October 20th, 2010
The Decatur Fire Department's Assistant Chief, JIm Hitchcock, said at Tuesday night's city council meeting that no determination has yet been made on whether to hold the Callithumpian Fireworks show here Saturday night.
Although a countywide burning ban was lifted by the county commissioners on Monday, it was "with reluctance" that the five fire chiefs in the county recommended dropping the ban, Hitchcock said.
An esteemed member of the Decatur Police Department is retiring effective January 1.
Ronny, the department's police dog for the last nine-plus years, is already on reduced duty due to hip dyslpasia, an ailment common to dogs. Jim Franze, the city's veteran K-9 officer, told Decatur City Council at its meeting Tuesday night that the dog's ailment first became noticeable a couple of years ago and has gotten considerably worse in the past year.
"This is not the first game Eastbrook wanted either," stated veteran Panthers' coach Jeff Adamson, noting the draw for the first round of the IHSAA State 3A football playoffs.
Eastbrook, rated No. 1 by the Associated Press, will be at Bob Worthman Stadium for the 7 p.m. game Friday in a rematch of the 34-0 surprise rout by the Panthers a year ago.
The Walmart store in Decatur and the Adams County Community Foundation have begun an effort to collect donations of food and other products to be sent to United States military personnel from Adams County in time for Christmas. The project is called Salute Our Soldiers (SOS).
The goal is to have enough items for local service members to be able to share them with others in their units.
Darrell Grice, 69, of Newburgh, Indiana, died Saturday.
He was born on October 26, 1940, in Celina, Ohio, to Frank and Lavone Grice and was reared in Decatur.
He graduated from Decatur High School.
Surviving are his wife, Bonnie, whom he married 45 years ago; three children, Dell Grice, Janeen Paulson, and Jacqueline Grice; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Karen Roth of Florida; and his mother, who lives in Ossian.
Longtime county commissioner Ed Coil, a Republican, and Democratic newcomer, Robert Frock, will square off on November 2 for the Second District commissioner seat.
Both men talked at the candidate forum provided by the Decatur Rotary Club last week.
Coil pointed out that he is a Korean War veteran, a 35-year employee and official for the former Zollner Corp. in Fort Wayne, and for 10 years was the general manager of the Detroit Pistons.
Adams Central sophomore Nathan Barger won his first Kokomo Regional Singles Tourney match, pounding Zach Saylor of Peru 6-1, 6-1. However, Barger fell to Bishop Dwenger's Betrum Najev, 7-5, 6-2 in the title match.
Barger finished a sterling season at 22-2.
"Nathan played some of his best tennis this Saturday. Nejev was in the zone (for the finals match)," stated Adams Central Coach Michael Hower.
Adams Central's seventh grade volleyball team went undefeated this season, racking up a 20-0 mark, going 9-0 in the ACAC, and winning the conference tournament by beating Garrett and Heritage.
Coach Becky Brown congratulated her players by saying, "They never had to go three games with any opponent all season and they defeated three previously unbeaten teams: Norwell, Bellmont, and Leo.
MARION — Both the Bellmont boys and girls cross country teams competed well Saturday at the Marion CC Regionals, and both finished in eighth place, three places short of qualifying for semistate action.
South Adams did better as both teams made it out, qualifying fourth in both races. Hannah Moore finished sixth in the girls race with a 19:17. Eric Isch led the boys with a 9th-pace finish in 16:06 for the Stars.
Bellmont held off a solid Wapahani squad, winning 25-23 in the first game, then taking the next two, 25-17, 25-20, to complete a 29-4 regular season.
The Squaws also downed Wes-Del in three (23, 17, 20) in the earlier match Saturday. Adams Central fell to both Wes-Del and Wapahani in the other two matches at the Bellmont Quad.
"Wes-Del was undersized, but definitely did a nice job against us," stated BHS coach Craig Krull.