April 11th, 2011
Home plate umpire Tony Bowman calls a pitch during the Bellmont home opener in softball last week while BHS catcher Dana Kaczmarek looks a runner back to base. Weather permitting, the Squaws have three games scheduled this week including an away game today at Adams Central and home games Wednesday and Thursday against Jay County and Concordia. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
It sure was fun while it lasted.
Decatur-area residents enjoyed a preview of what's ahead part of Saturday and all of Sunday as spring weather was sprung across the area. Walkers were everywhere, as were motorcycles and bicycles, and a few air conditioners were cranked up.
A high of 84 degrees was recorded at the Decatur weather station Sunday, a day awash in sunshine.
Northwest Elementary School in Decatur will take part this year in the eighth annual Indianapolis 500 Education Program Study (EPS) trips.
Local fourth graders will be part of 10 trips to the 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway next Tuesday. Fourth graders are chosen because it is in that grade that students are taught Indiana history.
This year, 321 schools across Indiana are taking part in the trips, with almost 24,000 students involved.
Larry W. Davis, Sr., 66, Decatur, died Sunday evening in Adams Memorial Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.
Edith M. Green, 93, a longtime resident of Monroe who moved to El Paso, Texas, a year ago, died in her residence at 9:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 3.
She was born on January 30, 1918, in Decatur to Harry O. and Ruth B. Baltzell Williams.
She married Frank L. Green on February 9, 1946, in Fort Wayne. He passed away on May 8, 1998.
She was a homemaker who did volunteer work at Swiss Village Retirement Community in Berne for 33 years.
John E. Gribler, 80, of Willshire, Ohio, died at 7:47 p.m. Friday in Community Health Professionals In-Patient Hospice Center at Van Wert, Ohio. He had been there for two days.
He was born on July 22, 1930, in Van Wert County, Ohio, to Ernest E. and Hazel V. Agler Gribler.
He married Mary Lou Gaunt on October 5, 1957; she survives.
Mirena E. Kopacz, 92, formerly of Decatur, died today aint The Village of Heritage nursing home at Monroeville.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.
Mary Ann Schwartz, 83, of rural Geneva, died Saturday at home.
PORTLAND—A co-ed triangular track meet between Adams Central, Bellmont and Jay County found the Jets capturing a tight boys meet while Jay County earned a decisive win in the girls encounter.
Adams Central boys dominated the field events winning three of the four events staged there and notched 58 points to nose out second place Jay County with 55. Bellmont was a close third with 43 markers.
With the loss of state runner-up high jumper Travis Jauregui and distance runners Justin Kukelhan and Michael Hammond to graduation, plus the loss of a pair of current seniors who decided not to run track, first-year head coach Andy Heim has had to fill a lot of holes in the Bellmont boys track team this year.