February 3rd, 2012
Ed Coil, who was born in Ohio and spent the bulk of his professional career in Fort Wayne and Detroit before becoming bringing his numerable talents to Adams County, was bestowed with the Decatur Chamber of Commerce's greatest honor on Thursday evening as the 23rd recipient of its Stephen Decatur Award.
The award, presented annually since 1988 for lifetime achievement and contributions to the local community, was one of several handed out at the chamber's annual dinner meeting held at the Knights of Columbus pavilion.
First Bank of Berne has deep roots in Adams County, dating back to 1891 when the financial institution was established in Berne.
And while its roots in Decatur are less deep, dating back "only" to 1995, the bank was honored Thursday night as the Decatur Chamber of Commerce's Large Business of 2011 during the chamber's annual membership dinner.
Democrat Fred Schurger has announced his candidacy for re-election as judge of Adams Circuit Court.
He is the second announced candidate for the position. Republican Chad Kukelhan had previously announced his intentions to seek the judgeship.
Schurger graduated from Decatur Catholic High School and obtained his bachelor's degree from Wabash College, then earned his juris doctor degree from Indiana University Law School, graduating cum laude.
"Somehow, we just found a way to get it done," stated Bellmont senior Ben Baker, after a pair of incredible wins over Yorktown (34-31) and Fort Wayne Snider (34-27) Wednesday night earned the Braves their 15th trip to the IHSAA Team State Wrestling Finals.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The commander of Indiana Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing says the base in Fort Wayne is awaiting word on whether it will be one of military bases the Pentagon closes.
The Journal Gazette reports that Col. David Augustine said at a news conference Wednesday that all he’s heard so far is media speculation. He says hopes to hear of a decision on Friday.
The Spotlight on Decatur Business and Community Expo will return to Bellmont Middle School on Saturday, March 10.
As in previous years, organizers have announced, Spotlight will open with the WZBD Free Bingo, complete with prizes donated by area merchants.
Following bingo will be the Rotary Community Auction where many items, donated by Rotarians and local merchants, are offered for sale to the highest bidder. The auction will be conducted by ABC Realty and Auctioneers.
The Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) recently held its fifth annual Ag Extravaganza, at the Mirage Banquet Hall in Decatur.
According to a news release, items discussed included financial reports, elections, and awards for the Pork Producers, Farm Bureau, and the SWCD.
Some highlights of the evening included the following:
• Luke Liechte received the 2011 Pork Producers Scholarship.
Cleo Naomi (Wall) Augsburger, 88, of Berne, died Tuesday at Swiss Village.
She was born to Hiram Clayton and May Esther (Harrison) Wall.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Swiss Village Chapel, with visitation from 9 a.m. to time of services. Burial will be in the Evangelical Mennonite Cemetery, rural Berne.
Arrangement were by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home.
Wanda J. Crickmore, 89, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away Friday, January 27, 2012.
Wanda enjoyed her time traveling and a good cup of coffee. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
On a January day when the normal high in the Decatur area is 33 degrees, the temperature soared to a top mark of 57 degrees at the city's weather station on Tuesday, bringing a preview of the springtime ahead.
The National Weather Service at Fort Wayne recorded a high of 56, five degrees under the record high of 61 set in 1989.
The Decatur weather station registered a low of 46 degrees early this morning — 13 degrees above the normal high! The normal low for January 31 is 18.