July 12th, 2013
As his mother, Jill, held the Bible, Decatur's newest police officer, Trent Busse, took the oath of office from city Clerk-Treasurer Phyllis Whitright this week.
A 2009 graduate of Bellmont High School and a standout member of the school's state championship football team, Busse graduated last spring from Marian College in Indianapolis, having majored in business management and human resources.
Kevin Arvisais, 55, of Decatur, died at 3:19 a.m. Sunday, July 7, in El Paso, Texas.
Among survivors is his mother, Barbara Arvisais of Decatur.
There will be a private family service at a later date.
Ida L. Hodge, 93, of Evansville, Ind., formerly of Decatur, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville.
Ida was born on December 8, 1919, in Ottumwa, Iowa, to the late E.A. and Frances E. (Tomlinson) O’Dell.
On January 21, 1943, she married Aaron S. Hodge, Jr.; he preceded her in death on April 9, 2010.
Dessie M. Neuenschwander, 84, Berne, passed away on July 9, 2013, at the Adams Memorial Hospital.
Among survivors are her husband, Delmar; three sons, Don Neuenschwander, Doug (Joanne) Neuenschwander, both of Berne, and Dave (Christy) Neuenschwander of Warren, Ind.; three daughters, Dana (Kitt) McClung of Portland, Ind., Dian (David) Givens, and Daunita "Jo" (Kurt) Gerig, both of Berne; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
With the loss of the federal grant funding School Resource Officers (SRO) in Adams County, and the falling through of the anonymous donation earmarked to cover the salary costs to keep all three Adams County SROs in the schools, concern over the future of all three SROs has been spotlighted over the past few months.
Both North Adams and Adams Central schools announced in June they would find a way to fund the SRO program, ensuring an officer remains at each school, until another solution could be found.
Brent Lehman presided over his first meeting as the new superintendent of North Adams Community Schools on Tuesday.
Lehman recently wrapped up his tenure at Randolph Eastern School Corporation, where he spent the past three years as superintendent. Lehman previously served as assistant principal at Norwell High School and as principal and assistant principal at South Adams High School. The former assistant principal at Bellmont High School takes over the reins of the school district from Wylie Sirk.
South Adams maintenance director Dave Vorhees gave the school board on Tuesday an update on the work being done at the school.
Vorhees reported that the football concessions stands and restrooms have been pressure-washed and repainted. He also said that the pool has been drained in preparation for a light acid bath and regrouting. It should be ready for use in September.
In another lopsided affair Wednesday night, Master's Heating and Air was a big winner in five frames over Decatur Dental Services, 10-0, for the Reese League title.
Cam Voglewede was stellar again facing only 19 batters in five innings. He struck out 12 of them while walking one and allowing just two hits in the complete game victory. Johnathon Wilder was the losing pitcher throwing 1.2 innings, while Aaron Lehrman relieved for 3.1 frames.
The Adams County Council and the county commissioners met early Tuesday morning to receive a presentation from Dave Sholl of SchenkelSchultz on the courthouse study results, which compared a three-story courthouse concept with a four-story concept.
Former Adams Central Athletic Director (AD) Rick Minnich has been named as the interim AD for the 2013-14 school year. Minnich had retired at the end of the last school year.
Roger Newton, who was hired as AD by the board in June, resigned the position Monday to accept another job.