Archive - 2013
Helen L. Ruggles, 87, of Noblesville, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013, at home.
Helen was born April 25, 1926, to the late John and Mary (Bernard) Kintz in Decatur.
Helen worked 13 years as a surgery nurse at St. Johns Hospital in Anderson, Community Hospital, and Winona Hospital in Indianapolis. She was the first nurse hired at Community Hospital in 1962.
Tom Fox of the Adams County Probation Department came to the county commissioners' meeting on Monday with a request to put up a protective wall in his department to enhance security and confidentiality.
The department is situated in the superior court building, the onetime city library.
Fox said has gotten tentative estimates from Joe Schwartz and Dave Delong which suggest that the project would cost about $10,000.
Unusually cool late-July weather continues in northeast Indiana and on Sunday, Fort Wayne established a record for the coldest high temperature recorded for July 28, according to the National Weather Service in northern Indiana.
Sunday’s high temperature was 69 degrees, the weather service said, breaking the old record of 71 degrees set on July 28 in 1969 and 1925.
The Decatur weather station recorded a high of 81 degrees on Sunday and an identical high on Monday.
Renee A. Bombka, 51, Decatur, recently pleaded guilty in Adams Circuit Court to possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.
She was sentenced by Judge Chad E. Kukelhan to two years in prison, with all but 180 days suspended, to be served on home detention.
She was also given two years of probation, ordered to complete substance abuse counseling, and pay $863 in court costs and fees.
By TOM LoBIANCO
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.
By RICK CALLAHAN
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.
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.
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 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, 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.