July 5th, 2011
The second annual Decatur Baseball Association skills contest, for boys ages 7 through 12, will be held on Wednesday, July 6, with registration starting at 5:15 p.m.
The Clemente (7-8) group will compete at 6 p.m., the Mays (9-10) group at approximately 6:45, and the Reese (11-12) group at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Players should register as early as possible, or at least a half hour prior to competing.
The tourney draw for the Adams-Wells Koufax League published in Friday's Daily Democrat was apparently in error.
The correct draw was issued today by league officials. The tourney will begin today with two games at Worthman Field and two games at Don Ray Memorial Park in Monroe. There will be games tonight, Wednesday and Thursday, and games next week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
The slate, by day, is as follows:
Monday's Independence Day service in Decatur was dedicated to all who are serving in the United States military, but especially to two local men who died half-a-world apart.
Tragedy marred the long Fourth of July holiday weekend in Adams County, with a young rural Monroe man losing his life in a farming accident and several people injured in traffic accident.
Mahlon I. Schwartz, died at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne on Friday night of injuries suffered in a farming accident earlier that evening.
An Adams County Sheriff's Department report said Schwartz, 22, was run over by a hay wagon on County Rd. 200 South at CR 300 East around 7:49 p.m.
The pride and joy was evident in Michael Baer's voice.
It was not a personal pride, although that would have been understandable for the man who led a 16-member delegation from South Adams Schools on a remarkable humanitarian mission to provide clean drinking water to residents of the earthquake-ravaged areas around Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Margaret B. Beitler, 92, of Berne, died Friday at Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born to Martin L. Luginbill and Linda Luginbill.
Among survivors are her husband, Richard Beitler; two daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Ellen) King of Clarksville, Tennessee, and Mrs. Bryce (Carolyn) Hoffman of Monroe; and four sons, Paul Beitler of Bluffton; Samuel Beitler of Evansville; and Ryan and Ted Beitler of Berne.
Jana D. Burry, 61, of Fort Wayne, a former resident of Berne, died Friday in Parkview Hospital at Fort Wayne.
She was born in Decatur on April 13, 1950, to Evan H. and Helen Patterson Brunner, who live in Berne.
Other survivors are a son, Jason Burry of Bluffton, and a sister, Pamela Heiman of Findlay, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva, with burial in MRE Cemetery, rural Berne. Visiting hours are 5-8 p.m. today.
Erline M. Girard, 86, of Decatur, passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2011, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born on April, 9, 1925 in Effingham, South Carolina, to Francis C. and Ethel M. (Cain) Freeman.
She married Adrian J. Girard Jr. on September 14, 1945; he passed away on January 18, 2004.
James W. Lough, 86, of Decatur, died on Thursday, June 30, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
James was born in Adams County on July 9, 1924, to Frank and Cora (White) Lough.
On October 16, 1948, he married Mary J. Garner.
James worked as a tool and die maker for Gilpin's Ironworks in Decatur.
He also served his country in the South Pacific during World War II with the United States Marines.
Willie E. Putteet, 64, of Alliance, Ohio, died on Thursday, June 30, 2011, in Alliance Community Hospital following a long illness.
He was born on November 16, 1946, in Richmond, Kentucky, to Roscoe and Cleo Chadwell Putteet. His father is deceased; his mother lives in Decatur. He was a retired truck driver and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.