Looking Back – March 31

Around Columbus

March 31

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.


Ground was broken for a two-year renovation project at Community Center of Hope. The project included a new roof, windows, restrooms and entrance and construction of a 9,000-square-foot building to house a fitness center, locker rooms, offices, a rehabilitation center and a community room.


State and local officials gathered to break ground for a $39.9 million expansion and renovation project at Bartholomew County Hospital.


A Columbus Marine, Lieutenant Dale Eddy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Eddy of Columbus, was seriously injured when the helicopter he was piloting was shot down in combat over Vietnam. A few days later, the Eddys were told their son was injured but would survive.