News From Terre Haute, Indiana


May 19, 2013

LOOKING BACK: 1988: Teachers issued rubber gloves to use in management of blood, other body fluids

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


• The Sarah Scott Middle School WSSN news team’s Feb. 13 broadcast was named best middle school newscast in the nation by Channel One, as part of a national competition. Steve Lingenfelter and Tony Smodilla were the advisers.

• Aegis Communications Group, located in the lower level of The Meadows, was hiring 392 new employees, 75 percent of whom would be full-time, for customer service jobs.

• Beth Hilton, an Indiana State University senior from Terre Haute, was named Women’s Field Athlete of the Year by the Missouri Valley Conference.

• Steve DeGroote’s West Vigo High School baseball team won the Western Indiana Conference championship.

• Fuson Pontiac, Buick, Cadillac, Toyota, 4325 U.S. 41 S., became the area’s newest GMC dealer.

• The Terre Haute Police and the Vigo County Sheriff’s departments and Indiana State University Police were part of a state network operating “Click It or Ticket” checkpoints to increase the use of seat belts.

• The congregation of Central Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Seventh St., celebrated its 175th anniversary.


• Ground was broken for the new parking garage downtown on Wabash Avenue.

• Vigo County teachers were to be issued rubber gloves to use in spill management of blood and other body fluids as protection against the growing risk of AIDS.

• Carlonda Russell, Terre Haute North Vigo High School graduate and Massachusetts Institute of Technology student, was selected as one of 100 Truman Scholars in the nation.

• Steven M. Cornell, a Chicago developer, said he hoped to complete financing and begin renovation of the Terre Haute House by the end of June.

• Fire destroyed three family-owned businesses on the 1000 block of North 10th Street: Maher Supply Inc., Maher Bros. K & G Roofing, and Maher Bros. Contracting.

• Brian Faison, an assistant athletic director at the University of Louisville, was named to succeed Bernard “Beanie” Cooper as the Indiana State University athletic director.

• Max G. Miller, Vigo County Extension Agent, described the effect of the recent dry weather as “devastating.” He said, “This could be the worst such situation in my 28-year career.”


• The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce honored its 11 living past presidents at its 50th anniversary luncheon at the Hotel Deming. Joseph R. Cloutier, John G. Schmidt, Harold G. Seiler, John A. Templeton and John B. Hunter were the newly installed officers.

• Benjamin Blumberg was the recipient of the annual Vigo County Citizens Award from the Vigo County American Legion Council.

• The Jaycees launched a campaign to install running lights on Vigo County vehicles. The 21-candle-power lights were installed in the center of car and truck grills as a safety measure in daytime driving.

• The story of Terre Haute’s Urban Renewal Program and public housing construction was presented to the delegates at the 30th state convention of the League of Women Voters of Indiana meeting at the Terre Haute House. Mrs. Wayne Weber of Terre Haute was the state president.

• The Paul Dresser Birthplace was officially signed over to the Vigo County Historical Society by the city in preparation of its removal from the urban renewal area to Fairbanks Park.

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