The Herald Bulletin looks back at stories from the Anderson Daily Bulletin and The Anderson Herald newspapers.
10 Years Ago – 2004
March 30 – It’s official. The county’s inventory tax will be history come January. The Madison County Council voted to eliminate the tax, along with Alexandria, Pendleton and Elwood. Anderson, Lapel and Edgewood councils previously voted to eliminate the tax, and the combined total now exceeds the required majority. Local business leaders had cited the tax as a reason some companies had located to other counties in Indiana, resulting in the loss of potential jobs for Madison County.
March 31 – It wasn’t until after midnight Monday that UAW Local 663 announced that nearly 1,100 members voted to approve, by 70 percent, a five-year contract with Guide Corp. The contract maintains a two-tier pay scale. For those hired after 1999, the hourly rate is about $13.50 per hour, while workers hired before that date will earn about $26 per hour. All union employees will receive full medical, job security and seniority under the contract.
25 Years Ago – 1989
March 30 – A new planting project by downtown merchants and Anderson city government is intended to be a first step in revitalizing Meridian Plaza. “Basically the plaza is old and tired and worn-out and does need revitalized,” said Betsy Carrel, a landscape architect in the Anderson City Planning Department. City officials said the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce revealed a new Adopt-A-Planter program to upgrade the flowers, trees and shrubbery along the downtown mall between Ninth and 13th streets.
March 31 – Youngsters from the Hopewell Center are getting a head start in nursery school classes which the center hopes will prepare them for normal school settings. Hopewell’s neighborhood pre-school program places 3- to 5-year olds in local pre-schools and nursery schools to help “mainstream” the students into traditional educational environments. “The program uses a stepping stone to public schools,” said Connie Kurts, Hopewell’s coordinator for the program.