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Jan Smith, Commander of American Legion Post 43, served as the master of ceremonies during Sunday’s event, attended by more than 100 area residents, including several veterans of the Vietnam conflict.
With some counties seeing an increase in lawsuits filed by voters claiming county districts are unfairly represented, the Adams County Board of Elections opted to take a proactive approach and attempt to redistribute the population and thus better balance the districts for county council seats.
The county is currently divided into four districts, represented by councilmen Stan Stoppenhagen (District 1), Duwayne Herman (District 2), Eric Orr (District 3) and Phil Wulliman (District 4).
November 1 marked the end of the 2009 federal stimulus package which provided additional income for participants of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s food stamp program. The expiration of stimulus funding has resulted in a reduction in benefits received by SNAP recipients of 7 percent, or $10 per month per person, according to northeast Indiana Family and Social Services Deputy Director of Communications Marnie Lemons.
Many participants in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s food stamp program whose benefits were reduced beginning this month are children, according to Erin Ripley, food service director for North Adams Community Schools. Ripley said school officials recognized the challenges many students face each evening and weekends, when food may not be as readily available.
The Monroe Town Council on Thursday night heard a presentation from Brett Miller, MLS Engineering and Land surveyor, and Paul Zurcher, owner of Zurcher Tire Company, seeking the council’s permission to approach the Adams County Plan Commission in December concerning the expansion of their current building. Zurcher Tire is hoping to build a 20,000-square-foot warehouse addition to the company’s existing building.
Appearing before Geneva Town Council at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting Tuesday evening, town Marshall Rob Johnson announced two vacancies on his staff, including one prompted by the recent resignation of school resource officer Scott Dailey.
Operation Cleanup in Decatur is targeting dilapidated garages and accessory structures, board of works and safety member and Code Enforcement Officer Bill Karbach told city council this week.
Karbach said 15 such structures have been identified. Owners of the buildings will be notified to contact his department within 10 days of the notice, he said. Failure to comply could result in the city’s removal of the nuisance and the property owner will be assessed the cost.
The South Adams Starfires’ upset victory over county rival Adams Central in sectional football play on Nov. 1, coupled with the untimely exit from the tournament trail the following day of the Bellmont volleyball squad, leaves South Adams as the last fan base standing in Adams County. Those fans are certain to be vocal when the Stars travel to Southwood Friday night for the sectional title game.
Photo by Kalvin Fiechter
The three school districts in Adams County have been awarded a total of $110,050 in Secured School Safety grants to fund School Resource Officers and make other security equipment upgrades.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced more than $9 million in grant funding to local schools and school corporations through the statewide program. The Indiana Secured School Safety Board approved the grants.
Changes in Decatur’s ordinance governing burning of items within the city limits were given two rounds of approval at Tuesday night’s city council meeting, and will come up for a final vote Nov. 19.
Going over an early draft, city officials discussed updates to the ordinance at the previous meeting. Several parts of the proposal were questioned, so it went back to City Attorney Tim Baker for revisions. Those revisions were unveiled Tuesday night and satisfied members of city council.