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November 22nd, 2011

Love INC seeking help

November 22, 2011

    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.

Ants boost the Biddies

November 22, 2011

      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. 

Tackett pleads guilty to 17 counts

November 22, 2011

     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.

November 21st

Friedt to be honored before Tuesday opener

November 21, 2011

    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.

Kintz named best buddy

November 21, 2011

    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.

Christmas opening plans announced

November 21, 2011

    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.

November 18th

Tyler White gets 70 years

November 18, 2011

    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.

Courthouse tree lighting held

November 18, 2011

    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.

County recylables sales may top $100,000

November 18, 2011

    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.

Shoeboxes are being filled for children

November 18, 2011

    The annual Operation Christmas Child (OCC) project has begun again, with the Adams County effort based at The Bridge Community Church in Decatur. Twelve other area churches are also involved.
    The Bridge, on Winchester Rd. near N. 13th St., will accept shoeboxes filled with school supplies, toys, clothes, hygiene items, candy, and other things that will be sent to needy children in well over 100 nations. The deadline to bring the boxes to the church is next Monday at 1 p.m.

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