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April 26th, 2013
The number of newborns, surgeries performed, emergency room visits, and total outpatients at Adams Memorial Hospital (AMH) jumped significantly in the first three months of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012.
At their monthly meeting Wednesday night, the hospital board of trustees learned that 22,462 outpatient registrations have been made compared to just 16,981 in 2012, an increase of 5,481.
A 32-year-old Decatur man has been handed prison time after pleading guilty in Adams Superior Court to three separate charges.
Randy Holmes, 32, Decatur, will be serving two-plus years, or a total of 950 days, and he owes $1,356.50 in court costs and fees.
After pleading guilty to violating probation by consuming alcohol and incurring new charges, Holmes saw 200 days of his previously suspended sentence revoked by Judge Patrick R. Miller, the time to be served in prison.
When members of the Adams Health Network (AHN) Board of Trustees adopted the hospital budget for 2013, they anticipated they might be as much as over $200,000 in the red at the end of the first quarter.
The news the trustees received from Chief Financial Officer Dane Wheeler Wednesday night at their monthly meeting was a pleasant surprise because the hospital is nowhere near that figure; in fact, it is $845,142 in the black!
The demolition of the onetime city light plant and later street department garage apparently is going smoothly.
Six days after Denny's Excavating of Plainfield began the effort, this is the way the building looked on Wednesday (end view is below). All debris taken from the site is going to the Jay County landfill.
The building was constructed in 1895, but hasn't been used in several years and was considered a safety hazard. (Photo provided)
The Indiana University School of Education has named eight Indiana public school teachers — including Katie Isch of Adams Central — as the Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Teacher Educators for the 2013-14 school year.
In earning the prestigious honor, these teachers have an opportunity over the next year to participate in professional development opportunities and work with IU faculty and students studying to be teachers, the university said in an announcement..
County Historian Louise Wolpert and Maintenance Head Dave Meyer came before the county commissioners on Monday to give a report and make a request on behalf of the Peace Memorial Committee.
Wolpert reported that the Peace Memorial by the courthouse might well be the first of its kind, and is approaching its 100th anniversary, in October. She said that the committee believes this deserves to be celebrated.
Decatur's second Town Hall meeting, led by Mayor John Schultz and the city council, was pretty quiet Tuesday night. Approximately 20 people were in attendance.
The mayor began the discussion by asking for ideas on what they would like to see for the old bank building the city bought from the hospital.
Wade R. Crone, 26, in jail here since early March, was served a warrant with new charges on Monday.
Crone was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and visiting a common nuisance.
The 26-year-old who had been residing on W. Madison St., already was facing charges of criminal confinement and battery resulting in bodily injury.
Further details in today's print and e-editions.
A blaze at the home of Lois Bleeke, 6158 N. Piqua Rd., sent firefighters from Decatur and Preble scrambling into action Monday as they attempted to save the home.
Decatur firefighters were dispatched at 11:24 a.m. after passersby witnessed smoke coming from the home.
That "ugly wall," as Mayor John Schultz describes it, may be shedding some of its ugliness one of these days.
The wall in question, of course, is the big one left facing Monroe St. once the Holthouse Drug/Dwayne's Sweeper Shop was demolished several months ago,
The mayor noted at last week's city council meeting that the local Sculpture Tour Committee has asked permission to place some sort of temporary mural on the wall to get it through this year's tour, scheduled for June 8.