Archive - Dec 2011 - News Article
By J SWYGART
Adams County's jobless rate climbed to its highest level since February last month, according to a report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development released Tuesday.
The county's 8.3 percent jobless rate for November was up slightly from the 8.1 percent reading in October, and was the highest since February's 8.8 percent reading. The high for the year came in January, when the county had a 9.2 percent unemployment rate. The county recorded its lowest rate of the year in April at 7.6 percent.
BY ERIC MANN
The owner of Affolder Implement Sales in Berne, Greg Milholland of Decatur, said this morning that two-thirds of the building was destroyed by fire on Monday night and he estimated the overall loss at more than a million dollars.
After 12 years of holding down the northernmost seat of the half-moon desk-like setup which holds members of city council, the mayor, city attorney, and clerk-treasurer for council meetings on the second floor of City Hall, Barb Engle got out of the chair and walked away for the final time at a little after 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
A few moments earlier, choking back tears, the only at-large member of council thanked city officials, council members and department heads, saying "it has been a pleasure" to serve.
MONROE — Bellmont senior 113-pounder Jon Poling cradled last year's sectional champ Adam Cook for a 1:44 fall, igniting the Braves on a key early 12-0 run Thursday in front of a nearly-packed house at the Hangar as the No. 13 BHS mat squad defeated rival Adams Central 36-18.
In a battle of former state streeters, Bobby Keuneke hit a last-second reversal to nip AC's Cody Walburn at 120 pounds. Blake Adams at 126 hit three takedowns to topple Central's Derek Ellinger at 126.
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.
The Adams County Council discussed the physical condition of the three downtown Decatur buildings owned by the county at the council's December meeting last week.
Steve Krull, the county's superintendent of buildings and facilities, told council members that some significant water leaks are occurring in the Service Complex on the north side.
A rural Ossian man charged with murder in the shooting death of a four-year-old neighbor boy ended Friday when he pleaded guilty in Wells Circuit Court to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter.
Bruce Pond, 47, entered the plea in an agreement that included filing the manslaughter charge and dismissing the murder charge.
The Adams County Council, at its meeting this week, unanimously approved the 2012-13 budget of Adams County's Community Corrections (CC), since all the money comes from the state.
The budget of $448,135 is the same at the 2010-11 budget, with the largest single amount ($118,300) for leasing electronic ankle bracelets worn by people on home detention.
A new amount in the coming year, as funds were shifted around, allows $523 to be spent for interpreters.