Terre Haute House. Marvella Bayh, wife of U.S. Sen. Birch E. Bayh, was the guest speaker.

• “The remarkable story of the Columbia Record Club” was told at the Columbia plant on North Fruitridge Avenue. Company officials from New York were guests of the Advertising Club of Terre Haute and local plant personnel.

• L. V. “Dutch” Letzkus, chair of the Vigo County Democrat Party Central Committee, resigned after 22 years of service.

• Ann Tarvin, State High junior, was a member of the oboe section of the Indianapolis Civic Symphony Orchestra — ”an honor for any teen.”