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November 19th, 2012
A pile of rubble was all that remained Friday following the demolition of the sweeper shop/Holthouse Drug building in downtown Decatur.
Fleming Excavating spent 12 or so hours of work over a period of two days razing one of the oldest buildings in the city.
Next up is the cleanup, which is expected to take several days.
Some traffic restrictions remain in place.
Deputy James Franze, who spent 25 years with the Decatur Police Department, began his new career with the Adams County Sheriff's Department on Thursday.
"I actually tried to work for the sheriff's office first, before the police department," said Franze. "but it just didn't work out and I got a job with the city. So now, instead of starting my career here, this is where I'll finish."
By BOB SHRALUKA
With no provisional ballots changing the final vote totals and the runnerup not planning to seek a recount, Amy Orr on Friday won a seat on the South Adams School Board.
Actually, a new seat.
Orr currently holds the District 3 seat on the board, but sought the at-large seat being vacated by Steve Dobler, who did not file for a new term. Orr reportedly is planning to move out of District 3.
While no imminent threat of danger exists, the North Adams School Board learned this week that cracks in the upper floor of the "C" wing at Bellmont High School have been discovered and will need to be fixed.
South Adams Schools' Superintendent Scott Litwiller gave an update on the Crossing alternative school at this week's board of education meeting.
The major razing of the former sweeper shop/Holthouse Drug building in downtown Decatur was completed around 3:15 Thursday afternoon, and the work went off without any problems.
The demolishing of the upper portions of the three-story building was a cause for some concern since one side of it was right at the edge of Monroe St. and the other side was along the edge of the building owned by Rebecca Cochran, CPA.
The major part of bringing down one of the oldest buildings in Decatur is expected to be completed late this afternoon.
The north half of the sweeper shop/Holthouse Drug building was taken down overnight, and the remainder was due to fall today. After originally saying the work would be done over two nights, officials decided to do the other part in daylight as the work is more intricate due to its link to the building to the south occupied by Rebecca Cochran, CPA.
Adams Central Community Schools held its annual Veteran's Day program Wednesday, honoring Adams County veterans and all those who have served in the armed forces.
The event kicked off with the posting of the colors by the American Legion Post 43 Color Guard, followed by the Adams Central band playing "The Star Spangled Banner."
An Adams County Crime Stoppers tip has led to the arrest of a Fort Wayne man in connection with the June 11 robbery of the Decatur Walgreen Pharmacy.
Decatur Police arrested David M. Whalen, 20, on Wednesday following an investigation. Detective Leonard Corral, Jr., said he had received the Crime Stoppers tip on October 9 and the eventual followup led police to identify Whalen.
A report over a year in the making concerning the possibility of having a one-campus North Adams school was submitted to the North Adams School Board Tuesday night by the NA Facilities Study Committee.
Trois Hart represented the committee, many members of whom where present in the audience, in making the report which was tabled by the board members so they could, as board president Tim Ehlerding noted, "absorb the information" and study the proposal.