July 11th, 2011
The concept of "honor flights" to reward United States war veterans by giving them free airliner trips to visit memorial sites in Washington, D.C. began in 2004 with World War II vets and will be continued on behalf of Korean War and Vietnam War vets.
Bob Myer of Allen County, vice president of Honor Flights of Northeastern Indiana, made that known at a recent meeting in Decatur of seven local WW II vets who were on the fifth honor flight from the Fort Wayne region to the national capital.
Keith D. Bickel, 68, of rural Portland, died on Tuesday at home.
He was born in Jay County to Marvin and Elsie Worth Bickel.
He married Elaine Corwin Fields on October 16, 2004; she survives. His first wife, the former Joyce A. Lanning, whom he married on June 2, 1963, died on January 7, 1999.
He was a farmer and also worked for Price Implement in Portland and Franklin Electric in Bluffton.
The top two teams in the Adams-Wells Sandy Koufax League tournament continued on their way in action at Worthman Field Thursday night with undefeated Erie Haven blasting Courtesy Motors 13-3 and McIntire Heating and Air Conditioning fashioning a 7-3 triumph over Monroe Country Corner Deli.
The 2011 Adams County 4-H Fair will kick off on Sunday, July 17, with five days full of various events, including 4-H activities.
Some pre-fair activities are scheduled this Sunday at the Monroe fairgrounds: the 4-H dog show at 2 p.m. and the bicycle rodeo at 2:30 p.m. Next Saturday, livestock check-in and the Battle of the Barns will be held.
Then the fair officially begins the next day, Sunday, July 17.
Work is continuing on the circular site of the fountain being installed in front of Adams Memorial Hospital to honor its retiring executive director, Marvin Baird.
The curved driveway is also being widened to provide easier access to the hospital, which opened six years ago under Baird's stewardship. He retires this summer after 23 years at the helm.
Adrian Richie, former principal at Bellmont High School and now the principal at Lowell High School in Lake County, was severely burned in an accident at home on Wednesday.
Reports received here say Richie was removing brush from his yard to prepare for an open house that was to be held for one of his sons, Austin, one of the state's top basketball players as a senior last season at Lowell High School.
Somehow, the brush pile fire spread to him and he suffered serious burns over 45 percent of his body.
The fourth-annual Northeast Indiana Coaches vs. Cancer golf outing on Friday, July 15, will be held in Allen County, with the proceeds to benefit Lou Koning of Decatur, a teacher and basketball coach at Bellmont High School for 32 years who has leukemia.
The event will be at Brookwood Golf Course, costing $240 per foursome, which includes greens fees, use of a cart, and a meal. There will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Hole sponsorships cost $100.
The top two Decatur seeds in the annual Sandy Koufax League post-season tournament were victorious Wednesday night although not without early challenges in their games.
The City of Decatur has been awarded $1,366,031 in federal funds to make major improvements to the E. Monroe St. and Piqua Road area, Mayor John Schultz announced at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
Called the E. Monroe St. project, the work will involve new pavements and curbs, improved drainage and repaving.
The city will have to provide a 20 percent match of approximately $340,000, which will make it a $1.7 million project..
Decatur apparently is going to be the site next month of a tent revival meeting.
Rev. Jim Splawn of Huntington, representing himself and city resident Susan Osborne, told city council on Tuesday night that he would like to hold a tent revival meeting on the vacant area off Seventh St. between the city fire station and the old depot.
According to Osborne, tent revivals were held there many years ago.