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December 23rd

Ex-officer Whitright charged

December 23, 2011

    A native of Decatur who recently resigned as a patrolman with the Warsaw police force has been charged with one count each of child molesting and child solicitation, allegedly involving a girl under age 14.
    Timothy S. Whitright, of rural Warsaw, who grew up here and graduated from Bellmont High School, posted a $10,000 bond to leave the Kosciusko County Jail at Warsaw.
    Whitright, who will turn 29 on December 30, has been scheduled for a hearing on January 5 in Kosciusko Superior Court One at Warsaw.

Loss of John Friedt voted No. 9 story of 2011

December 23, 2011

    The sudden death of a cornerstone of the wrestling program at Bellmont High School was voted as the No. 9 news story of 2011.
    John W. Friedt, 56, of Decatur, died unexpectedly on February 17 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
    Friedt worked as a district technician for the Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District for 36 years and was a member of the Decatur Wrestling Club. He coached wrestling at Bellmont High School and Bellmont Middle School for 36 years.

Norman K. Ellenberger

December 23, 2011

    Norman K. Ellenberger, 64, of Berne, died on Thursday in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne.
    Funeral arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.

Helen M. Morgan

December 23, 2011

    Helen M. Morgan, 102, went to meet the Heavenly Father on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, at Park Place Living in Fort Wayne, IN.
    Born in Gomer, Ohio, she moved to Fort Wayne in 1928 and worked for Indiana Bell. In 1950, she and her family moved to Hoagland to run the switchboard.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd.

Walter E. Bienz

December 23, 2011

    Walter E. "Gene" Bienz, 79, of Washington Court House, Ohio, died on December 21, 2011, in Ohio State University's Medical Center at Columbus.
    He was born on July 8, 1932, in Willshire, Ohio, to Kermit and Irene Spitler Bienz.
    Mr. Bienz was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, a former member of the Vestry, and a past Junior Warden and Senior Warden.
    He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

Billy D. Harrold

December 23, 2011

    Billy D. Harrold, 32, Montpelier, died Wednesday in Fort Wayne.
    He was married to Amber (Ramsey) Harrold on December 15, 2009, in Decatur.  She survives.
    Among survivors are his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Duane (Melissa) Smitley of Decatur.
    Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Walker and Glancy Funeral Home in Montpelier, with burial in Brookside Memorial Park, Montpelier.

James S. Hook

December 23, 2011

    The name of one of Rev. James S. Hook's sons, Matthew (Jody) Hook, was inadvertently left out of the obituary notice in Thursday's edition.

December 22nd

Stars, Braves to renew mat rivalry

December 22, 2011

    "I'm excited about it and I think our guys are excited, but we need to do much better than we did at Adams Central," stated South Adams' seventh-year wrestling coach Eric Myers on the match set for the Stardome tonight versus No. 17 Bellmont.

Lifelong friends reunite for Packers game

December 22, 2011

    Lifelong South Adams Starfire friends recently reunited in Green Bay and attended the Green Bay Packers - Oakland Raiders football game. Scott Habegger, a Wisconsin resident, got the idea for the reunion after hearing TV announcers say that all football fans, at least once in their life, should  see a game at historic Lambeau Field.
    "I've had the opportunity to see several Packers games at Lambeau, and I thought my high school buddies would enjoy seeing a game there as well," said Habegger.

No 10 story: Coaching controversy at BHS resolved

December 22, 2011

    (Editor’s note: As has been the tradition in recent years, employees of the Decatur Daily Democrat are polled in mid-December and asked to cast their votes for what they believe to be the top news stories of the year. Today’s entry was voted the No. 10 story of 2011.)
       

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