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 Carthage-Knightstown Consolidations Challenged in Court on Four Occasions


A complaint file one year ago alleging the 1968 annexation of Carthage school into the Charles A. Beard School Corporation was dismissed by Rush Circuit Court special judge J. Brandon Griffis. The suit was the fourth filed since 1968 and was filed in July, 1982, by an unidentified group calling themselves “The Associated Taxpayers of Carthage, Indiana.”

In 1968, the first suit challenging the annexation was filed in Henry County, and three years later another suit was filed in Hancock County by then Ripley Township Trustee Ralph Pearson. In 1980, another group of citizens filed a suit in Rush County. The CAB school corporation won in all four lawsuits.


Brothers Tom and Jeff Haase have announced the recent purchase of the Knightstown Elevator. The Haase brothers have managed the operation for several years. Knightstown town board trustees announced that Shirley Thompson will assume the duties of clerk-treasurer immediately. She is replacing Lyle Hendricks, who resigned.

Jayana Hopkins and Cheri Ellis have both graduated from the International Junior College with business degrees. Their parents are Mr. and Mrs. Don Hopkins of Knightstown and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ellis of Kennard. Both are 1972 Knightstown High School graduates.

Dr. and Mrs. Ralph R. Bush were surprised by the children with a reception honoring them on their 40th wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Rex Kline was honored with a baby shower at the Community Center at Carthage. Hostesses were Diane McRoberts, Annis J. Elmore and Carole Stacy.

Jon Scott Sutton, native of New Castle, has been named the new high school band director at Knightstown. A 1973 graduate of Ball State University, he replaces Robert Gates, who resigned. Robert Edwards, coordinator of the Charles A. Beard School Corp. instrumental program and director of the Carthage Junior High and Elementary School bands, will be working with Sutton.

Regina Beckner was crowned queen of Kennard Old Fashioned Days. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Beckner and will be a senior at Knightstown High School this fall.


Clifford McCorkle has been employed as the new radio operator for the Knightstown Police Department.

David Snow and Mrs. Dudley Smith were first place winners of the Tri Kappa Bridge-a-rama. Second place winners were Mrs. W.W. Ratliff, Sr., and Mrs. Ralph Silver.

Approximately 7,000 people attending the Goldwater rally Saturday at New Castle.


Dr. C.A. Thompson, Knightstown chiropractor for 48 years, announced that he will retire this week. Dr. Thompson and his wife plan to continue living in their home on Hillcrest Avenue and spend some time traveling.

Phil Reece, who will be a senior at Mays High School next fall and was a delegate to Boys’ State last week at Bloomington, was elected assessor of Young County. Phil is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reese. Douglas Reeves of Knightstown and Richard Ratcliff of Spiceland also attended Boys’ State.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Fort were served a mean last week by the girls at Girl Scout Day Camp held at Fort Montgomery on the Fort farm, northwest of Knightstown. Lucinda Newby was the director of the camp, with girls in attendance from Cadiz, Kennard, Lewisville, Knightstown and the Indiana State Hospital at New Castle taking part.

Knightstown representatives to Girls’ State left Saturday for Indiana University to attend the week of practice government work. Mrs. Randall Barton took the girls, including Sandra Watts, Sybil Brammer, Rebecca Porter and Beth Hagner, to Bloomington.


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