Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 6, 2013

July 6, 2013: Cheers & Jeers

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Memorial Gym won’t be the same

Robert W. Parks of Kokomo sends this Cheer for the Kokomo Wildkats’ biggest fan:

“On June 23, 2013, our Lord called Mary L. McCauley to be with him.

“She was a devoted wife and a very loving mother and grandmother. She was also a very good friend. Once you met Mary, she became your friend. She always made people feel good about themselves.

“I had the privilege of traveling all over the North Central Conference and beyond to attend football and basketball games with Mary.

“She was a No. 1 fan of the Kokomo Wildkats.

“It has been said she bled Wildkat red and blue. I believe it. Many times she would wear gloves because her hands would become sore from clapping and cheering on her Wildkats.

“Mary always had a positive attitude and a good word for everyone, unless you wore a striped shirt and whistled a bad call against one of her beloved Wildkats.

“One of Mary’s proudest moments was when her grandson, Brian McCauley, was named as the head coach of the boys Wildkat basketball program.

“Memorial Gymnasium will not be the same without Mary. But Mary McCauley will live forever in the hearts and minds of all of us who loved her.”

‘Perhaps the stars are lining up’

Gregory A. McCarty, of Bucheri McCarty & Metz, sends this Cheer for Kokomo’s strong leadership:

“I had an ‘older gent’ in my office this week, and we were discussing the difficulty my accounting firm has in recruiting staff to work for us in Kokomo. He said that has been a problem in this city for many long years. He told me that in the early ‘60s, Anheuser-Busch was going to build a corn-processing plant in Indiana and had narrowed the location down to either Lafayette or Kokomo. Corporate management let the team that was going to run the plant have the major influence in the final decision, and they chose Lafayette, primarily for the culture and atmosphere of Purdue University.

“He went on to relate that in the early ‘60s, Taylor University suffered a huge loss from a disastrous fire. The university subsequently approached the leadership of Kokomo with a request for a gift of land to the north of the city, and they would relocate the entire university to our community. According to my client, the community leadership responded negatively with the attitude that ‘why would we do that when we already have the Indiana University extension here now?” Well, a small junior college is not the same as a university like Taylor, and in my friend’s opinion it demonstrated the lack of vision that had cost the community the A/B plant.

“I am pleased that in the last 20 years, through the efforts of visionaries like Scott Pitcher, Steve Daily and now Greg Goodnight, our community is making a concerted effort to make Kokomo a ‘choice’ place to live, work and raise a family. Our renovated downtown is a work in progress, as we have seen major enhancements in image. We will soon have another cornerstone in place with the new parking facility. And the effort now in progress to build a new YMCA is a huge piece of the ongoing work of making our community desirable. The upgrading over the years of Indiana University Kokomo with multiple degrees and soon to have campus housing, along with the Ivy Tech facility and Indiana Wesleyan helps complete the picture of Kokomo as a university town.

“No one single thing has or will solve the problem that has kept young professionals from choosing to live in Kokomo. But I’m glad that we have people in leadership who want to make a difference. Perhaps the stars are lining up for us.”

‘Home-grown businesses are the best’

Greg and Jacquelyn Wenger of Russiaville send this Cheer for a local business:

“We recently had to have our home’s roof replaced under the scrutiny of an insurance company. We wanted to replace it with a steel roof, and our first contractor could not perform the job in the time frame that we were given by the insurance carrier.

“A friend recommended Wagler Roofing. So we made a call and Glen Wagler came out the following day and gave us an estimate and, within a week, they were on the job.

“The two employees who came out were Alan Chupp and Sam Wagler. They worked under adverse weather conditions but did an outstanding job. I would recommend Wagler Roofing to anyone. Home-grown businesses are the best.”

‘You’re the best’

Myra Wilson sends this Cheer to Noah’s Ark Animal Clinic:

“Thank you so very much, Dr. Carolyn Scholl and staff at the Noah’s Ark Animal Clinic in Kokomo, for caring for my pet during her time of death. You’re the best.”