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Archive - Jul 29, 2013

GOP donor's school grade changed

July 29, 2013

By TOM LoBIANCO
Associated Press
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indiana and current Florida schools chief Tony Bennett built his national star by promising to hold ‘‘failing’’ schools accountable. But when it appeared an Indianapolis charter school run by a prominent Republican donor might receive a poor grade, Bennett’s education team frantically overhauled his signature ‘‘A-F’’ school grading system to improve the school’s marks.

Review: Glitch had no effect on ISTEP scores

July 29, 2013

By RICK CALLAHAN
Associated Press
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An outside review of online glitches that disrupted Indiana’s ISTEP testing this spring concludes those problems had no measurable negative impact on students’ scores, even though they affected nearly a third of the students who took the test.

Panel’s report on city future is outlined

July 29, 2013

    A committee selected by Decatur Mayor John Schultz has been holding meetings since last October in order to produce recommendations for the city's long-term future.
    Members of the committee are Greg Kitson, Ben Faurote, Anne Razo, Keith Blythe, Jason Brune, Cam Collier, Diedre Miller and Adam Lengerich.
    The committee submitted a lengthy and detailed report to city council on July 16.  The report follows:
    Further details in today's print and e-editions.

Swiss Days winds up; blood drive set

July 29, 2013

    Saturday was a busy day in Berne, with Swiss Days hitting full stride  and featuring numerous activities, putting a wrap on the four-day event.
    From weiner dog races to stein tossing and a big parade, the activities drew large crowds amid nearly ideal weather.
    The family (see photo) of fallen soldier Nick Taylor served as grand marshals of the annual parade.    

Two city men honored for donations of blood

July 29, 2013

    Two Decatur men, Jon Hebble and Greg Kitson, have been notified that they are to be inducted into the Fenwal Donation Hall of Fame in recognition of their blood donations over the years.
    "We look forward to working with you to recognize Greg Kitson and Jon Hebble as celebrated blood donors whose commitment to blood donation has helped save and improve countless lives," Fenwal officials said in a message to the Fort Wayne chapter of The American Red Cross.

John A. Bittner

July 29, 2013

    John A. Bittner, 55, of Decatur, died Friday.
    Among survivors are his wife, Lydia M. Bittner of Parchment, Mich.; mother, Patsy Bittner of Decatur; sister, Darlene K. Bittner of Decatur; and four brothers, Mark (Lori) Bittner of Convoy, Ohio; Steven (Joyce) Bittner, Thomas (Carrie) Bittner, and James (Stacey) Bittner, all of Decatur.
    Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Eric O. Case, Jr.

July 29, 2013

    Eric O. Case, Jr., 21, Decatur, died Sunday in Bluffton.
    Arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home.

Amelia R. Loshe

July 29, 2013

    Amelia R. Loshe, 100, of Decatur, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, at River Terrace Estates in Bluffton.
    Amelia was born on December 19, 1912, to the late August T. and Ellen M. (Rumschlag) Lengerich in Adams County.
    On April 14, 1932, she married Herman P. Loshe; he passed away February 19, 2000.
    Amelia was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Harvest House, Women of St. Mary, and Lady of Victory study club.

Michael C. McAdams

July 29, 2013

    Colonel (Retired) Michael C. McAdams passed away July 27, 2013.
    Col. (Ret.) McAdams was born in Springfield, Mo. He graduated from McCallie School, earning a football scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology. Upon graduation as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate from Ga. Tech., he was commissioned a Regular Army Second Lieutenant of Artillery with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management.

Marjorie Meyer

July 29, 2013

    Marjorie L. Meyer, 92 years old, of Decatur, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Adams Memorial Hospital.
    Marjorie was born on Sunday, November 7, 1920, in Fort Wayne to the late Albert and Helen (Mailand) Scheumann.
    She married Robert C. Meyer on August 4, 1948, in Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur; he passed away on November 16, 2006.

 

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