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Stories from Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Skaters, city officials address need for park (03/30/05)
Chris Blevins, 19, grinds down a cement edge in an empty parking lot near Meridian Street Tuesday. Such an edge is like a rail to skateboarders. A nearly year-old proposal to construct a skateboarding park in Brazil will be brought back for consideration at the next Brazil City Park Board meeting April 13...
Moving forward (03/30/05)
Changes to come after Brazil Main Street takes off Mayor Tom Arthur said changes for downtown Brazil are ahead in the next few years. Arthur said changes will take place in "baby steps. We'll start seeing little things." These small changes, hopefully resulting in a revitalization of the downtown area between Depot and Vandalia streets will begin with the efforts of the Brazil Main Street organization, he said...
Red Cross accepting donations for victims of Indonesian earthquake (03/30/05)
Any money donated to the American Red Cross can be directly used to aid victims of the recent earthquake in Indonesia that officials are expecting has claimed upwards of 2,000 lives. "At this point, because it's an international situation, people can help by making financial donations," said Carol Stevens, American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter executive director...
Wrestlers awarded for outstanding year (03/30/05)
Northview presented their postseason wrestling awards recently. Special award winners included (Back row l-r) Jeremiah Allen, Greg Stultz and Tony Sanabria. (Front row l-r) Austin Nicosin, Corey Grigsby and Brent Withers. The Northview Knights put the cap on a stellar wrestling season by handing out their season awards...
WANETA HALL BEDWELL (03/30/05)
Waneta Hall Bedwell, 91, of Brazil died at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at Trinity West Hospital in Rock Island, Ill. Born in Brazil on March 12, 1914, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Xenia Wolverton Hall. She attended Brazil High School. In 1949 she married Estelle Bedwell...
WILLIAM O. BARNETT SR. (03/30/05)
William O. Barnett Sr., 70, of Reelsville, died Monday, March 28, 2005, in his residence. Born June 13, 1934, in Reelsville, he was the son of James and Valena Bond Barnett and married Ruby Fulk Barnett on Feb. 7, 1959. He was an auto mechanic for several years in Brazil until retirement in 1996 and was a U.S. Army veteran. He enjoyed birds, gardening, mushroom hunting and being a grandpa...