Archive - May 2012 - News Article
Kelly Ehinger, director of the Adams Public Library System, reported this week that hours are being reduced at the Decatur library.
According to Ehinger, the library board at its recent meeting discussed ways to ensure future financial sustainability while continuing to meet library standards and the community’s needs during times of reduced or stagnant revenues.
A suspicious package found next to a Decatur business Wednesday morning brought about a swift response from law enforcement officials and wounded up with an Indiana State Police Bomb Squad (EOD team) being called to investigate.
The package apparently was not a threat, however.
Doug Milligan, executive director of Swiss Heritage Village, has announced that beginning Friday, the village will be open every day, except Sundays and holidays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The facility is open on Saturdays through the month of May.
Chartered in 1985, Swiss Heritage Village covers 22 acres at the northeast edge of Berne. It is touted as the largest outdoor museum in Indiana.
Members of Berne City Council agreed on Tuesday evening to share in the cost of creating a combined network that will allow all law enforcement agencies in the county to instantly have access to each other's criminal records and data bases.
Berne became the final piece in the puzzle that will see police forces in Decatur, Geneva and Monroe enter into an agreement with the Adams County Sheriff's Department to implement the Sunguard Management System network.
Adams County Engineer Tim Barkey told commissioners Tuesday that bridge inspections will underway during the next month.
Inspectors will be looking at bridges in Adams County that are over 20 feet in length, which includes approximately 160 bridges in the county.
In other news, Barkey said work on the Ceylon Covered Bridge is still progressing, with Jutte Excavating, Fort Recovery, Ohio, having finished the first layer of floorboards.
The Decatur Post Office has announced that it collected 6,300 pounds of food during the 20th annual national food drive to "Stamp Out Hunger" on May 12 — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
A Decatur letter carrier said that this is the most food that has been collected in the area since the food drive began in the '90s.
Adams County Democrats have until June 30 to hold caucuses and make appointments to fill vacancies on the November general election ballot.
According to a spokeswoman in the county clerk's office, the caucuses must be held and candidates selected by that date. Independent candidates have until July 2 to file petitions of candidacy to seek any countywide office.
Decatur resident Curtis Rose recently attended a celebration in Fort Wayne marking the joining of Taizhou, China, as a sister city, during which one of his sculptures was presented as a gift to Xue Shaoxian, chairman of the Taizhou Municipal People's Congress.
Rose, whose wooden sculptures are based on the Mobius band math concept, said he received a call from the Fort Wayne Museum of Art informing him that a member of Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry's office had purchased one of his sculptures to be presented during the ceremony.
Services to honor the county's war past and present war veterans were held in Geneva, Berne and Decatur over the Memorial Day weekend, with large crowds at all three events.
Decatur Mayor John Schultz struggled at times to keep his emotions in check as he spoke in front of the Peace Monument on the courthouse square in front of the assembled crowd about the sacrifices made by American service men and women.
Veterans-related events in Decatur, Berne and Geneva, along with Willshire, Ohio, have been announced for the Memorial Day weekend.
The American Legion post 43 color guard and firing squad will be at the Decatur Catholic Cemetery on Monday at 9 a.m. for a short service honoring past and present veterans, before moving to the Decatur Cemetery for another short service.