Archive - Apr 2013 - News Article
The annual Adams County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner was held Thursday evening at the Decatur Elks Lodge featuring a spirited address by Hoosier Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann.
National Weather Service officials this morning informed officials at the Decatur weather station that the St. Marys River is expected to crest around 20.6 feet here tonight.
Although the river's flood stage is 17 feet, it causes no significant problems until getting beyond 21 feet.
Several changes will be taking place at Adams Central over the next year with four more teachers announcing their intention to retire at the end of the 2012-13 school year, accepting the one-time $15,000 retirement incentive package approved by the board of education last month.
The incentive offered qualifying teachers a $15,000 payout that would be placed in a 403(b) account and made available to the retiree as of July 15, 2013. The regular severance package offered to teachers is still immediately available.
Lunch prices at North Adams Community Schools will increase next year, and the hike is entirely due to mandates being handed down by the federal government, school board members were told Tuesday.
Erin Ripley, food service director for the school district, reported to the board that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has developed a statistical formula for its National School Lunch Program and has set a minimum price for school lunches. "The control has kind of been taken out of our hands," Ripley said.
Now we know spring has arrived!
The first major non-snow storm of the season hit the Decatur area in a big way on Wednesday, dropping 2.79 inches of rain on the city by 7 a.m. today
Making matters worse, rain was continuing after 7 a.m. and was likely to continue into the night.
The St. Marys River swelled some 13 1/2 feet overnight, rising from 4.06 feet at 7 a.m. Wednesday to 17.67 feet at 7 a.m. today.
Former Bellmont High School assistant principal Brent Lehman, a 34-year veteran educator and lifelong Adams County resident, was introduced Tuesday evening as the new superintendent at North Adams Community Schools.
Lehman was one of 10 applicants and five finalists for the position and will succeed Dr. Wylie Sirk when Sirk's retirement takes effect on July 1.
When Adams Central Superintendent Mike Pettibone announced his retirement at the end of this school year in January, thoughts immediately turned to finding a replacement for the well-liked leader of AC. Members of the Board of Education announced Tuesday evening they feel they've done just that, naming Lori Richmond as the new superintendent.
The South Adams School Board announced at Tuesday's meeting that Shellie Miller will take over as the South Adams Elementary School principal, effective July 1.
A Markle resident, Miller began her education career in 1999 as a Reading Recovery and Title 1 teacher at Lancaster Elementary in the Northern Wells district. She served as the principal of Ossian Elementary from 2004-2010, and has been the principal of Churubusco Elementary since 2010.
The announced retirement early next year of the superintendent of the Decatur-Adams County Parks and Recreation department sparked conversations at back-to-back meetings on Monday about the possibility of merging the county and city park boards and realigning the department.
Adams County Prosecutor Chris Harvey announced Tuesday that no charges will be filed in the April 17, 2012 accident that killed Jerry (17), Barbara (5) and Enos (3) Schwartz when a van, driven by Chandler T. Gerber, 21, of Bluffton, struck the rear of the buggy they were riding in. The children's mother, Mary, also suffered serious injuries in the accident.