Republicans unveil changes

    Adams County Republican Party Chairman Rob Noetzel has announced that longtime party treasurer Larry Hill has resigned due to matters of health.
    Hill, a Decatur resident, held the treasurer's post for more than 20 years, leading Noetzel to say in a news release, "The entire Adams County Republican Party would like to give its heartfelt thanks to Larry for his dedicated service as the treasurer of our party."
    Noetzel also announced two changes in party leadership.
    He named Jerry Walker of Berne, the party's former secretary, as the new treasurer. Walker is a veteran GOP precinct committeeman and had been secretary since March of 2007.
    Tony Mellencamp of Berne was chosen by Noetzel as the party's new secretary.
    Noetzel said of Mellencamp, "Volunteers are the lifeblood of any organization and we are thrilled to have Tony as the newest officer of the Adams County GOP. His dedication to the success of our community is unparalleled and can be seen in that he is a small business owner and through his many years of dedicated service to South Adams Schools" as a member of the school board.
    Noetzel added that local Republicans now have "geographical balance" in their leadership, with he and vice-chairwoman Connie Moser from Decatur and Walker and Mellencamp from Berne.