Archive - 2013
Richard W. "Hap" Sprunger, 67, of Decatur, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2013, in the Lutheran Hospital of Indiana.
Hap was born on Sunday, July 29, 1945, in Van Wert, Ohio, to the late Roman M. and Audra E. "Dollie" (Chronister) Sprunger.
He married Martha H. Bleeke on October 14, 1967, in Decatur; she passed away on April 29, 2009. He married Carolyn M. Lambert on November 10, 2012; she survives.
Sewage utility rates in Berne and Monroe will rise by more than 20 percent to pay for an upgrade to the Berne waste water treatment plant as mandated by state environmental officials.
The city is under orders from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to reduce the amount of ammonia contained in waste water effluent that is being discharged from the plant to area rivers and streams. Improvements must be completed by 2015.
A Berne factory which began 2012 with 225 full-time employees and was down to 140 by year's end, now plans to move some of its operations to other plants and is seeking a buyer for the remainder of the business.
It is not clear how the remaining workers at Ficosa North America will be affected, officials said, although it's likely some will lose their jobs.
The movement of the work is expected to be completed by the end of May.
Ficosa is a supplier to the auto industry
The Adams County Commissioners on Monday chose Tyler Technologies of Jasper, Indiana, to perform the county's reassessment this year.
Assessor Don Kuhn told the commissioners he received the following bids: PSC Associates, $41,082.40; Appraisal Research, $34,875; Nexus Group Property Tax Consultants, $43,775; Indiana Assessment Services, $37,320; and Tyler Technologies, $25,800.
At the recommendation of both Kuhn and County Attorney Mark Burry, the commissioners approved the Tyler firm to do the work.
Cody Walburn may have had a premonition about his first round foe at the 75th annual IHSAA State Wrestling Finals.
"Brandon James finished third at New Castle," Walburn noted Saturday after he finished second at the Fort Wayne Semistate 126-pound division. Seconds and thirds square off Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the preliminary round. Winners move on and place on Saturday, losers head to the seats.
Adeline M. Fuentes, 90, of Decatur, passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
She was born on Saturday, December 16, 1922, in Elizabeth, N.J., to the late John and Minnie (Bochman) Milligan.
Adeline married Frank Fuentes on September 25, 1948, in N.J.; he passed away February 2, 2012.
Adeline attended St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur. She worked for 15 years at Anchor Corporation in the mail room.
Timothy A. Gase, 50, of Decatur, died Saturday February 9, 2013.
Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.
The Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team (ERT) was summoned to Decatur Sunday evening to assist the Adams County Sheriff's Department with the execution of a search warrant after county officers received information that a man they believed to be heavily armed was in a local residence.
Sheriff Shane Rekeweg said police are actively looking for Wade Richard Crone, 26, who is wanted on a charge of criminal confinement, a class D felony.
Sheriff Shane Rekeweg hopes to make some changes in the technology of the sheriff's department this year.
The current PSAP system (which records caller information from 911 phone calls) has been malfunctioning for the past two years, including times when it doesn't work at all. The current company has failed to fix all of the "bugs," so Rekeweg and county Information Technology Director Landon Patterson have decided to switch the system to one offered by Frontier.
A Noble County Superior Court judge has ruled that Paul David Baker, 49, of Monroeville, violated his probation terms for conviction of child molesting and battery.
Judge Robert Kirsch found Baker in violation due to charges filed against Baker in Adams County last July for two counts of unlawful employment near children by a sexual predator.