Back when: March 14-20


Jaxon McDaniel (16) acknowledges the crowd during varsity lineups March 15, 2022, when New Palestine High School’s first boys volleyball team played its first games, junior varsity and varsity, at Southport High School.

March 14

In 1972, Hancock County commissioners met with property owners along County Road 1050 East between Charlottesville and Wilkinson to discuss acquiring right-of-way to widen the road. The day before, two Eastern Hancock High School students were injured when the southbound car they rode in near County Road 200N went over a rise and then off the road and into a tree.

In 1975, a surprise snow closed all four Hancock County school districts and St. Michael School in Greenfield, marking the first weather closure of the year.

March 15

In 1972, state highway officials told a crowd of about 60 Hancock County residents about plans for the “dual-laning” of State Street (State Road 9) north from McKenzie Road to Interstate 70.

In 2022, New Palestine High School presented its first boys volleyball team in a season-opening match at Southport, where the Dragons fell to the Cardinals.

March 16

In 2002, southbound lanes of State Street (State Road 9) south of Interstate 70 were closed for four hours when a tractor-trailer rig filled with paper products rolled onto its side.

In 2020, Hancock Regional Hospital opened a COVID-19 triage clinic in Brandywine Plaza to screen and test for the novel coronavirus. The hospital also set up a COVID-19 hotline for people to call in with questions about the disease.

March 17

In 1930, twenty men with tractors began stripping the sod off the site of what would become Riley Park Pool.

March 18

In 1968, Pfc. Elvin W. Gose of Cumberland was killed in action at Quang Tri, Vietnam.

March 19

In 1958, the Hancock County 4-H Junior Leaders decided to sponsor a “county queen” at the Hancock County 4-H Fair; the first local fair queen contest took place at that year’s fair.

In 2016, New Palestine High School graduate Patrick Feeney helped Team USA capture the gold medal in the 4×400-meter relay during the IAAF World Indoor Championships. He ran in one of the relay heats, helping the USA to the fastest heat time. Teammates finished the work in the finals the next day. Feeney competed at the Olympic trials that year; after not qualifying for the games in Rio, he retired to focus on medical school.

March 20

In 1943, Greenfield Mayor L.W. Eikenberry said he had found someone with a small tractor to break up ground for Victory Gardens for a nominal charge. Those without the means of having their garden plowed were encouraged to fill out a form in the Daily Reporter and return it to the mayor’s office. It was part of an effort “toward the planting of every available lot.”

In 1995, Mt. Vernon School Board approved the idea of a foundation that would offer mini-grants to teachers for special projects and speakers.