February 14th, 2014
Annie A. Eicher, 86, Berne, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 12, 2014, at her residence.
Robert L. Sipe, 87, Willshire, Ohio, passed away at 7:53 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
Robert was born Monday, June 14, 1926, in Adams County, the son of the late Harvey L. and Mary M. (Kelly) Sipe. He married Alice L. Gilpin April 9, 1944, in Decatur; she survives.
Robert was a member of the Eureka Lodge 592, Ohio City Free and Accepted Masons and a member of the Adams County Amateur Radio Club.
A tentative contract has been reached between the city of Decatur and the Adams County Regional Sewer District for the treatment of sewage collected by a soon-to-be-constructed rural sewer project.
Two Decatur women — Cindy Wyss and Chris Naatz — were putting their creative talents to good use Thursday afternoon. The employees at Ritter’s Flowers and Gifts in Decatur were hard at work during the store’s busiest time of the year, assembling flower arrangements large and small that were destined to be delivered to someone’s sweetheart for Valentine’s Day.
Jeremy Gilbert, operations manager for the city of Decatur, said city crews are currently experiencing several frozen service lines to homes throughout the city. A service line, Gilbert explained, is the line from the water main to an individual’s home.
He said the frost line is averaging any where from three to four feet deep in the street or at hard surface area. The city of Decatur recommends homeowners let water run a constant stream for the next several days.
For additional information, call 724 7171.
Charles “Chuck” L. Ritter, 55, Ossian, passed away at 4:46 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Chuck was born Aug. 26, 1958, in Chicago, Ill., to the late Robert S. and Beverly D. (Hientzelman) Ritter.
He married Nancy S. Sutorius in Yoder June 12, 1993; she survives.
Chuck worked at Fleetwood in Decatur for 15 years, and later worked for Trusted Manufacturing in Ossian.
Wilma Louisa Smith, 87, Berne, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
She married the late Carl E. Smith Nov. 14, 1945.
Survivors include a son, Wayne (Dawn) Smith of Berne; a daughter, Margaret (Dr. Merle) Gibson of Vandalia, Ohio; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Smith.
Per her request, there will be no visitation or graveside service.
Burial is in Ehrstine Cemetery in Trotwood, Ohio.
North Adams Community Schools will say goodbye to several veteran employees who have announced plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2013-14 school year.
Neal Rich, principal at Southeast Elementary School, will retire after 39 years of employment with the school district.
Adams County Spelling Bee champion Rachel Ruble, left, and runner-up Hannah Rhoades are pictured above with their certificates and a large chocolate bar after besting eight other contestants in the annual event held Tuesday night at South Adams High School. Finishing third in the bee was Taylor Knaub, a fifth-grader at Adams Central Elementary School.
Photo by J Swygart
Todd Samuelson, a partner with H. J. Umbaugh and Associates, Plymouth, appeared before Adams County Council on Tuesday to discuss funding options for the proposed superior court-county jail project.