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January 27th, 2011

Roderick D. Beer

January 27, 2011

    Roderick Duane “Rod” Beer, 73, of St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away from cancer on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, with family and friends at his side.
    Rod was born on February 3, 1937, in Decatur.

John L. Bercot

January 27, 2011

    John L. Bercot, 76, of Berne, died Tuesday in Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
    He was born in Adams County on June 14, 1934, to Louis and Alice Schaefer Bercot.
    Among survivors are one son, Jeffrey L. Bercot of Geneva; two daughters, Mrs. Nace (Debra) Romero of Morrison, Colorado, and Rebecca Muhlenkamp of Bluffton; one brother, Chet Bercot of Decatur; and five sisters, including Mrs. Roger (Harriet) Burkhart and Mrs. Melvin (Sharon) Burkhart of Decatur.

Lavera A. Fickert

January 27, 2011

    Lavera A. Fickert, 92, of Decatur, died Wednesday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
    Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur.

Arthur B. Neuenschwander

January 27, 2011

    Rev. Arthur B. Neuenschwander, 86, of Forest, Virginia, a former Berne resident, died Monday in Forest.
    He was born in French Township of Adams County to Homer E. and Frances Gerber Neuenschwander.
    Among survivors are two sons, Marc Neuenschwander of Sheridan, Indiana, and Jon Neuenschwander of Westminster, Colorado; one daughter, Mrs. Donald (Peggy) Fowler of Forest; and two brothers, including Dallas Neuenschwander of Berne.

Leroy F. Walters

January 27, 2011

    Leroy F. Walters, 77, of rural Decatur, went to his heavenly home on January 26, 2011.
    Leroy was born on August 9, 1933, in Adams County to the late Forrest S. and Xariffa M. (Barkley) Walters.
    He married Ruth M. Gephart on March 27, 1959; she died on February 6, 1995. He married Sherril M. Bentz on May 24, 1997, and she survives.

January 26th

Squaws hold off Generals 48-46

January 26, 2011

    FORT WAYNE—Two teams with nearly identical records collided in non-conference girls varsity basketball action Tuesday night and the Bellmont Squaws returned to Decatur with a narrow 48-46 win over the Wayne Generals.
    The Squaws moved to 8-9 on the season while dropping the Generals to 7-9 with the setback.

Braves’ 200 team sets school mark

January 26, 2011

    The Bellmont 200 freestyle relay team, of Jay Watters, Austin McCord, Matt Mock, and Zac Torrey, broke the record last night going 1:32.69, beating the existing record of 1:33.39 as the BHS boys beat the Knights 98-87 in an NHC meet.
    The boys move to 7-2 on the season and finish the conference season with a 3-2 record. The girls easily won that meet, 110-75 over the Lady East Noble Knights.

Jobless rate tumbles

January 26, 2011

    The unemployment report for the final month of 2010 provided an upbeat spin on the just-completed year: Joblessness in Adams County during December hit its lowest level since October of 2008.
    Statistics released Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development showed the county's December unemployment rate of 8.7 percent was nearly a full percentage point below November's 9.6 percent reading. The county's October 2010 jobless rate was 9.1 percent. Adams County began 2010 with an 11.8 unemployment rate in January.

Tickets on sale for 41st ND Smoker

January 26, 2011

    Tickets are now on sale for the 41st annual St. Joe-Notre Dame Smoker, to be held on Sunday, February 13,  starting at 2:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Lodge 864 on High St.
    Seniors from last year's Notre Dame football team, including backup quarterback Brian Costello, will be the guests of honor. The players will also visit St. Joseph Catholic School to sign autographs and pose for pictures.

Eldon L. Caley

January 26, 2011

    Eldon L. Caley, 93, formerly of Markle, passed away at 12:50 a.m. on Sunday, January 23, 2011, at Coventry Meadows Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne.
    He was a 1935 graduate of West Union High School and a farmer for 45 years in Wells and Huntington counties.
    He was Sunday School superintendent and teacher as well as a missionary chairman and an elder at Markle Church of Christ for over 30 years. He also was a former director of the Markle Cemetery Association.

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