April 29th, 2011
The St. Marys River apparently crested at approximately 21 feet in Decatur this morning, and with at least 24 hours of dry weather forecast, this week's steady rise may ease.
The possibility of more rain exists Saturday night and Sunday, though, but the good news is that the National Weather Service's (NWS) extended outlook sees no precipitation for this areaa the first half of next week.
While it appears Bellmont High School may be on the verge of hiring a new football coach to replace the recently resigned Rick Burkhalter, it was learned Thursday that another major sport coach has resigned.
Bellmont girls varsity basketball coach Tory Fuelling has confirmed he has submitted his resignation as coach to athletic director Dale Manis noting "I've been doing this (coaching girls basketball) for 11 years, seven as an assistant and four as head coach. It's time now to take a look at doing something else."
Wayne Derrickson, 89, of Geneva, died Thursday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva.
Rain, rain go away seems to be the new mantra for area athletic directors as they scramble to reschedule events postponed due to recent rainy weather.
Bellmont has had to alter its schedule somewhat this week to accommodate NHC contests and will now host Columbia City on Friday instead of South Adams at 5 p.m. A new date for the BHS-SA game has not yet been determined.
Unlike many of his congressional colleagues who have been greeted rudely by constituents in the wake of recent GOP-proposed spending cuts and suggested revisions to Medicare, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence on Wednesday spoke for more than an hour with a well-mannered crowd of some 100 area residents gathered at Decatur's Riverside Center.
Pence, R-6th, opened with some brief introductory comments about recent efforts in the Republican-controlled House to curb federal spending before opening the floor to questions.
Contracts for the $2,096,708 renovation project which will result in the Extended Care Unit currently located at the Adams Memorial Hospital between moved to Woodcrest were awarded Wednesday morning in a special meeting of the Adams Health Network Board of Trustees.
The project has come in slightly under the anticipated cost of $2.15 million and hospital officials were told to expect additional savings as a contingency allowance in the budget as $250,000 should be plenty more than what is needed for additions or changes to the project.
Freddie M. Callow, 76, of Decatur, died at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born on February 15, 1935, in Speedwell, Tennessee, to McKinley and Cora Tinnell Marsee.
She married William D. Callow on May 29, 1954; he passed away on October 2, 2003.
She was employed by the Schafer Co. in Decatur from 1967 to 1996.
Charles W. Small, 76, of Convoy, Ohio, died Wednesday in Van Wert In-Patient Hospice at Van Wert, Ohio.
He was born to Wilbur and Mildred Elmmon Small
Among survivors are three sons, Brad and Chris Small of Convoy and Greg Small of Monroeville, Ohio; a sister; and a brother, Joe Small of Monroeville, Indiana.
Betty J. Tinkham, 85, of Decatur, died at 11:24 a.m. Tuesday in Adams Memorial Hospital following surgical complications.
She was born on August 30, 1925, in Hoagland to Rufus and Hester Young Werst.
She married Melvin H. Tinkham; he preceded her in death in 2001.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Decatur.
Esther N. Augsburger, 95, of Berne, passed away at 11:35 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2011, in Swiss Village Retirement Community of Berne.
She was born on September 16, 1915, in Geneva to Gee R. and Edith M. Edgar Greene.
Mrs. Augsburger was a teacher with Fort Wayne Community Schools and with Geneva schools. She retired in 1978 after 42 years of service.