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July 3rd, 2012

Special preparations for fireworks

July 3, 2012

    With special precautions in place, Decatur's Fourth of July fireworks event — the 20th annual — got a green light this week from Mayor John Schultz.

Berne took less of a hit than Decatur-But got lot more rainfall

July 3, 2012

    The city of Berne largely escaped the brunt of Friday's storm, although another round of thunderstorms late Sunday afternoon dropped .8 of an inch of badly-needed rainfall on the community.
    "We were lucky," said Berne Mayor Bill McKean of the relatively light damage suffered in the city.

City cleanup ‘going well’ - But will be slowed by the holiday

July 3, 2012

    "All in all, I'm very pleased with the cleanup; it's going pretty well," Decatur Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said this morning.
    City cleanup crews were "nearly halfway through the first pass (of the city)," he said, noting that once completed, a second pass will be made to pick up smaller debris.
    People are urged to move their storm debris to curbside to facilitate the cleanup.

Calvin E. Beitler

July 3, 2012

    Calvin E. Beitler, 86, of Berne, died Sunday in Fort Wayne.
    Among survivors are his wife, Alberta (Schenkel) Beitler; sons, David (Diane) Beitler of Berne and Thomas (Cindy) Beitler of Plymouth, Wisc.; and daughters, Rebecca (Joe) Liechty of Fort Wayne, and Jill (Tony) Miller of Richmond, Ind.
    Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services. Funeral services are Friday at 10:30 a.m.
    Burial will be in the MRE Cemetery.

Melvin G. Bixler

July 3, 2012

    Melvin G. Bixler, 86, a Berne businessman, passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, July 2, 2012, at his residence.
    He was born in Geneva to the late Benjamin and Iva Belle (Harden) Bixler on May 5, 1926.
    Melvin married Joan (Baumgartner) Bixler on June 16, 1946; the couple recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

July 2nd

Lois A. Ball

July 2, 2012

    Lois A. Ball, 69, of Decatur, passed away at 12:12 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at her residence.
    She was born on July 4, 1942, in Allen County, to the late Ralph I. and Esta B. (Trader) Otis.
    She married Jesse P. Ball on January 1, 1959; he died on February 14, 1988.
    She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur. Lois operated her own local cleaning service.

Calvin E. Beitler

July 2, 2012

    Calvin E. Beitler, 86, of Berne, died on Sunday. 
    Arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home.

Melvin G. Bixler

July 2, 2012

    Melvin G. Bixler, 86, of Berne, died this morning. 
    Arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home.

Betty J. Boggs

July 2, 2012

    Betty J. Boggs, 83, a resident of rural Churubusco and mother of Decatur resident Deena (Arthur) Sloffer, passed away at 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at the family residence in Green Township following an extended illness.
    Mrs. Boggs was born in Smith Township in Whitley County on May 14, 1929, the daughter of Orlando and Lela N. (Shlater) Geiger. She spent her formative years in the Churubusco-area and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1947.  

Cleanup hits high gear

July 2, 2012

     "It's not real terrible now; I'd say comparable to that storm we had three or four years ago," Decatur Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said at noon Sunday of the ongoing cleanup following a storm which popped up amid high heat and humidity around 3 p.m. Friday, blowing through Decatur and Adams County and creating widespread damage.
    No serious injuries were reported.

 

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