August 30th, 2011
A record 775 Indiana schools — including North Adams and South Adams schools — have received an ‘‘A’’ or ‘‘exemplary’’ ranking based on student performance and improvement data.
Adams Central Schools received a B, or "commendable" rating.
The number of schools receiving an ‘‘F’’ and academic probation has been cut in half to 111.
The North Adams Schools Fund will benefit from a donation by Pizza King in Decatur as the restaurant's owners donate 10 percent of sales this Friday to the fund.
"Celebrity busers" will work at Pizza King on Friday to support the restaurant's staff. The celebrity cleanup crew will include North Adams Schools Superintendent Wylie Sirk; former NA school board member Jo-Ellen Eidam; civic activist Larry Isch; North Adams administrators, teachers, coaches; and others from the community.
Two games into the 2011 season, Adams Central has outscored Blackford and Union County 94 to 40, while AC's next opponent, Leo, has outscored Norwell and Angola 84-18.
However, the key difference, as Flying Jet head coach Michael Mosser pointed out after last Friday's game at UC, is that Central has beaten two teams that are not too good, while Leo has knocked off two schools that generally field pretty good teams.
First and foremost, congratulations go to South Adams and quarterback Dustin Wanner for hanging around long enough to put together the game-winning drive in less than 50 seconds Friday night in their 13-10 upset of the much bigger and stronger Bellmont Braves.
The way they earned that win was just hanging in there despite getting outgained 271-98 in rushing yards and netting only six first downs prior to that final drive.
On Sunday, the 206th anniversary of Samuel L. Rugg's birth, the City of Decatur, to which he gave birth, celebrated his memory as the final event of the community's 175th anniversary extravaganza.
Well over 100 people turned out for the afternoon unveiling of the four-sided black marble monument to Rugg that sits in the front lawn of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce office by the St. Marys River, 125 E. Monroe St.
Election 2011 in Adams County will be one of the shortest and easiest in history, with only seven city offices in Decatur and Berne to be voted on — and few names facing the voters.
Due to a state law that went into effect on July 1, the names of all unopposed candidates will not be printed on the ballots, as a way of saving money and streamlining the voting process.
Max Miller, who, along with Larry Isch, co-chaired the Decatur 175th Anniversary Committee, read a summarized history of Samuel Rugg at Sunday's ceremony to honor the founder of Decatur.
Rugg was born in 1805 in Oneida County, New York; came to Cincinnati in 1825; and moved into Indiana in 1833.
He made a home in what became Root Township and, after the county was created three years later, he began riding a horse around the area to find a suitable place for a county seat.
Charles S. DeKoninck, 76, of Monroeville, died at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday at The Village of Heritage nursing home.
He married Shirley A. Sorg on August 31, 1957, in St. Joseph Catholic Church at Hessen Cassel; she passed away on September 14, 2001.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church at Hessen Cassel, a lifelong farmer (including dairy cattle), and the previous co-owner of Sunshine Florist in Decatur for 23 years (1981 to 2004).
Russell K. Nilsen, 86, of Decatur, died on Saturday at his residence following an extended illness.
He married Mary Alderson on July 25, 1953; she survives.
He was plant manager at the Silberline Corp. facility in Decatur, owned and operated the Western Auto store in Decatur in the late 1970s, and started the Adams County branch of Love In the Name of Christ in 1997.
He served in the southern Pacific Ocean in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Delbert Sprunger, 83, of Decatur, a longtime resident of Berne and a former business owner there, died on Saturday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.