November 19th, 2012
The Adams County Election Board met on Friday to review the provisional ballots cast in the Nov. 6 presidential election.
A provisional ballot is cast when there is some question as to the eligibility of the voter, such as not having valid Indiana identification or not showing as a registered voter, according to board Chairman Alan Baumgartner.
Of the 25 provisional votes reviewed by the board, only five were accepted, with 20 provisional votes rejected.
A pile of rubble was all that remained Friday following the demolition of the sweeper shop/Holthouse Drug building in downtown Decatur.
Fleming Excavating spent 12 or so hours of work over a period of two days razing one of the oldest buildings in the city.
Next up is the cleanup, which is expected to take several days.
Some traffic restrictions remain in place.
Deputy James Franze, who spent 25 years with the Decatur Police Department, began his new career with the Adams County Sheriff's Department on Thursday.
"I actually tried to work for the sheriff's office first, before the police department," said Franze. "but it just didn't work out and I got a job with the city. So now, instead of starting my career here, this is where I'll finish."
James E. Bowyer, 76, Fort Wayne, went to be with the Lord unexpectedly after a brief battle with cancer on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center.
He served his country in the United States Army.
James married Arlene P. Nicklow on Oct. 12, 1960, in Republic, Pennsylvania. They celebrated 52 years of marriage this past October.
Marilyn Elizabeth Sailors, 85, of Walton, Ind., passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 15, 2012, in Bradenton, Florida.
Born July 30, 1927, in Walton, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Thelma (Barnett) Bishop.
She was married February 6, 1948, in the Ninth St. Christian Church parsonage in Logansport, Ind., to John T. "J.T." Sailors; he preceded her in death May 29, 2012.
Ellen L. Springer-Thieme, 92, of Decatur, passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2012, at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
She was born in Adams County on Monday, May 31, 1920, to the late Fred E. and Elsie M. (Franz) Fuelling.
Ellen married Forrest A. Springer on November 10, 1945; he passed away on May 24, 1984. On January 26, 2002, she married Harold E. Thieme; he survives in Decatur.
The lid on the Bellmont basket that had earlier in the game been receptive to cashing in free throws closed tight in the final minutes of Saturday night's non-conference girls varsity basketball game with Heritage as the Squaws missed eight of their final nine tries in the fourth quarter and Heritage escaped with a 52-43 win.
PORTLAND—Jay County jumped out to an early 7-0 lead after five Bellmont turnovers in the first two and a half minutes of the game and never looked back cruising to a 41-20 non-conference home win over the Squaws.
So dominant were the Patriots is evidenced by the fact they always led by a margin that was at least double what Bellmont had on the board.
FORT WAYNE—Two weeks into the girls basketball season, the Lady Jets played their first game.
Such is the penalty for a regional volleyball title as a slightly rusty Adams Central squad fell to an athletic Blackhawk Christian team 42-33 on Friday night.
The Lady Braves, now 2-2, clearly had a grasp on the game plan. Get the ball to 6'1" Brittney Chalfant.
By BOB SHRALUKA
With no provisional ballots changing the final vote totals and the runnerup not planning to seek a recount, Amy Orr on Friday won a seat on the South Adams School Board.
Actually, a new seat.
Orr currently holds the District 3 seat on the board, but sought the at-large seat being vacated by Steve Dobler, who did not file for a new term. Orr reportedly is planning to move out of District 3.