Archive - Apr 2011 - News Article
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana lawmakers appear determined to ease state gun regulations this year despite reservations from local officials and, some advocates say, gun owners themselves.
‘‘I wish the Legislature would spend more time making it harder for dangerous people to get guns rather than making it easier to have guns wherever you want,’’ said Paul Helmke, former Fort Wayne mayor and head of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
"Fireworks" is what one thinks of during celebrations, such as at the Fourth of July.
However, in this area, Fireworks means an ultra-modern way of fighting fires or handling other emergencies inside buildings.
The idea was laid out briefly during the recent annual State of the Schools program at a luncheon meeting of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
Moments of silence often last only 15 or 20 seconds, but the one observed on Thursday evening at Geneva for influential banker and civic linchpin James D. Briggs Jr. was lengthier than usual, running at least one minute.
The solemn tribute to Briggs, one of the most veteran financiers in Indiana, came less than one hour after he died, at age 89, in Adams Memorial Hospital.
Briggs led Bank of Geneva for decades and his son, Andrew, is the current bank president.
Dual theatrical events are scheduled on Saturday, April 30, at Bellmont High School:
The musical "The Phantom of the Opera" will begin its two-day run with a large cast and crew of BHS students.
Should the school day start at 8:30 a.m. instead of 8?
That question is being considered again by the Adams Central school board, which has weekly teacher professional development sessions on Wednesdays that push that day's class starts back to 8:30.
They came, they met, they celebrated.
That was Thursday evening's annual meeting of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, at which five awards were presented. More than 40 people attended.
A lengthy moment of silence was observed for influential banker and civic linchpin James D. Briggs Jr. who died, at age 89, in Adams Memorial Hospital a short time before the meeting.
A 25-year-old construction worker from Fort Wayne died Wednesday at Adams Memorial Hospital a short time after being hit while on the job by the wheels of a tractor-trailer truck at a highway project at S. 13th St. and Winchester St.
City police, who investigated the tragedy, said Ryan D. Zimmerman was pronounced dead at the hospital after being rushed there from the scene by Adams County Emergency Medical Service. EMS personnel performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on him during the ambulance trip.
Tighter state requirements governing school nutrition guidelines have forced North Adams Community Schools to boost lunch prices for the 2011-2012 school year.
Erin Ripley, food service director for the school district, addressed the changes — some of which are already in place, and others which are expected to be imposed — during Tuesday evening's meeting of the North Adams school board.
One lone applicant for a soon-to-be-vacant seat on the North Adams school board will be interviewed on April 26 by the four remaining board members.
With the term of sitting board member Juan Gutierrez to expire on June 30, the board earlier had announced it was accepting applications from persons interested in filling that pending vacancy. The deadline for submissions was last Friday.
South Adams Schools board member and random drug testing policy committee chairman Steve Dobler recommended at Tuesday's school board meeting that the random drug testing policy be enforced at the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.
"I think it will be a good thing for our students," he said.