Central time is not the answer
I disagree with columnist Mark Bennett’s idea, as expressed in the Jan. 23 Tribune-Star, that all of Indiana should be on central time.
I know it was when I was young and I know that Alabama, directly south of us, is on central — but I do not want it to get dark before 5 p.m. or at 4:30 on cloudy days in December and early winter. I don’t like the dark winter mornings either, but I believe it’s always light by 8 a.m.
Why can’t schools just start an hour later in the winter? In the East, when I was in school, schools didn’t start so early as they do here. On so many winter days schools open two hours late here. It’s depressing to have such early sunsets as going on central time would give us.
— Robert L. Carter, Terre Haute
Great care during scary episode
It is nice to know that when you have an emergency, there are good professional people at Union Hospital to respond.
The day before Thanksgiving, I was at home and my heart started racing. After giving it a little time to slow down and it didn’t, I went to the ER at Union Hospital.
I was in such good hands from that time on. Everyone I came in contact with treated me with such good care and respect. They knew exactly what to do and did it very quickly while telling me what they were doing and what to expect. They all made a very fearful time as non-threatening as possible. They were able to get my heart slowed down to a normal rate.
Also I want to thank the doctors and nurses on the third floor for being so professional and nice. I appreciate that they gave up their Thanksgiving and being with their families to take care of patients like me.
Just this past week I had a heart cathetrization with Dr. Rajedra S. Desai and it was very successful with no blockage. He was very informative but was able to explain everything in such a way that I could understand.
I also want to thank the nurses in the cath lab for being so competent and friendly.
I thank God for my good health and for the doctors and nurses at Union Hospital.
— Debra Pierce, Terre Haute
$1,300 raised for Ryves center
The Ryves Community Optimists Club would like to thank Bob Baesler for allowing us space in Baesler’s Market for our annual fundraiser during the Thanksgiving holiday. He has been kind enough to let us do this for several years now; he is always very supportive of our work and his staff is always friendly. We raised over $1,300 this year.
We raise money every year for the many projects our club funds in the Ryves Neighborhood, from assisting Ryves Youth Center in purchasing additional security cameras to buying socks and underwear for students at Franklin Elementary School. This year, one of the projects we’re undertaking is a cultural project with the Chinese School of the Wabash Valley, titled “Connecting Cultures”, which will assist them in matching grant funds to host several art and culture lessons at Ryves Youth Center, culminating in a poster contest for the Chinese New Year and sending participants and their parents to see a Chinese cultural event at ISU.
We’re very excited to foster a cultural project with the Chinese School and Ryves Youth Center to promote understanding and cultural diversity.
The Ryves Community Optimist Club was formed specifically with the mission to assist in projects and to help raise funds in the Ryves Neighborhood, one of our city’s most impoverished sections. We invite you to join us on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Ryves Youth Center for our meeting.
You can find us online at ryvesoptimists.org, and we would love to have your help in assisting this neighborhood.
— Theresa Ortega, PR/Publicity Chair Ryves Community Optimists
Blues festival not a problem
Concerning the controversy over the blues festival in downtown Terre Haute:
Boo. Hiss. Sounds like sour grapes to me from the local attorney.
I went downtown last year during the festival to support our new Yogurt in Love establishment with my granddaughter. I was let in [to the festival area] without hassle and no payment. I know several people “abused” the free entry by lying, but that’s another issue.
Perhaps a ticket could be given for a refund when you exit, after being stamped by the business you are supporting. Or is this complaint simply because the attorney is not making any money off the festival? Hmmm. Makes one think.
— Patty Cottom, Terre Haute
Central time is not the answer
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Purdue shooting leaves one person dead
A Purdue University engineering student opened fire inside a basement classroom Tuesday, killing a teaching assistant and prompting officials to put the campus on lockdown, police and the university said.
Katelyn Newell: One year later: Heartfelt celebration
Nine-year-old Katelyn Newell may just be one of those few kids who have two “birthdays,” and Thursday she celebrated one of them. In the company of her family and classmates, Katelyn had a small party at her third-grade classroom at Deming Elementary School in celebration of the one-year anniversary of her heart transplant. Her family and friends call April 24 her “new heart birthday.”
THS grad Miller among students in adjacent building when shooting occurs
Kris Miller and his roommate were in a computer lab of Purdue’s mechanical engineering building Tuesday when they received a call that a shooting had occurred next door.
Bosma moves gay marriage ban bill to friendlier committee
Republican House of Representatives Speaker Brian Bosma sent a bill that proposes a constitutional ban on gay marriage to a more conservative-leaning legislature committee Tuesday, because it lacked support on the first committee to which it was assigned.
We enter the deep freeze again
If you had to step outside to get your newspaper this morning, you might have noticed it’s painfully cold once again.
Levy redirects school funds
If the new “protected levy” legislation goes into effect later this year, it would mean “a substantial reduction” in revenue for Vigo County School Corp. bus transportation, capital projects and bus replacement funds, according to the district’s chief financial officer.
School debt levy redirects funds across Indiana
School officials and state legislators from around the state are searching for ways to keep the school buses running — and children safe on the streets — pending the loss of millions of dollars for school transportation.
More than 50 school districts in Indiana stand to lose at least 20 percent of their revenues for transportation, new buses and other big-ticket projects under a new law that requires them to first pay off their debts.
VIDEO: Sen. Donnelly updates T-S editorial board
Passage of a long overdue U.S. farm bill could be completed by the end of this month, Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said Tuesday.
Vigo coroner tries again for salary increase
After being denied last year, Vigo County Coroner Dr. Susan Amos is again seeking to have her county salary increased to match that of several other county office holders.
Duke plans major move
Duke Energy plans to move an oversized transformer from Terre Haute to Rockville on Monday, starting at 8:30 a.m., an action that will temporarily close sections of some roads in Vigo and Parke counties.
Coats to join GOP senators calling for Russian sanctions
U.S. Sen. Dan Coats wants tougher sanctions against Russia for its growing involvement in Ukraine, despite signs of wariness back home.
ATV accidents send two to hospitals
Two unrelated ATV accidents Wednesday in different parts of Vigo County sent two people to the hospital.
NCAA board endorses more power for big schools
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA’s board of directors endorsed a proposal today giving schools in the five largest football conferences more autonomy and more voting power in changing rules within the organization.
Gun control supporters send message to NRA
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — About two dozen gun control supporters gathered today on the eve of the annual National Rifle Association convention in downtown Indianapolis to ask the gun rights organization to help stem a rising tide of homicides in the city.
Popular Indiana dune to remain closed indefinitely
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Officials say a popular 126-foot high sand dune at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will remain closed indefinitely while scientists continue trying to determine what caused an Illinois boy to become buried under 11 feet of sand.
Vigo County Jail Log: April 24, 2014
The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Wednesday and Thursday, based on jail records.
Teen seriously injured in ATV rollover
At about 5:53 p.m. on April 23, Vigo County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an ATV crash in the 10200 block of South Trueblood Place in southern Vigo County.
Justice system questioned
David Camm says that when he looks critically at the Indiana State Police today, he sees arrogance, ego and the desire for personal — even monetary — gain.
Death certificate delay angers Health Board
The Vigo County coroner is not signing death certificates in a timely manner as required by law, according to the Vigo County Health Department.
MARK BENNETT: The memories from a baseball mitt fit like a glove
Man hasn’t developed the technology for time travel.
The smell of your old baseball glove can come pretty close, though.
Former Parke County teacher arrested on felony charges
A former Montezuma Elementary teacher — who also had served as president of the Southwest Parke Education Association — was arrested Wednesday on felony counts related to alleged missing funds, according to Indiana State Police.
Bucshon has commanding money lead
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Larry D. Bucshon of Newburgh has a commanding lead in campaign funds over fellow Republican Andrew McNeil of Freedom for the May 6 primary election, according to election reports from the Federal Election Commission.
City’s first Arbor Day awards named
Terre Haute and its citizens were recognized on Wednesday night for contributions to the urban forest.
Turner skips House ethics hearing
House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner skipped a House ethics review Wednesday but claimed in filings submitted to the panel that he did nothing wrong when he fought legislation that would have cost him millions of dollars in profits.
Activity Fair is Saturday at park
Are you looking for fun, afterschool and summer activities for your kids? You can review options a the Greater Terre Haute Afterschool Network Camps and Activities Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Vigo County YMCA at Fairbanks Park, according to a press release.
Children’s charity to conduct fundraiser this weekend
March for Babies — the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that benefits all babies — will step off Saturday morning at ISU’s Memorial Stadium on the east side of Terre Haute.
Villa Grove High School students win state anti-drinking PSA contest
The State of Illinois on Wednesday announced that students from the eastern Illinois’ Villa Grove High School won the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s statewide video public service announcement contest. The announcement ceremony at the Douglas County school also served as the statewide kickoff for this spring’s Your Actions Matter! underage drinking awareness campaign.
For Wrigley, it’s party of a century
CHICAGO (AP) — For Wrigley Field, it really was the party of a century.
Exactly 100 years after the Chicago Federals pounded the Kansas City Packers in the first game at the Chicago ballpark, Wrigley got quite the birthday bash this afternoon.
Emmert supports more efficient, effective NCAA
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert believes college sports can address the concerns of union organizers without changing the entire model.
Former Parke County teacher, president of teachers’ association, arrested for alleged forgery, theft
A former Montezuma Elementary teacher — who also had served as president of the Southwest Parke Education Association — was arrested this morning on various felony counts related to alleged missing funds, according to Indiana State Police.
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