Archive - 2010 - News Article
Decatur City Council said goodby to 2010 Tuesday night with some moves which will get 2011 off to a good start.
The actions involved New Prime, a division of Prime, Inc, of Springfield, Missouri, which will construct a new building in Industrial Park III as it enters into an agreement with Bunge North America to provide transportation and logistic services, mainly truck trailer washing.
Jay Gould, who has spent some 45 years working with local farmers, will be stepping down as executive director of the Farm Services Agency (FSA) office in Decatur after December 30. He was given a big sendoff during a five-hour open house in the FSA office on Tuesday.
Large numbers of visitors stopped in to congratulate and to thank him, plenty of refreshments were available, and lots of old photographs and other memorabilia from more than four decades of public service were on display.
The stark realities of war hit home in September when Staff Sgt. Phillip Jenkins of Decatur became the first, and to date the only, Adams County serviceman to give his life in the ongoing American conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jenkins' death was voted by employees of the Decatur Daily Democrat to be the number one news story of 2010.
The cost incurred by the Adams County solid waste district for the hauling and disposal of trash at the Waste Management landfill in Jay County will increase slightly in 2011, but those costs will not be passed on to solid waste customers.
Additions and subtractions were made to Adams Central's construction and renovation project by the AC school board at its recent meeting
The board, with member Mike Brown absent, voted 6-0 to add two items, costing about $80,000 overall, to the $10 million project.
The board agreed to spend at least $5,975, but no more than $7,975, to remove asbestos from around pipes in an underground tunnel. The work will be done by Environmental Technology Consulting Corp. of Fort Wayne.
Jay H. Gould of rural Berne, who has been an agricultural advisor and spokesman in Adams County as a federal government employee, will retire soon after a career lasting longer than 40 years.
He is currently head of the U.S. Farm Service Agency (FSA) office in Decatur, where a retirement party will be held on Tuesday, December 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. That office is located at 975 S. 11th St.
An announcement about the event says the FSA staff offers Gould "good luck and best wishes for his future."
Based on preliminary budget assumptions for 2011, Adams Memorial Hospital (AMH) expects to be about a half million dollars in the black at the end of the year.
Adams Health Network (AHN) Executive Director Marvin L. Baird told members of the AHN board of trustees Wednesday night at their monthly meeting, "I feel very comfortable with the budget we're going to show you."
That budget projects net revenue of $50,556,320 with expenses of $49,992,907 for a balance of $563,413 in the black.
The United Way of Adams County is operating a food and paper products drive in partnership with several businesses in the county to aid local food banks.
Boxes have been placed at a number of locations around the county, including the following: Edward Jones offices, Common Ground Church, Community Markets, M&M Market in Geneva, Eichhorn Jewelry, Zurcher Tire, Decatur police and fire departments.
In an attempt to stem the tide of red ink in the Emergency Medical Services budget, Adams Health Network (AHN) trustees voted to approve a proposal put forth by hospital administrators that will reduce the number of ambulances staffed in Adams County.
Adams Central Community Schools is less than halfway through a $10 million construction and renovation project, but talk has begun about another large-scale plan: building an athletic building, dubbed a community center, for multi-purpose uses.
At Tuesday's AC school board meeting, no decisions were made, but a lengthy and vigorous back-and-forth discussion ensued about the idea that could cost several million dollars. The board made no decisions because of concerns over the cost of another project so close to the current one.