January 25th, 2012
Adams County ended 2011 with its largest unemployment rate in 10 months, according to figures released Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
The county's December jobless rate stood at 8.5 percent, the highest in the county since February of 2011. The year's final figures capped a roller-coaster 12 months for local jobless levels.
Jerry Setser, Barry Humble and Community Corrections officer Ian Gilbert stood as representatives of Serenity House Inc. last week to ask the board of Adams County commissioners for help in funding a proposed Serenity House.
In making their plea to commissioners, the trio touted the need for a recovery house in the county. "Alcohol and drug problems don't stop with a jail sentence," said Humble.
The city of Berne has a parcel of real estate for sale, although potential buyers may be few and far between.
Berne City Council on Monday agreed to offer for sale a .26-acre tract of land, located at the former site of a municipal water tower at the intersection of Welty and Berne streets, for the low price of $3,400.
City attorney Jim Beitler said special rules apply for the sale of municipal property valued at less than $15,000. Two appraisals of the property set the value of the Berne site at $1,750.
Marcella B. Merica, 91, formerly of Decatur, passed away at 8:10 a.m. on Monday, January 23, 2012, at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home, Fort Wayne.
She was born on February 16, 1920, in Warsaw, to the late Devon and Gladys (Dick) Emmons.
She married George E. Smith, who passed away in September, 1963. She then married Lester A. Mercia, who passed away in October, 1992.
The covered bridge near Ceylon is no longer covered.
Work to reconstruct the bridge built in the mid-1860s began in early November. Jutte Excavating of Fort Recovery, Ohio, won the county contract to remove, rebuild and then reposition the bridge.
Recent high water has slowed work on driving pilings for support in order that the bridge may be taken apart. The wooden structure eventually will be entirely removed, with its pieces strewn about a parking lot at the site.
Adams County Building/Planning and Zoning Director Neil Ogg addressed county commissioners at Monday's meeting regarding the proposal of a wind test tower to be built in Adams County.
Ogg requested County Attorney Mark Burry review the county ordinance under which the proposed construction falls in order to ensure there are no lingering questions before Gamesa, the company erecting the test tower, resubmits to the planning board next month.
A dilapidated, burned-out building on Jefferson Street that has been giving city officials in Berne nothing but headaches for more than a year can finally be addressed, following the city council's emergency adoption on Monday of an unsafe building ordinance which mirrors Indiana code.
"Landon knows how to wrestle and he's just now showing it," stated cousin Ben Baker Saturday after an unseeded Landon Baker made it to the 170-pound finals of the NHC Tournament, losing in overtime.
Ben had the win of the day, finally getting his man Spencer Raypole of Carroll in his fourth try with a takedown in the final ticks of the clock at 195 pounds.
Bellmont, seeking a 22nd straight sectional mat title, emerged from the seeding meeting with four top spots and two No. 2 seeds for Saturday's Jay County Wrestling Sectional.
ACAC champion Adams Central has two top seeds and four seconds while South Adams has three No. 1 seeds and two seconds.
BELLMONT'S TOP SEEDS: (1) Bobby Keuneke at 120, Brooks Faurote at 145, Dewey Melcher at 152, and Ben Baker at 195; (2) Blake Adams at 126, and Brad Busse at 182; (3) Isaac Birch at 220, and Brian Hakes at 285.
Deryl A. Bauman 67, of Decatur, passed away Saturday January 21, 2012, at his residence.
He was born in Adams County on February 15, 1944, to the late Waldo C. and MaryEllen (Callihan) Bauman.
On July 11, 1970, he married Joy (DeBolt) Bauman.
Deryl was a member of High Street United Methodist Church (formerly E.U.B.) in Geneva, the F.O.P., Sons of the American Legion, and the Hoosier Carnival Glass Club.