BLUFFTON — South Adams, rated No. 1 earlier this week in a Class A poll put out by Indianamat.com, remained unbeaten, but had a big scare, tipping ACAC foe Leo 34-33 in a conference triple-dual meet Thursday.
The Stars improved to 21-0 overall and 6-0 in the ACAC with only Southern Wells left on the slate. They've clinched at least a share of the ACAC regular-season title by beating the other three contenders, Leo, Garrett and Adams Central.
GARRETT — Bellmont's full-court press baffled the host Railroaders in the third period Wednesday and the result was a 22-5 run, setting up the 68-53 Braves' non-conference victory.
"We talked at halftime how the first four minutes of the third quarter are the most important of the game," stated Garrett coach John Bodey.
North Adams School Board on Tuesday approved Andy Heim as head coach of the Bellmont High School boys track team.
The board also approved Mark Okoniewski as high school assistant baseball coach, Gavin Hisner as high school assistant boys track coach, and Daniel Porter as high school assistant rifle coach.
In addition, Sarah Krey was named a volunteer with the high school girls' basketball program.
In an attempt to stem the tide of red ink in the Emergency Medical Services budget, Adams Health Network (AHN) trustees voted to approve a proposal put forth by hospital administrators that will reduce the number of ambulances staffed in Adams County.
Adams Central Community Schools is less than halfway through a $10 million construction and renovation project, but talk has begun about another large-scale plan: building an athletic building, dubbed a community center, for multi-purpose uses.
At Tuesday's AC school board meeting, no decisions were made, but a lengthy and vigorous back-and-forth discussion ensued about the idea that could cost several million dollars. The board made no decisions because of concerns over the cost of another project so close to the current one.
Sarah J. Hake, 69, of rural Decatur, died unexpectedly on Monday evening, December 13, 2010, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
Sarah was the daughter of William and Patricia (Holthouse) Gass. She was born on October 2, 1941 in Decatur, Indiana.
On August 12, 1961, she married Dale F. Hake.
Deborah Nussbaum, 60, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died December 10 at home.
She was born in Decatur on April 7, 1950, to Calvin and Henrietta Sprunger Nussbaum, who are deceased.
Among survivors are one son, Mitchel McGough of Littleton, Colorado, and two daughters, Audra Hedger of Plainfield, Indiana, and Cara Ferrin of St. Petersburg.
Winifred E. Weterick, 90, of Bluffton, died Tuesday at Christian Care Retirement Community.
She was born to Cleophas E. and Marie Risley Myers.
Among survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Jesse (Cheryl) Combs of Decatur, and two sons, Jon Weterick of Fort Wayne and Joe Weterick of Bluffton.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Thoma-Rich-Chaney-Lemler Funeral Home, Bluffton, with burial in Elm Grove Cemetery, Bluffton. Visiting hours are 2-8 p.m. Thursday.
"We're okay, and considering the current economic crisis, okay is pretty darned good."
That was the assessment offered Tuesday evening by North Adams Superintendent of Schools Wylie Sirk of the school district's year-end financial status.
But while the district will end 2010 with a cash carryover of some $500,000, the superintendent said the financial future for school systems statewide remains uncertain.
Tim Baker of DeVoss, Johnson, Zwick, Baker and Ainsworth Law Firm in Decatur has been chosen to advise the South Adams Schools Board in the appraisal and sale of the former Berne elementary school property.
Board members approved a motion at the November meeting for Acting Superintendent Scott Litwiller to seek legal counsel to represent the school corporation during that process rather than the schools' attorney, Jim Beitler, because of a potential conflict of interest.