August 6th, 2012
To see seven-year-old Ebony Fawcett, with her thousand-watt smile and fairylike giggle, playing in her hot-pink room, it's difficult to imagine the hardships this Decatur girl has endured during her short life.
In 2006, when Ebony was little more than a year old, she was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a children's cancer that develops in the nervous system, most commonly in the abdominal and chest area, and is associated with the adrenal glands.
Remember when it almost never rained? Not all that long ago, either.
A late surge of rainfall in July boosted that month's total to 3.8 inches in Decatur, just under the July norm of 3.9 inches.
Then, on Saturday and Sunday morning, the city got a whopping start on August's rainfall with 2.14 inches of rain!
Mercer County, Ohio (county seat Celina), Sheriff Jeff Grey recently announced the death of the department's K-9 Unit, Zak. An investigation is under way.
According to the sheriff, at approximately 1 p.m. last Wednesday, Deputy Chad Fortkamp, the K-9 handler, found Zak dead when he returned to his patrol car.
Sarah E. Cearns, 76, of Willshire, Ohio, completed the race when she passed through heaven’s gates at 12:41 p.m., Saturday, August 4, 2012, at Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital.
There was “a great cloud of witnesses” present as Sarah’s family and friends observed her finish in Christ’s arms.
Norman E. "Pappy" Scheumann, 86, of Preble, passed away at 2:37 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2012, at his residence.
He was born on Monday, February 15, 1926, in Wells County, to the late Henry and Edna (Buuck) Scheumann.
Norman married Wilda Bradtmueller on May 19, 1951; she survives, in Preble.
The 2012 City of Decatur Golf Tournament made a successful run this weekend at Cross Creek Golf Course in a two-round format on Saturday and Sunday.
Dr. Mike Ainsworth posted his first win in come-from behind fashion after hitting a 74 in his first round, then shooting a stellar 68 for the second round to win with a -2 142 for the weekend. At even par ending up with a 144 for the tournament was Luke Ainsworth recording a 73 and a 71 respectively for his two rounds.
It's budget time again for area governments and Monroe's proposed budget for 2013 was revealed at Thursday night's town council meeting.
The overall proposed budget for 2013 is $391,900. That's up $7,030 from the 2012 budget, according to official documents.
Council President Al Lehman said most areas saw an increase in expenses from last year. The biggest increase came in the Motor Vehicle Highway fund, which jumped $5,180 from last year's budget.
Adams County Clerk Gayla Reinhart has announced that those interested in becoming a candidate for any of the three public school boards in Adams County has until noon on August 24.
Forms are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the clerk’s office in the courthouse.
For the first time, North Adams patrons will have the opportunity to vote for school board members.
Four members will be elected to the North Adams board during November's general election.
A reception was held Thursday afternoon at Bellmont High School for Kim Harsh, hired earlier this week as the school's new principal.
Harsh, second from left in accompanying photo, is seen with Superintendent Wylie Sirk as she meets two representatives from Ivy Tech Community College.
Harsh comes to Bellmont after spending the past 13 years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal at Hauser Junior-Senior High school near Columbus, Indiana.
Nina M. Whitaker, 91, of Berne, formerly of Indianapolis, died Thursday.
Arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne.