Carrie V. Bigler

Carrie Viola Bigler, 89, of Huntington, IN, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at 7:56 p.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Mrs. Bigler retired in 1982 from MagneTek (Triad-Utrad). She was a member of the Faith Community Church of God in Huntington.

She was born Nov. 18, 1919, in Huntington to Charles and Hazel E. DeWitt Pressler. She married Gilbert Bigler on April 16, 1943. He preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 2005.

Juergens earns command sergeant major status

Command Sgt. Maj. Curt Juergens, of Huntington, is congratulated by Indiana's adjutant general, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, after Juergens received his most recent appointment.
Photo provided

Sgt. Maj. Curt Juergens, of Huntington, has been appointed as "Indiana's Strength Maintenance" Command Sergeant Major in the United States Army.

The appointment, by order of Chief of Staff George W. Casey Jr., was effective Dec. 22. A ceremony was held at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Indianapolis. His duty station is in Indianapolis, but he will continue to reside in Huntington with his wife Lorraine and daughter Tia.

Frances P. Wys

Frances P. Wys, 88, of Deer Creek, IL, and having family members in Andrews, IN, died Jan. 15, 2009 at 4:50 p.m. (CST) at Morton Villa Care Center.

Mrs. Wys and her husband Dayton owned and operated Wys Café in Deer Creek from 1957 to 1965. She was a member of the Deer Creek Baptist Church and was a volunteer with Christian Camps and Youth Crusade in Deer Creek for 40 years.

She was born April 15, 1920 in Frankfort, KY, to Eli and Lula Sexton Dixon. She married Dayton U. Wys on June 21, 1941 in Peoria, IL. Her husband preceded her in death on March 26, 2001.

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keffer, 71, of Loganville, GA, and having family members in Andrews, IN, died Jan. 2, 2009.

Mr. Keffer is survived by his wife of 49 years, Betty Keffer; two sons, Mike Keffer and Matthew (Marcia) Keffer, both of Georgia; a sister, Jane Anderson, of Andrews, IN; and two grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Jan. 4, 2009, at the Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Snelling, GA. Burial was at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens, Snelling, GA.

Online condolences may be sent through www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

Bitter cold temperatures lead to power outages

The electronic sign at Lehman Floor Covering, on the south side of Huntington, flashes 7 degrees below zero on Friday morning, Jan. 16, at about 10:15. The cold temperatures were responsible for a major power outage  in Huntington County.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Bitter cold temperatures Thursday evening led to power outages for more than 7,000 Duke Energy customers in Huntington County, forcing some people from their homes to a temporary shelter at the local Salvation Army.

The outages began just before 8 p.m. when some transmission line utility poles broke, explains Angeline Protegere, a spokesperson for Duke Energy. Transmission power lines are major carriers of power and connect to power substations.

Freezing temps, power outage sends people to Salvation Army shelter

Getting ready for a game of cards while passing the time Friday, Jan. 16, at a warming shelter set up at the Salvation Army, in Huntington, are (from left) Berniece Moore, Nancy Moore and Ellen Fisher.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Berniece Moore covered herself with newspapers to stay warm.

Roy Graff stuck his head under his blankets.

Nancy Moore got so cold that her head hurt and her feet ached.

"That's when I called for help," Nancy Moore says. "I called the police, and they called HAT. As quick as I called them, they came and got me."

Dr. Charles Crothers

Dr. Charles H. "Chic" Crothers, 88, of Van Buren, IN, and Sebring, FL, died Jan. 10, 2009, at his home in Van Buren.

Dr. Crothers practiced pediatric medicine in Connecticut for more than 40 years, retiring in 1986. He was chief resident and assistant professor of pediatrics at the Yale-New Haven Hospital before beginning his private practice. He earned degrees from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and from Yale Medical School. He served in the United States Army in the Philippines.

Doris M. Clark

Doris Mae Clark, 81, of Andrews, IN, died Jan. 14, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation, Huntington.

Mrs. Clark was a 1945 graduate of Andrews High School. She was a homemaker and a member of the Andrews Wesleyan Church.

She was born April 13, 1927, in Huntington County, to Byron and Edith Anderson Scott. She married Joseph Clark on April 12, 1946, in Huntington. Her husband survives.

Bruce W. Hinkle

Bruce W. Hinkle, 57, of Huntington, IN, died Jan. 14, 2009, at 2:54 p.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Mr. Hinkle was retired from General Motors, Fort Wayne. He was a 1970 graduate of Parker High School, Janesville, WI, and had attended Blackhawk Technical School in Janesville.

He was born Nov. 26, 1951, in Janesville, WI, to Samuel and Betty Pfeifer Hinkle. He is survived by his mother, Betty Gromer, of Janesville, WI. He married Sandra Nichols, who also survives.

Optimist Club providing for county youth for more than 45 years

The Huntington Chapter of the Optimist Club has focused its efforts on providing for the youth of Huntington County for over 45 years.

The first official Optimist Club was formed in Buffalo, NY, in 1911, when citizens started to form voluntary organizations to address the needs of their communities.

The name "optimist" was used to define the group's expression of its desire for a positive outlook in the face of all problems.

Momentum for a nationwide Optimist movement began when the Optimist Club of Indianapolis was formed in May 1916.

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