The Herald Bulletin looks back at stories from the Anderson Daily Bulletin and The Anderson Herald newspapers.
10 Years Ago – 2003
Sept. 9 – Residents of Madison County whose homes and property were damaged by the rain and flooding during and after Labor Day weekend are now eligible to apply for federal disaster funds provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Madison County is one of 21 Indiana counties eligible for assistance. “As of now, there are 350 homes, businesses and apartments that were damaged within the city, and the number is still growing,” said John Kinley, deputy director of the Anderson Emergency Management Agency.
Sept. 10 – Concerned that Anderson is losing its history and traditions, resident Dan Sayers is leading an effort to name the downtown park after the Remy brothers. The city named the park the Anderson Town Center in 2002, but Sayers, 76, would like it to be renamed to honor Frank and Perry Remy, who created the magneto at the site and revolutionized the automobile industry. The Park Board is considering the proposal.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Sept. 11 – The Madison County Junior Miss program has a new sponsor, but there is some question about the future of the Miss Anderson Pageant. The city’s three Exchange Clubs’ pageant committee has sponsored the Miss Anderson pageant for the past 22 years. Recently, the Exchange Club applied for the county program, and was awarded it, leaving the Miss Anderson Program on the back burner for now, said club member Bob Sherman.
Sept. 13 – A 26-year-old Anderson man was sentenced to 60 years in prison for a teenager’s slaying. A Madison County Superior Court 3 jury convicted Ronald G. Robinett Jr. in the beating death of 13-year-old Karen Marie Clark. Jurors had deliberated for 20 hours before reporting their guilty verdict to Judge Thomas Newman Jr. On Monday, Robinett continued to claim his innocence.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Sept. 8 – An aspiring high school artist will have his work reproduced on a 12-foot by 25-foot poster to help boost the upcoming Madison County Unity Fund campaign. For the first time a poster competition is being staged for area students. All county high schools and junior high schools have been mailed information on the contest, according to Joseph Benge, contest chairman. The theme for the United Fund this year is “The Big Top.”
Sept. 12 – Anderson police raided two restaurants and a billiard parlor Tuesday evening and confiscated pinball machines and gaming equipment. Police stated three raids were staged simultaneously at 7 p.m. Tuesday, on the J&P Grill, 1324 Meridian St.; Meridian Billiard Parlor, 1407 Meridian St.; and Janie’s Cafe, 1335 Main St. Eleven officers, under the supervision of Inspector Robert Graham, conducted the raids, which took approximately 2 1/2 hours.
100 Years Ago – 1913
Sept. 9 – The collapse of the so-called citizens’ ticket came yesterday when Byron McMahan could not be induced by the four survivors of the fusion movement to agree to their candidate for mayor. One Republican, one Socialist and two Prohibitionists now constitute the whole of the movement. The four remaining members will hold a “wake” tonight that will end the business.
Sept. 12 – The horse of Samuel Lampkins, age 62, 1412 Cedar street, fell on Meridian street between 10th and 11th streets last night. Patrolman Weighous, who is also humane officer, was called and the horse was shot. The horse was old, crippled and fell from weakness. A large crowd gathered about the horse, but a dog fight across the street soon took the crowd away.
– Compiled by Elmore Hammes for The Herald Bulletin