In 1951, the Weil Theatre offered a free show to celebrate its fifth anniversary, followed by a free show the next day as well. The feature picture was “Daughter of Rosie O’Grady,” starring June Haver and Gordon MacRae. Today the theater is the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts.
In 1929, a fur buyer predicted a strong trapping season over the winter. He was expecting to buy mink, weasel, raccoon and opossum hides. “A great deal of trapping in Hancock County now is done by high school boys who consider it a source of revenue during their school days,” according to that day’s Daily Reporter. “Some of these lads make enough money by trapping on Saturdays to buy their clothes for the winter, and then they enjoy the sport.”
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In 1930, a Fortville building housing Fortville State Bank and Crouch & Fosters’ Furniture Store was destroyed by fire. Loss of stock and buildings was valued at approximately $35,000. The fire was thought to have started in the furnace room at the back of the bank.
In 1994, retired Greenfield Junior High School teacher Lewise Morris was one of 64 passengers and four crew members who died when American Eagle Flight 4184 crashed in a Newton County soybean field.
In 1911, Shirley public schools were ordered closed for two weeks on account of diphtheria cases. Dr. Ralph Wilson was health officer.
In 2015, Columbus-based Home News Enterprises announced it had reached an agreement to sell the Daily Reporter and its other newspapers, online and commercial printing properties to AIM Media Indiana LLC, an affiliate of AIM Media Texas LLC.
In 2011, Mt. Vernon High School cheerleaders won a state title in the coed team division in the Indiana Cheerleading Association state championships at New Castle.
In 1990, local voters cast ballots in various races, including Indiana secretary of state. Greenfield-Central graduates were involved on both sides of that campaign. Dave Arland of the Class of 1981 was campaign spokesman for Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut, the Republican candidate; Mike O’Connor of the Class of 1982 was campaign coordinator for Democrat Joe Hogsett. Hogsett won the election.