Compiled by Elmore Hammes
For The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin looks back at stories from the Anderson Daily Bulletin and The Anderson Herald newspapers.
10 Years Ago — 2003
April 9 — A former Guide Corp. employee may have used her position within the company to siphon $60,000 from the Pendleton-based company. Julie Anne Smitson, 36, was employed as a supervisor in the accounts payable office from 2001 until Feb. 28, when she resigned, said Jeffrey Hutson, director of corporate communications for Guide Corp. She was arrested on 15 felony forgery and 15 felony theft charges. She is accused of writing company checks totally $60,000 and depositing them in her own bank account.
April 10 — Madison County is looking to borrow up to $10 million to be able to make payroll and to cover operating expenses until property tax collections begin sometime in May. Because the state has delayed establishing a property tax rate for 2002 taxes payable in 2003, the county’s general fund balance is not sufficient to cover anticipated expenses through May 15. The Madison County Council on Tuesday approved two ordinances that will allow the county to borrow the needed funds with the hope that property tax revenues will be received next month.
25 Years Ago — 1988
April 7 — The Anderson Mayor’s City Youth Commission shadow day Wednesday was a learning experience for both the students and new government officials. Twenty-one youth commission members, representing Highland and Madison Heights high schools, learned through example from 22 city government department heads during the annual one-day event. Anderson High School students on the commission did not participate.
April 11 — “Man’s Best Friend” was on trial Sunday during the 14th annual All-Breed Obedience Trial in the O.C. Lewis Gymnasium, Anderson University. A total of 214 entrants from nine states competed in the three levels of obedience events during the day-long show, sponsored by the Anderson Obedience Training Club Inc. The event requires dogs and handlers to perform exercises as set forth by the American Kennel Club regulations on obedience. Kay Guetzloff of Palatine, Ill., and her border collie “Heelalong Sandpebble,” took home the honor of Highest Scoring Dog in a Trial.
50 Years Ago — 1963
April 10 — Steps to eliminate negative acoustical effects in the 7,500-seat Warner Auditorium on East Fifth Street have been launched by the Church of God, in preparation for using the building in June during the movement’s International Convention. Workmen are presently spraying a 1 1/2-inch layer of asbestos on approximately 26,000 square feet of the huge dome interior to improve sound reflections. A new, high-quality sound amplification system is also scheduled to be installed.
April 13 — Final plans and arrangements are being made by the Anderson and Anderson Township Exchange Clubs, sponsors of the annual banquet to honor this year’s Book of Golden Deeds Award recipient. John Brinduse, general chairman of the award banquet, announced that O.T. White will serve as master of ceremonies. The banquet will be held at the Anderson YMCA. The Madrigal Singers of Anderson High School will provide entertainment.
100 Years Ago — 1913
April 8 — About 25 brick cleaners employed by Grossman Bros. in the wrecking of the Victor Glass Plant in North Anderson struck yesterday morning, demanding $1.10 per thousand brick. The men were being paid $1 per thousand for cleaning the brick. The strikers surrounded the auto in which Harry Grossman was riding and demanded the raise. Mr. Grossman would not grant it and the men left.
April 12 — The flood sufferers relief station that has been open at 130 E. Ninth St. closed yesterday, and all clothing and other articles on hand were taken to the rooms of the Associated Charities on the fourth floor of the Union building. The work of helping the sufferers is practically over. All of the families have been well cared for and it is thought that all of the families are again on their feet.