BY ERIC MANN
One of the longest prison sentences in Adams County history, 90 years, was handed down on Tuesday in Adams Circuit Court to a Decatur man convicted twice times in eight years of child molesting.
Judge Frederick A. Schurger gave Andrew E. Stetler, 33, three consecutive 30-year sentences for the two latest counts of molesting and for being an habitual criminal offender. He did get credit for having been in jail here for 89 days.
Longtime city councilman and former council president Bill McKean was issued the oath of office as Berne's next mayor during ceremonies Tuesday night at Swiss Village retirement community.
Presiding over the swearing-in ceremony was State Rep. Matt Lehman.
McKean, a Republican, takes over the office from John Minch on Jan. 1.
By JANNAYA ANDREWS
Talk at Tuesday's meeting of the Adams County commissioners centered around a proposed improvement project for the Purdue Extension Service office in the Adams County Service Complex.
Extension Educator Amy Johnson brought to commissioners' attention the need for increased security in the extension office, primarily regarding protecting the privacy of clients.
BY ERIC MANN
MONROE—It wasn't better late than never, but better late than early in Adams Central's 64-50 victory on Tuesday over rival Bellmont.
Mildred F. Whitacre, 87, of Berne, died on Monday, December 26, 2011, at Swiss Village Retirement Center, Berne.
She was born in Wells County, to the late Ernest and Mabel Uptygraft.
Among survivors are one son, Ernie (Norma) Whitacre, Bryant; two daughters, Carol (Bill) Schabacker of Ossian and Jo (Cliff) Moser of Portland; and a sister, Joan Snyder of Portland.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Whitacre, Sr.; and a son, Jack F. Whitacre, Jr.
Richard P. Kiser, 74, Bluffton, died on December 25, 2011, at Meadowvale Health and Rehabilitation Center, Bluffton.
He was born to the late Kenneth and Clara Kiser in Adams County.
Michael M. Herman, 68, New Haven, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2011.
Born in Fort Wayne, he worked as an accountant with Raytheon for 32 years, retiring in 2000. He was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven.
Michael was an Army Veteran and a former Adams Township Volunteer Fireman.
He was a loving brother and an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed spending time at Jimmerson Lake. He also enjoyed watching the Browns and Dodgers games.
Max L. Egley, 70, of Wolcottville, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 25, 2011.
Born in Decatur, he graduated from Adams Central High School, Manchester College, and the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, from which he received a master's degree.
Max was a mathematics teacher and a basketball coach for a span of 34 years at Harrison Hill, Snider High School, and Woodlan High School before retiring in 1997.
Morris S. "Rosey" Krueckeberg, 86, Decatur, passed away at 6:50 a.m. on Monday, December 26, 2011, at Woodcrest Retirement Community, Decatur.
He was born on December 20, 1925, in Adams County, to the late Gustav and Selma Krueckeberg.
He married Naomi Harvey on September 25, 1949. She survives.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur; the American Legion Post 43; and the Decatur Elks Lodge.
By DYLAN MALONE
Tonight marks another meeting between county rivals AC and Bellmont on the hardwood. This year’s Braves/Jets meeting will be held at the Hangar in Monroe and in recent history that bodes well for the Jets.
The home team has won the last three meetings between these schools. Last year at Bellmont, the Braves defended their home field with a stunning 70-63 win against the heavily-favored Jets.