TERRE HAUTE —
Local and Bistate Briefly: July 10, 2012
Westminster Village seeking bonds
Westminster Village, a continuing care retirement community, is seeking about $16 million in Economic Development Revenue Bonds through the City of Terre Haute to allow the nonprofit facility to refinance existing debt.
The refinancing would free up cash that could allow Westminster Village to expand, especially by adding new villas or condominiums for seniors, said Kyle Exline, Westminster Village’s executive director.
“There’s no better time to refinance and better use dollars than today,” said Jeff Lewellyn, a Terre Haute attorney representing Westminster Village on Monday before the Terre Haute Economic Development Commission in City Hall.
In 2006, the city approved about $19 million in economic development bonds for Westminster Village, Lewellyn said. Those bonds were issued at approximately 9 percent interest while new bonds could be obtained with closer to 6 percent interest, Exline said after the meeting.
The currently four-person commission voted without opposition in favor of a resolution backing the bonds. The matter will next go before the Terre Haute City Council for a possible vote at its July 19 regular meeting.
Mary Kay Pfister, a member of the board, asked whether the bonds, which will be payable solely by Westminster Village but issued through the city to obtain more favorable terms, will finance new development. No new development is planned, Exline said. However, the improved financial situation they will create may free up cash for new construction in the future.
“We still have several spaces available to build villas,” Exline told the commission. “That is certainly in our five-year plan.
Woman killed after being struck by train
Family members of a Shelburn woman struck and killed by a train Sunday said she had been diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, according to police.
Goldie L. Cummins, 68, was walking near the railroad tracks a little more than a block from her home when the incident occurred. Witnesses told Indiana State Police Trooper Brent Robinson that Cummins appeared somewhat confused just before the accident. Three of the witnesses, juveniles, tried but were unable to reach the woman before the train struck her about 1 p.m., he said.
Cummins, who had walked to site where she was struck, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The train was traveling about 58 mph, Robinson said. “Probably much faster than she estimated” as she attempted to cross the tracks, he said.
There was no autopsy performed as there was no reason to believe medications or other substances played a role in the incident, Robinson said.
Bike ride to help cops’ families
More than 50 police officers and others on Monday began a 13-day bicycle ride to raise money to help the families of officers who died in the line of duty.
The 10th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors bicycle ride started at the Law Enforcement/Firefighter Memorial near the Statehouse.
The 1,000-mile journey will take riders around the state’s perimeter.
This year’s ride is in memory of Terre Haute Police Officer Brent Long, who was shot and killed on July 11, 2011, as he and other officers served a felony warrant. Long is survived by his wife and two children.
Restored 1937 DC-3 to visit airport
Flagship Detroit, a fully restored DC-3, will visit the Terre Haute International Airport and be open for public display and flights today through Thursday. This aircraft was one of the original group of DC-3s purchased by American Airlines as they grew their national airline service, and has been fully restored to its 1937 condition.
Visitors will be able to walk through the aircraft, and if anyone would like to join the foundation to support the aircraft's operation, they will have the opportunity to go for a historic 45- to 60-minute flight. The aircraft has 20 passenger seats available and a minimum of 12 passengers are required to support a flight.
The aircraft will arrive at 1 p.m. today for those who would like to watch the arrival. For more details on the aircraft, its history, the legacy of the DC-3 and American Airlines, and pictures, visit http://www.flagshipdetroit.org.
Additional vintage aircraft also will be on display.
The display is made possible by the Terre Haute International Airport and Hoosier Aviation.
Valley teachers join education cabinet
Two Wabash Valley teachers have been appointed along with 17 of their colleagues from around the state to the Indiana Education Reform Cabinet (IERC).
Pam Anshutz, who teaches art at Dixie Bee Elementary and Fuqua Elementary schools in Terre Haute, and Mark Bartlow, a science teacher at Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High School, are joining the cabinet.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett recently announced the appointments. The teachers represent all grade levels, subject areas and types of Indiana schools.
The IERC was created in 2010 to provide classroom teachers a recognized forum for asking questions and providing feedback on the state’s newest education initiatives. Meetings cover topics such as teacher evaluations and compensation, Rule Revisions for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA), Common Core State Standards, the Learning Connection and legislative efforts.
Cabinet members commit to two-year terms and will meet virtually with Bennett and other IDOE staffers throughout the school year. Members also will host regional meetings with teachers to discuss education reform initiatives and ideas.
TERRE HAUTE —
Local and Bistate Briefly: July 10, 2012
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Co-Op to Feed group delivering to needy
Three Terre Haute organizations are teaming up to deliver food boxes to “the neediest of needy” with specific health concerns on a monthly basis.
Field trips to take big hit next year
The Vigo County School Corp. plans to inform school staff of “deep cuts” in student field trips for the next school year, Superintendent Dan Tanoos said Friday.
Donation drive in Valley aims to send help to Oklahoma tornado victims
Terre Haute Ministries, along with WTWO, WAWV, Q102.7 and 100.7 Mix-FM are joining forces to help those impacted by tornadoes in Moore, Okla.
Invention makes houses safer from tornadoes
A Terre Haute man has developed a building construction system that increases the strength of a home, especially from a tornado.
ISU to stage public hearing on proposed tuition increase
Indiana State University will conduct a public hearing at 2 p.m. June 4 to receive input on a proposed 1.95 percent increase in student tuition and mandatory fees for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.
Trial date set for man accused of attacking Vigo County deputy
A Terre Haute man accused of attacking a Vigo County Sheriff’s Deputy has an Aug. 12 trial date.
Technology speeds disaster alerts, response
Caitria O’Neill remembers her reaction to hearing tornado warnings on June 1, 2011. She went to the grocery store, she said, “because I live in Massachusetts, and we don’t get tornadoes.”
Health information to be provided for blood donors
People who give blood at Clinton Gardens’ blood drive Tuesday will leave knowing valuable information about their health. Donors will find out their cholesterol level, blood pressure, blood type and iron levels at no cost.
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Sullivan man airlifted to Indy after crash
A Sullivan man was in critical condition at an Indianapolis hospital Friday after his pickup truck collided with a tanker truck in Sullivan County.
Veterans Memorial Park dedication set for Monday
Memorial Day ceremonies will include a special event this year.
Ill. House approves guns plan opposed by governor
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gun owners in the only state still banning concealed weapons would win that right under a plan approved by the Illinois House on Friday, but the governor and other powerful Democrats oppose the plan because it would wipe out local gun ordinances — including Chicago's ban on assault weapons.
Vigo County Jail Log: May 24, 2013
The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Thursday and Friday, based on jail records.
Vigo County Jail Log: May 23, 2013
The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Wednesday and Thursday, based on jail records.
Relic from another age: Massive find
A mastodon that lived in the Wabash Valley thousands of years ago is making big news today.
Game Over: Financial tightening causes VCSC to drop St. Patrick’s from athletic schedule
St. Patrick’s School athletic teams will not have an opportunity to compete against their Vigo County School Corp. middle school counterparts next year.
Katelyn Newell finally at home
After nearly five months, 8-year-old Katelyn Newell finally returned home Thursday evening — with a new heart.
Indiana State U. Police officer honored with Artz Award
Thursday was a special day for Indiana State University Police Officer Christopher Heleine in multiple ways.
City Council considering three for consultant
Three different tax professionals vied Thursday for a chance to become a “financial consultant” to the Terre Haute City Council.
Clay County sheriff warns of bank card scam
The Clay County Sheriff’s Department has received information regarding a scam targeting residents, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.
State Police seek help with Sullivan County homicide
Indiana State Police detectives from the Putnamville Post are seeking help from the public with the nearly six-month investigation into the death of 85-year-old Lowell R. Badger, a rural Sullivan County farmer.
Man who attacked Vigo deputy arrested
A Terre Haute man accused of attacking a Vigo County sheriff’s deputy earlier this week is facing felony charges in the Vigo County jail.
INDOT to bid final 641 phase
The final construction phase of the 641 bypass is scheduled to let for bids on Dec. 11, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation.
District office moves north
The Southwest District office of the Purdue Extension service has been moved north from Vincennes to Terre Haute.
Day is done…
The sun sets Thursday evening as seen from south of Terre Haute.
Morning update: I-5 bridge collapse caused by truck hitting span
The Washington State Patrol chief says the Interstate 5 bridge collapse into the Skagit (SKA'-jiht) River at Mount Vernon was caused by an oversize truck.
UPDATE: I-70 lanes in Putnam County now open
The west-bound lanes of Interstate 70 re-opened Thursday evening after being temporarily closed due to a crash near the Greencastle/Cloverdale exit.
22-hospital St. Vincent Health cutting jobs
INDIANAPOLIS — One of Indiana’s largest health systems says it’s cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry.
Update: Cleanup from overturned truck in Greene County continues
Fuel spillage from the dump truck hauling gravel that overturned this morning in Greene County at Indiana 54 and County Road 725 East near Ridgeport continues to restrict traffic to one lane.
17-pound bone found during Vigo flood cleanup
TERRE HAUTE — Crews cleaning up from Wabash River flooding in Vigo County came across a 17-pound bone that they believe might have come from an ancient mastodon.
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