Archive - Mar 2011 - News Article
By HASAN DUDAR
and CHARLES WILSON
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy who was expelled this week opened fire at his central Indiana middle school before classes began Friday, shooting another teen student in the stomach, police said. The incident sparked an hours-long school lockdown as hundreds of panicked parents awaited word on their children.
The Decatur Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Mind's Eye Graphics of Decatur and Armanda Designs, has announced that it will present a series of events called First Tuesday to help local businesses make the most out of their assets.
The initial First Tuesday event will be held on April 5 at 8 a.m. in Mind's Eye Graphics, 1019 Commerce Dr., at the far western end of an addition to Industrial Park.
Officials said space is limited to 15 people.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health advocates will have to live with wide exemptions in a proposed statewide smoking ban because a stricter, more comprehensive ban wouldn’t be able to pass the conservative Senate, the head of a Senate committee said.
Sen. Ron Alting, R- Lafayette, said the bill has its best shot in years of passing because of exemptions for casinos, bars, clubs and even nursing homes.
By DAVID GERMAIN and HILLEL ITALIE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed film goddess whose sultry screen persona, stormy personal life and enduring fame and glamour made her one of the last of the old-fashioned movie stars and a template for the modern celebrity, died Wednesday at age 79.
She was surrounded by her four children when she died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks, said publicist Sally Morrison.
By the end of this year, Adams County must replace all its "stop" signs on rural roads with signs that are more reflective, according to county Highway Superintendent Mark Mitchel.
He told the county commissioners on Monday that he is working with the Butler, Fairman, and Seufert engineering and consulting firm in Indianapolis to seek a $50,000 grant to buy and erect the new "stop" signs.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State-funded vouchers for private schools and a shift of money to charter schools are necessary steps in the effort to improve Indiana’s education system, the state schools superintendent said Tuesday.
Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett told the Senate Appropriations Committee that he thought the state should seize the opportunity to remake its education system at a time when neighboring states are facing school funding cuts.
If all goes well, the only covered bridge in Adams County will be fully restored by the middle of next year.
At Monday's meeting of the county commissioners, the three executives signed a contract with USI Consultants of Indianapolis for an amount not to exceed $75,000 so USIC can survey and inspect the bridge, create a bridge design plan, draw up specifications for the rehabilitation project, and perform oversight of the bidding and renovation processes.
Two prominent Indiana Republicans will share guest speaking roles at this year's Lincoln Day dinner in Decatur on Thursday, April 28, sponsored by the Adams County Republican Party.
The speakers will be U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman from rural Howe, who was elected after Rep. Mark Souder resigned in 2010, and Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb.
Adams County's Community Corrections program is destined for growth so Councilman Matt Dyer said at this week's city council meeting that city department heads and others should come up with projects for those in the program to handle.
Criminal offenders who enter the Community Corrections program are assigned to perform community service at various sheriff’s departments, parks, city or county properties or non-profit agencies. They receive earned credit time but no pay.
Members of the 175th Anniversary Committee in Decatur have announced that website has been created and two collector books will be printed.
The website is www.decatur175.com and features a schedule of events, a short history of the city, a page on which to shop for 175th anniversary souvenirs, and a "contact us" page so people can say what they think and add ideas to better the celebration.
The committee said the site will be continually updated.