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January 9, 2010

Ice wipes out Country Club Bridge

10 Years Ago

Elizabeth Van Allen, granddaughter of the late Francis and Freda Van Allen of Logansport, has just released a new biography of James Whitcomb Riley.

Michigan dashed Purdue’s hopes of a home court victory with an 88-86 double overtime win.

The Buffalo Bills are the hard-luck losers thanks to the “Music City Miracle” that has propelled the Titans in the NFL playoffs.

The Detroit Lions have lost an NFC wild card game to the Washington Redskins.

“Deuce Bigelow” is playing at the Eastwood in Peru.

Local residents say they generally favor the death penalty and even support the use of the electric chair.

City and county residents are preparing for Vision 2000, an exercising in community visioning to set a local agenda that can be benchmarked for community improvement.

The Rev. John Arnold of Calvary Presbyterian Church is portraying Dr. Granny Stewart as one of the millennium characters being presented in first-person by local volunteers led by Lisa Terry.


25 Years Ago

A 13-year-old Indiana boy has been diagnosed with AIDS he contracted from a blood transfusion.

Indiana University economist Morton Marcus has said at a meeting of community leaders from Fort Wayne to Lafayette that the completion of a four-lane highway connecting the two cities is essential. Marcus said the counties in that corridor, including Cass, Miami and Carroll, grew at the fastest rate of any Indiana region from 1940 to 1970, but job creation has lagged and so has personal income growth. The region has created 10,000 jobs in the past 10 years, but to keep pace with the rest of the economy, it should have produced an additional 5,000. Marcus quipped that the two-lane section of U.S. 24 from Logansport to Peru should be preserved as a tribute to the state’s “Wander Indiana” tourism campaign.

Unemployment locally has dropped to 7.7 percent.

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