25 years ago
The reins of Hillenbrand Industries, Batesville’s leading industry and a longtime member of the Fortune 500, changed hands at the April 11 annual meeting. Daniel Hillenbrand, chairman and chief executive officer, turned over the CEO duties to his nephew, W. August Hillenbrand, who served as president. Daniel Hillenbrand will remain chairman of the board.
The Batesville Community School Corp. trustees approved use of American Red Cross educational materials to teach next year’s middle school students about AIDS.
A construction bid for a new grade crossing on State Road 229 one mile south of Batesville was awarded to Force Construction Inc. by the Indiana Department of Highways, according to state Rep. Ed Goble (D-Batesville). The $346,754 60-day project was to remove the bridge over railroad tracks.
50 years ago
Paul “Ham” Wernke, who served as Batesville High School head basketball coach, submitted his resignation to school officials.
A fire at the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, destroyed a chicken barn on the farm. In addition, 800 chickens, a cow and a calf plus a quantity of hay, straw and feed were destroyed.
Police Chief Eugene Macke said officers would enforce the state statute pertaining to juvenile curfew. Those on the streets after 11 p.m. and before 5 a.m. who were not attending church or school functions were picked up. This was due to his officers acquiring a sawed-off shotgun from a car operated by a juvenile in the vicinity of the high school . A machete was also found at an unauthorized party.
Immaculate Conception Academy seniors presented their class play, “Bright Girls.”
The fifth annual Scholastic Awards Banquet for Batesville High School students, under the sponsorship of the Batesville Junior Chamber of Commerce, was held. Silver medals were awarded to sophomores Dwight Lamppert and Ronald Voegele. Gold medal winners were juniors Roger Burke, Robert Hammerle and Linda Neff and seniors Nancy Mergenthal and Catherine Meyer. Plaques were given to seniors Sheryl Fell, Gail Neff and Robert Uhlmanseik.