The Herald Bulletin looks back at stories from the Anderson Daily Bulletin and The Anderson Herald newspapers.
10 Years Ago – 2003
Nov. 4 – It’s been two years since the city of Anderson started its curbside recycling program. From the look of things, the program has helped to decrease the amount of material going to landfills. “For a city Anderson’s size, we’re pretty good,” said Ron Howard, senior account executive for Republic Services of Indiana, the refuse company contracted with the city for trash and recycling pickup. “We have got more participation than I expected. There’s always room for improvement.” According to Paul Baylor, spokesman for city administration, 813 tons of recycling were collected in 2002.
Nov. 5 – Anderson voters threw off 16 years of Democratic rule Tuesday and put Republican Kevin Smith in the mayor’s office. Smith pulled in 8,947 votes to Democrat Bob Rock’s 7,821. “It’s been a wonderful day,” Smith said from Republican Party Headquarters. “I will be in my office at 9 a.m.,” said Smith. “I will begin working on putting together a transition team.” At Democrat Party Headquarters, Rock thanked his supporters while acknowledging defeat. “It was the disgruntled Democrats that attacked this party,” he said. “I’m not happy about it.”
25 Years Ago – 1988
Nov. 3 – An estimated 1,000 visitors toured the Sheraton and Holiday Inns Wednesday during the opening night of the Sixth Annual Business to Business Trade Show. The crowd included company executives, purchasing agents and buyers who reviewed a record 90 exhibits at the show, which continues today. The Business to Business Trade Show is sponsored by the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce to encourage local businesses to seek needed products and services within the area.
Nov. 7 – After 6 ½ weeks of trial and nearly 12 hours of deliberations, a Madison County Circuit Court jury pronounced Ronald and Ricky Whitehead guilty of conspiring to deliver cocaine in Indiana. Ronald Whitehead, 56, and his son, Ricky, 25, sat quietly before the jury when Judge Fredrick Spencer called for the verdict. Judge Spencer will sentence the two on Nov. 30. Ron Whitehead could be sentenced up to 250 years behind bars and up to $50,000 in fines, while Ricky could be sentenced up to 100 years and $20,000 in fines.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Nov. 7 – Three hundred 4-H Adult and Junior Leaders were honored at the annual awards banquet program, sponsored by the Farm Bureau of Madison County and the Farm Bureau Co-Op. Master of ceremonies was Stephen Thurston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Thurston of Summitville. The music was presented by a vocal group from Highland High School under direction of Mrs. Biddle.
Nov. 9 – A new building to house the operations division of the Central Indiana Gas Company will be constructed at W. 20th and Louise streets. Bids for the $300,000 construction project will be received next Thursday, according to Roy B. Leckie, local manager. According to Mr. Leckie, the gas company purchased two acres of ground from Joseph Carney for the new building.
100 Years Ago – 1913
Nov. 5 – J.H. Mellett will take the mayor’s office on Jan. 1, 1914. The mayor-elect said last night that he would arrange his business affairs so that he can devote all of his time to the mayor’s office. “The election is over and I wish to say,” continued the mayor-elect, “that I have no feeling against those who opposed me. Mr. Ryan made a fine race – a splendid campaign.”
Nov. 6 – All lunch and popcorn men who have wagons on streets of Anderson have been ordered by Superintendent of Police Williamson to keep moving and not occupy one corner all day. It is stated that merchants are complaining about the men remaining in one place. The lunch and popcorn men are complaining about the order and state that it will work a hardship on them, and that they have a right to do business as long as they pay for a license.
– Compiled by Elmore Hammes for The Herald Bulletin