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
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.
Banks of the Wabash Festival is more than just yearly entertainment
Pioneers think counterintuitively. Where others see widespread apathy, they focus on the possibility for progress. In a way, the 2013 Year of the River celebration began in the 1970s.
Planning session aims to better Terre Haute
It’s not yet clear what will come of it, but dozens of community leaders spent the whole day Wednesday trying to develop a plan – or collection of plans – to make Terre Haute “a better community.”
Education funding boost won’t benefit all schools
In the budget bill passed by the General Assembly last month, there is more money allocated for K-12 education over the next two years, but that doesn’t mean every school will get more dollars.
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Park Board renames land around Memorial Stadium
Land surrounding Indiana State University’s Memorial Stadium on Terre Haute’s east side has been designated as Veterans Memorial Park, following a unanimous vote Wednesday from the Terre Haute Park Board.
Deputy suffers minor injury during incident
A Vigo County Sheriff’s deputy received a minor injury to his hand Tuesday night while subduing a drunken driving suspect who fled behind a North Terre Haute business.
Man accused of child neglect gets new trial date
An Oct. 15 trial date has been set for a Terre Haute man arrested in November for child neglect after he and his wife allegedly tied up and confined their adopted children in the family home.
Police find meth labs, arrest Pierson Township man
Police uncovered two active methamphetamine labs in southeastern Vigo County on Monday, leading to the arrest of a Pierson Township man.
New date set for attempted murder trial
A new trial date has been set for a Terre Haute woman charged with attempted murder.
Rose-Hulman professor researching ways to make homes storm safe
Tornadoes produce greater uplift forces than hurricanes, which can flatten homes such as in Moore Okla., south of Oklahoma City.
Group wants to connect downtown Terre Haute with the Wabash River
Fairbanks Park is underutilized.
The Wabash River is peaceful and inviting, but there is some concern about its cleanliness as well as pollution levels. Also, people can’t get on the river unless they have a boat.
New conservancy district appoints first directors
Members of the first board of directors of a new lake conservancy district were appointed Tuesday by the Vigo County Board of Commissioners.
Vigo law enforcement signs Triad charter to protect seniors
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller joined Vigo County law enforcement and community activists Tuesday to sign the county’s first Triad charter, becoming the 22nd Triad in Indiana.
Wabash Valley Red Cross wraps up Save the Day Campaign
The American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter’s 2013 annual meeting concluded the 17th annual Save the Day Campaign, and the results lifted the spirits of all who were involved.
Some Vigo roads washed out
Spring storms resulted in $250,000 in damages to roads in southern Vigo County, with costs including sand and labor to save homes near river bottoms, said county highway Assistant Superintendent Dan Bennett.
County Council votes $78K toward rail spur
County officials voted Tuesday night to make good on a 2011 promise to help improve a railroad spur just north of Terre Haute for Menard Inc.
Spring flooding damages future CSO holding lagoon
Flood waters from the Wabash River have done costly damage to one of the city-owned “lagoons” on former International Paper property.
Vigo tops state average for IREAD-3 scores
The Vigo County School Corp. exceeded the state average in the percentage of students passing the state’s mandatory Grade 3 reading test, IREAD-3.
Storms cause minor damage in Valley
Tuesday morning storms in the Wabash Valley caused thousands of Duke Energy customers to lose power.
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