November 18th, 2011
Tyler White of Bluffton was handed a 70-year prison term in Wells Circuit Court on Friday morning.
Brian Hutchinson, a special appointed judge from Jay County, sentenced White, 29, to 60 years for murdering his wife, Amy, and another 10 years for enhancement, since his wife was pregnant at the time.
The sentencing had been postponed on Monday due to a major fire which erupted near the courthouse in downtown Bluffton.
Robert W. Cook, 95, of Decatur, died peacefully at Swiss Village in Berne on November 17, 2011.
He will be remembered as a thinker, tinkerer, inventor, and businessman.
Bob was born in Osgood. Indiana, and moved to Adams County when he was six years old. He was the fifth of six children of Adolph and Dora Cook.
Anita L. Sovine, 89, a former longtime resident of Pleasant Mills, died at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the nursing center at Woodcrest Retirement Community, her residence the past three and one-half years.
She was born on January 18, 1922, in Van Wert County, Ohio, to Walter G. and Daisy P. August Stetler.
She married Luther A. "Buzz" Sovine on July 26, 1941 in Purvis, Mississippi. He passed away on November 2, 1991.
Howard O. Wolf, 75, of Decatur, passed away on Wednesday, November 17, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Howard was born on May 23, 1936, in Fort Wayne to Otto and Velma (Bevelhymer) Wolf.
He married Carol A. Welty on December 14, 1963. She preceded him in death on February 11, 2001.
Howard was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church in Fort Wayne.
He retired in 1997 from Navistar.
Up, up, and away we go toward Christmas!
One of the large fir trees on the Adams County Courthouse lawn was decorated with lights on Thursday by two employees of the parks and recreation department in preparation for the formal Christmas kickoff event there at 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 27.
The tree's lights will be turned on at that time.
In accompanying photo, Chris Krull is in the manlift, while Dwight Pierce assists on the ground.
Adams County Solid Waste Management District director Hank Mayer reported at this week's board of directors meeting that the county's sale of recylables is expected to top $100,000 this year, the first time the solid waste district has eclipsed that mark.
Mayer said that while the overall volume of recyclable material brought by private individuals and commercial enterprises to the solid waste district is mostly unchanged in recent years, prices paid to the district for recycled paper, plastics, glass and cardboard have risen.
The annual Operation Christmas Child (OCC) project has begun again, with the Adams County effort based at The Bridge Community Church in Decatur. Twelve other area churches are also involved.
The Bridge, on Winchester Rd. near N. 13th St., will accept shoeboxes filled with school supplies, toys, clothes, hygiene items, candy, and other things that will be sent to needy children in well over 100 nations. The deadline to bring the boxes to the church is next Monday at 1 p.m.
Bellmont football coach Larry Getts, who led Bellmont to only its second sectional crown in school history this past fall, feels that team stayed together despite a tough start, and that allowed the squad to prosper in the 3A playoffs.
"The biggest highlight was watching these kids come together as a team, seeing them believe in the invisible and make it a reality. The 2011 team demonstrated time and again what it means to play for the guy next to you," said Getts, who took over a program in a bit of disaray.
People coming from out of town to view Decatur's sculptures? A special event featuring those sculptures?
It could materialize in the next year or so if a group of citizens is able to organize and bring to fruition what they're calling the Decatur Sculpture Walk. Current plans call for the walk to take place August 18-25 of next year, prior to the annual Kekionga Festival.
A 33-year-old Decatur man, Andrew E. Stetler, was convicted by an Adams Circuit Court jury on Wednesday of two counts of child molesting and will be sentenced on December 27.
He was found guilty by the 11-woman, one-man jury of fondling and performing oral sex on two girls, ages seven and nine, in August of 2010.