July 6th, 2011
Decatur's Fourth of July celebration was a dandy, with ideal weather, a huge crowd, the well-deserved honoring of two deceased local men, and a great fireworks show.
There was one a hitch, though, and it was a major one: problems with the sound system.
Chief celebration organizer Adam Eguia attended Tuesday night's city council meeting to issue plenty of praise and thanks, and to address problems with the sound system.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago.
Anthony, 25, wept as the judge read the verdict, which jurors reached after less than 11 hours of deliberation over two days. She was charged with first-degree murder, which could have brought the death penalty if she had been convicted.
The second annual Decatur Baseball Association skills contest, for boys ages 7 through 12, will be held on Wednesday, July 6, with registration starting at 5:15 p.m.
The Clemente (7-8) group will compete at 6 p.m., the Mays (9-10) group at approximately 6:45, and the Reese (11-12) group at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Players should register as early as possible, or at least a half hour prior to competing.
The tourney draw for the Adams-Wells Koufax League published in Friday's Daily Democrat was apparently in error.
The correct draw was issued today by league officials. The tourney will begin today with two games at Worthman Field and two games at Don Ray Memorial Park in Monroe. There will be games tonight, Wednesday and Thursday, and games next week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
The slate, by day, is as follows:
Monday's Independence Day service in Decatur was dedicated to all who are serving in the United States military, but especially to two local men who died half-a-world apart.
Tragedy marred the long Fourth of July holiday weekend in Adams County, with a young rural Monroe man losing his life in a farming accident and several people injured in traffic accident.
Mahlon I. Schwartz, died at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne on Friday night of injuries suffered in a farming accident earlier that evening.
An Adams County Sheriff's Department report said Schwartz, 22, was run over by a hay wagon on County Rd. 200 South at CR 300 East around 7:49 p.m.
The pride and joy was evident in Michael Baer's voice.
It was not a personal pride, although that would have been understandable for the man who led a 16-member delegation from South Adams Schools on a remarkable humanitarian mission to provide clean drinking water to residents of the earthquake-ravaged areas around Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Margaret B. Beitler, 92, of Berne, died Friday at Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born to Martin L. Luginbill and Linda Luginbill.
Among survivors are her husband, Richard Beitler; two daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Ellen) King of Clarksville, Tennessee, and Mrs. Bryce (Carolyn) Hoffman of Monroe; and four sons, Paul Beitler of Bluffton; Samuel Beitler of Evansville; and Ryan and Ted Beitler of Berne.
Jana D. Burry, 61, of Fort Wayne, a former resident of Berne, died Friday in Parkview Hospital at Fort Wayne.
She was born in Decatur on April 13, 1950, to Evan H. and Helen Patterson Brunner, who live in Berne.
Other survivors are a son, Jason Burry of Bluffton, and a sister, Pamela Heiman of Findlay, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva, with burial in MRE Cemetery, rural Berne. Visiting hours are 5-8 p.m. today.
Erline M. Girard, 86, of Decatur, passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2011, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born on April, 9, 1925 in Effingham, South Carolina, to Francis C. and Ethel M. (Cain) Freeman.
She married Adrian J. Girard Jr. on September 14, 1945; he passed away on January 18, 2004.