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April 11th

Four NA teachers will retire early

April 11, 2012

    Four teachers at North Adams Community Schools have signed up for an early-retirement incentive program and will be leaving the district at the end of the current school year.
    Earlier this year the school board agreed to offer incentives of up to $15,000 in cash or tax-deferred accounts to a maximum of 10 and a minimum of five North Adams teachers who agree by to retire at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. Meeting on Tuesday evening, the board agreed to waive the original minimum requirement and accept the four early retirements.

HONOR FLIGHT FUNDRAISER

April 11, 2012

    Mayor John Schultz bought tickets from American Legion Post 43 Commander Bob Hoffman for the Honor Flight fundraiser Swiss steak dinner, to be held April 28 at the American Legion Post 43.    
    All of the proceeds go to the Northeast Indiana Honor Flight taking World War Two Veterans to the World War Two Monument in Washington D.C.
    For more information or tickets, contact Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home at 724-9164 or the Decatur American Legion Post 43. (Photo Provided)

SA sets teacher evaluation model

April 11, 2012

    South Adams Schools will implement a new plan for teacher evaluations as mandated by the state beginning with the 2012-13 school year.
    Superintendent Scott Litwiller said at Tuesday's board meeting that a committee of teachers and administrators has been working on the plan, but that the South Adams plan "is a modification of the Indiana Department of Education's RISE Teacher Evaluation model."

April 10th

Digital revolution is under way at N. Adams schools

April 10, 2012

    The future is now at North Adams schools, Superintendent Dr. Wylie Sirk told members of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce at the group's monthly noon luncheon series on Monday.
    Sirk was joined by Bellmont High School Principal Scot Croner and North Adams technology coordinator Miriam Hopkins in outlining to the chamber crowd the advancements in digital technology under way in all grade levels throughout the school district.

Employment outlook said strong in Berne

April 10, 2012

    A rosy employment picture was laid out before Berne City Council on Monday evening, with three local industries reporting strong sales and an optimistic outlook for the future.
    Representatives from two of those companies — Smith Brothers and Key Fasteners — were on hand for the annual review of existing tax abatement agreements with the city. And both were found to have met or exceeded capital improvement expenditures laid out in their original abatement applications.

April 9th

Firefighters warm to task of adding smoke detectors

April 9, 2012

    Decatur Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hitchcock has announced that the Decatur Fire Department is collecting money to purchase and distribute new smoke detectors and batteries to area residents.
    According to Hitchcock, after nearly 25 years of having no fire-related deaths, Decatur has had five such fatalities in just over a two year period.

Reinhard awarded Lilly grant

April 9, 2012

    The Adams County Community Foundation (ACCF) announced that Adams Central senior Shawn Reinhard has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as ACCF 2012 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
    Reinhard will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of his choice, as well as a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
    Reinhard, son of Kim and Marvin Reinhard of rural Monroe, will attend Bethel College this fall and plans to major in pre-med.

Armed Forces Day event planned

April 9, 2012

    Armed Forces Day in Decatur will be marked by a special celebration which will benefit an organization which assists veterans.
    Chris Johnson, owner/operator of the Wet Spot (formerly Donna's Tap) in downtown Decatur, unveiled the plans at this week's city council meeting as she asked permission to close off part of Second St.

April 6th

State foul-up provides windfall

April 6, 2012

    Adams County and its political subdivisions stand to gain a windfall totaling nearly $750,000 when the state of Indiana divides some $205 million in County Option Income Tax (COIT) and County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) funds that are being belatedly distributed by the state of Indiana.
    State taxation department officials announced on Thursday that, due to an "oversight," recent income tax revenue was never distributed to counties as it should have been, the second such state monetary snafu in recent months.

Big losses seen due to tax caps

April 6, 2012

    Indiana's property tax caps are going to cost local governmental entities some major capital fund losses during this year's tax collections.
    Figures compiled by Adams County Auditor Bill Borne and presented to the county commissioners this week show a $364,178 loss for Adams County, a $316,769 loss for North Adams Schools, and a $249,713 loss for the City of Decatur.

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