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January 10th, 2013
Adams County Council held its first meeting of the year on Tuesday.
The first order of business was reorganizing the council; however, the council members seemed to like things the way they were, as Randy Colclasure remains president and Eric Orr continues as vice president.
Council members also made it a point to welcome Tony Mellencamp as their newest member, and Colclasure expressed confidence that Mellencamp would soon get the hang of things.
The North Adams Community Schools' board of education has enlisted the assistance of a consortium of officials from the four Indiana state universities in its search for a new superintendent of schools.
The board on Tuesday evening voted 6-0 to utilize the services of the state's University Placement Team in finding a replacement for Superintendent Dr. Wylie Sirk, who last month announced his pending retirement, effective July 1, after 36 years in the education field — 19 of them at North Adams Community Schools.
One elected and one appointed member of the North Adams school board were issued their oaths of office Tuesday evening as the board began a new calendar year with a new look.
Incumbent Tim Ehlerding and newcomer Al Converset were sworn into office as the board's first order of business for 2013. Mark Bulmahn, who was elected in November to a seat on the board, was absent and will be sworn in next week.
Sheriff Shane Rekeweg attended Adams County Council's monthly meeting Tuesday morning to inform the council of problems he and Information Technology Director Landon Patterson were having with the 911 information-gathering software.
Rekeweg explained that every time a call is made to 911, software is supposed to pull information about the caller, including the caller's location and phone number, so that the dispatcher knows where to send help.
Bearcreek Farms has announced that this will be the final year it will be in operation.
In addition, notable changes are planned for 2013, it was stated in a news release.
The property will only be open to the public when there are scheduled events, the announcement said. Such events will include a limited number of concerts and reservations for retreats, private events and conventions. The scheduled concerts will be released yet this month.
Adams County Attorney Mark Burry informed the county commissioners on Monday that he had received a proposal from Dave Sholl of Schenkel and Shultz Architecture, for a "study on a new structure to house the Superior and Circuit Courts along with the Clerk's Office."
The proposal breaks down the steps needed for said study, as well as the fee for the work — $3,400 plus reimbursements — which could probably be finished by the end of January.
The steps in the proposal are as follows:
At the weekly commissioner's meeting on Monday, Sheriff Shane Rekeweg announced that he has appointed a new chief deputy, Eric Beer.
Eric Meyer, who had been serving as chief deputy, resigned the position at the end of December, as his wife had been transferred to the Orlando, Florida, area in June 2012 and Meyer joined her.
The North Adams Community School's board of education will meet for the first time of 2013 — and for the first time with its new seven-member format — at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the district administration building.
New members Mark Bulmahn and Al Converset will be seated on the board to start the new year, joining incumbents Tim Ehlerding, Michelle Stimpson, Ben Faurote, Deb Bergman and Stacey Bussel.
It has been announced that the Adams County Winning with Wellness Initiative has been chosen to participate in a five-year, multistate study involving Purdue Extension to find causes and preventions for childhood obesity in low-income preschoolers in rural communities, including two Indiana counties.
Winning With Wellness (WWW) consists of a cross-section of community leaders whose mission is to raise awareness of and encourage involvement in the many wellness opportunities within Adams County, according to a news release.
A Decatur native and Bellmont graduate has reached a new plateau in the United States Navy and this city is adding its congratulations. Tony Frey, a 24-year Navy veteran, will be promoted to the rank of captain this Saturday at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. He is the son of John (a former city council member here) and Kathy Frey, longtime Decatur residents who now live in St. George, Utah.