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July 30th, 2013
Renee A. Bombka, 51, Decatur, recently pleaded guilty in Adams Circuit Court to possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.
She was sentenced by Judge Chad E. Kukelhan to two years in prison, with all but 180 days suspended, to be served on home detention.
She was also given two years of probation, ordered to complete substance abuse counseling, and pay $863 in court costs and fees.
By TOM LoBIANCO
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indiana and current Florida schools chief Tony Bennett built his national star by promising to hold ‘‘failing’’ schools accountable. But when it appeared an Indianapolis charter school run by a prominent Republican donor might receive a poor grade, Bennett’s education team frantically overhauled his signature ‘‘A-F’’ school grading system to improve the school’s marks.
By RICK CALLAHAN
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An outside review of online glitches that disrupted Indiana’s ISTEP testing this spring concludes those problems had no measurable negative impact on students’ scores, even though they affected nearly a third of the students who took the test.
A committee selected by Decatur Mayor John Schultz has been holding meetings since last October in order to produce recommendations for the city's long-term future.
Members of the committee are Greg Kitson, Ben Faurote, Anne Razo, Keith Blythe, Jason Brune, Cam Collier, Diedre Miller and Adam Lengerich.
The committee submitted a lengthy and detailed report to city council on July 16. The report follows:
Further details in today's print and e-editions.
Saturday was a busy day in Berne, with Swiss Days hitting full stride and featuring numerous activities, putting a wrap on the four-day event.
From weiner dog races to stein tossing and a big parade, the activities drew large crowds amid nearly ideal weather.
The family (see photo) of fallen soldier Nick Taylor served as grand marshals of the annual parade.
Two Decatur men, Jon Hebble and Greg Kitson, have been notified that they are to be inducted into the Fenwal Donation Hall of Fame in recognition of their blood donations over the years.
"We look forward to working with you to recognize Greg Kitson and Jon Hebble as celebrated blood donors whose commitment to blood donation has helped save and improve countless lives," Fenwal officials said in a message to the Fort Wayne chapter of The American Red Cross.
Stephanie and Tim Taylor, parents of the late Spc. Nick Taylor who was killed almost exactly a year ago in Afghanistan, were on hand for opening ceremonies of this year's Swiss Days festival.
The Taylor family, who will will serve as grand marshalls of Saturday night's festival parade, accepted donations from the Swiss Days committee in Nick's memory for the Adams County Community Foundation's Nick Taylor Scholarship Fund, the First Missionary Church New Coats project, and the Care Packages for Soldiers fund.
Limberlost State Historic Site, in collaboration with The Friends of the Limberlost, will celebrate the life and legacy of author, naturalist, photographer and movie producer Gene Stratton-Porter at a special 150th birthday celebration to be held from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, August 2, at the historic site in Geneva.
The affair is dubbed Geneva’s Geneva. Guests are welcome to dress in time period clothing, the announcement said.
Rising fuel costs and federal cutbacks are making it increasingly difficult for Sharon Tester to keep Adams County's senior transportation program afloat.
Because of those financial hardships, Tester, director of the Adams County Council on Aging, made a request to Berne City Council on Monday evening for a slight increase in the city's annual contribution to support of the agency's program that assists senior citizens and disabled individuals throughout the county.
As one festival winds down another one opens up in Adams County.
The final event of the Adams County 4-H fair, the livestock auction, is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. today at the fairgrounds in Monroe, then two hours later and just a few miles south, opening ceremonies will be held to kick off this year's edition of Swiss Days.