June 28th, 2011
Two big bridge projects in southern Adams County, involving a combined total of more than $1 million worth of work, dominated the meeting of the commissioners on Monday afternoon: rehabilitation of the covered bridge near Ceylon and reconstruction between Berne and Geneva of a bridge that stood for many years near the Bunge North America plant at Decatur.
The goal of $81,000 was not met, but the total of almost $75,000 that was collected, in a time of economic trials, made the 2011 Adams County Relay for Life successful.
Organizers of the annual anti-cancer effort, which benefits the American Cancer Society and was held last weekend at Adams Central School, report that Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, which was in charge of food and beverage sales at the event, led the way with $13,466.48 collected.
The combined total for sponsor funds was No. 2, at $8,750.
John E. Gillig, 81, of St. Anne Home in Fort Wayne, formerly of Decatur, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born in Decatur on June 29, 1929, to Leo T. and Florence L. (Kohne) Gillig.
The above South Adams student-athletes attended a leadership conference earlier this week at Indianapolis Pike High School and heard from Butler men's basketball coach Brad Stevens. Attending from SA were: (Front row, L-R) Hannah Moore, Lily Taing, Alexis Ford, Kristen Muselman, Kristal All, Lyndsey Chandler, (Back row, L-R) Mike Pries (AD), Joel Schmidt, Scott Hoeppner, Evan Liechty, Blake Fox, Jacob Werst, Dustin Wanner, Jessie O'Dell (Coach). Attending but not pictured: Trent Lehman (Principal). (Photo provided)
The Erie Haven team won the recent Pee Wee Reese championship in the Hoosier East Baseball Alliance (HEBA) with a 10-1 victory. Team members pictured include front row, left to right, Alex Torres, Anthony Hurst, Nick Garcia, Justin Bersch, Bryce Moser, and Luke Strickler. Back row: Derek Simon, Gregg Shoaf, Daxtyn Uhlman, Brett Funk, Skylar, Brady Manis, and Peyton Staub. In the back are coaches Shaun Funk and Greg Strickler. Not pictured are player Manny Brewer and coach Rex Brewer. (Photo provided)
The Decatur Thunderbirds tallied four runs in the top of the fifth inning Sunday in the championship game of the Decatur 10-and-under tournament at Rube Wynn Field and captured the event with a final 19-8 win over Wallen.
The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
The Adams County Golf Tournament took place over the weekend with action starting Saturday at the Cross Creek Golf Club in Decatur, and finishing up Sunday, at The Golf Club of the Limberlost in Geneva and both the men’s and women’s divisions were won by defending champions.
Winning the Ladies division championship play was Brenda Shifferly shooting 86 on Saturday and 83 Sunday. Pleased with her play as well,Shifferly now has won 34 times in City, County and Club championships in her golfing career.
The primary requirement of the "judicial needs study" performed by the Schenkel Shultz architectural firm of Fort Wayne was to advise local officials what to do about the future of Adams Superior Court and the county probation department, located in an old and inadequate building in downtown Decatur.
However, the study also looked a number of years ahead to when a new county jail would be required to replace the current one, which opened in 1980 in Decatur.
Leaders of Decatur's 175th anniversary celebration have announced that another souvenir is available: a collector coin in a choice of two metals, antique bronze and pure silver.
The coin has one side with words saying, "Blazing the location of Decatur, Indiana" and an image of Samuel L. Rugg, the city's founder, and a friend, Thomas Johnson, blazing an oak tree on June 23, 1836. On the other side of the coin is the 175th anniversary logo.
Siera Bracamonte, 63, passed away on June 12, 2011.
Siera was born on January 2, 1948, in Indiana. She was one of four children born to the late Robert and Rosemary Bennett and was the beloved wife of Alfonso Bracamonte for more than 34 years.
Siera was the proud mother of Nicholas Bracamonte (and wife Alegra), devoted stepmother to Yolanda Bracamonte and Lenny Bracamonte (and wife Jamelle), and grandmother of Liselle, Aidan, Mikael, and Roman.