The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update


March 17, 2013

Scott Underwood: Annexation, Mounds Lake news overlap

Thursday was quite a day for news in Madison County! Two major events happened.

That afternoon, Madison County Corporation for Economic Development Director Rob Sparks provided The Herald Bulletin with details of a long-rumored reservoir. Mounds Lake Reservoir, as the project has been dubbed, would stretch from Anderson across seven miles into Delaware County and cover about 2,000 acres of surface area.

Several hours after the Sparks interview, Anderson City Council voted down Mayor Kevin Smith’s two annexation proposals, effectively quashing an effort that had consumed conversation in much of the county for the past month.

Now, whether the news in each case was good or bad depends on your perspective. But both developments were without debate “big” news.

In The Herald Bulletin newsroom, we discussed whether to hold onto the reservoir news for Sunday’s paper so that the story could be fully developed with maps and sidebars, and so that we could focus solely on the council annexation votes in Friday’s print edition. But we decided that it was important to publish a story about the reservoir right away to quench the thirst created by rumors that had been circulating. This decision was strengthened by the amount of detail and reaction to the reservoir proposal that we were able to gather Thursday.

As is often the case, a Herald Bulletin reporter — Stu Hirsch, in this instance — had been working behind the scenes for weeks to substantiate the reservoir rumors. But we’re not in the business of disseminating rumors in the guise of news, so we delayed publication until we could get accurate details. I believe most of our readers appreciate this caution, particularly in an age when misinformation is rampant in social media and on websites.

Both of the big stories — the annexations votes and the reservoir plans — fall into the city/county government beat manned by Hirsch. Needless to say, he worked a long Thursday. The council meeting lasted late into the night, and Stu was still putting finishing touches on both the annexations and reservoir stories as deadline approached. Fellow reporter Dani Palmer gave Stu an assist by writing a sidebar to the main reservoir article. Dani’s story detailed the reaction of business owners near Mounds Mall, an area the reservoir would flood.

We ended up pushing past deadline to get the most complete stories in the newspaper. Meanwhile, at and on Facebook and Twitter, we reported the votes from the council meeting Thursday night. And we posted our reservoir stories at just before midnight Thursday.

Both stories sent traffic on our website skyrocketing throughout the day Friday, illustrating the community’s intense interest in both.

Online and in the Saturday and Sunday print editions of The Herald Bulletin we published follow-up stories about the reservoir proposal. And we’ll seek to look further into the proposal this week.

If there are specific angles you would like to see covered, please shoot an email to me or Stu or give one of us a call. Stu’s email is; his phone number is 640-4861.

Editor Scott Underwood’s column appears Mondays. Contact him at or 640-4845.



Text Only
  • Hamilton, Lee [Duplicate] Lee Hamilton: Government as innovator? You bet! Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it's down to $134 billion.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jim Bailey: Figuring out how to have the good in life without the bad Most of us have had those faith-shaking episodes in our lives. The tragic episodes that leave us wondering what life is all about.

    April 24, 2014

  • OPN - Mootry column mug [Duplicate] [Duplicate] Primus Mootry: There is a poet in each of us April is National Poetry Month. Throughout the country, colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools, libraries and various publications have hosted poetry readings or featured unpublished poets.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • underwood mug [Duplicate] Scott Underwood: Nightmares from high school proms past I wore a salmon-colored tuxedo with a cummerbund and tails to my senior prom. I was 6-foot-6 and 175 pounds. A beanpole.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hayden, Maureen mug Maureen Hayden: Judge in gay marriage decision no activist

    When U.S. District Judge Richard Young recently ruled in favor of a lesbian couple seeking recognition of their out-of-state marriage, opponents of same-sex unions called him an activist judge who was unilaterally trampling the law. The label didn’t resonate with those who know Young well.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Charo Boyd mug [Duplicate] Charo Boyd: Social Security goes green on Earth Day and every day For years, Social Security has been at the forefront of offering convenient, easy-to-use, and secure online services. We, along with those we serve, have saved a lot of paper, shipping costs, and fuel — and cut back on a lot of carbon exhaust and pollution — by going online instead of doing things the old-fashioned, less efficient way.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tim Kean: Can we have a 'A New State of Mind?' I have recently read some great articles about people coming together to make a difference in the lives of children facing food insecurity. The collective effort of a group can provide some much-needed food to kids who may not have a meal when they return home from school or during the weekend.

    April 19, 2014

  • SPL - PT041014 - Ken de la Bastide column - Ken sig Ken de la Bastide: County may eliminate Data Processing Board

    Action two weeks ago by the Madison County commissioners to close Data Processing Board meetings to the public might run afoul of the Indiana Open Door law, and a local resident is considering filing a complaint with the Public Access Counselor’s office for a determination.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Timmons, Theresa mug Theresa Timmons: Dinosaurs run amok at mamaw's house I love my new job as a grandparent. It includes playing imaginary tennis with imaginary tennis rackets, making elaborate tents in the living room, and hair-pulling.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stringer, Maleah mug Maleah Stringer: Volunteers needed to spend time with shelter animals Shelters can be extremely stressful places for many animals, particularly those who have been in a loving home. This is why we want people to come into the shelter and spend time with our animals — to help keep them adoptable so that when the right person comes along they are ready.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
AP Video
Raw: Obama Tours Gyeongbok Palace Swimmer Michael Phelps Back in Competition Raw: Obama Lays Korean War Memorial Wreath Obama Leads Naturalization Ceremony in Seoul Calif. School Bus Crash Hurts Driver, 11 Kids Country Club for Exotic Cars Little Science Behind 'Pollen Vortex' Prediction US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate
Front page

How bad is the child abuse and neglect problem in Madison County?

Very bad
Not that bad
Not sure
     View Results