Walter L. (Wally) Watters, 77, of Decatur, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2011, at his residence.
He was born on February 6, 1934, in Fort Wayne, to the late Herman C. and Agnes U. (Bagley) Watters.
He married Connie J. Syndram on June 11, 1955.
John Clark IV, 84, a longtime Decatur resident and a former member of the Decatur City Council, died at 1 p.m. Thursday in the nursing center at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
He was born on April 18, 1927, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He married Carolyn J. Lambert on August 27, 1955, in Fort Wayne. She passed away on December 30, 2003.
John was a teacher in the North Adams Community Schools for 31 years, retiring in 1988. He previously taught in Huntertown.
Christian D. Wickey Sr., 78 of Woodburn, formerly of Berne, died Thursday in Adams Memorial Hospital. He was born to Daniel S. and Mary (Schwartz) Wickey.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine J. (Hilty). Surviving are two sons, Christian D. (Suzanne) Wickey Jr. of Woodburn and Sam C. (Regina) Wickey of Monte Vista, Colo.
Krystene A. Poper 60, of Berne, passed away on Friday December 30, 2011, at Chalet Village Nursing Home.
She was born on February 21, 1951, to the late Larry and Mildred (Backus) Pagley in New Castle, Pa.
Krystene was a clown for Keystone Clowns in Pennsylvania.
By ERIC MANN
Adams County Auditor Bill Borne has made public a sharply-worded letter he sent to the two men who represent the county in the Indiana General Assembly about $320 million in state funds that were overlooked and then reportedly found this year.
Borne, who will close eight years as auditor on December 31, 2012, and is an Auditor of the Year award winner, sent the letter to State Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, and State Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, who will be at work in the state legislature starting in early January.
(The top 10 stories of 2011 have been selected by employees of the Daily Democrat. This is No. 3.)
By J SWYGART
By the end of 2012, the number of appointed school boards in Indiana will decrease, following approval in November by the Indiana Department of Education of a request from the North Adams Community Schools to have an elected board.
By JIM HOPKINS
MISHAWAKA — Senior Bellmonters Brooks Faurote and Ben Baker battled to championships Thursday at the Al Smith Classic, helping the Braves to an 8-2 final day and a sixth-place finish in one of the toughest high school wrestling tourneys in the nation.
By JOE SPAULDING
Van Wert found a little extra oomph in their game in the fourth period Thursday night and captured what had been a tight ball game against the Bellmont girls up to that point by a final 40-33 tally at the Teepee.
The seven-point margin of victory was the largest lead of the game for either team but was not indicative of the closeness of the game, at least for the first three periods of play.
By DYLAN MALONE
MONROE— The Lady Jets' New Years resolution, according to coach Sam Beer was simple: don't wait until January 1 to play well.
The tactic worked wonders for Adams Central against the visiting Muncie Southside Lady Rebels who were blown out of the building early and often by the Lady Jets in a 70-42 rout.
AC scored a season-high for points in a quarter in the first when they came out and put 23 on the board compared to Southside's nine and the tone was set for the game.
By BOB SHRALUKA
"Everyone is doing all they can. It's just going to be a tough three of four months. But we'll stick with it," owner Greg Milholland said Wednesday, one day after his Affolder Implement firm in Berne formally reopened for business just eight days after a devastating fire.