April 22nd, 2011
Fred Pickford, 85, of Navarre, Florida, passed away on Sunday evening, April 17, 2011, in Florida.
He was born on January 11, 1926, in Decatur to Fred A. and Lavina Pickford.
Fred became a successful small business owner and an accomplished building contractor.
He and his wife, Patsy, moved to Navarre in 1985, where be built their home.
They also opened an interior decorating business in Navarre.
The city-owned railroad depot off Seventh St. is getting another shot in the arm ... er, building.
Mayor John Schultz revealed at this week's city council meeting that the city's Board of Works and Safety had authorized the expenditure of approximately $23,000 to provide some much-needed work on the aging structure, now in its 99th year.
The recent Kids Against Hunger event at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School north of Decatur brought together 224 people from Adams, Allen, Wells, and Van Wert counties who turned 8,000 pounds of food into 53,000 meal packages in just one day.
The weight of all the food was nearly four tons, according to Event Coordinator Joe Gorman.
Unbeaten Bellmont, which has blasted away the opposition in its last four games with 55 runs and 60 hits, is rated 10th in the most recent 3A Coaches Baseball Poll.
Adams Central, off to a 2-3 start, has the 12th most votes in the 2A poll.
Plans were unveiled at Tuesday night's Decatur City Council meeting for Operation Cleanup, a major undertaking to "clean up" the city for its 175th birthday celebration later this year.
Mayor John Schultz said a committee comprised of Board of Works member Bill Karbach, city Planning and Zoning Superintendent Roger Gage, and City Attorney Tim Baker have been working on various aspects of the program, including targeting and implementation.
The St. Marys River in Decatur rose another two-plus feet in the past 24 hours, but was still far short of causing any significant problems .. at this point.
City weather station officials said this morning that the river stood at 16.23 feet at 7 a.m., up from the 13.9-foot reading 24h hours earlier and 11 1/2 feet from a 4.8-foot reading on Tuesday.
Sandra Gay McAdams passed away on April 19, 2011.
Mrs. McAdams was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and was a 1957 graduate of Northside High School. She attended Massey Business College, leading to various office management positions.
She was most proud of supporting her husband’s distinguished military career by serving as an exemplary U.S. Army Military wife for 30 years.
Roxie A. Michael, 51, of Craigville, died Monday in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne.
She was born to Robert E. and Malvra A. Bailey Grimm. Her father and stepmother, Judy, live in Poneto while her mother and stepfather, William Grover, reside in Vera Cruz.
Other survivors include her husband, William K. "Bill" Michael; two sons, Kelvin P. Michael of Craigville and William K. Michael of Bluffton; and two daughters, Randell Michael of Craigville and Hali Michael of Fort Wayne.
In a special ceremony last week at Bellmont, Bellmont All-State volleyball player Madison Schultz signed a letter of intent to play college ball at Newberry College in South Carolina.
Schultz, the daughter of Scott and Cami Schultz of Decatur, played a critical role for Craig Krull's 2010 state 3A championship volleyball team at Bellmont, and she also was a member of the 2007 state champions at BHS. She played all four years and was a starter in three of those years.
Unemployment in Adams County hit its lowest point in nearly three years during March, leaving the county with the most attractive jobless rate among all northeast Indiana counties.
According to figures released Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the county's unemployment rate for March was 8.2 percent, down from 8.8 percent one month earlier and 9.2 percent in January. March's reading marked the lowest unemployment level in the county since a rate of 8.0 percent in July of 2008.