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October 9th, 2014

Southeast students visit Woodcrest residents

October 9, 2014

     Linda Wellman’s first grade class at Southeast Elementary School visited residents at Woodcrest retirement community this week to help stuff life-sized pumpkin-head-scarecrows. After stuffing, each student read an autumn book to their new resident friend. This was the first of many visits to Woodcrest with Wellman’s class. Pictured above, at right, Woodcrest resident Thelma Kitson is pictured stuffing scarecrow pants with first-grader Sophia Silva.

October 8th

Clerk’s office scrambles to comply with marriage law

October 8, 2014

    Adams County Clerk of Courts Gayla Reinhart said Tuesday issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in Adams County may begin today following the signing of a mandate by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the rights of same-sex couples to marry in Indiana and the updating of marriage license forms.
    The mandate follows a decision by the Supreme Court Monday to leave unchallenged lower court rulings in five states overturning bans on same-sex marriage.

First the storms, then the pot of gold

October 8, 2014

     A rainbow was shining brightly late Tuesday afternoon following heavy rains that passed through portions of Adams County. Area resident Sara Phegley captured this scene with her mobile phone.

Blood moon lunar show

October 8, 2014

The second — and final — total lunar eclipse of 2014 took place early this morning. The moon, known as a “blood” moon,  appeared to be a coppery red because of all the sunsets and sunrises from the Earth that  reflected onto the lunar surface. During the eclipse, although it’s completely in the shadow of Earth, a bit of reddish sunlight still reached the moon. The reddish glow is apparent in this photo, taken by Daily Democrat Associate Editor Jannaya Andrews at approximately 5 a.m.

October 7th

Democrat mobile phone photo contest announced

October 7, 2014

    The Decatur Daily Democrat wants to see your mobile phone photos. Send us your pics today for your chance to be featured in the Democrat's 2015 calendar.
    This contest is open to all photographers using only a cellular mobile phone.
    • Each photographer is limited to five entries. Photos may be edited only with apps designed for mobile photography.
    • All entries must be emailed to by Nov. 10.

Parking for new court eyed on 4th Street

October 7, 2014

    The Adams County Commissioners Monday afternoon approved the appraisal of three residences on 4th Street in Decatur in their pursuit of land to purchase for the location of a parking lot to accommodate their planned construction of a new superior court building on 3rd Street.

Court records lay out case against suspect in child molestation case

October 7, 2014

    A probable cause affidavit filed with the Adams County Circuit Court in the child molestation case against a 71-year-old Geneva man alleges unwanted sexual advances and touches on the part of the defendant were directed toward a 7-year-old female.
    Richard A. Monroe was arrested Thursday by Berne police officers and was charged with child molesting, a Level 4 felony. He taken to the Adams County jail, where he was ordered held without bond. Monroe was scheduled to make  his initial court appearance at 8:15 a.m. today.

Pony rides a favorite at Lehamn Harvest Festival despite chilly day

October 7, 2014

     Pony rides  were one of the more popular outdoor attractions Saturday at the Lehman Park Festival in Berne. Many of the festival’s activities were pushed indoors by unseasonably cold weather.


October 6th

Cold weather hampers Lehman Harvest Festival, not spirits

October 6, 2014

     Brittany Hernandez and  Amy Schwartz volunteered their services Saturday at the Lehman Park Harvest Festival helping youngsters decorate their pumpkins for the upcoming Halloween holiday.


More women needed in politics, says Indiana rep

October 6, 2014

     An Indiana congresswoman active in efforts to get more women involved in politics doesn’t think female voters would automatically rally around Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.
 Republican Rep. Susan Brooks also said it’s unfortunate that the United States hasn’t had a female president while many other countries have been led by women, and that she would like to see female candidates on both major parties’ national tickets.

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