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August 24th, 2012

Late filings for school board seats

August 24, 2012

    A six-person race for the District 2 (rural area) on the new North Adams School Board became a reality with a wave of filings in the final hours before Friday's noon deadline.
    No less than five people — Mark Bulmahn, Cassie Hammond, David Smith, Daniel Strickler and Jim Vogelwede Jr. — jumped into the field in the final hours. The only previous candidate, prior to Friday, was Deb Bergman, a board incumbent.

Near death to recovery’s road

August 24, 2012

    (EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is an account by Tony Mellencamp of Berne of the events that nearly took the life of his wife, Kaye, earlier this summer.)
    There are certain events that happen in our lives that we always remember where we were at, what time it was, and what we were doing. One such event for me is 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Our lives changed at that moment.

Sculptures take place in city’s downtown area

August 24, 2012

    Three-dimensional pieces of original art went on display in downtown Decatur Thursday evening as kick-off ceremonies were held for the first-ever Decatur Sculpture Walk.
    The event attracted a sizable crowd which gathered around the courthouse for the unveiling festivities and later strolled throughout the downtown area to view the 12 works of art on display.

A busy weekend is on tap

August 24, 2012

    The living history village will open to the public at 4 p.m.today in Riverside Park as the Festival of the Kekionga shifts into high gear.
    The fourth annual Mayor’s Challenge will begin at 6 p.m., with Decatur Mayor John Schultz opposed by a new foe, first-year Berne Mayor Bill McKean.
    From 6:30 to 8 p.m., games for children will be held in Riverside park.

August 23rd

More school-board filings seen

August 23, 2012

    Several slots have been filled by candidates seeking spots on the North Adams, Adams Central and South Adams school board. But with the filing deadline but a short time away, some seats remained without candidates to fill them.

Chinese duo in city visit

August 23, 2012

    Two businessmen from China toured Decatur and Adams County this week.
     Decatur Mayor John Schultz and Adams County Economic Development Director Larry Macklin said the visit is another positive result from a trade mission to China in June by Schultz and Macklin as part of an Indiana contingent led by  Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership CEO John Sampson.

New tax targets local hospital

August 23, 2012

    Back in June, Adams Health Network (AHN) President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Nordwick discussed a looming situation that was going to have a negative effect on the financial picture of the network.
    Nordwick told the five members of the AHN Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting Wednesday that the bullet aimed at Adams Memorial Hospital (AMH) could conceivably do more damage than initially thought as a hospital bed tax passed by the Indiana General Assembly could cost the hospital up to $1.2 million per year.

August 22nd

Maybe Friday

August 22, 2012

    Just in time for the big weekend of the Festival of the Kekionga, which honors our heritage, a seeming part of our "heritage" may be gone.
    Those orange "Road Construction Ahead", "End Construction" and other such signs which have begun to seem to be a part of the city's heritage will be removed on Friday. At least that's what an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) representative told Decatur Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert on Tuesday.

City ‘put best foot forward’

August 22, 2012

    Two Chinese businessmen left Decatur on Tuesday after spending all of Monday and part of Tuesday touring the city, Mayor John Schultz said at Tuesday night's meeting of city council.
    They were escorted by the mayor and Adams County Economic Development Director Larry Mackin to view operations at Fleetwood, Gold Shield and Bunge North America.
    Other local officials attended a dinner held Monday night at Adams Memorial Hospital.

Tasting part of Thursday event

August 22, 2012

    Taste of Decatur will be held Thursday as part of the annual Kekionga Festival and the city's new Sculpture Walk.
    Taste will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the courthouse square in downtown Decatur.
    Five local establishments will serve small portions from their menu, with offerings ranging from 50 cents to $2. The five:
    The Back 40 Junction,1011 N. 13th St., to serve smoked beef brisket sandwiches, strawberry shortcake, fresh strawberry lemonade.

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