TERRE HAUTE —
Cream of the crop
When it comes to contending for championships in the Missouri Valley Conference, the track-and-field and cross country programs at Indiana State University put it in the lofty position of leading the field on an annual basis. A weekend ago, the Sycamores men’s track squad added to a healthy list of conference titles by winning its second consecutive MVC Outdoor Championships before the class of the conference at Wichita, Kan.
Fittingly, the Sycamores’ coach — John McNichols, one of the nation’s finest — was named MVC Outdoor Men’s Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his ISU career, which stretches back to the 1980s. A visionary and a respected voice in the Terre Haute community, McNichols and his program continue to set a classy, successful standard for others.
Keep the ideas flowing
It’s good to see that the Wabash River, a common lifeblood for the Hoosier countryside for its 503 miles, is growing in appreciation right here in River City, where it reaches High Ground (the English translation of “Terre Haute” from French).
That is visible in the continuing development of the Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area that both protects and promotes the fauna and flora that inhabit that preserve. It also is visible in the local “2013 Year of the River” celebration that is being planned by local thinkers. The group plans a year-long series of programming and community-centered activities on the art, science, history and future of Indiana’s longest — and most storied — river.
This is an opportunity for Terre Haute and its neighbors to more actively embrace its historic, vital and — in ways — environmentally needy river.
If you have ideas for the celebration, contact the group through the Arts Spaces website: www.wabashvalleyartspaces.com.
Remembering fallen officers
It’s always a bittersweet moment when police officers in brown and blue pause from the hectic daily duties of emergencies and complaint calls to remember fellow officers who have died in the line of duty. Our front pages on both of the last two Fridays have featured ceremonies for the fallen — one to honor six Vigo County sheriff’s deputies, the other to memorialize 12 Terre Haute police officers. (The Indiana State Police previously had such an event at the Putnamville Post, which serves Vigo and other nearby counties.)
The freshest loss, still on the community’s mind, is that of THPD officer Brent Long, who died in a shoot-out last July as he attempted to help serve a federal warrant. Long had ties to both the city and county departments — and to Honey Creek Fire — and so the loss was mutually felt, as leaders from all three departments eloquently related at Long’s massive funeral.
The recent ceremonies — and a new memorial just outside the sheriff’s office — should reaffirm for us all the sacrifice and service we enjoy from officers who literally put their lives on the line each day.