Archive - Jun 2013
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Fort Wayne has confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down on the south side of Willshire, Wednesday night, traveling about three blocks and leaving heavy damage in the area.
The NWS reported the tornado was on the ground less than two minutes with maximum wind speed estimated at 80 mph. Although the tornado was short-lived, it caused substantial damage to homes, ripping off roofs, snapping trees, and rolling a stand-alone garage off its foundation.
"We were very fortunate," Adams County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director John August said this morning.
"There were some power outages in Monroe and a few trees down here and there; other than that, we had nothing reported to us. Those reports (downed trees) came to us from deputies," August said.
Art Booth of the Geneva Fire Department presented a special request to the Geneva Town Council at its June meeting, asking to use the fire station as fire and rescue career training for high school students.
Recently graduated Bellmont track star Alexis Harvey has been selected to participate in the 39th annual Midwest Men and Women’s Meet of Champions tomorrow at Northrop High School’s Spuller Stadium starting at 12:30 p.m.
The Heritage Patriots baseball squad ran away with the ACAC this season posting a 7-0 record to earn the title, and their excellence was rewarded by the conference with five members on the first and second teams.
Although many Decatur and Adams County residents were heading for basements and other types of shelter late Wednesday night, the area appeared to have been spared the worst of Wednesday's long-predicted storms.
There were no reports this morning of any major damage here or in the county and, apparently, no ongoing power outages.
Sewer rates in Berne could be going up more than originally anticipated.
While final financing for a proposed $3.9 million upgrade to the city of Berne's waste water treatment plant will ultimately determine the final scope of that rate hike, various scenarios laid out before Berne City Council on Monday suggest that the increase will be more than the $5-7 monthly that was anticipated earlier this year.
The North Adams board of education on Tuesday evening approved a hefty increase in the rates to be paid to substitute bus drivers in the district.
North Adams Business Manager Larry Carty at last month's meeting recommended a 50 percent increase in the pay currently offered to drivers. His recommendation came after illness and personal matters had left the district short of drivers on more than one occasion. The board failed to act on Carty's recommendation at its May meeting and asked him to gather more information.
Larry E. Hawkins, 51, of Decatur, passed away at 7:18 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in the Adams Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.
Larry was born Tuesday, August 22, 1961, in Decatur to the late Virgil L. and Patsy R. (Case) Hawkins.
He was a member of the NRA and the Hoosier Beagle Dog Association and the North American Hunting Club. He liked to hunt. Larry was previously employed by Ossian Packaging and also was a driver for Amish.
Jo A. Hirschy, 51, of Monroe, died Wednesday.
Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.