Archive - Oct 2010 - News Article
The final sentencing in the Wells County slaying which involved four Decatur-area residents has been handed down.
The last of those sentenced in Wells Circuit Court at Bluffton was Dustin H. Jackson, 23, who got a 25-year prison term for pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery resulting in serious injury. Judge David Hanselman gave Jackson 35 years, but suspended 10 years, and ordered him to spend five years on probation after being released from custody.
Officials of First Bank of Berne (FBB) have announced that the bank will sponsor a project from November 1-20 called the Blue Bag Food Drive to collect and deliver food to food banks in five area cities in which FBB has offices: Berne, Decatur, Bluffton, Portland, and Van Wert, Ohio.
The bank is seeking donations of such nonperishable products as canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soup, cereal, peanut butter, canned fruit, canned tomato products, meal mixes, instant potatoes, and condiments (such as ketchup, mustard, etc.).
Scot Croner, principal at Bellmont High School since 2008, has been named by the Indiana Association of School Principals as its District 3 High School Principal of the Year for 2010.
Croner will receive official recognition of the award during the association's annual fall conference on Nov. 21 in Indianapolis.
District 3 of the IASP includes Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Stueben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.
The Bank of Geneva has announced that Clarence “Ittle” Buckingham is retiring from his Geneva office maintenance position at the end of October. His last day of work will be this Friday.
Buckingham, who is 93 years young, has worked at the Bank of Geneva for 29 years, following his retirement in 1981 from Naas Foods (now Red Gold), where he was employed for 38 years.
A high-wind warning remained in effect for the Decatur area and much of northeast Indiana today, but no storms of the type that hit the area on Tuesday were expected.
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported in its morning edition that meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Syracuse confirmed that tornadoes touched down in Huntington, Whitley, Wabash and Van Wert counties. No serious injuries or deaths were reported.
A tornado that apparently developed near the Indiana-Ohio state line caused significant damage in Van Wert County, Ohio, at midday Tuesday, but no one was injured.
Van Wert County Emergency Management Director Rick McCoy reported that the twister struck about 11:15 a.m. as it moved north of US 224 toward Convoy, Ohio. Wind speeds were recorded at 80 to 85 mph.
He also said strong rotational winds were spotted by radar near Berne, with speeds up to 70 mph.
The usual passel of awards was passed out after Monday night's Callithumpian Parade, which was conducted in some of the best weather in the event's history.
A huge crowd turned out for the annual event, with temperatures in the 60s.
The four float awards went to the following: first, Kekionga Steel Drumz of Fort Wayne; second, The Haunted Barn in rural Hoagland; third, Fennig Landscaping; and fourth, Decatur Dance Academy.
Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman all showed up in Decatur's Callithumpian Parade Tuesday night. (Photo by Eric Mann)
Three men with a combined 76 years of law enforcement experience are seeking to fill a pending vacancy in the Adams County Sheriff's office, with voters to determine on Nov. 2 who will fill that role.
Decatur Operation Help, a food bank in use in the northern half of Adams County since 1983, will close Tuesday and Friday, the days it is normally open.
Operation Help President Mary Jo Toole said the closure is necessary since the site is out of food and out of money. Toole said she hopes more of each will arrive in the following week.
One problem, she noted, is that deliveries of government commodities have been delayed.