County pays tribute to Joe Bill Whipker

Bartholomew County government employees, including those who work at the Courthouse and Sheriff’s Department, were among those paying tribute late Tuesday morning to Joe Bill Whipker, whose funeral procession passed by on Washington and Second streets downtown. Whipker had a 30-year career with the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department and served three separate four-year terms on the Bartholomew County Council. He died Friday at age 68 after suffering an April heart attack.