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February 16th, 2012

Courtesy offers $2,500 reward

February 16, 2012

    Decatur police are continuing their investigation of a burglary that occurred recently at Courtesy Ford in the 1300 block of S. 13th Street.
    Police said that on Monday morning when mechanics came to work it was discovered a mechanics' tool box had been pried open and the sets of Snap-on and Matco tools plus Master Craft car batteries had been stolen.
    Entry to the shop was gained through a back service door. Police said the incident occurred sometime between Saturday night and early Monday morning.

Eight county grapplers want moment on podium

February 16, 2012

    "We've really been trying to focus on not being content just making it to state. All the kids want to medal, especially Todd (Batt) who has been there twice and come up short both times," said South Adams Coach Eric Myers, who will take three wrestlers to Banker's Life Fieldhouse tomorrow night for the 74th running of the IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament.
    Batt will go at 132 and comes in as a top seed, while frosh Sawyer Miller is a No. 2 seed at 106 and junior Lane Moser is a No. 4 at 113 pounds.

February 15th

Phyllis I. Gonzalez

February 15, 2012

    Phyllis I. Gonzalez, 69, of Poneto, died Monday at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
    Among survivors are her mother, Anna Lee Lafferty of Decatur; sisters Sharon (Joe) Gonzalez and Debra (Ronald) Wiegmann of Decatur; and stepsister, Beth Ann (Tom) Reinhart, of Decatur.
    Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m., at Goodwin Memorial Chapel, Bluffton and one hour prior to services at 11 a.m. on Friday.

Daniel N. Schwartz

February 15, 2012

    Daniel N. Schwartz, 69, rural Berne, died Wednesday at his residence.
    Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home.

Robert D. Walburn

February 15, 2012

    Robert D. Walburn, 88, of Bluffton, died Monday at Swiss Village Community Center.
    Among survivors are his daughter, Carol (Tim) Timmons, of Monroe.
    Visitation is today at Goodwin Memorial Chapel, Bluffton, from 2-8 p.m., and one hour prior to services,m scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Norbert W. Witte

February 15, 2012

    Norbert W. Witte, 74, of Hartsville, S.C., passed away on January 23, 2012.  
    He was born in Decatur, on December 15, 1937, to August and Esther Witte.
    He was survived by his wife, Janice Witte, of Hartsville; son Courtney Witte of Philadelphia, Pa.; daughter Kim (Lance) Black of Indianapolis; brothers Vern Witte and Herm Witte of Decatur; sister Sharon Michael, of Fort Wayne; and grandchildren Morgan and Eric Black
    He was preceded in death by a brother, Delbert Witte.

Frieda Yager

February 15, 2012

    Frieda Yager, 94, of Berne, died Tueday at Adams Memorial Hospital
    Arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.

County may add 2nd court security officer

February 15, 2012

    Judge Frederick A. Schurger met with Adams County Council Tuesday to address the ongoing problems with security in both the circuit court and superior court locations.
    Schurger, the circuit court judge, said one of the court's primary needs is for a second security officer so that each court has an officer dedicated to only one building.
    Currently, security officer John Whitright provides security for both the circuit and superior courts.

NA athletic foundation is approved

February 15, 2012

    Future improvements to athletic facilities at North Adams Community Schools could be funded in part by tax-deductible donations from local residents.
    A proposal to create a not-for-profit athletic foundation that would allow the school district to raise private funds for athletic capital improvement projects was unveiled Tuesday at the school district's monthly board meeting. The discussion was held in conjunction with the news that a bare-bones upgrade at Worthman Stadium would cost in the neighborhood of a half million dollars.

McConnell to exit ACentral

February 15, 2012

    Two letters of resignation were received, and accepted, Tuesday evening by the Adams Central Board of Education.
    High school Principal Sean R. McConnell submitted his letter of resignation after three years of service, effective June 30. Board members accepted, 6-0, with member John Sipe absent .
    The board also approved, 6-0, a letter of resignation from school employee Lisa Black.

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