May 21st, 2012
April jobless (released May 2012)
Adams County jobless
rates, last 12 months
7.0% in April 2012
8.0% in March 2012
8.3% in February 2012
8.5% in January 2012
8.5 % in December 2011
8.3% in November 2011
8.1% in October 2011
7.8% in September 2011
8.0% in August 2011
8.1% in July 2011
8.0% in June 2011
7.8% in May 2011
7.6% in April 2011
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Matt Vondren said personal letters from residents of the neighborhood around the old street department building can be a great help in securing a grant by writing personal letters and giving details, "not just saying it should come down." Those interested should contact Mayor John Schultz at City Hall.
Faced with a dilemma of either updating a batch of aging IV pumps (that were also facing a manufacturers' recall) or purchasing new ones, the Adams Health Network Board of Trustees spent nearly $240,000 at a recent hospital board meeting to buy nearly 70 new units.
Chief Financial Officer Dane Wheeler told board members the purchase was the best way to go and the hospital would save money by buying new instead of rehabbing the old machines, some of which were 15 years old; plus, they would be getting a superior product.
Eleanora D. Ahr, 81, passed away Saturday, May 19, 2012.
Born in Fort Wayne, Eleanora had worked as a secretary throughout her life for Kroger Division Office, Dilgards, and the Fort Wayne city government. She attended New Haven United Methodist Church and was a past member of the MPO. She was a very faithful person who read the Upper Room daily, liked to vacation in Sanibel Island, and loved being known as 'Baba'.
Mary E. Smeltzer-Shaw, 66, of Decatur, died at 7 a.m. Sunday at her residence.
Calling will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. Funeral services will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday. A private family burial will be Friday at Fairview Cemetery in Bluffton.
A complete obituary notice will be provided for Tuesday's edition of the Democrat, the funeral home said.
KINGSLAND— Adams Central fought through the odds on Wednesday and Thursday to make it to their sixth sectional championship in as many years and on Friday night, the Lady Jets earned their second title in that run, only their third in school history with a 3-2 win over Huntington North.
"We expect to be in the championship each year," AC coach Mike Hower noted after the match. "We don't always win, but we expect to get there. Eventually you have to win a few and we finally did it."
Cody Walters, who stands about 5-7, was one of the toughest guys on that Bellmont Sectional football championship team last fall. Today, in the eyes of many, he stands much taller than the new World Trade Center building going up in New York City; taller than that "world's biggest" in Dubai.
Within a few days following major surgery for breast cancer, Katie Birch was out and about. She attributes it all to the outpouring of love from the community.
"You know, I've been getting out a lot (since May 1 surgery) and a lot of people have been surprised by that," Birch said on Wednesday. "But I attribute all of that to the community, to the love that I've been shown. It's all been so postitive; I have no room for negative."
Once again, judges Frederick A. Schurger and Patrick R. Miller, along with Sheriff Shane Rekeweg, addressed the Adams County Council this week regarding the ongoing issues with security in the courts. The result was an agreement to add an additional security officer.
Schurger told council members that even though there have been several studies done about possible solutions, so far there has been no action.
Albert Edwin Koehler, 80, of Berne, passed away at 2:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the Swiss Village Retirement Center, in Berne.
He was born on Sunday, May 08, 1932, in New Albany, Indiana.
He married Barbara Sue (Zonker) on Saturday, November 15, 1980, in Berne.
Mr. Koehler retired in 1994 from teaching. He taught at South Adams from 1964 to 1967 and at Jay County from 1968 to 1994. He was a graduate of Purdue University.