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July 8th, 2013

Habitat Home No. 17 has site picked in Berne

July 8, 2013

    Seventeen in '13.
    That's the plan and the goal for Habitat for Humanity of Adams County as the organization prepares for its 17th home in the county, which will be built on the southern edge of Berne.
    The house will be erected on a concrete slab foundation poured, along with a driveway, at 1425 Colonial Court about seven years ago by Ideal Suburban Homes of Decatur. Ideal recently sold the site to the local Habitat affiliate for $10,000.

Fair opens tonight in Portland

July 8, 2013

    The Jay County Fair in Portland opens today with Veterans Day as all veterans and everyone in their vehicles will be admitted free into the fairgrounds.
    Veterans and one guest will also be admitted free to the grandstand that evening for the Michindoh Truck and Tractor Pull. Officials said veterans should be prepared to show some type of identification card to verify their status. 
    The fair’s midway opens with a Ride-A-Thon from 5 p.m. to closing priced at $18 per person.

July 5th

Firefighters save dog, aid its club

July 5, 2013

    At a recent 4-H Dog Club practice in Monroe, Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel delivered a $100 sponsorship check to the club.
    There is a very special connection between Ivy Settlemyre, a nine-year member of the club and drill team captain, and the Decatur Fire Department. Members of the department saved her Australian Shepherd, named Brody, from a fire at the Settlemyre home on Parkview Drive in March of 2011.

Rain mostly holds off for city event

July 5, 2013

    Mother Nature did her part as a large crowd in a festive mood turned out on Thursday night for the city's annual Fourth of July celebration.
    A few off and on sprinkles were all the crowd had to deal with, but the rain picked up within moments of a great Grand Finale which wound up the 21-minute display.
    Command Ssgt. Major Fritz Bultemeyer, Adams County's Service Officer, was the featured speaker.

Geneva Town Council gets budget proposal

July 5, 2013

    Clerk-Treasurer Bill Warren presented his proposed budget for 2014 to the Geneva Town Council at its meeting this week.
    There was additional money included for a police car, as the police have under-spent their budget so far this year.
    Warren said that the budget will definitely be submitted on time, in order to avoid being rejected and having to request additional appropriations to bring the funds from their 2013 numbers to the proposed 2014 numbers. However, no numbers for the budget have been released yet.

July 3rd

Fireworks rain? Well...

July 3, 2013

    Could it be that the almost-daily rains Decatur-area residents have been seeing of late are going to take a rest in time for the city's annual Fourth of July fireworks.
    One thing's for sure: there is no talk of cancelling the show, as there was almost right up to the Fourth during a severe drought last year. The National Weather Service says there is a 40 percent chance of rain Thursday evening, and temperatures should be in the low 70s when the show begins.

Second round of letters gets council okay

July 3, 2013

    Homes and businesses violating the city's sewer ordinance were in the spotlight at Tuesday night's Decatur City Council meeting.
    Seeking to come into compliance with orders set forth by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) on separation of the storm and sanitary sewers, the city had smoke testing done to determine where violations are located. Many of the violations are minor, but some have been termed "significant."

Geneva council approves South Adams resource officer pact

July 3, 2013

    Geneva Marshall Rob Johnson presented an update on the School Resource Officer agreement to the town council at its meeting Tuesday night.
    Because the grant that initially funded the wages of South Adams School Resource Officer Scott Dailey has expired, the town and the school have been working together to figure out a way to continue Dailey's presence in the school. Johnson presented the official agreement, a one-year contract in which the town and school agree to work together to pay Dailey's wages as school resource officer.

July 2nd

Communications towers are likely to be replaced

July 2, 2013

    Sheriff Shane Rekeweg talked to the county at their weekly meeting on Monday about replacing the communications towers in Monroe and Decatur.
    He explained that both are overloaded with equipment and he advised building a new one that will be able to hold all of the equipment needed. The commissioners were open to the idea, and bids will be accepted for the project next week.

Rain just keeps on coming

July 2, 2013

    The rain just keeps on coming ... and the river is beginning to rise.
    The Decatur weather station recorded .56 of an inch of rain on Monday, giving the city some 2.8 inches of rain in the past nine days — with more expected today.
    A total of 1.8 inches of rain has fallen here in the last three days, and the St. Marys River is beginning to edge up, reaching 11.8 feet this morning. That's far short of its flood stage, of course, but further rain could push it higher.

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