Archive - 2011
Bellmont coach John Baker picked up the first win of his career in front of a home crowd at the Teepee on Saturday night as his Braves handled the Woodlan Warriors, 58-44.
The Braves jumped out to a 5-0 start at the beginning of the first quarter, but looked a bit shaky the rest of the frame as they came back to the bench down 12-11 after one.
Coach Baker would have none of it. "This is not Bellmont basketball!" he hollered in the huddle, and his players got the message.
FORT WAYNE — Twenty-one points was as close as any squad came to matching South Adams in the season opening duals at Homestead Saturday as the Starfires easily took the title for the day with a perfect 5-0 slate.
The fewest points scored on the day for the Stars was 48 in that 21-point win over Fort Wayne Snider. The Stars dumped the host Spartans 49-21, downed ACAC foe Heritage 50-23, blasted Marion 63-18 and finished with a 45-27 win over Churubusco.
Homestead was second in the meet, going 4-1.
Nelson Billington, 86, of Berne, died November 24 in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne.
He was born to William and Mabel Jackson Billington.
Among survivors are a daughter, Debbie Billington of Allen County; three sons, Terry, Steve, and Jeff Billington, all of Bryant; three sisters; and four brothers, including Bill Billington of Decatur.
There will be no funeral or visitation. Burial will be later in Westlawn Cemetery at Geneva.
Virginia L. Hower, 85, of Bluffton, died Friday in Bluffton Regional Medical Center.
She was born to John "Frank" and Mary C. Davis Helblig.
Among survivors are one son, Brice Hower of Bluffton, and seven daughters, Loretta Drew and Brycella Roth of New Haven, Rosie Hower of Decatur, and Mrs. Pat (Connie) Durham Jr., Mrs. Rob (Karen) Trenten, Mrs. Steve (Lora) Esterhia, and Patti Hower, all of Bluffton.
Katharina Lehr, 87, a former rural Decatur resident, died Sunday in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.
Jack Edward Schnepf, 89, passed away on November 24, 2011, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Jack was born on October 11, 1922, in Alvord, Iowa. He was one of 10 children born to William and Stella Schnepf.
The family relocated to Decatur, where he remained until 2006. He then moved to Louisville, Kentucky, to be closer to family.
Jack was a farmer, a General Electric worker, and a Central Soya employee, and eventually became an artist, weaving unique works of art.
Donald J. Sprunger, 96, of Berne, died today at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
Larry Eugene Spencer, 68, of Springfield, Ohio, a former Portland resident, died on November 21 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.
Larry was born on October 31, 1943, in Hartford City to Robert and Erta Stauffer Spencer.
He graduated from Portland High School in 1961 and worked for International Harvester for 46 years, retiring on February 26, 2008.
Larry married Marguerite Romer on September 27, 1963, and she survives.
A new wrestling mat, purchased for use at the Bellmont middle school and high school, was dedicated Tuesday in a brief ceremony, prior to the season opener.
The mat, honoring John Friedt, carries the words seen in photo on one corner.
Friedt, who passed away suddenly last February, was instrumental in starting the Decatur Wrestling Club and served over 30 years as an assistant varsity coach and was Bellmont Middle School coach for many years.
Although the temperature was a fairly-mild 41 degrees this morning, many of those who waited in line outside the Decatur Kmart store beginning at 4 a.m. for Black Friday deals bundled up with coats, hats and blankets to stay warm.
Shopping was continuing throughout the day in Decatur.