April 27th, 2012
Residents of Oakwood Terrace Apartments in Berne who survived a devastating fire this week surveyed the damage and tried to salvage some of their belongings on Thursday afternoon.
Jeremy Weaver, a friend of apartment complex owner/manager Keith Hansel, said, "Demolition is expected to begin on Tuesday." He added that after the burned-out building is razed, rebuilding will begin immediately and should take about two weeks to complete.
Zachary McKee, a 27-year-old Ossian resident, was about to graduate from IPFW in May with a political science degree and begin working at the Indiana Statehouse. Four years as a distinguished U.S. Marine was on his resume.
Then he tragically died in an unusual accident near Chicago on Sunday.
Dave Meyer of the county buildings and grounds department reported to county commissioners Monday that he received a quote of $58,631 from Atlas Building Services to add window flashing to the third floor windows across the front of the Service Complex.
Alternately, Atlas quoted a price of $16,736 to clean the area and add a water repellant to the windows.
There has been a problem with leakage at the complex for quite some time, according to Meyer.
George Lacatis, 83, of Decatur, passed away at 9 a.m.Thursday, April 26, 2012, at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
He was born September 20, 1928, in Dearborn, Michigan, to the late Flore and Catherine (Cosma) Lacatis.
George retired from General Motors in 1989 after 30 years of service in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Catherine K. Schwartz, 77, of Monroe, passed away at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at her residence.
She was born on Wednesday, September 12, 1934, in Adams County, to the late Sam K. and Sylvia (Springer) Schwartz.
She married Atlee M. Schwartz on Thursday, March 21, 1957.
Mrs. Schwartz was a member of the Old Order Amish.
OSSIAN—Bellmont kept their bats hot as they traveled to Norwell to face off against the #4 ranked team in 3A according to the IHSBCA poll, pulling off the upset, 7-3 on Thursday night.
Bellmont, now 10-3 and on the honorable mention list in the same poll, came into the contest hitting the cover off of the baseball of late.
For five innings it was a pitchers dual for the Braves and Knights between Bellmont senior Phillip Bauman and Norwell's Johan Patten.
DECATUR, Ind. - The experts at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) have powered the 2012 ZL1 Camaro to its first run in the 10s, making an impressive 10.79 quarter-mile pass at 134.36 mph at Muncie Dragway in Albany, Ind.
Four families with perhaps as many as 12 children lost nearly all their belongings and were displaced by Tuesday's devastating fire at the Oakwood Terrace Apartments on Interlaken Drive at the east edge of Berne, off SR 218.
Immediate needs of the famliies seem to have been taken care of, Pastor Donald Sauls of Compassionate Ministries said Wednesday afternoon. But, of course, long-term needs are a much larger picture.
Berne Fire Chief John Crider said this morning that the investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed a building at the Oakwood Terrace Apartment complex Tuesday, displacing four families, may have been caused by a cigarette.
Crider stated that the fire began in the northern, upstairs apartment. The occupant told investigators he had thrown a cigarette out of a window, but that it may have blown back in through a crack in the wall.
Residents of Adams County and the surrounding areas may soon be receiving a survey form in their mailbox.
A survey will be sent to a random sample of homes in late April and it is designed to help Adams Memorial Hospital identify the health services needed in the community, the hospital said in a news release. The information will be used for strategic planning, grant applications, new programs, and by community groups interested in addressing health issues.