News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 9, 2014

EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Bottoms up to more development

We raise our glass in a toast to the continuing work of Rob Lundstrom as he renovates and rehabilitates the Indiana Theatre in downtown Terre Haute. The news last week that he plans to open a wine and martini bar in space that is now the Seventh Street frontage of the building demonstrates his ongoing commitment to the project.

The Indiana Theatre building at Seventh and Ohio has always been a downtown treasure and potential center piece of community activity. Others have tried to realize its potential, with some success. But it appears the current owner is reaching new heights.

We wish Lundstrom well as he presses on in his quest.

Cheers, Jeers and Tears

• Cheers to those who cheered full throttle last week when Indiana State University’s men’s basketball team gave undefeated and fourth-ranked Wichita State all it could handle at Hulman Center. The near sellout crowd was raucous and rambunctious, just the way a college basketball crowd should be.

• While we acknowledge that it is now a court case that must work its way through the juvenile justice system, we are compelled to jeer at the concept of intentionally burning down a historic structure such as the former Coalmont school (now used as a community center) in southern clay County.

• Tears at death of veteran actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose tragic battle with addiction was something he could not win. His plight reminds us of those in the world who continue to fight the addiction scourge, and we offer them all our prayers and support.

You can say that again

“I don’t mind snow. I’ll take all the snow I can get. It’s like money falling from the sky,”

— Jack Schoffstall, owner of Big Jack’s Lawncare and Snow Removal  in Terre Haute, commenting on this year’s higher than normal snowfall