March 8th, 2011
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.
Peru entered the semi-final game of the class 3A sectional at Bellmont Friday night playing hardly anything like the number one ranked team in the state that they were at the beginning of the season when they opened up with an 8-0 record.
Then again, Bellmont played hardly anything like a 4-17 team and battled with the Tigers until late in the game when Bellmont turnovers and Peru free throws made it a 47-36 Tiger victory.
Though everyone involved has known about the conflict since Saturday, it was announced late Thursday afternoon that if Bishop Luers wins its game tonight with Adams Central in the semi-final round of the South Adams Boys 2A Basketball Sectional Tournament, then the championship game will be moved from Saturday to Monday because of the Luers' girls involvement in the Class 1A Girls State Basketball finals set for the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Saturday.
Game time would remain the same, 7:30 p.m.
Very soon now, the old collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the billionaire owners in the NFL and the millionaire players will expire. I'm predicting there will be no NFL football in 2011, at least not with many players who participated in 2010.
The reason? It's simple: GREED!!
The good news: The St. Marys River was rapidly falling in Decatur this morning.
The bad news: Rain was not only imminent this morning, but the National Weather Service says heavy rainfall is possible.
The St. Marys crested overnight at about 22.3 feet, then began receding. By 7 a.m. today, it stood at 21.48 feet.