March 25th, 2011
With all the brackets scored for the opening three rounds leading up to Thursday's regional semi-final battles, some other "DDD March Challenge" contestants deserve mention.
One of the top scores for the first three rounds belonged to Rob Knefelkamp, who totaled 61 points. Unfortunately, Rob liked Duke to take it all, so he's out. Kevin Ripley and David Miller (of Monroe) totaled 57 points, and picked Duke.
Leona M. Amburgey, 81, formerly of Willshire, Ohio, died Thursday in Colonial Nursing Center at Rockford, Ohio.
She was born to Roy and Goldie Bollenbacher Luginbill.
Among survivors are two daughters, Rita Amburgey and Mrs. Randy (Nina) Habegger of Willshire.
Patricia Ann Gerber, 81, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at her home in Fort Wayne following an extended illness.
She was born in Decatur and was a former resident of Ossian and Cedarville, Michigan.
She was a member of Woodburn Missionary Church.
Katie S. Schwartz, one day old, of rural Berne, died Thursday in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne.
She was born on Wednesday in Decatur to Samuel J. and Mandy J.E. Girod Schwartz of rural Berne.
The family belongs to the Old Order Amish.
The Decatur Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Mind's Eye Graphics of Decatur and Armanda Designs, has announced that it will present a series of events called First Tuesday to help local businesses make the most out of their assets.
The initial First Tuesday event will be held on April 5 at 8 a.m. in Mind's Eye Graphics, 1019 Commerce Dr., at the far western end of an addition to Industrial Park.
Officials said space is limited to 15 people.
As is a monthly custom, the Decatur Rotary Club hosted three Bellmont Middle School athletes for a dinner on March 17 at the Back 40 Junction.
Swimmers Connor Ross and Reagan Burry and wrestler Quinton Ganaway were treated to a meal and given certificates for being named March Athletes of the Month by the Decatur Rotary Club.
Rotary Club member Penny Parrish presented the three students with certificates.
Jim Fuelling picked both Butler and Marquette to be in the Sweet 16, the only such picker so far (more sheets to be checked) in the Decatur Daily Democrat March Challenge NCAA picking contest. He scored 54 points in picking Ohio State.
Josh Fisher and Chester Smith totaled 57 points and both took Kansas. Samantha Macklin did well early and earned 57 points ... but had Texas as the champ.
Yvonne Raudenbush, a longtime Duke fan, has 54 points and her Blue Devils, and Moss Whitright as the same number and Duke.
Grace E. Heemstra, 91, Berne, died Wednesday in Swiss Village Retirement Community.
She was born to Ira C. and Nina Burgess Hinkle.
Surviving are a stepson, Ted Heemstra of Fort Wayne, and a stepdaughter, Nancy Yeager of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the chapel at Swiss Village, with graveside services at 2 p.m. in Maplewood Cemetery at Reading, Michigan. Visitation is 9-10 a.m. Friday in the Swiss Village chapel.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health advocates will have to live with wide exemptions in a proposed statewide smoking ban because a stricter, more comprehensive ban wouldn’t be able to pass the conservative Senate, the head of a Senate committee said.
Sen. Ron Alting, R- Lafayette, said the bill has its best shot in years of passing because of exemptions for casinos, bars, clubs and even nursing homes.
By DAVID GERMAIN and HILLEL ITALIE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed film goddess whose sultry screen persona, stormy personal life and enduring fame and glamour made her one of the last of the old-fashioned movie stars and a template for the modern celebrity, died Wednesday at age 79.
She was surrounded by her four children when she died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks, said publicist Sally Morrison.