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June 30th, 2014

Playing in Geneva

June 30, 2014

     There were activities for both the young and the not so young at Geneva this past weekend, where a car show, waterball tournament and fireworks highlighted the Saturday agenda. Above, children play in the overspray from the waterball battle between Geneva and Portland fire auxiliaries.

 

Bank of Geneva cops Monroe Youth crown

June 30, 2014

2014 MONROE YOUTH LEAGUE TOURNEY CHAMPS—After nabbing fourth place in the regular season, Bank of Geneva took the tournament by storm topping season champs Decatur Dental Services in the championship to win the title trophy in the MYL at Don Ray Memorial Park on Saturday. They are seen above: Front row (L-R): Ethan Brown, Major Spiegel, Kenton Roe, Josh Mosser, Ryan Black. Middle: Kaden Fluenkiger, Dalton Gerber, Malakai Berry, Devin Mayhew, Devin Lotter. Back: coaches Jim Heimann, Jason Spiegel, Jayson Black, Eric Gerber, Dave Mayhew. (Photo provided)

June 27th

Marilyn J. Sprunger

June 27, 2014

     Marilyn J. Sprunger, 84, Decatur, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, at her residence.
     She was born Oct. 6, 1929, in Decatur, to the late Leroy and Jennie M. (Frauhiger) Beer.
She married her husband of 61 years, Burl J. Sprunger, Nov. 16, 1952; he survives.

Dallas G. Neuenschwander

June 27, 2014

     Dallas G. Neuenschwander, 80, Berne, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
     Surviving are three sons, Rick Neuenschwander of Berne, Ron (Vicki) Neuenschwander of Kingman, Ariz. and Randy (Michelle) Neuenschwander of Westfield; a daughter, Rhina Neuenschwander of Levitown, Pa.; and a brother, Dwight Neuenschwander of California.
     Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home.

Accolades flow for retiring chief

June 27, 2014

    There’s an old joke that says someone is so unpopular he (or she) couldn’t be elected dog catcher. That, however, is how it all began for one of the most popular police chiefs in Decatur’s history.
    Kenneth R. Ketzler took a job as dog warden and process server with the Adams County Sheriff’s Department in January of 1976. A Vietnam veteran, he had worked in retail and in 1973 he and his wife, Linda, moved to Decatur and opened a sporting goods store/bait shop, Sportshaven, on Winchester Street.

State rep ‘disappointed, but not surprised’ at ruling that legalizes same-sex marriage

June 27, 2014

    State Rep. Matt Lehman was disappointed, but not surprised, when a federal judge on Wednesday struck down Indiana’s ban on gay marriage. But the Berne Republican lawmaker was philosophical about the ruling, saying the state legislature will simply “go back to work on issues important to Hoosiers and let this (gay marriage debate) play its way out through the courts.”

Party time in Geneva

June 27, 2014

    The Geneva Chamber will sponsor a car show from 3-9 p.m. Saturday in downtown Geneva. Registration to participate in the show is $10, with dash plaques given to the first 75 registrants. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are all welcome. Door prizes, food and music will be available.
    In conjunction with the car show, the Geneva Fire Department’s women’s auxiliary will sponsor a family fun day from 2-6 p.m., offering a water ball tournament, carnival games, the fire department “smoke house” and a food booth.

June 26th

Ultimate frisbee continues its rise in Decatur’s parks

June 26, 2014

    When someone suggests throwing a frisbee around in the park, leisure and laid back are terms that come to mind.
    For the Decatur Ultimate Frisbee League (DUFL), established in the summer of 2009, it can be as competitive as any physically demanding sport.
    The game, sometimes called just "Ultimate" or "Ultimate Disc" was a school yard game played by high school and college students alike from Decatur in years past but it was not until 2009 that the formation of a league was considered.

Kenneth A. Byerley

June 26, 2014

    Kenneth A. Byerley, 80, passed away, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. 
    He was born July 20, 1933, in Allen County to the late Lester and Gertrude (Rapp) Byerley. 
    He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked and retired from Dana in 1996 as plant superintendent. He was a member at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Thiele Road. Kenneth enjoyed spending his time fishing and farming. 

Fred J. Filips

June 26, 2014

    Fred J. Filips, 54, Decatur, died Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at his residence.
    He was born Jan. 14, 1960, in South Bend, to Nicholas Filips and the late Lucy N. (Baker) Filips.
    He married Marie D. Brunner April 28, 1990; she survives.
    Fred was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council 864. He was a Registered Nurse with Adams Memorial Hospital and previously had worked for Carter Lumber for 28 years.

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