November 6th, 2012
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.
Adams Wells Crisis Center (AWCC) officials have announced that their recent event, "Cooking for a Cause," raised more than $7,000 for the shelter. Of that $7,000, the live auction raised $3,900.
Josh Krueckeberg donated his auctioneering services and Rick Teboe donated the DJ service, according to shelter officials. City police officer Jim Franze won the honor of having the best food dish while Deputy Sheriff Dan Mawhorr won for most creative dish and Jim Verrone won for having the best decorated table.
LaMar (Bud) E. Taylor, 69, died peacefully Saturday, November 3, 2012, after a valiant battle with cancer.
TROPHY TIME ... Adams Central color guard captains and drum majors smile as they accept their trophy for finishing seventh in Saturday's Class D marching band State Finals. From left are, Courtney Miller, Logan Roe, Jenna Stroup and Riley Braun. (Photo provided)
Two Adams Central teachers, Holly Mishler and Karen Flesch, have gone above and beyond to show their students that even in a small community like Monroe, big things can happen.
The pair recently collaborated on a children's book called "Grandma's Garden," a story about loss and grief, which can be a confusing time for many, especially children who may have a difficult time discussing the emotions they are experiencing.
Robert L. Brown, 72, of Decatur, passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital.
He was born in Adams County on August 13, 1940, to the late Clifford R. and Dorothy M. (Reidt) Brown.
Robert married Judy Nuzum in August of 1977; she died on August 12, 2011. He then married Edith Northup on September 15, 2012.
Contested races for two seats on the South Adams School’s board of education will be settled during the Nov. 6 general election.
Amy Orr, who currently holds a board seat from District 3, filed for the board’s at-large seat, setting up a three-way race with Debra Gerber and Gresham Bearss. Orr’s current term isn’t due to expire until 2014. The at-large seat is currently held by Steve Dobler, who is not seeking a new term.
Marlene K. Clem, 51, of Decatur, died on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at Lutheran Hospital.
Among survivors are her husband, Chuck Clem of Decatur; daughter, April Marie (Jeremiah Gifford) Clem of Decatur; and son, Nathaniel William (Amanda) Clem of Bluffton.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 8, at Beery Cemetery with Molly Farthing officiating.