January 16th, 2012
State Rep. Matt Lehman on Saturday morning told a crowd comprised mostly of organized labor members that he will vote against a proposal to allow Hoosiers to determine at the ballot box the fate of a contentious right-to-work bill now being debated in the Indiana General Assembly.
The response from union supporters was perhaps summed up best by Decatur resident Daniel Jaurigue, a member of carpenters' union Local 232, who said: "We are watching how you vote, and we're going to fire you."
Gerald M. (Jerry) Walker of Berne has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Adams County Recorder.
He is the third GOP candidate to announce for Recorder, joining Deb Stimpson and Jim Voglewede, both of Decatur, in the field.
Walker is currently serving as Monroe Township Trustee and previously had served as township trustee/assessor. He is employed with Yager Furniture of Berne, is pastor of Landmark Baptist Church, New Haven, and also serves on the Berne Tree Board.
INDIANAPOLIS — During session Thursday, the Indiana House of Representatives recognized a resolution introduced by Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, to honor students from South Adams High School for their involvement with the charity organization Dots in Blue Water.
INDIANAPOLIS — Too many falls given up were the problem for Adams Central Saturday in the tough Warren Central Super Dual as the Jets went 2-3, losing just 35-30 to No. 14 Warren Central and 39-38 to Ben Davis. No. 6 (Coaches' poll) Roncalli stopped the Jets 49-19.
The Jets shut out Howe 69-6 and blanked Northwestern 81-0.
Adams Central stalwarts Derek Roe at 132, Cody Walburn at 120, Ben Pfister at 182 and Zeke Schultz at 152 all went unbeaten on the day.
OSSIAN— Playing the number one team in 3A is never easy, but trying to do so on the road and without your starting point guard to facilitate the offense and anchor the defense, it seemed to be near-impossible for the Squaws on Saturday night as they fell to the top-ranked Lady Knights of Norwell, 78-25.
Allison Gutierrez, still out with an ankle issue, was sorely missed in a game that the Squaws turned the ball over 31 times compared to just six times for the home team Knights.
Phyllis Ann James, 83, of Decatur, Wednesday at her residence.
She was born to the late Loree and Norma (Gray) Heideman.
She is survived by her husband, Lewis James, of Decatur.
Among survivors are her sons, David (Mary Whonsetler) James, of Fort Wayne; Dennis (Cindy) James, of Decatur; and Randall (Rita) James, of Van Buren, Ind.
Visitation will be Saturday from 2-6 p.m. at Ferguson and Glancy Funeral Home, Van Buren. Services will follow at 6 p.m.
Arthur L. McCollum, 72, of Keystone, died on Thursday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Among survivors are his wife, Paula McCollum, of Keystone; and two brothers, Norman McCollum and Ronald (Cindy) McCollum, both of Geneva.
Visitation is 1-5 p.m. on Sunday at Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva. Services are at 1 p.m. on Monday.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Geneva.
Steven L. Whittenbarger, 54, of Auburn, formerly of Decatur, died Wednesday at Wesley Healthcare in Auburn.
Steven was born to Phyllis A. Whittenbarger.
Survivors include a son, Jason Whittenbarger, and a sister, Sandy (Chris) Till, of Ft Wayne.
There will be no visitation or service.
Arrangements were by Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.
Winter reared its ugly head in Decatur and Adams County overnight, with roaring winds causing the most problems.
County roads were slick and hazardous due to blowing snow. In Decatur, some streets were snow-covered and others were nearly clear — depending upon which way the snow was blowing.
The area continued under a winter weather advisory.
Hopes for a new city-county building in Decatur and a move out of the current superior court building seemed to fade away on Thursday with the unseasonable weather being experienced here earlier this week.