November 7th, 2012
It was a Republican landslide in Adams County as local GOP candidates swept their way to victory in every countywide race during Tuesday's general election balloting.
Among the high-profile wins was a 628-vote victory by first-time candidate Chad Kuklehan over incumbent Democrat Frederick Schurger for the seat as judge of the Adams Circuit Court.
Six short months ago, Tony Mellencamp was deprived of the celebration which should have accompanied his primary election victory in his bid for an at-large seat on the Adams County Council.
His joy that night was muted after his wife, Kaye, was rushed to the hospital earlier in the day with a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Her chances of survival initially were set at 1 in 10.
It was an evening of historic proportions Tuesday as the first publicly-elected members of the North Adams school board were selected during this year's general election balloting.
Winning four-year terms on the board were incumbent Tim Ehlerding and newcomer Alan Converset in District 1 and first-time candidates Mark Bulmahn and Jim Voglewede Jr. in District 2. Debra Bergman, the District 2 incumbent, finished third in the balloting and will leave the board at the conclusion of her current term.
Sidney L. Fennig, 66, of Decatur, passed away at his residence on Monday, November 5, 2012.
He was born in Adams County on January 19, 1946, to the late G. Richard and Emma (Fogle) Fennig.
On January 6, 1979, he married Mary M. Minnich; she survives in Decatur.
Mary Louise "Mamie" Ries, 78, of Ohio City, Ohio, passed away at 7:41 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at St. Rita Medical Center in Lima.
She was born in Ohio City on November 24, 1933, to the late Sherman "Buck" and Edna (Ayers) Fenton.
On October 19, 1977, she married Stephen Wayne Ries; he passed away on December 5, 1979.
Gabriel Abraham Schwartz, a newborn, of Bryant, died Monday.
Among survivors are his parents, Aden A.C. and Margaret J. (Wengerd) Schwartz of Bryant.
Private graveside services were held on Tuesday at Bunker Hill Cemetery, Geneva.
Arrangements were handled by Downing & Glancy Funeral Home.
It was not a scorer's game at the Teepee on Tuesday night as the Bellmont Squaws hosted Concordia Lutheran in their season opener losing 42-25.
By the end of the first quarter, it definitely appeared to be the first game of the season for both squads as Bellmont led 3-2 after the frame. Audrey Schultz' three-point play off of an offensive rebound with 3:40 left put the Squaws on the board for the first time as she was slapped on the arm putting the lay-up back in.
It was another Republican sweep in Adams County Tuesday, with the biggest surprise an upset pulled off by Chad Kukelhan, who defeated longtime circuit court judge Frederick Schurger, garnering over 52 percent of the vote.
Other winners in contested races were: Deb Stimpson, Recorder; Leslie Cook, Coroner; Tony Mellencamp, Dennis Bluhm and Randy Colclasure, three county council seats.
Voting was reported heavy in a number of Decatur and Adams County precincts this morning as local voters looked to cast their ballots on not only national and state
races, but local contests as well.
A number of races dotted the local ballots including, for the first time, North Adams school board elections. Four candidates are seeking two District 1 seats while there are six candidates for two District 2 seats.
Due to the high unemployment in the community, a group of concerned Adams County residents has developed a new program to help people in times of difficulty.
"In the past 12 months there has been a new team of local people who are concerned for the many people in our neighborhoods that have faced loss of jobs, illness, and other costly events in their lives," said a statement issued by the group.