August 27th, 2012
Decatur Mayor John Schultz won the annual Mayor's Challenge on Friday during the Kekionga Festival.
Schultz, shown in accompanying photo tossing a spear, defeated Berne Mayor Bill McKean to win his second straight Challenge.
Schultz bested former Berne John Minch last year after having lost to Minch two years in a row.
The annual Kekionga Festival wrapped up on Sunday, having drawn large crowds over the weekend amid hot but dry weather.
Bellmont High School is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a "Bleed for the Band" blood drive from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, in the high school auxiliary gymnasium.
Wind turbines haven't often been on the minds of Decatur officials lately, but a rural Decatur resident, Doug Hartman, told city council this week that it should begin to take a good look at the local situation because it could be coming up in the near future.
Virginia E. Perry, 85, of Monroeville, passed away at 8:10 a.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2012, in the Woodcrest Nursing Center.
She was born on Tuesday, May 31, 1927, in Adams County, to the late Virgil and Estella (Cully) Barkley.
On June 15, 1946, she married Monroe L. Perry in the East Liberty United Methodist Church in rural Monroeville; he passed away on December 10, 1994.
Doris M. Sprunger, 81, of Berne, died on Saturday at Swiss Village.
Among survivors are her husband, Loren Sprunger; son, Fred Sprunger of Bluffton; daughters, Wanda (Steven) Roush, of Fishers and Patti (Jeff) Kiel of Raleigh, N.C.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, August 31, at Swiss Village Chapel, and one hour prior to services on Saturday. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, also at the chapel.
Burial will be at St. Luke's Cemetery.
OSSIAN—Yogi Berra once redundantly noted "it was deja vu all over again."
That was the case Saturday at the Adams-Wells County Cross Country Invitational at Norwell High School as the same two teams that won the Bellmont Conditioner meet last Tuesday again won titles with the Bellmont girls edging out Norwell while South Adams stormed to an easy triumph in the boys meet.
YORKTOWN—For the first time all season, the Squaws have a number other than "0" in their loss column after surviving the always brutal Yorktown Invitational.
Bellmont coach Craig Krull wouldn't have it any other way, though. The Squaws' leader's philosophy has always been to play the toughest teams during the regular season so that come sectional time and beyond, his team is seasoned and ready.
A six-person race for the District 2 (rural area) on the new North Adams School Board became a reality with a wave of filings in the final hours before Friday's noon deadline.
No less than five people — Mark Bulmahn, Cassie Hammond, David Smith, Daniel Strickler and Jim Vogelwede Jr. — jumped into the field in the final hours. The only previous candidate, prior to Friday, was Deb Bergman, a board incumbent.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is an account by Tony Mellencamp of Berne of the events that nearly took the life of his wife, Kaye, earlier this summer.)
There are certain events that happen in our lives that we always remember where we were at, what time it was, and what we were doing. One such event for me is 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Our lives changed at that moment.
Three-dimensional pieces of original art went on display in downtown Decatur Thursday evening as kick-off ceremonies were held for the first-ever Decatur Sculpture Walk.
The event attracted a sizable crowd which gathered around the courthouse for the unveiling festivities and later strolled throughout the downtown area to view the 12 works of art on display.