October 19th, 2012
Ralph E. Smith Jr., 81, of Decatur, passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at a hospital in Texas.
He was born in Paoli, Ind., on April 21, 1931, to the late Ralph E. Smith Sr. and Charlotte F. Smith.
Ralph married Nella R. (Potter) Smith on June 13, 1953; she died on October 28, 2007.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was a Korean War veteran and a member of the Adams County Board of Elections. Ralph retired from E & L Transport.
The Adams County Sheriff's Department and other emergency personnel faced an unusual scenario on Thursday as well over 100 cattle were running loose just north of Decatur.
Several sheriff's deputies, along with workers from the dairy farm from which the cattle escaped, worked late into the night chasing the cattle in an effort to return them to the pasture. As of late last night, approximately 12 were still on the loose, according to the spokesperson.
Brian Strauss, who recently resigned as principal at South Adams Elementary School, is facing a number of charges in connection with allegations of improper conduct with a student at South Central Elementary School, LaPorte County, where he taught before coming to Adams County.
Strauss, 40, is charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony; sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class C felony; child solicitation, a Class C felony; and vicarious sexual gratification, a Class D felony.
Members of the congregation at First Missionary Church in Berne have launched a Nick’s NEW Coat Project in honor of Nick Taylor, the South Adams graduate who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan earlier this year as a member of the Indiana National Guard.
The project grew out of a story, told during the soldier's funeral, in which a young Nick Taylor chose to give a fellow student in need his new coat (see related story).
William Herbert Lewis, 76, of White House, Tenn., died Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at his home.
Bill was born on February 25, 1936 in Crawfordsville, Indiana, to the late Gerald Lewis and Frances Minnick.
Bill was known as Papu.
Louis A. Wolpert, 91, of Decatur died today at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.
BLUFFTON—After the roller coaster ride back and forth in the first four sets between South Adams and Churubusco, it was the Eagles' Alisha Farner whose serve will be in the Lady Stars' nightmares for the rest of the off-season.
In the deciding fifth set, Farner started Churubusco on a rally that saw them to a 9-0 lead behind four aces and a lot of SA miscues on service returns en route to a first-round sectional victory for the Eagles over South Adams 25-22, 24-26, 25-14, 21-25, 3-15.
A crew from Luginbill Excavating made short work of the demolition of a residence on the northeast corner of Jefferson and Third streets in Decatur on Wednesday.
As pedestrians gathered and motorists drove past to see, the former Richard Roudebush home was razed in anticipation of converting the site into a green space area to be used by the Adams Public Library System.
Members of the Adams County Regional Sewer District board hope to know by next month the future of a proposed a proposed $4.5 million sewer project to serve the rural areas of Monmouth, Bobo, Pleasant Mills and Arcadia Village.
What shape that project takes, if any, will largely depend on upcoming negotiations with Decatur officials over ancillary costs associated with treating sewage from the outlying areas.
Dr. Kathleen Heimann joined the staff of Adams Memorial (AMH) Hospital this week and is partnering with Drs. Crystal Jencks and Jessamine Hippensteel in their Decatur Family Medicine practice.
Heimann is currently accepting new patients to the Decatur Family Medicine group as well as obstetric patients. A hospital spokesperson said, “Dr. Heimann has a special gift in relating to and educating her patients, plus she is fluent in Spanish.”