April 20th, 2011
Unemployment in Adams County hit its lowest point in nearly three years during March, leaving the county with the most attractive jobless rate among all northeast Indiana counties.
According to figures released Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the county's unemployment rate for March was 8.2 percent, down from 8.8 percent one month earlier and 9.2 percent in January. March's reading marked the lowest unemployment level in the county since a rate of 8.0 percent in July of 2008.
Storms which roared through Decatur and Adams County around 11 p.m. Tuesday brought some damage and heavy rain..
Officials at the Decatur weather station said the city received 1.12 inches of rain, pushing the St. Marys River to 13.9 feet at 7 a.m. today — a jump of 9 feet in just 24 hours.
Berne received 1.27 inches of rain.
At 8:30 a.m. today, the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the Wabash River near Linn Grove from late Thursday night until Sunday morning.
The transformation of Bellmont High School into an Early College High School is advancing it into an elite class in Indiana, and good schools can be a powerful economic development tool, a point underscored again and again at Tuesday night's meeting of Decatur City Council.
Bellmont Principal Scot Croner, a driving force behind the program, was on hand to lay out details of the program, what it means to the students and their parents, and to the community as a whole.
Rachel R. Graber, 91, of Berne, died Monday in Swiss Village Retirement Community.
She was born in Adams County on November 2, 1919, to Jacob J. and Lena Habegger Schwartz.
Among survivors are a son, Don Graber of Geneva; a daughter, Mrs. Bill (Eileen) Daugherty of Pennville; and a brother, Millard Schwartz of Berne.
Virginia G. Mauck, 96, of Muncie, passed away at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 18, 2011, at River Terrace Estates in Bluffton.
She was born on October 1, 1914, in Jay County to Charles E. and Alpha Mae (Gray) Maitlen.
She married Damon Mangus in 1934; he passed away in November 1945. She married Osa Mauck in 1947; he passed away in 1963.
Jerry L. Penrod, 67, of Bluffton, died at 10:15 a.m. Monday at his residence.
He was born on November 7, 1943, in Bluffton, the only child of Claude and Verda Gordon Penrod, who are deceased.
He married Joanna Jump on August 30, 1964, in Uniondale, Indiana, and she survives.
Steven B. Riley, 69, a lifelong resident of rural Monroe, died at 7:26 p.m. Sunday in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne, where he had been a patient for six days.
He was born to Merle and Ida Girod Riley, who are deceased.
He married Pauline Schwartz on April 14, 1963; she passed away in 2002.
He was a member of Salem Community Church, serving as chairman of the board of trustees for many years.
"We are hitting the cover off the ball," underestimated Bellmont baseball coach Ben Fawbush after his Braves delivered a 19-4 spanking to the Concordia Cadets Monday night at the Bellmont diamond in non-conference play.
Fawbush attributed a batting practice session recently in which "they got about 500 cuts each and it showed. The last four games we have had 13, 14, 15, and 18 hits respectively. These guys know what they are capable of and they are proving it."
OSSIAN — A two-run double off the wall in left field by Sammie Baker broke an Adams Central scoring drought and helped propel the Jets to an 8-1 victory over Norwell Monday night at the Knights' field.
The crowd was small and the dialog was sparse Monday evening as North Adams school officials held the first of three public meetings to discuss a property tax referendum that will be decided by school district voters on May 3.