Archive - 2013 - News Article
The Adams County Regional Sewer District's board of directors may be nearing a decision on the future of a proposed $4.5 million sewer project to serve the rural areas of northern Adams County.
Adams Central will mark another end of an era as longtime Athletic Director Rick Minnich submitted his resignation to the Adams Central Board of Education Tuesday night.
Minnich, who has served AC in various positions for 39 years, said in his letter he has been blessed and has no regrets in beginning and ending his career at AC. Minnich thanked the school and the community for the help and support he has received during his time at AC.
T-shirts to support Adams Central eighth grader Tyson Bahrke in his fight against cancer will be available for pre-sale order at the Adams Central-South Adams basketball game on Friday.
The shirts are $10 apiece, and over half of the proceeds from this will go directly to Tyson's family to help pay for his chemotherapy, an announcement said.
The shirts will be available for pickup from later AC home games or the elementary school office beginning February 25.
The Adams County Council was joined in its monthly meeting on Tuesday by the Adams County Commissioners.
The council and the commissioners agreed that new superior court accommodations will be in a standalone building, and the county will not add on to or renovate any current buildings for the project.
The way in which Berne united following the death in 2012 of Spc. Nick Taylor, killed in Afghanistan while serving as a member of the Indiana National Guard, was an example of the community's strength and resolve of Berne and demonstrated why the city "is a great place to call home," Mayor Bill McKean said Tuesday during his second annual State of the City address.
McKean gave his remarks during a noon luncheon hosted by the Berne Chamber of Commerce.
Administrators in the North Adams Community Schools have been deemed eligible for performance bonuses for the 2012-13 school year. The school district's board of education on Tuesday evening approved one-time stipends for administrators that are identical to those for which teachers in the district may qualify.
Sewage utility rates in Berne and Monroe will rise by more than 20 percent to pay for an upgrade to the Berne waste water treatment plant as mandated by state environmental officials.
The city is under orders from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to reduce the amount of ammonia contained in waste water effluent that is being discharged from the plant to area rivers and streams. Improvements must be completed by 2015.
A Berne factory which began 2012 with 225 full-time employees and was down to 140 by year's end, now plans to move some of its operations to other plants and is seeking a buyer for the remainder of the business.
It is not clear how the remaining workers at Ficosa North America will be affected, officials said, although it's likely some will lose their jobs.
The movement of the work is expected to be completed by the end of May.
Ficosa is a supplier to the auto industry
The Adams County Commissioners on Monday chose Tyler Technologies of Jasper, Indiana, to perform the county's reassessment this year.
Assessor Don Kuhn told the commissioners he received the following bids: PSC Associates, $41,082.40; Appraisal Research, $34,875; Nexus Group Property Tax Consultants, $43,775; Indiana Assessment Services, $37,320; and Tyler Technologies, $25,800.
At the recommendation of both Kuhn and County Attorney Mark Burry, the commissioners approved the Tyler firm to do the work.
The Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team (ERT) was summoned to Decatur Sunday evening to assist the Adams County Sheriff's Department with the execution of a search warrant after county officers received information that a man they believed to be heavily armed was in a local residence.
Sheriff Shane Rekeweg said police are actively looking for Wade Richard Crone, 26, who is wanted on a charge of criminal confinement, a class D felony.