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June 24th, 2013
Friday's report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development showed that unemployment was unchanged in Adams County during May.
The report listed the county with a 6.8 percent jobless rate for the month, identical to the previous month. April's 6.8 percent rate was Adams County's lowest since October of 2012 and was a substantial drop from the county's 8.1 percent rate in March of this year.
One year ago, in May of 2012, the county's unemployment rate was 7.3 percent.
Tyson Bahrke and Lisa Case, who are both battling cancer, will be honored at this year's Relay for Life by leading the Survivor's Walk which begins at noon on Saturday and opens the 2013 Adams County Relay for Life at Adams Central's football field.
It may be a bit on the warm side, but nary a drop of rain is in the National Weather Service forecast for this weekend, which is good news for Relayers – all the participants in the annual Adams County Relay for Life.
The cancer-fighter kicks off at noon at the Adams Central football field in Monroe and carries on until 10 a.m. Sunday.
Temperatures are expected in the upper 80s to around 90 under mostly sunny skies both days, with a Saturday night low around 70, the weather bureau said.
Hoagland Days got off to a greasy start on Thursday, with young people chasing greased pigs.
The annual event swings into high gear today.
The food tent will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. today and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. The adult beverage tent is open from 6:30 to midnight today and 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. Amusement rides will operate from 6 to 11 today and noon to 5 on Saturday.
City officials are moving forward on revamping the recently purchased former bank building downtown and putting a new face on the bare wall across the street, a wall left open when the former sweeper shop/Holthouse Drug Co. building was demolished.
MartinRiley, an engineering and architectural firm in Fort Wayne, has been hired for both projects, it was learned at Tuesday night's Decatur City Council meeting.
Adams County maintenance department director Dave Meyer came to the commissioners on behalf of the Adams County Peace Monument Committee this week to report that bricks to commemorate military veterans are now on sale.
These bricks will be part of the memorial wall that is to be erected around the monument.
East Allen County Schools announced Wednesday that Ken Folks, chief academic officer at Marion Community Schools, had been chosen as the new EACS superintendent.
The onetime Northern Wells Schools administrator will see his contract formally approved at a special meeting of the board next week.
East Allen officials didn't have to go far to find Folks, who lives in Fort Wayne and has spent most of his life in Allen County. He and his wife, Kay, have two grown sons.
"It's really just a consolidation; a consolidation of employees and equipment," Decatur Mayor John Schultz said of a major change for city employees unveiled at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
And that consolidation is expected to bring some major savings annually.
A recent fish and tenderloin dinner held at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur was a major success, raising more than $2,800, with the proceeds going to four of the church's community ministries.
Over 450 meals were served and a jointly-yeld bake sale saw hundreds of baked goods sold to those attending.
Family and friends will host a benefit for a rural Decatur resident, Scott Gehres, on Sunday, June 30, at the Knights of Columbus hall on High St. in Decatur.
The benefit is scheduled from 12 noon to 8 p.m.,with a dinner provided to the public by friends and family. A free-will donation will be taken for the dinner.
Live music,dance performances by Razz M' Jazz, raffles, a bake sale, and a silent and Chinese auction are currently being planned.