(The top 10 stories of 2011 have been selected by employees of the Daily Democrat. This is No. 4.)
By J SWYGART
A 25-year-old construction worker from Fort Wayne died April 13 in Adams Memorial Hospital, a short time after being hit while on the job by the wheels of a tractor-trailer truck at a highway project at S. 13th and Winchester streets in Decatur.
The tragedy was voted as the No. 4 news story of 2011 in Adams County.
By JANNAYA ANDREWS
At Tuesday's meeting, the Adams County Commissioners approved a new travel alert system for Adams County, effective immediately. The new alert system was devised by Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director John August in order to comply with a new Indiana law which was passed in an effort to form a more unified emergency system throughout the state.
The new alert system is as follows:
By JIM HOPKINS
MISHAWAKA —"I guess the wheels fell off the bus today," stated Bellmont wrestling coach Brent Faurote after just four of his Bellmonters qualified for second day action at the 34th annual Al Smith Classic Wrestling Tournament.
By DYLAN MALONE
FOUNTAIN CITY— The Stars traveled to Northeastern High School Tuesday night to face the Knights on the hardwood, but fell short in the contest 62-53.
Coach Andy Brown, whose team falls to 3-5 in his first season, shortened his bench playing only seven Starfires in the game and ran into some foul trouble down the stretch as both senior center Matt Alig and senior guard Dustin Wanner fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter.
John P. Koors, 87, of Decatur, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
John was born in Tipton, Indiana, on January 31, 1924 to Joseph H. and Elizabeth (Dane) Koors.
On February 12, 1946, John married Florence T. Geimer.
John was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur and its Holy Name Society and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Lela Isca McCollum, 101, of rural Geneva, passed away at 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, at her residence.
She was born on Thursday, May 12, 1910, in Wells County to James and Ida Marker Pace.
Mrs. McCollum had been a longtime resident of Wabash Township. She formerly attended Apple Grove United Brethren Church in Geneva and had attended Nottingham Township School in Wells County.
She enjoyed quilting, sewing, canning, flowers, gardening, and fishing.
John H. Graber of rural Bryant was stillborn on Monday at Adams Memorial Hospital.
He was the son of Henry D. and Katherine A.R. Graber of rural Bryant.
Other survivors are four grandparents and two great-grandmothers.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today in Pennville Amish Cemetery of Jay County.
Funeral arrangements were by Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva.
BY ERIC MANN
One of the longest prison sentences in Adams County history, 90 years, was handed down on Tuesday in Adams Circuit Court to a Decatur man convicted twice times in eight years of child molesting.
Judge Frederick A. Schurger gave Andrew E. Stetler, 33, three consecutive 30-year sentences for the two latest counts of molesting and for being an habitual criminal offender. He did get credit for having been in jail here for 89 days.
Longtime city councilman and former council president Bill McKean was issued the oath of office as Berne's next mayor during ceremonies Tuesday night at Swiss Village retirement community.
Presiding over the swearing-in ceremony was State Rep. Matt Lehman.
McKean, a Republican, takes over the office from John Minch on Jan. 1.
By JANNAYA ANDREWS
Talk at Tuesday's meeting of the Adams County commissioners centered around a proposed improvement project for the Purdue Extension Service office in the Adams County Service Complex.
Extension Educator Amy Johnson brought to commissioners' attention the need for increased security in the extension office, primarily regarding protecting the privacy of clients.