The Herald Bulletin
---- — The Herald Bulletin looks back at stories from the Anderson Daily Bulletin and The Anderson Herald newspapers.
10 Years Ago – 2003
Dec. 22 – The Anderson PAL Club's bingo license has been revoked for at least three years. The Indiana Department of Revenue suspended the bingo parlor’s license for a variety of violations, including failing to report $1.2 million in pull-tab sales. The state also found 22 illegal video slot machines. Anderson PAL Club Bingo was fined $11,000 and ordered to pay $20,500 in licensing fees. PAL president Paul Baylor said the organization is looking at alternative ways to raise funds.
Dec. 23 – Internet access at one of the city’s fire houses has been shut down after adult pornography was found on a computer hard drive. Anderson Fire Chief Mike McKinley said Monday that if the person who used the computer to access pornography is discovered, there will be disciplinary action. McKinley said the problem was discovered when the computer at Station 3 on Columbus Avenue crashed. A computer technician examining the hard drive found the pornography. McKinley said he immediately took away the station’s access to the Internet.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Dec. 22 – The fourth mugging of a holiday shopper in Anderson occurred Tuesday night. Police are warning shoppers to take extra precautions so their holidays won’t be spoiled. This time it was a 55-year-old city woman who was robbed on the east side of Mounds Mall around 9:30 p.m., according to Anderson police. Police have a suspect in this mugging but said he has no connection to the previous three. All victims have been women.
Dec. 24 – All of a $16,000 federal grant has been spent in less than two months to help 43 needy Anderson families find or retain housing. Allocation of the Homeless Grant received by JobSource Nov. 1 and administered by the Anderson Housing Authority was reported Wednesday to the authority’s board of commissioners by housing counselor Hazel Edwards. Grant funds have provided short-term help to families having trouble paying rent, rental security deposits, utility payments and the cost of food and emergency shelter.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Dec. 22 – As has been customary the last five years, Anderson Junior Achievers will attend the Midwest Management Conference. One representative from each of the nine local JA companies will spend four days in St. Louis in business conference sessions as guests of the Midwest Regional Director. Herman Gall, Regional Director, announced that both the Chase and Park Plaza Hotels have been reserved for the more than 1,000 expected young people from a ten state area.
Dec. 27 – The burglars who cracked a safe at the Owens Ice Cream store Sunday night were rank amateurs. That's the only clue that city detectives had last night. Detective Clem Russell said the robbers have to be amateurs because they broke open the safe the hard way. They drilled through both combination and the door instead of knocking off the combination knob first, Russell explained. The burglars borrowed company tools at the site to carry off the job, and made off with $350.
100 Years Ago – 1913
Dec. 25 – All records for the number of marriage licenses issued in any one day by the Madison county clerk were broken Wednesday when 21 couples were granted licenses. There would have been one more, had the couple been able to get to the city before 6 o’clock, however it was not possible and that couple would wait until Friday. The previous record for the day before Christmas was 19 licenses.
Dec. 25 – A five-gallon can of oysters was stolen last evening from in front of the American Express office in a rather bold manner. Ed Mathes, local agent, had just received the shipment of oysters and the can was placed outside instead of the warm room until delivery could be made. The agent never figured anyone would have use for so many oysters, so thought they were safe. They were in a five-gallon can, packed with ice in a large wooden tub. The can of oysters was taken, with the tub left behind. Police as yet have failed to locate the thief.
— Compiled by Elmore Hammes for The Herald Bulletin