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It was a Republican landslide in Adams County as local GOP candidates swept their way to victory in every countywide race during Tuesday's general election balloting.
Among the high-profile wins was a 628-vote victory by first-time candidate Chad Kuklehan over incumbent Democrat Frederick Schurger for the seat as judge of the Adams Circuit Court.
Six short months ago, Tony Mellencamp was deprived of the celebration which should have accompanied his primary election victory in his bid for an at-large seat on the Adams County Council.
His joy that night was muted after his wife, Kaye, was rushed to the hospital earlier in the day with a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Her chances of survival initially were set at 1 in 10.
It was an evening of historic proportions Tuesday as the first publicly-elected members of the North Adams school board were selected during this year's general election balloting.
Winning four-year terms on the board were incumbent Tim Ehlerding and newcomer Alan Converset in District 1 and first-time candidates Mark Bulmahn and Jim Voglewede Jr. in District 2. Debra Bergman, the District 2 incumbent, finished third in the balloting and will leave the board at the conclusion of her current term.
It was another Republican sweep in Adams County Tuesday, with the biggest surprise an upset pulled off by Chad Kukelhan, who defeated longtime circuit court judge Frederick Schurger, garnering over 52 percent of the vote.
Other winners in contested races were: Deb Stimpson, Recorder; Leslie Cook, Coroner; Tony Mellencamp, Dennis Bluhm and Randy Colclasure, three county council seats.
Voting was reported heavy in a number of Decatur and Adams County precincts this morning as local voters looked to cast their ballots on not only national and state
races, but local contests as well.
A number of races dotted the local ballots including, for the first time, North Adams school board elections. Four candidates are seeking two District 1 seats while there are six candidates for two District 2 seats.
Due to the high unemployment in the community, a group of concerned Adams County residents has developed a new program to help people in times of difficulty.
"In the past 12 months there has been a new team of local people who are concerned for the many people in our neighborhoods that have faced loss of jobs, illness, and other costly events in their lives," said a statement issued by the group.
Adams Wells Crisis Center (AWCC) officials have announced that their recent event, "Cooking for a Cause," raised more than $7,000 for the shelter. Of that $7,000, the live auction raised $3,900.
Josh Krueckeberg donated his auctioneering services and Rick Teboe donated the DJ service, according to shelter officials. City police officer Jim Franze won the honor of having the best food dish while Deputy Sheriff Dan Mawhorr won for most creative dish and Jim Verrone won for having the best decorated table.
TROPHY TIME ... Adams Central color guard captains and drum majors smile as they accept their trophy for finishing seventh in Saturday's Class D marching band State Finals. From left are, Courtney Miller, Logan Roe, Jenna Stroup and Riley Braun. (Photo provided)
Two Adams Central teachers, Holly Mishler and Karen Flesch, have gone above and beyond to show their students that even in a small community like Monroe, big things can happen.
The pair recently collaborated on a children's book called "Grandma's Garden," a story about loss and grief, which can be a confusing time for many, especially children who may have a difficult time discussing the emotions they are experiencing.
Contested races for two seats on the South Adams School’s board of education will be settled during the Nov. 6 general election.
Amy Orr, who currently holds a board seat from District 3, filed for the board’s at-large seat, setting up a three-way race with Debra Gerber and Gresham Bearss. Orr’s current term isn’t due to expire until 2014. The at-large seat is currently held by Steve Dobler, who is not seeking a new term.