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 CAB Named in $2.7 Million Lawsuit Filed in 1983


A hearing has been set for Monday in Henry Superior Court in connection with a $2.7 million lawsuit filed against a Knightstown school official and members of the Charles A. Beard school board. The suit also names a private citizen who appeared before the school board at a recent meeting.

Bringing the suit for slander and interference with a contract are Jack and Anna Wyatt of Knightstown, and Wyatt Dairy Products. Named as defendants are school food administrator Judy Barnes, Knightstown resident Judy A. Roell, and all seven of the school board members, including Vester Jackson, Sarah Ward, Harvey Williams, Robert White, Kemper Rice, Robert Hiner and Ron Womack.

The suit charges defendants “published slanderous statements concerning the plaintiffs” and seeks $1 million each from Barnes and Roell. It also seeks $100,000 from each of the school board members.

At its previous meeting the CAB school board heard complaints about the school milk service provided by Meadow Gold Dairy and the Wyatt family, which owns the local franchise. CAB board members then changed the service to Miller’s Dairy. The lawsuit also seeks an injunction to prevent the Miller’s Dairy contract from being enacted.

Bill Hartley, a regional executive with Meadow Gold Dairy, questioned the board at Monday’s meeting as to why they would make such a change since in the more than 30 years of providing service to CAB, the company had never received a complaint from the school board.

Board members were handed notices of the lawsuit shortly after their meeting ended Monday.

Several women from the Knightstown area enjoyed the play “Mass Appeal” at the Guyer Opera House in Lewisville. Attending were Beverly Muegge, Michele Ellis, Carole Stacy, Judy McCorkle, Bonnie Roland, Mary Jane Hamm, Pauline Poer, Susan Westra, Barbara Palmer, Donna Dunn, Becky Snedegar, Elsie Kilmer, Joan Johnson, Becky Beavers, Terri Wooldridge, Alicia Smith, Beverly McDonald, Susie Loudenback and Shirley Loveall.

A Knightstown man is listed in “serious” condition at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis following a car-semi truck accident on I-70. Scott Dudley, 25, was seriously injured when the automobile he was a passenger in was rammed broadside by the semi. The driver of the auto, Mark Jones, was not seriously injured.

CAB superintendent William Freel was released last Friday from Hendrick’s County Memorial Hospital and is recuperating in his home.

Death Notices Published This Week: Gene N. Cupp, 50; Hershel I. Jones, 64; Douglas Gullett, 20; Eugene S. Rifner, 63.


The Jim Lukens residence on West Grant St. in Knightstown was partially destroyed by fire last Wednesday afternoon. The Lukens family was on vacation and the cause of the fire is unknown.

Dr. Wayne S. Bull, 39, was arrested late last week on a charge of practicing without a license. Bull had been operating a chiropractic office at 137 W. Main St. in Knightstown since 1963, when he took over the office following the retirement of Dr. Thompson. The State Board of Medical Examination has alleged that Bull is just a physical therapist and is not licensed to practice chiropractic. There are also two civil lawsuits pending against Bull for malpractice.


Sue Ellen Browning was crowned queen of the Jubilee Days and Penny Farthing was named Miss Henry County at the county 4-H fair in New Castle.

Several area residents recently earned their Master’s Degrees from Ball State University. They include Mrs. Nina Darlene Petry, of Kennard; Gladys Addison, Kennard; Cecil Tague, Spiceland; Verle Eugene Foster, Knightstown; and James Gordon, also of Knightstown.


Lyle Hendricks has resigned as Knightstown clerk-treasurer and is moving to Pendleton, where he is opening the Robin Lee Dress Shop. Hendricks recently sold the Garment Cleaners to Hershel Hagner.

William Hall, owner of Hall Motor Sales, announced he has purchased the 130-acre farm of Roscoe Phenegar, including the peach orchard west of town. Hall will be building a new Chevrolet sales showroom on the north side of National Road 40. The farm will also be divided into a new residential district, and the old sorghum factory on the farm has been converted into a concrete block factory.


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