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North Adams' Sirk retiring

December 12, 2012

    Veteran North Adams educator and current Superintendent of Schools Dr. Wylie Sirk has announced his retirement, effective July 1.
    Sirk, who this summer will have completed 36 years in the education field — 19 of them at North Adams Community Schools — submitted his letter of resignation to the North Adams school board Tuesday evening.
    "I've been prayerfully considering this for the last six months, and the time is right to end this portion of my career," the superintendent said.

Pettibone steps down at AC

December 12, 2012

    After a decade at Adams Central Community Schools, Superintendent Mike Pettibone announced Tuesday night that he will retire at the end of the 2012-13 school year.
    Pettibone submitted his letter of retirement to a less than full Board of Education Tuesday evening, with members Steve Bailey and John Fox absent, and Brian Tonner leaving early to attend another meeting.
    Bailey announced through a letter of resignation that he is leaving the board.

SA board taps Patterson, Gill to fill terms

December 12, 2012

    Retired businessman Ray Gill and and Adams County technology coordinator Landon Patterson were selected Tuesday evening from among four applicants to fill two vacancies on the South Adams school board.
    Applicants seeking appointment to two vacant District 3 seats on the board included Gill, Patterson, Wesley Haight and Rachael Rosswurm.
    The new board members will serve the remaining two years of the unexpired terms of the vacant board seats, from January of 2013 through December of  2014.

Squaws comeback on Blackhawk in fourth, 59-56

December 12, 2012

    It was a good night to root against the Braves at the Teepee Tuesday evening.
    The Bellmont girls basketball team rallied from a seven-point deficit early in the fourth period by scoring five points in a span of seven seconds and the Squaws knocked off the Blackhawk Christian Braves by a final 59-56 count in non-conference action to pick up their second win of the season.

December 11th

M. Judy Hebble

December 11, 2012

    M. Judy Hebble, 73, of Decatur, died Monday, December 10, 2012, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
    Judy was born in Adams County on September 23, 1939, to the late Cecil A. and Margaret L. (Ashbaucher) Melchi.
    On June 1, 1958, she married Harry H. Hebble Jr.; he preceded her in death on February 14, 2003.
    Judy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She retired in 1986 from United Telephone Company as a telephone operator. She was also a homemaker.

Marilyn A. Kirchner

December 11, 2012

    Marilyn A. Kirchner, 62, of Decatur, died Monday.
    Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.

Marilyn L. Rawley

December 11, 2012

    Marilyn L. Rawley, 74 of Warrenville, Ill., died on December 6, 2012, at the Manor Care Nursing Home in Naperville, Ill.
    Marilyn was born in Van Wert County, Ohio, on May 30, 1938, to the late Lester and Doris (Yocum) Wittung.
    She married Robert Rawley, who preceded her in death on April 3, 1995.
    Marilyn had worked for Pathways in Decatur as an assisted living care giver.

Senior nutrition site closing -- Attendance decline, voucher program cited

December 11, 2012

    Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana (AIHS) has announced the upcoming closure of the Adams County Nutrition Site located in Riveside Center in Decatur.
    Due to a decline in attendance, the last day of operation will be Monday, December 31, 2012, AIHS said.
    The announcement said current participants in the program will have the option of joining the restaurant voucher program that has been operating since 2010 at Spring Garden Restaurant, 1401 Winchester Road, Decatur.

Berne has 2 options on waste water -- Both ‘fairly expensive’

December 11, 2012

    Berne City Council on Monday got its first glimpse at costly options that will bring the city's waste water treatment operation into complete compliance with new state limits on the amount of ammonia that can legally be discharged to area rivers and streams.
    The city of Berne is under a mandate from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to reduce the amount of ammonia contained in its waste water effluent by the year 2015.

Meshberger’s, LICA are sold

December 11, 2012

    The Indianapolis-based Heritage Group, under the name of its subsidiaries — Aggregates Inc. and Milestone Contractors — has acquired Meshberger Brothers Stone Corporation and LICA Construction Corp.
    Caleb Brown, representing Aggregates Inc., said the Meshberger firm's name would be changed to the Aggregates name while LICA Construction would take on the name of Milestone Contractors.
Brown said that both companies would continue to operate with the same personnel employed by the local firms.

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