February 13th, 2014
Wilma Louisa Smith, 87, Berne, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
She married the late Carl E. Smith Nov. 14, 1945.
Survivors include a son, Wayne (Dawn) Smith of Berne; a daughter, Margaret (Dr. Merle) Gibson of Vandalia, Ohio; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Smith.
Per her request, there will be no visitation or graveside service.
Burial is in Ehrstine Cemetery in Trotwood, Ohio.
North Adams Community Schools will say goodbye to several veteran employees who have announced plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2013-14 school year.
Neal Rich, principal at Southeast Elementary School, will retire after 39 years of employment with the school district.
Adams County Spelling Bee champion Rachel Ruble, left, and runner-up Hannah Rhoades are pictured above with their certificates and a large chocolate bar after besting eight other contestants in the annual event held Tuesday night at South Adams High School. Finishing third in the bee was Taylor Knaub, a fifth-grader at Adams Central Elementary School.
Photo by J Swygart
Todd Samuelson, a partner with H. J. Umbaugh and Associates, Plymouth, appeared before Adams County Council on Tuesday to discuss funding options for the proposed superior court-county jail project.
It's a good thing that the wrestling winners Saturday at the Snider semi-state won't be decided "on paper." or worse yet, by some funky formula dreamed up by the Indiana Wrestling Coaches Association.
"The odds on paper probably don't favor us in about nine of our 10 matches," stated Bellmont coach Brent Faurote.
"But they are not guys we can't beat. The opportunities will be there, it's up to the kids, when they see something, to go get it."
Harry Martin Bowers, 94, Decatur, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
Harry was born Sept. 17, 1919, in Kirkland Township, to the late Charles R. and Frieda (Ehlerding) Bowers.
He married Virgene L. Bieberich March 18, 1941; she preceded him in death Nov. 23, 2008.
Rachel Ruble, an eighth-grader at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School, successfully spelled “collage” Tuesday evening at South Adams High School to claim first-place honors in the annual Adams County Middle School Spelling Bee.
Ruble, the daughter of Todd and Lynn Ruble of Decatur, outlasted runner-up Hanna Rhoades, a sixth-grader at South Adams Middle School, to claim the title.
Student lunches at North Adams Community Schools will increase for the 2014-15 school year as the district strives to provide children with healthy meal options. The North Adams board of education met Tuesday evening and discussed what options were available to meet the nutritional needs of students — and at what cost.
The Decatur Fire Department was dispatched around 5 p.m. Tuesday to the home of Marie Miller, 6025N S.R. 101, in response to a house fire. Thick smoke was pouring from the home when firefighters arrived, according to a spokesman for the department. Crews from Monroe and Preble Fire Departments in Indiana, as well as crews from Wren and Convoy in Ohio, assisted in the blaze, which caused heavy damage to the home, according to the spokesman. No injuries were reported and crews returned to the station around 11 p.m.
Photo by Ashley Thieme
Norwell motored to Decatur Tuesday night and ignored the cold weather outside as they blistered the nets hitting 66.7 percent of their shots from the field on 28-42 (21-29 from two and 7-13 from three) to mercifully end a winless season for the Bellmont Squaws by a lopsided 81-28 tally in the opening game of the IHSAA class 3A sectional 23.