Archive - May 2011 - News Article
Adams County was almost floating today after a series of thunderstorms drove through the region as one of the wettest springs in local history continues.
The worst-off appear to be the area's farmers, who have been unable to plant crops due to the continual muddy conditions in fields.
Decatur and Adams County emerged mostly unscathed but drenched from the seemingly endless storms which rolled through the area during a period of 10 top 12 hours on Wednesday afternoon and early this morning.
BEDFORD, Ind. (AP) — Strong storms and possible tornadoes ripped through southern Indiana Wednesday night, injuring more than a dozen people and flattening homes, barns and other structures while scattering debris along their paths, authorities said.
An apparent tornado struck east of Bedford as powerful thunderstorms swept across Indiana, damaging buildings, toppling mobile homes and trees across several counties while winds cut power to more than 60,000 homes and businesses.
A rural Decatur man convicted last year of multiple counts of cruelty to horses he owned and of failing to properly dispose of a dead horse was given 543 days in prison and 363 days in jail on Tuesday for violating probation.
Richard A. "Rick" Hill, 60, was sentenced by Adams Superior Court Judge Patrick R. Miller for disobeying judicial orders to have no contact with or possession of any "vertebrate animals."
More than 20 people from businesses, governments, etc. in Adams County attended a presentation held Tuesday in Decatur about foreign trade zones (FTZs).
The presenter was Ola DeGabriele, international trade manager for the City of Fort Wayne. The event was held in a meeting room at Adams Memorial Hospital and was set up by the Adams County Economic Development Corp.
Adams County escaped damage from thunderstorms and tornadoes on Monday evening, but Van Wert County, just across the border in Ohio, was again hammered by a twister that reportedly left a 3.5-mile-long trail of destruction in the Ohio City area (see below).
One funnel cloud was reported by a stormspotter near Decatur shortly before 6 p.m., causing the several warning sirens in the city to be switched on, but there was no touchdown here, officials said.
The Adams County Commissioners plan to open bids at their June 27 meeting for the full-scale restoration of the covered bridge near Ceylon.
At Monday's session of the commissioners, Dave Milligan of Portland, who is overseeing the grant process to finance the project, reported that the plans and designs for renovating the wooden bridge built in the 1870s are 90 percent complete.
By JOE SPAULDING
Wet weather in the area has not affected only sporting events.
Adams Health Network (AHN) Executive Director Marvin L. Baird reported to AHN trustees at their meeting this week that construction work at two of the organization's work sites have crawled to a snail's pace due to wet grounds.
BY ERIC MANN
"I get tingles."
Those three words were used by a veteran Adams Central teacher, Harry Anderson, to express how happy he feels about using the New Tech (NT) style of team instruction.
At the May meeting of the AC school board, a lengthy presentation about the first year of NT at AC was made by four teachers, five students, and high school Principal Sean McConnell.
Rescuers and the rescued do not often meet a second time, but they did on Thursday evening at an awards dinner hosted by the Decatur Fire Department that drew more than 120 people, including state officials from Indiana and Ohio.
The major honors of the night were medals of valor, and a standing ovation, for veteran firefighters Jeff Sheets and Tim Ulman for their lifesaving actions last March 2 two miles inside Ohio when they rescued an elderly woman whose car was in deep and frigid floodwater.
The City of Decatur hasn't provided salary increases for its employees last year and this year, but Mayor John Schultz is strongly in favor of doing so this year.
The last pay hikes, three percent across the board, were granted for 2009.
At this week's city council meeting, Clerk-Treasurer Phyllis Whitright presented some figures she has compiled.