Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Family of Spangler says thanks.

To the Editor:

The family of Geraldine "Gerri" Spangler would like to thank all who sent cards, flowers and food, also extend their sincere appreciation for all the kindness extended during this hard time.

Nick Spangler


Donna Thompson


Carol Pearman


Sam Spangler

Smithville, Texas

Diane Haynes

Austin Texas

GCTPC celebrates hearts for Valentines Day

To the Editor:

On Valentine's Day we like to do something special for those we love. The theme for the day (and for the month -- heart healthy for women) is hearts.

Did you know that quitting smoking greatly reduces serious risks to your health? Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

Cigarette smokers are 2--4 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than nonsmokers. Even secondhand smoke exposure causes heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults. If you smoke, why don't you do something for yourself or your loved one this Valentine's Day?

Or do something for your heart in celebration of women's heart health? Choose now to be the time you quit tobacco use.

Choose now to make that first step toward a healthier heart. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for help in quitting tobacco use.

Nancy Cummings

Greene County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation


Family of Carpenter says thanks

To the Editor:

The family of Wendell Carpenter would like to thank everyone who brought food, sent cards and prayers, flowers and donations to the American Cancer Society.

Special thanks to the staff and administration at Glenburn Home and Dr. Paul Esguerra for the care and attention that he received in his final days.

We would also like to thank Jenkins Funeral Home for all of their help, Harvest Community Church for their prayers and the funeral dinner and a special thank you to Pastor Jeff Williams for his kindness and words of comfort at the funeral.

Eugene and Donna Carpenter


Paul, Kimberly and Lindsay Rifner


Tim, Eli and Samantha Carpenter


Tammy and Lexie Walls


Family of missing teen in need of community's help

To the Editor:

It has been more than two months since 19-year-old Clinton Hamilton of Bicknell went missing.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 11, Hamilton's truck stalled in high water west of Emison, prompting a large search effort. Hamilton's truck was found stuck along County Road 200 West. The truck was locked and there was no sign of Hamilton.

Indiana Conservation Officers focused their efforts on searching two large flooded drainage ditches along the road Hamilton's truck stalled out on. Rising flood water, ice, and poor weather conditions hampered the search efforts but they carried on.

The Conservation Officers actually had to change locations on where they launched their boats three different times. At one point they were launching their boats in a drainage ditch, and navigating about a mile downstream to get to the location.

The Conservation Officers implemented Side Scan Sonar, as well as other recovery techniques but with no success. Hamilton's jacket was recovered from the ditch, along with a pair of sun glasses, and cell phone but as the water receded, it was apparent Hamilton was not there.

The water in the ditches receded enough, where the divers could get in the ditch and walk along. The water eventually receded to a level of about a foot, when the Conservation Officers determined he was not there. At that point, the Conservation Officers exhausted their search efforts, leaving us to search on our own with limited resources. We've enlisted the help of local people that know the area, but we can only do so much.

Still, family, friends, and volunteers gathered for more ground searches. We've had a few large searches. People lined up on foot, and we would walk a large area, say a field, and check to see if anything had washed up. We've also had several ATVs out searching. However, once again the Wabash River was on the rise.

The last search we did we were actually run out by the rising water. We searched as long as we could, but the water was eventually too deep to travel and we had to call off the search again. Now, the water has begun to recede again and more ground searches are planned.

The Wabash River has fallen below flood stage and we are going to get out and search behind the levee and see if anything may have washed up over there. We are planning to search on foot, as well as on ATVs. As the water recedes along C.R. 200 West, we are also planning to search that area again.

The family has set up a fund, asking for donations. Donations can be made at the Old National Bank in Bicknell or at any Old National Bank location.

Hamilton is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and around 150 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Any information on Hamilton's whereabouts should be reported to the Knox County Sheriff's Department at (812) 882-7660.

Dustin Bowman