March 17th, 2011
Bellmont High School boys basketball coach Larry Patterson became the second major coach at the school to resign this week as he notified school officials and his players of that decision today.
Football coach Rick Burkhalter stepped down from his position earlier in the week.
Entries for the annual NCAA March Challenge will not be accepted after 1 p.m. today, it was announced by the Daily Democrat sports department.
Well over 100 entries are expected for the contest.
Daily Democrat sports writers Jim Hopkins and Joe Spaulding have made their picks for the upcoming tourney.
Hopkins is picking Kansas, while Spaulding likes Ohio State, the overall No. 1 seed in the tourney.
Donald Barkley, 81, of Decatur, died Wednesday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.
Tony R. “Moss” Beery, 58, of Decatur, died at his residence on March 15, 2011.
Tony was born on September 22, 1952, in Decatur to the late Marvin L. and Leona L. (Boley) Beery.
Tony retired on January 3, 2011, from Bunge North America.
He was a member of American Legion Post 43 and Moose 1311, both in Decatur, and served in the United States Army Reserve.
Margaret O. Kuhn, 103, formerly of Decatur, died at 9:05 a.m. Wednesday in Christian Care Center at Bluffton.
She was born on October 28, 1907, in Willshire, Ohio to John M. and Jennie F. Hileman Byer.
She married Carl J. Kuhn on June 16, 1935 in Huntington, Indiana; he passed away on August 20, 1993.
Ivan L. Nevil, 72, of Geneva, who served as Indiana's State Fire Marshall and was a member of the Geneva Fire Department for more than 50 years, died Wednesday in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva.
Evelyn E. Roth, 93, of Hudson, Indiana, died Tuesday.
She was born in Berne on August 29, 1917, to John and Gladys Farlow Ludy.
Among survivors are a son, Alan R. Roth of Auburn.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Backesto Cemetery of rural Berne. There is no visitation. Funeral arrangements were by Johnson Funeral Home at Hudson.
"It was time," stated Bellmont football coach Rick Burkhalter, who turned in his resignation Tuesday afternoon after two years as head coach and eight years as an assistant.
"If they have teaching openings, and can fill that with a football coach, then that's what they need to do," said Burkhalter, who took the reins for the 2009 season along with Greg Meyer, who then stepped back as an assistant head coach for 2010.
Five members of the state finals Bellmont wrestling team were honored recently for more than athletic achievement as two were placed on the first team Academic All-State and three more were honorable mention All-State.
Ryley Hankenson, the 171-pound wrestler for the Braves, joined fellow senior and 152-pound wrestler Will Busse on the Academic first team.
A policy which has unofficially been in effect was made official on Tuesday night by Decatur City Council: E-waste (electronic devices) will no longer be collected by the city during regular trash collections. And the ban extends to heavy trash pickups.
With the first of two heavy trash collections this year due to come up the first week of April, Mayor John Schultz reminded council of new federal regulations which went into effect on January 1, banning electronic devices from landfills.