August 18th, 2011
Jerry B. Gray, 66, of Lancaster, Ohio, a former Decatur resident, died on Monday in Pickering House, a hospice in Lancaster, after a seven-year battle with cancer.
He was born in Decatur on October 29, 1945, to Denver "Jack" and Berniece "Bea" Fennell Gray, who are deceased.
He married Janet "Jan" Rupp in December of 1964; she survives.
"I've been telling the kids that this is definitely not the same Woodlan. They'll have a lot of quality athletes," stated first-year Bellmont coach Larry Getts on the Friday, season-opening opponent of the Braves.
Woodlan will be coached by veteran Sherwood Haydock, who spent 11 years coaching the Harding Hawks, taking them to a state championship.
With Harding closed, Haydock, and his 233-pound son, Zac Bo, moved down the road to Woodlan as he takes over for Barry Ehle.
After 13 years of discussion, planning and "a level of analysis that is not normally done" on similar highway projects, Indiana Department of Transportation officials are once again proposing that U.S. 224 in Decatur be elevated between Bellmont High School and the St. Marys River.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Wednesday blocked the Indiana Department of Education from using new teacher contract forms that would have allowed school districts to change the hours or days that teachers work without adjusting their pay.
It seems only a matter of time now until the eyesore building at Monroe and Second streets is owned by the City of Decatur ... and demolished.
City council on Tuesday night approved a deal with owner Dwayne Skaggs of Bluffton in which the city will pay $25,000 for the building and assume the cost of asbestos removal.
The lengthy paperwork process has begun for re-erecting a large railroad bridge over the Wabash River between Berne and Geneva as part of the South Adams Trails hiking and biking project.
Adams County Engineer Tim Barkey told the county commssioners last week that the bridge, which was dismantled by the Bunge North America plant in Decatur last summer and currently is in storage at Geneva, will probably be reinstalled at its new site in 2014 because it will take that long to complete the process.
A proposed city-county building in downtown Decatur took another step toward reality Tuesday night when Decatur City Council unanimously agreed to spend the funds necessary for its involvement in such a project.
While a city-county building still has numerous hoops to jump through, momentum seems to be building. Now that the city has committed to paying the Schenkel Schultz architectural firm of Fort Wayne to move forward on plans, it's almost assured the county will follow suit.
A Decatur rock and alternative music band called My Lost Tribe will perform twice on Saturday, August 27, in downtown Decatur during the city's 175th anniversary celebration.
The first show will be during the sidewalk sale at the Adams County Courthouse from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and the second show will be that evening at a "battle of the bands" at Vinnie's Bar on N. Second St.
FORT WAYNE — Bellmont lost three Division-1 players from it's 3A state championship team. Here's the bad news for the Squaws' opponents, it was hard to tell much difference in quality Tuesday in the season opening sweep at Bishop Dwenger.
"We might surprise some people," said Bellmont coach Craig Krull, who obviously was very pleased with what he witnessed in the 25-19, 25-18, 25-7 wins in the Saints' gym.
Bellmont opened its tennis season with a complete sweep of Fort Wayne South Side Tuesday, winning the varsity contest 5-0 and the jayvee 3-0.
Payton Selking scored a 6-0, 6-1 win over Antonio Gooden at No. 1 singles. Phillip Bauman clupped John Dukarski 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2. Evan Selking scored a 6-2, 7-5 win over Nate Thomas.