March 18th, 2011
Bellmont track coach Carl Risch reports that only 27 are out for girls track, but he's still smiling.
"We have some real quality this year," said Risch, noting the return of sophomore sprinter Alexis Harvey, 800 runner Jessica Brewer, who went to state two years ago, and some promising freshmen.
"The numbers are down a little, but we definitely are going to score some points," said Risch.
A unanimous vote of the Adams Central School Board on Thursday followed a strong vote by AC's teaching staff as a contract was ratified to make several changes in provisions that will remain in effect until August of 2013.
However, according to AC Superintendent Mike Pettibone, the school board and the Adams Central Classroom Teachers' Association (ACCTA) will renegotiate salary and health benefit issues this summer.
A fact sheet from school officials lists the following provisions in the contract:
The annual Kids Against Hunger campaign will be boosted again this year by people working in Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School north of Decatur.
An announcement said the event on Saturday, April 16, will have two shifts to pack more than 40,000 meals, two-thirds of which will go to needy people in Adams, Wells, and Allen counties. The other third will go to other countries.
Donald C. Barkley, 81, of Decatur, died at 9:24 a.m. Wednesday in Adams Memorial Hospital after an illness lasting one year.
He was born on January 14, 1930, in Allen County to Alpha M. and Florence A. Foust Barkley.
He married Linda L. Smalley on October 24, 1958, in rural Berne; she survives.
He retired as an auto salesman for Morningstar Auto Sales in Decatur following many years of service. He was a member of Mt. Zion United Brethren Church.
Ivan Nevil, 72, of Geneva, who once served as Indiana's State Fire Marshall, passed away at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born on Friday, March 3, 1939, in Geneva to Roy and Emma Jane Jack Nevil.
Mr. Nevil was a 1957 Geneva High School graduate and attended Ball State University at Muncie.
Nearly six months of work was wrapped up in three minutes early Wednesday evening as the board of trustees of the Adams Health Network (AHN) selected a new administrator for the facility to succeed retiring 22-year veteran Marvin L. Baird.
Twenty-four activities for young people will be available in Decatur, Berne, and Geneva during spring break (March 21-26), courtesy of the Decatur-Adams County Parks and Recreation Department and nine partners.
Free lunches will be provided six times for youth ages 3 to 18, regardless of economic status. Children do no have to participate in any activity in order to receive a free lunch. Snacks will also be provided at eight events and there will be one free supper.
Bellmont High School boys basketball coach Larry Patterson became the second major coach at the school to resign this week as he notified school officials and his players of that decision today.
Football coach Rick Burkhalter stepped down from his position earlier in the week.
Entries for the annual NCAA March Challenge will not be accepted after 1 p.m. today, it was announced by the Daily Democrat sports department.
Well over 100 entries are expected for the contest.
Daily Democrat sports writers Jim Hopkins and Joe Spaulding have made their picks for the upcoming tourney.
Hopkins is picking Kansas, while Spaulding likes Ohio State, the overall No. 1 seed in the tourney.
Donald Barkley, 81, of Decatur, died Wednesday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.