August 2nd, 2011
Julia W. Banta, 89, of Geneva, passed away at 4:10 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
She was born on Friday, February 10, 1922, in Portland to LeFinley Hiles and Shirley Maud Teagle Farris.
Mrs. Banta was a graduate of Portland High School.
Audra E. Miller, 88, of Decatur, passed away at 1:15 a.m. on Monday, August 1, 2011, at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
Born on June 2, 1923, in Celina, Ohio, to Dallas and Anna (Suhr) Coats, she married Fuhrman P. Miller on March 24, 1946; he died on Oct. 3, 2010.
A graduate of Celina High School, she was a homemaker and supported her husband's ministry for more than 50 years, which took her to Avilla (1952-1954), Rensselaer (1954-1957), Linn Grove (1957-1961), Decatur (1961-1976), and Goshen (1976-1987).
Due to the dry conditions evident in much of Adams County, Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel is urging the public to use common sense by not burning anything outdoors.
The county does not have a no-burning order in effect, Marckel said, but everyone should avoid starting outside fires at this time.
Due to the retirement on July 31 of Terry Nevil, who served as a deputy sheriff for some 32 years, and pending surgery for another deputy, Jody Mawhorr, Sheriff Shane Rekeweg on Monday received permission from the Adams County Commissioners to hire a full-time deputy.
Tickets for the play "Cuties of Decatur," which will have four performances during the 175th anniversary celebration of the City of Decatur this month, are available through the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, 125 E. Monroe St.
Tickets are $8 for the shows at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17; 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 18; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, in the cafetorium of Bellmont Middle School.
WICHITA, Ka. — Holly Hankenson, who will be a sophomore at Bellmont High School this fall, finished fifth in the nation, earning All-American status, in the USA Junior National Track and Field Heptathlon competition, which concluded Sunday.
Hankenson qualified for the USA Junior Nationals by winning the Region 7 Heptathlon competition.
Hankenson won the shot put and 800 sections of the Heptathlon, going a strong 2:24 in the final 800 event.
The Adams Central Football Mothers' Club will conduct its annual chicken barbecue on Saturday, August 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Adams Central Cafetorium.
Both dine-in and carry-out meals will be available.
The meal will consist of one-half of a Nelson's chicken, baked beans, choice of slaw, applesauce or potato salid, roll, dessert and a drink. Cost will be $7.
(Editor's Note: The following story is used with the permission of the Indianapolis Star. Harley Parnell Hisner, father of Bellmont teacher/coach Randy Hisner, was born near Maples in Allen County. He currently resides on the outskirts of Monroeville; his wife, Anna, is at The Village of Heritage at Monroeville.)
Harley Hisner wonders how they find him.
What's that stuff in the St. Marys River?
According to Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel, who led the local investigation on Friday into a brownish-looking discoloration in the water at Pleasant Mills, the material is only algae that built up in area streams and ditches due to stagnation during a long dry spell, then got washed into the river by recent rain that fell in Ohio.
Remember the project announced some four years ago to convert the former Schafer Building, at First and Madison Sts. in downtown Decatur, into a complex of 26 condominiums?
Now, the owner of that structure, Robert J. Pike of New Richmond, Wisconsin, says he still plans to create the condos, but instead of offering them to the public at-large, he plans to let United States military veterans live there.