Retired teachers association marks 50 years of service

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Although they no longer work in a classroom, a group of retired local educators tapped into their ongoing encouragement for youth by giving a standing ovation to a high school student.

More than 80 members of the Bartholomew County Retired Teachers Association (BARTA) gathered at Four Seasons Retirement Center on Tuesday to celebrate a half century of fellowship and support.

Their standing ovation went to 2017 Columbus East valedictorian Aaron Villiger, who spent 47 hours compiling a digital history of BARTA, which he shared with the group at their anniversary celebration.

Please read Thursday’s edition of The Republic for more details.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.