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December 17th

Taxes, jobs, health care top issues -- Lehman says gay marriage ban may take a back seat

December 17, 2012

    Taxes, jobs and health care are expected to be among the predominate topics during the upcoming session of the Indiana General Assembly.
    A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, however, may take a back seat this time around.
    Those were the views expressed by State Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, during a town hall-type meeting held Saturday morning at Adams Central High School. Only a handful of area residents attended the event.

AC okays co-teaching plan

December 17, 2012

    Adams Central Elementary School is set to try co-teaching with its second grade class taught by Carrie Aschliman beginning with the second semester of the 2012-13 school year.
    Elementary school Principal Terri Laurent told the Adams Central Board of Education Tuesday that after trying for the past few years to adopt a five-year-old girl, Aschliman received a last-minute phone call that everything was finally in order and ready to go.

Three defendants are handed prison terms

December 17, 2012

    Prison sentences were handed down amid a busy Friday before Judge Frederick A. Schurger.
    Adams County Prosecutor Chris Harvey said Matthew C. Bodle, 30, Decatur, pleaded guilty to attempted rape and will be sentenced on Thursday of this week.
    Meanwhile, Birdine Cole Sr., 47, Bluffton, pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced to two years in prison.

December 14th

Baker and Melcher are champs again

December 14, 2012

        Winning championships is getting to be a habit for Billy Baker.
        Baker played a major role Thursday night as Marian University staged two late rallies to force overtime, then won the NAIA national football championship on a field goal in overtime at Rome, Georgia.
    Another Bellmont product, Grant Melcher, contributed as a blocking fullback in Marian's 30-27 victory in an overtime thriller televised nationally by CBS Sports.

Berne eyeing ADA compliance

December 14, 2012

    Berne City Council on Monday approved a state-mandated plan that will bring the city into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
    This summer city workforce manager Kurt Dailey said a committee had been meeting monthly to identify intersections and other areas of town where curb cuts, sidewalks and other improvements are needed to assist handicapped individuals.
    The completed report must be submitted to the Indiana Department of Transportation by Dec. 31.

Info sought on Walmart thefts

December 14, 2012

    Adams County Crime Stoppers is seeking the help of the public in securing leads that will help police solve a theft that occurred at the Decatur Walmart on November 27.
    Police said that at 8:47 p.m. on November 27, a Penske moving van entered the Walmart parking lot and drove up to a secured fence area by the Tire and Lube Express entrance. Two people got out of the truck and one of them cut the lock off the fence door.

December 13th

Proposed sewer project -- Maybe Roe Acres in, maybe Bobo area out

December 13, 2012

    Roe Acres could be in and the Bobo area may be out of the target area for a proposed $4.5 million sewer project to serve the rural areas of northern Adams County.
    That was the tenor at a Wednesday evening meeting of the Adams County Regional Sewer District board as members outlined the need to get "the best bang for our buck" as the project inches toward its final configuration.

AC non-teach staff gets pay hike

December 13, 2012

    After failing to pass personnel cutbacks last month in an effort to help the school meet the budget, Adams Central's Board if Education on Tuesday passed a motion granting a pay increase to non-teaching staff at the school, beginning the first of January .
    The raise, which will affect custodians, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers to name a few, is approximately 2.5 percent, according to Superintendent Mike Pettibone.

NAdams property buy gets approval

December 13, 2012

    The North Adams school board on Tuesday approved the purchase of an East Monroe Street property that school officials said eventually will allow opportunities for greater ingress and egress to the school complex.

December 12th

Bennett gets Florida job

December 12, 2012

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Indiana’s recently ousted state school superintendent is Florida’s new education commissioner.
    The State Board of Education selected Tony Bennett, a Republican who lost a bid for re-election in Indiana last month, on Wednesday in Tampa.
    The board picked Bennett from a slate of three finalists.

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