The Herald Bulletin looks back at stories from the Anderson Daily Bulletin and The Anderson Herald newspapers.
10 Years Ago – 2003
Sept. 29 – Anderson Mayor J. Mark Lawler said he has no intention of asking Police Chief Ed Leonard to step down despite an overwhelming no-confidence vote by the Fraternal Order of Police, which was the first such vote in the history of the union concerning leadership. Lawler said he considered this a personnel matter and would not comment further.
Sept. 30 – A 22-year-old Anderson woman will find out Nov. 7 what her sentence will be for the stomping death of John F. Miller. Amy Whittaker pleaded guilty of aiding, inducing or causing murder, conspiracy to commit robbery resulting in bodily injury and other related charges. Whittaker and her attorney, Mark Maynard, entered the plea Monday after discussing the possible outcomes of a trial, which could have resulted in a life sentence without parole.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Sept. 29 – The Anderson Housing Authority has received a $20,000 federal counseling grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the AHA board of commissioners learned Monday. Hazel Edwards, AHA housing counselor, said the Anderson agency is one of only 31 in a six-state region to receive the grant. The money will be used to reimburse the agency for providing counseling services to clients with regards to housing situations.
Sept. 30 – Churches are too passive in dealing with this nation’s divorce problem, Mike McManus, a syndicated religion columnist, told clergymen in Anderson Thursday. McManus, who writes the column “Ethics and Religion,” addressed a group of about 35 ministers and other counseling professionals and spouses at Anderson University’s Student Center during a luncheon in which he spoke of methods to reduce the divorce rate from 50 percent to 5 percent. The Madison County Citizens for Community Values sponsored McManus’ visit.
50 Years Ago — 1963
Sept. 29 – Guide Lamp Division of General Motors has announced plans for construction of a 62,000 square foot engineering center at the north side of its Administration building on Pendleton Avenue. Byron L. Stewart, Guide general manager, said construction of the one-story, steel, pre-cast concrete and brick building will begin immediately. It will provide space for all of Guide’s product research, development and engineering activities.
Sept. 29 – All of the color of the circus parade came to life Saturday afternoon for more than 35,000 Madison County residents as the fifth annual United Fund campaign got underway. The circus parade, including a calliope, lion, tiger, elephant, along with those outstanding Madison County high school bands, and numerous parade entries, performed circus magic that will never be forgotten as it passed through the county. The parade will continue today until its climax at Athletic Park Fairgrounds, Anderson, at 7 p.m.
100 Years Ago – 1913
Sept. 30 – Fire box No. 81 located at Eighth and Noble streets, Park Place, was pulled at 10:45 last evening, calling Hose Co. No. 1 to the scene. On arrival it was found that some youngster had been firing a box of red fire left over from Fourth of July and someone thought a home was afire.
Sept. 30 – West Virginia natural gas is expected to reach Anderson by noon tomorrow, and if the gas comes in as planned the new rates for gas will be effective October 1. The new rate for domestic gas is forty cents for Anderson, with a sliding scale offering lower rates according to the quantity used.
— Compiled by Elmore Hammes for The Herald Bulletin