July 13th, 2011
Don Elder, a retired educator selected by sitting members of the North Adams school board in May to fill a pending vacancy in their ranks, was issued the oath of office on Tuesday as he officially joined the board.
A request by the county auditor for the county council to consider increasing the pay of his five staff members by a total of $6,000 led to an unusual and unexpected response from a veteran councilman on Tuesday.
Auditor Bill Borne, who was not present, had submitted a two-page, 11-paragraph, single-spaced request for the $6,000, seeking $2,000 for his chief deputy and $1,000 each for the other four staffers. The council chose to withhold action until the 2012 budget is prepared in September.
A limestone mountain that's also a fountain was dedicated on Tuesday in front of Adams Memorial Hospital to honor the man who's retiring after being its executive director since 1989 — Marvin Baird.
Baird, who came to Adams County in the midst of a career as a hospital management expert, will leave in coming weeks to move to Greenwood with his wife, Jackie.
Larry W. Moore, 60, of Decatur, died at home on Monday.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.
Tournament action in both the Decatur Girls Junior and Senior Leagues began Monday night with a pair of games in both divisions.
In the Senior League, Geimer's Construction belted out 13 hits including a two-run homer by Taylor Kuhnle in the fifth and they handed Barker and Sons a 19-1 defeat while in the other contest, Mind's Eye Graphics also recorded a double-digit victory taking out the First Bank of Berne by an 18-8 count.
Regular season champion Erie Haven dominated second place finisher McIntire Heating in the winner's bracket game of the double-elimination Sandy Koufax League tournament played Monday night at Worthman Field.
In action in the losers' bracket semis at Monroe's Don Ray Memorial Park, Corner Deli of Monroe scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 10-9 win over Bluffton Elks, and Courtesy Motors of Decatur stopped South Adams 9-3 in the second game.
Berne City Council on Monday officially signed a contract with LICA LLC for continued improvements to the city's sanitary sewer collection system. The local firm's bid of $789,627 was accepted in April as the lowest of nine submitted for the work. The engineering estimate for the project was $925,000.
A lightning strike during a storm damaged a control unit on a computer in the Geneva branch of the Adams Public Library System on Monday, blew a fuse and knocked out the site's elevator, air conditioner, and Internet and Wii services.
The incident happened around 1 p.m., branch director Rose Bryan said.
Geneva firefighters responded to the alarm, but there was no fire.
The Adams County Commissioners on Monday accepted the bid of Jutte Excavating of Fort Recovery, Ohio, for $321,910.93 to rehabilitate and restore the covered bridge near Ceylon.
The project will start soon, grant administrator Dave Milligan of Portland said, since June of 2012 is the deadline to have the work done.
County Engineer Tim Barkey said he will help provide oversight of the project.
Esther C. Friar, 91, formerly of Willshire, Ohio, died on Friday in Van Wert In-Patient Hospice Center at Van Wert, Ohio.
She was born in Adams County on August 17, 1919 to Oscar and Amanda Baumgartner Steiner.
Among survivors are three daughters: Mrs. Leon (Rita) Byer of Willshire; Anne Schoeff of Greenville, Ohio; and Kaye Hartman of Van Buren, Indiana; one stepson, Jeffrey Friar of Hartford City, Indiana; and one stepdaughter, Cheryl Powell of Montpelier, Indiana.