April 25th, 2012
Ben Faurote was handed a four-year term on the North Adams school board by Decatur City Council during a special council session held Tuesday afternoon.
A razor-thin vote — in what was the council's last-ever school board appointment — saw Faurote retain his board seat by a 3-2 margin over newcomer Stacey Bussel. Future school board seats will be filled by voters as the board later this year begins the transformation from an appointed body to an elected one.
Berne firefighters were dispatched to a fully-involved fire at Oakwood Terrace Apartments at 1:50 p.m. yesterday and remained on the scene nearly four hours, with one firefighter suffering minor injuries.
Berne Fire Chief John Crider reported this morning that a firefighter was taken to a local hospital for examination and x-rays due to a hand injury. The injury was not said to be serious, and the firefighter was treated and released.
Patsy R. Hawkins, 78, of Decatur, died at 2:49 p.m. Tuesday in Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Arrangements are pending at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home Decatur.
In recognition of Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month, the Adams County advocacy group SAFE (Supporting All Families Everyday) has created a pinwheel garden on the south side of the courthouse lawn.
The blue pinwheels, which will be displayed today through Friday, are "like a promise to children to keep them safe," said SAFE spokeswoman Cindy Thieme.
Zachary Wendell McKee, 27, of Ossian, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012.
He was born on January 7, 1985, to Mark and Julie (Hammond) McKee.
He was a recent graduate of IPFW after studying Political Science. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Surviving family include his parents; siblings Luke McKee of Ossian and Megan (Alex) Schantz of Bluffton; and grandmothers Betty McKee of Ossian and Vera Hammond of Decatur.
Wilbur F. Selking, 91, of Decatur, passed away at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Ossian Health Care.
He was born January 25, 1921, in Adams County, to the late Martin and Maria (Ehlerding) Selking.
He married Martha C. Franke, from Wells County, on January 31, 1942, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church rural Ossian; she passed away on February 2, 2001.
Larry David Starlin, 69, of Marion, died April 19 at the Veteran Administration Medical Center in Marion.
He married Gedda (Runyon) Starlin. Among survivors are his mother, Ruth E. Starlin of Dunkirk; son, John Paul (Marvella) Starlin of Las Vegas; daughter, Rachel Ann Starlin of Punta Gorda, Fla.; son, Coulter Quinn (Delilah) Starlin of Portland; and daughter, Gail Elizabeth Starlin of Indianapolis.
Bellmont opened its Northeast Hoosier Conference season in varsity baseball Tuesday night thumbing its nose at experts who said the new bats required for this season in high school baseball would reduce the number of home runs and other extra base hits.
Bellmont battered Columbia City pitching for 13 hits including two first inning home runs and they also had four doubles in the game as they posted an 8-5 win and is now 8-3 on the year.
Cold and windy conditions cut down on the Bellmont girls recording many new season best efforts on Senior Night Tuesday evening and the Squaws fell to the Norwell Knights 85-46 while in the boys meet it was much closer but Norwell still captured a 73-59 triumph at Bob Worthman Stadium.
The Squaws won five of the 16 events on the night and as usual were led by Alexis Harvey and Holly Hankenson. Both girls picked up two individual triumphs and then joined Emily Roman and Allyson Norby on the winning 4 x 400 relay team in 4:15.2.
One building in the Interlaken Apartments complex on the east edge of Berne was heavily damaged by fire early Tuesday afternoon and may be a total loss.
Fire departments from Berne and Geneva fought the blaze, with the Preble FD providing Cascade breathing units.
The complex has 10 buildings in all and 35 units, covering 6.44 acres.
Further details and photos will appear in Wednesday's edition of the Daily Democrat.