January 11th, 2011
"As we stand on the threshold of a new decade, we can all take great pride in what we have accomplished this past year and look with great enthusiasm to Decatur's future."
When the Decatur Chamber of Commerce holds its annual meeting soon, four awards will be presented and the names of the 2011 winners were divulged during Monday's Chamber event at which Mayor John Schultz gave the State of the City address.
Chamber Executive Director Wes Kuntzman told an audience of some 80 people that the winners this year will be as follows:
Large Business of the Year: Ideal Suburban Homes and Ideal Realty.
Action in the longest running boys conference tournament in the state of Indiana will start tonight at four high school sites.
The 88th annual ACAC boys tournament and the 37th ACAC girls event will open play at Woodlan, Adams Central, Leo, and Heritage. The draw for the tournament was held back in December with South Adams picked to travel to Woodlan, Bluffton going to AC, Leo will host Southern Wells, and Garrett and Heritage will meet at the Patriots gym.
I can't remember a stronger Bellmont Super Dual (Main Event) than took place Saturday in a 10-hour marathon.
Of course, the old Indiana's Best with Mater Dei, Bellmont and St. Ed's was no day at the park.
This was the real deal with as good a Bellmont dual team as the Braves have had in some years, plus a rock-solid No. 2 Perry Meridian team, and then the ever-budding Penn squad (varsity one).
Brad Busse came off of his back and pancaked Mishawaka's Trey Taylor, capping 48 seconds of pinning fury and igniting Bellmont to a 38-30 victory over the defending state champs Saturday at the BHS Main Event Super Dual.
The Braves also downed No. 14 Bloomington South, 43-21, and took out two-time state finalist Castle, 39-31, before losing to No. 2 Perry Meridian and No. 7 Penn to go 3-2 on a very tough day on the mat.
Adams Central came through the day unscathed, taking out Bishop Dwenger and four other squads to go 5-0 in the first annual Adams Central Super Duals.
"We hadn't beaten Bishop Dwenger in a long time, so it was a big win for us," stated Adams Central coach Doug Schultz on the 37-33 victory over the Saints.
"We had the two forfeits and they had a solid team all the way across, so we had our work cut out for us, but the kids came through," said Schultz.
A new Indiana law making it illegal to discard televisions, computers and certain other electronics for regular trash pickups will have an effect on Decatur's twice-annual heavy trash pickups.
Referring to an article published in the Daily Democrat on Tuesday, Councilman Charlie Cook asked at this week's city council meeting if there would be an effect felt here.
"There sure will be," Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert replied.
A meeting lasting just over two hours on Saturday morning kicked off this year's Girl Scout cookie sales campaign in Adams County.
Ricky L. Bergman Sr., 61, of Berne, died last Friday at home.
He was born in Geneva on April 14, 1949 to Robert A. and Joyce L. Booher Bergman, who are deceased.
He was formerly employed as a steelworker at the former Decatur Casting plant.
Among survivors are three sons: Ricky L. Bergman (and wife Melissa K.) of Keystone, Indiana; Norman G. Bergman (and wife Melissa A.) of Geneva; and Doug W. Bergman of Monroeville, and one sister, Deloris Hofstetter of Berne.
Martha K. Girod, one, of rural Berne, died on Sunday at home. She was born on December 22, 2009 in Adams County to Matthew K. and Katie Beachey Girod.
Aside from her parents, surviving are two brothers, Menno K. and Jacob K. Girod, at home; one sister, Ann K. Girod, at home; her paternal grandparents, Ben and Esther Girod of rural Berne; and her maternal grandparents, Josiah and Rebecca Beachey of rural Berne.