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 Tastee Cream Nearly Destroyed by Flash Fire in 1972


A huge list of gifts is awaiting the first baby born to a Banner-area resident. Several merchants have donated items to be given to the first child’s parents. Previous winners of the first baby born each year include, in 1982, Whitney Morgan Pugh; 1981, Kelly Darlene Willis; 1980, Brian Lee Shelton; 1979, Tiffany Mashawn, Knightstown; 1978, Monica Jean Lingenfelter; 1977, Alish Louise Dismore; 1976, Christopher Michael Huff; 1975; Angela Lynn Maxfield; 1974, Jason Wright Beavers; 1973, Angela Renee Pearson; 1972, Brenda Beth Thompson; 1971, Christina Renea Stahl; 1970, twin boys, Donald Lane and Ronald Dane Stephenson; 1969, Cynthia Lynn Wells; 1968, Stephen Todd Mercer; 1967, Lori Ann Hamilton; 1966, Paula Jean Spegal; 1965, William Allen Brock; 1964, Scott Allen Morgan; 1963, Boyd Dean Green; 1962, Gerry Arlene Maddy; 1961, Bruce Edward Elliott.

Businesses from the area who will be donating items to the parents and/or first Banner baby include The Ivy Wreath, P.N. Hirsch & Co., First National Bank, G-2 Café, L&W Market, Rhea’s Flo Hickman Apparel, Hook’s Drugs, Williams Texaco, Post & Post Hardware, Knightstown Hopkin’s Furniture, Butcher Funeral Home, The Garment Cleaners, Corner Bakery, Pic-N-Save Market, Henry County Savings & Loan, Robin Lee Dress Shop, Rody’s Department Store, Danner’s Variety Store, Hilltop Florist, Van Hoy Service, Jolly Drugs, Ewing Appliances, Knightstown Jewelers, Citizen’s National Bank and Ratliff Jewelers.


Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Bush have returned from a visit in Florida where they witnessed the launching of Apollo 17 at Cape Kennedy on December 7.

Members of the Carthage Lion’s Club and their families enjoyed the annual Christmas party at the Blue Bird Restaurant in Morristown. A very interesting program following the dinner had been arranged by Clyde Ruby and Hubert Hunt.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sparks Jr. observed their 25th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at the Kopper Kettle Restaurant in Morristown. They were married at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay Polk, of New Castle. They have lived at their present home in Shirley for nearly 25 years, engaged in farming. They are the parents of six children, including Michael, Linda, Pat, Susan and Sam.

A flash fire spread through the Tastee Cream snack shop on Main St. in downtown Knightstown last week, gutting the business and causing an estimated $15,000 in damage. The fire department answered the alarm and arrived on the scene within three minutes of the call. But the fire had originated from the grill and spread rapidly throughout the building, destroying everything inside. No one was hurt.


Miss Sandra Dickerson of Knightstown was appointed assistant program director of television station WTTV-Channel 4 in Indianapolis. Dickerson has completed her senior year at Indiana State University in Terre Haute and started her duties at Channel 4 on December 13.

Miss Edith Tipton and Mrs. George Ramsey entertained with a Christmas tea at the home of Miss Tipton. Mrs. Earl Prignitz will lead the Spiceonian Home Demonstration Club as Spiceland as the club’s president for next year. The new officers were installed in a candlelight ceremony by Mrs. Leora Trabue at the meeting December 13 at the home of Mrs. James VanOsdol.

Midshipman Jerry R. Haynes arrived this week from the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland, to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Haynes of Ogden, and other relatives and friends.


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