April 4th, 2011
Nearly 700 trees will be planted in Decatur this year and in 2012 by the Decatur-Adams County Parks and Recreation Department, thanks to a $30,000 grant.
Some 350 trees will be planted in wooded areas of city property to make up for ash trees being lost to the Emerald Ash Borer insect. These trees will be about four feet high.
Another 250 will be planted in city parks and along streets to make up for dying ash trees. These will be about 12 feet tall.
Leaders of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police have announced that longtime Decatur Police Chief Kenneth Ketzler has been awarded that organization's William Sudbury Memorial Leadership Award, given to those who "most consistently exemplify the highest standards of leadership."
Ketzler, who has been at the Decatur Police Department for a number of years, also previously served as a deputy with the Adams County Sheriff's Department.
Despite the loss of 12 seasons of varsity experience, including second biggest singles winner in the history of the program, Adams Central's fifth-year head tennis coach Michael Hower has a positive spin on the situation.
"We are excited to have some new faces fill out our varsity team," said Hower.
It only took a few minutes following UConn's win over Kentucky Saturday night for the talking heads, the experts on college basketball, to cast away Butler's incredible two-year run for the NCAA championship.
All six "experts" were quick to ring out "UConn" because of their overwhelming talent advantage. They're just too tough for the boys from Indy. In fact, I hear a lot of resentment from the talk show hosts because Butler and VCU, mid-majors, ruined the Final Four party.
Jo Ellen (Spann) Donaghy, 66, Decatur, died Sunday at her residence.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Thoma/Rich, Chaney and Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton.
Harvey L. Smith, 88, of Monroe, died on Saturday at home.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.
"I think we can finish in the top four of the conference," stated Adams Central girls track coach Bart Lehman, on his outlook for the coming track campaign.
Well, either Lehman knows a lot more than anyone else about his girls track team, or he's counting on a bunch of varsity-unknowns to step in, fit right in, and score big time.
Maybe it's both.
Lloyd E. Perry, 88, of Geneva, died at home on Wednesday.
He was born to Kenneth and Edna Lee Perry.
Among survivors are his wife, Marjorie; one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Elaine) Monroe of Geneva; and three sons: Dr. Randall Perry of Normal, Illinois; Rick Perry of Salisbury, North Carolina; and Dr. Roger Perry of East Moline, Illinois.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Trinity United Methodist Church at Berne, with burial in Westlawn Cemetery, Geneva.
Eileen Sprunger, 84, of Berne, died Wednesday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Adams County on January 18, 192 to Marcus and Clara Nichols Sprunger.
Among survivors are her husband, Ernest Sprunger; three sons, Dale, Tom, and Mark Sprunger of Berne; and two daughters, Mrs. Tod (Wendy) Striker of Berne and Mrs. Steven (Becky) Billington of Bryant.
As a doctor specializing in treating emergency room cases, Dr. Jonathan Schmitz of Indianapolis is involved regularly in matters of life and death.
As a graduate of Butler University and Virginia Commonwealth University, making a decision about which team to support in Saturday’s men’s basketball Final Four semi-final game is much easier.