From AP, staff reports
One of the worst heat waves to hit Indiana in 70 years tightened its grip on the state Tuesday, forcing communities to launch emergency plans and prompting utilities to plead for consumers to conserve electricity.
Hoosiers sweltered as the heat index reached 111 in Terre Haute and Shelbyville, 110 in Greenwood and 109 in Indianapolis, Peru and Greencastle. The highest temperature was in Mount Comfort, about 15 miles east of Indianapolis, at 99 degrees.
Adams Central High School junior Devan Barger is reigning over the 2011 Adams County 4-H Fair today, having been named this year's Distinguished Ambassador on Tuesday night.
Bellmont High spring graduate Paul Mesing was announced as the Royal Ambassador.
Despite the ongoing heat, a large crowd turned out in Monroe for what is traditionally the fair's biggest night, highlighted by the annual parade and the ambassador ceremonies.
By BOB SHRALUKA
Employees of the City of Decatur are going to get their $1,000 salary increases in 2012, which is the major reason for a rise in the city's proposed budget for next year.
But it's money city council and Mayor John Schultz are more than willing to spend in lieu of two facts: No raises were granted for 2010 or 2011, and city department heads returned $600,000 of budgeted money — a major savings — last year.