BY ERIC MANN
The owner of Affolder Implement Sales in Berne, Greg Milholland of Decatur, said this morning that two-thirds of the building was destroyed by fire on Monday night and he estimated the overall loss at more than a million dollars.
After 12 years of holding down the northernmost seat of the half-moon desk-like setup which holds members of city council, the mayor, city attorney, and clerk-treasurer for council meetings on the second floor of City Hall, Barb Engle got out of the chair and walked away for the final time at a little after 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
A few moments earlier, choking back tears, the only at-large member of council thanked city officials, council members and department heads, saying "it has been a pleasure" to serve.
MONROE — Bellmont senior 113-pounder Jon Poling cradled last year's sectional champ Adam Cook for a 1:44 fall, igniting the Braves on a key early 12-0 run Thursday in front of a nearly-packed house at the Hangar as the No. 13 BHS mat squad defeated rival Adams Central 36-18.
In a battle of former state streeters, Bobby Keuneke hit a last-second reversal to nip AC's Cody Walburn at 120 pounds. Blake Adams at 126 hit three takedowns to topple Central's Derek Ellinger at 126.
BERNE—The Starfire boys hosted buckeye state foe, Parkway, on Tuesday night and came away with a solid 57-42 victory over the Panthers to improve their record to 3-4 on the season.
After starting the season 2-0, the South Adams Starfires had lost their last four games including ugly losses to Jay County and Bluffton before finding their stride in a close loss at home to Heritage last week. Against Parkway, the Stars shot the ball very well at 49% for the game and 70% from the free throw line.
The Lady Jets came to town to visit county-rival Bellmont in a battle at the Teepee and the Squaws defended their home turf well coming away with an impressive 59-34 victory against Adams Central improving winning their second straight game in a row after losing their first ten.
A five-alarm fire that brought out dozens of Adams County firefighters destroyed the rear of Affolder Implement Sales on the south end of Berne on Monday night, but no one was injured.
No monetary estimate of damage was available this morning, and the cause of the blaze has yet to be determined, according to Berne Fire Chief Bill Grimm, who said his department will investigate the cause.
After holding a public hearing held Monday night, with no other citizens of Monroe attending, the Monroe Town Council unanimously agreed to raise water rates by an average of 18.5 percent, starting next month.
Council Chairman Al Lehman said the Monroe water utility has lost operating money in seven of the past nine years.
The Adams County CrimeStoppers agency is seeking information that will help police solve a rash of recent thefts of farm equipment in rural areas of Adams County.
The Adams County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating four separate thefts of such equipment.
Police said on November 9, three-point hitch tractor grader blades were stolen from a shed. These blades measured three and a half feet, four and a half feet, and five feet long. Also stolen in this theft was an old steel truck tire.
Dora S. Fleming, 97, of Decatur, died on Monday in the nursing center at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
She was born on May 24, 1914, in Adams County to Ernest and Minnie Fuhrman Doehrman.
Among survivors are two sons, Allen L. Fleming of Grove City, Florida, and James W. Fleming of Angola, and one daughter, Mrs. Paul (Kathleen) Bergdall of Decatur.
No funeral service will be held. Burial will be in Decatur Cemetery at a later date.
Mary Lou Krick, 64, of Decatur, died on Monday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born to William and Leotta Smith Doll Jr., who are deceased.
Among survivors are two sons, Aaron and Ryan Krick of Decatur; five sisters; and two brothers, including Bill Doll of Geneva.
No funeral service will be held. Burial will be in Beery Cemetery of Adams County.
Visiting hours are 5-8 p.m. Wednesday in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.