September 27th, 2011
Kenneth P. Birch, 82, of Decatur, died on Sunday, September 25, 2011, at his residence.
Kenneth was born on June 2, 1929, in Forest, Illinois, to Sylvester and Ethel (Knuckles) Birch.
On March 16, 1970, he married Betty G. Arnold.
Kenneth was a member of Decatur Church of God and a former member of the Pleasant Mills Lions Club.
He was mechanic for Slater Stainless Steel for 40 years.
Richard W. Conrad, 81, of Decatur, passed away onm Friday, September 23, 2011, at Select Specialty Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born on May 4, 1930, in Adams County to Walter W. and Edna (Egly) Conrad.
On January 20, 1951, he married Helen J. Bieberich.
Richard was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, where he was a past deacon and elder.
Jack F. Whitacre Jr., 59, of Berne, passed away at 1:50 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at Chalet Village Health Care Center in Berne.
He was born on Tuesday, October 2, 1951, in Bryant to Jack and Mildred Whitacre. His father is deceased; his mother lives in Berne.
He married Patsy Phillips, who preceded him in death in December of 2008.
Mr. Whitacre graduated from Bryant High School in the Class of 1970.
BLUFFTON— After the exciting battle over the weekend against Muncie Burris at the Warsaw Invitational, traveling to Bluffton to play a struggling Lady Tigers squad seemed like a breeze to the surging Squaws from Bellmont as they would go on to defeat Bluffton in three games, 25-2, 25-6, 25-12.
MONROE—Alyssa Keller recorded a double-double with 13 digs and 22 assists Monday night to help pace the Adams Central varsity volleyball team to a three-game sweep of Norwell.
The Jets won the even 25-14, 25-22, 25-18 to improve to 9-7 on the season. AC also won the reserve match by a 25-18, 25-16 count and now own a strong 16-5 slate for play this year.
The trial of Tyler White of Bluffton on a charge of murdering his estranged wife, Amy, a former Berne resident, has begun with jury selection in Wells Circuit Court at Bluffton and may last two weeks, according to reportrs.
White, 29, allegedly shot his wife on October 27, 2009 in Wells County, while she was pregnant. Police say he has confessed to the shooting, which occurred during an argument as the two met to exchange custody of their son, 16 months old at the time.
A dozen new jobs are coming to Berne with the announcement Monday night that a metal fabrication firm is expanding into that city.
In an unusual twist for a landlocked community, the new jobs will involve the construction of barges to be used on some of the country's largest waterways.
It's Homecoming Week at Bellmont High School.
Activities were kicked off Sunday as the school held its annual mud volleyball tournament on a wet and muddy day. The team that emerged as champion was comprised of sophomore Olivia Fuelling, senior Nathan Kortenber, junior Devon Schultz, senior Kyle Smith, senior Natalie McConnell, and senior Payton Selking.
Powder puff football will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bob Worthman Stadium.
Children growing up in the war-torn African nation of Uganda often face a perilous existence. Throughout 20 years of civil war, during which time thousands of Ugandan children as young as eight years old were abducted by rebel factions and forced either into military service or sexual servitude, the outlook for a peaceful and prosperous life was bleak.
Jerry Nussbaum, 67, of Berne, who was shot 10 days ago by an Indiana state police trooper in a standoff in downtown Decatur, remains in critical condition at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne as of Saturday, according to a state police report.