March 24th, 2011
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.
Adams Central's Derek Roe took the USA Indiana Folkstyle State 125-pound championship this past Saturday, emerging from a field of 22 wrestlers. He scored four wins to go with an opening round bye to earn the championship.
In the second round, Roe knocked off Alex Mix of DeKalb (wrestling club) 10-0, then the Adams Central state streeter knocked off Anthony Schoettle of the Center Grove Wrestling Club, 9-3.
With approximately half of the huge stack of "March Challenge" brackets still unchecked (by tomorrow), there have been some interesting trends, including a strong showing from the "Fox" family.
Middle schooler David Fox (AC) has rolled up 64 points to lead the way so far, scoring 36 points on the East-West side of the bracket. He picks Kansas over UConn for the title. David is 15 points ahead of dad, Dave, who likes Ohio State.
By the end of this year, Adams County must replace all its "stop" signs on rural roads with signs that are more reflective, according to county Highway Superintendent Mark Mitchel.
He told the county commissioners on Monday that he is working with the Butler, Fairman, and Seufert engineering and consulting firm in Indianapolis to seek a $50,000 grant to buy and erect the new "stop" signs.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State-funded vouchers for private schools and a shift of money to charter schools are necessary steps in the effort to improve Indiana’s education system, the state schools superintendent said Tuesday.
Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett told the Senate Appropriations Committee that he thought the state should seize the opportunity to remake its education system at a time when neighboring states are facing school funding cuts.
Faye Lois Fritzinger, 83, formerly of rural Decatur, died at 10:07 a.m. Tuesday in Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home at Fort Wayne.
She was born on August 5, 1927, in Paulding County, Ohio, to Charles E. and Emma M. Lehman Vance.
She married Arthur N. Fritzinger on April 28, 1951; he survives.
She retired in 1989 from Automatic Sprinkler at Monroe with 20 years of service and previously worked for seven years at General Electric in Fort Wayne.