January 8th, 2013
At the weekly commissioner's meeting on Monday, Sheriff Shane Rekeweg announced that he has appointed a new chief deputy, Eric Beer.
Eric Meyer, who had been serving as chief deputy, resigned the position at the end of December, as his wife had been transferred to the Orlando, Florida, area in June 2012 and Meyer joined her.
FORT WAYNE – With Homestead and Carroll’s boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams dominating first and second place at the Northeast Hoosier Conference meet on Saturday, but the real story was how the rest of the teams stacked up.
The Indiana High School Swim Coaches Association ranks Carroll in seventh and Homestead in 16th on the boys’ side, and Homestead at ninth and Carroll at 16th in the girls’ poll.
Norma M. Agler, 86, of Cape Coral, Fla., passed away December 29, 2012.
Arrangements are being handled by Nation Cremation & Burial Society.
Mark A. Russell, 56, Uniondale, passed away on December 15, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital.
He was born in Marion on July 16, 1956, to the late Carl E. Russell and the late Shirley R. McBride.
Mark married Claudine (Bleeke) Russell on May 2, 1981, in Bluffton.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1974-1977, then worked as a store detective for Ames Department Stores before becoming disabled in 1991.
Maurice C. Gase, 79, Markle, formerly of Decatur, died January 5.
Among survivors are his children, Christine (Michael) Fergusan of Ossian, Carrie L. West of Bluffton, Steven A. Gase of Bluffton, and stepsons Trevor (Michelle) Zell and Ben Zell, both of Fort Wayne.
A memorial sevice will be held on Wednesday, January 9, at 6 p.m. at Goodwin-Cale & Harrish Memorial Chapel, with a family gathering from 2 p.m. until time of service.
Henry J. Shetler, 86, of Berne, passed away at 2:55 a.m. on Monday, January 7, 2013, at his residence.
He was born in Adams County on November 5, 1926, to the late Jacob and Amanda (Hershberger) Shetler.
Henry married Marie Hilty on November 3, 1949; she survives.
He was a member of the Old Order Amish and was a minister in the church for 58 years. He was also a farmer.
Joyce A. Spitler, 67, Berne, died Saturday at Swiss Village.
Among survivors are her daughter, Amanda L.(Paul) Zerby, and son, David (Natalie) Spitler, both of Berne.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home. Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Geneva.
The North Adams Community School's board of education will meet for the first time of 2013 — and for the first time with its new seven-member format — at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the district administration building.
New members Mark Bulmahn and Al Converset will be seated on the board to start the new year, joining incumbents Tim Ehlerding, Michelle Stimpson, Ben Faurote, Deb Bergman and Stacey Bussel.
It has been announced that the Adams County Winning with Wellness Initiative has been chosen to participate in a five-year, multistate study involving Purdue Extension to find causes and preventions for childhood obesity in low-income preschoolers in rural communities, including two Indiana counties.
Winning With Wellness (WWW) consists of a cross-section of community leaders whose mission is to raise awareness of and encourage involvement in the many wellness opportunities within Adams County, according to a news release.
A Decatur native and Bellmont graduate has reached a new plateau in the United States Navy and this city is adding its congratulations. Tony Frey, a 24-year Navy veteran, will be promoted to the rank of captain this Saturday at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. He is the son of John (a former city council member here) and Kathy Frey, longtime Decatur residents who now live in St. George, Utah.