October 1st, 2010
SOUTH WHITLEY — For the best part of this football season, the Whitko Wildcats have ridden a strong running game to an undefeated 4-0 record in the Three Rivers Conference. But in Friday night’s matchup of conference unbeatens, Whitko and North Miami, two pass plays ultimately determined the outcome of the contest. The first was a 39-yard scoring strike by the Wildcats, and the second an interception deep in Whitko territory that preserved the 21-13 senior night win for the host Wildcats.
William H. Davis, 74, a resident of Garrett and formerly of Avilla, passed away at 10:42 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio April 22, 1936, a son of Henry William and Izola (Clark) Davis. He was a U. S. Navy veteran.
The surviving relatives include his partner, Barbara J. Kapelka of Garrett; six children, Terri Calderon, Kim White, Jackie Gullett, Dan Davis, Theresa Ford and Pam Tovar; and a brother, Ted Davis.
An anonymous letter, signed only “A Post & Mail reader,” received earlier this year by Sherry Sausaman, Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force (WCDVTF) director, commended Sausaman and the taskforce for their efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence in the county and the safeguards and helps available for the victims. But the letter also suggested they could go even further, addressing the issue of emotional abuse as well as physical.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Forty-two and one-half years ago when the average cost of a home was $14,950 and the average income per year was $7,850, South Whitley resident Jeanette Eberhart was just beginning her career as a teller at the former Mayer Branch Bank in South Whitley. Five ownership changes later, Eberhart closed the book on her banking career Thursday, officially retiring. An open house at the bank was held in her honor Friday. “I will miss the people and the girls here, we are like a family,” Eberhart said with tears in her eyes.
Brooklyn Dodgers hats dotted the room with a rogue Yankees jacket or Cubs jersey present—all to welcome baseball great, Carl Erskine, guest speaker and Advocacy Award recipient at this year’s annual Passages meeting.
The green van with “Work Crew” on the side of it has been a common sight in Whitley County for the last decade, but now it’s time for a change.
With help from the Whitley County Probation Department, Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office and Columbia City, a new van will be in the hands of the work crew supervisors.
With budgets getting ever tighter, the work crew has increasingly become a benefit to governments.
For 2007 and 2008, Whitley County had a total of 15 deaths from overdoses of prescription medication.
In just the first nine months of this year, the county was already passed that mark with 17 deaths from prescription medication overdoses.
“We’re in a public health epidemic,” Whitley County Coroner Scott Smith said.
Just a few decades ago, the income in Northeast Indiana was nearly even with the national average.
Now, workers in this 11-county area make only about 78 percent of the national average.
That’s a trend a new local campaign will focus on in hopes of getting it reversed, and it’s all about education.
Cheryl Ann (Sheppard) Loughlin, 62, of Newport Beach, Calif. and formerly of Warsaw, passed away Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 in Newport Beach, of ovarian cancer which was diagnosed in 2007.
She was born Jan. 27, 1948 in Indianapolis to Eugene Gilbert Sheppard and Helen Faye (Bales) Sheppard, and was raised in South Whitley, Indiana. She was married to Michael B. Loughlin, who survives. They were divorced in 1979.
Joan N. Swing, 80, of South Whitley, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010 at Renaissance Village where she had been a resident since July 2008.
She was born March 9, 1930 in Huntington, a daughter of Russell and Pauline (Burman) Smith. She graduated from Huntington High School.
On April 24, 1949 she was united in marriage to Dick C. Swing. They made their home in Roanoke until 1952 when they moved to South Whitley.