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September 7th, 2012

Gas prices drive up Monroe’s '13 budget

September 7, 2012

    It's budget time again for area governments and Monroe's proposed budget for 2013 was reviewed Thursday night during the first of two public hearings before final approval on October 4 by the town council.
    The overall proposed budget for 2013 is $391,900. That's up $7,030 from the 2012 budget, according to official documents.

Keep Monroe neat, town council urges

September 7, 2012

    Summer may be nearing an end, but lawns still need to be cut and trash needs to be cleared out of yards in the town of Monroe, according to the town council.
    During Thursday night's meeting, President Al Lehman said he wants to remind the residents that there is a town ordinance mandating residents keep their lawns cut and property free of trash. Lehman said the town is well kept, for the most part, but there has been an ongoing issue with "a few houses that just can't seem to get it done."

Braves top Norwell for first time

September 7, 2012

    Bellmont tennis reached a few firsts under coach Joe Selking on Thursday night when they hosted NHC-rival Norwell.
    First and foremost, the Braves won the match, 3-2, marking the first time that Bellmont has defeated the Knights in tennis. Another big mark, however, was the Braves' 9-1 record, the best start in Selking's tenure at Bellmont.
    The Braves picked up their three key wins from David Baker at number two singles, Mason Selking at three, and Logan Baker/Drake Reidenbach at number two doubles.

September 6th

Wilma "Jean" Grote

September 6, 2012

    Wilma "Jean" Grote, 76, of Decatur, passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, in the Adams Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.
    She was born on Saturday, November 9, 1935, in Allen County, to the late Paul E. and Mabel M. (McBride) Reppert.
    On February 14, 1998, she married Gerald Grote; he survives in Decatur.

No city help for Oakwood

September 6, 2012

    The Oakwood Addition south of Decatur continues under a boil advisory due to major problems with its water system, but at this point there is no way the City of Decatur could or would come to the rescue.
    Councilman Matt Dyer raised the matter at Tuesday night's city council meeting, asking if it would be possible for the city to provide water to the residents of Oakwood, also known as Yost Woods.    

Heritage Village festival on tap for Saturday

September 6, 2012

    The annual Berne Heritage Festival will be held at Swiss Heritage Village and Museum this Saturday from 9 a.m-5 p.m.
    The event will feature children’s games, senior activities, and visitors may be invited to spin wool, churn butter, or shell corn with a hand crank sheller.

Soccer spurs changes for motorists

September 6, 2012

    Parks & recreation department soccer begins Saturday, which means entry to both Bellmont High School and Worthman Field will be altered each Satuday through October 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    The driveway to Bellmont High School off of US 224 will be closed; people are asked to use the entrance by the administrative building or the Middle School entrance on East Monroe St.
    Worthman Field entrances will be one-way off Adams Street, with the only way to exit through the back gate.

Jane M. Summersett

September 6, 2012

    Jane M. Summersett, 88, of Berne, died Tuesday at Swiss Village.
    Among survivors are a son, Kip (Linda) Summersett of Berne; and a daughter, Libby (Neil) Stroble of Hartford City.
    Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, with visitation from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. prior to the service.
    Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery, rural Berne.
  

Leagues form at Villa & Haworth Lanes

September 6, 2012

    Villa Lanes of Decatur and Haworth Lanes in Berne have announced registration for youth leagues this fall.
    Tomorrow evening from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., both bowling alleys will be set up for parents to come register their youth for either Friday night or Saturday morning leagues. The age divisions will be separated 4-7 year-olds for the Bumper League, 8-13 year-olds for the Bantam League, and 14-19 for Junior League.

September 5th

Old building could be down by June

September 5, 2012

    It's likely to be April of next year when work begins on demolishing the former city garage, an obviously elated Decatur Mayor John Schultz pointed out at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
    It was announced last Friday that the city was awarded a $400,000 federal Community Development Block Grant to raze the 116-year-old structure which sits between the police station and city swimming pool.
    The city will pay 20 percent of the estimated $500,000 demolition project cost, or approximately $103,000.

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