September 25th, 2012
Berne residents will see an increase on their monthly utility bills beginning in December as the city prepares for its first water rate hike in 30 years.
A public hearing to allow community input surrounding the proposed rate increase drew no comments Monday evening during the regular meeting of Berne City Council. City officials said the rate ordinance will be formally adopted at council's October 9 meeting and will go into effect some six weeks later.
A public-private endeavor to replace the roof at the South Adams Senior Center was settled Monday evening when Berne City Council awarded a bid for the project.
Acting on a recommendation from the senior center's board of directors, the council awarded the roof project quote to Limberlost Construction in the amount of $53,850.
MONROE—Monday was Nathan Barger's time to shine.
Last season, the AC senior faced off against a Leo foreign exchange student who bested him in the regular season and in the ACAC tournament forcing Barger to settle for second place in the conference and ultimately the Jets lost their regular season title in a 3-2 decision.
Not long after Callithumpian activities are completed in Decatur this year, a long-awaited project will begin: Demolishing the long-ignored building on the southwest corner of Second and Monroe streets downtown.
Fleming Excavating was recently awarded the contract for the project with its low bid of some $145,000.
"It's getting close," Mayor John Schultz said at last week's city council meeting, referring to the start of the project.
Janet K. McAlhaney, 63, of Monroe, passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2012, in the Extended Care Unit of Woodcrest.
She was born in Decatur on March 16, 1949, to the late Denver Jack and Bernice (Fennel) Gray.
On August 29, 1969, she married Leland McAlhaney; he survives in Monroe.
Janet was a member of The Bridge Community Church in Decatur and had retired from Woodcrest.
Rufine C. Neuenschwander, 92, of Berne, died Saturday in Adams Memorial Hosptial.
Among survivors are two sons, James A. (Louise) Neuenschwnder and Mark (Jeanene) Neuenschwander, both of Berne; daughers, Rebecca (William) Lehman, Kingman, Ind.; Susan (Frank) Lehman of Berne; Martha Jane (Larry) Uhrick of Wolcottville; and Sandra (Gene) Bradley of Evansville.
Robert "Bob" Brown, who currently lives in Decatur, and Edith "Edie" (Puff) Northup of Fort Wayne, met and fell in love 50 years ago, but they were just married last Saturday, September 15, in an outdoor ceremony at the Berne American Legion post.
The couple started dating after they met at work in 1961 when he was 21 and she was 19. They embarked on a whirlwind romance and planned on getting married until Northup's father convinced her otherwise. They were each other's first love.
Mary Jeanette Speece, 88, of Poneto, passed away at 10:24 a.m. on Friday, September 21, 2012, at her residence.
She was born in Wells County on March 11, 1924, to the late Benjamin Franklin “Frank” and Veda G. (Masterson) Conner.
On November 21, 1962, she married Kenneth G. Speece in Bluffton; he preceded her in death on November 29, 1973.
Adams County's unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent during August, down from 7.9 percent in June and 7.6 in July, according to statistics released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
The county's jobless rate has remained below 8 percent for five consecutive months after starting the year at 8.5 percent. Three years ago, in August of 2009, Adams County experienced a jobless rate of 14.1 percent. One year ago that rate was 8.0 percent.
Several season and career best times were posted by Bellmont cross country runners in the New Haven Invitational held at the Plex in Fort Wayne.
Both BHS teams finished in the top half of the competition in their division with both the Braves and Squaws taking eighth out of 19 teams. Adams Central and South Adams also competed on the day in both boys and girls races.