March 12th, 2014
Adams County is upgrading the travel status to watch level immediately. The upgrade means the conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. Only essential or emergency travel is recommended. Emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations.
Gertrude L. “Trudy” Monroe, 92 of Bluffton, passed away at 12:02 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2014, at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
Trudy was born Sept. 17, 1921, in Bluffton to Charles and Thelma (Robison) Barnes. She was a 1939 graduate of Bluffton High School and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bluffton. Trudy has been a resident of Swiss Village in Berne since 2003.
The total projected cost associated with the construction of a new Adams County jail and superior court building is estimated to be $26.6 million, Todd Samuelson, a partner with the accounting firm of H. J. Umbaugh and Associates, Plymouth, informed county council Tuesday morning.
Umbaugh has been retained to assist the county with the financing aspects of the project, and appeared before council to update the full body on funding data the firm had arrived at through discussions with the delegated committee and consultants.
A school bus from the North Adams school district found the going difficult on Piqua Road this morning as heavy snow and high winds hampered travel in the county. According to reports, no students were on the bus at the time of the slide-off. North Adams was the only school in the county that did not cancel classes this morning. The Adams County Emergency Management Agency issued a travel level advisory by 8 a.m. today.
Photo by Ashley Thieme
The North Adams Community Schools’ board of education recognized the accomplishments of middle school art teacher Scott Cummings at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting.
Cummings recently was awarded the National Wild Turkey Federation 2013 Conservation Educator of the Year award in Nashville, Tenn., for his unique approach to educating the youth about wildlife and conservation through art.
A few days after the release of the NHC girls teams, the boys have been selected for the 2013-14 basketball season for All-Conference as Bellmont senior Cameron Bienz was honored on the second team.
After another brutal year in the NHC, Bellmont went 1-6 in the conference topping only East Noble (0-7) during the regular season. New Haven took the crown this season with a 7-0 mark, while Homestead went 6-1, Norwell 5-2, Carroll 4-3, Columbia City 3-4, and DeKalb 2-5.
The annual State of the Judiciary address was presented by Adams County Circuit Court Judge Chad Kukelhan and Superior Court Judge Patrick Miller to members of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce at Monday’s monthly noon chamber luncheon at Woodcrest retirement community.
Miller, during his portion of the address, touched upon changes coming this summer in the way some criminal defendants are sentenced and where they serve their stints of incarceration.
With the final hearing held Monday night, Mid-America Foundation Co., doing business as Poseidon Barge, received a super tax abatement by a unanimous vote of Berne City Council.
Under a scoring system put in place by the city to rank applications for the enhanced tax abatements now available in Berne, City attorney Dave Baumgartner reported MAFC received scores of 94 for real property and 96 for personal property, well above the required 70 points necessary to qualify for the abatement.
Decatur resident John Hebein entertained the crowd at Saturday’s Spotlight business expo in Decatur with a selection of Frank Sinatra tunes.
Photo by J Swygart
Leona L. Lengerich, 85, Decatur, died Friday, March 7, 2014, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
Leona was born in Adams County, Sept. 9, 1928, to the late Alfred and Rose (Faurote) Rauch.
She married Leonard J. Lengerich Oct. 18, 1952; he survives after 61 years of marriage.
Leona was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and the Rosary Society. She was a homemaker.