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Bell K.O.’s Dixon Protective Order

Questions Raised, Tempers Flare

Today, Madison County Magistrate Judge Stephen D. Clase denied the protective order requested last week by Anderson City Councilman and Democratic Party mainstay Ollie Dixon against Sheriff’s Dept. Maj. Brian Bell.

File photo: Anderson City Councilman Ollie Dixon (D) at a February 2014 council meeting

File photo: Anderson City Councilman Ollie Dixon (D) at a February 2014 council meeting

Allegations of voter fraud escalated last week with Dixon asking the courts for the protective order against Bell. In the petition to Circuit Court 3, Dixon claimed that Bell stalked him, used aggressive gestures, shouted threats, and caused Dixon to fear for the safety of his family.

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Eight is Enough

Anderson City Councilman Ollie Dixon (D)

Eight Registered Voters at Ollie Dixon’s House

 

The hit television show Eight is Enough was cancelled in 1981, but when it comes to registered voters at the house of Anderson City Councilman Ollie Dixon, it is alive and well.

Brian Bell filed a voter fraud complaint with the Madison County Election Board

Brian Bell filed a voter fraud complaint with the Madison County Election Board

The Madison County Election Board has now met three times to hold hearings on an alleged voter fraud complaint filed by Brian Bell, a major in the Madison County Sheriff’s office.   Bell cited voter registration records that show 8 people are registered to vote from the residence of Ollie Dixon at 1005 Atwood Lane in Anderson:  Ollie Dixon, Dorothy Dixon, Delisha Dixon, Devin Dixon, Tamla Dixon, Ashley Skipper, Kelly Corbin, and Ronald Corbin.

Bell was a Democrat candidate for sheriff in this year’s primary.  He lost the Democrat primary to former Madison County Sheriff and former state representative Scott Mellinger by only 48 votes.  While making his presentation in the initial hearing on August 8, Bell said that he was not asking the election board to overturn the results of his election, but rather to investigate several instances of persons being registered to vote at addresses other than their place of residence. READ MORE

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Bugs Could Cost City Million$

Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith (R)

Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith (R)

Mayor:  City and Taxpayers Need to Prepare for Fallout

An Anderson Power and Light (APL) crew has been dispatched from the Central Services Building to restore power to dozens of APL customers.  The power outages come one day after Anderson Mayor Kevin S. Smith (R) said the Asian Longhorn Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer pose a public safety risk and potential huge cash outlay for Anderson residents.

The mayor urged the Anderson City Council, during its upcoming budget sessions, to consider the current and future costs caused by damage from the invasive pests.  The mayor said that thousands of dead or dying trees, along with falling branches, pose READ MORE

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Indiana State Representative, Terri Austin (D), hosts a wine and cheese reception tonight in Woodlawn Heights.

Indiana State Representative, Terri Austin (D), hosts a wine and cheese reception tonight in Woodlawn Heights.

Three Sheriff Candidates—Three Different Styles

FBI Investigation Mentioned for Delay

Madison County Democrats break out the wine and cheese tonight in one of Indiana’s wealthiest neighborhoods.  Over 250 supporters of sheriff candidate Scott Mellinger (D) have been invited to a wine and cheese party hosted at the Woodlawn Heights home of Indiana State Representative, Terri Austin (D).  The tiny Indiana town of Woodlawn Heights (population 78), nestled off Madison Ave., between Van Buskirk Rd. and the White River, ranks fifth in highest annual household income among Indiana’s 599 cities and towns.

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Perkinsville Community Church and Dan's Fish Fry team up for historic event.

Perkinsville Community Church and Dan’s Fish Fry team up for historic event.

Perkinsville Church Hosts Huge Dan’s Fish Fry This Weekend

Dwight Eisenhower was President, Elvis Presley had yet to introduce the masses to rock-n-roll, the world’s population was one-half what it is today, unemployment was 2.9%, and a first class stamp cost just three cents.  The year was 1954.  It was also the first year of what has become one of longest continuous READ MORE

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Will the 47% water rate hike get a chilly reception by Indiana regulators?

Will the 47% water rate hike get a chilly reception by Indiana regulators?

Smith-Eicks Push Anderson 47% Water Rate Hike

Rate Cut Recommended for Muncie, Ind. Water Customers

Chilly Reception from State Regulators

In a stunning announcement, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) has not only rejected Indiana-American Water Company’s (IAWC) proposed water rate increase, but has ruled that Indiana-American customers deserve a rate decrease!  Indiana-American, which supplies water to residents of Muncie, had requested a 9.8% increase in revenues.  The regulatory agency headlined their press release with the caption —”OUCC to Indiana American Water customers: You deserve a rate cut.”

Anderson officials are awaiting state approval of a 47% water rate increase on customers of READ MORE

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ALERT Office Closes

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Traffic and Union Work Cited

To help alleviate increased traffic and longer commute times during tomato harvesting season, The Madison County ALERT is temporarily closing it’s virtual office in Orestes, Indiana.   In addition, READ MORE

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No Equal Pay T(his) Labor Day

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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