August 8th, 2012
LET THE BIG CAT PURRRR—Drexel Canales, affectionately known as "The Big Cat" by players and friends, recently won the BPA World Series Home Run Derby in Peoria, Illinois. Starting with 30 competitors, Canales had six homeruns in 10 swings including a blast of over 300 feet. The Big Cat, representing the Fort Wayne Stars Academy, sealed the derby crown when he hit five more dingers in a play-off round. The 12-year-old slugger went 4-8 in the tournament competition and the team finished 1-2 losing to the 2011 WS champs. (Photo provided)
While Saturday's storm didn't cause any structural damage to county buildings, plenty of electrical equipment was zapped by an apparent lightning strike.
Dave Meyer, of building maintenance, told the Adams County Commissioners Monday that he checked on the courthouse after he failed to receive a routine status email Sunday morning.
City and county law-enforcement authorities had a busy Monday afternoon, conducting an extensive search for an individual northwest of Decatur and during that time apprehending at gunpoint two people in a vehicle reported as stolen.
The Decatur Fire Department was dispatched at 6:18 a.m. this morning to assist with a fire at Monroeville Liquors, 102 S Main St., Monroeville.
Decatur firefighters provided aerial and engine support for the Monroeville Fire Department, which was already battling the blaze when Decatur crews arrived, according to a spokesperson for the department.
There was "quite a bit of damage" done to the liquor store, while adjacent buildings may have sustained smoke damage, the spokesperson said.
Margaret T. Schwartz, 62, of rural Berne, passed away Monday, August 6, 2012, at her residence.
She was born to Christie T. Schwartz and Susan W. Schwartz on August 26, 1949, in Adams County.
Margaret was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and was part-owner of the Jefferson Country Store.
South Adams' girls golf hosted their annual invitational at the Golf Club of the Limberlost in Geneva on Saturday with a seven field team including the team champion Wabash Lady Apaches who won the event by 12 strokes over Fairfield who finished second.
To see seven-year-old Ebony Fawcett, with her thousand-watt smile and fairylike giggle, playing in her hot-pink room, it's difficult to imagine the hardships this Decatur girl has endured during her short life.
In 2006, when Ebony was little more than a year old, she was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a children's cancer that develops in the nervous system, most commonly in the abdominal and chest area, and is associated with the adrenal glands.
Remember when it almost never rained? Not all that long ago, either.
A late surge of rainfall in July boosted that month's total to 3.8 inches in Decatur, just under the July norm of 3.9 inches.
Then, on Saturday and Sunday morning, the city got a whopping start on August's rainfall with 2.14 inches of rain!
Mercer County, Ohio (county seat Celina), Sheriff Jeff Grey recently announced the death of the department's K-9 Unit, Zak. An investigation is under way.
According to the sheriff, at approximately 1 p.m. last Wednesday, Deputy Chad Fortkamp, the K-9 handler, found Zak dead when he returned to his patrol car.
Sarah E. Cearns, 76, of Willshire, Ohio, completed the race when she passed through heaven’s gates at 12:41 p.m., Saturday, August 4, 2012, at Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital.
There was “a great cloud of witnesses” present as Sarah’s family and friends observed her finish in Christ’s arms.