Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

December 31, 2009

Decade of headlines

The top news stories of 2000-09 show how this area has evolved over the past decade

2000:Change at the top

W August “Gus” Hillenbrand, Hillenbrand Industries chief executive officer, announced Oct. 11 he would retire Dec. 1 after a 40-year career. President Frederick Rockwood became the first nonfamily CEO.

2001: National tragedy

As Sept. 11 dawned, what started out to be one tragic jetliner accident turned into a much more sinister chain of events as four aircraft intentionally rammed into New York and Washington, D.C., landmarks and a Pennsylvania field. At least eight Hill-Rom trucks carrying close to 2,000 medical products left Batesville for the East Coast that day. It turned out rescue items were not needed; there were very few survivors.

One who died at the Pentagon was Col. Canfield “Buddy” Boone, 53, a Milan native. “He was just one great guy, one in a million,” recalled his mother, Elda Boone, Milan.

2002: One fine 150th

Century and a Half: Celebrate Batesville was a pep rally, town meeting and party all rolled into a series of events throughout the year.

In between the ceremony to affix a star to the top of the Memorial Building Jan. 3 and a historical home tour Nov. 23-24, there were activities for all sorts of groups: a poster contest, teen dance and kids’ rides and games; lunchtime concerts, big band music, original musical “On Our Way,” a battle of the bands and spectacular parade for those who like to be entertained; a historical bridal fair, skit, vintage Batesville memorabilia display, video of the year, quilt and self-guided walking tours for history buffs; a royalty contest, garden tour and designated white, yellow and blue (the 150th colors) flowers for those who like beauty; and fried chicken and fish, beer, restaurant specialties outdoors during August’s big week, a pie auction and Batesville birthday cake for citizens who like to eat, drink and be merry.

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