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  • Mayor Says about Sunday Leak: “It Has Yet to be Found”

External Economic Consultant Greg Winkler gestures as Anderson Mayor Kevin S. Smith (R) looks on.

External Economic Consultant Greg Winkler gestures as Anderson Mayor Kevin S. Smith (R) looks on.

City Asking for Public’s Help

The City of Anderson is reporting another major water main break in Anderson. It is the second major break in three days.

Mayor Kevin S. Smith announced just before 5 p.m. on Sunday that there is a large leak in the city water system; however, it has yet to be found. Smith said “that Board of Works Chairman (Peter) Heuer informed me we have a suspected major water leak in our water system. Information indicates the leak is likely in the south end of Anderson. It’s probably a large 14 inch water line or similar size.”

Anderson Board of Works Chairman, Pete Heuer, tells Mayor Smith that a major unlocated water leak in Anderson is suspected.

Anderson Board of Works Chairman, Pete Heuer, tells Mayor Smith that a major unlocated water leak in Anderson is suspected.

Sunday evening, the mayor was asking for the public’s assistance with finding the leak, saying, “If you see a major leak along the roadway please notify Water Department trouble-line at 648-6444 or police dispatch at 648-6775.”

The latest break comes two days after a water main break forced the closure of several downtown streets and the Madison County Government Center. Friday’s gusher sent water freezing over roadways, including as far west as Jackson Street.

State Auditors Questioned Salaries Paid from Utility Funds

Last year, an Indiana State Board of Accounts audit report questioned the city’s longstanding policy of allocating money from city utility funds to pay salaries of local officials, including the mayor and city council members.

Anderson Mayor Kevin S. Smith (R)

Anderson Mayor Kevin S. Smith (R)

According to the report, during the audit period, approximately 50% of the mayor’s salary, and two-thirds of council members, were paid from money otherwise available for city utility improvements and expenses.

Indiana utility regulators also questioned READ MORE

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Elwood "Light Up the Magic" Christmas celebration.  
Photo: Light Up the Magic
  • Non-Elwood Resident(s) to Pick Next Elwood Mayor

  • Mayor’s Tenure Marked with Millions of Investment

  • National Recognition

  • Pool Reopened

  • New Wastewater Treatment Plant

  • “Light Up the Magic” Unveiled

Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold (R)

Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold (R)

Elwood, Ind. Mayor Ron Arnold (R) has announced he will resign from office at the end of March.  His resignation comes nine months before the end of his first term and just over three years into a highly READ MORE

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Park Floor

The City of Anderson Facebook Department on Monday posted pictures of the new taxpayer funded Geater Center hardwood floor art design and logo.  The floor plays host to Anderson Youth Basketball.  Over READ MORE

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Pictured here, the newest central Indiana Goodwill store opens Tuesday before sunrise next to Lowe's on SR 37 in Noblesville.

Election Goodwill at Anderson City Hall Absent as of Sunset on Friday

  • Noblesville, Cicero, and Lapel Await Goodwill Opening on Tuesday
  • 25% More Floor Space, Larger Drive-Thru, Serpentine Checkout Debut
  • Alarming Comments from Anderson City Official and Spouse towards Mayoral Challenger

Newest Goodwill Set to Open with Black Friday Like Fanfare

Residents of Noblesville and western Madison County await the opening of the newest Goodwill Store this week.  After being located in Noblesville’s Noble Creek Shopping Center for more than a decade, Goodwill is relocating across SR 37 to a location adjacent to Lowe’s and H.H. Gregg.

New Goodwill Store in Noblesville opens Tuesday at 7 a.m.

Newest central Indiana Goodwill Store opens Tuesday at 7 a.m, in Noblesville.

The newly renovated 19,000 square ft. store, which recently housed Office Depot, will open READ MORE

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City of Anderson Mayor's Office, 5th Floor
  • Anderson Mayor’s Race:  “Lady and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!”
  • Slate of Eight, Including One Woman, Look to be Next Mayor of Anderson

Six Democrats and two Republicans filed candidacy papers before Friday’s noon deadline to run for Anderson mayor.  In one of the most crowded mayoral fields in recent memory, history was made when Anderson Republicans balloted Heather Prophet for the May primary.  She becomes the first Republican woman, and the third woman in Anderson history, to make a bid for mayor.

Anderson mayor candidate, Heather Prophet (R)

Anderson mayor candidate, Heather Prophet (R)

“Like many Anderson residents, I am concerned about the future of our city and what opportunities will exist for our children and grandchildren.”
Heather Prophet, Republican candidate for Anderson mayor

In announcing her candidacy, Prophet said, “Like many Anderson residents, I am concerned about the future of our city and what opportunities will exist for our children and grandchildren.  The next mayor of Anderson needs to successfully address the growing challenges of underemployment, crime, and crumbling public infrastructure facing Anderson families.”

According to THB, incumbent Mayor Kevin Smith responded that he READ MORE

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The Alex Theatre located in downtown Alexandria.

The Alex Theatre located in downtown Alexandria.

One of the Best Kept Secrets in Madison County is in Alexandria

Are you looking for an inexpensive fun night out with the kids? Consider The Alex Theater this weekend in downtown Alexandria. The movie currently playing is SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: SPONGE OUT OF WATER.  Showtimes are Saturday at 2pm, 4pm and 7pm, and Sunday at 7 p.m.   Saturday and Sunday matinees are only $3 per ticket.  Saturday and Sunday evening shows are $4 adult, and $3 for children 12 and under and adults 55 and over.   READ MORE

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Will the 47% water
  • Is Your Laundry “Rusty” for a Reason?
  • Utility Regulators Look for Action on Local Water Quality
  • State Officials Refer City to “Page 2″ of EPA Water Handbook
Anderson Mayor Kevin S. Smith (R)

Administration officials of Anderson, Ind. Mayor Kevin S. Smith (R) “acknowledge” to Indiana utility regulators that no water strategic plan exists for the City of Anderson.

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC)  has some advice for Anderson Mayor Kevin S. Smith (R) — Don’t Forget to Flush.  Iron oxide levels in Anderson’s water supply have the OUCC asking City of Anderson officials to develop a plan to flush the city water lines to improve water quality in the city.  The OUCC says “Indiana consumers have the right to READ MORE

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Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith (R)

Anderson Utility Customers Get Soaked: Must Pay a Second Time for Promised Work

Indiana Officials:  No Lifeline to Water Customers for Past Promises

Blame Game Spills Over to Facebook

ALERT and Call 6 Investigators reveal Anderson water tower inspection record.

ALERT and Call 6 Investigators reveal Anderson water tower inspection record.

The Eighth Street water tower looms high above Anderson.  Holding 500,000 gallons of water and supporting over 4 million pounds of weight, the tank is one of six City of Anderson owned water towers cited by the Indiana Office of Utility Counselor (OUCC) as being years behind on standard routine safety inspections.  The Eighth Street tower hasn’t received a professional inspection since 1996, according to documents filed by the City of Anderson with the OUCC.

An ALERT investigation of OUCC documents filed during the past 10 years reveals that the Eighth Street tower has been of particular interest to the State of Indiana since 2006.  During Mayor Kevin Smith’s first term, and as a condition READ MORE

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