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 Drama Club Performed Dickens’ ‘Oliver!’ in 1973

Mrs. Evelyn Ellis was named the 1983 “Teacher of the Year”, an honor that is voted on by the teachers in the Charles A. Beard School Corporation each year. A Rush County resident, she is the second Ellis to receive the honor. Her husband, Marcus Ellis, was named the teacher of the year in the 1970s.

Girls State representatives from Knightstown High School are Mary Wallace, Angie Lindsay and Shari Alexander. Alternates include Traci Walls, Neenah Drake and Missy Stewart. Boys State representatives will be Robbie Hall, Pat Spears and Steve Turpin. Alternates are Scott Chew, Sam Lines and Brett Burton.

Jeanetta Price won the first place honors in the Knightstown Optimist Club’s speech contest, which was held at Morton Memorial last week. A sixth grader at Kennard Elementary School, Jeanetta is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Price of Kennard. Deena Fitch, an eighth grader at Knightstown, was the second place winner. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Fitch of Carthage.

1983 Death Notices Published: Barbara Jean Logan, 17; Miriam Johnson, 88; Joe Binford, 85; Hazel Steurer, 98; Richard Taylor; John Hoover, 68; Raymond Andis, 88; Mary C. Lines, 78; Delta Riley, 88.

Preparations are underway at Knightstown High School for the 1973 spring musical. This year’s performance will be “Oliver!” based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Casting was completed after last week’s tryouts. The protagonist, Oliver Twist, will be played by Mindy Gardner. Kent Lansinger is cast as Fagin, Nancy will be played by Betsy Sitler, and Doug Hooker will be Bill Sykes.

The Artful Dodger is also known as Wade Meeks. Other cast members include Natalie Wyatt, Lem Stinson, Valerie Manning, William Figg, Kevin Richey, Marilyn Moman, Terri Hiatt, Rita Richmond and Terry Stearns.

Dr. Ralph Wilkinson, chiropractic physician in Shirley, welcomed Mrs. Betsy (Harvey) Willis to his clinic staff. Willis is a 1972 graduate of Knightstown High School.

Nancy and Tom Wise are the new owners of the Western Auto Store in Knightstown. They purchased the business from Bob Thompson, who has owned the store since 1952 and is retiring. The Wise family has three children, Marilyn, 6, Kelly, 4, and Timmy, 2. They have purchased the Phil Jackson home on the Greensboro Pike and are planning their grand opening.

Mrs. Hollis Williams has returned to work in Indianapolis for the first time since Nov. 1, 1956, when she was struck by the Knightstown police car. She received fractures to both legs and is able to get around now with the aid of a walker.

Wayne Township residents will register at the Knightstown school for Ration Book Number 2. Last May, when the first Ration Book was issued, 3,500 books were given to residents from Raysville, Central and Knightstown schools. For this book, registration will be at only the Knightstown school Feb. 22-25.


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