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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 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!
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 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.
Adams Central teacher Katie Isch was recognized by the school board this week after being named a recipient of the Armstrong Teacher Educator Award for 2013-14 by Indiana University (IU).
The award was developed in 1997 to honor exemplary teachers throughout Indiana interested in working with teacher education students, faculty, and staff at IU, according to a release issued by the university.
With the 2013 session of the Indiana General Assembly having passed its midway point late last week, a pair of state lawmakers on Saturday said final decisions on school-related issues, the state’s biennial budget and other pending legislation will come slowly into focus during the next six weeks.
In his State of the Judiciary address on Monday, Circuit Court Judge Chad Kukelhan reported that there are 17 full-time officers working for the Decatur Police Department.
He commended Kriss Affolder for his work as the security officer for North Adams Schools. Kukelhan also noted that there is a new dog in the department, named Vary, who is used for drug detection.
Highway Superintendent Mark Mitchel gave his monthly report on state funding to the commissioners at their meeting this week.
He said that the Motor Vehicle Fund is starting in March with $193,437.50, over $6,000 more than it contained this time last year. Meanwhile, the Local Roads and Streets Fund is starting the month with $27,391.21, $279.92 less than it had this time a year ago.
EP Graphics in Berne has acquired the operating assets of Mignone Communications of Huntington, creating one of the state's largest web-based printers, the company announced in a press release.
Mignone and EP Graphics will begin the transition to integrate staff and operations in the EP Graphics plant in Berne. The combined operations will have approximately 150 employees.
Miriam Dalton, regional principal of the Crossing Alternative Campus, presented a report to the South Adams School Board on Tuesday night, with the help of senior Amanda Ineichen.
Dalton reported that there are currently 19 students enrolled in the alternative education program. During the first semester, 55 percent of the Crossing students received financial aid, attendance was 84.45 percent, and retention was 94.5percent. She said 52 credits were earned, with each student averaging 2 credits.