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April 23rd

Home suffers major damage

April 23, 2013

    A blaze at the home of Lois Bleeke, 6158 N. Piqua Rd., sent firefighters from Decatur and Preble scrambling into action Monday as they attempted to save the home.
    Decatur firefighters were dispatched at 11:24 a.m. after passersby witnessed smoke coming from the home.

‘Ugly wall’ may get some early work

April 23, 2013

    That "ugly wall," as Mayor John Schultz describes it, may be shedding some of its ugliness one of these days.
    The wall in question, of course, is the big one left facing Monroe St. once the Holthouse Drug/Dwayne's Sweeper Shop was demolished several months ago,
    The mayor noted at last week's city council meeting that the local Sculpture Tour Committee has asked permission to place some sort of temporary mural on the wall to get it through this year's tour, scheduled for June 8.

City town hall meeting tonight

April 23, 2013

    The "ugly wall," empty lot and old bank building may be topics posed by city residents tonight as city council and Mayor John Schultz hold a town meeting at 6 at Riverside Center.
    All topics are open for discussion, but no decisions will be made, officials said.
    This will be the second of four quarterly town hall meetings planned for this year.

April 22nd

Decatur firefighters are on scene at a house fire on Piqua Rd.

April 22, 2013

    A house fire on Piqua Rd., just north of Cornerstone Church, has the Decatur Fire Department busy this afternoon as they brought the blaze under control. Units from Preble were called in to assist with the blaze and paramedics were on hand as well.
    It was initially thought the homeowner was trapped inside, but firefighters quickly learned this was not the case. The house was empty at the time of the fire. Crews were still on scene at 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Letter from prison goes on posters to be put in schools

April 22, 2013

    Cody’s Letter Poster portrays a young man from Decatur reaching out from behind prison bars to warn young people about the dangers of illegal drugs.
    The posters are being distributed to all three Adams County High Schools and one middle school. 

Jobless rate dips a bit

April 22, 2013

    Adams County's unemployment rate for March stood at 8.1 percent, down fourth-tenths of a percent from one month earlier, according to figures released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
    The county began 2013 with an 8.8 percent jobless rate in January, the highest since a 9.2 percent reading in January of 2011. One year ago the county's unemployment rate stood at 8.0 percent.

Chamber luncheon focuses on health care

April 22, 2013

    The federal Affordable Care Act was the main topic of discussion on Friday at Adams Central School.    
    The Chambers of Commerce of Decatur and Berne hosted a forum in which those attending could pose questions about the health care plan to State Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, and Mike Ripley, vice president of health care policy for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
    Wes Kuntzman and Sheree Barkley, directors of the Decatur and Berne chambers, respectively, hosted the event.

April 19th

River stays under flood stage here

April 19, 2013

    Despite well over an inch of rain in the past 24 hours, the St. Marys River remained under its flood stage this morning.
    Officials at the city weather station measured the river at 15.85 feet at 7 .m., still under its 17-foot stage. The river stood at 13.05 feet 24 hours earlier.
    The weather station recorded 1.25 inches of rain on Thursday at this morning, up to 7 a.m.
        Further details in today's print and e-editions.

Old building going down

April 19, 2013

    Demolition of the antiquated former street department building between the police station and city swimming pool got under way on Thursday.
    Denny's Excavating of Plainfield, general contractor for the project, began by tearing down the garage attached to the west side or the original building, which is well over 100 years old and is considered a safety hazard.
    The entire structure could be down by Saturday or the first of next week, officials said. (Photo by Jannaya Andrews)
 

Chambers to host an econ forum

April 19, 2013

    The Decatur and Berne chambers of commerce, in conjunction with First Merchants Bank, will host an Economic Outlook Forum on Tuesday, April 30, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
    The forum will be moderated by John Stafford, the director of IPFW's Community Research Institute. Panelists will include State Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne; Adams County Commissioner Doug Bauman, representing agriculture; Josh Krueckeberg, real estate; Larry Macklin, economic development; Brad Lichtenberger, industry; and Dane Wheeler, health care.

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