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August 19th, 2011

City’s 175th celebration opens today

August 19, 2011

    Decatur's long-awaited 175 Anniversary Celebration officially kicked off today, starting a 10-day run which coincides with the annual Kekionga Festival.
    Citywide garage sales and a co-ed slo-pitch tournament are today's opening events. Two performances of the "Cuties of Decatur" were held Wednesday and Thursday, and a dinner-play performance is scheduled tonight.
    Following is the schedule through the weekend:
    
Today

Samuel Rugg lives again!

August 19, 2011

    Samuel Rugg lives again!
    The man who founded Decatur in 1836, the same year that Adams County was created, is being brought back to life by Michael Casper, a retired elementary school principal here, while one of Rugg's three wives, Susannah, is being recreated by Casper's wife, RoxyAnn.
    The longtime Decatur residents are giving historical presentations to third-grade students in the North Adams school district as well as those at St. Joseph Catholic School and St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran School.

Greenway Gallop is scheduled

August 19, 2011

    A new event in Decatur this year, part of the Adams County Run/Walk Challenge Series, is the Edward Jones/Kekionga 5K Greenway Gallop, which will be held during the Kekionga Festival and the city's 175th celebration.
     The Greenway Gallop will be held on Sunday, August 28, starting at 2 p.m. at the Kekionga encampment behind Riverside Center. Runners will follow an out-and-back trail along the Rivergreenway Trail and finish near the gazebo at Riverside Center.

Mary K. Lehman

August 19, 2011

    Mary Kay Lehman, 65, of Decatur, died on August 19, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
    Mary was born in Adams County on January 29, 1946, to Joyce and Dolores L. (Omlor) Ellenberger.
    On May 28, 1966, she married Don L. Lehman.
    Mary was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur and worked for CTS Corp. in Berne for 26 years.

Dorothy B. Springer

August 19, 2011

    Dorothy B. Springer, 96, of Decatur, died on Wednesday in the nursing center at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
    Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.

Wanda S. Sprunger

August 19, 2011

    Wanda S. Sprunger, 63, of Berne, died at home on Thursday.
    Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.

August 18th

Jerry B. Gray

August 18, 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.

Hop's Heresy: Transition smooth at Woodlan

August 18, 2011

    "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.

INDOT backs 224 elevation

August 18, 2011

    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.

Judge blocks new state teacher contract forms

August 18, 2011

    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.

    Bellmont played its first four games away from home but Thursday night lit up...
    Tonight's make-up contest between the Blackford Bruins and the Bellmont Braves...
     To view tonight's contest between the Squaws and the visiting Crestview...

 

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