January 18th, 2012
The Berne Chamber, which this year will mark its 35th year of existence, on Tuesday evening posthumously honored the two people who helped cement the organization as the driving force it has become in the community.
The late Delbert and Irene Sprunger, who not only helped secure a permanent home for the chamber but also served as two of the city's most prominent advocates, were honored with the chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award during the organization's annual celebration dinner.
Republican Dennis Bluhm has announced his candidacy and filing for re–election as an at–large member of the Adams County Council.
Bluhm, a Peterson-area resident, is a graduate of Ohio Northern Univeraity College of Pharmacy and was co–owner of Village Pharmacy in Decatur and Berne. He retired after 32 years as Director of Pharmacy at Wells Community Hospital in Bluffton and has served as a staff pharmacist at CVS Pharmacy in Decatur and Berne.
Marlene Wilson, 73, of Homosassa, Fla., formerly of Decatur, passed away January 13, 2012, at the Hospice House of Citrus County, Fla., with her loving husband Jim by her side.
She was born on May 20,1938, in Adams County.
She retired from Azar's Inc. after serving 28 years in the food and beverage service business at the Back Forty Restaurant.
She was a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Course and took several courses at Vincennes University.
The Bellmont girls swim team won all but two events Tuesday night at notched a 96-83 victory over NHC rival DeKalb in action at the Bellmont pool while in the boys meet, the Braves had a much easier time in slamming their Baron foes 141-37.
A recreational vehicle campground along Parkview Drive as part of an expanded Kekionga Park.
A new park area east of First Street in downtown Decatur, compete with a stage area, playground and a pedestrian bridge across the St. Marys River.
Limberlost Park near Geneva enhanced with new walking trails and access points to the Wabash River. Greater accessibility for handicapped residents and more and better restroom facilities at all parks countywide.
"There's water everywhere!" city Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said at 8 a.m. today.
All city streets were passable, but water was standing on a number of them, including High St., in the low area near the Knights of Columbus. During a time of the year when they might be moving snow, street department employees were putting out high-water signs.
The minor flooding was the result of a lot of rain in a short time combined with snow melt.
. Wes Kuntzman has announced that he is a candidate for Adams County Auditor.
He is the second Republican auditor candidate to announce. Mary Beery earlier filed her candidacy.
Current Auditor Bill Borne cannot seek a new term due to term limits.
The fifth grade St. Joe boys played two games over the weekend and came away with two victories to bolster their record back to .500 with a 6-6 mark.
State Rep. Matt Lehman on Saturday morning told a crowd comprised mostly of organized labor members that he will vote against a proposal to allow Hoosiers to determine at the ballot box the fate of a contentious right-to-work bill now being debated in the Indiana General Assembly.
The response from union supporters was perhaps summed up best by Decatur resident Daniel Jaurigue, a member of carpenters' union Local 232, who said: "We are watching how you vote, and we're going to fire you."
Gerald M. (Jerry) Walker of Berne has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Adams County Recorder.
He is the third GOP candidate to announce for Recorder, joining Deb Stimpson and Jim Voglewede, both of Decatur, in the field.
Walker is currently serving as Monroe Township Trustee and previously had served as township trustee/assessor. He is employed with Yager Furniture of Berne, is pastor of Landmark Baptist Church, New Haven, and also serves on the Berne Tree Board.