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An esteemed member of the Decatur Police Department is retiring effective January 1.
Ronny, the department's police dog for the last nine-plus years, is already on reduced duty due to hip dyslpasia, an ailment common to dogs. Jim Franze, the city's veteran K-9 officer, told Decatur City Council at its meeting Tuesday night that the dog's ailment first became noticeable a couple of years ago and has gotten considerably worse in the past year.
The Walmart store in Decatur and the Adams County Community Foundation have begun an effort to collect donations of food and other products to be sent to United States military personnel from Adams County in time for Christmas. The project is called Salute Our Soldiers (SOS).
The goal is to have enough items for local service members to be able to share them with others in their units.
Longtime county commissioner Ed Coil, a Republican, and Democratic newcomer, Robert Frock, will square off on November 2 for the Second District commissioner seat.
Both men talked at the candidate forum provided by the Decatur Rotary Club last week.
Coil pointed out that he is a Korean War veteran, a 35-year employee and official for the former Zollner Corp. in Fort Wayne, and for 10 years was the general manager of the Detroit Pistons.
By Christmas, the northern expansion of Adams Central School at Monroe is planned to be finished and ready for use, so the rest of a $10 million construction and remodeling project can be completed by the fall of 2011.
The north end enlargement will include offices for the high school and middle school, a few classrooms, restrooms, and a hallway.
A Settlers Monument paying homage to Anabaptist immigrants from Switzerland who settled in Berne in 1852 was unveiled Sunday during dedication ceremonies at the Muensterberg Plaza and clock tower site.
The six-foot-tall limestone carving — perched on a 12-foot base — depicts a man with his hands outstretched and a woman holding a baby. They are dressed in attire which would have been common in the 1850s.
(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.