November 29th, 2011
The National Weather Service told local weather station officials late this morning that the St. Marys River is expected to crest at about 20 feet in Decatur around 8 a.m. on Thursday.
The St. Marys stood at 16.1 feet at 7 a.m. today, just under its 17-foot flood stage. But the river is continuing to rise. The river measured 15.7 feet 24 hours earlier.
Weather station officials said city received .93 of an inch of rain in the past 24 hours, to go along with the nearly .8 of an inch of weekend rain.
Charles G. “Hank” Henkenius, 77, of Decatur, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
Charles was born on October 29, 1934, in Fort Wayne to Charles C. and Emma (Forsythe) Henkenius.
He married Jean M. Kable on August 27, 1960. She preceded him in death on April 13, 2001.
Charles was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur. He worked for Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne and was a member of Moose Lodge 1311 in Decatur.
Katharina Lehr, 87, of Saratoga Springs, New York, a former Decatur resident, died at 1:25 a.m. Sunday in Saratoga Springs, where she had moved from Decatur in 2003 to live with her son.
She was born in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, on April 26, 1924 to Johann and Sara Goertz Wiebe.
She married Waldemar Lehr in 1949 in Germany; he passed away in 1954.
Donald J. Sprunger, 96, of Berne, died on Monday in Swiss Village Retirement Community.
He was born in Adams County on April 16, 1915, to Robert L. and Rhoda Liechty Sprunger.
Among survivors are a daughter, Jane Bean of Berne; three sons, Reggie Steiner of Berne; Phillip Sprunger of Bluffton, Ohio; and Dennis Sprunger of Fort Wayne; and a stepdaughter, Mrs. James (Margo) Loguidice of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
John H. Worley, 67, formerly of Geneva, died Saturday in Miller's Merry Manor at Hartford City.
He was born to Claude and Maude Worley.
Among survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Bob (Linda K.) Crandall of Three Rivers, Michigan, and two sons, Larry A. Worley of Geneva and John H. Worley Jr. of Portland.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today in Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva, with burial in West Lawn Cemetery at Geneva. Visiting hours are until 2 p.m. today.
Decatur and Adams County were placed under a flood watch on Monday afternoon.
The National Weather Service said there is a 100 percent chance of rain in this area tonight and it could be heavy at times.
Forecasters said more rain is likely here on Tuesday and, again, it could be heavy at times. It also could be mixed with snow, they added.
Chances of rain on Tuesday night are listed at 90 percent.
Despite wet, cold conditions, several dozen people attended the 12th annual Christmas season-opening event on the Adams County Courthouse lawn in Decatur on Sunday
The Decatur event which included Christmas songs and the reading aloud of the poem "The Night Before Christmas."
Santa was on hand to greet his many fans.
Santa Claus was a busy guy in Adams County over the weekend. After greeting children at Berne on Friday, he traveled to Decatur on Sunday.
Berne held the city's annual Weinachtfest, or Christmas festival on Friday.
Other events that evening, sponsored by the Berne Chamber of Commerce, included a live nativity scene, face-painting, a chili-sampler, rides on the Reindeer Express train and an exotic animal farm.
Kmart associate Mendi Brite was handing out tickets early Friday morning — around 4 a.m. early — at the Decatur store.
Kmart shoppers needed a ticket to purchase some of the limited-quanity items on special for Black Friday. Brite said she ran out of tickets for the Garmin GPS, PlayStation 3 and a TV with a built-in DVD player.
Dreama Hampton, Star Hampton and Annie Bertsch were the first people in line at the store, starting the line around 4 a.m. in anticipation of the store's 5 a.m. opening.
YORKTOWN — "Even though it's early in the season, we were hoping to get them," stated Bellmont coach Brent Faurote, whose Braves have avenged regular-season losses to Yorktown in two of the last three regional showdowns in February.