Looking Back – August 31

Around Columbus

Aug. 31News 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.2005

Gasoline prices soared to $2.99 at some locations in Columbus, shattering the old record by 30 cents, and some stations reported perilously low reserves as the oil and gasoline infrastructure near the Gulf Coast reeled from damage inflicted by Hurricane Katrina.


After a 2-year investigation, federal environmental officials declared the old city landfill, 12 acres just south of Third Street Bridge at the city’s west entrance, was no immediate threat to health or the environment. The landfill, used as a municipal dump between 1938 and the mid- to late 1960s, was placed on the Superfund list of the nation’s worst hazardous waste sites in 1985 based on results of a preliminary study revealing the presence of lead and chromium.


Bartholomew County, one of 14 counties in the state with a manufacturing employment above 10,000, had a healthy 3.4 percent increase in manufacturing employment in 1964, according to the Indiana Employment Security Division.