Merle L. Drake, 90, of Decatur, died on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Merle was born on August 18, 1921, in Peebles, Ohio to Willie G. and Lillie (Tolle) Shelton.
On August 23, 1939, she married Clyde E. Drake. He preceded her in death on January 9, 2009.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur.
In a special meeting of the Geneva Town Council on Wednesday, sealed bids for the town's wastewater improvement project were opened and then taken under advisement.
The project is made possible through a $600,000 Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) grant that was awarded to the town in May. The grant requires the town to match $200,000, bringing the project total, which includes the preliminary engineering report, to more than $800,000.
A request by an Ossian man, charged with murdering a neighbor boy last July, to have his case moved outside of Wells County has been turned down by Wells Circuit Court Judge Kent Kiracofe.
The judge ruled that there has not been excessive publicity about the case and that an impartial jury could be selected at a trial.
Bruce Pond is accused of firing a gun toward a light on a dock on a pond at night on July 22. The shot killed four-year-old Jacob Michuda, who was fishing with his father.
The St. Marys River crested at 19.9 feet in Decatur late Wednesday morning and was receding very slowly this morning.
City weather station officials said this morning that the river stood at 19.8 feet at 7 a.m. today. Although its flood stage is 17 feet, the river causes no significant problems until it passes 20 feet.
Sandra Joan Schuller Gaskill, 75, of Celina, Ohio, passed away at 6:50 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
She was born on Thursday, October 29, 1936, in Montpelier, Indiana, to William Simon and Elizabeth Minniear Schuller.
Mrs. Gaskill was formerly employed by Magnavox Corp, in Fort Wayne.
She was a 1954 graduate of Montpelier High School and a former resident of Montpelier and Decatur.
The ACAC All-Conference football teams were released today with three-peat ACAC champion Leo Lions leading the way with six members on the first team. The Starfires of South Adams had five members on the first team, while Garrett and Heritage each had four. Adams Central, Bluffton, and Woodlan added two from their squads.
BERNE—Two nearly identical scores were posted in swim matches between county rivals Adams Central and South Adams Tuesday night at the SA pool with the Adams Central boys team earning a 111-61 triumph while the South Adams girls raced to a 109-60 victory.
In the win for the AC boys, Gavin Kaehr recorded two new Adams Central school records in the meet. Kaehr notched a 2:18.40 swim in the 200 IM to win that race by over eight seconds. He had respective splits of :26.85, :35.63, :42.73, and :33.19 for his new mark.
And it's not even December yet.
Decatur and Adams County residents, along with much of northeastern Indiana, got a double dose of weather Tuesday, rain being followed by the first snowfall of the season.
So, this morning, the St. Marys River was up, streets and roads were slick, and most schools were closed.
Meanwhile, the Berne Fire Department pulled a driver from some high water early Tuesday evening.
Although he didn't look like a college professor during much of his appearance at Adams Central on Tuesday, Dr. Lowell Madden of the Indiana-Purdue campus in Fort Wayne was right in his element as a magician and a proponent of using famous books by Dr. Seuss to enlighten children.
He performed for more than 80 second graders at AC's elementary school.
Before he put on the Cat in the Hat outfit, the professor performed a magic trick involving an egg in a glass on someone's head.
In the midst of snow and chilly conditions, Decatur firefighters spent some four hours on Tuesday battling a fire at Woodpecker & Son, a large workshop located three or four miles north of Decatur.
The building was destroyed by the blaze.
The woodshop is owned by John Yoquelet and is located at 10063 N. County Road 100 West.
A fire department spokesman this morning estimated the building to have been 30 by 60 feet.