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INDOT to move on elevation of US 224

August 31, 2011

    The turnout was slim, and comments were few, during a public hearing held Tuesday evening for a proposed U.S. 224 highway improvement project in Decatur.
    With only two dozen area residents in attendance, officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation detailed the construction plans for an estimated $3.5 million project that would elevate the state highway by as much as seven feet from the St. Marys River to just east of the U.S. 224 intersection with Jackson Street.
    Construction would begin in 2015.

Bids are taken to finish repairs at work-release center

August 31, 2011

    The Adams County Work-Release Center, located beside the jail, has been in operation for more than 12 years and, now that its floor has been releveled, additional work is required to complete renovations before separate space is created for men and women.
    Sheriff Shane Rekeweg attended Monday's meeting of the county commissioners with 10 price quotations for varied jobs, all of which were taken under advisement until next Tuesday's commissioners' meeting, a day later than usual due to the Labor Day holiday.

Embattled Kruse now facing Pennsylvania arrest warrant

August 31, 2011

    AUBURN, Ind. (AP) — Embattled former Indiana auction house owner Dean V. Kruse faces an arrest warrant out of Pennsylvania alleging that he never paid a man $38,000 for selling an antique hearse at auction in 2008.
    DeKalb County Sheriff Don Lauer told The Herald Republican of Angola (http://bit.ly/oFdGlA) on Tuesday that his department has a warrant for Kruse’s arrest on a felony theft count issued in Dauphin County, Pa. Lauer said the warrant had not been served as of Tuesday afternoon.

August 30th

West Nile found in city

August 30, 2011

    West Nile Virus has been found in Decatur, Terry Smith, superintendent of the Adams County Health Department, announced Monday afternoon.
    The Indiana Department of Health has confirmed the discovery, the virus having been found in a mosquito in Decatur a week or so ago, Smith said.
    Decatur officials do regular testing as well as regular treatments of storm sewers and areas of water that remain stagnant.

NA and SA schools get ‘A’ ratings

August 30, 2011

    A record 775 Indiana schools  — including North Adams and South Adams schools — have received an ‘‘A’’ or ‘‘exemplary’’ ranking based on student performance and improvement data.
    Adams Central Schools received a B, or "commendable" rating.
    The number of schools receiving an ‘‘F’’ and academic probation has been cut in half to 111.

Pizza King to aid NA’s school fund

August 30, 2011

    The North Adams Schools Fund will benefit from a donation by Pizza King in Decatur as the restaurant's owners donate 10 percent of sales this Friday to the fund.
     "Celebrity busers" will work at Pizza King on Friday to support the restaurant's staff. The celebrity cleanup crew will include North Adams Schools Superintendent Wylie Sirk; former NA school board member Jo-Ellen Eidam; civic activist Larry Isch; North Adams administrators, teachers, coaches; and others from the community.

August 29th

Decatur honors its founder, Samuel Rugg

August 29, 2011

    On Sunday, the 206th anniversary of Samuel L. Rugg's birth, the City of Decatur, to which he gave birth, celebrated his memory as the final event of the community's 175th anniversary extravaganza.
    Well over 100 people turned out for the afternoon unveiling of the four-sided black marble monument to Rugg that sits in the front lawn of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce office by the St. Marys River, 125 E. Monroe St.

Few names on fall ballots

August 29, 2011

    Election 2011 in Adams County will be one of the shortest and easiest in history, with only seven city offices in Decatur and Berne to be voted on — and few names facing the voters.
    Due to a state law that went into effect on July 1, the names of all unopposed candidates will not be printed on the ballots, as a way of saving money and streamlining the voting process.

City was founded on a high place

August 29, 2011

    Max Miller, who, along with Larry Isch, co-chaired the Decatur 175th Anniversary Committee, read a summarized history of Samuel Rugg at Sunday's ceremony to honor the founder of Decatur.
    Rugg was born in 1805 in Oneida County, New York; came to Cincinnati in 1825; and moved into Indiana in 1833.
    He made a home in what became Root Township and, after the county was created three years later, he began riding a horse around the area to find a suitable place for a county seat.

August 26th

West Nile found in mosquitos in Berne

August 26, 2011

    West Nile Virus has been found in some mosquitos in Berne.
    Berne officials, quoting reports by an official from the Indiana Department of Health, and Terry Smith, the superintendent of the Adams County Health Department, made the announcement on Thursday.
    The fact that West Nile Virus has appeared in Berne "means that residents should limit the possibility of being bitten by an infected mosquito by applying repellants and making lifestyle modifications," the Berne statement said.

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