John P. Koors, 87, of Decatur, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
John was born in Tipton, Indiana, on January 31, 1924 to Joseph H. and Elizabeth (Dane) Koors.
On February 12, 1946, John married Florence T. Geimer.
John was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur and its Holy Name Society and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Lela Isca McCollum, 101, of rural Geneva, passed away at 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, at her residence.
She was born on Thursday, May 12, 1910, in Wells County to James and Ida Marker Pace.
Mrs. McCollum had been a longtime resident of Wabash Township. She formerly attended Apple Grove United Brethren Church in Geneva and had attended Nottingham Township School in Wells County.
She enjoyed quilting, sewing, canning, flowers, gardening, and fishing.
John H. Graber of rural Bryant was stillborn on Monday at Adams Memorial Hospital.
He was the son of Henry D. and Katherine A.R. Graber of rural Bryant.
Other survivors are four grandparents and two great-grandmothers.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today in Pennville Amish Cemetery of Jay County.
Funeral arrangements were by Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva.
BY ERIC MANN
One of the longest prison sentences in Adams County history, 90 years, was handed down on Tuesday in Adams Circuit Court to a Decatur man convicted twice times in eight years of child molesting.
Judge Frederick A. Schurger gave Andrew E. Stetler, 33, three consecutive 30-year sentences for the two latest counts of molesting and for being an habitual criminal offender. He did get credit for having been in jail here for 89 days.
Longtime city councilman and former council president Bill McKean was issued the oath of office as Berne's next mayor during ceremonies Tuesday night at Swiss Village retirement community.
Presiding over the swearing-in ceremony was State Rep. Matt Lehman.
McKean, a Republican, takes over the office from John Minch on Jan. 1.
By JANNAYA ANDREWS
Talk at Tuesday's meeting of the Adams County commissioners centered around a proposed improvement project for the Purdue Extension Service office in the Adams County Service Complex.
Extension Educator Amy Johnson brought to commissioners' attention the need for increased security in the extension office, primarily regarding protecting the privacy of clients.
BY ERIC MANN
MONROE—It wasn't better late than never, but better late than early in Adams Central's 64-50 victory on Tuesday over rival Bellmont.
Mildred F. Whitacre, 87, of Berne, died on Monday, December 26, 2011, at Swiss Village Retirement Center, Berne.
She was born in Wells County, to the late Ernest and Mabel Uptygraft.
Among survivors are one son, Ernie (Norma) Whitacre, Bryant; two daughters, Carol (Bill) Schabacker of Ossian and Jo (Cliff) Moser of Portland; and a sister, Joan Snyder of Portland.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Whitacre, Sr.; and a son, Jack F. Whitacre, Jr.
Richard P. Kiser, 74, Bluffton, died on December 25, 2011, at Meadowvale Health and Rehabilitation Center, Bluffton.
He was born to the late Kenneth and Clara Kiser in Adams County.
Michael M. Herman, 68, New Haven, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2011.
Born in Fort Wayne, he worked as an accountant with Raytheon for 32 years, retiring in 2000. He was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven.
Michael was an Army Veteran and a former Adams Township Volunteer Fireman.
He was a loving brother and an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed spending time at Jimmerson Lake. He also enjoyed watching the Browns and Dodgers games.