Around Columbus

March 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.


Columbus gasoline prices hit a new high, with some stations selling regular unleaded for $2.23 a gallon.


A three-alarm fire destroyed the Big Blue Store on Central Avenue, sending thick clouds of black smoke into the air and lighting the night sky. Fire investigators were unsure what caused the fire.


First National Bank of Columbus, the oldest bank in Bartholomew County, planned special open houses to celebrate its 100th anniversary.