Monthly Archives: October 2005

Bicentennial Celebration plans kick into high gear

Posted on October 7, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
White County will celebrate its bicentennial Sept. 11, 2006, and the celebration committee is planning a year’s worth of activities and events that will salute the place where thousands have chose to make their homes.
Members of the Bicentennial Committee began working more than a year ago to develop a strategy for observing the 200th birthday of White County. Members of the community, retired teachers, veterans, business owners and government officials have merged their ideas and talents to form a final plan for the once-in-a-lifetime event.
Although the actual bicentennial will be celebrated in September, events are planned for every month.
White County schools will … CONTINUED


WCMS loses lead and homecoming game

Posted on October 7, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
WCMS homecoming queen. White County Middle School football captains, Caleb Lowery (11) and Matt Brown (12), crowned homecoming queen, Aubrey Sims, during halftime of the game with Warren County.


Taking a ‘stroll’ in the cemetery

Posted on October 7, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
The third annual Cemetery Stroll is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Oct. 22, 2005, at Sparta City Cemetery and will be held rain or moonlight.
The 2004 event featured six costumed talented storytellers who entertained nearly 100 visitors. Legend and lore were woven with myth and mystery and then stirred with love and loss, in an attempt for listeners to wonder and be wary of the division of fact and fiction.
“Even though it rained last year, we had a large crowd and the mist only added to the magic of the night,” said Cathy Farley, library director.
Tantalizing tales will once again be on the menu … CONTINUED


Tailgating triumps

Posted on October 7, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
The origin of tailgating has been traced back to the very first college football game in 1869, when according to American Tailgating trivia, fans traveled to the Rutgers versus Princeton in carriages and grilled sausages and burgers at the ‘tail end’ of the horse.
Other sources list the first tailgating event as the 1904 Yale game. Therefore, without a specific point of origin, eating before or after a football game is a good idea. Moreover, sports fans that want to make sure they get good seats will show up early for the game. They might pack a lunch, or the fixings to create a buffet complete … CONTINUED


New guide provides vital information

Posted on October 7, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Newcomers to Sparta and White County sometimes search for one complete source of information about their new home, and The Expositor has released its 2005-2006 Welcome Home guide to help make the transition less hectic.
Inside this edition of The Expositor can be found the updated magazine that provides information about such things as where to buy license plates, where to find the register of deed’s office and who is the county commissioner or alderman in a specific district.
The artistically designed cover depicts historical representations of Sparta and White County and celebrates the upcoming bicentennial.
Welcome Home also provides a guide to healthcare information, … CONTINUED


Kyra Alexis Dallwein

Posted on October 6, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Survivors include her parents, Wayne Kenneth and Donna Ann Woolridge Dallwein, of Sparta; grandparents, Jill and John Anderson and Don and Pat Woolridge, all of Sparta; great-grandparents, Donald Woolridge, Sr., of Crossville, William Friant, of Smithville, and Lela Anderson, of Sparta; aunts and uncles, Stacie Anderson, of Warren, Mich., Chris Friant, of Sparta, and Mary and Brice Murphy, of Cleveland; cousins, Haley Murphy, Jonah Murphy, Eryka Friant, Koty Friant and Nancy Friant; godsister, Samantha Kelley; godfather, Jason Strode, of Sparta; and
godmother, Chasity Oliver, of Sparta.
Services will be 11 a.m., Oct. 8, 2005, at Oak Lawn Cemetery.
Brent Tevebaugh will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge


Vivian Leone Savage Rittenberry

Posted on October 6, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Vivian Leone Savage Rittenberry, 74, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 2, 2005.
Rittenberry was born Feb. 20, 1931, in White County, to James Morce Savage and Inous Gertrude Smith Savage.
She was a housewife.
Rittenberry was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Bobby Joe Savage.
Survivors include her husband, James Thurman Rittenberry, of Sparta; two sons, Jerry Wright, of Spencer, and Mark Wright and wife Sharon, of Rock Island; stepson, Keith Rittenberry and wife Julie, of Shakopee, Minn.; three sisters, Iness Walth, of Spokane, Wash., Mary Staggs, of Baton Rouge, La., and Diane Smith, of Tullahoma; four brothers, Ray Savage, of Cookeville, Ronald Savage, of Manchester, … CONTINUED


James “Jim” Joseph O’Brian

Posted on October 6, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

O’Brian passed away Oct. 4, 2005, at Generations of Spencer Nursing Home. He was born July 20, 1918, to James Joseph O’Brain Sr. and Helen Regan. He worked many years in management at Sears.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Stein O’Brian, of Spencer; two daughters, Ann Winke, of Spencer, and Lynne Barber, of Florida; one son, James O’Brian III, of Sparta; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial services for James “Jim” O’Brian will be 10 a.m., Oct. 10, 2005, at St Andrew Catholic Church, in Sparta.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m., with prayer services at 7:30 p.m. Father Fred Schimit, SDS, will officiate … CONTINUED


Michael Shane Simmons

Posted on October 6, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Michael Shane Simmons, 16, of Spencer, passed away Oct. 2, 2005.
Simmons was born Nov. 5, 1988, in Dalton, Ga., to Eddie Simmons and Tina Smith Simmons.
He was a student and a member of the F.F.A. Club.
Simmons was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Herbert Herman and Ike Wooten,
Survivors include his parents, Eddie and Tina Simmons, of Spencer; one sister, Vanessa Simmons, of Spencer; grandparents, John and Wanda Simmons, of Spencer, and Lamont Smith and Jerry and Barbara Bryant, all of Dalton, Ga.; great-grandmothers, Lula Herman and Grace Wooten, both of Dalton, Ga.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be 2 p.m., Oct. … CONTINUED


Ralph Ohlwiler

Posted on October 6, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ralph Ohlwiler, 91, of Rock Island, passed away Oct. 3, 2005.
He was born Dec. 6, 1913, in South Bridge, Mass., to Clarence Herr Ohlwiler and Grace Hogue Ohlwiler.
Ohlwiler was a member of Rock Island Presbyterian Church and a retired engineer with Lockheed-Martin.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Margaret Vaughn and Katherine Johnson.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Claire Owen Ohlwiler, of Rock Island; daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Ronnie Madewell, of Rock Island; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Anita Ohlwiler, of Land O’Lakes, Fla.; brother, Dr. David A. Ohlwiler, of Glenville, N.C.; three grandsons and wives, Robert and … CONTINUED


Ell Bailey Clark, Jr.

Posted on October 6, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ell Bailey Clark, Jr., 73, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 30, 2005.
Clark was born, Aug. 6, 1932, in White County, to Ell Bailey Clark, Sr. and Illar Emerton Clark.
He had worked as a cab driver.
Clark was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jeweldene Clark; two sons, Anthony and Chris Clark; and sister, James Margaret Syler.
Survivors include children, Sharon Farley, of Middletown, Ohio, James Clark, of Illinois, Nancy Clark, of Spencer, and Eddie Clark, Ellen Jones, Vera Neely and Lisa Allen, all of Sparta; brother, Leonard Clark, of Shelbyville; three sisters, Mattie Frazier, of Manchester, Renee Clark, of Doyle, and Peggy Manice, of Shelbyville; … CONTINUED


Volleyball evens district record with Lebanon win

Posted on October 4, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


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