Archive - Oct 2010 - News Article
(Editor's Note: The Daily Democrat will provide additional coverage of the candidate forum in upcoming editions.)
Fifteen men and one woman who are candidates for state, county, and township offices in the November 2 election in Adams County addressed the public Thursday night in a forum held at Riverside Center.
Some 40 to 50 people attended the forum provided by the Decatur Rotary Club, Adams Memorial Hospital, and First Bank of Berne.
The most local race in the November 2 election drawing the most attention is is for county sheriff, with three candidates.
All three — Republican Shane Rekeweg, a fulltime deputy sheriff; Democrat Jon Fuhrman, a longtime reserve deputy sheriff; and Independent Terry Nevil, a fulltime deputy sheriff — spoke at Thursday night's Decatur Rotary Club candidate forum in Riverside Center.
North Adams Community Schools will operate during the upcoming year with a revenue reduction of more than $1 million from 2010 levels, Superintendent Wylie Sirk reported Tuesday during the monthly school board meeting.
Sirk said a $279,000 drop in basic state financial aid, coupled with a $580,000 rollback ordered by Gov. Mitch Daniels and a 5 percent increase in health insurance premiums that will take effect in January are the principal factors behind the $1 million shortfall.
South Adams Schools Board Vice President Steve Dobler suggested during Tuesday's school board meeting that there be student body representation on the schools' board.
Dobler explained that the board's bylaws allow up to two students to represent the student body as non-voting board members.
"I'm looking to start that process in hopes that we can get it in place by the start of school next year," said Dobler. "I think it's something we ought to start looking at."
North Adams Community Schools officials have struck a tentative agreement that would transfer ownership of the former Monmouth Elementary School property to a regional service center operated under the auspices of the Indiana Department of Education. As part of the agreement approved Tuesday evening by the North Adams board of education, baseball diamonds and related facilities, along with a cemetery at the site, would become the property of Root Township.
The new Adams Central school board member is the old Adams Central school board member.
Steve Bailey, who retired from the board just two years ago after serving for 20 years, was renamed to the board at Tuesday night's board meeting on a 4-2 vote.
Bailey, who is president of the Decatur branch of First Merchants Bank, was supported by board president John Sipe and members Brian Tonner, Wes Kuntzman, and Steve Maller.
One of the hallmarks of the New Tech method of education is tandem teaching, with two instructors assisting and advising a larger-than-usual class as two subjects are taught simultaneously, such as literature and biology.
Accordingly, when a luncheon meeting of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce featured a program on Monday about the "Jet Tech" system that began this year for freshmen at Adams Central High School, two people made the presentation: AC Superintendent Mike Pettibone and longtime ACHS business teacher Sharilyn Boots.
The president of the WorkOne employment and retraining agency addressed Adams County's unemployment situation at last week's meeting of the county commissioners and had good news about overall economic improvement in this corner of the state.
Kathleen Randolph told the executives that the county unemployment rate is 9.9 percent, with 1,503 people out of work, but that's much better than one year ago, when the county jobless level was 14.8 percent. The county ranks 48th among 92 counties in Indiana in its unemployment rate.
He wasn't as famous as Secretariat or Seabiscuit or Man 'o War, but he was quite well-known in the world of mounted competitions — a seven-time state champion, a two-time national champion, a reserve world champion.
Now, he's gone at the age of just 11. It was like the death of a family member.
Paycos Bill, a renowned equine racer from rural Decatur, died recently, perhaps from aneurysm, while being ridden by Callie Jo Friedt, his best friend, constant rider, owner, and trainer.
Treyton Schoch was among the visitors to Berne on Saturday for the inaugural Lehman Park Harvest Festival. He was one of many attendees to decorate pumpkins, as seen above, and to take part in other family-friendly events. Entry fees were charged for some of the competitions, with proceeds from the festival earmarked for the park's playground equipment fund. (Photo by J Swygart)