September 12th, 2011
Ernest R. "Dick" Tope, a former Decatur resident serving a life sentence for the 1974 murder of a Van Wert County, Ohio, teenager, has died in prison.
Tope, 58, died of lung cancer last week in Pendleton Correctional Facility in central Indiana, according to a report in Thursday's Van Wert Times-Bulletin.
(Editor's Note: Luke Gross, a Bellmont High School graduate, is a Decatur native, the son of Paul and Kathy Gross of this city.)
NEW PLYMOUTH, New Zealand (AP) — Loosehead prop Mike MacDonald will set the U.S. record for most test caps after he was named Friday in the lineup to face Ireland in the Rugby World Cup.
NEW CASTLE—Bellmont coach Craig Krull has always espoused the theory that his team will only get better by playing the better teams in volleyball and the Squaws moved to 11-4 this weekend by splitting a pair of games with ranked foes in the annual New Castle Invitational.
SPENCERVILLE, OHIO—South Adams captured three of the top 11 places in the 35th annual Spencerville Bearcat Cross Country Invitational Saturday and was narrowly edged out of first place by Shawnee (Ohio) by a 49 to 69 county.
Paula E. Hockemeyer, 93, of Decatur, died at 1:50 a.m. Sunday in the nursing center at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
She was born on October 11, 1917, in Allen County to Henry J. and Augusta Gick Nahrwold.
She married Walter Hockemeyer on January 22, 1941, in St. Paul Lutheran Church (Gar Creek); he passed away on November 16, 1991.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church (Fuelling).
Pauline M. Lehman, 86, of Berne, passed away on Saturday, September 10, in Parkview Hospital at Fort Wayne.
She was born to Albert and Eva Liddy Huser on February 21, 1925, in Adams County.
She married Maynard "Miz" Lehman on July 30, 1944, he survives.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who always put her family first.
Ferne Alta Painter, 92, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Born in Adams County, Ferne worked at General Electric for 39 years, retiring in 1979.
She graduated from Monroeville High School 1937.
She was a member of First Assembly of God Church, the GE Elex Club, and the GE Quarter-Century Club.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
More than $3,600 was contributed from five sources in Adams County this year to add to the national Muscular Dystrophy Association fund drive.
Collections were held last weekend by members of the Decatur Moose Lodge and the Monroe Fire Department. Decatur firefighters held their collection a week earlier.
The finals totals are as follows:
• $1,724.04, Decatur Fire Department.
• $724.04, Decatur Moose Lodge 1311.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers say rising tuition at state universities is keeping Hoosiers from getting college degrees, but public university leaders say decreased state aid is forcing their hand.
Republican and Democratic budget leaders on the panel bemoaned that in-state tuition jumped from an average of 12 percent of Hoosiers’ incomes in 2000 to expectations it will account for 19 percent of average income by 2013.
An Indiana climatologist says the drought conditions that stressed Indiana’s crops this summer appear likely to linger into the fall harvest. It may be a little difficult to convince Decatur residents, though.
A rainfall of 1.17 inches in the 24 hours up to 7 a.m. today pushed the city's total for two days to over two inches.