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March 21st

Residents and board members voice opinions, what’s necessary

March 21, 2013

    Local resident Russ Walklee was the first audience member to speak during Wednesday night's meeting, and drew the largest applause of the evening from those in attendance when he simply said, "My vote is no" on the sewer project's future. He said the cost "is hard to justify," a sentiment that was echoed countless times during the evening.
    Other speakers complained about what they see as inequities in the proposed project.

This is spring?

March 21, 2013

    What a start to this spring this is!
    On this first full day of spring, Decatur residents awakened to a quarter inch of snow and temperatures fit for December.
    The city weather station had a reading of 15 degrees at 7 a.m. today, the overnight low — and that's 15 degrees below the normal low of 30 degrees for this date. Wednesday's high was only 29, or 21 degrees below the norm of 50 for March 20.
    For further details, see today's print edition or e-edition.

March 20th

United Way over the top!

March 20, 2013

    A thank-you celebration for the workers, volunteers, and contributors of the 2012 United Way campaign in Adams County was held Tuesday evening at Swiss Village in Berne with the highlight of the evening coming when United Way Director Jim Compton announced that the county effort topped its goal of $200,013.
    It marked the first time in the last four years the goal had been attained and it was accomplished with the help of a match from the Eli Lilly Foundation.

Investment auto firm destroyed by fire

March 20, 2013

    The Decatur Fire Department responded to a fire at Shaffer Investment Auto Sales on N. 13th St. in Decatur at 11:48 p.m. Tuesday.
    When firefighters arrived on scene, the structure was fully engulfed in flames, according to a spokesperson for the department. Crews battled the blaze for several hours, but were unable to save the building, which officials say is a total loss.
    Officials do not know what started the fire and an Indiana State Fire Investigator was called in to determine the origin.

Public hearing tonight

March 20, 2013

    The Adams County Regional Sewer District board of directors will conduct a public hearing at 6 p.m. tonight at Riverside Center in Decatur.
    A notice said the hearing will include a discussion of rates and charges.

March 19th

Ex-city official indicted

March 19, 2013

    Former Decatur Storm Water Management Director Joan Eichhorn has been indicted by an Adams County grand jury on charges of theft and fraud for alleged incidents that occurred in late 2011, Prosecutor Chris Harvey said today.

County jobless rate shoots up – Still one of lowest in the area

March 19, 2013

    Despite a 1.1 percent jump in its jobless rate from December of 2012 to January of this year, Adams County continues to sport one of the lowest unemployment levels in northern Indiana.
    According to figures released Monday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, only Jay and Wells counties featured a lower jobless rate during January than did Adams among counties in the northern half of the state.

Spring almost here...but doesn’t feel like it

March 19, 2013

    Spring officially arrives in Indiana on Wednesday, but winter continues to keep an icy, cold grip on the state.
    Big winds this morning made it feel like the middle of winter. The National Weather Service in Fort Wayne had a reading of 25 degrees at 7 a.m. today, but a west wind at 25 mph gusting up to 31 mph was producing a wind-chill reading of 9 degrees!

March 18th

Freezing rain advisory stays

March 18, 2013

      The Decatur area remained under a freezing rain advisory early this afternoon. The National Weather Service said a mixed bag of precipitation would persist into early afternoon across much of northern Indiana.
    The Indiana Department of Transportation reported around 12:30 p.m. that driving conditions remain difficult on Interstate 69 between US 224 (six miles south of Fort Wayne) north to DeKalb County Road 11-A (two miles south of Auburn).
    Drivers were urged to use caution.

 

Freezing rain ices city, area

March 18, 2013

    Freezing rain which hit the Decatur area around 5 a.m. today closed schools and caused some slideoffs, including a traffic accident which closed US 27 north of Berne for nearly two hours.    
    The freezing rain left a hard coat of ice over city streets and county roads, but the hazardous driving wasn't expected to last too long with a high reading of 44 degrees expected in Decatur today.

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