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April 19, 2014

LOOKING BACK: 2004: 8 China Buffet announced plans to open

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


• Lt. John Plasse of the Terre Haute Police Department was named Officer of the Year at the 13th annual Officers Recognition and Commendation Dinner sponsored by First Financial Bank.

• Twelve members of the 494th Military Police Detachment based out of Terre Haute returned home from Iraq, where they had helped restructure the prison system.

• The Terre Haute North Patriots won the 2004 Vigo County title in boys high school golf. John Trierweiler (36) and Matt Cain (37) led the way. Chuck Payne was North’s first-year coach.

• Sara Cox of Terre Haute competed in national bowling championships during both her freshman and sophomore years at Central Missouri State University.

• “8 China Buffet” announced plans to open in the former Shoney’s building at 3059 S. U.S. 41.  Shoney’s had been in operation almost 15 years before it closed in 2001.

• The 82-apartment Grand Manor, 1465 E. Crossing Blvd., was purchased by CarDon Associates of Bloomington to house people 55 years and older. Grand Manor, now renamed The Wyndmoor, had closed in 2001 because of low occupancy.


• Many of the workers at the Pillsbury plant, who had been laid off in February, were back at work. The work force at this Terre Haute plant, producing cake mixes and ready-to-spread frostings, was back to 191 hourly employees.

• Andi Myers, women’s basketball coach at Indiana State University for the past seven years, was made associate athletic director. Myer’s assistant Kay Riek moved up to head coach.

• A large crowd came to Jeff’s Grill, 528 Ohio St., for Jeff and Trish Killion’s last day of business. The small building was to be razed to make way for expansion of a nearby office.

• The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Renaissance Faire attracted about 6,000 people, 150 of whom were costumed in 16th century attire.

• Vicki Gorham and Kelli Nasser purchased Craig Shaffer’s Fitness Club, 1026 Wabash Ave., with plans to stress family fitness, children to seniors.

• The Terre Haute South Vigo High School team placed first in the Indiana Tournament of Academic Competition (I-TAC) for the first time in school history.


• The Indiana State College Board of Trustees, with Dr. Wayne A. Crockett as president, adopted a resolution to change the name of Indiana State College to Indiana State University, pending action by the Indiana State Legislature. The establishment of a new School of Business was also approved to replace the Division of Business with Dr. Paul Muse as chairman.

• Vigo County Commissioner Harry Brentlinger recommended the establishment of a county park board to administer the county’s growing park-recreation acreage, which now stood at 180 acres.

• Company C, 972nd Engineer Battalion of the U.S. Army Reserve rebuilt a footbridge at Deming Park using materials supplied by the City Park Board.

• A four-bedroom apartment, the first of 100 public housing units on West Margaret Avenue, was open for inspection.

• The historic Thompson school, where Mayor Ralph Tucker was once a student at 12th and Ohio streets, celebrated its 93rd anniversary.

• Fern Price, Wiley High School guidance counselor, health and swim instructor, was honored with a scholarship at the Delta Kappa Gamma state convention in Terre Haute.

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