Looking Back – February 11

Around Columbus

Feb. 11

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.


Mayor Fred Armstrong announced that Columbus real estate developer Matt Ellegood purchased the abandoned Golden Casting Corp. property on 10th Street.


The Indiana Department of Transportation announced plans to construct a new one-way bridge to carry vehicles into Columbus from the west side of town. The existing bridge on Second Street would become one way as well, taking motorists out of the city.


Army Lt. Gary R. Fischer, serving as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, received the Air Medal and 10 Oak Leaf Clusters for “meritorious achievement while supporting ground forces.” He was the son of Margaret E. Layman of Tellman Road and was a 1957 graduate of Columbus High School.