November 1st, 2012
New school performance rankings released Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Education show the three high schools in Adams County earned "A" status for the 2011-12 school year.
Three dozen or more local Democrats jammed into a room designed to hold less than half that many on Wednesday to greet a trio of candidates seeking statewide and national office.
With less than a week remaining until the November 6 general election balloting, Decatur got a visit on Wednesday from U.S. Senate candidate Joe Donnelly, gubernatorial hopeful John Gregg and his running mate, State Sen. Vi Simpson, D-Ellettsville.
Incumbent Republican State Representative Matt Lehman is being challenged in the November 6 general election by Democrat newcomer Mike Snyder for the 79th Indiana House of Representatives’ seat.
Lehman resides at 663 Lehman St., Berne. He first ran for the 79th District House seat in 2008 when former Rep. Mike Ripley announced he would not seek re-election. Lehman was re-elected in 2010 without opposition. He was elected to the Adams County Council in 1994, serving as its president from 2002-2008.
The most recent purchase agreement for the former South Adams Elementary School property has fallen through.
Jim Schwarzkopf has been hired as the interim assistant South Adams Elementary School principal for the remainder of the school year. According to Superintendent Scott Litwiller, his main responsibility will be the supervision of elementary students and staff. The decision was made unanimously by school board members at a special meeting on Tuesday (Tony Mellencamp was absent).
Democrat incumbent Frederick Schurger and political newcomer Chad Kuklehan, a Republican, are the candidates for the Adams County Circuit Court judge seat on November 6.
Schurger, a rural Decatur resident, was appointed as judge of the Adams County Circuit Court by former Gov. Frank O’Bannon on Aug. 2, 1999. He was elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2006.
Kuklehan, who resides at 227 N. 13th St., has been a practicing attorney for the last 10 years. He is making his first bid for elected office.
DECATUR, Ind. - Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) has turned their LTA concept car into reality by debuting the first production Lingenfelter LTA at the 2012 SEMA Show.
Ethel E. McKinley, 89, of Bluffton, died Tuesday in Bluffton.
Among survivors are her husband, Victor McKinley; daughter Vicki (Lynn) DeArmond of Berne; foster son Michael (Tracy) Harmon of Findlay, Ohio; foster daughter Denise Harman Thompson of Orrville, Ohio.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Mt. Hope Church, rural Berne, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Titusville, Pa.
Alfredo "Freddie" Mendez, 53, Decatur, died Sunday at Woodcrest Nursing Home.
Graveside services were held today at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home.
Jack W. Kirk, 68, passed away Monday, October 29, 2012 at Lutheran Hospital.
Born in Laporte, Ind., Jack was a diesel truck mechanic with Ryder Truck Rental for 28 years before retiring. He then worked for INDOT for nine years before retiring in 2004. He enjoyed gardening, working on cars, movies, classic rock music, woodworking, and spending time with family.