The approval of a $10 million construction and renovation project — and a change in educational philosophy — at Adams Central School was ranked as the No. 6 story in Adams County during 2010 in balloting by employees of the Decatur Daily Democrat.
After a dozen years as Berne's fire chief, Art Nussbaum is stepping down.
After 11 years as a Berne firefighter, William "Bill" Grimm is stepping ... up as the new chief.
Berne Mayor John Minch has appointed Grimm to replace Nussbaum after Nussbaum chose to give up the job. Nussbaum will, however, stay on as a firefighter, having compiled more than 25 years on the department.
Gale L. Butcher, 101, of Rockford, Ohio, died Thursday in Colonial Nursing Center.
He was born in Jefferson Township of Adams County on May 26, 1909, to Elbridge and Stella Houser Butcher.
Among survivors are three sons, Dallas Butcher of Fernandino, Florida; Jack Butcher of Fort Wayne; and Jim Butcher of Dayton, Ohio, and two daughters, Mrs. Jerry (Sheryl) Clay of Mendon, Ohio and Mrs. Mike (Debra) Schumm of Rockford.
Loretta Dunker, 71, of Berne, a resident of Swiss Village Retirement Community, died Thursday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was a former member of Peace Lutheran Church in Berne.
Graveside funeral services will be held later at St. Mark's Lutheran Cemetery at Winamac, Indiana.
Arrangements were by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
Velma L. Ehlerding, 95, formerly of Decatur and New Haven, passed away on Friday, December 24, 2010, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
Born in Willshire, Ohio, she was the daughter of Theodore and Amalia Hofmann.
She was a member of Martini Lutheran Church in New Haven. Previously, she belonged to Zion Lutheran Church (Friedheim) in rural Decatur and its sewing circle and Ladies' Aid group.
John R. Girard, 76, of Decatur, died Saturday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur.
Paul M. Herman, 90, a former businessman in Berne, died Saturday in Duluth, Minnesota.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
David E. Lybarger, 90, of rural Bluffton, passed away at 12:16 p.m. on Saturday, December 25, 2010, at his residence. He died on his 90th birthday from injuries in an accident at his residence.
He was born on Saturday, December 25, 1920, in Geneva to Jesse and Jeanette Ineichen Lybarger.
He was a 1939 graduate of Hartford Township High School in Adams County.
He formally attended Old Salem United Methodist Church in Wells County.
Evelyn L. Oetting, 78, of Decatur, died at 3:27 p.m. Wednesday in Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born on January 28, 1932, in Adams County to William E. and Elizabeth L. Kirchner Macke. Her father is deceased; her mother lives in Decatur.
Evelyn married Henry O. Oetting on December 18, 1953, in St. Paul Lutheran Church at Preble and they celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary recently.
Robert F. Plummer, 76, a resident of Woodcrest Retirement Community in Decatur, died at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Defiance, Ohio.
He married Betty L. Griggs on June 19, 1954, in Antwerp, Ohio; she passed away on August 1, 2006.