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February 24th, 2012

County to look at Music House

February 24, 2012

    Adams County Attorney Mark Burry presented a right of first refusal contract to the Adams County Commissioners Tuesday for the former Music House building on N. Second Street in Decatur.
    The commissioners have hired Dave Sholl, of Schenkel and Schultz Architecture out of Fort Wayne to examine the building as a possible site to house Adams Superior Court.
    The contract gives the county 90 days to inspect the property and come to a decision without fear the building will be sold before the process is complete.

Some Postal operations moving to Fort Wayne

February 24, 2012

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service plans to consolidate operations and move mail processing operations out of eight Indiana cities, including Gary, South Bend, Terre Haute and Lafayette, unless Congress enacts an alternative cost-cutting plan before May 15.
    The changes in Indiana, announced Thursday, are expected to eliminate at least 354 jobs and save at least $39.8 million.
    Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan says the consolidation is necessary to keep the postal service viable.

Braves ready for Mater Dei challenge

February 24, 2012

    "They're solid, but they're not the Mater Dei team of the 90s or early 2000s when they ran that streak of nine consecutive titles," stated Bellmont coach Brent Faurote, whose 21-5 Bellmont squad will square off with the 22-0 Wildcats Saturday at Center Grove High School in the final Indiana Team State Wrestling Tournament.

February 23rd

Shelter for animals is inhumane, group says

February 23, 2012

    A group of area residents met with the Adams County Commissioners Tuesday regarding concerns they have with the Adams County Animal Shelter.
    Joanna Stanley, along with her husband Joe, and two women who live in the count, brought concerns regarding the number of animals, particularly cats, being euthanized in Adams County, as well as alleged inhumane conditions in which the animals are kept.

Slowed Medicare payments help push hospital into red

February 23, 2012

    After showing a slight financial advantage for the 2011 year, the Adams Health Network (AHN) started off 2012 in the opposite direction.
    At the February meeting of the AHN Board of Trustees held Wednesday night, it was revealed that during the month of January, the hospital finished with a deficit of $254,275 after having originally been projected to have had a surplus of nearly an equal amount.

Sweeper shop bids taken on March 6

February 23, 2012

    Bids will be taken on Tuesday, March 6, for the demolition of the former Dwayne's Sweeper Shop (and Holthouse Drug Co.) at the corner of Monroe and Second streets in Decatur.
    The announcement was made at this week's city council meeting by Mayor John Schultz.
    The demolition will follow the removal of asbestos from the building by Air Management Techniques of Muncie, which bid $2,100 for that job.

Braves’ state swimmers eye more records

February 23, 2012

    After winning their first sectional title in 32 years, a group of five Bellmonters in seven events will invade the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis Friday night for the preliminary round of the IHSAA State Swimming and Diving championships.
    This squad is one of the greatest in school history, and it's definitely the fastest, with six records on the books to date, and a few more will be on the line this weekend at the fast IUPUI Natatorium pool.

February 22nd

City has plan to cut engineering fees

February 22, 2012

    Faced with an unfunded mandate to spend anywhere from between $1 million and $2 million to remove additional storm water from its sanitary sewers, Decatur officials have come up with a plan to comply while reducing its total outlay: Do a great deal of the work "in house."

City is looking to hire its 1st civil engineer

February 22, 2012

    Some major changes have been made during the first four years of the Schultz Administration, and it looks like another one may be on the way early in this fifth year: The hiring of a full-time civil engineer.
    City council on Tuesday night unanimously gave Mayor John Schultz the go-ahead to advertise for someone to fill what would be a new position in city government.

Mayor passes plenty of praise

February 22, 2012

    With a mere 52 days under his belt as mayor of Berne, Bill McKean was hard-pressed to tout any accomplishments of his fledgling administration on Tuesday as he delivered his first State of the City address.
    Instead, McKean used the platform to sing the praises of city employees, fellow elected officials and even his predecessor for their roles in helping the community move forward as he spoke during a noon luncheon hosted by the Berne Chamber of Commerce.

 

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