May 25th, 2011
It gets tougher, right now.
Bellmont has seven girls slated for action in the Northrop Girls Track Sectional tonight and, though Bellmont has one runner seeking a second straight state berth, and some talented freshmen who have some credentials to make it to state, there are no guarantees, just a lot of competition at one of the toughest track regionals in the state.
Adams County escaped damage from thunderstorms and tornadoes on Monday evening, but Van Wert County, just across the border in Ohio, was again hammered by a twister that reportedly left a 3.5-mile-long trail of destruction in the Ohio City area (see below).
One funnel cloud was reported by a stormspotter near Decatur shortly before 6 p.m., causing the several warning sirens in the city to be switched on, but there was no touchdown here, officials said.
The Adams County Commissioners plan to open bids at their June 27 meeting for the full-scale restoration of the covered bridge near Ceylon.
At Monday's session of the commissioners, Dave Milligan of Portland, who is overseeing the grant process to finance the project, reported that the plans and designs for renovating the wooden bridge built in the 1870s are 90 percent complete.
Dolores M. Gerber, 87, of Decatur, died Monday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.
Marie H. Hegemier, 69, of Sidney, Ohio, died at home on Saturday.
She was born in Decatur on August 11, 1941, to Kenneth and Ruth Holle Ohler.
Among survivors are her four children, Mrs. Steve (Kimberly) Fortney of Yukon, Oklahoma; Mrs. Theodore (Ruth) Henry of Wapakoneta, Ohio; Mrs. Jerry (Danielle) Tangeman of Sidney; and Janice Hegemier (and Marco Diaz) of New York, New York.
Berdella M. Liechty, 73, of Berne, died Monday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Adams County on June 16, 1937, to Orval and Marie Biberstein Alt.
She married Ernest R. Liechty on April 5, 1958; he survives.
She was active with her husband in a diversified livestock and grain farm, was very supportive of her church (First Mennonite Church at Berne), and was active in 4-H and FFA.
Mary Millington Pratt, 87, of Decatur, died on Friday in the nursing center at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
She married George W. Millington on December 23, 1939 in Decatur and he passed away on January 29, 1967. In 1975, she married Walter E. Pratt and he passed away in 1998.
She worked for 20 years with the Adams-Wells Association for the Retarded and Handicapped and attended Cornerstone Church, formerly known as Decatur Missionary Church.
Evelyn Justine Johnson, 87, of Shelby County, Indiana, died on Sunday, May 15, 2011, in Franklin United Methodist Community at Franklin.
Born on June 18, 1923, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Guy and Gladys McClure Strickler.
She married Joseph Meredith Johnson on November 30,1939; he preceded her in death in 2002.
Ted Swoveland, 74, of Berne, died Thursday in Chalet Village Nursing Home.
He was born to Robert and Gertrude Swoveland.
Among survivors are his wife, Shirley; a son, Bradley Swoveland of Sturgis, Michigan; a daughter, Marsha Swoveland of Pleasant Mills; three brothers, including Charles Swoveland of rural Decatur; and three sisters, including Linda Anderson of Decatur.
Edward Hockemeyer, 89, of Monroeville, died at 3:35 p.m. Saturday in The Village of Heritage nursing home in Monroeville.
He was born on August 15, 1921, in Allen County to William F. and Clara Thieme Hockemeyer.
He married Catherine M. Springer on September 17, 1944; she passed away on March 4, 2010.
He was a lifelong farmer and a member of St. John Lutheran Church (Flatrock).