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December 23rd

Strauss arrest No. 9 story

December 23, 2012

    The Daily Democrat its taking its annual look at the year's top stories, as chosen by employees of the newspaper. This year, we've decided to stretch out the usual Top 10 to a Top 12 — or 12 in '12.
           
By J SWYGART
     resignation and subsequent arrest of a former administrator at South Adams School was voted as the year's No. 9 story by employees of the Decatur Daily Democrat.

Jobless rate up a tick

December 23, 2012

By J SWYGART
    Indiana's unemployment figures remained static at 8.0 percent during November, although jobless rates in virtually all northeast and east-central Indiana counties jumped significantly from the previous month's levels.
    Adams County saw a .8 percent increase during the month, with unemployment rising from 6.6 percent in October to 7.4 percent in November, according to figures released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

December 21st

City man gets 12-year term for rape attempt

December 21, 2012

    A Decatur man who pleaded guilty last week to the attempted rape of a mentally handicapped teen earlier this year was sentenced to 12 years in prison Thursday by Adams Circuit Court Judge Frederick A. Schurger.
    According to Adams County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Harvey, Matthew C. Bodle, 30, who had previous convictions of theft and failure to appear, among others, had requested the judge sentence him to six years in prison followed by four years probation.

AHN stays black -- Health network’s revenue down, as are expenses

December 21, 2012

    Adams Health Network (AHN) continues to show a bottom financial line that is in the black even though total operating revenue for the first 11 months of 2012 totaled $2,119,962 less than what had been budgeted for that same time period.
    The key, that hospital officials noted to members of the AHN Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting Wednesday night, is that expenses are also significantly less than what had been expected, to the tune of $1,759,867.

The year’s weather was ...well, a little ‘abnormal’

December 21, 2012

    The Daily Democrat its taking its annual look at the year's top stories, as chosen by employees of the newspaper. This year, we've decided to stretch out the usual Top 10 to a Top 12 — or 12 in '12.
    

December 20th

City building buy back on track

December 20, 2012

    A potential stumbling block that could have possibly nixed the sale of the downtown onetime bank building at Second and Monroe streets to the City of Decatur was removed Wednesday night when the Adams Health Network (AHN) Board of Trustees agreed to drop a stipulation to the sale.

Monroeville school sale given a ‘go’

December 20, 2012

   FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A judge has decided that two northeastern Indiana school districts can sell vacant schools without following a state law requiring them to wait four years in case a charter school wanted to claim the building.
    Allen Superior Court Judge Nancy Boyer ruled Tuesday that the 2011 law setting the waiting period didn’t change other laws on how districts can sell property. Boyer also found the waiting period forced districts to bear unnecessary costs for maintaining vacant buildings.

Sculpture Walk a city first -- Number 11 on our countdown

December 20, 2012

    The Daily Democrat is taking its annual look at the year's top stories, as chosen by employees of the newspaper. This year, we've decided to stretch out the usual Top 10 to a Top 12 — or 12 in '12.
    
    It was the first event of its kind in Decatur, and it has been ranked as the No. 11 news story of 2012.

December 19th

City may buy downtown building -- Stipulation could derail deal with hospital board

December 19, 2012

    The City of Decatur owns the corner of Second and Monroe streets where the onetime sweeper shop/Holthouse Drug Co. building stood before its recent demolition, and it's possible the city may one day own the building on the corner across Second St.
    Mayor John Schultz revealed at Tuesday night's city council meeting that the city made a bid on the onetime First State Bank building on the southeast corner of the intersection, a structure owned by the Adams Health Network (AHN) for a number of years.

SSHS provided benefits and key changes

December 19, 2012

    Through combined efforts of key partners, the Adams County Safe Schools Healthy Students (SSHS) initiative has provided the following benefits:
    ● Key school personnel and first responders completed National Incident Management Systems compliance and emergency crisis management training;
    ● Tactical site/school safety surveys conducted at all schools;
    ● School safety equipment installed/updated;

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