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March 25th, 2013
New season, S.O.S. — same old stuff!
Spring has arrived but nothing has really changed in the Decatur area and most of Indiana. It's still cold and the snowstorms keep coming.
The latest, which moved into this area late Sunday night, dumped four inches of snow on Decatur by 7 a.m., and light snow was continuing to fall after that reading.
The winter storm had less effect than usual since all Adams and Wells county schools are closed for spring break.
Decatur Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hitchcock said Friday that an investigation into Tuesday's fire at Shaffer Investment Auto has determined that the cause was accidental.
Hitchcock, chief investigator for the local department, said the state fire marshal's office participated in what Hitchcock said was a "thorough investigation."
Former Decatur Storm Water Management Director Joan Eichhorn is scheduled to make her first court appearance at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Adams Circuit Court.
Eichhorn was indicted last week by an Adams County grand jury on charges of theft and fraud for alleged incidents that occurred in late 2011.
The incidents involve an alleged fraudulent website set up to allegedly allow Eichhorn a trip to Florida at city expense.
Further details in today's print and e-editions.
Approximately 30 residents of Adams County, both supportive and not, turned out for the informational hearing on the plans of South Adams Trails Inc. (SATI) in Geneva on Thursday night.
In sixth grade English, learning the elements of a short story is a fairly common practice. However, Adams Central Middle School teachers Rhonda Berstch and Lana Shoaf, took this year's project in a unique direction. What started out as a writing assignment to be read by younger students,turned in to an international project.
Adams County Engineer Tim Barkey, as ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) coordinator for the county, said at this week's commissioners meeting that sidewalks at intersections are supposed to have curb ramps.
Four of these ramps are needed in the Chapel Chase subdivision, but that is the only county-owned location that needs to have them added, according to Barkey. He expects the project to cost approximately $4,500 and asked where the money should come from.
More than 100 interested and concerned residents packed the Riverside Center on Wednesday evening to express their views surrounding a proposed rural sewer district project intended to reduce the amount of human waste entering county waterways.
Local resident Russ Walklee was the first audience member to speak during Wednesday night's meeting, and drew the largest applause of the evening from those in attendance when he simply said, "My vote is no" on the sewer project's future. He said the cost "is hard to justify," a sentiment that was echoed countless times during the evening.
Other speakers complained about what they see as inequities in the proposed project.
What a start to this spring this is!
On this first full day of spring, Decatur residents awakened to a quarter inch of snow and temperatures fit for December.
The city weather station had a reading of 15 degrees at 7 a.m. today, the overnight low — and that's 15 degrees below the normal low of 30 degrees for this date. Wednesday's high was only 29, or 21 degrees below the norm of 50 for March 20.
For further details, see today's print edition or e-edition.
A thank-you celebration for the workers, volunteers, and contributors of the 2012 United Way campaign in Adams County was held Tuesday evening at Swiss Village in Berne with the highlight of the evening coming when United Way Director Jim Compton announced that the county effort topped its goal of $200,013.
It marked the first time in the last four years the goal had been attained and it was accomplished with the help of a match from the Eli Lilly Foundation.