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March 29th, 2013

175 postcards in book now on sale at the Democrat

March 29, 2013

    Ron Storey, publisher of the Decatur Daily Democrat, has announced the arrival and sale of our newest book, “The Postcard Book,” a 96-page book featuring historic postcards from Adams County.
    The book was complied and designed for the Democrat by Max Miller of Decatur from a collection of over 175 postcards — all about Adams County — from the very early 1900s through today.

March 28th

McIntire stepping down at hospital

March 28, 2013

    Several major changes in nursing personnel were announced Wednesday night at the monthly Board of Trustees meeting of the Adams Health Network (AHN).
    Hospital Director of Nursing Jo McIntire told the board the meeting would be the last one she attended in an official capacity as she plans to retire effective April 12.

Gough named nurses director

March 28, 2013

    Three new directors of nurses (DON) were announced at the Adams Health Network (AHN) board meeting Wednesday night, two involving AHN-owned nursing homes, and the other, a replacement for retiring Jo McIntire.
    Michelle Gough, a registered nurse who most recently worked at Parkview-Whitley Hospital in Columbia City, has been selected as McIntire's successor and will be on the job  this coming Monday as work works with McIntire to learn the ropes at AMH.

Two arrests made in Ohio slayings

March 28, 2013

    Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced in Celina, Ohio, on Wednesday that two arrests have been made in the November 2011 murders of Robert and Colleen Grube, who were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds in their rural Fort Recovery, Ohio, home.
    The sheriff said Bryant Rhoades, 22, of Union City, Ohio, was arrested at his residence just outside of Greenville, Ohio. He is currently charged with one count of obstructing justice, a felony of the third degree.

March 27th

Berne given another good econ forecast

March 27, 2013

    Berne City Council on Monday evening got a strong economic forecast from one of its larger employers, the second consecutive meeting at which a local factory announced strong sales and a promising future.
    John Johnson, financial officer with Key Fasteners Corp., was the latest to pass along a promising forecast as he appeared before the council on Monday as part of the annual renewal process for an existing tax abatement agreement between the city and the company.

Cities offices to close; trash collections on

March 27, 2013

    City offices in Decatur and Berne will be closed Friday, which is Good Friday, but trash collections will be made in both communities.
    The Adams County Service Complex also will be closed on Friday.
    According to a Berne spokesperson, when city offices are closed, residents may report a water leak or other non-threatening emergencies to Berne police: 589-2169. If there is no answer, callers should dial 911 and inform the dispatcher the call is not an and ask for an officer to check the situation.
 

Eichhorn in first court appearance

March 27, 2013

    Former Decatur Storm Water Superintendent Joan Eichhorn, now facing further charges, appeared with her attorney, Stanley Campbell of Fort Wayne, for Eichhorn's initial hearing on Tuesday morning in Adams Circuit Court.
    After the hearing, she was taken to the jail to be booked in and was released on her own recognizance, without bond.
    Eichhorn's pre-trial conference will be at 9 a.m. on May 16. A jury trial is scheduled for June 17.

March 26th

Indiana voucher program upheld

March 26, 2013

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the law creating the nation’s broadest school voucher program, clearing the way for a possible expansion.
    In a 5-0 vote, the justices rejected claims that the law primarily benefited religious institutions that run private schools and accepted arguments that it gave families choice and allowed parents to determine where the money went.

Getting back to normal as records fall

March 26, 2013

    Decatur and area residents were mostly back to normal today after a record-breaking snowstorm which began late on the fourth full day of spring.
    Officials at the Decatur weather station said this morning that the city received a total of six inches of snow. The snow was so wet and heavy, they said, that it sank as it hit the ground, making an accurate measurement difficult, so the total could have been a little higher.

Berne officials moving ahead on filtration system

March 26, 2013

    A public hearing to accept community input on a proposed $3.9 million upgrade to the city of Berne's waste water treatment plant drew no comments Monday evening.
    The city is under orders from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to reduce the amount of ammonia contained in waste water effluent that is being discharged from the treatment plant to area rivers and streams. Improvements must be completed by 2015.

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