June 2nd, 2011
For the first time in Decatur's history, two Memorial Day parades were held.
On Monday, the traditional parade occurred downtown, and there was also a procession at Woodcrest Retirement Community that included six golf carts, 25 wheelchairs, at least one woman in a wheeled walker, and dozens of United States flags.
A number of residents of the nursing home participated.
A new program called Fitness Fridays will begin this Friday in Adams County, launched by the parks and recreation department, Adams Memorial Hospital, St. Mark's United Methodist Church, and North Adams Food Service.
Fitness Fridays will be held each Friday through August 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at several locations in Decatur. The schedule:
Bellmont's hitters just couldn't get a good figure out Western pitcher Katie Daine as the senior hurler changed speeds and moved the ball around, limiting the Squaws to two hits in a 4-1 regional victory Tuesday night at the BHS field.
"I thought we played a really good defensive game. Our hits didn't come through, but all you can think about is how hard you played," said Bellmont senior catcher Dana Kaczmarek, one of three Bellmonters who played their last game Tuesday night.
Several games were played recently in youth league baseball with the Whitko Wildcats and the Decatur Braves splitting a doubleheader while Courtesy Motors easily sped past the Bluffton Parks and Recreation team.
Speaking to more than 200 people at Monday's Memorial Day observance in downtown Decatur, former U.S. Navy lieutenant Cameron Collier, now a lieutenant-commander in the naval reserve, urged greater emphasis on seeking solutions to problems, not just making complaints.
He noted that the United States flag "stands for the very ideals we fight for, not the infighting in Washington, D.C. It is a symbol offering direction, not waywardness. It is a banner of hope, the American ideal."
A Decatur man, Andy L. Ivins, 28, received a 15-year prison sentence on Friday in Adams Circuit Court after pleading guilty in April to two counts of dealing in cocaine.
Ivins, who served prison time after a 2006 conviction here for possession of cocaine, was given two concurrent 15-year terms by Judge Frederick A. Schurger and was ordered to pay $728 in court costs and to repay local police $458 for the money used to buy cocaine from him.
Decatur firefighters Jeff Sheets and Tim Ulman received Medals of Valor at a special ceremony last week in recognition of their lifesaving actions last March 2 two miles inside Ohio when they rescued a Hoagland woman whose car was in deep and frigid floodwater.
Margaret L. Spindler, 81, was pulled from her car while the water was up to the window level and as she was entering hypothermia. Spindler suffered cardiac arrest and spent three weeks in hospitals, but recovered fully and was at last week's event.
OSSIAN—If Bellmont softball player Brieann Burkhalter was a cat, it would be safe to assume she used up many of her nine lives Saturday afternoon as the Bellmont Squaws rallied to capture the IHSAA sectional 22 in class 3A play at Norwell High School over the Peru Tigers by a 7-3 score in 10 innings.
The victory for the defending Norwell sectional champions means the Squaws will host Western High School in the IHSAA regional tonight at the BHS diamond.
FORT WAYNE—"We're the defending champs of this sectional until someone knocks us off," related Adams Central baseball coach Dave Neuenschwander and that statement proved true as the Jets pounded out a 5-1 win over Woodlan in the championship encounter of the IHSAA class 2A sectional final at Indiana Tech Monday evening.
Jonathan D. Brodbeck, 54, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Born in Decatur, Jonathan graduated from Adams Central High School and worked as a warehouse manager with R.E. Crosby & Sons Inc. for 29 years.
He was a member of the South Central congregation of Jehovah's Witness and was a Komet hockey fan. Jonathan also enjoyed fishing, camping, and turkey hunting and was an avid card player and collector.