October 27th, 2010
A high-wind warning remained in effect for the Decatur area and much of northeast Indiana today, but no storms of the type that hit the area on Tuesday were expected.
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported in its morning edition that meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Syracuse confirmed that tornadoes touched down in Huntington, Whitley, Wabash and Van Wert counties. No serious injuries or deaths were reported.
A tornado that apparently developed near the Indiana-Ohio state line caused significant damage in Van Wert County, Ohio, at midday Tuesday, but no one was injured.
Van Wert County Emergency Management Director Rick McCoy reported that the twister struck about 11:15 a.m. as it moved north of US 224 toward Convoy, Ohio. Wind speeds were recorded at 80 to 85 mph.
He also said strong rotational winds were spotted by radar near Berne, with speeds up to 70 mph.
An inspired Bellmont volleyball squad answered the challenge of a game Western team to close out the first two games, then put away the Panthers with dominating power in the third game, 25-9, to earn the 12th regional championship for BHS Tuesday in front of the largest crowd of the season at the Teepee.
The Daily Democrat Cowboys remained perfect Saturday, defeating the Burkhalter Plumbing and Heating Bengals 14-0 in the DFL championship game played at Bob Worthman Stadium.
The Cowboys finished at 5-0 for the year and did not yield a touchdown the entire season. The Bengals moved the ball inside the Cowboys five-yard line in the final period, but lost the ball on a fumble.
The usual passel of awards was passed out after Monday night's Callithumpian Parade, which was conducted in some of the best weather in the event's history.
A huge crowd turned out for the annual event, with temperatures in the 60s.
The four float awards went to the following: first, Kekionga Steel Drumz of Fort Wayne; second, The Haunted Barn in rural Hoagland; third, Fennig Landscaping; and fourth, Decatur Dance Academy.
Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman all showed up in Decatur's Callithumpian Parade Tuesday night. (Photo by Eric Mann)
Gregory A. Tannehill, 56, of Decatur, died on Saturday, October 23, 2010, at Leconte Medical Center in Sevierville, Tennessee.
Greg was born on September 12, 1954, in Garden City, Michigan, to Robert E. and Virginia C. (Lemons) Tannehill.
He married Linda L. Olds on July 31, 1982.
Greg retired as a wastewater technician and industrial plumber. He was a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the United States Navy.
Beulah M. Schwartz, 80, of Bluffton, died on Monday in Bluffton Regional Medical Center.
She was born in Adams County on May 7, 1930 to Sam and Rose Minger Bertsch.
Among survivors are two sons, Gary Schwartz of Bluffton and Dale Schwartz of Decatur, and one daughter, Mrs. Gary (Sharon) Merritt of Craigville.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Apostolic Christian Church at Vera Cruz, with burial in Apostolic Christian Cemetery.
Opposites will be attacking tonight at the Teepee.
Bellmont, one of the most consistent winners in Indiana volleyball history with 27 sectional championships, will play host tonight to Western, which now has exactly two sectional titles in its school history.
"Our game goal was to win sectional," said second-year Western head coach Lindsay Reinking.
Bellmont senior Brittany Thatcher was named recently first team All-NHC in girls soccer.
Thatcher was one of five Bellmont girls to be named to the squad, which finished tied for third in the NHC with a 4-3 record.
Thatcher was named as a midfielder for the Squaws. Junior defender Shelby Wright and sophomore forward Andrea Fruchte were named to the second team.
Senior midfielder Jessica Brewer and junior forward Taylor Kennedy were given honorable mention on the squad.