Archive - Jun 20, 2011 - News Article
Summer officially begins Tuesday, but the summer fun season began last week in the Decatur area with the parks and recreation department's Touch A Tractor event held Saturday in Decatur, Hoagland Days and Decatur's annual Motorsports Festival held Friday (see photo). (Photo by Eric Mann)
Decatur has already had a couple of days which were hotter than any recorded in 2010, but it will be Tuesday when summer officially arrives, at 1:16 p.m. here.
The arrival is labeled the Summer Solstice, which results in the longest day and the shortest night of the yeaar.
Sol plus stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.
Figures released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development showed that unemployment crept up slightly in Adams County during May. The state report set the local jobless rate at 7.8 percent for last month, up slightly from the county's 7.6 unemployment rate in April but still below the 8.2 percent figure for March.
April's unemployment rate was the lowest seen in the county in almost three years.
Adams Central School's $10 million construction and renovation project is on target to be done this fall and the school board has scheduled a dedication ceremony for Sunday, November 13, at 2:30 p.m.
At the board's June meeting, the latest payment to the prime contractor, Weigand Construction of Fort Wayne, was approved at $1,083,047.24, covering the costs of steel and concrete for work on the southeast corner of the building.
The board also approved the following: