March 8th, 2011
Rainfall expected late tonight in Decatur and Adams County isn't expected to renew severe flooding woes here.
The St. Marys River has fallen another foot overnight and stood at 18.2 feet at 7 a.m. today, local weather station officials said. The river crested at 22.3 last Thursday.
The National Weather Service said this morning that there is a slight chance of rain in the Decatur area tonight, then a 100 percent chance of rain and possibly a thunderstorm after 1 a.m.
An emergency was declared by the Adams County commissioners on Monday, but not involving snow or floods or tornadoes.
The "emergency" was merely a technical legal maneuver to allow up to $13,500 be spent to made Adams Superior Court handicap-accessible by installing doors and automatic door-opening systems.
Mary Ann T. Harvey, 76, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, went with the Lord on Monday morning at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, with her family at her bedside.
Mary Ann was born in Allen County, Indiana, on January 29, 1935, to Leslie and Viola Voirol Coonrod.
She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur and the American Legion Auxiliary in Decatur and a life member of the Geneva Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
Winifred L. Spaulding, 90, Decatur, died Monday, March 7, at the Woodcrest Nursing Center.
She was born on April 30, 1920, in Mandan, North Dakota, to the late Walter G. and Isabelle Rowe-Black. She was married on June 15, 1946, to Dr. John B. Spaulding; he survives.
James Urick, 57, of Fort Wayne, died March 4 in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.
Thelma E. Bell, 83, of Willshire, Ohio, died at home on Thursday.
She was born to Tom and Edna Thornburg White.
Among survivors are two sons, Steven Riesen of Wolcottville, Indiana, and Rev. Eric Riesen of Pittsburgh, and one daughter, Mrs. David (Tonya) Fenstermaker of Rockford, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne, with burial in MRE Cemetery, rural Berne. Visiting hours are 9-11 a.m. Monday.
Rosella M. Mills, 85, of Craigville passed away at 5 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2011, at Swiss Village in Berne, Indiana.
Rosie Mills was born on September 17, 1925, in Wells County, Indiana, to Scott Michael “Mick” Biddle and Mary Marguite (Shady) Biddle. She graduated with the class of 1943 from P.A. Allen High School in Bluffton.
Floodwaters were continuing to recede in Decatur and Adams County today and at this time, the National Weather Service sees no major threat from rainfall now forecast to return Tuesday night.
The St. Marys River was down to 19.2 feet in Decatur this morning, after having crested at 22.49 feet on Thursday — a fall of more than three feet. The only weekend precipitation here came Saturday, .22 of an inch.
US 224 at Jackson St. was reopened to traffic slightly before 4 p.m. Friday.
The Rick Hill case is officially over and the State of Indiana won.
Adams Superior Court Judge Patrick R. Miller said Thursday that the Indiana Supreme Court denied transfer of Hill's appeal from a ruling by the Indiana Court of Appeals that upheld the conviction and the sentencing.
Miller oversaw the jury trial of Hill in January of 2010 on multiple charges of animal cruelty in regard to horses Hill owned,
The 16-year drought is over.
Norwell jumped out 10-0 and never let up, beating Peru 58-44 for the first Knights' boys sectional basketball crown since 1995. It was the first class sectional crown ever for Norwell.
"I know exactly win the last Norwell (sectional) championship was. It came my junior year," stated Norwell coach and former Bellmont standout Randy Hawkins, just after he cut down the net at the west end of the gym at Bellmont.