April 9th, 2013
Garald A. “Gary” Lutz, 62, of Geneva, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Persimmon Ridge Rehabilitation Center in Portland.
He was born April 9, 1950, in Elkhart, to the late Ramon R. and Wilma M. “Polly” (Kline) Lutz.
Gary was employed as a machinist for more than 35 years with several manufacturers in the northwest Indiana area. He enjoyed spending time fishing, hunting and playing billiards.
He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
The announced retirement early next year of the superintendent of the Decatur-Adams County Parks and Recreation department sparked conversations at back-to-back meetings on Monday about the possibility of merging the county and city park boards and realigning the department.
Adams County Prosecutor Chris Harvey announced Tuesday that no charges will be filed in the April 17, 2012 accident that killed Jerry (17), Barbara (5) and Enos (3) Schwartz when a van, driven by Chandler T. Gerber, 21, of Bluffton, struck the rear of the buggy they were riding in. The children's mother, Mary, also suffered serious injuries in the accident.
North Adams Superintendent Wylie Sirk gave his last State of the Schools address on Monday. In the address, he explained how North Adams uses technology as a tool to teach students "21st century skills" needed to accomplish their life goals.
Dr. Sirk has three children who were educated in the North Adams Schools and he thanked the administrators, teachers, and other employees who currently work or used to work in the school system for the work they do.
In the opening two frames it appeared as though Bellmont was the returning state runners-up and Adams Central was the rebuilding squad in Tuesday's inter-county rivalry between the Jets and the Squaws.
Bellmont held a 4-0 advantage taking advantage of four AC miscues in the first two innings but seven runs later, the Lady Jets showed stellar run support and pulled out the 7-4 victory.
Pastor Jesse D. Klingaman, 65, of Craigville, died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
Jesse was born on December 15, 1947, in Richland Center, Wisc., to the late Rupert E. and Ethel I. (Klock) Klingaman.
On May 26, 1972, he married Claudia M. McClure; she survives in Craigville.
Nicholas Liechty, 32, of Aurora, Colo., passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2013, at his residence.
He was born on Monday, February 16, 1981, in Augusta, Ga., to Thomas Liechty and Beth (Wolfe) Rettig.
Deane D. McMillen, 85, of Willshire, Ohio, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
Deane was born on Sunday, April 10, 1927, in Adams County.
He married Hazel A. Strickler on November 20, 1947, in Willshire. They celebrated 65 years of marriage this past November; she survives in Willshire.
Deane served in the United States Army during WWII. He was a member of the American Legion Post 207 in Willshire. Deane retired from International Harvester.
Bellmont High School senior Cory Poling has been named the 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar by the Adams County Community Foundation (ACCF).
Poling will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
Poling, son of Heather Eddins and Cory Poling of Decatur and grandson of Judy and Barry Poling, will attend IPFW this fall and plans to major in pre-med.
An anonymous donor who had agreed to finance Adams County's School Resource Officer program for three years after federal grant funding ends this summer reportedly has rescinded the offer.