The Daily Democrat is taking its annual look at the year's top stories, as chosen by employees of the newspaper. This year, we've decided to stretch out the usual Top 10 to a Top 12 — or 12 in '12.
Bill Borne attended his last official meeting as Adams County Auditor on Wednesday, after serving two four-year terms in that office.
Chairman Doug Bauman began the weekly county commissioners meeting by recognizing this, thanking Borne for his contribution, and adding, "In my opinion, Bill Borne is a very, very knowledgeable person when it comes to county government."
As of 12:30 p.m., Adams County is now at a WATCH Travel Alert Level. According to the Adams County Emergency Management, this status means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public.
To keep up with current codes and conditions, listen to WZBD 92.7 FM, or call (260) 692-6370; Emergency Management at (260) 724-5320; or the Adams County Sheriff's Department at (260) 724-5345.
Juanita E. Campos, 72, of Decatur, died Friday, December 21, 2012, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Kentucky on December 13, 1940, to the late Ballard B. and Fannie Elizabeth (Hodge) Combs.
Juanita had worked for Automatic Sprinkler as a pipe fitter.
Max E. Colchin, 87, Avilla, formerly of Decatur, died Tuesday.
Arrangements pending at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.
Barbara A. (Lewton) Haynes, 75, of Auburn, passed away Friday, December 21, 2012, at DeKalb Health in Auburn.
She was born in Decatur on September 14, 1937, to the late Richard D. and Frieda T. (Amstutz) Lewton.
Barbara married Richard L. Haynes on Aug. 10, 1958, at the Fifth Street United Methodist Church in Decatur; he passed away June 3, 1980.
Gertrude I. Hendricks, 86, of Decatur, died Saturday, December 22, 2012, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Adams County on April 8, 1926, to the late Lawrence and Marie (Andrews) Banning.
On August 21, 1943, she married Richard E. Hendricks; he preceded her in death on June 3, 1985.
Gertrude was a homemaker.
Jack Edson Reiff, 89, of Decatur, passed away at 6:05 a.m. on December 14, 2012, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
He had been a resident the past two years at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
Jack was born in Bluffton on April 12, 1923, to the late Johnnie and Gladys (Quick) Reiff.
Jennifer Beth Shaw, 67, of Washington Court House, Ohio, died at 2:45 a.m. Friday, December 21, 2012, at the Court House Manor Nursing Home, where she had been a patient since December 13.
Jennifer was born in Berne on February 24, 1945, to the late Horace and Hulda Sommer Lehman.
She was a 1963 graduate of Berne-French High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. She later achieved a master’s degree in health administration.
Hobert M. Spencer, 89, of Preble, died Friday, December 21, 2012, at Oakbrook Village in Huntington.
He was born in Decatur on April 7, 1923, to the late Harry A. and Sina R. (Johnson) Spencer.
Hobert married Vera L. Affolder on June 27, 1942; she survives in Preble.
He attended Salem United Church of Christ in Magley. He was a member of the American Legion Post 43 and the Masonic Lodge 571, and served during World War II in the U.S. Air Force.