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October 30th, 2012

Weather lightens parade crowd

October 30, 2012

    It wasn't the largest crowd for a Callithumpian Parade, but given the weather, it was a good one.
    Estimates of Monday night's turnout for the annual parade were in the 5,000 range, not bad at all considering the weather predictions that included big gusts of wind. The temperature stood at 44 degrees when the parade kicked off around 7 p.m., with wind-chill readings in the mid-30s.

Six seek three council seats

October 30, 2012

    The decision by long-time Republican Kenyon Sprunger not to seek re-election to the Adams County Council this year assures that at least one new member will join that body in 2013. If county Democrats have their way, there will be as many as three new faces on the council.
    Surviving a crowded May primary and advancing on to the November general election were incumbent Republican councilmen Randy Colclasure and Dennis Bluhm. Joining them on the ballot will be fellow Republican Tony Mellencamp.

October 29th

Anthony Wayne Meadows blacktopping completed

October 29, 2012

    A major project was completed recently with final blacktopping in the Anthony Wayne Meadows addition.
    Throughout last summer and earlier, a combination of city workers and local contractors addressed numerous concerns within the addition, such as drainage problems, curbing, poor condition of asphalt, and ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliance.

Six seek two NA board seats

October 29, 2012

    Six candidates are vying for two seats from District 2 on the North Adams Community Schools’ board of education in the first-ever public elections for board seats.
    The top vote-getter in the District 2 voting will receive a four-year term that will start Jan. 1, 2013. If an incumbent board member is the top vote-getter, that person will automatically earn a new term on the board, effective Jan. 1, 2013. Their vacated seat would then be filled by a vote of the school board.

Hospital board seeking to sell onetime bank building

October 29, 2012

    Anyone interested in a prime spot of real estate in downtown Decatur with access to a state highway and plenty of free parking?
    The Adams Health Network (AHN) doesn't have a bridge to sell you, but it does have a landmark building in Decatur to offer, having recently announced it plans to sell its former Health Services Complex at Second and Monroe streets downtown. Prior to the hospital owning the building, it was for many years occupied by the First State Bank of Decatur.

October 26th

All ‘go’ for Monday parade

October 26, 2012

    Decatur's annual Callithumpian Parade is scheduled to begin its journey through downtown at 6:57 p.m. Monday.
    After forming in the areas around Stratton Place and Bellmont High School, the parade will travel west on Monroe St., then go south on Second St., eventually breaking up in an area around Five Points (Adams St. intersection).
    Decatur industrialist Vic Porter will serve as parade grand marshal.

Traffic routes, parking bans set

October 26, 2012

    Decatur Police Chief Ken Ketzler has announced the traffic detours for this year's Callithumpian Parade, to be held at 7 p.m. next Monday.
    The parade route begins at Bellmont High School and will travel west on Monroe St. before heading south on Second St. and ending at Adams St.
    Second St. in downtown will be blocked off and cleared of all traffic at 5 p.m. from Monroe St. to Adams St.    

Four vie for two District 1 seats on NA’s board

October 26, 2012

    Four candidates are vying for two seats from District 1 on the North Adams Community Schools’ board of education in the first-ever public elections for board seats.
    The top vote-getter in the District 1 voting will receive a four-year term that will start Jan. 1, 2013. If the incumbent board member is the top vote-getter, he will automatically earn a new term on the board, effective Jan. 1, 2013. Their vacated seat would then be filled by a vote of the school board.

October 25th

Red to black: Last month’s taketh is this month’s giveth

October 25, 2012

    At last month's meeting of the Adams Health Network (AHN) Board of Trustees, members learned a state hospital tax tab of $1,346,270.49 had put their financial bottom line several hundred thousand dollars in the red.
    This month, the federal government came a-callin' again, but this visit left the hospital leaders in good spirits as Medicare deposited a settle-up check for 2011 in AHN coffers for approximately $750,000 — meaning the hospital now shows a $268,298 balance in the black.

Crop report dates changed

October 25, 2012

    Adams County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Anya Pinkerton has announced a major change in crop acreage reporting dates for the 2013 crop year.
    All fall-seeded small grains must now be reported by Dec. 15.
    “In past years, producers had until July 15 to report their acreage for wheat and other small grains,” said Pinkerton “The new reporting date is much sooner than the prior deadline, so we encourage producers to make an appointment to stop by and file a crop report.”

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