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Mayor Kevin S. Smith (R) and Anderson City Council member, David Eicks (D) may 'duke it out' for Mayor in 2015.  Will equal pay and opportunities for all be front and center?
Donna Davis (D), President Pro-Tempore of Anderson City Council leads the way on 2015 budget discussions.  With women outnumbered 7-2 on the Anderson City Council, will she be able to influence change?

Donna Davis (D), President Pro-Tempore of Anderson City Council leads the way on 2015 budget discussions. With women outnumbered 7-2 on the Anderson City Council, will she be able to influence change?

Top 25 Paid City of Anderson Employees Includes Only 1 Woman

Reports filed with the State of Indiana show that on Labor Day 2014, few women employed by the City of Anderson are found at the top of the City’s pay scale.  As the Madison County Solidarity Labor Council prepares to celebrate Labor Day in Alexandria’s Beulah Park today from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m., only one woman is found on the Top 25 list of highest paid city employees.

President Grover Cleveland established Labor Day as a federal holiday in 1894 to celebrate the American Labor movement.  However, 120 years later, opportunities and pay for women in local city jobs still lags dramatically behind those of their male counterparts according to the report.

A review of mandatory state wage reports finds that even with continuous Democrat control of the Anderson City Council, coupled with both Republican and Democrat mayors, few females are near the top.  In fact, of the 25 highest paid employees, the only female READ MORE

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*911* Emergency Tax Increase

Savings Evaporate.  Will You Pay More?

Councils Complain of Being Kept in Dark

Anderson Police Department cruiser.

City of Anderson faced with how to purchase new public safety communication equipment.

Anderson and Madison County taxpayers may be on the hook for a new tax if some local officials have their way.  Less than five years after passing a 40% increase in the local income tax rate, officials are now pressing for an additional property tax increase to fund a consolidated countywide 911 emergency dispatch center.

Emergency 911 centers in Alexandria and Elwood previously merged with the Madison County center about two years ago.  Now the assumed final merger between Anderson and Madison County is in limbo.  Originally, the combining of the four centers into one was expected to reduce overall costs; however, that may now not be the case.

City of Anderson is over $100 Million in debt and may have difficulty affording new police and fire radios.

City of Anderson is over $100 Million in debt and may have difficulty affording new police and fire radios.

Since 2011, as a partial result of the large income tax rate increase, Anderson and Madison County income tax collections have soared.  However, city hall insiders say the City of Anderson still cannot afford to purchase needed new police and fire radios, despite READ MORE

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The Madison County Board of Commissioners are under fire for a string of notable absences from public meetings.

In recent days, both the county council and the local news media have roundly criticized Commissioners John Richwine (R), Steffanie Owens (R), and Jeff Hardin (D) for submitting written requests this month asking the council to rubber stamp $1 million in public funds while making themselves unavailable for questions or public comment. READ MORE

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Madison County Councilor, Lisa G. Phillips-Cannon (R)

Madison County Councilor, Lisa G. Phillips-Cannon (R)

The Madison County ALERT has learned that a special prosecutor has been appointed in the case against Madison County Council member, Lisa G. Phillips-Cannon (R).

On behalf of the State of Indiana, Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings (R) petitioned the local court to appoint a special prosecutor. Acting on the request, Madison County Circuit Court #3 Judge Thomas Newman Jr. (D) signed an order on Wednesday appointing Kokomo attorney, and former four-term Howard County Prosecutor, James Fleming (R) as the special prosecutor. According to court documents, Judge Newman’s order said READ MORE

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At the Elwood Glass Festival Parade, one local politician veered from the parade route as light rain began. Do 'runaway' parade entrants pose a danger to spectators?

  • Yes, someone could get hurt. (50%, 14 Votes)
  • No. Spectators assume the risk when floats divert from parade routes. (25%, 7 Votes)
  • Maybe. It depends whether proper BMV hand signals are used. (25%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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If the election were held today, who would get your vote for Madison County Sheriff?

  • Scott Mellinger (Democrat) (39%, 156 Votes)
  • Tim Basey (Libertarian) (37%, 147 Votes)
  • Bruce Dunham (Republican) (20%, 80 Votes)
  • Undecided (4%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 395

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And the Band Played On…

A light rain shower hit just as the Elwood Glass Festival Parade kicked off.

Despite Rain, Elwood Glass Festival Marches On

City Alleys Provide Cover From Rain; Others Drenched

ELWOOD (MCA) – A rain shower moved through just after the start of today’s Elwood Glass Festival Parade.  Now, parade entrants and observers are drying out downtown and in Callaway Park as they await more events this afternoon and evening at the 43rd annual festival.

State Rep. L. Jack Lutz (R) speaks to members of the Madison Co. Tea Party as Lutz campaign supporters look on.

State Rep. L. Jack Lutz (R) speaks to members of the Madison Co. Tea Party as Lutz campaign supporters look on.

Many passed time from the rain by enjoying indoor activities at Elwood Elementary School, Callaway Park shelter house, and at local glass factories in the meantime.

Some parade watchers, along with Madison County Recorder, Linda Smith, sought cover from a rain shower this morning that put a damper on the  Elwood Glass Festival Parade.

Some parade watchers, along with Madison County Recorder, Linda Smith, sought cover from a rain shower this morning that put a damper on the Elwood Glass Festival Parade.

Madison County Treasurer Kelly Gaskill (R) sang lead vocals on a parade float today at the Elwood Glass Festival Parade.

Madison County Treasurer Kelly Gaskill (R) sang lead vocals on a parade float today at the Elwood Glass Festival Parade.

Just after the parade started, a light rain shower hit the parade route, sending some parade watchers and political candidates for dry ground, including Madison County Recorder, Linda Smith (R), who sought cover down READ MORE

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Popular Elwood Glass Festival Ignites a Weekend of Activities

Elwood Glass Festival brings Joy to Elwood.

Elwood Glass Festival brings Joy to Elwood.

Less than one month after being named Indiana’s 46th safest city by SafeWise.com, Elwood hosts its annual Elwood Glass Festival this weekend.  The third weekend in August festival coincides with the historic late summer arrival home of Elwood native Wendell L. Willkie to officially accept the 1940 Republican Presidential nomination.  Willkie remains the only Hoosier born U.S. presidential candidate nominated by a major party.

Elwood native, and 1940 Republican candidate for President, Wendell Willkie.

Elwood native, and 1940 Republican candidate for President, Wendell Willkie.

A crowd estimated in excess of 100,000 people converged on the northern Madison County city in 1940 to get a glimpse of Willkie and hear his nominating speech.  Willkie’s 1940 quest for the presidency ended in defeat to President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) less than three months after his famous speech in Elwood.  Willkie’s boyhood home still stands at the corner of North A and 19th Streets.

The city has a long history of glass factories and is located near the center of the now depleted Trenton Gas Field, one of the largest READ MORE

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