July 17th, 2014
The 12th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors riders were in Decatur Wednesday during day three of a 19-day trek covering nearly 1,000 miles throughout Indiana. The event kicked off in downtown Indianapolis Monday as 66 cyclists participating in this year’s ride began their journey in honor of fallen Indiana law enforcement officers.
With closing on the loan for the Berne waste water treatment plant upgrade just a few weeks away, Ben Adams of Commonwealth Engineering met with Berne City Council Monday evening to ask for approval to award R.E. Crosby, Inc. of Fort Wayne the contract for the project.
Crosby submitted the low bid of $8.8 million during the June 23 council meeting, a figure that was much higher than the estimated $7.3 million to complete the project.
Wayne and Edith Byerly have been selected as the Grand Marshalls for the 2014 Adams County 4-H Fair parade.
The Byerlys have serviced the 4-H community in a variety of capacities. For the past 15 years, the couple have served as groundskeepers, mowing the fairgrounds and tending flowers that offer a burst of color for all visitors.
A brief window will open July 23 for individuals interested in serving on the North Adams, Adams Central or South Adams boards of education to file their petitions of candidacy. The filing deadline ends Aug. 17.
Three seats are to be filled on each school board during the November general election.
A group of 39 county residents, primarily from the Berne area, recently took a 12-day trip to Switzerland where they toured various sites significant to the Anabaptists movement of 16th century Europe. The Amish, Hutterites and Mennonites are all direct descendants of the movement.
Crossing the finish line is always a tremendous accomplishment, and is celebrated as such, during the annual Iron Kid Triathalon hosted by the Decatur-Adams County Parks and Rec Department. Lawson Deathe, 6, gets the hero’s welcome in the photo at left. Event officials said turnout for the triathalon was the largest in the event’s history.
MAKES PERFECT SENSE—After another perfect season at 12-0, Bixler Insurance has won the last two AAA League championships. Above, Isaiah Wellman (left) holds his regular season MVP trophy, while Ike Ruble, his teammate on Bixler, was named tournament MVP for his stellar play. (Photo provided)
Bill Forehand, Sun City, Ariz., died May 31, 2014.
He was married to Evelyn Bollinger-Forehand, former Decatur resident; she survives in Sun City.
David L. Paddock, 55, Decatur, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in Houston, Texas.
He was born March 29, 1959, to the late Louis (Jim) Paddock and Joyce (Drake) Paddock.
David was a long time truck driver. A few of his employers include Werner Enterprises, Martins in Fort Wayne and Raun in Decatur. He had his own business, Dave Pilot Car, where he escorted long and wide loads.
His children and his long-time companion, Leslie, were all at his side when he passed.
Berne city employees and elected officials will receive a pay raise following a lengthy discussion and split vote during Monday evening’s meeting of Berne City Council.
Mayor Bill McKean proposed a 1 percent plus $500 raise for all city employees during the June 22 council meeting, and a $250 increase for elected officials. While council easily and unanimously passed the pay bump for all city employees, the decision regarding the raise for elected officials garnered much more attention ... and debate.