September 18th, 2012
Adams County Solid Waste District Manager Hank Mayer reported to the district's board of trustees on Monday that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has backed off an earlier requirement that a passive gas study be performed at the county's long-closed south landfill.
After IDEM earlier this year had required the county to implement the additional test vents to monitor methane gas at the landfill, Mayer called the state agency to protest.
Celebrity singer Tony Orlando stopped in for a meal at Richard's Restaurant in Decatur on Friday after performing at Bearcreek Farms.
He also purchased an oil painting by local artist Sandy Abel, who is a student of Bonnie Schultz at the North Adams Arts Council. Orlando told restaurant manager and arts supporter Andy Gay that the painting is meaningful to him because monarch butterflies land on his property in Branson, Mo. when they migrate ever year.
Former Bellmont High School football coach Steve Keefer has been named to coach the Bishop Luers football team the remainder of the season in the absence of the terminated Matt Lindsay.
Lindsay was fired Sunday as the school's football coach and athletic director. No reason was given.
No replacement for the athletic director's job was announced.
Keefer, 66, was the Bellmont coach from 1988 to 1993 and continued teaching at BHS until retiring over a year ago.
The Squaws begin a tough week of volleyball on the right foot knocking off Bishop Luers in a convincing three-game sweep at the Teepee on Monday night 25-12, 25-16, 25-11.
Bellmont moves to 15-3 on the season, holding their number two rank in 3A volleyball intact with the win. Luers, who are not pushovers by any means, tested Adams Central to a five-set classic a week earlier but were without the services of their senior setter, Tamara Griggs.
A rural Markle teen was arrested Saturday morning on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated (endangerment) and minor consuming after walking away from a fiery one-car crash in rural Adams County.
Robert Brown of Decatur and Edith Northup of Fort Wayne met and fell in love at the ages of 21 and 19, respectively.
After a whirlwind romance of 2 1/2 years, they went their separate ways ... only to find each other again 50 years later.
They were married at 2 p.m. on Saturday outdoors at the American Legion in Berne.
A full story about how the couple ended up at the alter will be published this week in the Daily Democrat.
Bellmont High School kicked off its annual Homecoming events Sunday with Powder Puff football and mud volleyball.
The Powder Puff game was won by the seniors, 21-14. The mud volleyball tournament followed.
Godfrey J. Bertsch, 79, of Bluffton, passed away Friday morning, September 14, 2012, at Christian Care Retirement Community in Bluffton.
Born in Adams County to John P. and Leah E. (Rauch) Bertsch, he married Anita C. Lehman in Berne on May 25, 1952; she survives.
A member of the Apostolic Christian Church, Mr. Bertsch was a semi-truck driver for 33 years, along with being a farmer in the Adams County area. He was a 1951 graduate of Berne-French High School, and enjoyed fishing.
Mary L. Stucky, 86, of Bronson, Michigan, formerly of Monroe died Friday, September 14, 2012 at Laurels of Coldwater in Coldwater, Michigam. Mary was born on April 24, 1926 in Donovan, Illinois, to the late Curtis L. and Bertha Marie (Fleming) Trump. On March 25, 1945, she married Roy D. Stucky.
Mary was a member of the East Ovid United Brethren Church in Coldwater. She taught Sunday school for over 43 years. She was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Bishop Luers High School has fired longtime football coach Matt Lindsay, who won nine state titles during his 26 years as the Fort Wayne school’s head football coach.