Tim Liechty of Mark's Heating and Air Conditioning in Decatur drills a hole for a gas line in the mechanical room Jan. 11, at the future site of the South Adams Boys and Girls Club in Berne. The club's new location will be in the former Bank of Berne building on West Main Street. Club board member Toby Sprunger, who is overseeing the construction of the project, said the goal is to have the club moved into the new site before the end of the school year. The club is currently meeting at the South Adams Senior Center.
Three-day-old Ella Rose Hays of rural Ohio City, Ohio, is with her mother, Andrea Hays, and some of the gifts Ella received from Adams Memorial Hospital for being the first baby born there in 2011. She arrived at 4:34 p.m. on January 1, weighing eight pounds and one ounce and was 20.5 inches long. Her father is Michael Hays. Ironically, the Hays couple's three children have birthdays this year on holidays: Lillian will be 2 on July 4 and Caden, born on September 5, will celebrate on Labor Day.
Nearing the 28-foot top of the climbing wall in the gymnasium of the Service Complex is Jocelyn Guerra, 7, of Decatur. All climbers are provided with safety harnesses attached to ropes. She was among the children who enjoyed various fun activities around the county set up by the parks and recreation department and 10 cosponsoring agencies and churches during the holiday break from school.
Corey Eichhorn of Decatur and city policeman Kevin Gerber had an audience as they shopped on Sunday at the Decatur Walmart during the annual Cops For Kids event. The activity, operated by the Adams County chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, provided $150 each to some 30 children for Christmas shopping with unformed police from around the county. From left are, Cara Gerber and son Colten, the officer's wife and son, and Amy and Makayle Strowmatt of Decatur, Corey's mother and sister.
December 12 was Cops For Kids Day at the Walmart store in Decatur as some 30 children from around Adams County were each given $150 for Christmas shopping sprees conducted with uniformed police. Displaying some clothes for little Conner Heyne are his mother, Malisa Berkshire of Decatur, and Nathan Mihm, a sheriff's department deputy. After the shopping, everyone gathered at Riverside Center for a meal provided by Pizza Hut.
Four Decatur firefighters are at work Monday afternoon at the second major house fire in two days handled by the department. This blaze started in the attic of the Megan Hunter home at 238 N. Sixth St. and spread to the main floor. No one was injured. City firefighters were assisted by the Preble Fire Department, which brought its breathing tank refill truck to the scene. No monetary estimate of damage was available. Firefighters were sent out at 2:54 p.m. and were on the scene until 6:32 p.m.