August 20th, 2012
Opal Ruth (Bowen) Brown, 86, a longtime resident of Decatur, passed away August 17, 2012, at St. Vincent’s Hospice Center in Indianapolis.
Born on November 15, 1925, to Aaron and Zelma Bowen, she resided in rural Union township most of her adult life.
Opal married Herman Don Brown on December 14, 1944; he preceded her in death in 2007.
Action taken last week by the Adams County Hospital Association by refinancing the lease revenue rental bond used to construct the new hospital back in 2005 will save the hospital several million dollars over the life of the bond issue.
Esta Mae Colwell, 92, of Mendon, Ohio, died Thursday in Mendon.
Among survivors are her daughter, Glenda High of Mendon; sons, Clayton (Pat) Colwell of Viper, Ky., and Kenneth (Sherrillene) Colwell of Corpus Christi, Texas; and two brothers, including Everett Colwell of Decatur.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m. on Sunday and noon-1 p.m. on Monday at the New Start Church, Celina, Ohio. Funeral Services are at 1 p.m. on Monday at the church. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades celebrated a Holy Mass, then led a large throng of parishioners to the adjoining St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church's parish hall for the blessing and dedication of the new building on Sunday.
The hall is the culmination of the St. Mary's Building On Our Heritage capital campaign that began in 2004.
That campaign included a new gymnasium.
Amos Liechty Jr., 73, of Berne, passed away at 4:20 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2012, at Swiss Village Nursing Center.
He was born in Adams County on December 17, 1938, to the late Amos Liechty Sr. and the late Della Nussbaum.
On May 24, 1957, he married Berverly Fenstermaker; she survives in Berne.
Amos was a 46-year employee of Berne Furniture, where he drove truck for many years. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Berne.
Adams County's unemployment rate dropped slightly in July, falling from 7.9 percent in June to 7.6 percent last month, according to the latest figures released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
The county's jobless rate has remained below 8 percent for four consecutive months after starting 2012 at 8.5 percent. Three years ago, in July of 2009, Adams County experienced a jobless rate of 15.2 percent. One year ago that rate was 8.1 percent.
Wayne Brice McMillen, 89, Van Wert, Ohio, passed away at 4:20 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2012, at Van Crest Health Care Center.
He was born in Adams County on August 28, 1922, to the late Brice and Mary Bemice (Cowan) McMillen.
On January 3, 1953, he married Arlene A. (Hubert) McMillen; she passed away on January 28, 1996.
MONROE—For one game, at least, the Bellmont/Adams Central volleyball rivalry was as intensely close as advertised, but the Squaws found another gear and put the match away in the next three games to defeat the Lady Jets, 3-1 on Saturday night.
The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld a 90-year sentence handed down by Judge Fredrick A. Shurger in December, 2011, to a Decatur man Andrew E. Stetler, 33, who was convicted on two counts of child molestation and of being a habitual offender.
Stetler appealed his sentence, questioning if sufficient evidence was presented to uphold one of his child molestation convictions and whether his 90-year sentence is inappropriate considering the nature of the offenses and his character.
Dr. Tony Nigliazzo, who recently joined Adams Memorial Hospital as a general surgeon, is seen in accompanying photo talking with his first patient, Kip Summerset, a rural Adams County resident.
Since the retirement of Dr. H.S. Lee, the hospital had had just one general surgeon, Dr. Richard Spady.
Prior to attending medical school, Nigliazzo was a firefighter-paramedic with the Edmond Fire Department, a suburb of Oklahoma City, from January of 1993 to June of 1999.