1 — Triple homicide discovered in Parke County. Chad A. Cottrell sought in connection with slaying of his wife, Trisha Cottrell, 29, and her daughters, Brittany Williams, 12, and Tori Williams, 10.
2 — Kevin L. Hampton, previously charged with three area murders, charged with five counts of sexual assault in California.
2 — Cottrell apprehended in Minnesota.
2 — Federal judge dismissed lawsuit filed by former Terre Haute city employee who claimed unlawful termination by Mayor Kevin Burke.
3 — Indiana Department of Transportation fired Sierra Bravo, contractor for Indiana 641, vowed to complete as much of the contract work as possible before the end of the year.
4 — Contract employees at Newport VX destruction plant threatened to walk off the job over incentive pay dispute. Work has continued through most of the year with stoppages along the way.
4 — Indiana State University unveiled design for Cherry Street Multi-modal Transportation Facility, construction on $8.9-million project slated to begin in the spring.
5 — ISU announced hiring freeze to help tighten budget belt.
6 — Funeral held for Trisha Cottrell and her daughters, Brittany and Tori Williams.
6 — Wrecking ball began demolition of main portion of Terre Haute House.
7 — Tornados rip through Southern Indiana — more than 20 killed. Members of Terre Haute’s 181st Fighter Wing, Indiana Air National Guard head south to assist in the clean up.
9 — Vigo County Park Department Superintendent Keith Ruble began construction of new log blacksmith shop at Fowler Park.
10 — Marine Gunnery Sgt. Nick Popaditch, local man made famous in photo taken during liberation of Baghdad, received Silver Star for combat heroism.
11 — Parke County Prosecutor Steve Cvengros announced he will seek the death penalty for triple murder suspect Chad Cottrell.
11 — Hilton Garden Inn announced as replacement for Terre Haute House. Dora Bros. Hospitality Group announced they will seek local tax incentives for the project.
12 — Lynn Voll, 52, found dead inside her northside home. Her death ruled a homicide.
13 — ISU/Ivy Tech students began artwork to be part of new Terre Haute skate park planned to begin construction in the spring.
14 — “Forgiving Dr. Mengele” opened at Indiana Theatre, documenting ideals and life of Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor.
15 — Public meeting conducted by federal Department of Transportation in Terre Haute concerning time zones. Final decision on how counties mark time expected in January.
15 — Gov. Mitch Daniels named Vigo County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jim Walker as judge in sixth Vigo Superior Court to begin operation in January.
16 — Retrial request denied to Antonio Hall, who hoped to change his guilty plea in January 2004 murder of Amber Quinn.
16 — Bricks from demolished Terre Haute House offered for sale to raise funds for Hospice of the Wabash Valley.
17 — Smiths Aerospace announced expansion, bringing 20 new jobs.
17 — Herb Whitlock denied new trial for 1986 stabbing death of Karen Rhoads in Paris, Ill.
19 — Ivy Tech announced it will take over building at Vigo County Industrial Park, will move programs to it from Hulman Field.
21 — Civic groups began decoration of shelters in Deming Park as part of Christmas in the Park contest.
22 — NCAA Cross Country Championships conducted in Terre Haute. Wisconsin won men’s crown; Stanford won women’s.
24 — Union representing Terre Haute police officers filed lawsuit to remove Chief George Ralston.
28 — Former Sisters of Providence General Superior Sister Mary Pius Regnier died at 91.
29 — Hundreds of well-wishers turned out to raise funds for Ashley Lee, Terre Haute South Vigo High School graduate stricken with rare form of bacterial meningitis in September.
30 — Clay County Humane Society and City of Brazil reach tentative agreement on new three-year deal.
30 — Environmental Protection Agency announced it will ease Vigo County Air Pollution control standards.
1 — Dixie Bee Elementary School named one of six Indiana public schools as No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School, as a result of finishing in top 10 percent on state tests.
2 — Downtown Holiday Fest kicked off with activities, sales in stores.
2 — Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh visited Terre Haute to publicize introduction of a U.S. Senate bill targeting violence in video games.
3 — Digital Audio Disc Corp. announced $81-million expansion at Terre Haute plant, bringing at least 50 new jobs.
4 — Local Cub and Boy Scouts participated in “Bowl-a-thon” with Marines, raised $3,744 for Toys for Tots.
4 — Terre Haute lauded as one of the top 150 “most livable” cities in Forbes Magazine publisher Richard Karlgaard’s book, “Life 2.0.”
7 — Terre Haute Redevelopment Commission approved $1 million in local assistance to Hilton Garden Inn development project at the corner of Seventh Street and Wabash Avenue.
7 — Terre Haute firefighters honored by Daughters of the American Revolution for repairing a flag pole and raising the flag once again atop a downtown building.
8 — Indiana State University President Lloyd Benjamin announced as finalist for job with Connecticut State University system.
8 — Vandals damaged shelter displays at Terre Haute’s Deming Park.
9 — ISU trustees announced plans to study addition of a law school at Terre Haute campus.
9 — Kiwanis Club of Terre Haute awarded Handclasp Award, its highest community service award, to the late Rex Magner, local music educator.
9 — Six to eight inches of snow blanketed the Wabash Valley.
11 — More than 60 local residents honored victims of crimes and members of the Armed Forces in a ceremony on the lawn of City Hall in Terre Haute.
12 — Donte Bridgeman, 24, shot to death in an Eagle Street home. Police announced that two or three people were seen leaving the scene.
13 — Boral Bricks announced its plan to build a $55-million production plant in Vigo County, to be operational in late 2007.
13 — Boy Scout Troop 200 took home first prize in annual Christmas in the Park shelter decoration contest in Deming Park.
14 — Terre Haute Children’s Museum announced $500,000 gift from Chuck and Sandy Culp. City of Terre Haute joined in a partnership with the Museum, paying $12,000 to give all city employees an annual membership.
14 — Terre Haute Board of Public Works approved a lease agreement with ISU to enable construction of new parking and transportation facility on the corner of Seventh and Cherry streets.
14 — Pair of accidents in Clay County tied up traffic on Interstate 70 for hours. No injuries.
15 — Local volunteers built wheelchair ramp for Angie Chapman at her Summit Grove home.
16 — Methamphetamine addiction recovery program at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, Clean Living is Freedom Forever (CLIFF), celebrated its first graduation.
17 — Benjamin announced he has withdrawn his name from consideration for position at Connecticut State University. He will remain at ISU.
17 — Financial troubles forced Terre Haute YWCA to lay off workers, including director Pam Weber.
18 — ISU celebrated commencement for midyear graduates.
18 — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students assembled 475 bikes as Christmas presents for Bikes for Tykes program.
20 — Terre Haute City Councilman Ryan Cummins proposed ordinance that would protect the rights of tobacco smokers, calling it a property rights issue.
21 — St. Vincent Health and United Surgical Partners Inc. announced plans for a new surgical center in Vigo County, to open in January 2007.
21 — Charges dismissed against former Brazil Police Capt. Roger Lindsay, accused of creating false information in investigation of 1988 double homicide.
22 — Federal Bureau of Prisons announced three executions will take place in May at Federal Correctional Complex at Terre Haute.
22 — Terre Haute Department of Redevelopment announced it will face a 9-percent cut in federal funds that are used to improve blighted neighborhoods.
23 — Parke County Judge ruled that former Clinton Police Cpl. Richard Lindsey will not be reinstated.
23 — Homicide suspect Chad Cottrell granted a protective order in Parke County Court to prevent other-than-routine contact with jailers and law enforcement officials.
28 — Federal judge in Pennsylvania threw out death sentence, ordered new sentencing hearing, for David Hammer, on death row at Terre Haute Federal Correctional Complex.
28 — Terre Haute Police Department’s Environmental Protection Division launches “crow bombs” to help clear the city of thousands of filthy beasts.
29 — Town of Clinton laid off city workers through the end of the year to avoid budget shortfall.
30 — Former chief deputy prosecutor Jim Walker sworn in as judge in Vigo County’s new sixth superior court.
30 — Fire in his northeastern Vigo County workshop kills Ronald Ehrlich, 63.
The top stories of Dec. 31, 2005, are on the rest of these pages. Happy New Year!