A five-alarm fire that brought out dozens of Adams County firefighters destroyed the rear of Affolder Implement Sales on the south end of Berne on Monday night, but no one was injured.
No monetary estimate of damage was available this morning, and the cause of the blaze has yet to be determined, according to Berne Fire Chief Bill Grimm, who said his department will investigate the cause.
After holding a public hearing held Monday night, with no other citizens of Monroe attending, the Monroe Town Council unanimously agreed to raise water rates by an average of 18.5 percent, starting next month.
Council Chairman Al Lehman said the Monroe water utility has lost operating money in seven of the past nine years.
The Adams County CrimeStoppers agency is seeking information that will help police solve a rash of recent thefts of farm equipment in rural areas of Adams County.
The Adams County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating four separate thefts of such equipment.
Police said on November 9, three-point hitch tractor grader blades were stolen from a shed. These blades measured three and a half feet, four and a half feet, and five feet long. Also stolen in this theft was an old steel truck tire.