Contributing Writer Bios

Contributing Writer - Rex Bell

Rex Bell

Rex Bell was born and raised in Millville Indiana, and graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1970. He founded Bell Contracting in 1974, and still operates it today (reportedly the oldest continually owned business in Hagerstown). He and his wife, Susan, have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Rex writes a monthly column, alternating sporadically between “A Libertarian Perspective”, which takes a light-hearted look at the effect government and politics has on our lives, and “The BellView”, a commentary on life in general.

Contributing Writer - Patty Hersberger

Patty Hersberger

I grew up in Henry County and graduated from Kennard High School. Ben and I were married in1952 and moved to Cambridge City as he had a job at Allen Chevrolet. I later attended Ball State. After graduation Mr. Shipman hired me. I taught in the Western Wayne School system for 30 years, retiring in 1995. I have three children: Jim who teaches Math at IPFW in Fort Wayne; Julie who teaches Information Technology at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, NC; and Emily who taught in the Batesville school system. I have five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

I’ve lived in the Cambridge City area for many years and love the history of the community. In fact, I work in the History Room of the library on the days they are open. My family and I have been members of the local Methodist Church since moving to the area.

Ben and I began writing the column “from the Western Side of Wayne County” in 2004, as we wanted readers to get to know our community and love it as much as we have. Founder, Janis Buhl-Macy was kind enough to publish our writings and I am very glad to still be a part of the Western Wayne News.

Contributing Writer - Leah Huddleston

Leah Huddleston

I began loving history when I learned my family members were involved in historical events. People were asking if our family was related to the Huddleston House; so, in 1974, with Pauline Montgomery’s help, I began a genealogical search and found out my husband, Howard, descends from a brother, Jesse, of John who built the Huddleston House. That search launched my serious study of our families. A few years ago I was asked to volunteer in the History Room at the Cambridge City Library, and I really enjoy all aspects of our work there. A couple of years ago we formed the group, Restoration In Peace, to restore Capitol Hill Cemetery. I began writing stories about the people buried there in July, 2015, and still have a ways to go. I have enjoyed the research and writing.

Contributing Writer - Rodney Klein

Rodney Klein

Rodney Klein is a physical education teacher and coach at Lincoln High school in Cambridge City. Klein coaches the varsity boys’ basketball team, the varsity girl’s golf team and serves as assistant track coach. He is also the senior class sponsor and FCA sponsor.

Klein has taught in three other high schools where he served as a teacher and athletic director. Additionally, at these former schools, he coached varsity basketball, tennis, soccer, wrestling, and boys golf. He has experience in radio news and was a color commentator for WIFE radio, covering area football games.

Rodney is married and has three children. In his spare time, he loves working on the family farm. He has been reporting sports for the Western Wayne News for five years.

Contributing Writer - Melissa Klemann

Melissa Klemann

I am a mother, grandmother and wife to Joe, for the past 32 years. Every week, I have the honor of submitting a column to the Nettle Creek Gazette called “Another Good Day,” in which I try to convey that every day is a blessing from the Lord in one way or another. I also try to include a recipe I have tried that week from our Hagerstown home kitchen.

Contributing Writer - Chuck McGill

Chuck McGill

Chuck McGill is a graduate of Northeastern High School, Indiana University, and Indiana Wesleyan University, He has covered Centerville athletics since 2000. Chuck and his wife Gwen live near Centerville and have three boys, all of whom graduated from CHS. Chuck has been employed by Reid Health for over 38 years working in the clinical laboratory.

Contributing Writer - Cindy Oler

Cindy Oler

Cindy Oler is a Hagerstown graduate and has lived in Hagerstown since 1969. One of her multiple jobs includes writing for the Nettle Creek Gazette. Chronicling her breast cancer experience led her to write a weekly column, and she has been a contributing writer ever since.

She founded Dance with Cindy in her parent’s basement and is working toward her 50th Recital in 2019. She and her husband, Steve, married in 1974 and are Owners of Oler Farms, Oler Farm Service, and the Logo Shoppe. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

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Janice Roberts

I retired after 20 years as clerk-treasurer of the Town of Centerville. Janis Buhl-Macy approached me after retirement to see if I would be interested in attending various meetings and writing articles for Western Wayne News. I wasn’t sure, but told her I would give it a try. I was hooked from there on! I love getting out with people and keeping up with what is going on around town.

My husband, Garrett, and I celebrated our 51st wedding anniversary this year. We had one son, Garrett Roberts II, now deceased.

I enjoy the knitting/crocheting group that meets at the Library every Wednesday. I especially like to make things for children. I crochet small blankets and attach animal or bird heads and feet or wings for small children to hug or take a nap with. They are very popular and keep me busy in my spare time.

Contributing Writer - Lindsay Sankey

Lindsay Sankey

Lindsay Sankey is a blogger, photographer and stockman’s wife. Her blog, Jean’s Boots Are Made For Talking (, chronicles life in production agriculture by connecting with readers through humorous, relatable storytelling. Lindsay and her Kansas-ranch-raised husband raise purebred Angus and Shorthorn cattle – and also, a daughter. Lindsay is the Communications Manager at Harvest Land Co-op, a Purdue alumni, Hagerstown graduate and survivor of the Greens Fork rural bus route. She was raised on her parents’ purebred Shorthorn cow/calf operation south of Greens Fork, where her passion for production agriculture was ignited.