The Herald Bulletin looks back at stories from the Anderson Daily Bulletin and The Anderson Herald newspapers.
10 Years Ago – 2003
Dec. 18 – Grants totaling $40,000 for a county-wide reading program, a new shelter for abused women, food for the needy and brighter holidays among other projects were awarded by the Madison County Community Foundation. “The last two years have been trying for all non-profit organizations,” said Leslie White, foundation executive director. “We were not certain we could offer a grant cycle this year. The board decided to continue the cycle.” Organizations benefiting from the grants included Alternatives, Inc., Madison County Community Health Care Center, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Anderson Public Library, among others.
Dec. 20 – The city of Anderson received an early Christmas present with the announcement that Home Design Products has purchased the former Magnequench building and will create more than 100 jobs. Home Design Products, which already has operations in Alexandria, announced that it purchased the facility at Scatterfield Road and Interstate 69 for a new production facility. The jobs are expected to pay an average of $15 per hour. The company is also moving its headquarters from Indianapolis to Anderson.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Dec. 16 – Plans to build a $2.5 million, seven-auditorium movie theater complex at Applewood Centre were approved by the Anderson Board of Zoning Appeals. Construction of the complex is expected to begin early next spring, with opening planned for August. The 1,800-seat, seven-screen theater will sit across the parking lot from Carnival Shoes & Fashion and along 60th Street.
Dec. 18 – Despite some funding problems this year, it appears ridership figures for the county’s TRAM system should begin to rebound. Rosalee Bernard, chief local assistance planner for the Madison County Council of Governments, said that with a stable funding source in place for 1989, increased ridership for the Transportation for Rural Areas of Madison County can be expected. In November, the Madison County commissioners awarded the 1989 TRAM contract to Emergency Medical Ambulance Services. Started in 1985, the TRAM system provides transportation for residents living outside Anderson.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Dec. 18 – Combined student population of the Anderson city and township schools will approach 17,000 students, the Board of School Trustees learned last night. Supt. G.E. Ebbertt presented the board with a survey prepared by the city attendance office which listed 16,264 pupils in all city and township schools. He estimated that an additional 500 to 600 students in the township are of kindergarten age, and that these would have to be included in the totals since as many kindergartens as possible will be added in the township next year.
Dec. 20 – A total of $17,213 has been contributed in the 1963 Christmas Seal Campaign, but almost $9,000 more is needed. Goal of this year’s campaign is $26,000 and it must be reached during the month-long holiday Seal campaign. In the last two weeks the colorful Christmas Seals have been appearing regularly on cards, letters and packages. Madison Countians have been using the seals and indicating their support of the association for more than half a century.
100 Years Ago – 1913
Dec. 16 – A contract with the Empire Automobile Company of Indianapolis has been closed by the Remy Electric Company of this city, for supplies for starting, light and ignition systems for the 1914 season. The contract will amount to around $250,000. Nearly 7,500 sets will be sold to the automobile company.
Dec. 21 – Two boys by the name of Free and Sisk, living on Cincinnati Avenue, were arrested last night for passing counterfeit money for coal at the Salling lumber yard. The bad money was detected before the coal was delivered. They had seven shining silver dollars. The boys said they found the money and were released. The investigation is not ended.
– Compiled by Elmore Hammes for The Herald Bulletin