April 25th, 2011
Marion "Pud" Smith, 82, of Berne, a member of the Geneva Fire Department for 50 years, died Saturday in Chalet Village nursing home.
He was born in Adams County on November 29, 1928, to Harold and Mildred Sutter Smith.
Among survivors are his wife, Mary Jane; six children; six stepchildren; and a sister, Betty Bixler of Geneva.
Merlin W. Sprunger, 87, of Berne, died today.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
Donna Sweeny, 64, of Berne, a former resident of Geneva, died Saturday in Swiss Village Retirement Community.
She was born in Decatur on June 26, 1946, to Gail and Elma E. Kraner Hodgin.
Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Stan (Anita) Mosser of Geneva, Mrs. Noel (Julia) Daniel of Indianapolis; and Mrs. Jim (Marla) Suding of Muncie.
Adams Central ran away with both the boys and girls ACAC track meet with Southern Wells Thursday afternoon, scoring a huge 92-31 win in the boys meet and a 70-53 victory in the girls.
The Jets girls won nine firsts with Briona Case taking three firsts, winning the 100 in n13.2, the 200 in 28.9, and the long jump with a leap of 15'6".
PONETO — Two of the better pitchers in the ACAC softball picture squared off at Southern Wells High School Thursday afternoon and Adams Central survived the contest with a 3-2 triumph over the host Raiders.
Sydnee Peterson tossed a five-hitter for the win for the Jets fanning a pair and walking only one while Cristin Carter retired nine AC batters on strikes, walked none, and allowed just five hits. Both teams only had one earned run and defensive lapses in the fourth cost Southern Wells a pair of runs.
Fred Pickford, 85, of Navarre, Florida, passed away on Sunday evening, April 17, 2011, in Florida.
He was born on January 11, 1926, in Decatur to Fred A. and Lavina Pickford.
Fred became a successful small business owner and an accomplished building contractor.
He and his wife, Patsy, moved to Navarre in 1985, where be built their home.
They also opened an interior decorating business in Navarre.
The city-owned railroad depot off Seventh St. is getting another shot in the arm ... er, building.
Mayor John Schultz revealed at this week's city council meeting that the city's Board of Works and Safety had authorized the expenditure of approximately $23,000 to provide some much-needed work on the aging structure, now in its 99th year.
The recent Kids Against Hunger event at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School north of Decatur brought together 224 people from Adams, Allen, Wells, and Van Wert counties who turned 8,000 pounds of food into 53,000 meal packages in just one day.
The weight of all the food was nearly four tons, according to Event Coordinator Joe Gorman.
Unbeaten Bellmont, which has blasted away the opposition in its last four games with 55 runs and 60 hits, is rated 10th in the most recent 3A Coaches Baseball Poll.
Adams Central, off to a 2-3 start, has the 12th most votes in the 2A poll.
Plans were unveiled at Tuesday night's Decatur City Council meeting for Operation Cleanup, a major undertaking to "clean up" the city for its 175th birthday celebration later this year.
Mayor John Schultz said a committee comprised of Board of Works member Bill Karbach, city Planning and Zoning Superintendent Roger Gage, and City Attorney Tim Baker have been working on various aspects of the program, including targeting and implementation.