Archive - Mar 2012 - News Article
Acting upon the recommendation of the state auditor's office, Berne City Council changed its process for the purchase of two discharge pumps for the city's waste water treatment plant. And the move ended up saving the city a substantial sum of money.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers ended their 2012 legislative session early Saturday after racing through a sprawling education and spending plan.
The last measure they approved this year is a plan that pays $6 million to state fair victims and $80 million for full-day kindergarten, and puts more money for state reserves before an automatic tax refund is triggered. It also changes the rules governing Indiana's charter schools and officials tasked with turning faltering schools around.
North Adams Community Schools is one of 23 school corporations statewide to be named as a recipient of state education department technology grant funding.
The Indiana Department of Education announced this week that the selected school corporations will receive up to $200,000 each to implement classroom technology projects. The grants, totaling $3 million, were awarded through Indiana’s classroom innovation grant program, which is funded primarily through the David C. Ford educational technology fund.
Bellmont High School Baseball Coach Ben Fawbush has announced that the team this year will be hosting a new, annual event known as the “Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.”
The event will be held on a rotating basis by all three Adams County high schools: Bellmont, Adams Central, and South Adams.
The purpose and goal of this event, Fawbush said, is to not only raise funds for cancer research, but to raise awareness and support for the cure of any and all cancers.
“How could we say, 'God, we will adopt any child you provide us, except that little one there in the wheelchair?'” This was the realization that a local couple, Rocky and Lily Evans, came to while searching to adopt a child this past December.
Rocky, who is the creative arts director at The Bridge Community Church in Decatur, and Lily, a nurse for a local doctor, knew they wanted to adopt and kept sensing it was to be a special needs child.
A new addition to Spotlight on Business Expo this year is the Science Central presentation, Outreach to Space.
The program will convert the display area in the Bellmont Middle School gymnasium into a home base for exploration, according to officials of the Fort Wayne-based Science Central. Interactive exhibits, designed and built by San Francisco's famed Exploratorium, are guaranteed to inspire minds from ages 2-102 as they discover astronomy, space travel and so much more, Science Central officials said.
Armed with figures provided by the recent US Census, the City of Decatur in the coming months will be looking at its voting districts for possibly redrawing the maps for voting balance.
City Attorney Tim Baker told city council at its meeting this week that redistricting must be done this year. Once new population figures are obtained from the county clerk, Baker said, an assessment of the districts can be made.
"It could be that we won't have to make any changes," he remarked.
A total of 52 booths, all sorts of stage entertainment, free bingo, an auction and more will be featured on Saturday as the annual Spotlight Business Expo, sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, will unfold at Bellmont Middle School.
Doors will open at 8 a.m., with breakfast available, and the event will continue until 5:30 p.m.
Adams County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher E. Harvey announced today that John E. McAlhaney, 25, of Monroe, has been arrested and charged with four counts of forgery, each a Class C Felony.
The arrest was a culmination of an investigation by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department, Harvey said.
Decatur is going the Global Information System (GIS) route.
City council on Tuesday night unanimously supported Mayor John Schultz's request to hire a summer intern to help the city collect information for the project.
Ethan Snyder, a resident of the Decatur area, currently is a student at Ball State University majoring in Global Information Systems. He will be hired for a two-mont period, at $9 an hour.