The Herald Bulletin looks back at stories from the Anderson Daily Bulletin and The Anderson Herald newspapers.
10 Years Ago – 2003
July 14 – When a food and beverage tax was approved for Madison County, the stated purpose was to provide funding for the construction of a convention center in Anderson, but 15 years later that dream remains unrealized. Since 1988 the 1 percent food and beverage tax in Madison County has generated $15.8 million. The money has gone into projects such as the Paramount Theatre restoration, construction of the city’s Crystal Arch, road and infrastructure improvements and local businesses. Anderson is no closer to opening a convention center than when the idea was first proposed in the 1980s during the administration of Thomas R. McMahon. Current mayor J. Mark Lawler said the revenues are committed to other projects, but “once the juvenile center bonds are paid off, there will be more funding available to the city.”
July 15 – Five years and 33 states after Ruth Thomas’ trek across America on bicycle began, she’s arrived in Anderson. Thomas, who’s traveled exactly 9,927.1 miles, is visiting the smallest town in each state, which brought her to River Forest, an incorporated community of eight houses and one street, located off West Eighth Street and enveloped by the city of Anderson. Thomas was given two Anderson pins by Mayor J. Mark Lawler to commemorate her visit.
25 Years Ago – 1988
July 15 – A potential well on the south side of Shadyside Lake could produce around 720,000 gallons per day and maybe more. Preliminary tests indicate the well appears to be productive, Anderson Water Utility Superintendent Tom Brewer said. With the possible well and two others in the Ranney well field manifold, Brewer hopes to increase the water supply by 2 to 3 million gallons per day. As the drought continues, it is beneficial for the city of Anderson to increase its water capacity, Brewer said.