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August 17th, 2012
East Allen Schools is going to court to challenge a state law that has blocked it from selling two vacant schools.
The lawsuit filed this week in Allen Superior Court asks for a judge to clarify a law that legislators approved last year requiring public school districts to make vacant buildings available to charter schools for four years.
East Allen officials say no charter schools have expressed interest in two former elementary school buildings near Fort Wayne that other groups have tried to buy.
Decatur's annual Kekionga Festival, larger this year than ever before, officially starts this Friday with a citywide garage sale.
The garage sale will continue on Saturday, when two other events are scheduled: a Riley Children's Hospital benefit at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie on S. 11th St. and a car show at The Bridge church, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
With the first day of the 2013-14 school year in the books, personnel changes were still under way during the Adams Central Board of Education meeting this week.
Four resignations were accepted by the ACBOE, including that of middle school/high school art teacher Kelley Rubin. Rubin did not specify her reasons for resigning, but said she has enjoyed her time at AC and will miss both the students and the staff.
A Decatur man sentenced to 90 years in prison for child molestation lost his appeal to the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Daily Democrat learned this morning.
Andrew E. Stetler, 33, was given three consecutive 30-year sentences last December for two counts of child molestation and for being a habitual offender.
Negotiations are continuing between the Adams County Regional Sewer District board and the city of Decatur pertaining to sewage treatment costs for a proposed $4.5 million sewer project to serve the outlying areas of Monmouth, Bobo, Pleasant Mills and Arcadia Village.
While those talks are ongoing, however, regional sewer board members on Tuesday were urged to look at other options — including the possibility of sending sewage to Berne — to make the proposed sewer project as cost effective as possible.
Just a few hours after the first day of classes had ended for the new school year at North Adams Community Schools, school board members on Tuesday evening filled several remaining personnel vacancies — including one in their own ranks.
Stacy Bussel was issued the oath of office and joined the board to complete the remainder of the term of former board member Don Elder. Elder resigned his at-large seat on the board effective July 16, citing family health reasons.
Attorney Joe Johnson III went before the Adams County Council to request an additional appropriation to hire a part-time secretary for the public defender's office.
Johnson said there is currently $104,332 available in the public defender's fund and no additional funds are needed by the county to fill the position.
The cost to repair damages to the electrical system at the Adams County Courthouse, which was zapped during severe storms that whipped through the area at the beginning of August, is much higher than initially thought.
Dave Meyer of building maintenance told the Adams County Commissioners on Monday that the estimated cost to repair the electrical damage caused by an apparent lightning strike is now around the $60,000 mark, a substantial jump from the initial $20,000 estimate in the days immediately following the storm.
Berne City Council on Monday evening approved the city's first water rate hike in more than 30 years. Following a lengthy discussion the panel agreed to an increase which will boost the average customer's monthly water bill by nearly $8.50.
Clerk-treasurer Gwen Maller said residents of the city of Berne have not experienced an increase in water rates since 1980. The last time water utility rates in the city were adjusted was 2000, and on that occasion the rates were reduced, Maller said.
Berne city officials have reduced their proposed fee increase for rural fire protection services in 2013, but did not agree to a request from trustees in southern Adams County townships to leave the fire protection costs at 2012 levels.
Berne had submitted to the townships a 3.5 percent increase in fire service charges for 2013, after several years of imposing a 5 percent annual hike. But the township officials balked at the proposed increase.