May 12th, 2011
Caylie Yoder last summer saw first-hand the lingering devastation caused by the 2008 hurricane on the island nation of Haiti. She will be returning next month as part of a contingent from South Adams Schools that is traveling to Haiti with a water purification system that will improve the lives of residents there.
Yoder, a senior at South Adams, went to Haiti last summer with a group from the Bridge Community Church. She told members of the Berne City Council at their May 9 meeting of the lack of basic sanitation and clean water.
Richard G. Brown, 62, of Decatur, died Tuesday in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home in Decatur.
Lila Mae Hersberger, 83, of Ridgeville, passed away at 11:04 a.m. on Sunday, May 8, while in the company of family members at her residence.
Lila was born in Bisbee, Arizona, on September 17, 1927, a daughter of Myrtle Frazier Hodges and Wendell T. Hodges.
She was a member of Bearcreek Friends Church at Ridgeville.
Alice R. Journay, 90, of Berne, died there on Monday.
She was born in Adams County on January 5, 1921, to James T. and Dessie Ludy Bailey.
Among survivors are two daughters, Mrs. James (Brenda) Garber and Angelia Journay of Berne, and two sisters, Mrs. Fred (Chloe) Davidson of Geneva and Mrs. LaVerne (Martha) Miller of Monroe.
Helen M, Keller, 92, of Berne, died Tuesday in Swiss Village Retirement Community.
She was born in Berne on November 21, 1918, to Edward and Ethel Davidson Elzey.
Among survivors is a daughter, Mrs. David (JoAnn) Gierhart of Bryant.
FORT WAYNE — With the automatic timer set to go, all the Bellmont 1600 relay team needed was another record-setting run, and they more than got that at the Carroll track Tuesday evening as the young Squaws foursome left no doubt about which team is the fastest in Bellmont history as they shattered that mark, as well as the Northeast Hoosier Conference record with a blistering 4:01.96.
Ryan Biegel will not return as South Adams High School's head boys basketball coach next school year, but will remain in his position as an elementary school physical education teacher.
During last night's school board meeting, board members voted unanimously to not renew his coaching contract for the 2011-12 school year.
Nate Andrews traveled nearly 90 minutes to Decatur on Tuesday evening, along with his wife and young daughter, to meet his prospective new employers and to witness his official hiring as Bellmont High School's new head football coach.
He left Decatur some two hours later, visibly upset after the North Adams school board — in a deeply divided 3-2 vote — barely approved his employment.
A non-violent incident at Adams Central High School on Monday brought about the suspension of a student.
A sophomore made a remark to another student in regards to "Columbine at Adams Central Schools," Superintendent Mike Pettibone said Tuesday. School officials reacted immediately upon hearing of the comment, "but found no evidence that this was not more than a very inappropriate statement," according to Pettibone.
Guidelines have been set for a random drug testing policy at South Adams Schools that will be implemented beginning next school year.
Superintendent Scott Litwiller said at Tuesday's board meeting that a committee met several times and "the guidelines are probably as complete as they can be until we get into it [the practice of random drug testing] a little bit and then we can tweak them."