Looking Back – January 7

Around Columbus

Jan. 7News 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.2006

Organizers had raised one-third of the $1.6 million cost of a new Bartholomew County Humane Society animal shelter and educational facility to be built on County Road 200S. The 8,000-square-foot building was to be called the Humane Resource Center and would be built on land already owned by the Humane Society.


Residents shattered the Columbus Fire Department’s Cheer Fund record by donating $55,314.15 for Christmas gifts in 1990, more than $20,000 more than the goal of $35,000 and easily surpassing the $43,609.31 contributed in the 1989 holiday drive.


School board members approved the installation of carpet in classrooms in the new Lincoln Elementary School, a relatively new step in school furnishings that was expected to cut down on costs and noise level, eliminating the need for sound absorbing materials. Architect Gunnar Birkerts stated, “Behavior patterns of children alter for the better when they are on carpet.”