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 Barbara Zech, Julie Maxwell Spelling Bee Champions in 1984


Bobby Ray Cowan Jr. pleaded guilty to charges of murder, robbery and criminal confinement in Henry Circuit Court in connection with the shooting death of 18-year-old Earl Dwayne Welch. Welch was shot to death shortly after 11 p.m. on March 8, 1983, while he was working at the Sunoco Travel Mart, located north of Knightstown at the intersection of SR 109 and I-70.

Cowan’s plea agreement calls for him to serve a total of 80 years in prison. Co-conspirator Thomas Ernst was sentenced to 60 years in prison. Welch was a 1982 Mt. Vernon High School graduate.

Knightstown upper elementary spelling bee contestants were honored last week. Barbara Zech was the spelling bee champion, and Julie Maxwell was runner-up. Delana Shepherd was second runner-up, and Shannon Glascock was third runner-up. Individual room champions were Julie Estridge, Gabe Carmichael, Erica Bergmann, Mindi Hamilton, Wendy Means, Beth Armstrong, Jason Perry, Micaela Hamm, Greg Winters, Ken Abraham, Mike Patrick, Danyel Wisehart, Amy Adkins and April Elliott.



A crippling ice storm downed power and telephone lines, closed Interstate 70, and left hundreds of homes without power. Some trees were downed by the weight of the ice, but most of Knightstown residents regained power within three days. A Rush County REMC lineman was killed when the telephone pole he had climbed fell due to the weight of the clinging ice. George W. Crawley, 49, was killed instantly when the telephone pole snapped at ground level and fell on him.

Rev. H. Calvin Knock, minister of the Knightstown Bethel Presbyterian Church, was named the Knightstown Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

Mat Mates at Knightstown High School this year are Terri Manning, Cathy Irwin, Cyndi Moore, Genea White, Marjorie Carrow, Cheryl Lefforge, Brenda Kline, Julie Howard, Julie Stroup, Terri Keesling, Melinda Melton, Teresa Wright, Tammy Hughes, Bev Wright, Karen Gregory and Lori Ward.



David Weimer and Ken Larmore will take part in a United Nations-Washington, D.C. Christian Citizenship Seminar.

Marsha Jordan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Jordan of Carthage, has been named winner of the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow contest.

Roger Roy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Roy, was recently inducted into the U.S. Army. He is stationed in Fort Knox, KY.

Mike Butler was among the U.S. Airmen stationed at Misawa, Japan, who assisted the Japanese firemen in fighting a $1 million fire in that city. The fire destroyed a square mile of homes and left more than 5,000 people homeless. Mike is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Butler.



The W.A. Beatty family, from near Wilkinson, have moved into the Harry McNew farm on the Greensboro Pike, which they recently purchased.

An east-bound Greyhound bus overturned near Charlottesville when the driver swerved to miss a truck, which had pulled onto U.S. 40 in front of the bus. Most of the passengers on the bus, which was filled to near capacity, received minor injuries.