Archive - Jul 3, 2012
By MARTHA WAGGONER
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Andy Griffith, who made homespun Southern wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in ‘‘The Andy Griffith Show’’ and the rumpled defense lawyer in ‘‘Matlock,’’ died Tuesday. He was 86.
Griffith died about 7 a.m. at his coastal home, Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie said in a statement.
With special precautions in place, Decatur's Fourth of July fireworks event — the 20th annual — got a green light this week from Mayor John Schultz.
The city of Berne largely escaped the brunt of Friday's storm, although another round of thunderstorms late Sunday afternoon dropped .8 of an inch of badly-needed rainfall on the community.
"We were lucky," said Berne Mayor Bill McKean of the relatively light damage suffered in the city.
"All in all, I'm very pleased with the cleanup; it's going pretty well," Decatur Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said this morning.
City cleanup crews were "nearly halfway through the first pass (of the city)," he said, noting that once completed, a second pass will be made to pick up smaller debris.
People are urged to move their storm debris to curbside to facilitate the cleanup.
Calvin E. Beitler, 86, of Berne, died Sunday in Fort Wayne.
Among survivors are his wife, Alberta (Schenkel) Beitler; sons, David (Diane) Beitler of Berne and Thomas (Cindy) Beitler of Plymouth, Wisc.; and daughters, Rebecca (Joe) Liechty of Fort Wayne, and Jill (Tony) Miller of Richmond, Ind.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services. Funeral services are Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Burial will be in the MRE Cemetery.
Melvin G. Bixler, 86, a Berne businessman, passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, July 2, 2012, at his residence.
He was born in Geneva to the late Benjamin and Iva Belle (Harden) Bixler on May 5, 1926.
Melvin married Joan (Baumgartner) Bixler on June 16, 1946; the couple recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.