Looking Back – February 18

Around Columbus

Feb. 18

News around Columbus and the surrounding area as reported on or about this date in the pages of The Evening Republican and The Republic 10, 25 and 50 years ago.


Plagued by more than $3 million in debt and declining membership, Harrison Lake Country Club leaders hoped to sell the club to avert foreclosure. The club incurred most of the debt in the previous decade during an improvement project that expanded the clubhouse, swimming pool and other areas, swelling the mortgage payments to about $20,000.


Janet Murphy of Edinburgh earned a shot at the Bonus Round and walked away from the “Hoosier Millionaire” lottery game show with $18,000. She received the qualifying ticket as a Christmas gift from her husband.


Columbus art students took home the lion’s share of gold keys at the annual state Scholastic Awards presentation. William Sinkhorn, a seventh-grader at Central Junior High School, and Samuel Lawson, a Columbus High School senior, were two of just five Indiana art pupils whose work was entered in the national Hallmark Competition in New York. Columbus artists won more Gold Keys than any other high school in the state, and Central had the same distinction in junior high competition.