The Herald Bulletin looks back at stories from the Anderson Daily Bulletin and The Anderson Herald newspapers.
10 Years Ago – 2003
Dec. 2 – No matter how many punches are thrown, Madison County real estate is staying the course, real estate officials say. “I think that right now, it is a good time to purchase a home in Madison County,” said Betty Mitchell, owner of Mitchell Company Realtors in Anderson. The latest statistics from the Indianapolis Board of Realtors show that in October, pending sales in Madison County were up 33 percent from a year ago and average sale prices, year to date, edged up slightly.
Dec. 5 – Anderson Mayor-elect Kevin Smith is planning to combine city departments under his administration to reduce operating costs. Smith announced that the Personnel and Insurance and Human Relations Departments will merge after Jan. 1. He said the position of director of human relations, currently occupied by Mildred Powell, will be eliminated. Other staff positions in human relations will then report to the director of the Personnel Department.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Dec. 1 – Plans for the proposed $1.1 million Lynnwood Village subsidized housing complex have cleared their final hurdle. Work on the project is expected to begin in December. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved a general construction contract awarded for the project by the Anderson Housing Authority, Shirley Weatherly, housing authority director, said. Lynnwood Village, planned for a six-acre tract of land on the west side of East Lynn Street, will include six buildings with four units each, a community/office building and a playground.
Dec. 5 – The Madison Heights High School C team won the state chess tournament’s senior high school division at Eastside Middle School. The local team had four match points to take the championship. The tournament attracted 265 participants in 66 teams from all over Indiana. “Indiana is one of the stronger states in the nation in scholastic chess,” tournament director Mike Zabawa, English teacher at Southside Middle School, said.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Dec. 1 – The Anderson unit of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) announced that Mayor Ralph R. Ferguson has issued a proclamation denoting the week of Dec. 1 to 7 as Civil Air Patrol Week in honor of the CAP’s 22nd birthday. An official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, CAP was founded in 1941 by a band of patriots who volunteered their services and their privately owned aircraft to patrol America’s coastlines and borders.
Dec. 5 – Within a few days work will start on the new Mounds Mall shopping center, to be located 1 ½ miles east from downtown Anderson, on the west side of Indiana 109, just north of Indiana 32 and Mounds Road. Announcement of the new $3 million project yesterday disclosed that the H.P. Wasson Co., Indianapolis, will occupy one of the major store areas, with Montgomery-Ward Co. to locate a store in the largest space. This new and modern center will have 225,000 square feet of shopping, adequate space for parking of 2,400 cars and will be central Indiana’s first completely enclosed mall.
100 Years Ago – 1913
Dec. 3 – A suit was filed in the circuit court by Charles T. Sansberry, attorney for the city of Anderson, against the Union Traction Co. for $800 because of the damage done to the city fire truck when it was hit by a car, owned by the company, while going to a fire at Meridian and 14th streets in February. The complaint alleges that the fire truck had the right of way over all streets while going to a fire, and begs that the city be paid the sum for damages.
Dec. 4 – Local police raided the Valley Pool Room and Restaurant, at the corner of 12th and Main streets, and arrested Andrew White, the proprietor, on a charge of operating a gambling joint, and also John Bohannon and Elijah Thompson, on a charge of gambling. The arrests were made by Patrolmen Pierce and Hudson. The men were surprised by the officers while engaged in a game of “craps.”
– Compiled by Elmore Hammes for The Herald Bulletin