February 15th, 2011
Theodore "Toby" Schwartz entered Adams Circuit Court on Monday afternoon with a 100-year prison sentence and left about an hour later with 29 years added on.
Schwartz, 41, a former resident of Geneva and Berne, was given a century behind bars last year in Allen County for rape, burglary, and other crimes in the fall of 2009 that resulted from his lengthy use of methamphetamine.
Government-as-business was the theme of this year's State of the County address by Commissioner Doug Bauman, who declared, "It's all about sales. It's making people feel good about doing business" with government.
He delivered his talk at a luncheon meeting of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce in Woodcrest Retirement Community, with some 60 people attending.
Senior Bellmont guard Dana Kaczmarek was named to the All-NHC girls basketball squad, first team, it was announced Monday afternoon by the conference athletic directors.
Kaczmarek, who scored 11.1 points per game this season, was the only Bellmonter on the 10-memmber first team, which was dominated by Norwell and Homestead. Each had three selections among the first 10..
Bellmont senior center Madison Schultz was named to the second team. She averaged 10.8 points per game for Bellmont, plus 6.8 rebounds.
"I can't remember ever going undefeated in the ticket round. Going 7-0 .... that was huge," stated Bellmont wrestling coach Brent Faurote after his Braves earned those seven slots in the IHSAA State Individual Wrestling Finals with a flurry of impressive performances.
MONROE—At this point in the season, said Adams Central head coach Aaron McClure after Saturday's 64-37 win over Eastside, you want to be playing your best for several reasons:
•The sectionals loom and, for AC, there will be a challenge with Bluffton and Bishop Luers as potential opponents.
•The Allen County Athletic Conference race is not yet decided and the Flying Jets are 4-2, with one team left to play (South Adams).
After 15 years on the Adams County Election Board, Ralph Smith Jr. of rural Decatur has resigned, effective February 28, citing "health problems and my desire to travel for six months out of the year."
Smith, a Republican, was replaced by Abby Dyer of Decatur, who was named by county Republican Party Chairman Rob Noetzel. Dyer is the wife of Decatur City Councilman Matt Dyer.
The fledgling North Adams Community Schools Fund is gaining support, and Superintendent Wylie Sirk said committee members are discussing "a variety of ideas to generate revenue" to allow the fund to award an increasing number of annual scholarships.
Included are a pair of challenges — one to employees of the school district, the other to school board members — issued by Sirk.
Kenneth L. "Bummy" Baumgartner, 72, of Bluffton, died Friday in Parkview Hospital at Fort Wayne.
He was born in Adams County to Russell L. and Pauline Clowser Baumgartner.
Among survivors are his wife, Susie; three sons, Kevin Baumgartner of Decatur; Kerry Baumgartner of Garrett; and Greg Norris of Ossian; and two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Kendra) Mendez of Decatur and Angela Norris of Bluffton.
Raymond L. Berry Sr., 68, of Geneva, died Friday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
He was born to Willian D. and Mary H. Taylor Berry.
Among survivors are his wife, Julia; two daughters, Annette Berry of Berne and Mrs. Murlin (Kelly) Criner of Decatur; one son, Raymond L. Berry Jr. of Bluffton; and three sisters, Mary Scott and Janet Evans of Berne and Bonnie Reusser of Celina, Ohio.
Lillian M. Bertsch, 80, of Bluffton, died on Friday in Christian Care Center.
She was born to John J. and Lydia Gerber Fiechter.
Among survivors are her husband, Walter W. Bertsch; two sons, Lonnie Bertsch of Decatur and Tom Bertsch of Bluffton; and two daughters: Mrs. Jeff (Jodi) Towle of Ossian and Mrs. Wayne (Jeanne) Steffen of Decatur.