January 17th, 2011
R. Rolando “Roli” Rangel, 33, of Noblesville, Indiana, formerly of Decatur, died unexpectedly at his residence on Thursday, January 13, 2011.
He was the son of Roberto M. and Irma O. (Serna) Rangel of Decatur. Roli was born on December 10, 1977 in Decatur.
He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur and its Hispanic Society.
D. Florine Thatcher, 88, of Decatur, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2011, in Vancrest Nursing Home at Convoy, Ohio.
She was born on June 17, 1922, to Lester V. and Grace C. (Cully) Everett in Wren, Ohio.
On October 1, 1960, she married Joseph W. Thatcher; he passed away on May 8, 2005.
Leland "Gene" Welker, 84, of Bemidji, Minnesota, died on Monday, January 10, 2011, at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.
Leland Eugene Welker was born on December 5, 1926, in Monmouth to Harley "Chip" Welker and Christena (Rumschlag) Welker. His mother died when he was an infant and he was raised by an uncle and an aunt, Frank and Rose Loshe.
He grew up and attended school in Decatur.
The second accident involving a school bus in Adams County in less than a week occurred Friday in downtown Decatur at 3:20 p.m.
A Decatur Police Department report said Lydia A. Lockwood, 16, Hickory Road, Decatur, was eastbound in her van at the intersection of Monroe and Third Street. She told police she thought she had the green light and entered the intersection.
Fire destroyed a mobile home in the Country Acres area, southwest of Decatur, late Sunday night and killed two dogs that were in the residence.
No people were home when the fire started.
A spokesman for the Decatur Fire Department said today that the mobile home was owned by Michelle Colbert and that the blaze remains under investigation.
Damage also was incurred by a parked pickup truck and the exterior of a neighboring mobile home.
For the most part Saturday night, the Bellmont Squaws' gas tank was running fairly smooth on 87 octane.
Unfortunately for the Squaws, their opponents, the Norwell Knights were running full tilt on 93 octane and the Knights, now 14-1 on the year, polished off the Squaws, now 7-8, by a 72-51 count at the Teepee.
Bellmont charged out of the locker room and outscored visiting Van Wert 8-1 to start the third period, taking a 41-40 lead, but the unbeaten Cougars regrouped, found their offense and outscored the Braves 27-9 the rest of the way for a 67-50 win Saturday afternoon.
"They came to play a little bit and obviously shot it better than they did last night, and they were a little comfortable early," stated veteran Van Wert David Froelich.
FORT WAYNE—They played dead-even with the highest-scoring team in the state—15 lead changes, 10 ties, and zero backdowns.
They forced that team into its first overtime of what could become a historic season.
They even caused that go-go team to stall a while in the fourth quarter.
They did not, however, get a victory.
FORT WAYNE—Bellmont held North Side scoreless for the first six and a half minutes of its girls varsity basketball game Thursday night at the By Hey Arena and came away with an easy 56-33 non-conference triumph to raise its record to 7-6 on the season.
Bellmont had run up a 13-0 advantage before the Redskins could score and the closest North Side could ever get after that was nine at 19-10.
North Adams Community Schools have received praise from State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Bennett for achieving adequate yearly progress (AYP) in each of the past seven years.
In a letter from Bennett to Superintendent Wylie Sirk, Bennett congratulated the district for its efforts.
"This is an outstanding accomplishment and I want to express my gratitude for the hard work of your teaching staff and the strength you have shown as superintendent in your district," Bennett's letter said.