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March 14th, 2013

AC rings up Call to honor

March 14, 2013

    For the third year in a row, Adams Central junior Mason Call took first place — along with $300 — in the Bridge Building Contest held recently at IPFW's College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science.
    The AC Board of Education honored Call, along with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) teacher Jonathan Patterson, Tuesday for the innovative thinking Call has demonstrated in not only winning the event, but breaking long-standing records in the process.

Lunch prices forced up

March 14, 2013

    Lunch prices for Adams Central students will increase beginning with the 2013-14 school year in order to meet the federal standards. The AC Board of Education approved the increase Tuesday.
    Cost of lunch for elementary school students will go from $1.65 to $1.75, while lunch prices for middle and high school students will go from $1.80 to $1.90.
    Superintendent Mike Pettibone noted that the increase is mandatory as schools must meet federal guidelines for school lunch prices, which is approximately $2.50.

March 13th

NA budget takes huge hit - State cuts major blow to building repair projects

March 13, 2013

    The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance delivered a crushing blow to the proposed 2013 operating budget for North Adams Community Schools early last week. The state budget review commission trimmed some $500,000 from the district's Capital Projects fund for the current year, leaving school officials in a wait-and-see mode when it comes to the fate of building repair projects later this year.

AC OKs teacher retire incentive

March 13, 2013

    With the retirement of Adams Central Superintendent Mike Pettibone looming, Pettibone continues to show his commitment to the school's future by proposing an incentive package for retiring certified staff.
    Pettibone proposed a $15,000 retirement incentive for AC teachers and administrators to the Adams Central Board of Education on Tuesday, noting that the incentive would not include himself.

Community Corrections computer update approved

March 13, 2013

    Community Corrections Director Ian Gilbert came before the county council on Tuesday to ask for appropriations to upgrade the department's computer system.

March 12th

E. Monroe details are presented – Construction not likely before September 2014

March 12, 2013

    Approximately 40 people were on hand at Riverside Center on Monday night to receive information about the proposed reconstruction of E. Monroe Street, from east of its intersection with Piqua Road to west of its intersection with Water's Edge Drive.

Berne budget finally okayed

March 12, 2013

    The Department of Local Government Finance has finally signed off on the city of Berne's 2013 operating budget, "a month late," Clerk-treasurer Gwen Maller reported at Monday evening's city council meeting.
    Maller said the DLGF made "only a small cut" to the $2.4 million budget submitted by the city. The reduction was made, she said, primarily because actual Assessed Valuation (AV) figures for real estate within the corporation limits were lower than originally estimated.

‘...court never bigger than people it serves’

March 12, 2013

By REBEKAH R. BLOMENBERG
    Adams Circuit Court Judge Chad Kukelhan presented the State of the Judiciary address for the first time on Monday.
    He said that he was amazed by all the lives touched by the court, and he added, "The judge is never bigger than the court, and the court is never bigger than the people it serves."

March 11th

Summer lunch program returns

March 11, 2013

    Erin Ripley, food service director for North Adams Community Schools (NACS), has announced that the school district has been approved for a fifth consecutive year to participate in the state-sponsored Summer Foodservice Program. 
    Ripley said the program provides an opportunity to continue a child’s physical and social development while providing nutritious meals. 

Budget approved, city tax rate set at .9772

March 11, 2013

    Decatur's property tax rate for 2013 will be .9772 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation now that the city's budget finally has been approved by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF).
    City Clerk-Treasurer Phyllis Whitright made the announcement at this week's city council meeting.
    The budget was approved as submitted, the DLGF making no changes.
    Further details in Saturday's print edition.

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