May 30th, 2012
ALBION—Winning the school’s first ever sectional title was not enough for Adams Central coach Cary Blake and his group of Lady Jets as they traveled to Central Noble and blanked the Lady Cougars, 5-0 to take the regional crown as well on Tuesday night.
The NHC has released its all-conference softball teams for the 2012 campaign but only one member of Bellmont's squad will be represented on the team.
Senior Brieann Burkhalter, daughter of the Squaws' head coach Rick Burkhalter, was named to the first team at the corner infielder position along with Hannah Schnorr of Columbia City.
Adams County Democrats have until June 30 to hold caucuses and make appointments to fill vacancies on the November general election ballot.
According to a spokeswoman in the county clerk's office, the caucuses must be held and candidates selected by that date. Independent candidates have until July 2 to file petitions of candidacy to seek any countywide office.
Decatur resident Curtis Rose recently attended a celebration in Fort Wayne marking the joining of Taizhou, China, as a sister city, during which one of his sculptures was presented as a gift to Xue Shaoxian, chairman of the Taizhou Municipal People's Congress.
Rose, whose wooden sculptures are based on the Mobius band math concept, said he received a call from the Fort Wayne Museum of Art informing him that a member of Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry's office had purchased one of his sculptures to be presented during the ceremony.
Services to honor the county's war past and present war veterans were held in Geneva, Berne and Decatur over the Memorial Day weekend, with large crowds at all three events.
Decatur Mayor John Schultz struggled at times to keep his emotions in check as he spoke in front of the Peace Monument on the courthouse square in front of the assembled crowd about the sacrifices made by American service men and women.
Senior Matt Stidam capped a three-run fifth-inning rally with a clutch, two-run double, and Nick Fuelling's sixth-inning hit knocked in barreling baserunner Ben Baker with the key insurance run as Bellmont cut down rival Norwell 4-3 Monday to capture the 3A BHS Sectional Baseball championship.
Bernadine Ruth Bleeke, 78, of Decatur, passed away at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 27, 2012, at Ossian Health Care Center, where she had been a patient for four days.
Bernadine was born on Wednesday, October 11, 1933, in Adams County, to the late Joseph C. and Adelia L. (Young) Bleeke.
She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Decatur, and was a member of the Ladies Aid of the church. Bernadine was a homemaker.
Among survivors are several nieces and nephews.
FORT WAYNE—After defeating Churubusco with a pair of runs in the seventh inning of the sectional semi-final game at Indiana Tech earlier in the day, the Starfires ran out of magic and fell to the hosting Bishop Luers Knights, 6-3 in the title game on Memorial Day evening.
The Knights earned their seventh sectional title and first since 2008 with the win over South Adams who had won 11 straight games up to that point. They had defeated the Bluffton Tigers, 4-2 in the second game of the semi-finals.
Londa (Ann) Crump, 68, of rural Portland, died Sunday in Parkview Regional Hospital.
Among survivors are her husband, Stephen Crump, Portland; two sons, Lonnie (Lisa) Crump, Decatur, and Ken (Deborah) Crump, Poneto; two daughters, Stephanie (Terry) Marcum, Portland, and Sherry (Vaughn) Noggler, Fort Recovery, Ohio.
Ethel M. Hamrick, 90, of Decatur, passed away at 3:05 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2012, in the Woodcrest Nursing Center.
Ethel was born on Tuesday, January 31, 1922, in Carlsrew, Illinois, the daughter of the late George T. and Calley (Gross) Adams.
She married Charles E. Hamrick, of Decatur, on September 1, 1951; he survives.