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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    An Oldenburg couple were arrested by Batesville police in connection with a theft April 14, according to Chief Stan Holt.

    April 15, 2014

  • nws - bv041514 - Helms presentation 1 A shower of praise for Ivy Tech chancellor About 190 laughed during hours of stories about the boisterous James Helms, Ivy Tech Community College Southeast Region chancellor emeritus, during an April 5 retirement dinner at the Batesville Knights of Columbus Hall. A formally dressed Mayor Rick

    April 15, 2014 3 Photos

  • nws - bv041514 - Severe weather speech Weather spotters update their training Naturally, National Weather Service, Wilmington, Ohio, forecaster Andy Hatzos is always thinking about that universal topic. "There's nothing so far tonight, but I'm kind of keeping an eye on it," he told about 70 who attended a severe weather spotte

    April 15, 2014 3 Photos

  • Security measures added at SDCSC ST. LEON - Tom Harris, Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corp. support services director, gave trustees an update April 10 on the safety and security measures being added in the district. "Every school now has a sensor on the exterior doors, and we

    April 15, 2014

  • 'School safety is more than an active shooter' OSGOOD - A stabbing at a Pennsylvania high school that injured 22 is one of the most recent examples of school violence. Officials are constantly doing what they can to create a safe environment for the children. On April 3, school administrators,

    April 15, 2014

  • nws - bv041114 - Heart health speaker Doctor offers ideas to keep heart healthy

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv041114 - Prevent child abuse (pinwheels 2) Involvement can lessen child abuse VERSAILLES - Exactly when Gov. Mike Pence was leading a similar event in Indianapolis, Michelle Russell, Indiana Department of Child Services Ripley County director, welcomed 60 attendees to "this most critical cause," a National Child Abuse Preventi

    April 11, 2014 4 Photos

  • nws - bv041114 - virtus Hill-Rom acquires Virtus After buying Virtus products for 21 years - and for the past 16 years from its Batesville-based location - Hill-Rom leaders decided to acquire the supplier, reported Larry Baumann, Hill-Rom, Chicago, global communications executive director. Financia

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Most area teachers rated as effective The Indiana Department of Education released educator effectiveness data (please see box) for the 2012-13 school year April 7, the first time such data has been gathered in Hoosier history. "The data show that over 87 percent of public school educato

    April 11, 2014

  • Dramann will assume Oldenburg marshal duties Oldenburg will have a new town marshal beginning June 1. With the upcoming May 31 retirement of Marshal Scott Barnhorst, council members decided April 7 to hire Bill Dramann to fill the position. They also agreed to keep Eric Moenter on as deputy. De

    April 11, 2014

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