Archive - Apr 2012 - News Article
Ben Faurote was handed a four-year term on the North Adams school board by Decatur City Council during a special council session held Tuesday afternoon.
A razor-thin vote — in what was the council's last-ever school board appointment — saw Faurote retain his board seat by a 3-2 margin over newcomer Stacey Bussel. Future school board seats will be filled by voters as the board later this year begins the transformation from an appointed body to an elected one.
Berne firefighters were dispatched to a fully-involved fire at Oakwood Terrace Apartments at 1:50 p.m. yesterday and remained on the scene nearly four hours, with one firefighter suffering minor injuries.
Berne Fire Chief John Crider reported this morning that a firefighter was taken to a local hospital for examination and x-rays due to a hand injury. The injury was not said to be serious, and the firefighter was treated and released.
In recognition of Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month, the Adams County advocacy group SAFE (Supporting All Families Everyday) has created a pinwheel garden on the south side of the courthouse lawn.
The blue pinwheels, which will be displayed today through Friday, are "like a promise to children to keep them safe," said SAFE spokeswoman Cindy Thieme.
One building in the Interlaken Apartments complex on the east edge of Berne was heavily damaged by fire early Tuesday afternoon and may be a total loss.
Fire departments from Berne and Geneva fought the blaze, with the Preble FD providing Cascade breathing units.
The complex has 10 buildings in all and 35 units, covering 6.44 acres.
Further details and photos will appear in Wednesday's edition of the Daily Democrat.
Disaster of the training variety struck Decatur on Monday night as various local emergency services participated in a table-top exercise.
The mock disaster involved a huge tornado which tore through Decatur and caused widespread damage, including striking Bellmont High School.
Fifteen to 20 people were involved in the three-hour exercise conducted at the Decatur fire station on Seventh St., starting around 5:30 p.m.
With two of its five members absent, Berne City Council conducted only a portion of its planned business Monday evening, while postponing other actions until the full body is present.
Two planned public hearings went ahead as scheduled, including a session to accept comment on a proposal to establish an Economic Revitalization Area at EP Graphics as part of a 10-year tax abatement request.
Funeral services are pending at Elzy-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home in Ossian for Zachary Wendell McKee, a 27-year-old Ossian resident who died Sunday in an unusual accident.
According to reports, McKee fell onto the electrified third rail at a CTA Purple Line station in the Chicago suburb of Evanston on Sunday. The death has been ruled an accident.
The Democrat has been informed that local emergency services departments will be holding a table top mock disaster exercise over a period of three hours starting around 5:30 this evening at the Decatur fire station.
The mock disaster will involve a tornado hitting Decatur.
The entire exercise will be played out in the fire station.
Following the exercise, the response of various departments will be critiqued.
Decatur police are continuing their investigation into a Sunday evening assault and robbery at a local eatery.
Chief Ken Ketzler said this morning that police were called to the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on N. 13th Street around 10:30 p.m. after a store employee was battered and tied up. Ketzler said the assailant then stole the worker's car and fled the scene.
Okay, now you've got your yard mowed, a fresh coat of paint on your place and that little bit of junk out of your back yard, all in keeping with Decatur's cleanup campaign that began more than a year ago to spruce up the city for its 175th Anniversary celebration.
Next on your housekeeping agenda? Check the numbers on the front of your place.