March 8th, 2011
BERNE — "We were very confident," stated Keith Cochran after Bluffton's incredible 80-68 win over perennial state power Bishop Luers in the championship game of the 2A South Adams Boys Basketball Sectional Monday night.
"We had a game plan. In fact, Coach (Kevin) Leising had a 15-page book covering everything we had to do to win this game, their strengths and weaknesses. We knew exactly what we were supposed to do, then went out and did it," added the 6-10 junior center, who lives in Decatur.
Rainfall expected late tonight in Decatur and Adams County isn't expected to renew severe flooding woes here.
The St. Marys River has fallen another foot overnight and stood at 18.2 feet at 7 a.m. today, local weather station officials said. The river crested at 22.3 last Thursday.
The National Weather Service said this morning that there is a slight chance of rain in the Decatur area tonight, then a 100 percent chance of rain and possibly a thunderstorm after 1 a.m.
An emergency was declared by the Adams County commissioners on Monday, but not involving snow or floods or tornadoes.
The "emergency" was merely a technical legal maneuver to allow up to $13,500 be spent to made Adams Superior Court handicap-accessible by installing doors and automatic door-opening systems.
Mary Ann T. Harvey, 76, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, went with the Lord on Monday morning at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, with her family at her bedside.
Mary Ann was born in Allen County, Indiana, on January 29, 1935, to Leslie and Viola Voirol Coonrod.
She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur and the American Legion Auxiliary in Decatur and a life member of the Geneva Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
Winifred L. Spaulding, 90, Decatur, died Monday, March 7, at the Woodcrest Nursing Center.
She was born on April 30, 1920, in Mandan, North Dakota, to the late Walter G. and Isabelle Rowe-Black. She was married on June 15, 1946, to Dr. John B. Spaulding; he survives.
James Urick, 57, of Fort Wayne, died March 4 in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.
Thelma E. Bell, 83, of Willshire, Ohio, died at home on Thursday.
She was born to Tom and Edna Thornburg White.
Among survivors are two sons, Steven Riesen of Wolcottville, Indiana, and Rev. Eric Riesen of Pittsburgh, and one daughter, Mrs. David (Tonya) Fenstermaker of Rockford, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne, with burial in MRE Cemetery, rural Berne. Visiting hours are 9-11 a.m. Monday.
Rosella M. Mills, 85, of Craigville passed away at 5 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2011, at Swiss Village in Berne, Indiana.
Rosie Mills was born on September 17, 1925, in Wells County, Indiana, to Scott Michael “Mick” Biddle and Mary Marguite (Shady) Biddle. She graduated with the class of 1943 from P.A. Allen High School in Bluffton.
Floodwaters were continuing to recede in Decatur and Adams County today and at this time, the National Weather Service sees no major threat from rainfall now forecast to return Tuesday night.
The St. Marys River was down to 19.2 feet in Decatur this morning, after having crested at 22.49 feet on Thursday — a fall of more than three feet. The only weekend precipitation here came Saturday, .22 of an inch.
US 224 at Jackson St. was reopened to traffic slightly before 4 p.m. Friday.
The Rick Hill case is officially over and the State of Indiana won.
Adams Superior Court Judge Patrick R. Miller said Thursday that the Indiana Supreme Court denied transfer of Hill's appeal from a ruling by the Indiana Court of Appeals that upheld the conviction and the sentencing.
Miller oversaw the jury trial of Hill in January of 2010 on multiple charges of animal cruelty in regard to horses Hill owned,