April 19th, 2011
The crowd was small and the dialog was sparse Monday evening as North Adams school officials held the first of three public meetings to discuss a property tax referendum that will be decided by school district voters on May 3.
State Reps. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, and Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, have co-sponsored a bill, passed out of the House last week with an 82-8 vote, that aligns Indiana law in accordance to federal law permitting licensed, Hoosier gun dealers to sell firearms to customers nationwide.
Senate Bill (SB) 94 "defends our Second Amendment right and spurs economic development by removing sales barriers in the firearms marketplace,” said Lehman in a news release.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana lawmakers appear determined to ease state gun regulations this year despite reservations from local officials and, some advocates say, gun owners themselves.
‘‘I wish the Legislature would spend more time making it harder for dangerous people to get guns rather than making it easier to have guns wherever you want,’’ said Paul Helmke, former Fort Wayne mayor and head of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
So dominant was the Bellmont golf program Saturday morning was evidenced by the fact their second team beat four of the seven teams entered in the annual Bellmont Invitational at the Cross Creek Golf Course.
The number one Bellmont team was never threatened in the meet as they took just 329 strokes to win the 18-hole event. Second place Jay County was in another zip code with 390 strokes while the Bellmont Blue squad fired a respectable 393.
Bellmont baseball coach Ben Fawbush announced his team’s statistics today, noting the .394 team batting average through the first five games. Bellmont is 5-0 overall.
Landon Baker has three of the six BHS home runs, and leads the team with 12 runs scored and 13 RBI. He is also 3-0 as a pitcher with a 2.17 ERA, striking out 16 and walking a pair in 9 and two-thirds innings of work.
"Fireworks" is what one thinks of during celebrations, such as at the Fourth of July.
However, in this area, Fireworks means an ultra-modern way of fighting fires or handling other emergencies inside buildings.
The idea was laid out briefly during the recent annual State of the Schools program at a luncheon meeting of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
Moments of silence often last only 15 or 20 seconds, but the one observed on Thursday evening at Geneva for influential banker and civic linchpin James D. Briggs Jr. was lengthier than usual, running at least one minute.
The solemn tribute to Briggs, one of the most veteran financiers in Indiana, came less than one hour after he died, at age 89, in Adams Memorial Hospital.
Briggs led Bank of Geneva for decades and his son, Andrew, is the current bank president.
Dual theatrical events are scheduled on Saturday, April 30, at Bellmont High School:
The musical "The Phantom of the Opera" will begin its two-day run with a large cast and crew of BHS students.
Rachel R. Graber, 91, of Berne, died today.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
William E. TouVelle, 86, a resident of Berne the last 30 years, died Friday at Harborside Care and Rehabilitation Center in New Haven, his home the past month.
He was born to Robert D. and Lucille Westonhaver TouVelle.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas S. TouVelle of Modesto, California, and William H. TouVelle of Venice, California; a sister, Cynthia TouVelle Hickman of Ohio; and two grandchildren.