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November 23rd, 2011
The annual Cops for Kids event to help needy children in Adams County buy gifts at Christmastime is under way, with monetary donations being collected and names of children up to age 12 being assembled, according to an announcement from Adams County Chapter 127 of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Applications for children to shop during Cops for Kids are available at the Decatur Police Department, 521 N. Third St., The deadline to apply is Monday, December 5.
Officials of the Adams County chapter of Love In the Name of Christ have announced that 32 more sponsors for local needy children are being sought for the annual Emmanuel Project.
The project, which provides Christmas gifts to needy children in the county, has 432 sponsors, but 464 children on the list, according to Claudia Karges, executive director of Love INC.
Any person, business, organization, church, etc. may be a sponsor. To apply, call Love INC (728-4503) as soon as possible, officials said.
Some members of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants basketball players and coaches put on a clinic for the youngsters in the local parks and recreation department's Biddie Basketball program on Sunday.
The youth were instructed on basic dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding and slam-dunking skills. Mad Ants players also took the time to take photos with the kids and sign autographs.
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A former Indiana State Police post commander accused of stealing more than $91,000 in state money has pleaded guilty.
The Elkhart Truth reports that former state police Lt. Dallard Tackett pleaded guilty Monday to six counts of forgery, one count of official misconduct and 10 counts of theft in Elkhart Superior Court. Tackett admitted to misappropriating funds from the Toll Road Post between 2007 and 2010.
A special ceremony honoring the late John Friedt will be held Tuesday prior to the opening wrestling match of the season for Bellmont High School, against Columbia City.
A new wrestling mat honoring the contributions of Friedt will be dedicated after the starting lineups are introduced.
Friedt's wrestling shoes will be placed at center mat.
The 2011 Lunch Buddy of the Year Award from the Fort Wayne regional office of Big Brothers/Big Sisters has been awarded to Dan Kintz of Decatur, a Big Brother in Adams County since 1996.
An announcement from the BB/BS staff says Kintz was honored for his years of volunteer service and was selected from more than 1,800 such people in 13 northeastern Indiana counties.
This is the second high BB/BS honor that Kintz has received: the first was in 2000 when he was named Big Brother of the Year for Indiana.
Two events to open the Christmas season in downtown Decatur have been scheduled for Sunday, November 27.
From 2-4 p.m., a free gingerbread cookie-decorating contest will be held at Marko's On Second, a restaurant at 135 S. Second St.
Prizes will be awarded each age group, treats will be available for everyone, and Santa Claus will visit.
Tyler White of Bluffton was handed a 70-year prison term in Wells Circuit Court on Friday morning.
Brian Hutchinson, a special appointed judge from Jay County, sentenced White, 29, to 60 years for murdering his wife, Amy, and another 10 years for enhancement, since his wife was pregnant at the time.
The sentencing had been postponed on Monday due to a major fire which erupted near the courthouse in downtown Bluffton.
Up, up, and away we go toward Christmas!
One of the large fir trees on the Adams County Courthouse lawn was decorated with lights on Thursday by two employees of the parks and recreation department in preparation for the formal Christmas kickoff event there at 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 27.
The tree's lights will be turned on at that time.
In accompanying photo, Chris Krull is in the manlift, while Dwight Pierce assists on the ground.
Adams County Solid Waste Management District director Hank Mayer reported at this week's board of directors meeting that the county's sale of recylables is expected to top $100,000 this year, the first time the solid waste district has eclipsed that mark.
Mayer said that while the overall volume of recyclable material brought by private individuals and commercial enterprises to the solid waste district is mostly unchanged in recent years, prices paid to the district for recycled paper, plastics, glass and cardboard have risen.