January 26th, 2011
Leroy F. Walters, 77, of Decatur, died today at Adams Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur.
Decatur's industrial diversity was shown today as this huge concrete I-beam made by Prestress Services filled the largest intersection in town as it was turned south onto US 27, heading for a bridge project somewhere. Prestress Services is one of the many different types of industries in Decatur,
Bellmont had five No. 1 seeds and South Adams four after the Jay County Sectional Wrestling Seeding meeting Monday night.
Brooks Faurote at 140, John Mahlan at 160, Ryley Hankenson at 171, Travis Thatcher at 215 and unbeaten heavyweight Daniel Meyer are the top seeds for the Braves as they seek a 21st straight sectional crown Saturday at Jay County.
Jacob Girod at 112, Bobby Keuneke at 119 and Ben Baker at 189 are the seconds seeds for the Braves.
On the final roll of the sectional championship roll-off, Bellmont's A.J. McCoy knocked down nine pins and it was just enough as he successfully defended his individual singles sectional crown by beating Huntington North's E.J. Tackett 204-203.
It was a step-ladder playoff, so McCoy had to win three head-to-head matches after a 629 (256, 193, 180) series to qualify fourth among the final four. It was held at the Bowling Center in Bluffton.
Anya Pinkerton is the new executive director for the Adams County Farm Service Agency.
She began her duties on January 18, replacing longtime director Jay H. Gould, who retired.
Pinkerton is from Liberty, Indiana, south of Richmond, where she and her husband have a grain and beef cattle operation.
After coming up a mere three votes short in the 2007 general election, longtime Berne city council representative and local businessman Bill McKean has once again announced his intention to run for mayor in that city.
Jo Ella Evans, 76, of Bluffton, died at 3:30 a.m. on Monday, January 24, 2011.
She lived most of her life in Adams and Wells counties.
Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home and one hour prior to services on Thursday at First United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at the church at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
Wilbur “Bill” Kirchhofer, 97, a resident of Berne, passed away at 6:04 p.m. on Sunday, January 23, 2011, in Swiss Village Retirement Community.
Bill was born on December 21, 1913, in Adams County, the son of Amos and Emma (Huser) Kirchhofer.
He married Laura Sprunger on March 21, 1937, she preceded him in death in 2008.
Bill was a member of First Mennonite Church in Berne.
FORT WAYNE — "We just had too many fifth places," admitted Bellmont coach Brent Faurote Saturday evening after Carroll knocked off the No. 8 Braves to win its first-ever NHC wrestling crown.
The Chargers, with all 14 placing and only one fifth place, compiled 240 points with four champions to the 228.5 points of Bellmont, which had three champs, but four fifth-pace efforts.
An unlikely hero stepped forward to hit a critical three-point shot for the Homestead Spartans with 5:12 to play in the fourth period Saturday night at the Teepee and the shot propelled the Spartans to a 57-42 Northeast Hoosier Conference boys basketball win over the Bellmont Braves.