Indiana State Police Sgt. Robert Hedger gave 18-month-old Valerie Hoover a stuffed bear during her stay at  Columbus Regional Hospital in late 1992. Indiana State Police presented stuffed bears to all the patients in the pediatrics area.


Irwin Financial Corp. reported an expected $20 million loss in the fourth quarter because of the continuing mortgage and housing crunch, the first time in history the corporation recorded a loss for an entire year.


Bartholomew County Commissioners, meeting for the first time with two new members elected in the fall, hired attorney John R. Rumple to represent it for a yearly flat fee of $50,000.


The weatherman said the area could expect temperatures between 5 below and 5 above with 12 to 25 mph winds, the second such cold wave to grip Columbus since New Year’s Day.