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November 1st, 2012
New school performance rankings released Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Education show the three high schools in Adams County earned "A" status for the 2011-12 school year.
Three dozen or more local Democrats jammed into a room designed to hold less than half that many on Wednesday to greet a trio of candidates seeking statewide and national office.
With less than a week remaining until the November 6 general election balloting, Decatur got a visit on Wednesday from U.S. Senate candidate Joe Donnelly, gubernatorial hopeful John Gregg and his running mate, State Sen. Vi Simpson, D-Ellettsville.
Incumbent Republican State Representative Matt Lehman is being challenged in the November 6 general election by Democrat newcomer Mike Snyder for the 79th Indiana House of Representatives’ seat.
Lehman resides at 663 Lehman St., Berne. He first ran for the 79th District House seat in 2008 when former Rep. Mike Ripley announced he would not seek re-election. Lehman was re-elected in 2010 without opposition. He was elected to the Adams County Council in 1994, serving as its president from 2002-2008.
The most recent purchase agreement for the former South Adams Elementary School property has fallen through.
Jim Schwarzkopf has been hired as the interim assistant South Adams Elementary School principal for the remainder of the school year. According to Superintendent Scott Litwiller, his main responsibility will be the supervision of elementary students and staff. The decision was made unanimously by school board members at a special meeting on Tuesday (Tony Mellencamp was absent).
Democrat incumbent Frederick Schurger and political newcomer Chad Kuklehan, a Republican, are the candidates for the Adams County Circuit Court judge seat on November 6.
Schurger, a rural Decatur resident, was appointed as judge of the Adams County Circuit Court by former Gov. Frank O’Bannon on Aug. 2, 1999. He was elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2006.
Kuklehan, who resides at 227 N. 13th St., has been a practicing attorney for the last 10 years. He is making his first bid for elected office.
Adams Central's Squadron of Sound will be returning to Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana State Music School Association (ISSMA) marching band State Finals.
The Squadron will perform at 5:09 p.m. Saturday. Adams Central made its last trip to the finals in 2009, placing ninth.
The AC group was one of 10 bands emerging from last weekend's Class D Semistate competition at Franklin High near Greenwood. A total of 20 bands took part there.
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.
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.
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.