Archive - 2013
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.
Another nail was driven into the future of the Building Trades program Tuesday as the Adams Central Board of Education picked up where it left off at last month's meeting and issued a reduction in force (RIF) notice to teacher Andy Hackenjos.
The tribute to Dr. Wylie Sirk as he nears the end of his career as an educator was befitting the man himself: brief, direct, respectful and dignified.
The North Adams school board bid farewell to Sirk at the end of Tuesday night's board meeting in simple fashion, with a few kind words and a gift as a token of their appreciation for his years of service to the school board. A few former board members were on hand for the occasion as well.
On Tuesday night, the South Adams School Board decided to continue several programs, including Life Matters Counseling, RISQ, and the School Resource Officer. The programs were formerly funded by the Safe Schools Healthy Students grant, which expired this year.
William F. Rumschlag, 78, of Decatur, died Monday, June 10, 2013, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
Bill was born on February 22, 1935, in Adams County to the late Bernard and Hilda (Coyne) Rumschlag.
He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus 864 and Decatur Eagles Lodge. He served in the United States Army.
Eugene R. Vetter, 78, passed away June 6, 2013.
Among survivors are his companion, Judy Eggert; children, Randy (Dianna) Vetter, Cindy (Dan) Gerber, Marilyn (Curt) Main, Tamara (Stewart) Gase, and Gary (Lori) Vetter; 40 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Lydia; sisters, Carol Meyers, Gloria Nelson, and Virginia (Alan) Miller; many nieces and nephews; and extended family through Judy, Bob (Debbie) Eggert and Jeff (Julie) Eggert.
Eugene was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Vetter.
This year's Relay for Life will be held at Adams Central School beginning at noon on Saturday, June 22, and ending at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 23.
All local and area residents are invited and strongly encouraged to attend this meaningful event to support survivors and their caregivers, a news release said. This year's theme is "Celebrating With Colors."
Two weeks after putting in place Adams County's first so-called "super abatement" phase-in policy to encourage and reward local job development, Berne City Council on Monday approved a five-year waiver of all real and personal property tax liability for the FCC (Adams) automotive supply company. Under the terms of the new tax abatement policy, the company will receive 100 percent tax freedom for five years and partial tax relief for five additional years.