Back when: March 13-19

March 13

In 1992, Gov. Evan Bayh signed Public Law 44, a bill authored by Indiana Rep. Sarah Wolf, D-Greenfield. It returned boat excise tax revenues to counties once a month instead of twice a year, as had previously been done. “What this is basically doing is getting the county’s money to it sooner,” Wolf said. “It will give the county a chance to draw interest on the money.”

March 14

In 1972, Hancock County commissioners met with property owners along County Road 1050 East between Charlottesville and Wilkinson to discuss acquiring right-of-way to widen the road. The day before, two Eastern Hancock High School students were injured when the southbound car they rode in near County Road 200N went over a rise and then off the road and into a tree.

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In 1975, a surprise snow closed all four Hancock County school districts and St. Michael School in Greenfield, marking the first weather closure of the year.

March 15

In 1972, state highway officials told a crowd of about 60 Hancock County residents about plans for the “dual-laning” of State Street (State Road 9) north from McKenzie Road to Interstate 70.

March 16

In 2002, southbound lanes of State Street (State Road 9) south of Interstate 70 were closed for four hours when a tractor-trailer rig filled with paper products rolled onto its side.

March 17

In 1930, twenty men with tractors began stripping the sod off the site of what would become Riley Park Pool.

March 18

In 1943, women of Blue River Township gathered at the home of Mrs. Rufus Kimble to sew for the American Red Cross.

March 19

In 1958, the Hancock County 4-H Junior Leaders decided to sponsor a “county queen” at the Hancock County 4-H Fair; the first local fair queen contest took place at that year’s fair.

In 2016, New Palestine High School graduate Patrick Feeney helped Team USA capture the gold medal in the 4×400-meter relay during the IAAF World Indoor Championships. He ran in one of the relay heats, helping the USA to the fastest heat time. Teammates finished the work in the finals the next day. Feeney competed at the Olympic trials that year; after not qualifying for the games in Rio, he retired to focus on medical school.