August 10th, 2012
Volunteer fire departments in Preble and Hoagland are among rural fire departments in 39 counties across Indiana to share in $242,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grants.
The grants are administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Division of Forestry Fire Control Headquarters and are made available through the United States Department of Agriculture's Forest Service.
Geneva's volunteer firefighters continued their training last month, according to a report by Fire Chief John Patch at Tuesday's meeting of the Geneva Town Council.
Patch said that the department recently attended haz-mat training in addition to Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) training. RIT, explained Patch, is training for working structure fires in the event that someone gets trapped or runs out of air. All fire stations in the county are doing the training, as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Osia Marie “Sissy” (Jones) Cox, 41, of Muncie, died Wednesday morning at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.
She was born in Hartford City on Sept. 6, 1970. She grew up in Dunkirk and had lived in Berne for several years before recently moving to Muncie. She graduated from Jay County High School in 1988 and Med Tech College in 2010.
Mary Stevens, 92 of Boynton Beach, Florida, formerly of Decatur, died Tuesday at her residence.
Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.
Bellmont's girls golf squad hosted seven teams for a match at Cross Creek Golf Course on Wednesday night and the result was storybook between the top three teams, all separated by one stroke.
Ralph R. Mankey, 93, of rural Decatur, died at his residence on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.
He was born in Wells County on April 12, 1919, to the late Forrest and Nettie (Frauhiger) Mankey.
On April 26, 1941, he married Juanita R. (Cable) Mankey; she survives in Decatur.
Martha Elaine McConnell, 94, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at the Lutheran Life Villages.
She was born on Saturday, June 8, 1918, to the late John and Ethel M. (Leist) Gaffer. Elaine was the first "war baby" born in Adams County during World War I.
Elaine married Carl O. McConnell on April 10, 1937, in Columbia City; he passed away on February 17, 2008.
As expected, Decatur City Council, at its meeting this week, approved via a confirming resolution a 10-year tax abatement on a warehouse which Knous Enterprises LLC of Decatur will improve for its affiliate, P&B Trucking.
The request had been presented at the previous meeting by Portland attorney John Coldren, representing owners Robert and Pam Knous of Decatur.
The second major fire in downtown Monroeville in less than five weeks has left four people homeless and two businesses damaged.
The most severe damage in the Tuesday morning fire was suffered by Monroeville Liquors, which is considered a total loss. The next-door Pizza Gallery, at the corner of Main and E. South St., suffered some minor smoke damage but was expected to reopen, perhaps today.
Four apartments above the pizza place were evacuated and the tenants will not be returning.
The South Adams Schools Board made several personnel decisions at a special meeting on Tuesday.
The retirement of Ted Schwartz, an art teacher at the school for 34 years, was approved. Also approved was the resignation of Mary Reinhard as a library aide. Reinhard has worked at South Adams for 16 years.