January 25th, 2012
Alvin Dewayne “Al” Colbert, 68, of Portland, died Monday in St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was the son of Albert Vaughn and Mary Margaret (Banter) Colbert.
Among survivors are a son, Gary Colbert, of Decatur, and three daughters, Tonia Benge, of Wilshire, Ohio; Teresa Painter, of Decatur; and Melissa Hunter, of Decatur.
Private family services will be held in Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland.
Darrell L. Gerig, 82, of Berne, passed away Tuesday January 24, 2012, at Swiss Village.
He was born to Ralph A. and Sylvia Marie (Niswander) Gerig on September 9, 1929.
He married Marilyn (Amstutz) on September 16, 1950; she survives.
David M. Singleton, 67, Nokomis, Fla., formerly of Decatur, passed away Monday, January 23, 2012.
Among survivors are his wife, Connie; sons, Tyler and Wesley, both of Nokomis; daughter, Kelsey, of Venice Chapel, Fla.; two brothers, James E. Singleton, of Decatur and Dean R. (Tammy) Singleton, of Decatur; and three grandchildren, Maggie and Vanessa Singleton and Christian Caldwell.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Friday, at Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel, with funeral services immediately following.
After a cat-and-mouse event for the first period that concluded with a 6-4 Wayne lead, the Generals took its defense out of the bag and handed the Bellmont Squaws a 47-35 non-conference girls basketball loss Tuesday night at the Teepee.
Pictured, left to right, are: Madison Carroll, Alyssa Keller, Jenae Blackburn, Lindsey McDougall and Leah Spangler making the best of one of their last games at home in a Jets' uniform. (Photo by Cassandra Lehman)
Adams County ended 2011 with its largest unemployment rate in 10 months, according to figures released Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
The county's December jobless rate stood at 8.5 percent, the highest in the county since February of 2011. The year's final figures capped a roller-coaster 12 months for local jobless levels.
Jerry Setser, Barry Humble and Community Corrections officer Ian Gilbert stood as representatives of Serenity House Inc. last week to ask the board of Adams County commissioners for help in funding a proposed Serenity House.
In making their plea to commissioners, the trio touted the need for a recovery house in the county. "Alcohol and drug problems don't stop with a jail sentence," said Humble.
The city of Berne has a parcel of real estate for sale, although potential buyers may be few and far between.
Berne City Council on Monday agreed to offer for sale a .26-acre tract of land, located at the former site of a municipal water tower at the intersection of Welty and Berne streets, for the low price of $3,400.
City attorney Jim Beitler said special rules apply for the sale of municipal property valued at less than $15,000. Two appraisals of the property set the value of the Berne site at $1,750.
Marcella B. Merica, 91, formerly of Decatur, passed away at 8:10 a.m. on Monday, January 23, 2012, at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home, Fort Wayne.
She was born on February 16, 1920, in Warsaw, to the late Devon and Gladys (Dick) Emmons.
She married George E. Smith, who passed away in September, 1963. She then married Lester A. Mercia, who passed away in October, 1992.
The covered bridge near Ceylon is no longer covered.
Work to reconstruct the bridge built in the mid-1860s began in early November. Jutte Excavating of Fort Recovery, Ohio, won the county contract to remove, rebuild and then reposition the bridge.
Recent high water has slowed work on driving pilings for support in order that the bridge may be taken apart. The wooden structure eventually will be entirely removed, with its pieces strewn about a parking lot at the site.