News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 28, 2013

EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news

The Tribune-Star

---- — An award well-earned

Bill Felts is an inspiring story. He has admirably merged a life of faith, business professionalism and service to others. And he’s done it all modestly, without fanfare or personal aggrandizement.

As we reported Wednesday, his longtime efforts have earned him a Terre Haute Rotary Club’s highest award to a non-Rotarian.

As a banker, Felts helped support the community, with integrity, through trying financial times. As a United Methodist minister, he has attended to the spiritual needs of hundreds. And as executive director of the 14th and Chestnut Community Center for the last 11 years, he has worked to develop that center into a strong positive force in the innercity through programs that stress wholesome activities, character building, education, nutrition, training, tutoring and parenting.

Key among his efforts is to encourage all who come through 14th and Chestnut to believe that a college education is attainable and that they are worthy.

There’s something special happening in that building, and Felts is a big part of the reason why. We join in congratulating him.

A step forward on ISTEP

We believe the botched administration of ISTEP testing in Indiana schools this spring is a pretty big issue — big in significance to students, teachers and schools, big in cost to school corporations and the state.

Accordingly, we’re glad to see Glenda Ritz, the state superintendent of public instruction, take a hard line toward the company that couldn’t handle the computer demand and, in turn, caused distracting, costly and counterproductive disruptions of testing in April and May.

Ritz — correctly — wants CTB/McGraw Hill to pay the state $614,000 to “make whole” the Department of Education and school systems who expended extra money, time and frustration cleaning up CTB’s mess.

As we have stated editorially, we think that makes perfect sense, especially given the $95 million, four-year contract CTB has with the state — with one year remaining.

Pages of grocery history

As readers of last Sunday’s Tribune-Star know, a Terre Haute business institution, Page’s IGA on Lafayette Avenue, plans to close at the end of July.

When they ring up their last purchase, the Pages will have provided more than 40 years of grocery service to the north side of town — since 1974 at the current location. They will leave behind hundreds of loyal, longtime customers who have supported the neighborhood grocery.

Founder Arnold Page had it right when he said, “We’ve had a good run.”

We all should thank the family-run business for the pages of community history it has written over the decades, and we should regret its passing.

New effort against breast cancer

Pink is the adopted color of breast cancer awareness, research and treatment. And now a group called P.I.N.K. is bringing an extra resource to families dealing with that dread disease.

The acronym stands for Passion, Initiative, Need and Knowledge — which describes its roles of enthusiastically filling voids in support and knowledge about the realities of cancer treatment. Services will be delivered, survivor or volunteer to patient, personally and with empathy.

As we reported in Wednesday’s paper, P.I.N.K. was formed here by a breast cancer survivor, Amy Bagnoche, and a family physician, Dr. Darren Brucken.

To raise funds, it plans a P.I.N.K. party on July 12 and a golf outing the next day. All of the money raised, organizers say, stays local.

For details about this laudable undertaking and its two upcoming events, go to