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March 27th

Berne given another good econ forecast

March 27, 2013

    Berne City Council on Monday evening got a strong economic forecast from one of its larger employers, the second consecutive meeting at which a local factory announced strong sales and a promising future.
    John Johnson, financial officer with Key Fasteners Corp., was the latest to pass along a promising forecast as he appeared before the council on Monday as part of the annual renewal process for an existing tax abatement agreement between the city and the company.

Cities offices to close; trash collections on

March 27, 2013

    City offices in Decatur and Berne will be closed Friday, which is Good Friday, but trash collections will be made in both communities.
    The Adams County Service Complex also will be closed on Friday.
    According to a Berne spokesperson, when city offices are closed, residents may report a water leak or other non-threatening emergencies to Berne police: 589-2169. If there is no answer, callers should dial 911 and inform the dispatcher the call is not an and ask for an officer to check the situation.
 

Eichhorn in first court appearance

March 27, 2013

    Former Decatur Storm Water Superintendent Joan Eichhorn, now facing further charges, appeared with her attorney, Stanley Campbell of Fort Wayne, for Eichhorn's initial hearing on Tuesday morning in Adams Circuit Court.
    After the hearing, she was taken to the jail to be booked in and was released on her own recognizance, without bond.
    Eichhorn's pre-trial conference will be at 9 a.m. on May 16. A jury trial is scheduled for June 17.

March 26th

Indiana voucher program upheld

March 26, 2013

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the law creating the nation’s broadest school voucher program, clearing the way for a possible expansion.
    In a 5-0 vote, the justices rejected claims that the law primarily benefited religious institutions that run private schools and accepted arguments that it gave families choice and allowed parents to determine where the money went.

Getting back to normal as records fall

March 26, 2013

    Decatur and area residents were mostly back to normal today after a record-breaking snowstorm which began late on the fourth full day of spring.
    Officials at the Decatur weather station said this morning that the city received a total of six inches of snow. The snow was so wet and heavy, they said, that it sank as it hit the ground, making an accurate measurement difficult, so the total could have been a little higher.

Berne officials moving ahead on filtration system

March 26, 2013

    A public hearing to accept community input on a proposed $3.9 million upgrade to the city of Berne's waste water treatment plant drew no comments Monday evening.
    The city is under orders from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to reduce the amount of ammonia contained in waste water effluent that is being discharged from the treatment plant to area rivers and streams. Improvements must be completed by 2015.

Ceremony here will highlight child abuse

March 26, 2013

    Grace Baumgartner, an attorney for the Department of Child Services (DCS) in Adams and Wells counties, appeared with DCS employee Jody Hirschy with a request for the county commissioners on Monday.

March 25th

Beat the Pros round of 32 completed

March 25, 2013

    With the third round complete, just 16 teams remain and many brackets have been left in shambles after a big week for upsets. Below is a breakdown of the brackets by score followed by the top 100 brackets by name. 

47: 1....  46: 5...   45: 6...   44: 11....   43: 9...   42: 20...   41: 11...   40: 15...   39: 11...   38: 13...   37: 12...   36: 9...   35: 4...   34: 3...   33: 2...   32: 1...   31: 0...   30: 2...   29: 0...   28: 1.

Here we go again!

March 25, 2013

    New season, S.O.S. — same old stuff!
    Spring has arrived but nothing has really changed in the Decatur area and most of Indiana. It's still cold and the snowstorms keep coming.
    The latest, which moved into this area late Sunday night, dumped four inches of snow on Decatur by 7 a.m., and light snow was continuing to fall after that reading.
    The winter storm had less effect than usual since all Adams and Wells county schools are closed for spring break.

Shaffer fire ruled accident

March 25, 2013

    Decatur Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hitchcock said Friday that an investigation into Tuesday's fire at Shaffer Investment Auto has determined that the cause was accidental.
    Hitchcock, chief investigator for the local department, said the state fire marshal's office participated in what Hitchcock said was a "thorough investigation."

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