June 26th, 2013
Carmen Justice Wilks, 79, of Warren, Ind., passed away on June 24, 2013, at her residence.
Carmen was born in Marion, Ind., on November 12, 1933, to the late Enos and Olive (Heal) Justice.
John W. Wittwer, 57, of Monroe, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at Bluffton Regional Hospital.
John was born on August 24, 1955, in Decatur, to the late Wayne T. and Dolores M. (Beard) Wittwer.
On May 31, 1974 he married Janice R. Ross; she survives in Monroe.
Adams County Attorney Mark Burry presented to the county commissioners at their meeting on Monday the letter he has drafted to dissolve the county's agreement with Decatur's parks and recreation department, as the department will soon undergo major changes.
The commissioners approved the letter, emphasizing a need to meet with Mayor John Schultz, potentially to discuss a new agreement.
Berne City Council, during an informal discussion near the end of Monday evening's regularly-scheduled meeting, voted to direct its rate consultant to draft a two-phase increase in city sewage utility rates.
Jeffrey Rowe from Umbaugh and Associates, the city's rate consulting firm, earlier this month presented several rate options for city officials to consider in conjunction with a state-mandated upgrade to Berne's waste water plant.
This year's United Way of Adams County (UW) Stuff-A-Bus campaign was a major success, United Way officials said.
"This year surpassed previous years with literally hundreds of items being donated, giving a boost to our volunteer food banks that constantly run low on supplies needed to help area residents," said a statement from the agency.
Officials of United Way and the eight participating county food banks said they thanked everyone who participated.
Judy A. Heller, 67, of Decatur, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013, in her home.
Born in Fort Wayne on October 5, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Dick and Elizabeth (Rider) Clay.
A 1963 graduate of Monroeville High School, Judy retired from the State of Indiana Welfare Department in 2003 as a case worker. Prior to working for the state, she started and ran her own ceramic business called The Clay Corner. She started her thriving business in her home and eventually moved it to downtown Decatur.
Prosecutor Chris Harvey attended Monday's county commissioners meeting to request a break in the hiring freeze in order to replace chief investigator Bill Crone, who retired at the beginning of June.
Harvey said he needed to fill Crone's full-time position, which by statute is funded by the county. He added that in his opinion, the successor should have law enforcement training, and he plans to advertise the position after meeting with the council at the beginning of July to get the salary approved.
"It was awesome, just a great day," Jeannie Adkison, chairperson for the 2013 Adams County Relay for Life, said Monday following this year's event.
This year's goal was $110,000, and by the closing ceremony, around $95,000 had been raised, Adkison said.
"We started the day around $65,000, so that (a boost of some $30,000 via the Relay) was great," she added. "And we have a few more events to go before the end of August (when this year's drive ends)."
Berne City Council on Monday evening ironed out a few wrinkles its new "super" abatement phase-in policy, then heard pitches from two local companies hoping to take advantage of the city's newest economic development incentive tool.
Bellmont graduate Taylor Kuhnle had one last hurrah on the softball field as a high-schooler on June 16th as she took part in the Indiana North versus South 3A all-star game at Westfield High School in Noblesville for seniors.
Kuhnle anchored shortstop for the Squaws this season and led the team in most batting stats.