March 4th, 2011
The good news: The St. Marys River was rapidly falling in Decatur this morning.
The bad news: Rain was not only imminent this morning, but the National Weather Service says heavy rainfall is possible.
The St. Marys crested overnight at about 22.3 feet, then began receding. By 7 a.m. today, it stood at 21.48 feet.
It's all over for the elementary schools at Monroeville and Harlan.
The East Allen County Schools Board voted 4-2 on Tuesday night to close Monroeville Elementary School in a money-saving consolidation plan. Board members Richard Allgeier and Neil Reynolds voted against the change.
The vote on closing Harlan Elementary was unanimous.
Thelma E. Bell, 83, of Willshire, Ohio, died Thursday at home.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
Frances "Betty" Sprunger, 90, of Berne, died Wednesday at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
She was born to Fred and Mary Teeple Myers.
Among survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Marion (Alice) Krehbiel of Pretty Prairie, Kansas, and five sons: Judson, Jay, and Clifton Sprunger of Berne; Arnie Sprunger of St. Louis, Missouri; and Douglas Sprunger of Muncie.
Despite one of the harshest winters in recent memory, spring nonetheless is in the air.
That means that golf carts are coming out of winter storage. And accordingly, complaints about restrictions on the operation of those vehicles are beginning to find their way to public officials.
Such is the case in Berne, where Mayor John Minch on Monday evening updated the city council on a "golf cart situation" which has resurfaced there.
With the clutch Bellmont performance in overtime Tuesday the Bellmont Braves not only broke a 14-game skid in 2011, but the squad also snapped a five-game sectional slide, which started with a 56-47 loss to Concordia in the opening game of the 2006 sectional.
The second round of the Class 2A sectional at the South Adams Stardome in Berne will be played on Friday, with four teams in action:
•At 6 p.m., Adams Central (13-7) will play Bishop Luers (16-4).
•After that game, Bluffton (14-6), which beat South Adams on Tuesday, will take on Woodlan (2-18).
Friday's winners will play for the sectional title at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Conditions were mostly on hold in Decatur and Adams County today as everyone waits to see what happens in the next 48 or so hours.
"Not a lot has changed. Everything that was closed yesterday is still closed today," Decatur Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said early this morning.
Two more water rescues were performed on Tuesday by Decatur and Berne firefighters, with the Decatur rescue occurring several miles inside Ohio.
Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel said the local firefighters were called out just before 6 p.m. to a location along the Harrison-Willshire Rd., near Willshire, Ohio, after an elderly woman drove into deep water and her car was swept an estimated 100 yards off the road into a farm field.
Marckel said the woman stayed in the car as the water reached up to the windows.
Esther Erxleben, 89, of Decatur, died at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born on August 6, 1921, in Adams County to Fred and Lizzie Meier Bulmahn.
She married Lorenz Erxleben on May 2, 1943, in St. John Lutheran Church at Bingen; he passed away on August 17, 1986.