By BARRETT NEWKIRK
The strange experience 30 years ago of Mrs. Don Chestnut got significant coverage in the local press.
An Indiana State Police report printed in The Anderson Herald on Aug. 11, 1977, said the Elwood resident spotted an “unidentified walking object” or UWO while driving on P Street before dawn the day before.
“According to police,” the report read, “Mrs. Chestnut said she was driving from Elwood to Anderson to pick up her husband from work when she saw the creature in the road. The UWO was reportedly about 8 to 9 feet tall, with hair all over it, resembling a large monkey.”
The report ended, “Police say ‘bigfoot’ type creatures were reportedly seen quite often in this area 80 to 100 years ago, but this is the first report of this kind in several years.”
An article six days later in the Alexandria Times-Tribune speculated that the animal Chestnut saw may have been a horse that frequents the same stretch of road at night.
The news article mentioned several other big animal encounters in the area, including another alleged bigfoot sighting in Tipton County two years earlier.
If bigfoots do still live in the area, it seems they’ve gone back into deep hiding. A Madison County conservation officer said last week that the only strange animal sighting he could recall happened three years ago when a collared wolf traveled 600 miles from Wisconsin to Randolph County.
By BARRETT NEWKIRK
Hearts and hands
Women at Daleville Christian Church recently launched a new program that taps into the creative side of participants while reaching out to help others.
It’s a big world out there. That’s one of the things youth at New Beginnings Church in Anderson learn on their annual trip. But more important, perhaps, are the friendships forged along the way.
Workers discover 6-ton statue buried on former church site
Workers digging the foundation of a $20 million apartment complex in downtown Salem made a startling discovery a few weeks ago. They found St. Joseph.
Verna Davis: Imagine being in charge
It is presumptuous of me to think I could make or manage anything better than God. Incidentally, it would be just as presumptuous for you to imagine yourself in charge of the world, too.
Church News: May 25
The following are brief Church News items of local interest.
Singers vie for Idol All-In prize
Indiana’s got talent. There was no doubt about that on May 16 when Hoosier Park hosted the semifinal competition of its Idol All-In contest. Nine people made it to the semifinals, all vying for a $2,500 cash prize, plus a studio recording session and a gig at Hoosier Park. Three are now left to battle it out Saturday.
Community Briefs: May 24
A compilation of community news items as published in the Friday edition of The Herald Bulletin.
Live music: May 24
The following listings for live music are published in the Friday edition of The Herald Bulletin.
Weekend Calendar: May 24
Entertainment activities at area venues for May 24-26.
Community Build celebrates Habitat’s 25th year
Volunteers turned out for a recent Community Build Event marking Habitat for Humanity’s 25th anniversary in Madison County. What started out as a pile of lumber at 8:30 a.m. wound up at noon as the framed walls of Habitat’s latest project home.
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