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March 21st, 2013
What a start to this spring this is!
On this first full day of spring, Decatur residents awakened to a quarter inch of snow and temperatures fit for December.
The city weather station had a reading of 15 degrees at 7 a.m. today, the overnight low — and that's 15 degrees below the normal low of 30 degrees for this date. Wednesday's high was only 29, or 21 degrees below the norm of 50 for March 20.
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A thank-you celebration for the workers, volunteers, and contributors of the 2012 United Way campaign in Adams County was held Tuesday evening at Swiss Village in Berne with the highlight of the evening coming when United Way Director Jim Compton announced that the county effort topped its goal of $200,013.
It marked the first time in the last four years the goal had been attained and it was accomplished with the help of a match from the Eli Lilly Foundation.
The Decatur Fire Department responded to a fire at Shaffer Investment Auto Sales on N. 13th St. in Decatur at 11:48 p.m. Tuesday.
When firefighters arrived on scene, the structure was fully engulfed in flames, according to a spokesperson for the department. Crews battled the blaze for several hours, but were unable to save the building, which officials say is a total loss.
Officials do not know what started the fire and an Indiana State Fire Investigator was called in to determine the origin.
The Adams County Regional Sewer District board of directors will conduct a public hearing at 6 p.m. tonight at Riverside Center in Decatur.
A notice said the hearing will include a discussion of rates and charges.
Former Decatur Storm Water Management Director Joan Eichhorn has been indicted by an Adams County grand jury on charges of theft and fraud for alleged incidents that occurred in late 2011, Prosecutor Chris Harvey said today.
Despite a 1.1 percent jump in its jobless rate from December of 2012 to January of this year, Adams County continues to sport one of the lowest unemployment levels in northern Indiana.
According to figures released Monday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, only Jay and Wells counties featured a lower jobless rate during January than did Adams among counties in the northern half of the state.
Spring officially arrives in Indiana on Wednesday, but winter continues to keep an icy, cold grip on the state.
Big winds this morning made it feel like the middle of winter. The National Weather Service in Fort Wayne had a reading of 25 degrees at 7 a.m. today, but a west wind at 25 mph gusting up to 31 mph was producing a wind-chill reading of 9 degrees!
The Decatur area remained under a freezing rain advisory early this afternoon. The National Weather Service said a mixed bag of precipitation would persist into early afternoon across much of northern Indiana.
The Indiana Department of Transportation reported around 12:30 p.m. that driving conditions remain difficult on Interstate 69 between US 224 (six miles south of Fort Wayne) north to DeKalb County Road 11-A (two miles south of Auburn).
Drivers were urged to use caution.
Freezing rain which hit the Decatur area around 5 a.m. today closed schools and caused some slideoffs, including a traffic accident which closed US 27 north of Berne for nearly two hours.
The freezing rain left a hard coat of ice over city streets and county roads, but the hazardous driving wasn't expected to last too long with a high reading of 44 degrees expected in Decatur today.
Adams Central teacher Katie Isch was recognized by the school board this week after being named a recipient of the Armstrong Teacher Educator Award for 2013-14 by Indiana University (IU).
The award was developed in 1997 to honor exemplary teachers throughout Indiana interested in working with teacher education students, faculty, and staff at IU, according to a release issued by the university.