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May 21st, 2012

Eleanora D. Ahr

May 21, 2012

    Eleanora  D. Ahr, 81, passed away Saturday, May 19, 2012. 
    Born in Fort Wayne, Eleanora had worked as a secretary throughout her life for Kroger Division Office, Dilgards, and the Fort Wayne city government. She attended New Haven United Methodist Church and was a past member of the MPO. She was a very faithful person who read the Upper Room daily, liked to vacation in Sanibel Island, and loved being known as 'Baba'.  

Mary E. Smeltzer-Shaw

May 21, 2012

    Mary E. Smeltzer-Shaw, 66, of Decatur, died at 7 a.m. Sunday at her residence.
    Calling will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. Funeral services will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday. A private family burial will be Friday at Fairview Cemetery in Bluffton. 
    A complete obituary notice will be provided for Tuesday's edition of the Democrat, the funeral home said.

May 18th

Lady Jets earn third tennis sectional crown

May 18, 2012

    KINGSLAND— Adams Central fought through the odds on Wednesday and Thursday to make it to their sixth sectional championship in as many years and on Friday night, the Lady Jets earned their second title in that run, only their third in school history with a 3-2 win over Huntington North.
    "We expect to be in the championship each year," AC coach Mike Hower noted after the match. "We don't always win, but we expect to get there. Eventually you have to win a few and we finally did it."

BHS senior ‘pays forward’

May 18, 2012

    Cody Walters, who stands about 5-7, was one of the toughest guys on that Bellmont Sectional football championship team last fall. Today, in the eyes of many, he stands much taller than the new World Trade Center building going up in New York City; taller than that "world's biggest" in Dubai.

Birch: ‘Support overwhelming’

May 18, 2012

    Within a few days following major surgery for breast cancer, Katie Birch was out and about. She attributes it all to the outpouring of love from the community.
    "You know, I've been getting out a lot (since May 1 surgery) and a lot of people have been surprised by that," Birch said on Wednesday. "But I attribute all of that to the community, to the love that I've been shown. It's all been so postitive; I have no room for negative."

Courts to get second security officer

May 18, 2012

    Once again, judges Frederick A. Schurger and Patrick R. Miller, along with Sheriff Shane Rekeweg, addressed the Adams County Council this week regarding the ongoing issues with security in the courts. The result was an agreement to add an additional security officer.
    Schurger told council members that even though there have been several studies done about possible solutions, so far there has been no action.

Albert Edwin Koehler

May 18, 2012

    Albert Edwin Koehler, 80, of Berne, passed away at 2:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the Swiss Village Retirement Center, in Berne. 
    He was born on Sunday, May 08, 1932, in New Albany, Indiana. 
    He married Barbara Sue (Zonker) on Saturday, November 15, 1980, in Berne. 
    Mr. Koehler retired in 1994 from teaching. He taught at South Adams from 1964 to 1967 and at Jay County from 1968 to 1994. He was a graduate of Purdue University.

Carl L. Lichtenberger

May 18, 2012

    Carl L. Lichtenberger, 79, of rural Decatur, died on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
    Carl was born in Van Wert County on May 27, 1932, to the late William H. and Ina M. (Finkhousen) Lichtenberger.
    On April 18, 1954, Carl married Annabelle M. Shaffer.
    Carl was a member of the formal Decatur Missionary Church and attended Mt. Zion U.B. Church in Bobo.

May 17th

City toughens trash/debris law

May 17, 2012

    Junk in your yard? Grass not mowed? Dilapidated vehicle out front ... or in the back yard?
    If so, you're probably going to be getting a visit from city officials in the near future, and this time — thanks to an amendment to the city's trash and debris ordinance approved on Tuesday night by city council — you're not going to be able to ignore the warning without being subject to penalties.

City woman gets 8 years

May 17, 2012

    A lengthy prison sentence was handed out by Judge Fredrick A. Shurger late last week to Decatur resident Deborah L. Delong.
    According to court records, Delong, 49, had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery, each a class C felony, and one count of exploitation of an endangered adult, a class D felony.

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