Looking Back, Sept. 8, 2023

The old Benzol Cleaning building on Washington Street between 10th and 11th streets, one of the oldest structures in the county, was demolished to make way for a new Benzol drycleaning business in 1973.

From The Republic archives

Sept. 8


Leaders of Our Hospice of South Central Indiana hoped to recoup about $50,000 in revenue shortfall, suffered when its annual free concert was rained out, by selling chips, pretzels, frozen hot dogs, glow necklaces and T-shirts meant for fundraising at the event to churches, school groups and others.


Cummins Engine Co. and Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce formalized an agreement with Columbus Board of Works to acquire and then donate the Noblitt Building on First Street to the city of Columbus to improve the property, one of the first buildings people would see when entering Columbus through the new front door.


Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. received a letter stating that the Indiana Civil Rights Commission had found probable cause to believe the corporation practiced discrimination in denying Maria Stack the opportunity to try out for the boys’ basketball team at Petersville Elementary School.