With incumbent Republicans in three countywide offices — auditor, treasurer and recorder — sent to the sidelines at the end of the current year by state-mandated term limits, a trio of first-time GOP candidates picked up victories and earned their party's nominations during Tuesday's primary election balloting.
Going green at the North Adams Community Schools will have a slightly different meaning for administrators, non-certified personnel, and transportation department employees as the North Adams School Board approved a two percent pay increase on their base salary.
The action approved Tuesday night at the monthly NA board meeting will result in approximately $50,000 more, but Superintendent Dr. Wylie Sirk told members that money for the increase is already in the general fund and will not cause a problem.
Tuesday evening was particularly bittersweet for one victorious candidate in the Republican race for a seat on the Adams County Council.
Tony Mellencamp of Berne topped a five-member field in Tuesday's primary election balloting, securing his party's nomination for one of three at-large seats. When the results were announced, however, Mellencamp's wife Kaye was lying in serious condition in a Fort Wayne hospital bed after having been rushed there Tuesday morning when she reportedly suffered a brain aneurism.