News From Terre Haute, Indiana


December 9, 2012

LOOKING BACK: 1987: Gasoline selling for 68.9 cents per gallon


• An estimated 50,000 crows had chosen the Terre Haute area as home from late November until spring since the mid-1990s.

• Local author Dorothy Drummond discussed her new book, “Holy Land, Whose Land? Modern Dilemma, Ancient Roots” at Books-A-Million, 3370 U.S. 41 South.

• The House of the Christmas Mouse, hosted for 30 years by Tri Kappa, was held at Washington High School. Proceeds from the event, which attracted about 2,500 children each year, funded the sorority’s scholarship program.

• Bob Warn, Indiana State University baseball coach, was one of seven coaches chosen for induction into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

• Nonprofit groups once again decorated the Terre Haute First National Bank’s branches in Terre Haute, West Terre Haute, and Seelyville. The prize winners were the Northside Neighbors 4-H Club, the Purdue Extension Homemakers Chorus and Delta Theta Tau.

• The West Vigo High School Vikings won both the six-team Northview Invitational wrestling competition and the Vigo County wrestling championship.


• The new United Petro Pantry, 1215 N. Fruitridge Ave., lowered its gasoline price to 75.9 cents per gallon and by afternoon to 68.9 cents. The Super Pantry Convenience Store across the road dropped ts price to 68.9 per gallon following the lead of its competition.

• Marilyn Faris was chosen to be the new director of the Covered Bridge Special Education District.

• The Terre Haute Regional Hospital advertisement, developed by Williams & Co. which read, “Where do you go for heart treatment … How to avoid having to go” was recognized by the Newspaper Advertising Bureau as one of the best in the nation and Canada in the past year.

• Dr. Enrico Garcia and State Farm Insurance representative Bob Baker donated funds to display Christmas decorations on National Avenue in West Terre Haute. Lenny Isles was the town board president.

• Work continued to extinguish an underground fire at a dump in Fontanet. An excavator was being used to dig down 20 feet or more into the landfill to reach the burning tires and other debris.


• John E. McKeen, president of Chas. Pfizer & Co. Inc., announced the expected mid-1963 completion of another new facility at the Vigo plant. He said, “Terre Haute will be the vaccine center of the world.”

• Nearly 100 Rea Elementary School students crossed the new U.S. 41 routing along North Third Street each day by use of an overpass constructed by the Indiana State Highway Department.

• Gary Winders, Honey Creek High School student, was honored by Terre Haute Elks Lodge No. 86 for his heroism in saving a 2-year-old boy from drowning in a lake at Deerfield.

• Indiana State College President Raleigh W. Holmstedt dedicated the new $2.9 million Arena and Physical Education Building. Dr. Walter Marks was chairman of the men’s physical education department and John Longfellow the athletic director.

• The United Fund campaign ended $20,000 short of its $363,359 goal. Campaign chairman T. Wade Markley said, “We take little pride in announcing that we have fallen short, but we are grateful that we were successful in exceeding the amount raised last year.”

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