The Herald Bulletin looks back at stories from the Anderson Daily Bulletin and the Anderson Herald newspapers.
10 Years Ago – 2003
March 3 — Following the terrorist attacks of 2001 and the heightened alert system to warn of a possible attack, the Anderson Community Schools have implemented a district-wide emergency plan. “This is the first overall plan for the district,” said Tim Long, superintendent of ACS. He said ACS worked with the Anderson Police Department on the development of a coordinated plan between ACS’ multiple facilities.
March 6 — Labor leaders of United Auto Workers Local 662 have the unenviable task of beginning negotiations today regarding a shutdown agreement involving three local plants. Delco Remy America announced in January it would close three manufacturing facilities in Anderson by the end of March, leaving 400 workers unemployed. Despite dwindling numbers, organized labor is not about to thrown in the towel. “We are in a battle for our lives,” said UAW Local 663 President Dean Manship. “We have to maintain a ‘never give up’ attitude.”
25 Years Ago — 1988
March 3 — Anderson teachers Misty Novak and Alberta Pettigrew probably go to bed with visions of “Jackie Junkfood” and “Safety Sam” dancing in their heads. These are some of the characters featured in teaching aid books written, illustrated and published by the two women. Each unit study book contains songs, finger plays, puppets and classroom activities. “Each of the songs has a moral or teaches a lesson,” Pettigrew said. They have sold books to elementary and day care center teachers throughout the Midwest.
March 4 — A seven-member steering committee will be formed by the Anderson Police Department to develop plans for a proposed horse patrol. The Anderson Board of Public Safety approved formation of the committee Thursday, directing the department to appoint the committee from volunteers. Police Chief Ron Rheam said the purpose of the committee includes seeking potential donors of funds, feed, equipment and even horses. He said statistics from other communities revealed that crime was lower in areas patrolled by horse units.
50 Years Ago — 1963
March 5 — Heavy rain turned streams into torrents, flooded low areas and blocked many streets and roads in the Anderson area. In the White River, threats of ice jams added to the danger. At least one life was lost when a lightning bolt struck Marvin Gordon, 39, Anderson, in a Delco-Remy parking lot while he was en route to work.
March 8 — A Civil Aeronautics Board examiner recommended denial of Anderson’s application for service by Lake Central Airlines yesterday and said that Anderson does not need air service since it is only 14 miles from Muncie. Examiner Ross I Newman’s report also indicated that the Muncie and Anderson airports do not meet the Federal Aviation Agency’s safety standards for twin-engine Convair transports flown by Delta.
100 Years Ago — 1913
March 4 — When the inauguration parade takes place in Washington today Anderson will be represented by two young men. Cadets from the U.S. military academy will have a place of honor in the line and at the head of this body will be Willis Crittenberger, son of Dale J. Crittenberger of Anderson, who is a lieutenant of the group of cadets. James May, son of Mr. and Mrs. I.E. May, is the leader of the Black Horse Troop from Culver military school, which will also be in the inaugural parade for President-elect Woodrow Wilson.
March 7 — The American Rotary Valve Company, whose local plant has become one of the best in this city, is increasing its capital stock from $750,000 to $1,000,000. Most of the $250,000 additional stock will be directed to the operation of the company’s plants and the one in this city will be enlarged. The foundry department and others will be enlarged upon and it is expected that the present working force of 300 people will be increased to 450.