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August 22nd, 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.
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.
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.
Noon on Friday is the deadline for potential school board members at all three Adams County schools to declare their candidacies.
Adams County Clerk Gayla Reinhart has announced that anyone interested in becoming a candidate for any of the three public boards in Adams County must submit the required paperwork prior to that deadline. Candidate forms are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the clerk’s office in the courthouse.
The first annual Decatur Sculpture Walk will kick off in downtown Decatur on Thursday with an artist's lecture at 2 p.m. at the Adams County Library in Decatur.
Twelve pieces of new original sculpture art will be on display in the downtown area, organizers said. Four sculptures will be inside local businesses, while 12 will be located along Second St.
Three Kings, once an iconic Hoagland restaurant, apparently is being demolished.
According to reports, a portion of the building collapsed on Sunday and the building is now being demolished.
The restaurant has been closed for some two years after having gone through some ownership changes.
Action taken last week by the Adams County Hospital Association by refinancing the lease revenue rental bond used to construct the new hospital back in 2005 will save the hospital several million dollars over the life of the bond issue.
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades celebrated a Holy Mass, then led a large throng of parishioners to the adjoining St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church's parish hall for the blessing and dedication of the new building on Sunday.
The hall is the culmination of the St. Mary's Building On Our Heritage capital campaign that began in 2004.
That campaign included a new gymnasium.
Adams County's unemployment rate dropped slightly in July, falling from 7.9 percent in June to 7.6 percent last month, according to the latest figures released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
The county's jobless rate has remained below 8 percent for four consecutive months after starting 2012 at 8.5 percent. Three years ago, in July of 2009, Adams County experienced a jobless rate of 15.2 percent. One year ago that rate was 8.1 percent.
The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld a 90-year sentence handed down by Judge Fredrick A. Shurger in December, 2011, to a Decatur man Andrew E. Stetler, 33, who was convicted on two counts of child molestation and of being a habitual offender.
Stetler appealed his sentence, questioning if sufficient evidence was presented to uphold one of his child molestation convictions and whether his 90-year sentence is inappropriate considering the nature of the offenses and his character.