Bits & Pieces

Below is a list of various events and activities taking place in local communities as published in the 'Bits & Pieces' section of The Banner. If you have an item that fits into 'Bits and Pieces', you can submit your local news item here. You may also send information by postal mail to The Banner, P.O. Box 116, Knightstown, IN 46148, or stop by The Banner office at 24 N. Washington Street.

     •• The Shirley Historical Society (SHS) is compiling a history of Dr. Ralph Wilson, which will be placed in the Shirley museum. Those who have specific memories of Wilson, whether serious, funny or precious, may share them with members of the historical society. The SHS is also still raising money to restore a railroad caboose and purchase a motorized rail inspection car. The items will be placed near the Shirley railroad depot. Donations may be sent to Joan Cupp, P.O. Box 407, Shirley, IN 47384. (See photo of caboose here and watch a video of the caboose being loaded for transport to Shirley here.)

     •• Blue River Community Harvest, a food and clothing pantry in Carthage, needs adult and teen volunteers days or evenings on Tuesdays and the second and fourth Saturday mornings. Duties may include sorting/hanging clothes, food rescue pick up, assisting with bagging for food distribution or helping families with clothing selections. Shifts are generally two or three hours. Call 765-565-8007 for more information.

     •• Historic Knightstown, Inc. (HKI) is located at 22 N. Washington Street on the west side of Knightstown's Public Square. During winter months, the museum is open from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. each Friday and Saturday, or by appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call HKI President David Steele at 765-345-7585. Museum exhibits include many pictures and displays that relate to the history of Knightstown and its citizens. Support of HKI is composed primarily of memberships and donations. Annual household/family memberships are $20. Individual memberships are $15. Membership payments or donations may be sent to HKI, P.O. Box 74, Knightstown, IN 46148.

     •• Knightstown Neighborhood Crime Watch has changed its meeting place from Knightstown Town Hall to the Hoosier Gym. The group will meet on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in a classroom on the gym’s east side. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information about the KNCW, contact Dan Webber at 765-345-7146, Valerie Trump at 765-345-7135 or Kevin Knott at 765-345-5100.

     •• The Knightstown High School Athletic Booster Club will meet on the first Tuesday of each month at KHS. Those who attend should enter at the east doors. The meeting room is on the left. Meetings will start at 7 p.m.

     •• The Social Security Administration’s Henry County Contact Station has moved locations. The new location is Room 109 of the Henry County Justice Center, 1215 Race St., New Castle. Operational hours will continue to be 9 a.m. to noon on the second Tuesday of each month. Anyone needing immediate assistance or who would like to schedule an appointment should call (800) 772-1213 between 7 a.m.-7 p.m., or visit the SSA’s website,

     •• The Greenfield Community Orchestra, a nonprofit community arts group located in Greenfield, is seeking new members. Interested musicians should contact Roy Mathews at (317) 467-7510.

     •• The Parish Clothes Closet, located in the basement of Bethel Presbyterian Church, 112 South Franklin Street, Knightstown, is open each Thursday from 3-5 p.m. Food is now available at the Closet. Call 345-5951 or 345-5930 for more info. Clothing is available at very low prices. Donations of clean, gently-used clothing for all ages are welcome.

     •• The Knightstown Optimist Club’s after school program (during the school year) is open to Charles A. Beard schools students in grades K-6 at the Hoosier Gym from 3-5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays after school. Admission is $1 per day, per child. Registration forms, available at the gym, must be completed for each child. For more information, call Helen Gorman at 765-345-2626.

     •• The Hoosier Gym opens at 8 a.m. for walking, Monday through Friday, and closes at 4 p.m.

     •• The Knightstown Community Food Pantry is open on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, 8:30-10 a.m. The Pantry, located at 27 S. Jefferson St., is open to anyone who qualifies under federal guidelines (applications available at the pantry). The food pantry serves eastern Hancock, northern Rush and southeastern Henry counties. It also serves the communities of Shirley, Kennard, Dunreith, Spiceland, Raysville and Knightstown.

     •• Prescriptions disposal - Anyone locating unwanted, unused or outdated prescription medications may dispose of them at the New Castle Police Dept., 227 N. Main St., or the Henry County Sheriff’s Dept., 127 N. 12th St., New Castle.

     •• The New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) is offering no-cost, confidential business advising. For more information, call the EDC at 765-521-7402 or visit

     •• The Henry County Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Knightstown American Legion Post 152. DAV Service Officer Morris Cole encourages Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to attend so they can learn more about DAV benefits. Cole is available at Post 152 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each Friday. Those interested in speaking with Cole should call him to make sure he’s there before going to the Legion. His number is 906-241-3565.

     •• Alcoholics Anonymous meets weekly, on Tuesdays, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hoosier Gym (enter on East side). Meetings will continue each Tuesday at the same time and location. For more information, call 765-571-1132 or 765-571-1662.

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