August 15th, 2014
Thirty minutes into a Thursday morning Community Development Day program at the Indiana State Fair, hosted by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, a contingent representing the city of Decatur got the bad news: Decatur’s bid for a Stellar Communities grant had not been successful.
Decatur was one of six finalists for a multi-million dollar grant from the Stellar Communities group. In the end, grants were awarded to the cities of Huntingburg and Wabash.
The Adams County Regional Sewer District’s board of directors on Thursday evening took its most definitive step to date in spelling out guidelines and requirements for hooking into the county’s first-ever rural sewage collection system.
Due to apparent confusion between state election officials and county clerk of courts offices across Indiana, the deadline for filing petitions of candidacy for local school board seats was incorrect as listed in this and other newspapers earlier this week.
The correct deadline for local school board candidates to submit their petitions to the Adams County Clerk of Courts office is noon Aug. 22, according to County Clerk Gayla Reinhart.
Two recipients of Stellar Communities grants were announced this morning at the Indiana State Fair, and the city of Decatur was not among those recipients.
Awarded grants were the cities of Huntingburg and Wabash.
"We're very disappointed, but not deterred from moving ahead with our plan," Mayor John Schultz said in a phone conversation immediately following the announcement. "Maybe we'll be back here at the state fair next year."
Janelle Riley, 68, Monroe, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Adams Woodcrest in Decatur.
She was born in Decatur Monday, Oct. 22, 1945, to the late Floyd M. and Mildred (Henschen) Roth.
Janelle married Gale Riley Oct. 17, 1964, in Pleasant Dale Church of the Brethren; he survives.
The North Adams Community Schools’ board of education on Tuesday gave its approval for the publication of a 2015 operating budget that Business Manager Larry Carty said will “be very close” to the approximately $21 million budget approved by the state one year earlier.
Adams County Traffic Safety Partnership Coordinator Dio Hernandez has a message for motorists: Drive sober or get pulled over.
Law enforcement officers in the county are cracking down on impaired driving through the upcoming Labor Day weekend, with a zero tolerance approach for anyone attempting to drive while impaired. Officers will be working overtime to identify and apprehend those who disregard this message, Hernandez said. Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be immediately arrested and taken to jail.
Adams County Engineer and newly appointed Highway Department Superintendent Tim Barkey appeared before Adams County Council Tuesday morning to ask their approval of a restructuring of the highway department staff. Councilors, however, were not too keen on Barkey’s desire to create two assistant supervisor positions for the department.
LEO-CEDARVILLE— The Lady Jets ventured to Lions' country at Cedar Creek Golf Course on Tuesday evening to face off against their ACAC rivals and earned third place behind Leo and the visiting Jay County Patriots.
While the Pats are new to the conference, Leo is now in their final year of the ACAC and are looking to leave their mark. The Lions stomped the Jets and Jay County with a 181 team score. The Patriots were second with 216 with Central in third at 259.
Elizabeth J. “Betty” Zerkel, 94, Wakarusa, formerly of Decatur, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Wakarusa.
Betty was born Jan. 17, 1920, in Livingston Manor, N.Y., to the late Harry and Pearl (Roosa) Stewart.
She married Hubert Zerkel Jr. Nov. 24, 1943; he survives.