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 CAB School Board Planned to Renovate Old Academy in 1983


Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation board members finally came to a vote over the renovation issue of the Knightstown and Carthage Elementary Schools. The board voted 4-3 to proceed with a $3.1 million renovation of the elementary school at Knightstown (the Academy Building), as well as a $1.4 million renovation of the school at Carthage. Voting in favor of restoring the schools were board members Ron Womack, Jim Williams, Sarah Ward and president Vester Jackson. Casting opposing votes were members Kemper Rice, Robert White and Robert Hiner.

The vote came after a four hour public hearing was held last week, with persons on both sides of the issue voicing their opinions. Some have argued in favor of constructing a new elementary school in Knightstown instead of remodeling the 1876 Academy Building.

Knightstown High School band president Andy Moore and drum major Kyle Hope accepted a fourth place trophy from officials of the Shelby County Fair last week. The KHS Marching Band finished ahead of 22 other bands in the competition.

Judge Wesley W. Ratliff of the Indiana Court of Appeals has been reelected vice chairman of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ratliff and Amy Merchant spent a few days last week vacationing in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

H.C. Gordon, 212 N. Washington St. in Knightstown, was honored last week by Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr for outstanding service as an employee by being named a “Sagamore of the Wabash.” Gordon served 24 years in the Indiana State Department of Public Welfare, including 15 years as personnel director.

Seven Knightstown-area residents graduated from Ball State University during the spring quarter, including Kalynn Dean, Teresa Galyen, Myron Matlock, Susan Hall, Janelle Wardlow, Leann Lowder and Valerie Trump.

Obituaries published in 1983: Lonnie Messick, 92; Grace L. McKinley, 87; Julia Oblinger, 87; James H. Ragan, 43; Maxine Fausset, 65; Katherine H. Harris, 91; Melissa Warrington, 90.


Toni Sue Riggs was crowned queen of the Shirley Lions Fair Saturday, with Debbie Burns first runner-up. Claudia Jean Fowler was the queen at the Lewisville festival, with first and second runners-up Kathy McConnell and Cindy Mercer.

A dream has come true for the Everette Thompson family, of Knightstown, with the opening of their family restaurant on East Main Street in Knightstown.

Terri Snodgress has been hired by the Charles A. Beard School Corporation to teach high school math at KHS. Snodgress is a 1969 KHS graduate and graduated from Ball State University this past spring. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max Snodgrass of R. 2, Knightstown.

Mary Deck of Carthage was selected as the grand prize winner of the drawing held during the grand opening of the Jolly Drug Store in Knightstown. The store’s new owner, Bill Christopher, also presented prizes to other drawing winners, including Hazel Copeland, Kay Jackson, L.L. Diamond, Bob Hufford, Crystal McShurley, Kathy Smith, Harold Goble, Evelyn McDonald and John A. Smith.

Former Knightstown Postmaster Ralph Ward, 78, passed away at his home last week. Ward served more than 40 years with the post office, 12 was the manager of the Knightstown operation.


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