Archive - Dec 2011
Agricultural projections for 2012 in the United States are fairly good, with "a pretty smooth landing on the other side" for farm producers after enjoying peak crop prices this year.
That's according to Dr. Chris Hurt, a 31-year agricultural economist at Purdue University, who delivered the annual Ag Outlook report on Thursday night to some 100 people at a supper held in the 4-H Fairgrounds dining hall at Monroe.
Further information concerning the police pursuit on Wednesday afternoon which reached speeds of nearly 80 mph at one point before the car being chased crashed into a local house was released this morning by the Decatur Police Department.
The Purdue University Varsity Glee Club and the Purduettes will perform on Sunday, March 4, in Erekson Theatre at Bellmont High School at 3 p.m. This will be the first time in northeastern Indiana that the two vocal groups will perform together, an announcement said.
Tickets will be $15 per person.
The two Purdue groups will also attend a buffet lunch at BHS from noon to 1:30 p.m. on March 4, with admission of $10 per person for a limited number of tickets.
A police pursuit through Decatur at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday resulted in a driver being sought by authorities striking a van and then plowing into a house on N. Second Street.
Decatur Police Chief Ken Ketzler said this morning that the individual described as being a black male in his 30s tried to pass a check at the Innovative Concepts store at 1421 Manchester Street, but store officials became suspicious and notified police.
Geneva Marshall Rob Johnson said at this week's meeting of the Geneva Town Council that synthetic marijuana, also known as "Spice" or "K2," continues to be confiscated from students at South Adams Schools.
Only two more local hurdles remain for Decatur's tax increment financing (TIF) district: to clear: votes on December 20 seeking approval by the Decatur Plan Commission and the Decatur City Council.
The latest was cleared on Wednesday evening by a 5-0 vote of the Decatur Redevelopment Commission (DRC) to approve the second of two required resolutions for the TIF district the DRC created in October.
Decatur police are investigating a high-speed crash on Second Street that took place shortly after noon on Wednesday. Details have yet to be released, although it is known that the car — after traveling at a reported speed of 70 miles per hour southbound on Second Street — struck a residence. The driver of that vehicle was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital with a reported lacerated skull and other injuries.
As is often the case, a new Indiana law appears to be full of ambiguities, and so the City of Decatur's attempt to come into compliance with the state's new law on gun carrying has once again been stalled.
An ordinance written by City Attorney Tim Baker and unveiled at the November 15 meeting of city council and passed on two readings wasn't brought up at Tuesday night's meeting since it apparently wouldn't be in compliance.
Geneva Town Council members accepted the "lowest responsible, responsive bid" for the town's wastewater infrastructure improvement project.
The acceptance of the bid and the issuing of intent of award to Fleming Excavating of Decatur in the amount of $515,818 were announced at the regularly scheduled council meeting on Tuesday.
The Bellmont High School Student Council has found a way to spread their own brand of Christmas spirit, after all it is better to give than it is to receive.
The student council collected any amounts of monetary donations from the student body last week in order to provide gifts for needy children this Christmas. Donations were accepted throughout the school week.
These donations will support anywhere from 20 to 30 children this rapidly approaching holiday season.