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 Cable TV Service Came to Town 25 Years Ago


Knightstown will finally be getting cable television after town council members signed a contract with Semo Communications, a Missouri company, to provide the service to the community. The monthly charge to customers will be $7.95 for basic service, which will include channels 4, 6, 8, 13, 20, 40, ESPN and a Christian channel.

The Eastern Hancock Royalettes majorette team won second place in the All-American Drill Team competition Sunday in Dayton, OH. The second place finish marked the first time in seven years the Eastern Hancock girls didn’t win the competition outright.

Patty Jones, Lisa Holliday, Carla Kinter and Robin O’Neal, all members of the team, were named to the All-American squad.

Brenda Miller made history recently when she became Purdue University’s first female member named to an engineering technology honorary society at Purdue. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Miller or R.R. 1, Shirley, and was named to the Phi Alpha chapter of the Tau Alpha Pi engineering technology honor society. She was class valedictorian at Eastern Hancock High School in 1979. Her mother and father graduated from Wilkinson and Kennard High Schools, respectively.

New members of the Knightstown High School Honor Society were recently inducted during ceremonies at the high school. New members include Angie Lindsay, Millie Butts, Traci Walls, Debbie Hulse, Kim Beavers, Shari Alexander, Neenah Drake, Kathy Williams, Melissa Stewart, Steve Turpin, Tom Sitler, Greg Hochstedler, Mike Reeves, Robert Hall, Greg Hughes and Chris Feghali.

Deaths published this week in 1983:

Paul Wilfong, Nellie Marie Sparks, Henry H. “Hank” Bahner, Ernie Matchett, James H. Flannery, Horace Solomon, James Franklin Reed, Elise T. Hellpap, Pauline Trieschman, Mae F. Noblitt, Thomas Rozzell, Opal Huckstep, Martha Jane Wise, Robert Blackburn.


The Knightstown doctor’s committee revealed that their long search for a physician for the community has come to a conclusion. Dr. Alejandro J. Gatmaitan, of Rome, Georgia, will be moving his practice to Knightstown in late May.

The doctor’s committee, consisting of Allen Wade, Verle Pearcy, George Hall, Joe Sullivan, Dee Jones, Josephine Carter, Barbara Hulse, Doris Dalrymple, Doris Bell and Bill Brewer, has been working diligently the past few weeks in an effort to get a doctor to Knightstown.

Charles A. Beard School Board members accepted the resignations of four popular teachers during their meeting last week. Carthage teacher Mary Smeltzer resigned due to health reasons; Knightstown 6th grade teacher Marie Dodson and Carthage teacher Joyce Hyatt resigned for reasons not provided. KHS teacher Robert Weimer resigned effective at semester’s end for family business reasons.


A new subdivision has been started south of Knightstown at the intersection of SR 140 and the Carthage Road. Called “Grandison Acres”, several homes are planned for the new subdivision, but an exact number of houses planned has not been determined.

Mrs. Leslie Williams was appointed as the newest member of the Sunset Park Board, replacing Dr. Leonard Wyatt.

Dr. John Dickey has completed a total remodeling of the exterior of his office building on North Jefferson Street in Knightstown. The renovation is expected to be the first of several along the stretch of street between Main and Brown Streets.


Belvin Durham was installed as the new commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8257 in Knightstown.

A severe storm blew through Knightstown last weekend and caused considerable damage to the homes of Forrest Bundy and Glen Fort. Lightning is believed to have caused several fires throughout the community.

Knightstown native Charles A. Beard has published a new book entitled “President Roosevelt and the Coming of the War 1941, a Study of Appearance and Realities.”


Walter K. Landis, governor of Puerto Rico until recently and a former resident of Carthage, is visiting here but plans to return to Puerto Rico soon. He is interested in growing grapefruit and pineapple.

The Knightstown High School Athletic Association gave a play benefiting the baseball team at the Alhambra Theater. Principals in the cast of “Another Adam” were Margaret Watts, Josephine Roberts, Ruth Kline, Leland Carroll, Robert David, George Hufford and Preston Gregory.


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