November 14th, 2011
OSSIAN—Adams County teams won seven of the 11 events staged at the annual Norwell Girls Swim Invitational Saturday but the team score was won by Jay County which easily outdistanced second place Bellmont 250-195.5.
South Adams swept four blue ribbons but was fifth out of the nine teams. The Squaws had two first place finishes while Adams Central took one. In the team race, Oak Hill was third with 184.5, followed by Columbia City 169, South Adams 140, Bishop Dwenger 116, Bluffton 92, Norwell 86, and Adams Central 67.
"We nailed it!"
"The stars aligned and it was not by accident."
Those comments, first by Adams Central school board member Steve Maller, then by AC Superintendent Mike Pettibone, were typical of the commendations at Sunday's dedication and open house at the $10 million addition to and renovation of the AC building in Monroe.
Although military service to the nation is the central honor commemorated on Veterans' Day, the guest speaker at Adams Central's annual observance on Friday spoke to students about engaging in any type of public service as a higher calling of citizenship.
Retired U.S. Navy lieutenant-commander Cameron Collier of Decatur, a graduate of AC and the naval academy, told a large audience, primarily students, "What makes one able to say he or she lived a life full of pride and satisfaction? Being able to say, 'I served.'
Just a few weeks ago, Bellmont Student Council hosted its secnd annual charity event called Coats Because We Care during the Bellmont versus Dekalb football game.
Eileen A. Andrews, 94, of Decatur, a former Adams County Clerk, died at 6:05 a.m. Thursday in the nursing center at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
She was born on March 15, 1917, in Decatur to Lottie A. and Verda M. Bigham Jackson.
She married John F. Andrews on November 27, 1938, in Zion Reformed Church of Decatur; he passed away in 1996.
She served for three years as Adams County Clerk and was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Decatur.
Naomi I. Buckey, 90, of Huntington, a former Geneva resident, died Wednesday at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation.
She was born in Geneva on January 8, 1921, to Theodore and Bertha B. Snow Pusey.
Among survivors are a daughter, Mrs. James (Susan E.) Carter of Huntington, and a sister, Mary Pusey of Geneva.
James Fisher, 78, formerly of Celina, Ohio, died Wednesday in Van Wert, Ohio, Hospice Center.
Among survivors are his wife, Martha; a son and five daughters, including Mrs. Gary (Debra) Hamrick of Willshire.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Kessler Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were by Cisco Funeral Home in Celina.
Colleen J. "Connie" Miller, 82, of Van Wert, Ohio, died Wednesday at Van Wert In-patient Hospice Center.
Among survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Byron (Darlene) Gregory of Kansas City, Missouri, and Mrs. Rick (Susan) Farley of Carmel.
She was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in Decatur.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, with burial in Woodland Cemetery of Van Wert. Visiting hours are 4-8 p.m. Saturday.
A different type of football huddle was seen at Adams Central's Regional pep rally on Thursday night.
Superintendent Mike Pettibone, half-bald, but all-AC, told the crowd that when the Flying Jets were in the midst of a five-game losing streak, he promised to let the team members write their names on his head if they won a Sectional.
Last night, Pettibone made good on his pledge and sat while the boys gathered around and wrote away.
The Jets play at Sheridan tonight.
Decatur Street Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said this morning that the latest reconstruction of the railroad crossing on S. 13th St. will be done today and the five-lane highway should be reopened to traffic between noon and 4 p.m.
Thirteenth St. is the right-of-way of two US highways, 27 and 33.