April 24th, 2012
One building in the Interlaken Apartments complex on the east edge of Berne was heavily damaged by fire early Tuesday afternoon and may be a total loss.
Fire departments from Berne and Geneva fought the blaze, with the Preble FD providing Cascade breathing units.
The complex has 10 buildings in all and 35 units, covering 6.44 acres.
Further details and photos will appear in Wednesday's edition of the Daily Democrat.
Lester W. Mitchel, 93 of Roanoke passed away early Saturday morning, April 21, 2012 at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Mitchel worked at City Light & Power in Decatur and then retired from Indiana/Michigan Power Co. in 1983 after 49 years.
In Friday's edition, the names of two surviving sons, and one deceased daughter, were inadvertently omitted from the obituary of Wanda J. Eyanson.
Not listed were Edward A. Eyanson of Columbus, Ga.; James R. Eyanson of Celina, Ohio; and Janet Rhodes.
Disaster of the training variety struck Decatur on Monday night as various local emergency services participated in a table-top exercise.
The mock disaster involved a huge tornado which tore through Decatur and caused widespread damage, including striking Bellmont High School.
Fifteen to 20 people were involved in the three-hour exercise conducted at the Decatur fire station on Seventh St., starting around 5:30 p.m.
With two of its five members absent, Berne City Council conducted only a portion of its planned business Monday evening, while postponing other actions until the full body is present.
Two planned public hearings went ahead as scheduled, including a session to accept comment on a proposal to establish an Economic Revitalization Area at EP Graphics as part of a 10-year tax abatement request.
Funeral services are pending at Elzy-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home in Ossian for Zachary Wendell McKee, a 27-year-old Ossian resident who died Sunday in an unusual accident.
According to reports, McKee fell onto the electrified third rail at a CTA Purple Line station in the Chicago suburb of Evanston on Sunday. The death has been ruled an accident.
Zachary Wendell McKee, 27, of Ossian, died Sunday.
Arrangements are pending at Elzy-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, Ossian.
MONROE— The wind was not the craziest part of AC's baseball contest hosting Jay County as the game also featured two hit batsmen that were not awarded first base because the official did not see the contact, three ground-rule doubles that slipped through the fence at almost the exact same spot, an offensive struggle that saw 20 base-runners stranded by both teams, and a three-run seventh inning for AC to come from behind and defeat the Patriots, 4-3 at the Hangar on Monday night.
MONROE— To call it breezy outside during Bellmont and Adams Central's tennis meet at AC on Monday night would be like saying Monica Seles made a few noises when she played tennis.
Seles was not present at the Hangar on Monday, but the Squaws and Lady Jets were, and their much anticipated rivalry this season did not disappoint, with AC squeaking out a 3-2 victory over the visiting Bellmonters from across the county.
The Democrat has been informed that local emergency services departments will be holding a table top mock disaster exercise over a period of three hours starting around 5:30 this evening at the Decatur fire station.
The mock disaster will involve a tornado hitting Decatur.
The entire exercise will be played out in the fire station.
Following the exercise, the response of various departments will be critiqued.