By DYLAN MALONE
Tonight marks another meeting between county rivals AC and Bellmont on the hardwood. This year’s Braves/Jets meeting will be held at the Hangar in Monroe and in recent history that bodes well for the Jets.
The home team has won the last three meetings between these schools. Last year at Bellmont, the Braves defended their home field with a stunning 70-63 win against the heavily-favored Jets.
There's just something about Mishawaka's Al Smith Invitational, it brings out the best Bellmont effort possible
The rugged 32-team normally has a half dozen ranked teams and usually includes most of northwest Indiana's best. Still, no school has taken home the top trophy more than the Braves in the 33-year history of the meet. Bellmont has 14 titles, and the only reason that number is not 15 is a broken hand suffered by Brooks Faurote in a 3-2 semi-final loss a year ago.
The newest member of Decatur City Council, Cameron Collier, was sworn in to his first political office on Monday evening by Adams Circuit Court Judge Frederick A. Schurger.
Collier, a Republican, took the oath during the same event at which 19 other city officials (six elected, 13 appointed) were also sworn in.
With him were his parents, Dave and Sandy Collier, and his son Barrett. Collier's wife was ill and unable to attend the ceremony at Riverside Center.
A Decatur man remains in critical condition with head injuries in Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne today after he walked out in front of a vehicle on S. 13th Street and was struck on Christmas Eve.
The report, released today by the Decatur Police Department, said Brandon A. Heath, 21, N. Second Street, walked in front of a car driven by Virginia K. Hoffman, 67, Mix Avenue, Decatur, at 6:33 p.m. Saturday.
The annual Super Kids Dare to be Healthy program will run from January 9 through March 5 and again from April 2 through May 30 to emphasize nutrition (especially better food choices), daily physical activity, and building self-esteem and self-acceptance.
An announcement said students age 8 to 14 will participate from 3:30-5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays during those eight-week periods at the Adams County Service Complex on Jefferson St. between Third and Fourth Sts.
By JIM HOPKINS
The Christmas season of 2011 is a special one for me. I was fortunate to survive my "event" this past summer. To steal a line from the great philosopher, Yogi, I appreciate all those who made this column necessary!
It's been an eventful year in Adams County sports, and there are many who deserve special rewards. That happens under the Daily Democrat Christmas Tree.
Below are a few of the most deserving:
BY BOB SHRALUIA
Mayor John Schultz made his final appointments for 2012 at Decatur City Council's final meeting meeting of 2011, held this week, and rescinded three he had made at the previous meeting.
The only new appointment was the selection of outgoing council member Barb Engle to the city plan commission, replacing Max Anderson. The latter, who just completed his first four-year term, asked not to be renewed due to time constraints, the mayor said.
"Vote for Wren!"
That's the battle cry in a Ohio small community near Decatur as its residents unite to try to win up to $50,000 in a national contest sponsored by Reader's Digest magazine.
The contest, called "We Hear You, America," started last year and provided financial aid and promotional support to 110 towns across the United States.
(The top 10 stories of 2011 have been selected by employees of the Daily Democrat. This is No. 7.)
By J SWYGART
The deaths of a Decatur couple in a fire in their home was voted as the No. 7 news story of 2011.
Claude E. West, 74, and his wife Donna K. West, 71, died in a house fire at 720 Elm Street, Decatur, in the early morning hours of Aug. 11.
Both died of smoke inhalation, according to Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hitchcock.
BERNE — South Adams coach Eric Myers rolled the dice with seven lineup changes as his Starfires faced area wrestling behemoth Bellmont for the first time in 40 years, and the result was six victories and 29 points, but it wasn't enough as the No. 17 Braves scored a 45-29 victory at the Stardome Thursday night.