October 11th, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man convicted of murdering a Willshire, Ohio, mother and her two daughters after their Disney World vacation 22 years ago is scheduled to be executed Nov. 15 after Gov. Rick Scott signed his death warrant Monday.
Preble and Decatur firefighters made runs on Monday afternoon to the same house in rural Decatur that they had gone to for a fire just six days before.
No one was hurt in the second fire because no one was living in the home due to damage from the first fire. But Mrs. Randy Collier, co-owner of the home, suffered a medical problem and was treated at Adams Memorial Hospital after being brought there from the fire scene by Adams County Emergency Medical Service personnel.
She was later released.
A Decatur child was admitted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne after being injured at 4:48 p.m. Monday when she was struck by a pickup truck at the intersection of 13th and Washington streets.
The Decatur Police Department reported this morning that, according to witnesses, Kayla S. Hershberger, 8, Cambridge Court, Decatur, walked onto the crosswalk in front of a pickup truck driven by Mike A. Soto, 41, Russell Street, Decatur.
Based on past history, all three Adams County teams should be favored in the first week of IHSAA football sectional play.
South Adams is the only county school with a home game and they'll entertain the Golden Bears from Monroe Central, currently in just its second year of having a varsity team. Monroe Central went winless for the year in its initial campaign but has captured three games this year including a season-opening 20-19 win over Edinburgh of Johnson County.
Husband and wife team Bill and Penny Gay of Monroe returned to Arctic Village, Alaska, again this summer to help residents there build gardens.
Arctic Village is home to the Gwich'in, an Indian nation which "lives off the land."
Because Alaska is notorious for permafrost, they build elevated gardens in troughs to give the plants every opportunity to grow despite frozen ground temperatures.
The Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting donations for a memorial garden to be built at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Monroe to remember John Friedt, a longtime staff member of the agency who died suddenly on February 17 this year at age 56.
The garden will be located near the new building erected this year on the fairgrounds.
Three sophomores at Adams Central High School have been awarded $1,000 each for a project they completed in their global studies class: designing a trip they plan to take to Switzerland in the summer of 2013.
Erika Steffen, Kaitlin Carroll, and Ben Lehman received the money from Education First (EF), a group founded in Sweden, but with headquarters in Lucerne, Switzerland. The United States headquarters of EF is located in Boston.
Chloe A. Christianer, 71, of Decatur, passed away at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at her residence.
She was born on October 7, 1940, in Allen County to Thomas Edward and Zanta (Squire) Imel.
Chloe married Don G. Christianer on September 14, 1957.
Donald J. Dick, 76, a former longtime resident of rural Decatur, died Friday at 6:50 p.m. in The Laurels of Shane Hill at Rockford, Ohio. He had resided there for two and a half years.
He was born on August 1, 1935, in Adams County to Albert and Virgil L. Andrews Dick.
He married Mary M. Thatcher on February 16, 1957, in Willshire, Ohio; she survives.
He was a graduate of Adams Central High School and retired from International Harvester (now Navistar) after 30 years.
Leslie W. Janes, 61, of rural Howe, died October 6 at home.
He was born to Leslie D. and Virginia Bryant Janes.
Among survivors are his wife, Charlotte; a son, Kelly Janes of Sturgis, Michigan; a daughter, Michelle Janes of Sturgis; and a sister, Mrs. Jim (Pam) Clem of Decatur.
A graveside funeral service was held on Sunday at Brushy Chapel Cemetery of Wolcottville, Indiana.
Arrangements were by Carney-Frost Funeral Home of LaGrange.