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July 3rd, 2012

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.

Power likely back today; restaurants busy, if open

July 2, 2012

    Indiana &  Michigan Power website this morning showed more than 1,000 Adams County homes remained without electricity.
    The Friday afternoon storm damaged trees and downed power lines as it moved through the area and interrupted electric service for over 118,000 I&M customers in the region. Early today, 48,000 homes in Allen County remained without service. In Wells County, 500 residences were still in the dark and more than 300 Jay County homes were without electrical service.

Herman E. Fosnaugh

July 2, 2012

    Herman E. Fosnaugh, 95, of Berne, died on Saturday at Swiss Village.
    Among survivors are two sons, Corwin (Ann) Fosnaugh of Berne and Jerry (Pat) Fosnaugh,  of Fort Wayne; and a daughter, Donna (Robert) Bockover of Riverside, California.
    Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. today in the Swiss Village Chapel. Funeral services are Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church.
    Burial will be in MRE Cemetery, Berne.

Two airlifted after buggy hit

July 2, 2012

    A Sunday evening car-buggy mishap on U.S. 27 at 10:38 p.m. just north of the Adams-Jay County line resulted in two occupants of the buggy being airlifted to Parkview Hospital with severe injuries.
    The Adams County Sheriff's Department reported this morning that Richard A. Romine, 32, Portland, was northbound on U.S. 27 when he came upon a northbound Amish buggy operated by Raymond A. Girod, 19, rural Geneva.

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