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 EPA Gave Knightstown $1.3 Million Grant Sewer Project 35 Years Ago


After many decades of operation in Knightstown, Danner’s Variety Store will be closing its doors permanently. The store, located at 117 E. Main St., was the second “five and dime” store opened by the Danner brothers in the early 1900s. The first store was opened in 1901 in Cambridge City. The Dunkirk Danner’s will also likely close this year.

The Knightstown Merchant’s Association Krazy Dayz were held last week. Prize winners for best costumes were Ada Couch, P.N. Hirsch, first place; Helen Gorman, Jolly Drug Score, second place; and Sharon Hall, Rody’s, third place.

Mr. and Mrs. D.G. Mulholland, Jackson, Miss., have announced the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kelly Rae, to Larry Alan Roland, son of Lawrence (Whitey) Roland and the late Sara Roland of Knightstown. The wedding will take place on Sept. 17 at Tri County Assembly of God in Fairfield, Ohio.

Several accidents took place during a spell of heavy rains last week. Susan Dalton, 17, R. 2 Knightstown, was injured in a one-vehicle crash. Patty A. Smith and Brian Jeffries were inured when Smith reportedly turned in front of a car driven by Opal E. Clark, R. 2, Knightstown. Billy Back, 23, Carthage, and Kathryn M. Wright, 43, Carthage, collided on CR 900 N in Rush County. Also Perry Gorman, 16, Knightstown, suffered minor injuries when his car skidded off of the road and overturned in a field.

Death notices published in 1983: James F. Garvey, 59; James Lefforge, 62; William O. Charles, 65; Levinus K. Painter, 94; Elva B. Hayes.


Two Knightstown teenagers were killed in a tragic accident on a rain-slickened SR 109 just north of Knightstown. Jeffrey O. Cox, 17, and Bruce Theobald, 15, were killed when Cox lost control of his vehicle and it skidded sideways. The automobile was then struck by a southbound truck driven by Jay Carpenter, 19, of Rushville.

Norris Thomas, 65, former Greensboro Township Trustee, died at Henry County Memorial Hospital.

Frontier Days were a tremendous success in Knightstown last week, with hundreds of shoppers visiting the downtown merchants to take advantage of various sales and drawings for free merchandise. Drawing winners included:

Post & Post: Helen Adams, Faye Hamilton and Claire Mercer, gift certificates.

P.N. Hirsch: Sue Loveall, toaster; Sandra Lingerfelt, kitchen clock; John Crosier, baking set.

Ratliff Jewelers: Elmer Goldey, watch; Beth Romero, watch.

George Thomas Florist: Irene Culbertson, floral arrangement; Mrs. Max Bolinger, terrarium; and Doris Garrett, music box.

Danner’s: Hazel Trump, charcoal barbecue grille; Lucille Gasper, lawn chair; and Bess Parmley, lawn chair.

First National Bank: Helen Holland, $25 savings bond.

United Telephone Company: Cindy Pugh, Mrs. Artis Rhodes and Ann Foxworthy, two minute station-to-station telephone calls.

Knightstown Furniture: Audrey Van Duyn, $25; Claire Mercer, $15; and Gladys Boatright, $10.

Henry County Savings & Loan: Marian Miller, $12.50; Rev. H.L. Shuckers, $7.50; and Charlotta Rummel, $5.

Rody’s: Mary Ann Natiore, $25; Marsha Richey, $15; and Pauline Merchant, $10.

Citizen’s National Bank: Vicki Rummel and Geneva Galyen, $10 savings accounts.

Ewing Appliances: Donald J. Wyatt, desk clock-radio.

L&W Regal Market: Max Williams, $5; Earl Williams, $5; and Norma K. Mize, $10.

Western Auto: Debbie Bolden, two-piece stainless steel pan set.

Patton’s IGA: Lucille Howard, Helen Adams and Roger Shepherd, $5 grocery gift certificates.

The Merchant’s Association dress contest winners were Pauline Walters, Harriett Moore and Luana Williams. Runners-up were Joan Hinton, Shirley Steurer and Shirley Carroll.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced this week that Knightstown will receive a $1,305,075 grant, which will be used to help pay construction costs associated with a new sanitary sewer collection system and water treatment plant. Currently, all of the Knightstown waste water is held in septic tanks or dumped directly into the storm sewer lines, which then lead to Big Blue River and Montgomery Creek.


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