January 24th, 2012
The covered bridge near Ceylon is no longer covered.
Work to reconstruct the bridge built in the mid-1860s began in early November. Jutte Excavating of Fort Recovery, Ohio, won the county contract to remove, rebuild and then reposition the bridge.
Recent high water has slowed work on driving pilings for support in order that the bridge may be taken apart. The wooden structure eventually will be entirely removed, with its pieces strewn about a parking lot at the site.
Adams County Building/Planning and Zoning Director Neil Ogg addressed county commissioners at Monday's meeting regarding the proposal of a wind test tower to be built in Adams County.
Ogg requested County Attorney Mark Burry review the county ordinance under which the proposed construction falls in order to ensure there are no lingering questions before Gamesa, the company erecting the test tower, resubmits to the planning board next month.
A dilapidated, burned-out building on Jefferson Street that has been giving city officials in Berne nothing but headaches for more than a year can finally be addressed, following the city council's emergency adoption on Monday of an unsafe building ordinance which mirrors Indiana code.
"Landon knows how to wrestle and he's just now showing it," stated cousin Ben Baker Saturday after an unseeded Landon Baker made it to the 170-pound finals of the NHC Tournament, losing in overtime.
Ben had the win of the day, finally getting his man Spencer Raypole of Carroll in his fourth try with a takedown in the final ticks of the clock at 195 pounds.
Bellmont, seeking a 22nd straight sectional mat title, emerged from the seeding meeting with four top spots and two No. 2 seeds for Saturday's Jay County Wrestling Sectional.
ACAC champion Adams Central has two top seeds and four seconds while South Adams has three No. 1 seeds and two seconds.
BELLMONT'S TOP SEEDS: (1) Bobby Keuneke at 120, Brooks Faurote at 145, Dewey Melcher at 152, and Ben Baker at 195; (2) Blake Adams at 126, and Brad Busse at 182; (3) Isaac Birch at 220, and Brian Hakes at 285.
Deryl A. Bauman 67, of Decatur, passed away Saturday January 21, 2012, at his residence.
He was born in Adams County on February 15, 1944, to the late Waldo C. and MaryEllen (Callihan) Bauman.
On July 11, 1970, he married Joy (DeBolt) Bauman.
Deryl was a member of High Street United Methodist Church (formerly E.U.B.) in Geneva, the F.O.P., Sons of the American Legion, and the Hoosier Carnival Glass Club.
James A. Downing, 75, of Berne, died Friday.
He was born to James F. and Ruth (Devine) Downing.
Among survivors are a son, James P. Downing, of Berne.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 28, at 1:30 p.m., at Pease Lutheran Church, Pastor Donald Sauls officiating.
Robert E. Kelly, Jr., 33, of Geneva, died on Thursday at Bluffton Regional Medical Center in Bluffton.
He was born to the late Robert Eugene Kelly Sr. and Jean (Hale) Kahn, of Decatur.
Among survivors are his mother, Jean (Hale) Kahn of Decatur; sons, Austin Kelly and Blake Kelly, both of Geneva; and Trevor Kelly of Decatur; daughters, Dani Mosser and Shaylyn Kelly, both of Geneva; brother, Randy Sipe, of Decatur; sisters, Jessica (John) Patch, of Bluffton and Jennifer Kelly of Deland, Fla.
Fredrick H. "Fritz" Liechty, 84, Goshen, a former Berne native and businessman, passed away Thursday morning at Greencroft Gables, Goshen.
He was the son of Hiram and Fanny(Beitler) Liechty, born on January 8, 1928, in Berne.
He married Magdalene "Maggie" (Lehman) on August 26, 1950.
A special party was held at Evergreen Court on January 6 in honor of Ralph Kenworthy, who celebrated his 106 birthday with family and friends.
Born in Camden, Ohio, on January 6, 1906, Ralph has been a fixture in Decatur for most of his life. Up until a few years ago, Ralph was still living in his own apartment and could be seen driving through town on his way to a variety of restaurants for a bite to eat, or perhaps to a local bar to play pool against the "younger boys," referring to his friends.