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August 15th, 2011

County coaches pleased with first Friday night performances

August 15, 2011

    "For a scrimmage, we looked good," stated Bellmont coach Larry Getts on the performance of his Braves against what appeared to be an outmanned Jay County team Friday evening in the controlled scrimmage at Bellmont.
    The Braves had their way in goal line offense, scoring several times while overpowering Jay. On defense, Bellmont's first team had no trouble stopping the Patriots.

Hops Heresy: No. 19 to come home

August 15, 2011

    "Dave wore 19. Johnny Unitas was his idol," stated former Decatur mayor Fred Isch, fondly recalling the days when he coached Dave Anspaugh and a host of excellent Decatur Junior High football players. That group went on to record an unbeaten 8-0-1 high school season in 1964.

Soldier of Revolutionary War to be honored here

August 15, 2011

    The rededication of the gravesite of American  Revolutionary War Soldier Thomas Archbold will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, during the upcoming 175th Anniversary Celebration of Decatur.
    Archbold is buried in Reynolds Cemetery, located in a clearing off Winchester Road, some two miles outside Decatur.
    The ceremony is open to the public.

‘Cuties’ will play Decatur

August 15, 2011

    “Cuties of Decatur” will be presented four times this month during the city’s 175th anniversary celebration.
    The play, written and directed by Mara Dee Striker Baker, will be performed at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, August 17-18, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, with admission of $8.

Melody A. Shell

August 15, 2011

    Melody A. Shell, 47, of Fort Wayne, died on Saturday in Bluffton.
    She was born to Ron Pietosi and Rita A. Larimore Foss, who survive.
    Other survivors include a daughter, Danyell Abbott of Fort Wayne; a son, Anthony Shell of Noblesville; a brother, Michael Pietosi of Decatur; and two sisters, Melinda Foss of Decatur and Mrs. Rob (Melissa) Manns of Bluffton.

Ermil D. Shifferly

August 15, 2011

    Ermil D. Shifferly, 89, a longtime resident of rural Monroe who lived the last two years at Woodcrest Retirement Community, died at 10:40 p.m. Thursday at Adams Memorial Hospital.
    He married Mary M. Burger on April 3, 1943; she passed away on April 20, 2005.
    He retired in 1987 from the CTS Corp. at Berne with 22 years of service.
    He was a veteran of the United States Army during World War II, serving in France and central Europe.

Cindy L. Werst

August 15, 2011

    Cindy L. Werst, 64, of Decatur, passed away on Saturday August 13, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
    She was born on November 22, 1946, to Herman and Mary (Fuhrman) Durr in Bluffton; they are deceased.
    On August 1, 1970, Cindy married Patrick A. Werst.

August 12th

Judy L. Brown

August 12, 2011

    Judy L. Brown, 72, of Decatur, died at her residence on Friday, August 12, 2011.
    Judy was born on November 21, 1938, in Pisgah, Iowa, to Leslie J. and Myrtle L. (Hanson) Nuzum.
    On August 20, 1977, she married Robert L. Brown.
    Judy was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Berne. She also drove buses for the South Adams Schools district and worked at Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne in Central Service.

Claude and Donna West

August 12, 2011

     Claude E. West, 74, and Donna K. West, 71, of Decatur, died at home on Thursday, August 11.
    Claude West was born on December 28, 1936, in Bonnieblue, Kentucky, to Walter and Rose Parks West.
    He married Donna K. Mountz McSwain on August 5, 1989, in Decatur.
    Claude was employed at Decatur Casting from 1972 to 1998 and was a member of the Pentecostal Way Church in Van Wert, Ohio.

Overload blamed for fatal fire

August 12, 2011

    Officials of the Decatur Fire Department have announced that the cause of the fire which took the lives of an elderly married couple in the city last Thursday was due to overloading of the electrical circuits in their home.
    Claude and Donna West, ages 74 and 71, respectively, died of smoke inhalation in their house at 720 Elm St. There funeral service was scheduled for 1 p.m. today in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home.

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