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May 19th

Life sentence for Ohio City woman for killing mother

May 19, 2014

    An Ohio City woman was sentenced Friday in Van Wert Common Pleas Court to 15 years to life for the shooting death of her mother in November of last year.
    On the murder charge, Tamara Menke, 48, also received a mandatory one year
prison term for using a firearm in the commission of the crime, consecutive to the
sentence in the murder charge.

Open house celebrates Moose lodge’s 100th anniversary

May 19, 2014

     Mike Beery, a Life Member of Moose Lodge No. 1311 in Decatur and a former state director of the Indiana Moose organization, welcomed members and visitors to the lodge Sunday afternoon during an open house held to celebrate the 100th organization of the fraternal organization’s existence in Adams County. Decatur Mayor John Schultz was on hand for the event and said the Moose “has been a great part of our community and will continue to be a great part of this community. Happy Birthday to the Moose.”

May 16th

Deadline near for Decatur home repair program

May 16, 2014

Decatur city officials are seeking qualified low- to moderate-income homeowners interested in participating in a program that could see the city provide up to $25,000 in grant funds for certain basic home repairs.
    With a Tuesday deadline looming, time is running short for applicants, however.
    The city was recently named a finalist in the Stellar Community grant program, and one of the projects that is part of that application is the Decatur Senior Home Accessibility and Repair Program — or SHARP.

EP Graphics on the grow with addition of Mignone company

May 16, 2014

    After receiving approval from the city of Berne last year for a 10-year tax abatement, representatives of EP Graphics met with city council Monday evening to request approval of the annual abatement form CF-1 that states the company is in compliance with the terms of the original abatement.

Sparks fly over design-build proposal for county jail

May 16, 2014

    With the best of intentions, Adams County Councilman Tony Mellencamp invited Bob Wede to address the council during its regular monthly meeting this week on planning options related to the jail/superior court project the county has proposed.
    Wede is the business development manager for Performance Services, Indianapolis, an “energy related services” company that promotes the benefits of a “design-build” approach to construction projects over the traditional “plan-spec” method.

May 15th

New communications position at NA ‘should pay for itself,’ according to board, Lehman

May 15, 2014

    North Adams Community Schools will create a communications position to help project a positive image of the school district and its students’  accomplishments. The announcement of the new position came at Tuesday’s monthly board of education meeting.


May 15, 2014

Bellmont Middle School students were educated by the Adams County Soil and Water Conservation Wednesday during the annual SPLASH Day event. SPLASH is an acronym for Soil, Plants, Land, Air, animalS and H2O (water). Students went from station to station investigating those areas of education. Stations included milking a cow, learning the difference between soybeans and corn, finding locations via navigation systems, learning about worms, water, soil, bio-technology and air.
Photo by Ashley Thieme


AC joins mainstream, switches to standard 4.0 grading system

May 15, 2014

    Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, Adams Central High School students will use a 4.0 grading scale system rather than the 12.0 system in place for several years.
    The board of education voted Tuesday evening to switch to the more commonly used 4.0 scale in an effort to be more aligned with other area schools and colleges, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lori Richmond.

May 14th

NA staffing cuts fewer than anticipated

May 14, 2014

    North Adams Community Schools Superintendent Brent Lehman announced during Tuesday evening’s board of education meeting that staffing cuts for the 2014-15 school year will be fewer than originally estimated.
    With many retirements and other staffing changes, only one teaching job — a music education position currently held by Ric Geist — will be eliminated.

State veterans’ official pitches pay hike for county’s VSO

May 14, 2014

    Brian Lamm, president of the Indiana Veterans Service Officers and DeKalb County VSO, addressed the Adams County Council on behalf of Adams County Veterans Service Officer Ron Bollenbacher at the council’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday morning in the Service Complex.
     Lamm spoke on the importance of the position for veterans in Adams County and urged council to consider increasing Bollenbacher’s hours and pay commensurate with his duties and functions in the office. 

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