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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - November 20, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana IU nips Purdue for Bucket Page B1 Kokomo Ind Sunday Nov Farewell CHICAGO Pallbearers carry a coffin past Duane and Janet Willis following services for their six chil dren who were killed in a freeway wreck in Milwau kee Nov 8 The Baptist pastor and his wife were joined by hundreds of mourners at the familys small brick church on the citys South Side The fami ly was driving on a Milwau kee freeway when their minivan hit a piece of metal that had fallen off a truck and exploded in flames The driver of the truck has not been charged although police are still investigating AP photo Teen pregnancies surge Church groups to establish home for unwed moms By STEVE JACKSON Tribune staff writer Betty Hensel has seen two dozen of them over the past seven years young women with no fam ily no job little hope and a baby on the way There have been hundreds more she hasnt seen Despite housing 24 young motherstobe in her own Cass County home for the past seven years Hensel has had to turn away several women as many as two a week for every one she has taken in I get overwhelmed some said The Rev Walter Ungerer feels overwhelmed too over whelmed by the increase of preg nancies among teenagers and young single women and over whelmed by the lack of assistance available to many of them Both are working to get rid of that feeling Hensel a parttime staffer at the Kokomo Rescue Mission and Ungerer pastor of First Presbyter ian Church in Kokomo are work ing with nearly 20 Howard Coun ty churches to establish a home for unwed mothers When a site is found and a director is hired they hope to have a home that can host up to 12 young women during their pregnancies and in the months following the births of their children Ungerer said the impetus for a churchsponsored home for unwed mothers came from a need for such a facility and from a sense of obligation on the part of the Kokomo religious community that it needed to do something to help address that need I personally believe and I think other pastors believe that the church must be involved in this kind of he said Because if the church is not will ing to do it and to hiring some hope and some peacWltS these women who are involved then we have failed to understand what the gospel of Jesus Christ is all That there js a need for a facility serving single mothers is in little doubt Howard Countys teen pregnan cy rate is higher than the rate for the entire state According to the Indiana board of Maternal Child Health percent of all Howard County births from 198791 were given by mothers who were 17 or younger compared with 5 percent statewide And the teen pregnancy rate in Howard County is growing said Jeri Malone nursing director for the Howard County Health Department Please see Teen A8 Dr Local news News of record Obituaries A8 Opinion A7 Science A6 Sports State A4 Style World Vo 144 No 78 Caring about hearts Fishers have hearts beating across Delco By JULIE McCLURE Tribune local area editor Larry and Fran Fisher have a lotta heart WWKI We Cafe hearts to be more precise The couple this year expanded their role in the sale of the hearts from Hearts Across Delco to take responsibility for the entire project which includes the sale of the fundraising hearts at about 20 locations around the Kokomo area The idea of selling We Care hearts started several years ago when several retailers wanted to participate in the Christmas chari tys work but needed a concrete way to participate The retailers volunteered to sell the hearts for and display them at their busi ness or allow the purchaser to take his heart home The hearts carry a place for the donor to sign As the idea caught on more retailers wanted to participate And then Larry and Fran came up with an idea called Hearts Across I knew the businesses had been collecting and I had been col lecting weekly out at Delco a paycheck from employees out on the bypass so I asked We Care coordinator Jan Buecruer if I could organize something just for the Delco Larry said Jan handed it over to the cou ples capable organization skills and in Frans words this years response has been Through word of mouth email and observation Delco employees have been buying up hearts one by one five by five and then dis Related story We Care store to open Page Cl playing them throughout the fac tories and offices The volunteers with the hearts basically begin their campaign during their breaks They hit the pavement selling Larry said smiling A lot of it is pretty much word of The Fishers began by contacting people at each Delco facility and gradually more employees have signed on to sell hearts The Fish ers keep strict records of how many hearts are given to a volun teer where that volunteer can be located and how much money they are responsible for If some one simply empties out a pocket of change that amount is what is shown in the total which explains last years total from Delco employees which was I want whoever donated that 8 cents to know that we counted Larry said noting at first he had thought of throwing in the differ ence to make the total an even number But he decided not to so that the employees would know every penny counts and is counted Last years total for We Care heart sales at all locations was estimated at The Fishers plan to announce this years total during the WWKI We Care telethon Dec 24 which will be broadcast from the radio station on Telecable That total wUl reflect hundreds of sales clerks and Delco employee efforts to raise money for the charity The word about the Delco hearts has reached Delco facilities in Ger many and Mexico where We Care hearts have magically appeared The Fishers hope those who take hearts to these locations will take a picture and bring it back to Delco so employees will know how far their generosity can travel Larry works as a machine repairman at Delco He retired from the Air Force after serving at Grissom Air Force Base He and his wife Fran a homemaker live in Howard County Since Fran is available she has volunteered to make the bank deposits and deliv er more hearts to retailers or Delco plants when needed The Fishers emphasized that all money is taken directly to the bank and placed in a We Care account in preparation for the final total In the stores around Kokomo and particularly Delco look a lot like We Care hearts Larry said the hearts have shown up many places from a location on Robbie the Robot who delivers parts for a production line to individual cubicles in offices Break room windows lockers bulletin boards and windows are covered with the hearts Thats what we Larry said smiling as he remembers see ing the hearts on the backs of chairs along a production line They really 40 sell themselves You dont do much walking around Delco without seeing a Fran and Larry Fisher are coordinating the sale of We Care hearts this month Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds We Care drops Kiddie Corps WWKIs We Care has announced that the annual tradi tion of the Corps collect ing money for the chanty will not be conducted this year Citing safety and other concerns We Care founder Dick Branson asked that contributors who normally throw in a for a youngsters col lection instead buy a We Care heart this year WWKI We Care hearts are avail able at the following locations Button Motors Chrysler Casting Division Conkle Pontiac Delco Electronics Corp plants Eagles Lodge finks Chevrolet Forest Park Barber Shop Howard Elementary School PTO Chili Supper Kmart 31 and Markland Avenue Kmart Dixon Road t Kroger on 31 Kroger Maple Crest shopping center t Kroger Dixon Road Lorettas One Hour Cleaners t Martin Brothers Russiaville Moose Lodge Royal Rangers Outpost 44 First Assembly of God Russ Poor Folks Tavern Sams Club Target Veterans of Foreign Wars WalMart Crash kills 2 on 26 A Kokomo man and woman died when their cars collided headon just west of town Friday night At midnight Howard County Coroner Jeff Stout pronounced David J Mayes II 19 2821 Bagley Drive and Nancy E Roseberry 41 2911 Joyce Drive dead at the scene of the accident The cause of death for both was bluntforce trauma to the head and chest Rescue units were called to Ind 26 about a halfmile west of Road 200 West at Mayes black 1988 Dodge twodoor and Roseberrys blue 1988 Ford four door were found in the eastbound lane of the highway said state police Trooper Tony Frawley Because the frontend damage of the cars was so severe volun teer firefighters from Indian Heights and Harrison Township spent an hour in removing the dri vers from the vehicles A fire in the engine compartments of both cars was doused by a bystander before rescue units arrived Stout said Mayes had just left a friends home and was westbound on Ind 26 when for an unknown reason his car crossed the center line and smashed into Roseberrys eastbound vehicle Roseberry was on her way home from work in Frankfort Toxicology tests performed on both drivers at Howard Commu nity Hospital were negative Stout said There were no skid marks on the road and no witnesses to the accident Roseberry was wearing a safety belt Mayes was not but Frawley does not believe it would have prevented the fatality The drivers are the 12th and 13th traffic fatalities in Howard County mis year Also on the scene of the crash were Howard County sheriff deputies Gordon returns weaker MIAMI AP Indecisive Trop ical Storm Gordon rolled back toward Florida on Saturday a shadow of its former hurricane self that will probably die out before it hits the peninsula Ifs continuing to said Max Mayfield meteorologist with the National Hurricane Cen ter in Coral Gables It could be downgraded soon to a tropical Gordon born Nov 8 off the tip of Nicaragua zigzagged as a tropical storm through the Caribbean killing more man 500 in Haiti before snaking across Florida where it battered homes and crops Gordon next slid into the Atlantic where it strengthened into the third hurricane of the sea son and brushed the coastal Outer Banks of North Carolina Beachgoers were out with sail boards Saturday as the storm trailed away to the south The winds howling Its great out said Edward Yerkovich of Buffalo as he hauled his board out of Roanoke Sound It was moving south at 6 mph and a gradual turn toward Florida was expected in the next 24 hours However Gordons power greatly diminished Its sustained wind speed had dropped from 70 mph early Friday to near 40 mph Once its wind dropped 39 mph it would be reclassified a tropical depression Strong northwesterly wind wThe Coast Guard was still at work Saturday trying to free a Turkish freighter mat was aground Tuesday just off beach at Fort Lauoerdate We are talking at least 24 Petty Officer Mark owiak said Saturday ;