Archive - Dec 2012
A fairy tale story with a tragic ending was voted as the No.5 news story of 2012 by employees of the Decatur Daily Democrat.
On September 15, Decatur resident Bob Brown married his childhood sweetheart, Edith Northrup, in Berne. It was a match 50 years in the making.
On June 9, 1960, at the age of 19, Brown came into contact with 7,200 volts of electricity while working at a construction site. He lost both of his hands and both of his feet in the accident and wore prosthetic limbs since that time.
MISHAWAKA — Bellmont advanced three wrestlers, including unbeaten Brad Busse at 182 pounds, to Friday's placement round in the annual Al Smith Wrestling Invitational.
Freshman Daniel Gunsett went 4-1 at 113 pounds and advanced to the consolation side of the bracket for the Braves, as did Logan Neher at 152 pounds. Neher went 4-1 as well.
Max E. “Lightning” Colchin, 87, of Avilla, formerly of Fort Wayne, left this world on Tuesday, December 25, at Provena Sacred Heart Home.
Max was born on December 26, 1924, in Adams County to the late Fredrick J. and Frances E. (Coffee) Colchin.
On May 3, 1954, he married Margaret Weber; she passed away on August 27, 2012.
Raymond K. "Doc" Milligan, 84, of Geneva, died on Tuesday at his residence.
Among survivors is his wife, Thelma L. (Longnecker) Milligan of Geneva.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. today at Downing & Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be at Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant.
Robert C. Thompson, 83, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 1:10 p.m. on Sunday, December 23, 2012, in the Parkview Hospital-Randallia Drive Campus, Fort Wayne.
Robert was born in Allen County on Wednesday, July 31, 1929, to the late Elmer J. Thompson and Adella W. (Scheumann) Thomspon.
He married Joan L. Fuelling on April 25, 1945, in St. Peter Lutheran Church (Fuelling) in rural Decatur.
Rita Vargas, 73, of Wren, Ohio, died Wednesday.
Arrangements pending at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home.
Decatur and Adams County were returning to normalcy today after the season's first major snowstorm hit the area in the first week of winter.
Officials at the Decatur weather station reported measuring three and one-half inches of snow
The Daily Democrat is taking its annual look at the year's top stories, as chosen by employees of the newspaper. This year, we've decided to stretch out the usual Top 10 to a Top 12 — or 12 in '12.
Bill Borne attended his last official meeting as Adams County Auditor on Wednesday, after serving two four-year terms in that office.
Chairman Doug Bauman began the weekly county commissioners meeting by recognizing this, thanking Borne for his contribution, and adding, "In my opinion, Bill Borne is a very, very knowledgeable person when it comes to county government."
As of 12:30 p.m., Adams County is now at a WATCH Travel Alert Level. According to the Adams County Emergency Management, this status means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public.
To keep up with current codes and conditions, listen to WZBD 92.7 FM, or call (260) 692-6370; Emergency Management at (260) 724-5320; or the Adams County Sheriff's Department at (260) 724-5345.