The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Community

October 19, 2013

Jim Bailey: Changing of the guard is a constant in local government

The announcement of Pendleton town manager Doug McGee’s leaving his post, and the impending retirement of Town Council President Don Henderson, brought home to me the constant process of change in the leadership of communities everywhere.

My last two full-time years at The Herald Bulletin were spent covering southern and western Madison County, and McGee and Henderson were two of my primary contacts in Pendleton. Looking back, most of the news sources I called on during that time no longer hold the positions they had a decade or so ago.

But changing of the guard is inevitable. Kevin Smith had just become mayor of Anderson during that stretch. Since then he lost an election, then won again. Anderson Community Schools has gone through a couple of superintendents. Of course, mayors and school superintendents find it as easy to make enemies as friends in the course of exercising their responsibilities. ACS hasn’t had a really popular superintendent since the days of G.E. Ebbertt nearly half a century ago.

When Henderson leaves, only Jeanette Isbell will remain from the Pendleton Town Council I covered as a reporter in the mid-2000s. Tim Ryan remains as clerk-treasurer. George Gasparovic remains as town court judge. Chet Babb is new to the council, and I remember his name from my early years as a sportswriter when he played sports for Daleville High School.

Amy McGinnis and Richard “Buck” Evans remain on the South Madison school board. But the board has a new superintendent, Joe Buck, who had just become a Pendleton Heights High School administrator in those days.

Joanne Amick and Tami Davis were relatively new to the Frankton-Lapel school board in the mid-2000s, and Bobby Fields, now superintendent, had just become assistant superintendent.

The faces on several other town councils have changed. Only Lapel President Gary Shuck and member Tony Pearson still hold their offices, along with Frankton board member Howard Sowers, Markleville’s Sally Gustin and Ingalls’ Tim Green. Kip Golden remains Ingalls clerk-treasurer.

Text Only
Community
  • FEA - HB0725 - 13 The Musical - JC - 1.JPG Review: Musical takes you back to being '13'

    Wanting to kill your mom and pining for a Wonderbra are typical desires young teenage girls have, but that just scratches the surface of the relatable themes in Mainstage Theatre’s production of “13: The Musical.”

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • FEA - HB0726 - Naturalist Day Camp - JC 5 Mounds camps offer outdoor fun "Can toads go in the pool?" It's one of the many questions Douglass and other interpretive naturalists received during Naturalists Day Camp, the second of three day camps Mounds Park is offering this summer.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Verna Davis: Seek peace by turning from evil and doing good There's something we all want: peace. World peace. Family peace. Personal peace. We yearn for peace, a feeling of freedom from commotion and antagonism, of harmony in our relationships, of lack of strife or dissension. What would we do to have peace in our lives?

    July 25, 2014

  • Church News: July 26 The following are brief Church News items of local interest.

    July 25, 2014

  • Community Briefs: July 25 A compilation of community news as published in the Friday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 25, 2014

  • Live music: July 25

    Live entertainment at local venues as published in the Friday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 24, 2014

  • FEA - HB0724 - Amputee Support - JC 3 Supporting limb loss awareness

    A small group of amputees gathered for the Second Annual Show Your Mettle Day at Frazier’s Dairy Maid on Friday. The event, which offered free ice cream to amputees thanks to Prevail Prosthetics and Orthotics, served as a meet and greet to help support limb loss awareness in the community.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Jim Bailey: Now if Grace beats Bethel... Fans in the United States are just now waking up to the complexities of World Cup soccer, which is a lot more popular around the world than it is here.

    July 24, 2014

  • Community Briefs: July 24 A compilation of community news items as published in the Thursday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 24, 2014

  • NWS - HB0723 - Fair Food - JC 3 The 'fairest food of all' Rides along the midway and 4-H animals may be a big draw for the county fair, but there's plenty of food people look forward to and indulge in during the Madison County 4-H Fair.

    July 23, 2014 3 Photos

Reader Pet Photos


We're looking for your best pet photos! Share your photos of your favorite non-human companions in our new photo gallery. Click here to upload your photos

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

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.
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin