April 26th, 2011
The FCC (Adams) automotive supply company in Berne, fresh off a recent expansion project which created four times the number of jobs originally anticipated, is growing again.
Berne City Council on Monday evening approved 10-year tax abatements for real estate and new equipment for the Japanese-owned firm's second expansion in as many years at the Parr Road site.
Adams County Republican Party Chairman Rob Noetzel has announced that longtime party treasurer Larry Hill has resigned due to matters of health.
Hill, a Decatur resident, held the treasurer's post for more than 20 years, leading Noetzel to say in a news release, "The entire Adams County Republican Party would like to give its heartfelt thanks to Larry for his dedicated service as the treasurer of our party."
Noetzel also announced two changes in party leadership.
Esther Augsburger, 95, of Berne, died Monday in Swiss Village Retirement Community.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva.
Wanda P. Neadstine Fugate, 100, who lived in the Monroeville area for more than 60 years, died at 10:32 a.m. Sunday in the nursing center at Woodcrest Retirement Community of Decatur.
She was born on September 28, 1910, in Dixon, Ohio.
She married Howard J. Fugate on July 10, 1937, in Monroeville; he passed away on March 16, 1994.
Wanda was a homemaker who also operated Fugate's IGA Store in Dixon from 1937-48.
Carl Smith, 81, formerly of Decatur, died Sunday in The Village of Heritage nursing home at Monroeville.
He was born to Charles and Elizabeth Zueber Smith.
There are no survivors.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Decatur Cemetery. Visitation is 10-10:45 a.m. Wednesday in Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.
Merlin W. Sprunger, 87, of Berne, died Monday in Swiss Village Retirement Community.
He was born in Adams County on February 11, 192 to Joel and Clara Ellenberger Sprunger.
Among survivors are a son, Ryan Sprunger of Berne, and three daughters: Mrs. Fred (Charlotte) Linn of Berne, Nancy Smith of Berne, and Mrs. Tom (Sharon) Ninde of Bluffton.
CHURUBUSCO — Alexis Harvey ran a career-best 25.06, setting the Bellmont mark by .34 of a second, winning the 200-meter event with what may be the fastest time recorded in Indiana this spring, in winning the blue in the Turtle Town Classic Saturday at Churubusco.
Harvey, who finished second in the 100 meter dash with a 12.45, had the only first for Bellmont, which finished seventh in the 12-team Gold Division.
FORT WAYNE—A 14-team Concordia Invitational at Foster Park Golf Course Saturday turned into a two-team horse race with sixth-ranked Norwell rallying on the back nine to fashion a 291-309 win over Bellmont.
The Braves led by one at the turn but sub-par rounds from McCormick Clouser and Ross Matthews from Norwell turned the tide to the Knight's favor. Clouser fired a sparkling 67 with Matthews just one behind him at 68.
Bellmont High School cast members for the musical "The Phantom of the Opera" have been announced for the shows this Saturday and Sunday in Bellmont Theatre.
The productions will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. At the Saturday night event, the theatre will be renamed Erekson Memorial Theatre in tribute to Reid and Evelyn Erekson, the first highly-trained adults to lead student productions on that stage.
(Editor’s Note: In this article and others to follow, North Adams Community Schools officials explain why they are seeking approval of a $1.25 million funding increase from taxpayers. The newspaper welcomes all comments on this issue. Please address them to: Referendum Peoples Voice.)