The longtime office of the Adams County Republican Party in downtown Decatur is the headquarters for a few weeks for the Decatur 175th Anniversary Committee. Starting today, the site will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The celebration will run from August 19-28. Welcoming the anniversary committee are, from left, Carl Stevens, Decatur Chamber of Commerce president; Coni Mayer, Adams County Community Foundation executive director; Larry Isch and Max Miller, committee co-chairmen; Mayor John Schultz; and Ron Storey, Daily Democrat publisher.
The insulation at the doctors' clinic being built near Adams Memorial Hospital is even greener than the grass. The construction is just a few dozen feet behind the Paul and Kathryn Strickler Cancer Institute.
Another successful Relay for Life fundraiser began last Friday in bad weather and ended on Saturday in good weather on the football field and track at Adams Central School. The goal was $81,000 as 36 teams of walkers, plus other donors, pitched in to fight cancer. Here are five members of Halle's Helping Hands team, named for this year's honorary co-chair Halle Williams-Seip, 3, who has a brain tumor. From left are, Ciera Williams, Sarah Gerke, Penny Williams, Kathy Hackman, and Peggy Huntley.
While it seemed unlikely as recently as a week ago, dust has been flying in Adams County fields this week as farmers attempt to make up for time lost to an unusually wet spring. Corn and soybean plantings are well behind schedule, and with rain in the forecast for later this week, producers have been hitting the fields hard while they can. Here, the grain elevator in Peterson serves as a backdrop as a farmer is planting.
Cleanup efforts were under way on Tuesday, May 24, at the Jeff Smith home on Walnut Grove Church Road southwest of Ohio City after an EF-1 tornado caused damage to the family's barn, outbuildings and home the night before. Meteorologists said the tornado, with winds estimated at 93 miles per hour, was on the ground for four miles and was 100 yards wide.
What a difference two and a half months make! The last time Decatur firefighters Tim Ulman (left) and Jeff Sheets saw Margaret Spindler of Hoagland was on March 2 as they saved her life by pulling her from a car in deep floodwater two miles inside Ohio. On May 19, 2011, she met her rescuers again.
The steel wall and roof supports were in place late last week (of May 9, 2011) for the large building being erected on the Adams County 4-H Fairgrounds in Monroe. The structure measures 110 feet by 200 feet and will be ready for the county 4-H Fair in July. Two old buildings were torn down to make room for this new structure.
The new north side extension of Adams Central School is virtually complete, containing the offices of AC's high school and middle school, two classrooms, restrooms, and a wide hallway, since this is now the main entrance and exit for the school. The north side work, however, comprises less than half of AC's $10 million construction and renovation project. The second part will be done by this fall on the southeastern corner of the building. The southeast area will have classrooms, laboratories, hallways, hall lockers, restrooms, etc. once the job is complete this fall.