April 6th, 2012
Adams County and its political subdivisions stand to gain a windfall totaling nearly $750,000 when the state of Indiana divides some $205 million in County Option Income Tax (COIT) and County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) funds that are being belatedly distributed by the state of Indiana.
State taxation department officials announced on Thursday that, due to an "oversight," recent income tax revenue was never distributed to counties as it should have been, the second such state monetary snafu in recent months.
Indiana's property tax caps are going to cost local governmental entities some major capital fund losses during this year's tax collections.
Figures compiled by Adams County Auditor Bill Borne and presented to the county commissioners this week show a $364,178 loss for Adams County, a $316,769 loss for North Adams Schools, and a $249,713 loss for the City of Decatur.
The Adams County Bar Association honored one of its own in posthumous fashion on Thursday with a memorial proclamation and ceremony in honor of longtime Berne attorney Bob Biberstein.
Also on hand in Adams Circuit Court to honor the memory of Biberstein, who died last month, were representatives of the bar associations in Jay and Wells counties.
Joan T. Heimann, 84, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at St. Anne Home and Retirement Community in Fort Wayne.
Born in Decatur, Joan worked with Southwick Cafeteria for 16 years before retiring in 1991.
Lew E. Heiser, 70, of Decatur, passed away Monday, April 2, 2012, at his residence.
He was born in Allen County on July 20, 1941, to the late Ray E. and Pansey (Biggs) Heiser.
Lew worked for Schwartz Ford and McDonald's.
Among survivors are his brother, Howard D. (Patricia) Heiser; brother-in-law Ted Douglas; several nieces and nephews; and friend Mike Harmon of Decatur.
Jane Ann Zander, 88, of Decatur, died Wednesdayin Lutheran Life Villages, Fort Wayne.
Among survivors are her son, Ralph Zander of Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard G. Zander.
Visitation will be Monday, April 9, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Decatur.
Burial will be in Decatur Cemetery.
The Decatur Baseball Association's field cleanup date has been switched from this week to Saturday, April 14, at 8 a.m., it was noted by league president Jim Hopkins. The various league slate will be out in a few days.
Official opening Day for Decatur Baseball will be Saturday, May 5. Team pictures will be taken that day.
The Bellmont girls track team scored first place finishes in 11 of the 16 events Thursday night at Bob Worthman Stadium but saw victory elude them by seven points as Jay County captured a triangular meet with 75 points while the Squaws had 68 and Adams Central was third with 21.
"It's hard to believe we won that many events but lost the meet," concluded BHS coach Carl Risch, adding that Jay County won the meet with its depth.
Two candidates have thrown their names into the hat to serve as the District 2 (rural) appointee to the North Adams School Board.
Root Township Trustee Dan Bieberich reports that resumes were received from Michelle Stimpson, who currently holds the seat, and from former board member Juan Gutierrez.
The candidates will be interviewed at 7 p.m. on April 12 at the Union Township hall. The successful candidate will serve a full four-year term on the board.
Slowly, but surely, the 100-year-old former Pennsylvania Railroad depot off Seventh St., near Monroe St., is coming ever closer to being ready for occupancy.
Mayor John Schultz said at Tuesday night's city council meeting that the plan commission has awarded a contract to Rorick Electric to install a new furnace (for heat and air conditioning) in the building at a cost of $5,150. In addition, Tim Ulman has been hired to power wash the basement.