March 23rd, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Catholic Church officials in northern Indiana have suspended programs in which some parochial schools offered monetary incentives to recruit students.
South Bend Community Schools officials have questioned whether it was proper for a Catholic school receiving money from the state’s private school voucher program to also pitch bonuses to those who referred it new students.
Steve Krull, part-time building and grounds director for Adams County for the past 17 years, announced his retirement to Adams County Commissioners Monday.
Krull said he no longer feels he can serve effectively as the job has grown so large and demanding and feels it would be best for him to step down from the position, effective March 16.
The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association has released its first-team Academic All-State list of 29 boys and 28 girls as well as an honorable mention list including 146 boys and 148 girls around the state of Indiana. Two Bellmont Braves were selected to the honorable mention list for the award; seniors Payton Selking and Logan Smith.
Adams Central juniors Bess Fiechter and Devan Barger, members of the group VOICE (Indiana's youth movement to speak out against the tobacco industry), headed a table containing some of the ingredients of cigarettes in an effort to inform fellow students of the dangers of smoking.
The activity was held Wednesday and included a display of 27 pairs of shoes to represent the 27 people who die each day in Indiana due to tobacco, according to the group.
Everyone's been saying it can't last. This stunning spate of warm weather in the middle of March probably can't, but this week it's not only lasting but getting warmer every day.
The Decatur weather station has recorded increasing highs for three consecutive days. A high of 73 degrees on Sunday was topped by Monday's 82 which in turn was bested by Tuesday's 85.
South Adams Schools Superintendent Scott Litwiller, during his state of the schools address at a Berne Chamber of Commerce meeting this week, said, "You've no doubt heard the African proverb 'It takes a whole village to raise a child. Likewise, it takes an entire community to educate its youth."
Litwiller explained that the community partners with the schools through PTO, music and athletic boosters and by attending school events such as open houses, fundraisers, athletic and music activities, and by volunteering.
Here is a list of the top 50 brackets up to this point in the Beat the Pros bracket challenge.
50 PTS: Brian Zeser
49 PTS: Adam Weaver
48 PTS: Margo Knefelkamp
47 PTS: Andy Weaver, Kyli Mankey, Kevin Ripley, Kathy Gross.
46 PTS: Jim Hopkins (DDD Pro), Linda Plasterer, James Compton, Mindy Knefelkamp, Leah Voglewede, James Pollock.
Robert L. "Bob" Biberstein, 73, of Berne, passed away Wednesday, March 21, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
He was born to Alton and Esther (Sprunger) Biberstein on January 14, 1939.
Robert married Rhina (Caballero) Biberstein on November 23, 1966; she survives.
The City of Decatur is moving ever closer to regulating any "sexually-oriented" or "adult" business which may wish to set up shop here.
At Tuesday night's city council meeting, an ordinance 25 pages in length was presented for the first time and, no surprise, drew unanimous support from council. It will be a couple more weeks, however, before the ordinance which amends current city law will be in effect.
Longtime Berne attorney Robert L. Biberstein, 73, died this morning in Adams Memorial Hospital.
Berne's city attorney until the first of the year, Biberstein had suffered a stroke several weeks ago and had been recovering at Woodcrest in Decatur.