March 7th, 2011
The 16-year drought is over.
Norwell jumped out 10-0 and never let up, beating Peru 58-44 for the first Knights' boys sectional basketball crown since 1995. It was the first class sectional crown ever for Norwell.
"I know exactly win the last Norwell (sectional) championship was. It came my junior year," stated Norwell coach and former Bellmont standout Randy Hawkins, just after he cut down the net at the west end of the gym at Bellmont.
Peru entered the semi-final game of the class 3A sectional at Bellmont Friday night playing hardly anything like the number one ranked team in the state that they were at the beginning of the season when they opened up with an 8-0 record.
Then again, Bellmont played hardly anything like a 4-17 team and battled with the Tigers until late in the game when Bellmont turnovers and Peru free throws made it a 47-36 Tiger victory.
Though everyone involved has known about the conflict since Saturday, it was announced late Thursday afternoon that if Bishop Luers wins its game tonight with Adams Central in the semi-final round of the South Adams Boys 2A Basketball Sectional Tournament, then the championship game will be moved from Saturday to Monday because of the Luers' girls involvement in the Class 1A Girls State Basketball finals set for the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Saturday.
Game time would remain the same, 7:30 p.m.
Very soon now, the old collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the billionaire owners in the NFL and the millionaire players will expire. I'm predicting there will be no NFL football in 2011, at least not with many players who participated in 2010.
The reason? It's simple: GREED!!
The good news: The St. Marys River was rapidly falling in Decatur this morning.
The bad news: Rain was not only imminent this morning, but the National Weather Service says heavy rainfall is possible.
The St. Marys crested overnight at about 22.3 feet, then began receding. By 7 a.m. today, it stood at 21.48 feet.
It's all over for the elementary schools at Monroeville and Harlan.
The East Allen County Schools Board voted 4-2 on Tuesday night to close Monroeville Elementary School in a money-saving consolidation plan. Board members Richard Allgeier and Neil Reynolds voted against the change.
The vote on closing Harlan Elementary was unanimous.
Thelma E. Bell, 83, of Willshire, Ohio, died Thursday at home.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
Frances "Betty" Sprunger, 90, of Berne, died Wednesday at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
She was born to Fred and Mary Teeple Myers.
Among survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Marion (Alice) Krehbiel of Pretty Prairie, Kansas, and five sons: Judson, Jay, and Clifton Sprunger of Berne; Arnie Sprunger of St. Louis, Missouri; and Douglas Sprunger of Muncie.
Despite one of the harshest winters in recent memory, spring nonetheless is in the air.
That means that golf carts are coming out of winter storage. And accordingly, complaints about restrictions on the operation of those vehicles are beginning to find their way to public officials.
Such is the case in Berne, where Mayor John Minch on Monday evening updated the city council on a "golf cart situation" which has resurfaced there.
With the clutch Bellmont performance in overtime Tuesday the Bellmont Braves not only broke a 14-game skid in 2011, but the squad also snapped a five-game sectional slide, which started with a 56-47 loss to Concordia in the opening game of the 2006 sectional.