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 Independent Party Entered Local Politics in 1983


An Independent party has entered a ticket in the upcoming November election in Knightstown, joining several other area towns as competition for political positions is quickly becoming a reality.

In Knightstown, Ivan (John Goble) joined the Republican Party presently in office and will be running against board member Lester Howard. Also on the Republican ticket and running for reelection is board president Maurice (Jim) Lukens, Randall Miller, Roscoe Fadely, Jr., and Ronald Elliott.

Howard will lead the Independent ticket, joined by William (Bill) Cox, Robert Wampler, George Magee and William (Jack) Shores.

Judge Phillip (Buddy) Rose and Clerk-Treasurer Lillian Williams are both running without opposition. Both are republicans.

The Citizen’s Party, presently holding every town council position at Carthage, will run board members Kenneth Land (current president), Connie Gorman, Gene Mackey, Ruby Driver and Greg Whitfield. All are running for reelection except for Whitfield, who is replacing board member Woodrow Clay, Jr., who is not seeking reelection.

The Danner’s Five and Dime variety store in Knightstown began the process of closing the store by announcing a sale offering a 30 percent discount on everything item in stock.

1983 Death Notices Published: Mabel Knapp, 96; Iva Mae Williams, 80; Richard Feaster, 21; Ina Mae Buchanan, 91; Charlotte S. Allen, 75; Lester Vanoustrom, 82.


Lawrence Carter and Ronnie Tuttle have returned to Carthage from British Columbia, where they spend two weeks hiking and mountain climbing.

Among students from the Knightstown area attending college this fall are Jennie Beth Ellis, Bobbi Jo Brown, Peggy Mohler, Steve Welsh, JoDee Richardson, Mike Hiner, Nancy Wadman, Duane Jackson, Tere Ohlemiller, John Rihm, Carol Steurer, Marty Allen, Mary Rihm and Joe Allen.

A group of Knightstown service stations owners met at the G-2 Café to discuss the Phase IV price controls on gasoline, which are scheduled to take effect this week due to the gas shortage. Attending the meeting were Bob Trump of Bob and Jack’s Texaco, Jack Tague of Jack’s Standard, Charlie Ertel of Ertel’s Sunoco, Roy Lee of Roy’s Marathon, and Bob Saunders of Saunders Standard. The gas shortage has already resulted in the closure of five gas stations in Knightstown.

The local dealers all said their profit per gallon of gas averages around five cents. But then figuring in free services they all offer, such as cleaning windshields and windows, checking oil, filling up tires with air and in some cases providing free coffee for the parents and balloons for the kids, the profit margins are now nearly non-existent.

Several Knightstown-area residents took a short vacation together and traveled to DeQuoin, Ill., last weekend to see the championship auto races at the state fair grounds. Among those attending were Gary Plank, Kemper Rice, Mr. and Mrs. Chet Jordan, and Dee and Shirley Richardson.


Mrs. Virginia Adamson has signed to teach the first grade at Central School and Mrs. Peggy Mayhill will be the high school librarian.

The Knightstown High School band drew an ovation with its Spanish routine at the Indiana State Fair. Debbie Cronk twirled with a Spanish cape in a very effective performance.

R. L. Thompson, Clarence Post, Clarence Addison, David Snow and Paul Todd were nominated for trustees and Stephen Paul for clerk-treasurer at the Republican Party convention.


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