HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion.
Obama is welcoming the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan. The war came to a formal end Sunday with a ceremony in Kabul.
Obama says in a statement that the effort has devastated al-Qaida’s core leadership, brought justice to Osama bin Laden and disrupted terrorist plots. He says U.S. troops and diplomats have helped Afghans reclaim their communities and move toward democracy.
Jyalin Reed, 6, had her hands full with a heavy ball, but that didn’t seem to take away from her enjoyment during a family outing at Villa Lanes Saturday as part of the Decatur Parks and Rec Christmas break activities.
Area youngsters and their families are invited to the Limberlost State Historic Site Visitor Center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday for an early New Year’s Eve celebration. The highlight of the event will be a countdown to a noon New Year balloon drop.
Tonight the Bellmont Braves host county-rival Adams Central on the hardwood in a post-Christmas battle royale. To view the game, click one of the links below. Once on the site, log in with a username and password or through Facebook.
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The 2015 Pro Bowl roster was announced Tuesday. The Broncos led the league with nine players selected, followed by the Cowboys (six), Patriots, Seahawks, Steelers, Eagles and Colts (five each).
Elizabeth Angalene "Angie" Amstutz, 95, Berne, passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, at Swiss Village where she was a resident. She was born in Adams County March 20, 1919, to the late Paul and Frieda Zurcher Habegger. She married Ray Sharp Feb. 11, 1940, and he passed away on April 22, 1950. She later married Ernie Amstutz August 15, 1951, and he passed away on Oct. 10, 1984.
Nelma Jean Christener, 74, Decatur, died Wednesday. Arrangements pending at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.
Ned R. Knape, 84, Walkerton, passed away at 12:33 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Morning View Nursing Home in South Bend.
Ned was born in Ridgeville Corners, Ohio Monday, April 7, 1930, to the late Franklin A. and Nellie M. (Miller) Knape. He married M. Jeanne Wright June 20, 1953, and she passed away on June 16, 1995. He married Orpha Thomas on November 6, 2004 and she survives.
Gaye Forrest McAdams Peterson, 56, Decatur, passed away unexpectedly at home on Dec. 23, 2014.
Gaye was born in Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 21, 1958. This was the beginning of her journey as an "Army Brat" traveling across the United States and abroad. She was a proud graduate of Nurnberg High School, Nurnberg, Germany Class of 1977. She attended Queens College in Charlotte, N.C.
Thomas J. Shaffer, 63, Willshire, Ohio, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital. Tom was born in Decatur Jan. 12, 1951, to the late Cecil (Red) and Phyllis (Bonifas) Shaffer.
Tom was a former member of Zion United Church of Christ. He was a 1969 Bellmont High school graduate. He was a member of the Decatur Masonic Lodge 571 F&A.M., American Legion Post 207 in Willshire, Moose Lodge 1311, Redman Lodge and Eagles Lodge 2653. He worked in maintenance, was an electrician and welder. He was in the Army National Guard.