August 14th, 2012
Berne City Council on Monday evening approved the city's first water rate hike in more than 30 years. Following a lengthy discussion the panel agreed to an increase which will boost the average customer's monthly water bill by nearly $8.50.
Clerk-treasurer Gwen Maller said residents of the city of Berne have not experienced an increase in water rates since 1980. The last time water utility rates in the city were adjusted was 2000, and on that occasion the rates were reduced, Maller said.
Berne city officials have reduced their proposed fee increase for rural fire protection services in 2013, but did not agree to a request from trustees in southern Adams County townships to leave the fire protection costs at 2012 levels.
Berne had submitted to the townships a 3.5 percent increase in fire service charges for 2013, after several years of imposing a 5 percent annual hike. But the township officials balked at the proposed increase.
South Adams opened their volleyball season at home last night with a contest against the Blackford Lady Bruins that ended in a four set win for the visitors spoiling new head coach Amie Sprunger's first match.
After losing the first set, 25-21, the Stars let set two fall away without a fight, 25-12. Coach Sprunger rallied the troops and SA came alive taking the third set, 25-16, then fell, 29-27 in extra volleyball during the fourth set.
Embattled South Adams Athletic Director Mike Pries confirmed this morning that he has resigned his position.
Pries, who survived a 3-2 vote of the school board two years ago after then-superintendent Cathy Egolf attempted to have him fired, recently was highlighted when it was learned Paul David Baker, 48, a friend of Pries, was a SA volunteer girls basketball coach who was required to register as a sexually violent predator.
Adams County Clerk Gayla Reinhart has announced that those interested in becoming a candidate for any of the three public school boards in Adams County has until noon on August 24 to file an application.
Forms are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the clerk’s office in the courthouse.
At this time, Reinhart said, only two individuals, Derek Vrablic and Robert (Bob) Thomas, have filed for seats, both for a North Adams board seat from District One.
Cam Collier, grants committee member of the Adams County Community Foundation, has announced that a grant check was recently awarded to the Decatur Sculpture Walk Committee to help provide funding to help support the first outside art gallery in Decatur.
Earl E. Dawson, 80, of Decatur, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2012, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Friday, October 9, 1931, in Monroeville, to the late Harold R. and Eulalia M. (Martin) Dawson.
Earl married Eileen D. Davis on September 6, 1952, in St. Rose Catholic Church in Monroeville. They would have celebrated 60 years of marriage next month.
Betty J. Guenin, 84, Hoagland, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2012, at Parkview Hospital.
She was born on Sunday, September 4, 1927, in Bascobel, Wisconsin, to the late Walter N. and Minnie P. (Rogers) Hoffman.
Betty married Lloyd E. Guenin on June 21, 1947; he passed away on April 29, 2005.
She was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church. She retired in December of 1988 from East Allen County Schools with 15 years of service in the cafeteria.
Leroy V. Hoagland, 90, of Monroe, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2012, at Adams County Extended Care Woodcrest.
He was born on August 4, 1922, to the late Clarence and Beatrice (Whittenbarger) Hoagland.
Leroy married his wife of 68 years, Ruth (Hannie) Hoagland, on December 18, 1943; she survives in Monroe.
Esther L. Patch, 86, of Decatur, passed away on August 10, 2012, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Adams County on April 17, 1926, to the late Marcus and Rebecca (Mason) Luginbill.
She married Jesse L. Patch on January 5, 1947; he died on November 29, 2008.
Esther was a member of First Baptist Church in Decatur, where she was in The Women’s Missionary Society. She retired in 1988 after more than 20 years of service with Central Soya (Bunge) as a Research Secretary.