The Herald Bulletin

December 1, 2013

Scott Underwood: Help us with Person of Year, Year in Review

The Herald Bulletin

---- — As December approaches each year, The Herald Bulletin begins to prepare for our community Person of the Year and our Year in Review.

Here’s how you can help with the former:

Send us a Person of the Year nomination. Worthy nominees will have made a special contribution to the community during 2013, but we also consider impact of their good works in previous years. To be eligible, a nominee must live or work in Madison County.

Nominate by sending me a brief explanation of why the person should be considered. Include the nominee’s name and contact information, as well as yours.

Nominations are due by Dec. 13. Mail them to Person of the Year, c/o Scott Underwood, The Herald Bulletin, 1133 Jackson St., Anderson, 46016, or send nominations to me at

The Person of the Year will be announced in the Jan. 1 edition of The Herald Bulletin.

You can also participate in our Year in Review lists of top local stories in news, sports and entertainment. We typically list 10 stories in each category.

Here is a starter list of news stories we’re considering for the top 10 (we’ll rank the final list 1-10):

u Changes in local and statewide K-12 education

u The Anderson/Lapel annexation efforts

u The Mounds Lake Reservoir proposal

u The burgeoning meth and prescription drug abuse problem

u Colts camp at Anderson University

u New jobs announcements in Madison County

u The political strife over Anderson firefighters

How would you rank these local stories in order of importance? What other Madison County area news stories would you like to see in our top 10 list?

Let me know your thoughts by email or phone call.

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Remember little Ralphie and his Christmastime BB gun obsession?

If you’ve seen the timeless film, “A Christmas Story,” you’ll never forget the spectacled lead character — or the rest of his quirky family.

The 1983 movie is set in a Hammond, Ind., winter and follows the misadventures of the Parker family as Christmas approaches.

My favorite story line in the movie is the profane Mr. Parker’s fixation on the lamp he receives through mail delivery. The base of the lamp is in the likeness of a woman’s shapely leg, replete with high-heeled shoe and fish-net hose. And Mrs. Parker is not amused.

If you love “A Christmas Story” as much as I do, you won’t want to miss the special showing of the film set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Paramount Theatre in downtown Anderson.

Admission, just $2 at the door, will go to The Herald Bulletin’s Empty Stocking Fund to help the Salvation Army meet the needs of local families year round.

Editor Scott Underwood’s column appears Mondays. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @THBeditor. Contact him at or 640-4845.