The Herald Bulletin looks back at stories from the Anderson Daily Bulletin and The Anderson Herald newspapers.
10 Years Ago - 2004
May 4 - Pulling into the driveway of advanced master gardener Brad Willoughby can be tricky this time of year. Willoughby, 56, cares for more than 2,000 plants in his driveway, on his deck, and along his garage. He intends to donate the plants to a garden plant sale, GardenFest 2004. GardenFest 2004 is a revamped version of the master gardener's annual plant sale that was held at the Gruenewald Historic House in Anderson. Proceeds from the sale fund two $1,000 scholarships for Madison County students wanting to study horticulture.
May 5 - An ominous black cloud hung over downtown Anderson. Ash floated down on passers-by and the air tasted thick and sooty and smelled of a campfire. When it cleared, the city said goodbye to part of a landmark that arose in the 1880s. Anderson firefighters were called at 12:55 p.m. to the site of the former F.C. Cline Lumber Co. located on the corner of Fifth and Main streets. When they arrived, flames consumed the empty warehouse. Firefighters were at the scene for five hours, pulling apart the rubble and checking for hot spots.
25 Years Ago - 1989
May 4 - A provision in the new state budget earmarking $150,000 for Anderson's wetlands project will boost planners' dreams. "What it's going to do is add a lot of enhancement to what we've already done," said Don Seal, Anderson's parks superintendent. New funds are part of a 1990-91 state budget adopted by the Indiana General Assembly Wednesday. They will contribute to the estimated $225,000 cost of developing the Killbuck Creek wildlife and recreation park planned for a 10-acre site north of Grand Avenue and east of Broadway.
May 5 - Off-duty Anderson Patrolman Roger Ockomon was spinning records and entertaining a wedding reception crowd April 22 at the Shrine Club when he was confronted with an unexpected emergency. Ockomon saw a 68-year-old man at the reception fall over. The disc jockey jumped off the stage and gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until Anderson Fire Department paramedics arrived. For his efforts, the eight-year police department veteran was recognized by the paramedics and the Anderson Board of Public Safety.