The Herald Bulletin looks back at stories from the Anderson Daily Bulletin and The Anderson Herald newspapers.
10 Years Ago — 2004
May 19 — The last time the city of Anderson had a new comprehensive plan, John F. Kennedy was in the White House and General Motors employed thousands of local workers. In 1962, the city limits extended south only as far as 38th Street and the intersections along Interstate 69 were being used for farming. The Anderson Board of Public works is advertising for requests for proposals to hire a consulting firm to work with city planners on development of a new plan. Ron Sparks, chairman of the board, said it would take 12 to 18 months to complete a comprehensive plan, which he called "critically important."
May 21 — The new Madison County Recycling Center is clear about its mission. It will heat with recycled oil and hold classes about the importance of recycling, gardening and composting. Beginning June 1, residents from around the county can recycle paper, plastics, cardboard, glass, aluminum and steel cans. Eventually they can drop off waste oil and some household chemicals. Thanks to a $200,000 grant from the East Central Indiana Solid Waste District, the Madison County commissioners converted the former Indiana Department of Transportation facilities at the intersection of Mounds and Scatterfield roads to create the new recycling center.
25 Years Ago — 1989
May 18 — After two months of slow collections, the third installment of food and beverage tax receipts for Madison County is approaching the targeted amount. Madison County Auditor Sandra Huntzinger received a $39,549.03 check from the Indiana Department of Revenue for food and beverage tax collected in the county. Eighty percent of revenue generated by the tax is dedicated to the city of Anderson to cover construction costs of a downtown convention center. The remaining 20 percent is earmarked for a county economic development fund.
May 19 — Out-of-state developers hope to begin work by this fall on a $3.2 million senior citizens housing complex proposed for North Madison Avenue. M.C.S. Group received a zoning variance from the Anderson Board of Zoning Appeals. The firm, based in Columbus, Ohio, and Dallas, plans to construct a 72-unit, two-story residential facility for people over 71 years old. Their complex, to be called The Residence at Madison Square, is planned for the 2000 and 2100 blocks of North Madison Avenue. The zoning variance allowed for fewer parking places, and was approved due to the anticipated lesser need for parking for the prospective tenants.