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March 11th, 2014
The annual State of the Judiciary address was presented by Adams County Circuit Court Judge Chad Kukelhan and Superior Court Judge Patrick Miller to members of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce at Monday’s monthly noon chamber luncheon at Woodcrest retirement community.
Miller, during his portion of the address, touched upon changes coming this summer in the way some criminal defendants are sentenced and where they serve their stints of incarceration.
With the final hearing held Monday night, Mid-America Foundation Co., doing business as Poseidon Barge, received a super tax abatement by a unanimous vote of Berne City Council.
Under a scoring system put in place by the city to rank applications for the enhanced tax abatements now available in Berne, City attorney Dave Baumgartner reported MAFC received scores of 94 for real property and 96 for personal property, well above the required 70 points necessary to qualify for the abatement.
Decatur resident John Hebein entertained the crowd at Saturday’s Spotlight business expo in Decatur with a selection of Frank Sinatra tunes.
Photo by J Swygart
Adams County Attorney Mark Burry informed the board of county commissioners recently that County Treasurer Tom Krueckeberg will hold a tax certificate sale on properties with delinquent and outstanding taxes beginning at 9 a.m. on April 25 in the commission/council chambers of the Service Complex.
Burry said the county had conducted a tax sale last November on those same properties, and some of the properties sold at that time.
Brian Strauss, former middle school principal at South Adams Schools, was taken into custody Friday on a charge of sexual misconduct with a former 15-year-old student.
According to the Michigan City News Dispatch, Strauss, 40, pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced in LaPorte County Circuit Court to a 16-year prison term. Under the terms of a negotiated plea agreement 13 years of the sentence were suspended and three years are to be served on general order probation.
Strauss also may no longer be employed as a teacher, the newspaper reported.
Ciara Garwood, 8, gets her face painted Saturday at the annual Spotlight event, a showcase for area business and industry.
Photos by J Swygart
Spotlight 2014, the annual business expo sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday at Bellmont Middle School. The event highlights area businesses, industries and organizations and provides visitors the opportunity to learn more about the Decatur community.
Highlights this year include WZBD free bingo, the Rotary community auction and Razz-M-Jazz Dancers. Chain saw carving returns this year, with demonstrations at the front entrance of the school.
Adams County Treasurer Tom Krueckeberg appeared before Adams County Commissioners this week to request their signature on a contract with Chase Bank for the issuance of credit cards to be used by county officeholders in the conduct of county business.
Several guests and residents of Hocker Street attended Thursday evening’s meeting of the Monroe Town Council to discuss serious flooding issues they believe are the responsibility of the town to address.
Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel is urging local business and industry leaders to check with their insurance carriers and underwriters to learn if they use the ISO survey which, according to the chief, could lead to lower insurance rates for the firms.